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WeAreNato Disunited and in Disarray

by Oui Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 07:12:09 AM EST

At his age, Joe making short-term Quid-pro-Quo bilateral deals to keep the power and might of America going into 2024 election year.

Temper, temper Joe ...

Behind closed doors, Biden has such a quick-trigger temper that some aides try to avoid meeting alone with him. Some take a colleague, almost as a shield against a solo blast.

The president's admonitions include: "God dammit, how the fu*k don't you know this?!," "Don't fu*king bullsh*t me!" and "Get the fu*k out of here!" -- according to current and former Biden aides who have witnessed and been on the receiving end of such outbursts.

[Update-1] Turn of events … destroying social-democracy, the left in the European Union. Building the war narrative to intervene militarily in Ukraine … the proxy war.

New diary: Zionism: Bringing Down Jeremy Corbyn

More signs of creeping dementia ...

So the world witnesses a new global security and defense alliance manned by G7 nations to illustrate it is an global economic war after all ... not about spreading democracy or our moral values. As the planet burns and millions across the equator are on the run ...

NATO falls short of giving clear path to membership for Ukraine

In a carefully phrased summit communique, NATO leaders did not answer Ukraine's plea for a clear commitment on when and under what circumstances Kyiv would join the Western military alliance on Tuesday (11 July) at their Vilnius summit.

The Vilnius declaration, which followed months of intense negotiations between NATO members, does not bear a date or straightforward invitation for Ukraine to join the alliance as Kyiv had initially hoped for.

"We will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine to join the Alliance when allies agree and conditions are met," NATO leaders agreed in their Vilnius summit communiqué.

Asked by reporters what those conditions for membership would entail, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg did not provide any details.

The conditions were not spelt out because NATO leaders could not agree as to what they should entail, according to diplomatic sources involved in the discussions.

There are many debate platforms from Atlantic Council, Bucharest Nine, Three Seas to the Visegrad24 group ... the European Union doing its best to partner along, but real might lies in the Oval Office of the President and the G7 economic powers.

G7 Leaders' Statement | Feb. 24, 2023 |

At the one-year mark of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, At the nine-year mark of the brutal domestic violence and coup d'état by NATO intervention, we, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), met with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Blah-blah-blah [insert here the standardized war narrative from Joe Biden's office to fulfill Dick Cheney's promise to take Ukraine, see NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008]

As delivered in Washington DC ...

[Fact Sheet] On One Year Anniversary of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine, Biden Administration Announces Actions to Support Ukraine and Hold Russia Accountable

G7 summit: 'We will continue to provide support' to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that there would be no return to the time before Russia's attack on Ukraine, which has ushered in long-term changes in international relations, at the summit of the Group of Seven nations on June 27, 2022.

Today the G7 are unrelenting in pressuring neo-colonialism and expansion of NATO into the Indo-Pacific. Call in spreading democracy on instilling a NWO by military force.

On the sidelines of the top NATO Summit in Vilnius, success at last for Joe and Rishi.

G7 countries set to sign security 'framework' for Ukraine

Joint Declaration signatories will provide long-term, bilateral security commitments for Ukraine, with the aim of building a Ukraine that can defend its territorial sovereignty both today and in the future," according to a UK foreign ministry statement.

The G7 nations are expected to announce a "significant international framework for Ukraine's long-term security arrangements" on Wednesday, according to the British foreign ministry.

The G7 nations -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- will make the announcement on the edges of the NATO Summit at Vilnius, Lithuania. All those nations but Japan are part of the military alliance. The announcement comes after NATO took an official stance that Ukraine will have no set timetable to join the alliance, much to the consternation of Ukrainian leadership.

There have been hints for several days in media that some form of the G7 would make a security pledge to Ukraine, but details have been kept under wraps. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said only that "the G7 countries are going to make a joint declaration that expresses [support for Ukraine] and that will be fulfilled very concretely by the various countries," according to an AFP report.

The agreement will be "the first time that this many countries have agreed a comprehensive long-term security arrangement of this kind with another country. Joint Declaration signatories will provide long-term, bilateral security commitments for Ukraine, with the aim of building a Ukraine that can defend its territorial sovereignty both today and in the future," according to the British foreign ministry statement.

At Hiroshima G7, Zelenskyy rallies support for defense of Ukraine | Japan Times - May 23, 2023 |

New aid package

The statement also says that as part of the new aid package to the Kiev government, London will deliver to Ukraine more combat vehicles and thousands of rounds for Challenger 2 main battle tanks.

"In addition to the work on a long-term bilateral security pact, the UK will deliver more than 70 combat and logistics vehicles to Ukraine, including CVRT vehicles. The British Army vehicles will be gifted to Ukraine to ensure front line forces have the means to carry vital ammunition and equipment, evacuate injured soldiers and recover damaged vehicles, making them crucial to Ukraine's counteroffensive," the statement says.

Russian warships sailing close to Taiwan a sign of stronger Russian-Chinese ties - expert

How far will this lunacy go forward⁉️

    G7 nations willing to provide free arm and leg protheses to the UA and livelong jobs for injured veterans. Psychologists will offer PTSD package deal to the Ukraine Health Service (UHS) mirrored by the NHS.

Zelenskiy fails in effort to secure invitation to join Nato at Vilnius summit | The Guardian |

Leaders of military alliance sign off on declaration that does not give Ukraine firm membership timetable

Zelenskiy said, in a statement issued after the communique: "Today I embarked on a trip here with faith in decisions, with faith in partners, with faith in a strong NATO. In a Nato that does not hesitate, does not waste time and does not look back at any aggressor ... And I would like this faith to become confidence."

The communique's language reflects opposition from Germany and the US that too firm a commitment could prompt an escalation from Russia and, if Ukraine was allowed to join the alliance while the conflict continued, it could ultimately bring Nato into a war against Moscow.

Investigation: EU inability to ramp up production behind acute ammunition shortages in Ukraine | Kyiv Independent |

    The Ukrainian Apocalypse Now
    Director: Joe Biden
    Production: Lloyd Austin (Pentagon)
    Actor: Volodymyr Zelenskyy (SAG)
    Special honor: Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Posted earlier in a related thread ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 12:08:11 PM EST
Cluster munitions are prohibited by more than 100 countries. They typically scatter numerous smaller bomblets over a wide area, sometimes as big as a football pitch, and can kill indiscriminately. Those that fail to explode threaten civilians, especially children, for decades after a conflict ends.

Biden said he had made the move because the Ukrainians were running out of ammunition.

One million 155-mm artillery shells for Ukrainian Armed Forces: EU will supply the required weapons?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 12:30:32 PM EST
Cluster Munitions for Ukraine: Everything You Need to Know About Washington's Green Light Decision | Kyiv Post |

Germany and other NATO nation weapons developers first turned to cluster munitions during the Cold War-era as a counter to expected Red Army massed tank assaults into northwest Europe.

The SMArt 155 is one of the most advanced versions of that technology, building a pair of "smart" anti-armor mines into a howitzer shell that flies the sub-munitions to a target.

Equipped with advanced electronics, sensors and flight programs, the twin bomblets guide themselves to attack the thin roof armor of a tank or other heavy armored vehicle. Germany reportedly first sent Ukraine the munition in March 2023. 

Reportedly, a single SMArt 155 shell costs $80,000. A conventional 155mm shell - the munition the AFU is chronically short of - costs between $500 and $3,000. 

AFU gunners have reserved expensive SMArt 155 shells, or small quantities of similar Swedish-manufactured 155 BONUS anti-armor cluster munition shells, for use only against very high value targets. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 12:31:24 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 12:32:04 PM EST
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...This is not Ukraine taking these and going and using them in the Middle East or in Southeast Asia or in some faraway land...
by Cat on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 01:54:13 PM EST
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Zelenskyy a bit lost as Europe's Churchill is caught up in a jovial session with close allies making his war against Russia feasible, but as yet not decisive.

Find the differences ...

December 1939: Winston Churchill's first wartime broadcast

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 01:13:41 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 01:19:24 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 01:45:32 PM EST
Deal made in Tunisia with the local dictator as the three politicians return to Brussels with a smile ...

Stranded in Tunisia: African migrants' urgent plea for help | DW News |

Tunisia's crackdown against Sub-Saharans has reached a new brutal stage. Hundreds of migrants were saved at the last minute near Libya, while others remain stuck in the desert near the border with Algeria.

The remote militarized zone between Tunisia and Libya is as inhospitable as a region can be. There is nothing but sand and sea water, it is generally barred for visitors, humanitarian organizations or any form of trespassing. This is where Tunisian authorities had dropped off around 800 Sub-Saharan migrants for days until they were picked up again by Tunisian authorities on Monday night.

According to several news agencies, people were left to their own device, and the news outlet Al Jazeera reported that around a dozen people died, while others had started to drink sea water out of desperation.

The Arab Uprising and America's military intervention based on NWO - R2P policy. A process of democratization under leadership of Samantha Power, now head of USAID and support for Ukrainian war refugees. She is a veteran.

UNHCR steps up relief efforts as huge numbers flee Libya to Egypt and Tunisia | UN Relief - March 1, 2011 |

Press statement by President von der Leyen with Italian Prime Minister Meloni, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and Tunisian President Saied

Good afternoon,

We are here as Team Europe. We want to mark an important milestone in the relationship between Tunisia and the European Union. Tunisia is a partner that we value very much in the European Union. And this is demonstrated by the three of us being here in Tunis together, and by the kind hospitality we received and the good discussions with President Saied.

With Tunisia, we share much more than geographic proximity, we share a history. Since 2011, the European Union has been supporting Tunisia's journey of democracy.

Indeed, people from the Garden don't quite understand the struggle for survival in the Jungle, rest of the World.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 01:46:50 PM EST
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WRAPUP 3-NATO allies offer security assurances for Ukraine on path to membership | Reuters |

Earlier today and also on the theme of gratitude, the US national security adviser said that the "American people deserve a degree of gratitude" for their support of Ukraine.
Speaking at a Nato public forum, Jake Sullivan was pressed by a Ukrainian activist on why Ukraine has not been invited to join the Nato alliance.

Sullivan said that the people of Ukraine are the ones "really carrying the burden" of the war.

But he was also firm in telling the activist, Daria Kaleniuk of the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Ukraine, that the US is already doing a lot to help in the war against Russia.
"The American people have sought - in watching and wanting to stand in solidarity with the brave and courageous people of Ukraine - to step up and deliver."

"And I think the American people do deserve a degree of gratitude - from us, from the United States, from our government, deserve gratitude for their willingness to step up and from the rest of the world, as well, as do every ally and partner that's supporting it," Sullivan said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 04:05:03 PM EST
'We're not Amazon': UK defence secretary suggests Ukraine could say thank you more | The Guardian |

The British defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has suggested Ukraine needs to put more emphasis on thanking the west for its assistance after Volodymyr Zelenskiy's complaints on Tuesday that his country had not been issued a firm timetable or set of conditions for joining Nato.

"Whether we like it or not, people want to see a bit of gratitude," Wallace said at a briefing in the margins of the Nato summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, when asked about the Ukrainian president's comments that it was "absurd" for Kyiv to be told it would be welcome in the alliance but not given a date or exact conditions.

"Sometimes you are asking countries to give up their own stocks [of weapons]," Wallace said. "Sometimes you have to persuade lawmakers on the [Capitol] Hill in America."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 04:08:50 PM EST
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Ben Wallace to quit as defence secretary at next Cabinet reshuffle

to pursue an lucrative opportunity with a "private security" start up?

by Cat on Sun Jul 16th, 2023 at 03:34:36 AM EST
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Most recent statement of misplaced arrogance direct from Machiavelli's teachings on temporal power: "I want Moscow to realize defeat: Fu*k, they did it again".

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 09:39:46 PM EST
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Handelsblatt, citing anonymous sources, claimed Germany's decision to scrap the planned facility in Poland was due to Warsaw's disproportionately high price projections. Under the initial agreement, two German tank manufacturers - Rheinmetall and KMW - were to set up a joint venture in Poland.

Deutschland lässt offenbar Deal für Panzerwerkstatt in Polen platzen

Leopard-Panzer der Ukraine sollen möglichst nah an der Grenze gewartet werden. Doch Polen verlangt aus deutscher Sicht überzogene Preise. Die Bundesregierung reagiert.

Aus dem Bundesverteidigungsministerium hieß es offiziell, die endgültige Entscheidung sei noch nicht gefallen. Allerdings bestätigte ein Sprecher, dass moderne Leopard-Panzer vom Typ 2A5 und 2A6 nunmehr in Deutschland und voraussichtlich auch in Litauen repariert werden sollen.

Die Instandsetzungsarbeiten an diesen Modellen könnten schon jetzt beginnen, ,,und zwar sobald die ukrainischen Streitkräfte den Instandsetzungsbedarf anzeigen", sagte der Sprecher. Nur die Verhandlungen über die Reparatur von Leopard-2A4-Kampfpanzern, ein älterer Typ, liefen noch.

Hat Deutschland sich in der Panzerfrage tatsächlich abgestimmt und verantwortungsvoll gehandelt?

See extended post by Cat ...

Germany terminates the agreement on the repair of Leopard tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Poland

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 08:52:29 PM EST
Türkiye 'more hopeful than ever' over F-16 purchase from US: Erdogan | TRT World |

Parliament In Türkiye not in a hurry to debate Sweden and NATO, likely delayed until Fall.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 12th, 2023 at 09:50:28 PM EST
I declare we won, you lost ... and the war continues for decades ... suffering and death.

Biden in Finland: Putin 'already lost' Ukraine war | DW News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 13th, 2023 at 04:15:26 PM EST
yle | US President Biden arrives in Helsinki, 10 PM, 12 July
... Biden's one-day visit in Finland will include meeting with four Nordic prime ministers along with Niinistö.

Earlier on Wednesday, Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) said he also was going to meet Biden. However, according to Finnish law, the president is charged with handling foreign affairs, while the prime minister's role concentrates on domestic issues, so Orpo will not be attending the Nordic Prime Ministers' Summit.

Biden's visit has involved major security arrangements around the Finnish capital, with a number of city blocks around the Presidential Palace cordoned off. An area around Helsinki Harbour will also be off-limits to members of the public and maritime activities in that zone are to be limited, for example. Authorities also introduced a temporary border control for all travellers ahead of Biden's visit.....

Biden departs Finland 20 min ago, 13 July

Good talk.

Sanna Marin hires a talen agent

The agency said that Marin specialises "in topics of geopolitics, strategic autonomy, climate change, and female leadership."

Marin's public speaking experience abroad include a recent address at the Davos World Economic Forum, a commencement speech at New York University and has also spoken at the Lowy Institute, the Munich Security Conference, for example.

The agency's other clients include Nobel prize recipients, actors, athletes, business leaders and a long list of other well-known names from a broad range of society. The firm also represents former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.

by Cat on Thu Jul 13th, 2023 at 04:48:18 PM EST
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Der Wahnsinn: Die endlose Wahlwiederholung in den USA, 05.01.23

parody: an endless story
by Cat on Thu Jul 13th, 2023 at 09:18:13 PM EST

The EU will be asked to plug some financial gaps ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 13th, 2023 at 10:35:48 PM EST
seymourhersh.substack was dancing on my last nerve. I know that he knows, he'd be asleep in his Barcalounger® dreaming of his NYT salad-days, if the White House didn't call him once a week with a "tip". So why did he have to go and hauled that tool Brad Setser onto his lap?
I have been told a different, secret story about Erdogan's turnabout: Biden promised that a much-needed $11-13 billion line of credit would be extended to Turkey by the International Monetary Fund.
Turkey Pays Off IMF Debt, Becomes Contributor (2013)
Turkey is also seemingly on the brink of a major debt crisis (2018) to EU, UK, and US sanctions against Turkey (2021)
Turkey receives $6.3 billion SDR from IMF (2021)
IMF:TR | Balance sheet, 1984-2023
IMF | REPUBLIC OF TÜRKIYE | at a glance (2023)
Turkiye | EVDS dashboard
Remember what the conscience of a liberal says: Debt Is (Mostly) Money We Owe to Ourselves
A June analysis [06.06.23] by Brad W. Setser of the Council on Foreign Relations, "Turkey's Increasing Balance Sheet Risks," said it all in the first two sentences--Erdogan won re-election and "now has to find a way to avoid what appears to be an imminent financial crisis."
...To be sure, Erdogan no doubt intends to do another round of deals with [Türkiye]'s neighbors to close [Türkiye]'s financing gap.

Erdogan has been able to get funds from almost everyone. Even countries that don't like each other have given money to Erdogan to try to make sure [Türkiye] doesn't swing toward their rivals[, competitors, and partners]. The [Islamist] Qataris and the [Islamist] Saudis, for example, don't have the closest relationship. But both have provided Erdogan with funding--the Qataris to cement an alliance with the Islamist Erdogan, and the [Islamist] Saudis and the [Islamist] Emiratis to keep [Türkiye] from migrating fully into Qatar's camp. [Türkiye] has also gotten a deposit from the Azer[baijan], swap lines from [Islamist] China and [S.] Korea, and a bit of funding from [Islamist] Russia's state atomic energy company...

The critical fact, Setser writes, is that Turkey "is on the edge of truly running out of usable foreign exchange reserves--and facing a choice between selling its gold, an avoidable default, or swallowing the bitter pill of a complete [360°] policy reversal and possibly an IMF program."
well, Guess what, Sy? Brad doesn't understand The Jungle's favor bank either! It's kind of a shame he wasted all his creativity on emailing hand-made charts to WB Group.

APsplainin Turkey's finance chief heralds $50.7 billion deals with stim checks from UAE as Erdogan tours Gulf nations, 20 July swaps and LCT opportunity

Erdogan embarked on a tour of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE on Tuesday, seeking trade and investment opportunities for Turkey's floundering economy.
The agreements involve export financing, earthquake bonds, energy gas and oil production, defense arms production, and other sectors [, possibly mining].
He wouldn't have nailed fresh capital without fresh sanctions. The SCO sez, Thank you, US Treasury OFAC! And your little dog Josep!
by Cat on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 08:41:00 PM EST
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Thu Mar 23rd, 2023 EU pledges, ICC, Finland
by Cat on Fri Jul 21st, 2023 at 10:38:47 PM EST
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Swedes should behave and respect the holy book for Muslims: Quran.

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote?

European ally and NATO states voted unanimously: NO!

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 13th, 2023 at 10:36:40 PM EST
europarl.europa.eu | DRAFT report on the 2022 Commission Report on on Türkiye, 30 May 2023 motion for a resolution
General assessment and latest developments
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The way forward for EU-Türkiye relations
[... 14-19 ... ]
armenpress | European Parliament foreign affairs committee urges Turkey to recognize Armenian Genocide, supports normalization, 18 July
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has adopted a report on Turkey which also mentions the latter's normalization process with Armenia.

The report supports the Armenia-Turkey normalization for reconciliation, regional stability and security. The report welcomes the progress achieved so far and commends the Armenian Prime Minister's attendance of the Turkish President's inauguration ceremony. The report once again calls on Turkey to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide and preserve the Armenian cultural heritage in Turkey.

Ukrainian Parliament ban on the use of Greek and Russian by ethnic Greeks (2014)
Ukraine region ban on Russian culture sparks controversy (2018)
New law stokes Ukraine language tensions (2021)
Why is Ukraine trying to cancel Russian culture? (2022)
Ukraine brings cancel culture after Russian culture, language (2023)
Urging the Turkish government, the European Union and its member states to break the current deadlock and move towards a closer partnership, MEPs recommend starting a reflection process to find a parallel and realistic framework for EU-Turkey relations. They call on the Commission to explore possible formats for a mutually appealing framework.
trade.ec.europa.eu: Türkiye is one of 42 current members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), which was launched in 2008 as a continuation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership established at the Barcelona Conference in 1995. This inter-governmental partnership promotes cooperation and dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region and brings together all 27 EU Member States and 15 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel [!], Jordan [!], Lebanon [!], Mauritania [?!], Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine*, Syria [!]—suspended, Tunisia [!], and Türkiye; Libya [!] is an observer).

The UfM's strategic objectives are regional stability, human development and regional economic integration. Its overall aim is to transform the Euro-Mediterranean region into an area of peace, stability, and prosperity.
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

In the report, MEPs confirm that Turkey remains a candidate for EU accession, a NATO ally and a key partner in security, trade and economic relations, and migration, stressing that Turkey is expected to respect democratic values, rule of law, human rights and abide by EU laws, principles and obligations.
al-monitor | European Parliament rebuffs Turkey's NATO-EU trade-off + Nacho Sánchez Amor tweets
The European deputies called on the EU to start a reflection process to find an "alternative and realistic framework" in substitution for Turkey's EU accession [sic] process.
trade.ec.europa.eu: Total trade in goods between the EU and Türkiye in 2022 amounted to €198.1 billion (3.6% of the EU's total trade with the ["intra- and extra-euro area"].
The EP report urged Turkey "to ratify Sweden's NATO membership in the Turkish Grand National Assembly as early as possible," saying that delaying it would only play into Russia's hands. EP members acknowledged measures taken by the Turkish authorities to prevent the re-exportation to Russia of goods covered by EU sanctions, but it urged them to go further to ensure that Turkey "stops being a hub for eNTiTiEs and individuals that wish to circumvent [EU] sanctions."
The lira is tumbling after the US said it's ready to kick its battle against Turkey up a notch (2018)
UPDATE: EU, UK, and US SANCTIONS against Turkey (2021)
EU Approves 11th Sanctions Package Against... third-countries (2023)
A press release on Tuesday from the EP Foreign Affairs Committee said EP members underlined that the NATO accession process of one country cannot be linked to the EU accession process of another. A parliamentary source told Al-Monitor that this was a new amendment to the report, implying that the wording came after [Stoltenberg-]Erdogan[-Biden-Hersh] made the linkage between Sweden's NATO bid and Turkey's long-standing bid for EU membership.
dailysabah | EU report on Türkiye 'one-sided, unobjective': Justice Minister
Yılmaz Tunç said Wednesday, after the European Union said Ankara's accession process "cannot resume under the current circumstances."

"We regret to see that the report is far from evaluating the current reform works in Türkiye and the developments in the fields of human rights and rule of law objectively and based on data," Tunç wrote on social media.

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee adopted the report on Tuesday by 47 votes in favor, no votes against and 10 abstentions. "Türkiye's < wipes tears > alignment rate with the EU's Common foreign and security policy has slipped to an all-time low of 7%, making it by far the lowest of all enlargement countries," the report highlighted.
Türkiye has the longest history with the union and the longest negotiation process. The country signed an association agreement with the EU's predecessor in 1964, the European Economic Community (EEC), which is usually regarded as a first step to eventually becoming a candidate. Applying for official candidacy in 1987, Türkiye had to wait until 1999 to be granted the status of a candidate country. For the start of the negotiations, however, Türkiye had to wait for another six years, until 2005, a uniquely long process compared with other candidates.

Then the EP suspended The Process™ again in 2019.
by Cat on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 03:34:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 06:28:49 PM EST
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... Afghanistan August 2021 after Joe and his American troops left in the dark of night.
... Libya after cleaning-up Gaddafi dictatorship ...
... Iraq after execution Saddam Hussein and John McCain walking down Main Street Baghdad declaring the country secure in 2007. Left Iraq under Shia influence and 700,000 deaths.
... Syria after the chaos became greater and greater with number of deaths near 400,000 and request for Assad to resign were waved away ... Syria gave permission to Russia to rid Syria from imported jihadist terror and with partial cooperation from dictator Erdogan, collected the terror group in NW Syrian province Idlib ... near the borders most foreign fighters entered. John McCain's moment of fame a photo-op with Al Nusra cutthroats.
... Ukraine and Maidan revolt and massacre, John McCain on the bull pulpit, his favorite spot together with the Nazi fascists groups in Kyiv. His early passing made had impossible to witness the ultimate victory over the Reds. Damn ... we lost  Vietnam too.

Erdogan learned lessons from the European Union and promised pushback of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers. A hardline populism ... VDL and Borrell

The bittersweet relief of Syrian refugees in Turkey after Erdogan's victory | Le Monde |

The presence in Turkey of 3.6 million refugees who fled the war in Syria has led to xenophobic rhetoric from presidential candidates. The refugees are still threatened with deportation.

Related reading ...

Ursula von der Leyen Might Be Too Pro-American for Europe

The president of the European Commission has Washington's back on China--but does she have Europe's?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 07:08:54 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 05:00:16 AM EST
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'An insult to Muslims': Iraq cuts ties with Sweden | The New Arab |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 07:00:59 PM EST
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Iraq expels Swedish ambassador over planned Quran burning | DW News |

Swedish news agency TT reported that police granted an application for a public meeting outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital of Stockholm on Thursday.

The application says an individual seeks to set the Quran and the Iraqi flag alight, TT reported.

AFP news agency reported that a Sweden-based Iraqi refugee stomped on the Quran, but did not burn it, during a protest in Stockholm. TT reported that the Quran was damaged but not did not catch fire. 

Stomped on it, did not catch fire ...


Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilstrom labeled the breach "totally unacceptable."

"It is clear that the Iraq authorities have seriously failed in their responsibility to protect diplomatic missions and personnel," Bilstrom said in a statement shared on Twitter. Iraq's charge d'affaires in Stockholm has also been summoned by Swedish authorities to express their dismay after the incident. 

The US also called it "unacceptable" that Iraqi troops did not shield the Swedish embassy from the breach. 

Take care now ... the Swedes are about to join NATO and these guys are trigger happy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 07:01:42 PM EST
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It honestly makes me sad that this site is largely just Frank posting interesting stuff here and there while you and that sentiment concussion, Cat, just spam the whole fucking thing constantly.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jul 15th, 2023 at 04:36:56 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Jul 15th, 2023 at 06:25:55 PM EST
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I do have a known readership from Seattle-Chicago-Atlanta-London-Amsterdam-The Hague to Dubai. With feedback and communication by e-mail.

Thanking for your search and bringing interesting facts and analysis to the fore Cat!

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 17th, 2023 at 05:30:40 AM EST
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Not that much has changed in blogging ... 17.5 years go 😊

Seven People who have not posted yet or been mentioned by someone else ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 18th, 2023 at 02:38:16 PM EST
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I really enjoy the news brought to me by Cat and Oui. Is it acceptable to the masters of the universe?
by Oosterbeek on Sat Jul 15th, 2023 at 07:10:57 PM EST
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IRI | Eighth Annual Ukrainian Municipal Survey, pub'd. 30 June 2023, 157 pp
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*The map represents territories that were under control of the Ukrainian government before February 24, 2022. Due to the Russian occupation of Crimea and ongoing conflict in the East of Ukraine, citizens of Simferopol, Donetsk, and Luhansk did not participate in the survey. This also includes two cities that were covered in previous waves, Mariupol and Sievierodonetsk. These areas are depicted in dark gray.
**Kherson was excluded from the sample in 2023 due to the security situation that made face to face surveying impossible (light gray).
[p 6-7 "Detailed Methodology"]
• The survey was conducted by Sociological Group "Rating" (Rating Group Ukraine) on behalf of the International Republican Institute's Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR).
• The data was collected in 21 cities in Ukraine (Kyiv and oblast centers where the safety situation allowed the survey to be conducted) between April 21 and May 22, 2023 through face-to-face interviews at the respondents' homes.
• The sample consisted of n=16,800 permanent residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older.
• In order to obtain this representative sample, 800 respondents were interviewed in each city regardless of population size. The geographical coverage of the city area was based on the electoral districts established by the Central Election Commission of Ukraine. Random route and "next birthday" rule were used to select respondents.
• The survey data obtained in each city was weighted by gender and age using national statistical data (as of January 1, 2022), as well as population size of each city for any datapoints presented in aggregate form combining the 21 cities. IRI/ CISR recognizes that the January 1, 2022 weighting parameters are unlikely to precisely reflect the current populations' demographic make-up in each of the surveyed cities, but opted to maintain this weight to allow better comparison against previous polls.
• The margin of error for each city does not exceed ±3.5 points.
• Average response rate is 56 percent.
• Charts and graphs may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.
• The 2015, 2016, 2017 surveys were funded by the Government of Canada. The 2018 survey was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy. The 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023 surveys were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
"How do you see the future of Ukraine?" [p8]
"Over the last 12 months, how has the economic situation of your household changed?" [p13]
"What do you plan to do in the event of aggravation of the war situation near the city?" [p 15]
  • I will stay where I live now
  • I will join the Armed Forces
  • I will go to another oblast
  • I will go abroad
  • I will go to another settlement in the oblast
  • I don't have a plan
  • Other
  • Difficult to answer/No answer
How would you rate the quality of each of the following services and/or public goods that are available in your city? INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT [p 28]
archived IRI | Moldova, IRI-USAID | biennial field surveys 2009-2013
by Cat on Tue Jul 18th, 2023 at 04:09:30 PM EST
"How would you rate the quality of each of the following services and/or public goods that are available in your city? GAS SUPPLY [p 50]
"How would you rate the quality of each of the following services and/or public goods that are available in your city? QUALITY OF BOMB SHELTERS [p 52]
by Cat on Tue Jul 18th, 2023 at 04:17:26 PM EST
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Ukraine, UN and Türkiye can jointly ensure operation of food corridor and inspection of vessels - address of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Dear Ukrainians, I wish you good health!

First. Today, I held a conference call - substantive reports. Front, security, supply of rounds. Commanders, SSU chief, intelligence chiefs - defense and foreign intelligence, minister of internal affairs, Defense Ministry. We do everything in detail and every day so that our soldiers have everything they need for active operations.

Second. I thank each of our rescuers, each policeman, each volunteer, and each doctor who save our people after Russian shelling. Today's terrorist attacks on Sumy region, Kharkiv region, Donbas, Kherson region, and Zaporizhzhia will not go unanswered by our soldiers for sure.

Third. Food security. We are preparing a conversation with Mr. UN Secretary General...

Ukraine's position has always been and will be as clear as possible - no one has the right to destroy the food security of any nation. If a bunch of people somewhere in the Kremlin think that they supposedly have the right to decide whether food will be on the table in different countries: Egypt or Sudan, Yemen or Bangladesh, China or India, Türkiye or Indonesia... then the world has an opportunity to show that blackmail is not allowed to anyone.

From the first day of the full-scale aggression, Russia destroyed navigation freedom in the Black and Azov seas. Russia hit our ports, grain terminals with missiles and drones, and even granaries were hit... The only possible consequence of this is the destabilization of food markets and social chaos in the countries critically dependent on food imports. Ukrainian food is basic security for four hundred million people...

Last year, the world took the right action regarding the Russian threat to food security - together with Türkiye and the UN, we launched the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Its results are eloquent - almost 33 million tonnes of agricultural products were exported to 45 countries. Sixty percent of the volumes went to the countries of Africa and Asia, in particular, these are Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan... They also were sent to China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen... And it is very important - our food export allows saving lives in the countries, as I said, like Yemen and Somalia... different people... of different religions, different ethnic origins... But they all have the same right to life!

In addition to export, we also launched the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative. Thirty-four donor states joined it. And I thank every donor who helped save people from starvation, primarily in African countries.

Everyone has a right to stability... Africa has the right to stability. Asia has the right to stability. Europe has every right to stability. And therefore, we must all care about security - about protection from Russian madness. And the Black Sea Grain Initiative can and should keep operating - if without Russia, then without Russia. The agreement on the export of grain - this is an agreement with Türkiye and the UN - remains valid. The only thing that is needed now is its careful implementation - and decisive pressure from the world on the terrorist state.

I have sent official letters to President of Türkiye Erdoğan and UN Secretary General Guterres with a proposal to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative or its analog in a trilateral format - as it is best. Ukraine, the UN and Türkiye can jointly ensure the operation of the food corridor and the inspection of vessels. It is necessary for everyone in the world - and everyone who supports it will become a savior of life in a huge territory from Morocco to China, from Indonesia to Lebanon.

One more.

I want to especially thank Sweden. Our Swedish friends have approved a strategy to help Ukraine, in particular with reconstruction... a strategy until 2027. This is very important - signals of long-term support. Support for life, restoration of life, support for the fact that Russian terror will clearly lose. Mr. Prime Minister Kristersson, the entire Government of Sweden, everyone in Sweden - I thank you very much!

Glory to everyone who helps us defend ourselves from Russian terror! Glory to each of our warriors! Glory to our beautiful people!

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 08:41:24 AM EST
Nice to do, but we pass ...

Five European countries will extend ban on Ukraine's grain | PBS - July 19, 2023 |

The five agricultural ministers and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who met with them, said Ukrainian grain previously got stuck in their countries, leading to a glut that drove down prices for their farmers, and they don't want to see that happen again.

The ministers urged the EU to work out mechanisms that will get Ukrainian grain and other food to their destinations without hurting the agricultural industry in transit countries.

"Today the EU should build proper law and infrastructure tools to regulate transport of Ukraine grain in the long term," Telus said.

"We want to help Ukraine in the transit," he said.

Always same a$$hole frontline states bordering Belarus and Russia. 22th Century here we come ... 😆

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 01:12:01 PM EST
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Sixty percent of the volumes went to the countries of Africa and Asia, in particular, these are Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan... They also were sent to China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen...
No wonder he can't decide if he's coming or going. He's looking at a private xls sheet.

JCC "data visualization" of exports by [sic] sundry countries other than UKRAINE
total BSI cargo (mt): 32,856,036 mt
departures (Slide No. 5/11) from Ukraine: 1004
Turkey's UN Region is developing "Asia-Pacific"
exports from [?] country to self
725K mt total WFP exports to any country "development category", WB "income group", and commodity - or -- Slide No. 2/11 (Kenya, Sudan, Djbouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Yemen = 726K mt, or 2.2% of total BSI cargo)

by Cat on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 02:51:07 PM EST
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Russia Will Pick Up the Slack

h/t EU "diplomat" Borrell ...

EU warns that Russia seeks to create dependencies through cheap grain | Hellenic Commodity News |

The EU has warned developing countries and the Group of 20 (G20) members that Russia is offering cheap grain "to create new dependencies," Reuters reported on Aug. 3, citing a letter it has obtained.

"As the world deals with disrupted supplies and higher prices, Russia is now approaching vulnerable countries with bilateral offers of grain shipments at discounted prices, pretending to solve a problem it created itself," the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said in the letter seen by Reuters on Aug. 2.

"This is a cynical policy of deliberately using food as a weapon to create new dependencies by exacerbating economic vulnerabilities and global food insecurity."
Russia unilaterally terminated the Black Sea Grain Initiative on July 17. The deal, brokered by Türkiye and the U.N. in July 2022, allowed Ukraine to export its grain amid the full-scale Russian invasion.

Ukraine's grain exports are vital to the world's food supply.

Zelenskyy had announced he wanted a grain deal cutting out Russia completely and set up talks with the UN and Türkiye... neutral NATO states to patrol the Sea of Odessa, Danube ports, Black Sea and guide International vessel through the Dardanelles. Building permanent walls for our security and share future wealth from the EU-UK-USA.

Zelenskyy Wanted Russia Out of UN Grain Deal | July 17, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 4th, 2023 at 06:12:12 PM EST
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Slavi Ukraini 🇺🇦

I get confused ... higher profits for Russia, or delivery of "subsidized" cheap grain to the poorest countries in the Third World ... where the Barbarians live and reproduce.

Lion share of Ukrainian grain destined for African nations ... oh wait 🤥

China's the top importer of Ukrainian grain, and could save the Black Sea deal | CNBC - Aug. 3, 2023 |

I wished America and Europe would get their messages straight ... #WeAreUnited 🇺🇸 🇪🇺

Fortunately for the 1,400,000,000 Chinese there see s to be a bromance with the Russian people, from Moscow to Beijing. Food and hunger is priority number one.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 4th, 2023 at 06:14:33 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 10:29:52 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 10:30:49 PM EST
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Patience of the West ending as thrust to reconquer territory occupied by Russia is at a snail's pace? Odessa port expansion delayed. Glory to Ukraine will take more time ... and money. Damn.

Ukrainian Culture Minister Offers Resignation as President Zelenskyy Urges Tighter Spending During Wartime

Ukraine is facing a critical situation as Russia continues to attack its territory and undermine its sovereignty. In this context, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has urged his government to prioritize defense spending and cut down on unnecessary costs in other areas, including culture.

Tkachenko's Resignation and Defense of Culture

Within an hour of Zelenskiy's address, Tkachenko announced on Telegram that he had tendered his resignation. He said he did so because of "a wave of misunderstanding about the importance of wartime culture."

He argued that "culture in wartime is important as this war is not just about territory but also people - our memory, history, language and creativity despite the war." He said that "private and state funding for culture in wartime is no less important than for drones. Culture is the shield for our identity and our borders."

Revisionism of History cannot be delayed ... Ukraine is Ukrainian, no place for Russia or Russia speaking Ukrainians nor Russian Orthodoxy in clergy or churches. Reconquista.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 21st, 2023 at 04:40:19 AM EST
Imho, Putin is ready to settle for the 4 oblasts that voted to become Russian. He does not want to raise the territorial stakes, in order to facilitate any future negotiations. He is waiting for NATO or the White House to come to its senses.

Putin will raise the territorial stake by closing off the Ukraine from the Black Sea completely. Under Joe Biden, there is zero chance for negotiations, proven by history as VP under Obama 2009-2016 and his term as president. Any settlement will mean Ukraine can become a member of NATO. Russia won't permit that as this will be a clear existential threat. Once the war started in February 2024, all options for a diplomatic solution were left untouched by the Western allies in NATO and UK/US.

The military importance of Crimea and the Black Sea is historic as Russia and Türkiye know. The West and the US are alien to the diverse cultures and is only interested in fossil fuel and minerals of the region. Losing Afghanistan and the War on Terror, the US lost its foothold in Central Asia. The EU has been enlisted to foot the bill for economic recovery of Ukraine. The protest across Europe will start in 2024 ... election of a new EU parliament and a number of nations will be hit by austerity measures and high taxes. Higher cost of living and the start of an economic recession across Europe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 21st, 2023 at 10:34:03 PM EST
NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region | March 24, 2014 |

'People can't afford milk': Moldovans weigh political future as Ukraine war hits economy | The Guardian |

Electricity blackouts, stray missiles and 35% inflation ... on Ukraine has plunged neighbouring Moldova into a crisis that goes beyond higher energy bills. "I see elderly people crying in front of the shop window. It's not that they can't afford salami; they can't even afford the basics like milk," says Carolina Untilă, who works in a corner shop in the suburbs of the capital, Chișinău. Moldova's dependence on energy imports is driving record inflation. Prices of some products have doubled; in her shop, grocery sales have halved, Untilă says.

"Out of a pension, how can you save anything? It all goes on food and medicine," says Ion Istrati, 72, from Borogani in southern Moldova. He is one of many who, faced with gas and electricity prices that are up to six times higher than last year, have applied for government help. "Without the compensation, it would have been grave," Istrati adds. According to opinion polls, more than 40% of Moldovans are struggling with basic costs of living, while an additional 21% of people cannot afford the bare minimum.

To alleviate the burden of winter, as the former Soviet republic weans itself off almost total energy reliance on Russia, the government has had to turn to its western partners for emergency financial support. Russia's state gas company Gazprom slashed supplies to Moldova in October, while reliance on Ukrainian electricity interconnectors has made the country an indirect casualty of the violence, as Kyiv stopped exporting electricity to Moldova in October.

Moldova's minister for external affairs, Nicu Popescu, estimates that sourcing the alternative winter energy supplies the country needs will cost more than €1bn (£860m). So far, the government has managed to raise a third of the amount from its EU partners.

The World Bank In Moldova

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 21st, 2023 at 11:05:11 PM EST
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Energy crisis in Europe: Which countries have the cheapest and most expensive electricity and gas?

Annual energy inflation in the EU reached a record level. The annual energy inflation rate exceeded 40 per cent in June 2022, and then prices began falling gradually. 

In February 2023, energy inflation was considerably lower (16.6 per cent) compared to the same period in the previous year (28.7 per cent). 

However, many households and businesses still struggle with the cost of energy. European governments have allocated significant support to households and businesses to mitigate the impact of larger energy bills in the midst of overall cost-of-living crises.

In February 2023, residential electricity prices including taxes in the EU varied from 9.2 euro cents per kilowatt hour (c€/kWh) in Hungary to 49.9 c€/kWh in Ireland according to the Household Energy Price Index (HEPI). These prices reflect the costs in the capital cities of each country rather than the average rate.

Ireland was followed by Germany (49.5 c€/kWh), the Great Britain (48.5 c€/kWh) and Italy (48 c€/kWh). At the bottom, Hungary was followed by Malta (12.3 c€/kWh), Croatia (14.4 c€/kWh) and Bulgaria (15.3 c€/kWh)

The EU average was 28.3 c€/kWh. Prices were lower in France (26.7 c€/kWh) and Spain (24.1 c€/kWh) than the EU average.

The lowest cost was in Ukraine 4.4 c€/kWh.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 26th, 2023 at 06:34:25 AM EST
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OSCE Moldova Elections November 2023

The state of emergency, authorised by the parliament in February 2022 and introduced soon after the
start of the war in Ukraine, has been regularly extended and remains in force.

On 19 June, on a petition by the government, the Constitutional Court ruled to dissolve the Şor Party as unconstitutional and ordered its removal from the register of parties. The Şor Party MPs retained their mandates as independent MPs. While some opposition parties consider this measure excessive, many ODIHR NAM interlocutors supported it as proportionate, although some stated it might be insufficient to prevent further violations and the influx of foreign funds to influence elections. On 10 July, the ruling party submitted a draft law to amend the Law on Political Parties and institute a three-year ban on standing in any elections of the members of the executive board, elected representatives and candidates nominated by any party that was declared unconstitutional by a decision of the Constitutional Court.

2021 Moldovan parliamentary election results

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 21st, 2023 at 11:06:06 PM EST
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New narrative forwarded by Antony Blinken: Ukraine has reconquered half of territory occupied by Russia.

Ukraine latest: Ukrainian, Russian drone attacks intensify | Nikkei |

Blinken says Ukraine has retaken 50% of seized territory; Historic Odessa damaged in Russian attacks

Here are the latest developments:

Monday, July 24 (Tokyo time)

5:40 a.m. A previously announced meeting of a new NATO-Ukraine Council, expected to address Black Sea security, has been scheduled for Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says in his nightly video address on Sunday.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu says on Saturday that the meeting, requested by Zelenskyy in a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, would discuss the situation following Russia's withdrawal from a year-old deal overseeing grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

Sunday, July 23

11:30 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that while Ukraine has reconquered half the territory that Russia initially seized in its invasion, Kyiv faces a "a very hard fight" to win back more.

"It's already taken back about 50% of what was initially seized," Blinken says in an interview to CNN on Sunday. "These are still relatively early days of the counteroffensive. It is tough," he said, adding: "It will not play out over the next week or two. We're still looking I think at several months."

Speech by Secretary Blinken: "Russia's Strategic Failure and Ukraine's Secure Future" | Helsinki - June 2, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 24th, 2023 at 10:37:00 AM EST
Vedomosti: Kiev asks NATO to overturn Russia's ban on maritime traffic to Ukrainian ports

The new NATO-Ukraine Council held a closed-door meeting in Brussels on July 26 to discuss the Black Sea situation. The meeting had been requested by Ukraine. NATO later released a brief statement, vowing to step up reconnaissance in the region, Vedomosti notes.

Tensions around grain supplies via the Black Sea flared up after Russia refused to agree to a further extension of the grain deal on July 17. The Russian Defense Ministry said that all ships bound for Ukraine's Black Sea ports would be deemed potential carriers of military cargo starting on July 20. In response, Kiev threatened to sink vessels heading to Russian ports via the Black Sea. The Russian Armed Forces carried out strikes on port infrastructure facilities in Odessa and other Ukrainian ports.

Attempts to militarize the Black Sea at the expense of third countries is one of Ukraine's policy goals in the wake of the grain deal's demise, Denis Denisov, an expert at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, noted. However, the deployment of NATO naval forces would mean a direct conflict with Russia.

NATO-Ukraine Council Condemns Russia's Withdrawal From Black Sea Grain Deal | RFERL |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 03:53:50 AM EST
Timely attack on one of the three partners of the Yalta Conference ...
establishing a New World Order centered around the United Nations ... George W. Bush and Dick Cheney thought otherwise ... the coup d'état at the NATO Summit of Bucharest in Spring of 2008.  

Today the regime of Meloni and Italy are rewriting history ... no more diplomatic talk with the Soviets Russian Federation and no more shaking of hands ... no more meeting of minds to fight the scourge of a boiling Planet Earth.

La Russia all'Italia: "No alla legge sull'Holodomor"

Retroactively Mussolini was never born, the genocide of tens of millions by the German-Italian-Japanese Axis and destruction of Europe/Asia never happened. The Western Atlantic Alliance has gone MAD. Penitenti.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 06:58:00 AM EST
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Redrawing borders for security of states, existential threat of Climate Change rewritten in U.S. legislators as threat to our national interest from Russia and China. Go after them NATO, our new bloodhound across the globe. Our moral values are yours.

NATO slams Russia's 'dangerous' Black Sea grain block | AFP - France24 |

NATO condemned Russia's "dangerous" moves to block Ukrainian grain exports in the Black Sea, after urgent consultations with Kyiv following Moscow's withdrawal from a UN-backed deal.

"Allies and Ukraine strongly condemned Russia's decision to withdraw from the Black Sea grain deal and its deliberate attempts to stop Ukraine's agricultural exports on which hundreds of millions of people worldwide depend," a statement from NATO said.

"They also condemned Russia's recent missile attacks on Odesa, Mykolaiv, and other port cities, including Moscow's cynical drone attack on the Ukrainian grain storage facility in the Danube port city of Reni, very close to the Romanian border."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 07:05:48 AM EST
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Poland's military transformation is mind-boggling:
  • Military expenses as a % of GDP: 2,4% in 2022
  • 4% in 2023 probably 5% in 2024 (~$40bn)
  • Personnel: from 110K to 250K professional soldiers
  • Ordered equipment: $85bn!

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 12:40:34 PM EST
militarytimes | US troops in Ukraine can now earn hazard pay, 27 July
Service members in Ukraine can now earn an extra $7.50 per day, capped at $225 per month, in addition to their base salary and other bonuses. Troops who qualify will get back pay dating as far back as April 24, 2022, the official said.

Grier Martin, who is temporarily serving as the Pentagon's top personnel official, approved the change in a July 13 memo, which was posted to the unofficial "Air Force amn/nco/snco" Facebook page on Thursday. Military Times confirmed the memo's authenticity.
The Pentagon has said a small number of U.S. troops are stationed at the American embassy in Kyiv, working as its security detail and accounting for billions of dollars of military equipment the U.S. is sending to Ukraine.

A small U.S. special operations team working out of the embassy helps Ukrainian troops with intelligence operations and provides security for high-level visitors, but is not fighting alongside Ukrainian troops on the battlefield < wipes tears > ABC News reported in April.
Pentagon officials have emphasized that U.S. forces are not conducting combat operations inside the country.

by Cat on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 06:14:28 PM EST
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Axel Springer | Europe targets Belarus with war sanctions plan, 27 July
Talks about sanctioning Belarus are particularly complicated because of the question of potassium fertilizers, with EU member countries like Portugal asking for those fertilizers to be exempted from future sanctions to ensure global food security.

Most EU countries are in favor of the carve-out but Lithuania staunchly was opposed, arguing it would give Lukashenko a lifeline and do little to alleviate food insecurity.

"Our position is no derogations" said another one of the four EU diplomats who's in the opposing camp, calling for the Commission to look into how fertilizers produced in Africa might be re-routed to countries within Africa rather than being exported.

by Cat on Fri Jul 28th, 2023 at 06:03:11 PM EST
Or approximately 2.4 billion sq. ft.

Is Ukraine's counteroffensive failing? Kyiv and its supporters worry about losing control of the narrative | NBC News |

Since the counteroffensive was launched in June, Ukraine has retaken about 241 square kilometers of territory in the country's south and east, or less than 100 square miles, according to Hanna Maliar, the country's deputy minister of defense.

Yuriy Sak and other officials in Kyiv said that the Ukrainian military has prioritized preserving its troops and weapons as it searches for a weak point in Russia's defenses. In the meantime, Ukraine has begun to surge troops in the country's south and pursued small-scale attacks to test the Russian lines.

Blinken says Ukraine has taken back 50% of territory that Russia seized | Reuters - July 23, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 5th, 2023 at 08:03:12 PM EST

PR by Ukrainian Institute

How to talk about the war in Ukraine ...

1. Name the war
a. Proxy
b. Stupid

2. Name the aggressor
a. White House
b. NATO since 2008

3. Be deliberate about what you are trying to say
a. Failure of diplomacy
b. Russia and Ukraine are part of Europe
c. Economic ties builds peace ☮️

4. Avoid using words that imply shared responsibility
a. Pax Americana

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 5th, 2023 at 08:04:34 PM EST
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News framing of the 2014-15 Ukraine conflict by the BBC and RT

This article explores the dynamic relationship between international news organisations and politics in the United Kingdom and Russia. Using the 2014-15 Ukraine conflict as its case study, this research argues that humanitarianism has been applied to set the news agenda by RT. The BBC, on the other hand, used relatively less human rights frames but depicted Russia and Russia-backed separatists as responsible for the conflict. Despite the concepts of manufacturing consent and indexing may not capture the arguments in journalistic practice comprehensively, they are useful in explaining and revealing broader insights into the market and politics-driven media industry and the illiberal tendency in the reporting of international war/conflict in that news framing constitutes a vital soft power tool. This also raises the question that where should we draw lines of distinction between the state-sponsored soft power media RT and the publicly funded BBC.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 5th, 2023 at 08:05:51 PM EST

Infamous policy of furthering lies, conspiracies and propaganda.

CIA's Operation Mockingbird

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 5th, 2023 at 08:06:33 PM EST
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