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Conversion of Europe to New Fascism and War

by Oui Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 08:07:27 AM EST

The signs have become clear after the unprovoked brutal Al Qaeda attacks on America on 9/11 and the initiation of the so-called "Clash of Civilizations" encouraged by Sharon/Netanyahu of Israel to fight terror in very broad terms. The definition of "freedom fighters" became the proxy warriors for regime change or plain overthrow of governments, dictatorial regimes or legitimate democracies across the globe. 🌍 🌏

After Passing of Friend Berlusconi

Netanyahu Found a New Friend

Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Morocco are all friendly states to the Jewish State of Israel and Fascism. Human Rights and the UN Charter have become secondary to illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Talking peace has another meaning for Israel ... security by waging wars.

Bibi Netanyahu saw in Vladimir Putin also a close ally for national interest and the cause of Jews in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech to commemorate the victims of the Leningrad Siege during the Second World War, at the event in Jerusalem commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.

Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library

At Vilnius, Joe Biden will assure his legacy by clearing the way and hurdles of democracy to assure future membership of the Ukraine ... gifting the EU-27 with a brutal undemocratic and fascist, corrupt state. Future will be hell in the European Union ... the path envisioned by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld ... replacing the original founding members of the EEC and the Union of Six. The saga of American capitalism running Europe and ward off Russia and a growing "threat" from China. Pax Americana in the 21st Century ... a new era for fossil fuel MAGA.

Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero ... only second to John Bolton

U.S. and allies negotiating security guarantees for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hoped the whole of NATO would provide those assurances and a pathway to membership at the alliance's summit in July.

The Biden administration is working with allies to provide Ukraine with security guarantees, a step that falls short of Kyiv's desire for those assurances to come from NATO.

According to multiple American and European officials, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany -- known as the "European Quad" -- would in essence formalize their military and economic support for Ukraine, keeping it flowing even after the fighting with Russia ends. However, neither a bilateral deal or multilateral agreement would have the legal force of a treaty.

Biden 'open' to plan that eases Ukraine's path to NATO membership | Politico |

The proposed removal of the Membership Action Plan would provide neither a formal invitation nor a timeline for joining the alliance.

President Joe Biden is "open" to removing a big hurdle to Ukraine's membership in NATO after the war, even if the plan doesn't specify when Kyiv would join the alliance.

According to two U.S. officials, Biden would welcome the removal of a Membership Action Plan, or MAP, for Ukraine's entry into the military alliance. The MAP requires a candidate nation to make military and democratic reforms, with NATO's advice and assistance, before a determination of membership can be made. By removing that requirement, Ukraine would still need to make some pro-democracy changes, but alliance members could at any point afterward unanimously welcome Kyiv into the club.

A formal announcement of the MAP requirement's removal would most likely come at NATO's July summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

"We are engaging with our NATO allies on this middle ground approach to determine whether it can gain consensus," the senior official said. "We are seeking to find common ground on language that supports NATO's commitment to Ukraine's transatlantic integration."

Ivo Daalder, the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013, called the MAP-removal idea a "significant" step. "It does mean that you can get to the process of membership much more speedily," he said. "It tells the Ukrainians they are moving closer."

The long path of NATO aggression vs. the Russian Federation

Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council | April 30, 2014 |

See my many posts over more than a decade over Ivo Daalder and the Atlantic Council. Making Russia a pariah state ... early harsh sanctions and a war narrative set the stage of where Europe has landed in an existential war with Russia ... a path to oblivion. Where are the guarantees for Russia? Only fallback position is the possession weapons of last resort: thousands of nuclear ballistic missiles.

Russia will never abandon the new,y occupied territory as a sliver of land to keep Atlantic fascism away from its border. The attempt to conquer Kiev had failed as Russia was totally unprepared for a large land war, a standing army of half a million would have been needed.

Crimea As Endgame Before Going M.A.D.

Ukraine Caught Between East and West, Red and Blue

A long history of a divided state, caught up in collapse of West-European and Eastern Empires and the Rise and Fall of Communism in the 20th Century. The oligarchs run the nation ...

Ukraine sought membership in NATO in 2008. But Russia was openly against the idea, a stance that made allies such as France and Germany nervous about spelling out the steps that Ukraine and Georgia should have to take in their MAPs in order to join. Doing so would signal to Moscow that, eventually, those former Soviet countries would form part of the Western military bloc it opposes.

The alliance's compromise decision, codified in NATO's Bucharest Summit declaration, [PUSHED DOWN THROATS OF NATO MEMBERS BY DICK CHENEY] was that both nations wouldn't be told what their specific MAP should be but would someday become members. Russia still invaded Georgia four months afterward. [HISTORICALLY FALSE STATEMENT]

Ukraine's movement toward membership was scrapped in 2010 after Viktor Yanukovych, who saw no need for further integration with NATO, became Ukraine's president. [YANUKOVICH HAD TO BE REMOVED IN FEB. 2014]

Russian thinking in the Ukraine crisis: From drawing a line of defence to seeing a threat to national security | FIIA - Sept. 15, 2014 |



The west must act now to break Russia's nuclear fever | FT |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 10:29:31 AM EST

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Earlier diary ...

Pegasus Incorporated Into NATO Hybrid Warfare | Apr. 6, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 01:51:21 PM EST
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Chaired and led the party in Europe and elections, ... party failed to solve harassment #MeToo

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cockroach alert
GAO | Weapon Systems Annual Assessment: Programs Are Not Consistently Implementing Practices That Can Help Accelerate Acquisitions, illustrated
Over half of the 26 major defense acquisition programs GAO assessed that had yet to deliver operational capability reported new delays. Driving factors included supplier disruptions, software development delays, and quality control deficiencies. Additionally, these programs continue to make investment decisions without sufficient knowledge, which can increase the risk of delays. Net costs for the 32 major defense acquisition programs that GAO assessed both this year and last year increased by $37 billion. Rising modernization costs, production inefficiencies, and supply chain challenges drove the majority of costs.
Of the 16 rapid prototyping efforts included in both GAO's current and prior assessments, six have delayed planned operational demonstrations by at least 12 months. The later that demonstrations occur during the MTA effort, the less time programs will have to address emerging issues. This delay heightens the chance that programs will transition with more technical risk.

Software development approaches and cybersecurity practices. Programs reporting use of modern software development approaches increased over the past year from 43 of 59 programs (73 percent) to 45 of 58 programs (78 percent). But, programs reported limited implementation of the Defense Science Board's recommended practices to accelerate software development.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 07:34:27 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 07:41:28 PM EST

Includes the state of affairs in Poland, a fascist state using Pegasus spy software to undermine the "democratic" state.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 06:36:09 AM EST
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He made a difference ... his voice lasts forever R.I.P.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 06:43:12 AM EST
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His outing was inevitable, and on June 26, after hiding out in Cambridge, Dan strolled to the US Attorney's office in Boston -- there were scores of journalists waiting -- and had a brief chat with the reporters before turning himself in for what all expected would be the trial of the decade. He told the crowd that he hoped that "the truth will free us of this war." And then, as he fought his way to the courthouse steps, a reporter asked him how he felt about going to prison. His response struck me then and still makes me tingle: "Wouldn't you go to prison to help end this war?"

I had done my bit in exposing the My Lai massacre and publishing a book about it in 1970. I was then in the process of writing a second book on the Army's cover-up of the slaughter. "Hell, no," I thought to myself, "No way I would go to jail -- especially for telling an unwanted truth."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 06:46:59 AM EST
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Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, dies at 92 | NBC News |

Daniel Ellsberg, the history-making whistleblower who by leaking the Pentagon Papers revealed longtime government doubts and deceit about the Vietnam War and inspired acts of retaliation by President Richard Nixon that helped lead to his resignation, has died. He was 92.

Ellsberg, whose actions led to a landmark First Amendment ruling by the Supreme Court (1971), had disclosed in February that he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. His family announced his death Friday morning in a letter released by a spokeswoman, Julia Pacetti.

"He was not in pain, and was surrounded by loving family," the letter reads in part. "Thank you, everyone, for your outpouring of love, appreciation and well-wishes to Dan in the previous months. It all warmed his heart at the end of his life."

Until the early 1970s, when he disclosed that he was the source for the stunning media reports on the 47-volume, 7,000-page Defense Department study of the U.S. role in Indochina, Ellsberg was a well-placed member of the government-military elite. He was a Harvard graduate and self-defined "cold warrior" who served as a private and government consultant on Vietnam throughout the 1960s, risked his life on the battlefield, received the highest security clearances and came to be trusted by officials in Democratic and Republican administrations.

Robert McNamara his biography and thoughts about Vietnam ...

Famous quote, applicable today in Ukraine 🇺🇦:

"I deeply regret that I did not force a probing debate about whether
it would ever be possible to forge a winning military effort on a
foundation of political quicksand. It became clear then, and I believe
it is clear today, that military force - especially when wielded by an outside
power - cannot bring order in a country that cannot govern itself."

In memory of Daniel, my hero, I find courage to expose the lies of the Military Industrial Complex and policy complicit in destruction of Our Planet. Nice epithet "cold warrior".

Earlier diaries ...

  • From the Quiet Mutiny
  • Democrats' War on Whistleblowers Extended
  • The Vietnam War worked to erode belief in the goodness and omnipotence of America's global role. While finally, the Watergate Affair had the effect of significantly undermining America's faith in elected officials' honesty and beneficence. All told, these events played a significantly role in contributing to a national "crisis of confidence" in the generation following World War II. [American History, Part I - by BenP in 2005]

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 07:24:53 AM EST

Empire Building South-East Asia

Japan's constitution and Article 9 guarantee for Pacifism died along with the death of Abe.

Death throes of an empire: nationalist spirit with advances in technology giving an edge relative to neighbouring states leads to feeling of superiority, dehumanizing other people as inferior. The ingredients for genocide and inhumane acts by a state.

Not until decades later, did the dark truth begin to emerge. In 1988, the Los Angeles Times reported a secret deal between the U.S. and Japan after World War II, when the U.S. eyed to enlist Japan as a Cold War ally. The report unveiled a 1947 memorandum between the U.S. intelligence unit and General Douglas MacArthur about the U.S. intention to cover up the crimes of Unit 731 in exchange for its experimentation data.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:43:49 PM EST
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Warming frosty relations ... exploring common ground to co-exist according to UN Charter of sovereign nations with peaceful intent. A real change for US foreign policy where basic colonialism and conversion leads to confrontation and wars. Choice of cultural exchange and trade to break down walls of protectionism. Post globalization which exploited minerals and mining in third world countries of Africa and Latin America. End the Bush-Obama years of regime change, interventions and assassinations by drones.

US, China to expand talks to mend frosty ties | Dawn. Wes - today |

... to expand dialogue to try to bring relations back from historic lows, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken held what officials called candid talks on soaring tensions during a rare trip to Beijing.

[American diplomacy fitting a bully on a global scale] The highest-ranking US visitor to Beijing in nearly five years ...

Blinken will hold a second day of meetings on Monday and address reporters before leaving. He and Qin made no comments on their first day as they shook hands at the state guesthouse before their respective flags in front of a painting of craggy mountains and wispy clouds.

Behind closed doors, Qin told Blinken that relations between the United States and China "are at the lowest point since the establishment of diplomatic relations," according to state-run broadcaster CCTV.

"This does not conform to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, nor does it meet the common expectations of the international community," Qin said during the talks at the ancient Diaoyutai gardens.

But he issued a warning on Taiwan, the self-ruling democracy claimed by Beijing, which has launched live-fire military drills twice near the island since August in anger over actions by top US lawmakers.

"The Taiwan issue is the core of China's core interests, the most important issue in China-US relations and the most prominent risk," Qin said.

Earlier posts on Blinken visit to Beijing ...

U.S. Diplomacy Is to Confront Big Competitor China

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Entertaining warmongers like Anne Applebaum, NATO Top Brass, Dutch Chief of Staff, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Radek Sikorski are all encouraged and welcomed on TV Newsrooms. Bloodshed, war on Eastern Front costing tens of thousands of lives. Devastation in trench warfare resulting in a deadlock and a long war of attrition and hatred.

Now the Confederate flag is banned in Dutch football stadiums or risk a fine of €3,750. Utter stupidity IMO. Israeli flags are seen by the dozens in every home game of Ajax Amsterdam, resulting in truly racist chants in every away game rhyming Hamas and Holocaust genocide.

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Radek Sikorski is CIA as far back as acting as a reporter in AfPak region delivering  mujahideen fighters of Al Qaeda.

From diary archives ...

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MBZ to Putin: "Mr President ... many threats are coming our way, especially given Russia's situation today ... but we made up our minds and made a move (الحمد لله), regardless of the conditions set by the west" #UAE #russia

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 12:51:07 PM EST
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How MKO, Israeli regime lure European MPs with money for lobbying

A short verbal exchange recently between a TV presenter and a low-profile politician and former lawmaker from a small country on the periphery of the European Union laid bare a long-standing problem of non-transparent lobbying in the highest EU institutions in Brussels.

A TV host on a popular Croatian talk show asked a guest how she copes with the growing European inflation of 13 percent since she has savings of 700-800,000 Euros in publicly available bank accounts.

This financial data was known to him because the Croatian anti-corruption institutions require that leading Croatian politicians must make their assets publicly available online every year, in order to prevent conflict of interest.

Croatian MP Marijana Petir, the guest on the show, was visibly rattled by the unexpected question.


The answer to the question of how a little-known peasant politician accumulated hundreds of thousands of Euros is yet quite simple - it comes from anti-Iranian and anti-Palestinian lobbying for the Albania-based terrorist group MKO and the Israeli regime in the EU parliament.

Just two weeks after entering the EU parliament, she boasted on her private website that she is the only Croatian member of the delegation with close relations with the Israeli regime, and her Zionist rampage was evident throughout her five-year mandate, in the form of tens of examples.

In her speeches, she repeatedly promoted the lie that Palestinians use "human shields," thus whitewashing the Israeli regime's war crimes. She also claimed that the EU's humanitarian aid to Palestine "finances terrorism", equating criticism of Israeli policy viz a viz Palestine with anti-Semitism, and demanding that Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement be put on the EU terror list, etc.

She has traveled to the Israeli-occupied territories at least three times, from where she proudly opposed EU labeling of products originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Petir thus ardently defends the apartheid regime responsible for the ethnic cleansing of millions of Palestinian Muslims and hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Christians, but at the same time paradoxically presents herself as a great Catholic concerned about the violations of the rights of Christians in the world.

In one of her freaky rants, she named Iran, Syria and Turkey as allegedly "the most aggressive anti-Christian countries."

MKO ties

There is also ample evidence that points to her close ties with the MKO, a notorious anti-Iranian terrorist organization based in Albania that is responsible for the killings of tens of thousands of Iranians, which Petir indirectly refers to as "Iran's human rights organization" on her website.

She held meetings with Maryam Rajavi, promoted MKO propaganda on her Twitter page, and most importantly, used their disinformation for anti-Iranian presentations in the EU Parliament.

Among numerous anti-Iran speeches is a particularly bizarre one in which she says: "It is well known that the position of women has declined after the revolution," and goes on to cite various fake data from MKO pamphlets, including the alleged "denial of education to girls."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 06:55:27 PM EST
14. Iran nuclear deal (debate)

Marijana Petir (PPE) . - Mr. President, although the intention of the Iran nuclear deal was good in terms of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and achieving peace, the agreement has not produced the desired results so far.

This is an agreement with an undemocratic regime, a regime that has more than doubled the number of executions in recent years and reached the highest level in the last 25 years.

Violations of human rights, violations of women's rights, as well as minority rights, were left aside in reaching an agreement on the nuclear program and are still on the back burner today, while the Iranian authorities pass even stricter laws against women's rights, and Iran is still the leading executioner of minors who committed crimes.

According to the State Department's annual report, Iran remains the world's leading financier of terrorist organizations and their activities and acts as a destabilizing factor in the Middle East. Iran has made almost no progress, and the parties to the agreement are keeping it quiet for fear of Iran not activating its nuclear program, which cannot be called a partnership.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 06:56:16 PM EST
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15. US President Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel (debate)

Marijana Petir (PPE) . - Mr. President, achieving peace in the Middle East is one of the very high priorities, the realization of which neither the European Union nor the United States have contributed to with our activities so far. Achieving peace in the Middle East does not depend on the status of Jerusalem, but on the de-radicalization of the societies there and the establishment of democracy and respect for human rights.

We must note that a number of countries that today oppose the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel are essentially opposing the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. This takes on an additional dimension in light of the recent terrorist attacks on the Jewish community in Jerusalem, but also in Sweden, where an anti-Semitic protest and a bombing of a synagogue took place. These are real problems, the solution of which we must approach with due seriousness, because for too long the European Union has been indifferent to the situation in the Middle East, as well as to the radicalization that is happening on its soil.

I believe that President Trump, deciding on a proactive American policy in the Middle East, looked at all aspects of his decision and that, in cooperation with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states, he reached a certain level of agreement by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Such a decision should not be seen as opposing the position of the European Union and the solution of two states for two peoples. On the contrary, I would like to hope that this will encourage all parties to act more quickly and efficiently and that Jerusalem will continue to be and remain the holy city of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

(The speaker agreed to answer the question by raising the blue card (Article 162, paragraph 8 of the Rules of Procedure)).

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 06:57:13 PM EST
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New Members for NATO: Albania and Kosovo

One Dead as Albanian Police Raid Iranian Oppositionists' Compound | Balkan Insight |

Camp Bondsteel

U.S. training camp cutthroat Jihadists for Syrian theater of battle against the Assad regime ... similar camp was located in Jordan close to the border with Syria. Training provided by UK and US marines.

Risk of Wikileaks Unveiling Al Qaeda Terror Cells  in Kosovo

Inspired by the former president ... won't pronounce his name. 😊

Caesar Trump: Building His Enduring Fort In Poland

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NATO Secretary General: Albania plays a key role promoting stability in the Western Balkans

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Politico.eu.com | Inside Ukraine's first day as an EU member, 22 June
a subversive "postcard from the future"

Who pays for that?

by Cat on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 12:16:03 PM EST
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Read it in the stars ... FARMERS

Europe under leadership of Frans Timmermans and his henchman Boris [nuclear whizzkid with past career at Greenpeace and Dutch politics for Labour (PvdA)] ... ban on agriculture where nature is suppressed by adjacent farming.

The Dutch especially want to build houses in the heart of Holland ... the past twenty years were a big failure as corporations were permitted to build high rise office space instead ... the unprovoked financial and banking crisis of 2008-09 followed by an unpredicted pandemic causing high rate of vacancies. Don't criticize the global hub of Schiphol Airport with (Royal) Dutch KLM which had to be expanded beyond its capabilities with extreme burden for cities and villages near Amsterdam ... and the environment.

New policy to enforce nitrogen limits, farming community will be on the low picking order. German water throwers will be supplied by the German Traffic Light Coalition called in to suppress protest.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 03:02:24 PM EST
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Amid the battle of Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, a new global order struggles to take shape

Xi's world order is based on non-interference in other states' internal affairs - meaning a country's lack of democracy or internal repression are its business and no one else's. Basically, it's a tyrant's charter - and as such, anathema to the west. No wonder Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, felt so uncomfortable visiting Beijing last week. Although Blinken secured a meeting with Xi, China's leader declined to sit next to him, preferring to talk down from a distance. The visit achieved nothing of substance - while underscoring the ideological gulf. Then Biden put his foot in it, calling Xi a "dictator" in a sudden burst of honesty.

Learn the meaning and roots of dēmokratia literally "people power".

We the people can replace their government through peaceful transfers of power, meaning elections, rather than violent uprising or revolution.

Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero

Regime change by outside armed forces, bullying or coercions is NOT democracy Joe. Get that in your thick skull.

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Netanyahu Expected to Head to China for Official Visit, Informs U.S. | Haaretz |

Netanyahu relayed the news to the Biden administration after receiving the invitation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 09:07:03 PM EST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks at the opening of the SCO National Peoples' Diplomacy Centre, Moscow, June 30, 2023

Ladies and gentlemen,


Good afternoon.

I am delighted to attend the opening of the National Peoples' Diplomacy Centre of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Russia, created at the initiative of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly. I would like to use this occasion to express gratitude to the assembly members and its Secretary General, Andrey Belyaninov, for this much needed, interesting and promising initiative.

The operation of the National Centre will undoubtedly help to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the general public of the SCO countries and to promote an objective view of Russia in the SCO space and beyond it. The centre will be fully based on fundamental SCO principles, such as openness, mutual trust, equality, non-directedness against third countries, respect for cultural diversity and a striving for joint constructive development.

The SCO is a pillar of the evolving multipolar world, based on the UN Charter, the philosophy of equal and indivisible security, and the right of nations to choose their future themselves. Our organisation is an excellent example of truly multilateral diplomacy. Countries with different political systems and distinctive values and traditions are effectively collaborating within the framework of the organisation in many areas. There are no drivers or driven among our countries, which take decisions by consensus. We apply in practice a fundamental principle of the UN Charter, namely, the sovereign equality of states.

It is no accident that more countries are willing to develop ties with the SCO. At the upcoming meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council on July 4, we will formalise the full membership of Iran, sign a memorandum of obligations for Belarus and launch the procedure for its full accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

We welcome the new dialogue partners of the SCO. Together with the new members and dialogue partners, the SCO space covers territory from Europe and the Middle East to South and Southeast Asia. We also continue to discuss additional applications from interested countries.

Our current priority is to make use of this powerful and ever-growing potential. A process of comprehensive improvement of the SCO's activities with due regard for the new geopolitical realities has been launched at Russia's initiative. Its goal is to further improve the standards of our cooperation in politics, the economy, security and culture, and to build up the efficiency of permanent SCO bodies. We are prioritising the substance and parameters of cooperation with dialogue partners and other external parties.

The organisation's legal framework and constructive groundwork are sufficient for building up joint efforts against security threats and challenges. The existing policy documents and concepts promote effective trade, economic and investment cooperation. The SCO member states continue working to promote their transport, logistics and infrastructure connectivity, to strengthen their food and energy security, as well as to protect themselves from the effects of the Western countries' illegal unilateral measures.

We are working together to realise our achievements in practical projects in the common SCO format. Another pillar of the SCO is our humanitarian relations. I would like to mention the dynamic development of our ties in culture, healthcare, science, education, tourism and youth affairs. I have no doubt that the SCO's National Peoples' Diplomacy Centre in Russia will make a substantial contribution to the development of our cooperation in these areas.

As far as I know, the successful experience of similar organisations operating in China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan was considered during the establishment of this centre in Russia. The Foreign Ministry is willing to provide all-round support and assistance to the development of such a mechanism and centre in Russia. We are ready to work closely with all SCO countries towards strengthening its prestige and promoting the ideals of a fair and democratic multipolar world.

China highlights importance of BRICS for global cooperation

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 04:09:03 PM EST
US Hegemony and Its Perils | MFA People's Republic of China |

Since becoming the world's most powerful country after the two world wars and the Cold War, the United States has acted more boldly to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, pursue, maintain and abuse hegemony, advance subversion and infiltration, and willfully wage wars, bringing harm to the international community.

The United States has developed a hegemonic playbook to stage "color revolutions," instigate regional disputes, and even directly launch wars under the guise of promoting democracy, freedom and human rights. Clinging to the Cold War mentality, the United States has ramped up bloc politics and stoked conflict and confrontation.

It has overstretched the concept of national security, abused export controls and forced unilateral sanctions upon others. It has taken a selective approach to international law and rules, utilizing or discarding them as it sees fit, and has sought to impose rules that serve its own interests in the name of upholding a "rules-based international order."

This report, by presenting the relevant facts, seeks to expose the U.S. abuse of hegemony in the political, military, economic, financial, technological and cultural fields, and to draw greater international attention to the perils of the U.S. practices to world peace and stability and the well-being of all peoples.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 05:16:44 PM EST
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parity watch a/o 01.07.23
ARS:USD, 1:0.003
ARS:RMB, 1:0.02
RMB:USD, 1:0.13

english.elpais | Argentina uses yuan for the first time to settle part of its IMF debt, 30 June

The lack of dollars in its central bank's international reserves forced the government of Argentina to make an unprecedented decision this Friday. For the first time, it met a payment obligation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Chinese yuan [RMB] worth the equivalent of one billion US dollars [USD], with a further $1,7 billion disbursed in Special Drawing Rights [SDR], considered the IMF's currency "accounting unit" as it is a reserve asset made up of a basket of the world's main [value weighted] currencies held by each IMF shareholder's CB.
"The payment of the June maturities was made without using dollars but SDRs, special drawing rights, and yuan," the Economy Ministry, headed by presidential hopeful Sergio Massa, said in a statement. The IMF confirmed the transaction. The international organization accepted this form of payment while ["sustainable" LOL] negotiations to restructure Argentina's debt continue.

The Argentine team has asked to reformulate ["structural adjustment"] goals agreed with the IMF in 2022 given the impossibility of meeting them due to the impact of the worst drought the country has seen in decades. The countryside is the nation's main economic engine and [soybean? harvest] losses due to the lack of rain are running into $20 billion [ARS 5.13T] by the latest count.

reuters | Argentina strikes $5 bln China currency swap extension, 15 Nov 2022
..."Today President Xi (Jinping) informed us that he authorized the Chinese government to make 35 billion yuan, meaning $5 billion, freely available to Argentina," Fernandez said after meeting Xi at the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Bali. China is Argentina's second biggest trade partner and the second most important destination for Argentine exports....
reuters | Argentina to pay for Chinese imports in yuan rather than dollars, 26 Apr 2023
...In April, it aims to pay around $1 billion of Chinese imports in [RMB 7.25B] yuan instead of dollars and thereafter around $790 million[RMB 5.7B] of monthly imports will be paid in yuan, a government statement said....
bloomberg | China Allows Argentina to Spend Up to $10 Billion of Currency Swap Line, 2 June 2023
...Chinese officials approved Argentina tapping up to 70 billion yuan ($9.89 billion) of the swap line, up from a previous limit of about 35 billion yuan, according to a central bank statement....
archived A decade from now, EME odious debt service...
Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) Allocations and Holdings for all members as of May 31, 2023
IMF SDR Allocation and Usage by IMF member
AR: SDR 7.8M allocation a/o 28.02.22
by Cat on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 11:18:28 PM EST
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telesur | Argentina Enables Deposits in Yuan for Local Bank Accounts, 30 June CIPS participants
...According to a statement released Thursday, financial entities will be able to open checking and savings accounts denominated in the Chinese currency.

The central bank indicated that "the measure is complementary to the decision of the National Securities Commission (CNV), which enabled the negotiation of negotiable securities in yuan" in the local financial market. In early June, the CNV said it would support the development of financial operations in the Chinese currency, specifically in the spot and futures markets....

scio.gov.cn | BRI puts ties with Argentina on fast track Belt & Road, 21 Feb 2022
RMB-denominated project finance
... "Argentina and China are complementary economies, and the announced investments are tools that will further consolidate the trade relationship, as well as cooperation, exchanges and friendship between the two nations," [Civic Association for Argentina-China Cooperation dir. Cristian] Inderkumer said in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital. With Argentina joining the BRI as a full member, Beijing and Buenos Aires have entered into several significant agreements to further develop Argentina's infrastructure....
PBOC Cross-border Interbank Payment System
by Cat on Sun Jul 2nd, 2023 at 01:25:55 AM EST
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There was a duo who bullied NATO members into submission: VP Dick Cheney with assistant @NATO Vicky Nuland.

CFR article: No mention of Georgia and puppet Saakashvili??

Bucharest Summit Declaration

We have decided to invite Albania and Croatia to begin accession talks to join our Alliance. We congratulate these countries on this historic achievement, earned through years of hard work and a demonstrated commitment to our common security and NATO's shared values.

Euro-Atlantic and wider international security is closely tied to Afghanistan's future as a peaceful, democratic state, respectful of human rights and free from the threat of terrorism. For that reason, our UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, currently comprising 40 nations, is our top priority. Working with the Afghans, we have made significant progress ...

In Kosovo, NATO and KFOR will continue to work with the authorities and, bearing in mind its operational mandate, KFOR will cooperate with and assist the United Nations, the European Union and other international actors, as appropriate, to support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo.

We remain deeply concerned by the continued violence and atrocities in Darfur and call on all parties to cease hostilities.  NATO remains ready, following consultation with and the agreement of the United Nations and the African Union (AU), to support their peacekeeping efforts in the region.  At the request of the African Union, NATO has agreed to provide support to the AU Mission in Somalia and we are prepared to consider further requests for support to this mission.

NATO welcomes Ukraine's and Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO.  We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.  Both nations have made valuable contributions to Alliance operations.  We welcome the democratic reforms in Ukraine and Georgia and look forward to free and fair parliamentary elections in Georgia in May.  MAP is the next step for Ukraine and Georgia on their direct way to membership.

So in August, US puppet Saakashvili counted on American support from George Bush as promised in meetings with John McCaine with lobbyist Randy Scheunemann and Israeli military support, thought it wise to attack South Ossetia where Russian peacekeepers were located. No, the mighty US Navy didn't steam up through the Dardanelles into the Black Sea ... Saakashvili after a long exile is now at home, incarcerated.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 04:43:24 PM EST

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