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Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero

by Oui Sat May 13th, 2023 at 06:14:39 PM EST

Not the first nor only time Biden "misspoke" ... the attempted coup d'état

Türkiye is the bad boy within the NATO alliance ... "we are united" ...

After the US retreated from Afghanistan, Türkiye became an important regional player, just look at the Turkic people in Central Asia extending into China's province Xinjiang - see also Uyghur Freedom Fighters and Kunduz Mosque Attack on Oct. 8, 2021.

US alliance with Kurds in the Syria campaign has positive effect for the Kurds fighting for independence. You are well aware Israel has had long ties with the Kurds in Northern Iraq.

August 15, 2020  

Turkey slams Biden's past call for U.S. to back Erdogan opponents | Reuters/Al Jazeera |

Turkey has condemned remarks made by US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden criticising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and calling for support for the Turkish leader's opponents.

Biden made the comments in an interview filmed by The New York Times in December, but a video of the remarks only appeared on Saturday before going viral on social media.

Politicians from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and several opposition parties have slammed U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden over his remarks on Turkish politics

Biden's comments to New York Times editors, where he advocated a new U.S. approach to the "autocrat" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and support for opposition parties, resurfaced in a video that made him the most popular topic on Twitter in Turkey on Aug. 15.

Biden, the former U.S. vice president, says in the video recorded on Dec. 16, 2019 - before he emerged as the Democratic candidate - that he is "very concerned" about Erdoğan's approach to Kurds in Turkey, his partial military cooperation with Russia, and access to U.S. airfields in the country, a NATO ally.

"What I think we should be doing is taking a very different approach to him now, making it clear that we support opposition leadership," Biden said in the video and verified by a transcript published in January by the Times.

"He has to pay a price," Biden said at the time, adding Washington should embolden Turkish opposition leaders "to be able to take on and defeat Erdoğan. Not by a coup, not by a coup, but by the electoral process."

His remarks were slammed by numerous politicians in Turkey, with Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun saying that his comments "reflect games and an interventionist approach towards Turkey" and are inconsistent with current diplomatic relations.

"Nobody can attack our nation's will and democracy or question the legitimacy of our President, who was elected by popular vote," Altun said on Twitter, noting the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.

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Turkey condemns Biden's criticism of `autocrat' Erdogan | TOI/AFP - Aug. 15, 2020 |

Turkish presidential spokesman accuses presumptive Democratic candidate of `pure ignorance, arrogance and hypocrisy' over call to support opposition parties

Several officials of the main opposition CHP party quickly distanced themselves from Biden's remarks, calling for "respect for the sovereignty of Turkey."

Some Biden critics also expect a possible deterioration in already testy relations between Ankara and Washington if he manages to defeat Donald Trump in the US presidential election in November.

Erdogan, who in recent years has worked to cultivate a personal relationship with Trump, often lashes out at the US president's predecessor, Barack Obama. Biden was Obama's vice president.

Relations between Ankara and Washington were strained during Obama's second term, particularly in regard to disagreements over Syria and growing international criticism over freedoms and rights in Turkey.

Nov. 2014 -- Biden to meet with Erdogan as divide between US and Turkey widens | The Guardian|

Differences have arisen regarding ISIS, Cyprus and oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, leading to questions of Turkey's reliability as an ally.

Aug. 2016 -- Is Biden's visit to Ankara the last chance for Turkey and America?

Brookings Institute |Kemal Kirişci on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 |

VP Joe Biden will be visiting Turkey at a time when the aftermath of the coup attempt on July 15 has reiterated deep anti-Americanism in the country. There are four reasons for this mood. The Turkish public and officialdom believe that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's initial response to the coup, when he called for "peace and continuity," betrayed the expectation of an "Egyptian-like outcome." The leadership has also stated that the White House statement, finally in defense of Turkish democracy, arrived only after it seemed like the coup attempt was failing.

Added to all this is the fact that Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind behind the coup attempt, resides in rural Pennsylvania. These very quickly fed into a narrative that the United States either must have known about the plans and did not inform the Turkish government of the pending coup, or was actually directly involved in it

A former chief of staff of the Turkish military has also remarked that such a coup attempt would not have been realized without CIA's assistance. Lastly, Washington insists that Gülen's extradition hinges on whether Turkey can produce enough evidence that connects him to the coup attempt--a precondition that is aggravating Turkey's sense of betrayal.

The bloodiest coup | 11/08/2016

The international positions, especially the American position, were a shock to the Turkish government. It was expected that the US administration would issue an immediate position denouncing the coup and supporting the legitimately elected government. However, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was asked about his position on the ongoing coup attempt in Turkey, during a press conference he was holding with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at the end of his visit to Moscow dedicated to discussing Russian-American coordination in Syria, only expressed his hope. "That there will be stability, peace and continuity in Turkey" [2].

What made matters worse was that the US embassy in Ankara issued a statement on the night of the coup deeming that what was happening in Turkey was an "uprising" [3]. The next day, the White House issued a statement denouncing the failed coup attempt and purely supporting the "civilian and democratically elected" Turkish government [4]; The statement also urged all parties to the Turkish crisis to act within the framework of the law, exercise restraint, and avoid violence, bloodshed, and any actions that might lead to instability [5].

This position raised many questions among Turkish officials about the truth of the American position on what happened, and the matter reached the point where the Turkish Minister of Labor accused the United States of having "orchestrated" the coup attempt, while one of the editors-in-chief of newspapers close to the government wrote an article on the front page entitled " The United States is trying to assassinate Erdogan." [6] The US administration denied these accusations [7], and expressed that by refusing to grant political asylum to the commander of the Turkish Incirlik base, who was later arrested for his role in planning the military coup [8].

Erdogan Flies to Istanbul, Declares Coup Dead, and Vows Payback | Foreign Policy - July 15, 2016 |

After urging Turkish citizens to take to the streets to turn back an attempted military coup, Erdogan landed in Istanbul early Saturday to retake control of the country.

Turkey's state-run news agency says 1,800 special forces police officers have arrived in Istanbul from neighboring provinces. Anadolu Agency reported the officers have taken up positions in critical facilities and were patrolling the city.

The report said Istanbul Police Chief Mustafa Caliskan had ordered the shooting down of any helicopters flying overhead without warning.

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Al-Monitor: Tensions run high as Azerbaijan-Turkey alliance causes concern for Iran | Nov. 22, 2022 |


Twitter Blocks Content In Turkey One Day Before National Election | Forbes - 2 hrs ago |

Earlier series of posts on the deep fake foreign intervention in sex tape scandal ...

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Israeli Intelligence Units and Election Interference

Amezing ... Ince quits, but the ballots could not be reprinted in short order ...

Muharrem İnce, a Kemalist, has a strong antipathy towards FETÖ and Gülenists ...


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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 13th, 2023 at 06:52:20 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 06:32:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 13th, 2023 at 07:35:41 PM EST
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 04:22:18 PM EST
You R quicker on the trigger 😊

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 04:54:09 PM EST
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LIVE! results of 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections from the link

Comparison - see results election 2019 by district

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 04:55:39 PM EST
17 suspects detained over fake İnce videotape

A total of 17 people have been detained after Muharrem İnce, one of the four presidential contenders, announced his decision to withdraw from the race, expressing his fury over conspiracies against him, including a fake sex videotape.

Homeland Party leader İnce has earlier complained about a slander campaign against him, including a sex video he said was fake. He blamed the FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 coup attempt, for the release of it.

Following the investigation launched into the videotape by the Ankara chief prosecutor last week, the suspects were detained on charges of blackmail, threats, forgery of documents, illegal seizure and dissemination of personal data, and violation of privacy, the prosecutor's office said, elaborating that arrest warrants were requested for four other suspects.

From a Zaman editor who fled the country after the failed coup d'état [Gülenists?]

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Turkish President Erdoğan uses sex tapes to advance his politics, get rid of opponents | by Abdullah Bozkurt August 30, 2021|

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 08:05:14 PM EST

Opposition group calling out to count all the votes! Very American ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 09:54:45 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 09:56:06 PM EST
Re: Bush 2004

İmamoğlu expresses that they will not give up until all votes are counted properly, and states that a first round Kılıçdaroğlu victory is statistically very likely.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 09:57:04 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 09:57:55 PM EST
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 10:11:18 PM EST
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Both sides claim lead in Turkey vote as Erdogan fights to keep power | BBC News |

The head of Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK), Ahmet Yavas, has spoken for the second time tonight.

He says some 69.12% of the votes have now been counted.

He adds representatives of all political parties are monitoring how YSK officials work on the data coming from the ballot boxes and that there are no questions over the process.

Again, he hasn't given any preliminary results, adding: "In the coming hours, when we have the results from all the ballot boxes when they have all be opened, we will share them with the public."

LIVE: Turkish election feed | Duvar English |

CNN Headline -- Turkey election: Erdogan faces battle for survival

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 10:09:07 PM EST
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 10:13:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 05:01:23 AM EST
Erdogan's Islamic-rooted alliance stays on top, loses seats in parliamentary election.

Opposition leader Kilicdaroglu falls far short of the predicted polling ahead of the election.

BBC News and coup attempt July 15, 2016

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 06:21:38 AM EST
TRT GE details
parliament seats, likely run-off ticket splitters

5 facts about Türkiye's presidential candidate Sinan Ogan

by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 03:37:05 PM EST
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Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Uzbekistan President Sevket Mirziyoyev call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Daily Sabah |

As the Parliamentary vote was won by the AKP alliance, Turks prefer unity between parliament and the presidency .... the run-off election may just be a formality.  For both political leaders, keep the enthusiasm alive and GOTV. The incumbent will be favored in two weeks time.

The opposition leader had lost ten earlier elections against Erdogan, he notched up #11 for now.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 06:06:16 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 06:09:40 PM EST

President Tayyip Erdogan leads comfortably in the first round of Turkey's election as his rivals face an uphill struggle in a runoff vote on May 28 (Reuters)

Why Erdogan's fate matters to Biden and the US | CNN News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 06:27:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 08:15:35 PM EST
Politico.com.eu 2023 2nd Round Poll of Polls predicts Erdogan will lose votes! And dismisses coalition alignment in parliament!

Unlikely nationalist kingmaker [!] sees his moment in Turkey election run[-]off
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"Oğan and his 'Ancestral Alliance'"
Hailing from the far eastern city of Iğdır, near the Armenian border, Oğan has been a fractious rebel in the [CHP] nationalist movement [?]. He is a former parliamentarian, who was expelled from the MHP, Erdoğan's nationalist allies [?].
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As far as the May 28 race goes, he is keeping his cards close to his chest and is saying he will hold consultations with his "Ancestral Alliance" and his "fellow travelers" [communists? "kemalists"? "islamists"?]. Turkish media < wipes tears > reported he received phone calls from both Kılıçdaroğlu and former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, one of Erdoğan's heavyweights in the AK party. Hinting at a potential tie-up [sic], Engin Özkoç, deputy group chair from Kılıçdaroğlu's CHP [Nation's Alliance] in the parliament, said the phone chat between Kılıçdaroğlu and Oğan was very positive. ....
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 09:29:38 PM EST
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How American exceptionalism is leading the world to the abyss

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 04:39:59 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 04:41:17 PM EST
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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]".
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 ...
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After rejecting ultimatum, Zelensky insists meeting with Putin is needed to end war | Mar 22, 2022 |

Ukraine's president says his country would be `destroyed' before it surrenders its cities to invading Russian forces, seeks security guarantees before any agreement

[Negotiations torpedoed by UK PM Boris Johnson]

Every month the war continues, one sees escalation and more deaths, hatred and the warring parties deeply entrenched in non-negotiable principles.

China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis | 2023-02-24 |

Not Ukraine nor Occupied territories are at the talks, eight years wasted from Feb. 2014 to Feb. 2022. It's G7 alliance, NATO and EU-27, the White House and a distant partner Kyiv. As the group of countries expands, the chance of a ceasefire and peace diminishes. The facts on the ground, military advance or retreat, will be a deciding factor. Peace Summit without Russia participating is a fool's errand, China has been clear the solution lies in national security for Ukraine and Russia .... a non-starter by the Western alliance. Putin needs to be rendered to the ICC in The Hague to be jailed with a life sentence. The U.S. urges the assassination of Putin ...

Ukraine's foreign minister told China's envoy that Kyiv would not accept any peace proposal that involved a loss of territory to Russia or that would freeze the conflict

As war efforts escalates with more ammo, missiles, tanks, planes, the West seeks a military victory for NATO and American capitalism.

Key words | NWO | Joe's Legacy |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 06:45:29 PM EST

Ukraine parliament extends lease Russian naval base Sevastopol until 2042 | Apr. 27, 2010 |

The pandemonium in the Ukrainian parliament over the vote to extend the lease of a Russian naval base on the Crimean peninsular underscores the emotional intensity surrounding a Russian military presence in the former Soviet state.

Scenes of Ukrainian parliamentarians hurling eggs, smoke-bombs and throwing punches like high school kids in a cafeteria brawl stunned the international community. The brouhaha was in response to a vote extending the lease of a Russian base in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 07:32:22 PM EST
Biden in Ukraine to assure leaders of U.S. backing | Reuters - July 20, 2009 |

Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Ukraine to reassure its leaders Washington has not forgotten the ex-Soviet republic following President Barack Obama's push to improve ties with neighboring Russia.

The streets of Kiev were shut down for security reasons for Biden's visit. But ordinary Ukrainians were largely indifferent to the vice-president's arrival and newspapers had little coverage ahead of his arrival.

President Viktor Yushchenko, vaulted to power in the 2004 Orange Revolution, has angered Moscow with an aggressive bid for Ukraine to join NATO and his promotion of Ukrainian nationalism. But Yushchenko's term ends early next year and polls show he is very unlikely to win re-election.

A snap poll by the English-language Kyiv Post found that 66 percent of respondents wanted Biden to tell Ukraine's leaders: "Get your act together" while only 5 percent suggested "Resist Russia with all your might."

Biden is also expected to call for reforms in the energy sector, beset by financial woes and aging infrastructure.  

The vice president will leave Kiev for fellow ex-Soviet state and NATO aspirant Georgia ...

Europe's Frontier: A Rusted Iron Curtain | Jan 7th, 2018 |

Quite interesting read ... 18 years later

The Polish plumber by Jerome a Paris Thu Jun 16th, 2005 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 07:33:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 02:46:01 PM EST
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Started by changing his mind on NATO membership Ukraine 🥹 ... voice of an American war criminal of the worst kind ... a piranha of human rights.

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs | Dec. 15, 2021 |

#NATO2030 Online Exclusive / Chapter 1: Mark D. Simakovsky & @TheOpenMike @AtlanticCouncil outline the prospects for NATO-Russia relations across issues and potential new approaches to engagement.

Henry Kissinger called for Ukraine to join NATO by Dimitri Medvedev

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 04:54:25 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 04:55:21 PM EST
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Kissinger at 100: New War Crimes Revealed in Secret Cambodia Bombing That Set Stage for Forever Wars

Amy Goodman: As Henry Kissinger turns 100 years old, in addition to Nick Turse, who has written this astounding series in The Intercept headlined "Blood on His Hands," we're joined by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Greg Grandin, author of the book Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman. Greg's latest article is headlined "Henry Kissinger, War Criminal--Still at Large at 100." Can you take off from where Nick Turse left off, Greg Grandin, and tell us how, though so many have come under a microscope, like Nixon and his whole group in the White House, Kissinger somehow escaped this by the establishment media, though independent media has long been fiercely critical of him?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 02:24:01 PM EST
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Sooo much easier to resolve in January 2022, but oh no, there are big bucks to be made and "fear" of pariah state Russia is an easy propaganda gambit. Fuck the EU ... fuck the toothless Germans w/o Merkel.


  • In May 2022, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that Ukraine should surrender part of its territory to Russia to end the war.
  • Then Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to the former US Secretary of State, "It seems that Mr Kissinger's calendar is not 2022 but 1938, and he thought he was speaking to an audience not in Davos but in Munich at that time".

Details: Regarding NATO, Zelenskyy said that security guarantees for Ukraine are one of Ukraine's top priorities.

Details: Regarding NATO encroachment, Putin said that security guarantees for Russia is his only and top priority.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 04:58:23 PM EST
Russia issues list of demands it says must be met to lower tensions in Europe | The Guardian - Dec 17, 2021 |

Russia has also demanded that NATO rule out further expansion, including the accession of Ukraine into the alliance, and that it does not hold drills without previous agreement from Russia in Ukraine, eastern Europe, in Caucasus countries such as Georgia or in Central Asia.

Those proposals are likely to be viewed extremely negatively by NATO countries, in particular Poland and the Baltic states. A senior US official said that the Kremlin knows that some parts of its proposals were "unacceptable".

The NATO head, Jens Stoltenberg, has already ruled out any agreements denying Ukraine the right to enter the military alliance, saying it is up to Ukraine and the 30 NATO countries.

Of course the alliance repeatedly state it's up to Ukraine and their decision on negotiations ... or enduring war.

Live news: Xi offers to help Central Asian countries on defence

President Xi Jinping Chairs the Inaugural China-Central Asia Summit and Delivers a Keynote Speech | 6 hrs ago |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 04:59:25 PM EST
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China Warns NATO Not To Interfere In Asia | May 15, 2022 |

"NATO, a military organization in the North Atlantic, has in recent years come to the Asia-Pacific region to throw its weight around and stir up conflicts," said Wang Wenbin, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in late April. "NATO has messed up Europe. Is it now trying to mess up the Asia-Pacific and even the world?"

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 05:00:00 PM EST
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politico.eu.com | Zelensk* will make in-person appeal to G7 leaders in Japan, 19 Mar
Zelensk*, who has traveled in recent days to the U.K. and other European nations, will fly to Japan after an appearance in Saudi Arabia at the Arab League Summit. The spate of travel offered Ukraine's president the opportunity to make in-person appeals for additional support and to show that his country, still under attack from Russian forces in the air and on the ground, is stable enough for him to travel abroad.
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"There is more and more circumvention of OUR MASSIVE SANCTIONS. It's quite extraordinary to see tEH trade data and evidence on the ground," [von der Leyen] told fellow [PRICE CAP COALITION]  leaders, according to her spokesperson.

"High tech exports to [sic] third countries, from micro-processors and sensors for Russian cruise missiles to chips in military communications equipment, make their way onwards to Russia and end up in weapons used against Ukraine on the battlefield. We must put a stop to this," added von der Leyen.

arabnews | Arab League summit concludes with Assad and Zelensk* in attendance
• Ukrainian president tells delegates his country in a state of war - not just a conflict
The outgoing chairman of the Arab League has called on the world to bring the Israeli settlement policy to an end and he added: "The Palestinian cause was and still is the central issue of the Arabs."

Ukranian President Volodymyr ["Big Israel"] Zelensk* - who had arrived in Jeddah a short time before - told delegates his country was in a state of war - not just a conflict. He also said he appreciated the Saudi mediation for the release of prisoners of war last year.

Also on Friday, [PUTIN] sent a cable to the Arab League saying his country would continue to provide all possible assistance to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

time | Why Zelensk* Is Attending the Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia "odd pairing of the two leaders" and Israel's war with Palestinians

Saudi state TV broadcast footage showing Zelensk* arriving at the airport in his trademark brown fatigues and being greeted on the tarmac by Saudi officials. In a tweet, he said he hopes to "enhance bilateral relations [!] and Ukraine's [invisible] ties with the mostly muslim Tatar Arab world." The Ukrainian leader said he would address the summit in Jeddah and discuss the treatment of Muslim Tatars living under Russian occupation in the Crimean peninsula. The visit comes amid a whirlwind of international travel by the Ukrainian leader, but until now he has mostly visited [NATO PRICE CAP] countries.
Saudi Arabia pledged $400 million in [humanitarian] aid to Ukraine earlier this year and has voted in favor of U.N. resolutions calling on Russia to end its invasion and refrain from annexing Ukrainian territory. But it has resisted U.S. pressure to increase oil production [and NOPEC racketeering] in order to squeeze Russia's revenues, and like other Arab states has maintained warm ties with Moscow.
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euronews | Zelensk*: Some Arab countries 'turning a blind eye' to Russian invasion of Ukraine
He made the comments while attending the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia.

"Unfortunately, some countries in the world and here among you are turning a blind eye to these illegal prisons and annexations," he said, calling on regional leaders to "take an honest look" at the war.

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The Ukrainian leader said he would discuss the treatment of Muslim Tatars living under Russian occupation in the Crimean Peninsula
and inexplicably delivered the wrong script to a tough audience
by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 06:09:59 PM EST
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src: president.gov.ua | I call on you to help protect our people including the Ukrainian Muslim community - address by the President of Ukraine at the Arab League Summit, 19 May

courthousenews AP | Ukraine's president takes his diplomatic campaign against Russia to Arab summit, G7, 19 May

... "I'm more than sure that none of you will agree to surrender a third of your country to the invaders," Zelensk* said in English. "Another priority is the protection of the Muslim community of Ukraine," Zelenskyy said. "Crimea was the first to suffer from the Russian occupation, and most of those who suffer repression in occupied Crimea are Muslims."

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev accompanied Zelensk* on the visit....

president.gov.ua | President at the meeting with representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people: Ukraine is doing everything possible for the liberation of Crimea and victory over the Russian aggressor, 18 May
On the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensk* met with representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The meeting, which took place on the territory of the Crimea Platform office, was attended by Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, and Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva.

The Head of State emphasized that today Ukraine honors the memory of the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, against whom a crime of genocide was committed 79 years ago....

WW deportation 1917-1944, Crimea referendum 1991, 1992, 1994, 2014, 2022
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Soviet Dooms 5 in Crimea Found Guilty of Collaborating With Nazis in War | NY Times - July 13, 1972 |

The defendants were found guilty of having served in a volunteer Tatar battalion in 1942-44 while German forces were in occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, on the Black Sea. The battalion was said to have guarded a concentration camp where at least 1,400 captured Soviet soldiers and guerrillas were put to death.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 02:45:25 AM EST
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Ukraine trade disruptions and inflation weigh on firms and households, threatening to derail Europe's recovery and push many into poverty

The war in Ukraine risks upending Europe's economic recovery | EIB - June 14, 2022 |

According to a report published by the European Investment Bank, How bad is the Ukraine war for the European recovery? At the same time, our analyses show that rising inflation could push more Europeans under the poverty line.

The European Investment Bank Economics Department analysed the war's impact on the profitability of EU firms. We created a model with several assumptions:

Under our model, the share of EU firms losing money rises from the normal average of 8% to 15% in the year after the start of the invasion. The share of firms that risk defaulting on their debt also surges from 10% to 17% in the same period. Firms in sectors like transport, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and food and agriculture suffer the most. Firms located in countries close to Ukraine, such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, are also hard hit, as are firms in Greece, Croatia and Spain.

When will citizens realize, the EU is part of the problem and has failed in previous years as well as today, to have policy in place before disaster strikes again.

Europeans concerned by cost of living crisis and expect additional EU measures | Jan 12, 2023 |

Corporations have no pain as banking, financial, energy suppliers, oil&gas monopolists, leading grocers are making extreme profits as salaried workers and pensioners suffer.


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 07:18:25 PM EST
Inflation increases poverty unevenly, widening gaps across the EU

A new Science-for-Policy report "The effect of rising energy and consumer prices on household finances, poverty and social exclusion in the EU" by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission takes a detailed view on the matter, analysing the expenditure structure of European households across main product categories, such as food, energy, industrial goods and services. Using innovative measurement strategies, this study is also the first to assess the uneven effects of inflation on various indicators of poverty and deprivation.

The study confirms that the adverse social effects of inflation are significantly larger in many Central and Eastern European Member States, especially among disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Low-income households in these countries may devote twice as high a share of their total budget to food and energy than their high-income peers or wealthier households in other Member States. Consequently, the increase in European households' living cost as a result of inflation between August 2021 and August 2022 was very uneven, and ranged between 7% and 30% across different countries and income segments. Poorer households are at a double disadvantage, which is deepening existing social gaps and inequalities across the EU.  

Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution erased Extreme Poverty across the Globe

Just be happy, it could be(come) much worse.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 07:19:51 PM EST
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The market price of natural gas is at a low point equal to summer 2021, two years ago. The Dutch are paying the higher price of January/February 2022 ... a monopoly of pricing supported by the government which strikes up a 100% tax for consumers. Highway robbery and there is no end in sight. Lower income housing has the poorest insulation and are unable to pay the tripled and quadrupled energy costs ... so they cut on food and clothing for the families.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 07:21:41 PM EST
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stern | [Hubertus] Heil also appeals to parents in the fight against labor shortages, 20 May
The President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts, Jörg Dittrich , recently encouraged young people to take up training in the trades - there are currently almost 40,000 training positions vacant.
Heil also announced, together with business, a strategy for recruiting workers in countries "where there are more young and well-educated people than the local labor market can absorb". To do this, he will travel to Brazil with Baerbock in June, he told the " NOZ ", because there the labor potential in the care sector is very large. In addition, there are agreements with Indonesia and Mexico.

Heil said the government would "proceed very sensitively so that we do not take away from any country the workers that it needs itself". The country of origin also benefits, for example from the commitment to on-site training.

archived Dean Baker, guest workers 2022, The Expanse, guest workers 2015, guest workers 2010
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 02:09:14 AM EST
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They can't keep their stories straight.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* walked back comments Sunday that appeared to confirm earlier Russian claims that its forces captured the city of Bakhmut following months [1 Oct 2022-20 May 2022]  of bloody and intense fighting.
archived 'Is your goal to help Russia?'
...It doesn't matter where the documents are from. The question is with which Ukrainian official did you talk? Because if they say something about our intelligence, that's treason. If they say something about a specific offensive plan of one general or another, this is also treason. That's why I asked you, which Ukrainians are you talking to?...
"I think not," Ukraine's leader said after being asked by a reporter whether Ukraine still controlled the eastern city that has been under siege for eight months. Zelensk* made the comments, while speaking alongside President Joe Biden during an appearance on the final day of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, ["the symbol of peace"].

"For today, Bakhmut is only in our hearts. There is nothing in this place," Zelensk* said. He said the fight had left nothing in Bakhmut but a lot of "dead Russians."

However, Zelensk*'s office later denied that Russia captured the city. It said his comments were a reference to the complete destruction of Bakhmut. It is so far the longest and likely the bloodiest battle of the war. An estimated 20,000-30,000 Russian troops have died fighting there and Ukraine has also suffered heavy losses.

by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 01:54:09 PM EST
PUTIN PUPPET!1!! euronewsweekly | Commander-in-chief of Ukrainian Armed Forces said to be in critical condition after being wounded, 20 May according to
the Russian war correspondent Andrei Rudenko on his Telegram channel today, Saturday, May 20....He posted: "Rumors continue to circulate around the sudden disappearance of Valery Zaluzhny, the head of the AFU"
"As a media personality, Zaluzhny was constantly in the lenses of the Ukrainian and Western media. He is second only to Zelenskyy in the intensity of his TV appearances. However, since May 8 no one has seen Zaluzhny. General Naev is present at all the events which require the personal participation of the Commander-in-Chief"
sky | Bakhmut is 'not occupied': Zelenskyy denies claim Russia has taken control of Ukrainian city, 21 May enc. 00:01:08 video clip
The devastation in the besieged eastern city has been likened by the country's leader to that inflicted on Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945.
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 03:58:17 PM EST
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Too many rumors and speculation about the health of key figures in this war from the beginning .. especially #Joe and #Vlad ... also @MofA on Valery Zaluzhny ... till a fortnight ago I found an interview (dKos) of him ... disinformation?

Appears original date of interview with Maidan press reporter Dmytro Komarov was in December last year!

Related reading earlier this year ...

"If Valera is gone, will we all be here?" In Zaluzhnyi's hometown, people light candles for his health

The expert believes that the disappearance of part of the Ukrainian command from public view may well turn out to be a well-thought-out information operation aimed at deceiving the enemy. The Ukrainian command is trying to hide any real information about the combat effectiveness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and about the upcoming counteroffensive, which, undoubtedly, will definitely begin.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 04:50:35 PM EST
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Where in the world is Canadian Lt. Gen. Cadieu?
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 05:36:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 06:45:38 AM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Biden said Zelensk* gave 'flat assurance' he won't use F-16s in Russia, 21 May
"I have a flat assurance from Zelensk* that they will not, they will not use it to go on and move into Russian geographic territory," Biden said at a press conference in Hiroshima,  ["the symbol of peace"].

Biden told G-7 leaders Friday the U.S. would assist with training Ukrainian pilots on modern fighter aircraft, including American-made F-16s, in a possible signal that Washington is closer to arming Ukraine with the aircraft. Zelensk* met with Biden and other world leaders in Japan on Sunday. Ukraine is expected to mount a counteroffensive < checks calendar > this spring against Russian troops.

"The expectation and hope is that they will be successful," Biden said, though declining to elaborate on details discussed with Zelensk* about the counteroffensive.

reference, 21 May G7 artificial intelligence
Remarks by President Biden in a Press Conference (6:57 P.M. JST)
...Anyway, I was able to cut, by $1.7 billion trillion in the first two years, the deficit that we were -- were accumulating....
< checks time zones >
Remarks by President Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensk* of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting
bilateral-meeting-2/ (2:46 P.M. JST)
...I'm very thankful to American people, to -- to you, your team, Congress, bipartisan support. And I'm happy that between our teams there are strong relations.  There's Jake and Andriy, and Mr. Blinken and our -- our Foreign Minister.  All of you -- a big team that really help us.  Thank you....
Remarks by President Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensk* of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting
bilateral-meeting/ (also 2:46 P.M. JST)
... Well, you know, I -- some of my staff was saying that we're supposed to be leading, but it was -- seemed to be following you when I was in Kyiv and those sirens went off that there was an air raid --...
Readout of President Biden's Meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensk* of Ukraine
wc: 185
Memorandum on Delegation of Authority Under Section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Title 42 Memorial EO Watch!
...I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority under section 506(a)(1) of the FAA to direct the drawdown of up to $375 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, to provide assistance to Ukraine and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown. You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
tabloid USAToday | SNAP users adapt to buying less and trading down [sic] after extra pandemic boost ends, 21 May Inflation Reduction Act
DICTION CORNER Substitution Effect
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 05:26:39 PM EST
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Biden says he expects China relations thaw 'very shortly'

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 10:39:37 PM EST
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ibid."Biden's administration has also infuriated China by targeting trade in advanced microchips, citing risks of military use."

reuters | Micron says China ban unfair but won't hurt revenue, 5 July 2018

The firm's estimate that the ban imposed by a Chinese court in a patent infringement lawsuit would weaken quarterly revenue by just 1 percent drove its shares as much as 3.6 percent higher and lifted stocks of other U.S. chipmakers.
vox | Biden's hugely consequential high-tech export ban on China, explained, 5 Nov 2022
japantimes | China hits Micron with review of chips, citing security risks, 3 Apr 2023
"Micron's revenue share from China is less than half that of Korean rival SK Hynix Inc."

India Chooses Arm's Neoverse for National Chip Design Push, 18 May 2003

If everything goes to plan, India's Aum Arm CPU will be a strong entry into the supercomputing field. Crucially, it'll be a homegrown one - even if not dramatically so, at least in its first iterations. Much work was clearly put into advancing the memory subsystem as a whole, and in general, memory is easier and more available to source than the TSMC 5 nm chips Aum will be made of. Customizing the CPU core itself could be C-DAC's next step, preparing the way for India and adding momentum to the "chip nationalization" process in other countries. China too has had an interest in Arm, by the way; but that is an entirely different story.
Beijing bans Chinese companies from using Micron chips in critical infrastructure, 21 May 2023
Per Reuters, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Sunday it found that the company's products pose "significant security risks" to critical Chinese information infrastructure, including state-owned banks and telecom operators.
Idaho-based Micron is the largest memory manufacturer in the US. The Chinese market accounts for about 10 percent of the firm's annual revenue, though the majority of companies importing Micron products into China are manufacturers making devices for sale in other parts of the world. According to The Wall Street Journal, the CAC's ban does not apply to non-Chinese firms in China.
archived TSMC, CAC, SK Hynix
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 11:51:31 PM EST
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threat to Micron DRAM sales in China, possibly reputational damage, cyber security, and detention (or "unlawful arrest")  of US American coporate officers. Don't say "restrictive measures". Don't say Huawei.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on May 22, 2023

Reuters: The Chinese cyberspace regulator said that US memory chipmaker Micron Technology has failed its network security review and China would ban operators of key infrastructure from buying from the company. We would like to ask which key infrastructure in particular will be impacted by this ban on Micron....
KBS: I have two questions. First, after the Cyberspace Administration of China restricted the purchasing of products by US semiconductor maker Micron Technology, will it also look into companies of other countries, for example, the ROK, for cyber security risks? Second, earlier the US asked ROK businesses not to fill the Chinese market by selling semiconductors as an alternative of Micron products. What's the Chinese government's position on this? ...
Bloomberg: The US Department of Commerce released a statement* saying that the actions against Micron along with recent raids and targeting of other US firms are inconsistent with China's assertions that it is opening its market and committed to transparent regulatory framework. Does the foreign ministry have any comment?
Mao Ning: I just stated China's position on Micron....
* "a spokesperson from the US Commerce Department said in a statement on Sunday" (20.05.23); no press release published
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 02:33:27 PM EST
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LMAO interference in free trade ... brouhaha ... 😂 🤣
Relations 🇨🇳- 🇯🇵- 🇹🇼- 🇺🇸

Dutch saying .... "koekje van eigen deeg"

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 02:51:51 PM EST
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How much Europe has changed from that last year of your blogging 2013!

A pivotal year 2014 turned the European project into a calamity with far reaching consequences we witness and experience today.

Some topics hardly saw progress as development under a conservative leadership does just that ... kick the can down the road until a crisis strikes and the party can impose tough policy.

Three of your diaries come to mind ...

    After years of halting and flip-flopping policies, the Dutch government is on the brink of presenting a long-term commitment on the development of renewable energy sources and the reduction of carbon-based energy. As a result of the decades of wavering energy policy, the Netherlands currently hold, unsurprisingly, the semi-last position in the list of EU nations, measured by the percentage of durable energy production: a little over 4 percent (4.4% in 2012) of Dutch energy production is listed as renewable, and even that figure is a result of the increase of biofuels.

    The new accord sets out to change the ranking, aiming to reach 14 percent of renewable energy production in 2020. In other words, an increase of 1 percent every year until 2020 - thereby fulfilling, barely, the Dutch commitment to the EU-required minimum of producing 14 percent renewable energy in 2020.

The damning effect of the NATO military interventions in Libya and Syria with the inhumane refugee crisis was yet to happen (2015) and the further rise of populist party leaders and extreme rightwing rhetoric in politics. A bad decade behind us where costly time was and is wasted to make war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 23rd, 2023 at 04:55:46 PM EST

Shell 'received €150m of subsidies for green hydrogen project that was ineligible for support': report

Shell should have been ineligible for the €150m ($162m) subsidy it received for its 200MW Holland Hydrogen 1 green H2 project, but the oil giant -- basking in record profits due to high fossil-gas prices --managed to get its hands on the eight-figure sum after the European Commission succumbed to pressure from the Dutch government, according to local investigative reporting agency Follow the Money.

However, the Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy disputes this interpretation, telling Hydrogen Insight that the project was found to be eligible for state aid late in the process due to the discovery of a loophole.

Shell and Exxon on the hunt for Billions in Green Subsidy

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 23rd, 2023 at 10:18:32 PM EST
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John Mearsheimer Ukraine Salon | Committee for the Republic - May 23, 2023 |

The Biden Administration is engulfed in a staggeringly expensive folly in Ukraine with no foreseeable good outcomes. The Committee hosted University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer the week after the Russian invasion fourteen months ago. That zoom salon had 1,136,000 views. The Committee has invited John to return -- this time in person.

John will argue twin themes: First, we are in a war where both sides - Ukraine and the West versus Russia - see the other as an existential threat. That makes a workable peace agreement beyond reach. The best possible outcome is a frozen conflict that is likely to have a variety of terrible consequences. The worst possible outcome is a nuclear war, which is unlikely but cannot be ruled out. Second, Russia is going to win the war, although it is not going to decisively defeat Ukraine. It will end up, however, conquering a large swath of Ukrainian territory and making it part of Russia, while at the same time turning Ukraine into a dysfunctional rump state.

The Committee would not be holding this salon over Ukraine if we had been faithful to constitutional processes. The systematic provision of $113 billion in military assistance to Ukraine in its war with Russia makes the United States a co-belligerent requiring a congressional declaration. But no co-belligerency declaration has been initiated by Congress nor sought by President Joe Biden. If Congress were required to vote, it would balk at co-belligerency as it balked in 2013 when President Barack Obama asked for a declaration of war against Syria and as it balked in 1999 when President Bill Clinton asked for a declaration of war against Serbia.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 11:04:12 AM EST
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 11:55:54 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 01:19:07 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:01:31 PM EST
Kadri Simson tweet

Our focus was mainly on #energysecurity & #energyefficiency. In the longer-term, renewables will play an important role as a domestic energy source.

🇲🇩 has achieved a lot over the past year in diversifying its energy sources & overcoming the Russian #energy market manipulations.

From my diary January 2, 2022 ...

EU Politics and Energy Transition

East dictates West and cuts Gazprom as source ... prefer Star Striped LNG tankers crossing the big pond to supply a subsidized New Europe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:03:15 PM EST
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Kadri Simson on forging a new energy path

The EU Commissioner for Energy tells The Parliament about how her portfolio has morphed into a hot-button issue since the war in Ukraine and the bloc's efforts to free itself from dependence on Russian fossil fuels

Kadri Simson, the EU Commissioner for Energy, says she had to fight back tears at the end of the emotional address delivered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the plenary of the European Parliament.

The Ukrainian leader was in Brussels on 9 February for the last leg of a trip which began in London and Paris and then continued to Warsaw, almost a full year into Russia's war on his country. Standing at the podium before the EU's lawmakers, Zelenskyy greeted the room with the now-familiar "Slava Ukraïni!" (Glory to Ukraine!), to which the audience responded with the customary answer, "Herojam Slava!" (Glory to the heroes!).

Simson was seated on the right side of the hemicycle, together with her colleagues from the College of Commissioners. "We have been part of a historic moment - it was impressive," she tells The Parliament just a few hours later, speaking at her office on the eighth floor of the Berlaymont.


The Baltic countries have long warned about the risk of military escalation by Moscow, a concern often brushed off by their peers in the EU. "We knew that this could have happened," Simson admits.

Estonia has largely managed to bury the last remnants of its Soviet past while turning itself into a digital haven and an incubator of start-up success stories ("I was definitely ready when we turned to fully remote work!" Simson says with a smile).

She recalls her adolescence before the small country gained independence from the Soviet Union: "Before that, in the 80s, almost every family had relatives who had been deported by the Soviets, and others living abroad, trying to keep the attention high on the occupation. This is the reason why none of us from the Baltic region questions the unwavering support towards Ukraine. There is no possibility that we will feel exhaustion after one year of war."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:06:35 PM EST
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Heizung ab 2024: Dieser Fehler kann Zehtausende Euro kosten | Berliner Morgenpost|

Ab 2024 soll ein neues Heizungsgesetz in Kraft treten. Die Pläne sehen unter anderem neue Bußgelder vor - wer davon betroffen ist.

  • Die Bundesregierung will mehr Tempo bei der Energie- und Heizwende
  • Helfen soll dabei ein neues Heizungsgesetz, das Hausbesitzer dazu bringen soll, auf umweltfreundliche Heizsysteme zu wechseln
  • Doch das ist nicht die einzige Änderung: Denn die Bußgelder sollen drastisch erhöht werden
Weg von den fossilen Brennstoffen wie Heizöl oder Gas und stattdessen auf regenerative Alternativen wie die Wärmepumpe oder die Nah- und Fernwärme setzen - schon ab 2024 will die Ampel-Koalition diesen Wechsel beschleunigen. Im neuen Heizungsgesetz ist etwa ein Pflichtteil von 65 Prozent erneuerbarer Energien bei neuen Heizungen vorgesehen. Eine klassische Gas- oder Ölheizung wäre de facto nicht mehr erlaubt. Über die von Wirtschaftsminister Robert Habeck ins Spiel gebrachten Pläne wird viel debattiert.

Heizung ab 2024: Inspektion bald auch für Wärmepumpen? Was auf Eigentümer zukommt

Mitte Mai 2023 hatte sich erstmalig der Bundesrat mit den Heizungsplänen befasst - die ersten Länder pochen auf Änderungen.

Allen voran die nördlichen Bundesländer wollen eine Fristverlängerung für Privathaushalte.

Similar circumstances in The Netherlands ... housing crisis and energy poverty hitting hard. The cost of living for great masses makes daily life a challenge. Personally I have been set back by a few thousand Euros already and facing an forced investment of between 80 and 100 thousand Euros. Transition nonsense as pension assets are hit by a new tax code. Energy prices are still quadrupled as producer market price has eased to level two years ago.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 07:54:02 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 09:31:27 PM EST
Ukraine war: Why Bakhmut matters for Russia and Ukraine | BBC News |

Russian commanders want to take Bakhmut for military reasons. They hope it might give them a springboard for further territorial gains. As the UK Ministry of Defence noted in December, capturing the city "would potentially allow Russia to threaten the larger urban areas of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk".

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 06:18:03 AM EST
NY Yella Cake | If a Divided Germany Could Enter NATO, Why Not Ukraine?, 26 May
Frozen Curtain Option
"When West Germany joined NATO, there was what you could call a monumental frozen conflict," she said. "And yet it was felt very important to anchor West Germany in the Western alliance, and so West Germany joined. The Russians complained about it and said it was very dangerous, but they were powerless to prevent it."
Zelensk* in the ROLE of Adenauer? idunno about that.
Konrad Adenauer, the first chancellor of West Germany, ["]chose["] security over territory, and Germans supported him, re-electing him until he resigned in 1963.
temporarily US-occupied FRG, temporarily RU-occupied DDR
"Adenauer decided that it was more important to have a solid defense agreement with the West and led West Germany into NATO," said François Heisbourg, a French defense expert. "It was a brave decision, because it meant unity wasn't going to happen easily."
Ukraine is of course a different case. When West Germany joined NATO, it was not at war with East Germany and both enTItiEs had been recognized as individual states in 1949, said M.E. Sarotte, author of a diplomatic history, "Not One Inch," about the enlargement of NATO, German reunification and the Russian responses.
wsj | China, Pushing Ukraine Cease-Fire, Gets Cool Reception in Europe, 26 May
Strategic Autonomy Zone (SAZ) Option
Diplomat Li Hui, who has visited Kyiv, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, and Brussels this month, urged European governments to view China as an economic alternative to Washington and said they should move quickly to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine before it spreads, those officials said. Li was due to travel to Moscow on Friday.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on May 25, 2023
TASS: Chinese Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui said yesterday at a meeting with the German side on the Ukraine crisis in Berlin that "China encourages European countries to start looking at the root causes of the crisis to find a way to sort out high and low priorities and supports their efforts to ensure long-term stability on the European continent". Could you share more with us on that? What do you think is the root causes of the Ukraine crisis? ....
"We explained that freezing the conflict is not in the interest of the international community unless there is withdrawal of Russian troops," a diplomat who spoke to Li said. The diplomat said Li was told "it's impossible to split Europe from [US] America" and that Europe wouldn't withdraw support from Ukraine.
our sanctions, our interest rate hikes, our inflation, our "ammo-buying scheme" don't affect ...
"RUSSIA'S BRUTAL WAR AGAINST UKRAINE is making the context for the EU-China relationship more complex," the EU's trade chief, Valdis Dombrovskis, said Thursday. He said he conveyed that message to Wang [Wentao], China's commerce minister, during a meeting last month.
The EU is preparing an economic security strategy, due next month, that appears set to bring the bloc closer to the U.S. in its approach to China.
mfocom.cn | Significant News
Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao Chairs a Meeting with US Companies (23.05.23)
commerce.gov | Readout of Secretary Raimondo's Meeting with Ministry of Commerce Minister Wang Wentao (25.05.23)
EU and U.S. officials are set to discuss trade relations with China during a high-level meeting of the Trade and Technology Council in northern Sweden next week. The EU's competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, who will attend the meeting in Sweden, said Thursday that Europe is now following some of its Western allies in taking a more cautious approach toward China. She said the bloc wants to protect trade with China that it doesn't see as risky and to be more precise in identifying the ["anti-coercion"] areas that pose concerns for Europe's economic security.
by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 10:58:18 PM EST
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APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, 14-26 May 2023

Beijing, Seoul Agree on Semiconductor Industry Chains Amid China-US Chip Race, 27 May

Wang told reporters that the issue topped the agenda of his talks with his South Korean counterpart Ahn Duk-geun on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Detroit, which wrapped up on Friday. The Chinese commerce minister added that during the negotiations, the sides exchanged views on maintaining the stability of the semiconductor industry supply chains, as well as boosting cooperation in bilateral, regional and multilateral fields. According to him, China is ready to deepen trade ties and investment cooperation with South Korea.
Rebecca Sta Maria, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, told reporters that "as the Asia-Pacific region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, our agenda will provide an opportunity for members to engage and zero in on how we can ensure international cross-border trade flows smoothly, and how trade can help us address the region's most pressing challenges from climate change to economic inequality."
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
yonhap | Seoul's trade minister holds talks with U.S. counterpart over IRA, IPEF, 27 May
On the sidelines of a meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers in Detroit earlier this week, Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun also discussed issues related to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Ahn also held talks with China's Commerce Minister Wang Wentao over bilateral economic cooperation.
IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, FJ, ID, BN, MY, PH, SG, TH, VN, CA*
During the meeting, Ahn asked for support for stable supply of key raw materials and parts, according to the ministry.
GT | Meeting between China's commerce minister and US trade representative sends positive signals, while US urged to keep commitments, 27 May
China's Minister of Commerce (MOFCOM) Wang Wentao met with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday, as both sides held "candid, pragmatic and in-depth" discussions on China-US economic and trade relations along with regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest, the ministry said on Saturday.

The Chinese side expressed concerns on key issues, including the US economic and trade policies toward China, Taiwan-related topics in the economic and trade field, the Indo-Pacific economic framework and Section 301 tariffs, MOFCOM said in a statement [not found EN/mfocom - mcs], stressing that both sides agreed to maintain communication.

Experts noted that the in-person meeting, followed by Wang's talk with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Washington while attending the 2023 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Detroit, signaling positive signs under the important consensus reached by the two heads of state in Bali, Indonesia last year, while urging the US to fulfill its commitments with consistent actions.

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) also released a readout on Friday

Ambassador Tai highlighted the need to address the critical imbalances caused by China's state-led, non-market [?] approach to the economy and trade policy. She also raised concerns about PRC actions taken against U.S. companies operating there. Ambassador Tai emphasized the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China and building on the engagement between President Biden and President Xi in < wipes tears > Bali, Indonesia, in November 2022.
stressing that Tai discussed the importance of the US-China trade relationship in the global economy and the need for both sides to continue engaging with one another.
APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting Chair's Statement, 26 May
All APEC ministers responsible for trade agreed to paragraphs 1 - 3 and 5 - 13.*

1. We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT), met in Detroit, Michigan, the United States of America from 25-26 May 2023, chaired by Ambassador Katherine Tai. We welcomed participation in the meeting of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). We express our collective appreciation to the City of Detroit for the warm welcome extended for this meeting....

* buzz kill
4. As our Leaders highlighted last November, we have witnessed the war in Ukraine further adversely impact the global economy. There was a discussion on the issue. We reiterated our positions as expressed in other fora, including the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, which, in Resolution No. ES-11/1 dated 2 March 2022, as adopted by majority vote (141 votes for, 5 against, 35 abstentions, 12 absent) deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine. Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy—constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks. There were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions. Recognizing that APEC is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy.[1]
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1. Paragraph 4 of this document, taken from the APEC Bangkok Leaders' Declaration from November 19, 2022, was agreed to by all member economies except the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation.
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 10:48:57 PM EST
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