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Poland: In Defense of Our Freedom

by Oui Wed Aug 16th, 2023 at 09:08:30 AM EST


Poland's Armed Forces Day parade marked the 103rd anniversary of victory over the Soviet Union in the Battle of Warsaw | Al Jazeera |

Crowds, waving national white-and-red flags, gathered in scorching temperatures that reached 35C (95F) to see United States-made Abrams tanks, HIMARS mobile artillery systems and Patriot missile systems on parade through the streets of the capital.

Also on display were F-16 fighter planes, South Korean FA-50 fighters and K9 howitzers. A US Air Force F-35 roared overhead in a sign Poland was also buying these advanced fighter planes. Polish-made equipment including Krab tracked gun howitzers and Rosomak armoured transporters were also featured.

Military parade to commemorate 103rd anniversary of victory over the USSR in the Battle of Warsaw ...


Battle of Warsaw 1920 - Polish victory for the freedom of Europe

On 15 August 2020 we solemnly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw - a culminating point of the Polish-Soviet War (1919-1920) and one of the most decisive events in the history of Poland, Europe, and the world.

When independent Poland was being re-born in 1918, its existence became endangered by the Soviet Russia which, propagating self-determination of nations, in fact aimed at imposing its totalitarian communist ideology upon them. Poland was the first step on the path towards a further conquest.

However, in August 1920, not just Poland's but also entire Europe's future was determined by the Battle of Warsaw of 1920, victorious for the Polish Armed Forces. Not only did the battle bring defeat to the Red Army, but it also suppressed the attempts to sovietise European nations by the forceful, armed spread of the world proletarian revolution. At the time, the Polish Army, thanks to the determination and consistency of its soldiers, and the talent of its chief commanders, saved Europe from being engulfed in war yet again. The losses on the Polish side in the 1919-1920 war with the Bolsheviks were, as for that time, heavy - a hundred thousand dead, including many killed in action, or missing, and twice as much wounded.

Repelling the Bolsheviks' attack on the Poland's capital was a landmark moment for reinforcing the independent Poland as well as other, newly established national states in Central Europe. It averted the risk of the collapse of the Versailles system and provided Europe with an opportunity for attempting peaceful international co-existence.

The Battle of Warsaw sends a universal message that we need to counteract dictators and that making sacrifices is effective in protecting freedom.

Lord Edgar Vincent D'Abernon, an English diplomat and a member of the Interallied Mission to Poland who witnessed the events of August 1920, described them in his book titled The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World. Warsaw, 1920 in such words:

    "The modern history of civilisation knows but few events of greater importance than that of the Battle of Warsaw of 1920. And it knows of none other which would be so little valued..."

"When free world leader USA was being re-born in 2016 under Trump and new trade agreements negotiated, its existence became endangered by the belligerent Russian Federation under Stalin Putin who, propagated self-determination of nations, in fact aimed at imposing authoritarian ideology upon them. Ukraine was to be the first step on the path towards a further conquest of all of continental Europe."

By living in the past, over one hundred years ago and reliving trauma, you will beget not freedom, but chains of fear and you will bring upon yourself an endless cycle of violence. End all wars, win over peace you damn fools.

Visit by Pope John Paul 2

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European court finds CIA tortured prisoners at Polish black site

For the first time, a court has ruled on the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency's secret prison network in Europe. The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found "beyond reasonable doubt" that two current prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were transferred from Thailand to Poland by the CIA and tortured there.

The language in the judgment is damning. Evidence of the prisoners' rendition and treatment is "coherent, clear and categorical." The facts presented by their legal teams "demonstrate" that the Polish authorities knew at that time that the CIA was using Szymany airport and, as a secret detention site, the Stare Kiejkuty military base<. The court judged it "inconceivable" that rendition aircraft landed in and departed from Poland, or that the CIA occupied the premises in the Polish base, without Poland being "informed of and involved in the preparation and execution of the [CIA's High Value Detainee] Programme."

It concluded that "Poland, for all practical purposes, facilitated the whole process, created the conditions for it to happen and made no attempt to prevent it from occurring." In short, through its "acquiescence and connivance," Poland "must be regarded as responsible" for secret imprisonment, torture and transfer onward to further secret imprisonment.

Poland President Wants To Create A 'Fort Trump' U.S. Military Base | Sept. 2018 |

CIA already did the ground work

Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw

Geez ... I too would like to relive the glorious days of the past ... Dutch Golden Era flying tricolor on our pirate ships ... Tromp-De Ruyter and Piet Hein ... heroes brought home treasures of gold ... shipping black men from West Africa to the New World of opportunity captivity, slavery, suppression and enduring racism. Of course not forgetting the riches and culture of our colony, the vast continent of Indonesian islands, the Dutch East India Company VOC.

Damn Japanese destroyed it all ...

Japanese mass violence and its victims in the "Fifteen Years' War" (1931-45)

Best of all, I want to sail up the Thames into the heart of London to destroy the Evil Empire once and for all. Freedom to all men of good will ... who follows?

Delayed into next year 2024 for delivery, according to expert from HCSS in The Hague, think tank similar to Atlantic Council with Rob de Wijk ...

Following the NATO war narrative of a unipolar world ...

Great power competition and social stability in the Netherlands: The risks of Russian gas, Chinese raw materials and Taiwanese chips to vital sectors

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 05:34:27 PM EST
Rising poverty in The Netherlands ... will caretaker cabinet Rutte IV be willing to plug the gap of lowest income with rising energy costs (still) and basic groceries to lessen hunger of children and families? The VVD party of Rutte prefers austerity measures above any tax increase for business and large corporations. Creeping disaster to the British Tory conservative analogy. Rutte loves the Brits ...

CPB: Dutch government needs to act against rising poverty rates

With figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) revealing that the Netherlands is now officially in a recession, a report published by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) has warned that inflation will remain high in 2024 and that urgent action is required by the government in order to tackle the rising poverty rate.


As part of its report, the CPB also warns that, if the Dutch government fails to take action, the Netherlands will face a rather rapidly rising poverty rate, pointing out that the number of people living in poverty will rise from 4,8 of the population in 2023 to 5,7 percent in 2024 - or approximately 1 million people.

"Because the temporary purchasing power measures will end next year, poverty in the Netherlands will increase again," says CPB director Pieter Hasekamp. "If the government wants to take extra measures for this, it is important to cover these in accordance with the existing budgetary rules. Because even without further policy, the government deficit will increase rapidly in the coming years."

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 06:28:39 PM EST
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US approves sending F-16s to Ukraine from Denmark and Netherlands

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 04:37:11 AM EST
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Slave to Biden's proxy war NATO v. Russian Federation ... so sad.

The Dust Bowl: drought events of the 1930s in the U.S.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 04:39:22 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 04:39:49 AM EST
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Such conditions could be expected to occur naturally only rarely - about once a century.
like Stalin, Mao, and FDR
by Cat on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 11:56:55 AM EST
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Long range missile strike capability ...

Russia's cutting-edge Su-57 fighter has taken the lead in aerospace technology

Ukraine's Ex-Dutch F-16s Could Wreak Havoc On Russian Air-Defenses | Forbes - May 29, 2023 |

Nowhere should this be more evident than in the air force's faltering effort to suppress Russian air-defenses. Ukraine already has received special radar-seeking missiles: American-made High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles, or HARMs. But Ukrainian Sukhoi and MiG fighters can employ HARMs only in the missile's least accurate mode.

With the F-16, the Ukrainian air force can start shooting HARMs in the mode that lends the missile the greatest accuracy. And that could have huge implications for Ukraine's long-anticipated 2023 counteroffensive.

After many months of intensive lobbying by Ukraine, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands last week announced they would work together to train Ukrainian pilots to fly the Lockheed Martin-made F-16. The Netherlands meanwhile signaled it would donate to Ukraine some of its roughly three dozen active and retired F-16s after the training--which might last three or four months--is complete.

Other current or recent European F-16 operators--Denmark and Norway come to mind--could join The Netherlands and provide dozens more F-16s. The United States confirmed it wouldn't veto the fighter transfers.

Ukraine air force says no use of US-built F-16 fighter jets this year9

Air force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat says F-16 warplanes will not be part of Ukraine's defence during the coming `autumn and winter' period

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 06:27:45 PM EST
'Pure evil': Poland ruling party attacks opposition leader's German 'links' | TRT World |

Since President Andrzej Duda set Poland's parliamentary election for October 15, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has turned its guns on Donald Tusk, the leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) and a figure it says is beholden to Germany - and the EU by extension.

"Tusk is the personification of evil in Poland. He is pure evil," Jaroslaw Kaczynski, PiS leader and the deputy prime minister, said this week.

Tusk, who is from the northern Polish city of Gdansk, with historically strong links to Germany, was the president of the European Council from 2014 to 2019, and has been subjected to such name-calling for years.

Kaczynski claimed Tusk wants to abolish the social programs introduced by PiS, raise the retirement age and privatise major companies.

Mariusz Blaszczak, another senior PiS leader and the country's defence minister, warned that Tusk would remove the fence along the border with Belarus if he came to power.


War and history

A February survey of the Institute of Public Affairs think tank found the number of Poles who evaluate Polish-German relations positively fell from 72 percent in 2020 to 48 percent, while those who viewed them negatively increased from 14 percent to 35 percent.

In the PiS' view, the Ukraine war has "exposed the way Germany fatally misjudged" Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans, said Szczerbiak.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 07:14:07 PM EST

Why has the Polish government raised the German war reparations issue?

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 17th, 2023 at 07:15:15 PM EST
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GOTV ... support opposition led by Donald Tusk

Chwała Ameryce! Chwała nacjonalizmowi!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 06:56:21 AM EST
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Madness as further escalation speeds up ... soon direct clash NATO with Russia ... no end in sight.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 04:50:11 AM EST

The majority of Germans consider Olaf Scholz (SPD) to be weak in leadership. That is the result of a political barometer especially for the ZDF summer interview with the Federal Chancellor this Sunday. According to this, only 21 percent of those surveyed say that Scholz is more likely to assert himself on important political issues. 73 percent say the chancellor is unlikely to assert himself.

The interviewees are also critical of the chancellor's communication. 72 percent of those surveyed said that the accusation that Olaf Scholz gave no specific answers to questions in political interviews more often than other politicians was correct. Only 19 percent say the allegation is not true.

Should Ukraine accept territorial losses?

Opinion is divided on the subject of the war against Ukraine . When asked whether Germany should insist that Ukraine should also accept territorial losses to Russia during peace talks, 40 percent of respondents answered yes. 42 percent reject Ukraine's loss of territory to Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 18th, 2023 at 08:38:28 PM EST
Earlier this year ...

Germany facing worst housing shortage in 20 years | Feb. 17, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 06:59:45 AM EST
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As the tragedy of war gets uglier every single day ... proxy mercenaries for US-UK-NATO. What purpose does this war serve?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:24:17 PM EST
Ukraine intelligence agency says sea drones carried out Kerch Bridge attack | The Guardian - Aug. 16, 2023 |

Spy chief says remotely controlled drones, developed internally, were behind 17 July attack

Ukraine's SBU intelligence service has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Russian-built Kerch strait Bridge connecting Crimea to the mainland last month, saying it had been conducted by remotely controlled sea drones.

Vasyl Malyuk, the head of the agency, told CNN the drone, called "Sea Baby", was developed internally and that two were packed with 850kg warheads when they exploded and damaged the road and rail bridge on 17 July. Two people were killed in the attack.

"Using these drones we have recently conducted a successful hit of the Crimean Bridge," Malyuk said, as well as more recent attacks on a Russian warship and an oil tanker, said by Kyiv to be supplying fuel for Russia's military.

Until now, Kyiv has been coy about taking responsibility for attacks on Russian infrastructure, or in Crimea or in Russia itself, but the intelligence chief was keen to talk up the maritime threat to its enemy.

"We are working on a number of new interesting operations, including in the Black Sea waters. I promise you, it'll be exciting, especially for our enemies," said Malyuk in the television interview.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:25:29 PM EST
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Ukraine SitRep: Chernihiv Drone Exhibition - Coming Russian Offensive | MofA |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:26:22 PM EST
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Russia's war against Ukraine: text broadcast
August 19 | Pravda UA |

20:06 Ukrainian pilots, engineers and technicians "in a certain number" began training on the F-16. The program also includes training in specific terminology in English, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told Channel 24 . According to him, the minimum training period for pilots is six months.

19:10 There will be no mass events on Independence Day in Kyiv, KMDA reported. At the state level, only an exhibition of damaged enemy equipment is planned to be held in Khreschatyk.

18:47 A search and rescue operation has been completed in Chernihiv after a Russian attack on the Drama Theater building in the center of the city, where the drone exhibition was taking place. As a result of the enemy attack, 129 people were injured, seven died. Among the injured are 15 children and 15 police officers, reported the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ihor Klymenko. 

18:14 The German concern Rheinmetall will start repairing tanks in Ukraine in the coming days, its head, Armin Papperger, said. He also expects to start production of tanks in Ukraine as soon as possible. According to Papperger, 12 Ukrainian specialists are currently studying in Germany, another 12 will arrive later. They are being prepared to repair Western tanks such as the Leopard.

17:01 Zelenskyi said that test trials of the Swedish Gripen aircraft have already begun with the participation of Ukrainian pilots: "This is the pride of Sweden, and I am sure that the Gripen can make our freedom much more secure."

The president also announced that the transfer of a new, 13th package of Swedish military aid is being prepared, which will include "what is important: ammunition for anti-aircraft defense and combat vehicles, spare parts for armored vehicles, equipment for demining. Everything that will add strength to Ukraine on the battlefield". 

13:50 Zelensky said that during the talks with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, he will discuss, in particular, defense cooperation. According to the president, the Ukrainian military effectively uses Swedish CV-90 BMPs on the front lines, and now it is planned to produce them in Ukraine.

13:36 A drone struck the Russian Soltsi airfield in the Novgorod region, where the Tu-22M3 strategic bombers that strike Ukraine are based. One of the planes was damaged, journalist Andrii Tsaplienko reported. According to his information, after the attack, several Tu-22m3 aircraft were redeployed to the base in Olenya.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed that today around 10:00 a.m., Ukraine attacked a military airfield in the Novgorod region with a helicopter-type drone, a fire broke out at the aircraft parking lot, one aircraft was damaged, and there were no casualties.

11:49 The Russians fired at the center of Chernihiv, probably with a ballistic missile, Vyacheslav Chaus, head of OVA, said.

11:22 Zelensky announced that he is visiting Sweden today and will hold meetings with the prime minister, the king and queen, the speaker and heads of parliamentary parties. "Our primary task is to strengthen Ukrainian soldiers on the ground and in the sky, develop bilateral cooperation, in particular in the defense industry, European integration of Ukraine and common security in the Euro-Atlantic space," the president added.

11:17 Russians shelled Tokarivka in the Kherson region in the morning, one person was killed, OVA reported.

10:18 SBU head Vasyl Malyuk said in an interview with NV that 21 tons of hexane were used for the attack on the Kerch bridge in October 2022. It was masked with plastic wrap so that scanners at Russian checkpoints would not detect the explosives. In addition, the SBU managed to bypass special jammers that confuse GPS coordinates.

09:29 At night, the enemy attacked one of the infrastructure facilities of the Zhytomyr region with kamikaze drones, reported the head of the OVA Vitaliy Bunechko. As a result of falling fragments of the downed drone, a fire broke out, which was contained. There are no victims or injured.

Russian retaliation was swift and deadly ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:27:21 PM EST
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Russia hit Chernihiv during drone manufacturers and aerial reconnaissance gathering | Pravda UA - Aug. 19, 2023, 14:14 |

Mariia Berlinska wrote that everyone who had taken shelter was safe, including her. However, some people went outside.

The co-organiser of the event later added: "No, this is not a commercial event, it's a closed meeting of engineers, military and volunteers on military technology for the battlefield."

Quote from Berlinska: "The event was officially agreed upon in advance with the local authorities, and they provided the venue.

The announcement of the event was available to the public. But the specific place was announced only (!) to registered and verified participants a few hours before the event. All information about the participants has been provided to the relevant authorities.

We are currently cooperating with Ukraine's Security Service and providing all the necessary information needed for an operational investigation."

Mariia Berlinska wrote on Facebook:
According to the situation in Chernihiv. And to avoid manipulations, which some bloggers are already hyping.

  1. There was a strike, but where and when the official bodies should declare.
  2. As soon as the air raid warning was announced, the event was stopped and the participants were told several times about the need to take shelter. ...

Reporter: Maria Berlinska is a combatant, public activist, founder of the Air Intelligence Support Center

Maria Berlinska: How to lose a war correctly | 25/09/2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:28:33 PM EST
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Drones and reconnaissance blurring lines between military, mercenaries and even civilians. A Dutch University gave support to interception of Russian battlefield communications ... Ukraine is everyone's war ... plugging the theory of amateur games and valuable war experience.

Command and Control in a Digital Age: The U.S. Army's Blueprint for the Future Battlefield

The year is 2030. A battalion commander crawls silently through the brush with his forward reconnaissance team. The group halts at a muddy precipice, looking out at the jungle canopy below and a sea of jagged mountains fading into the clouds. The commander pulls out his tablet and takes a quick glance at the joint coalition common operational picture and the adversary's collection capabilities focused on his position. He has small teams positioned throughout the craggy terrain and lethal long-range precision fires and air defense in the rear.

After a minute, he clicks off his tablet. He can't report back to brigade just yet; he needs to minimize his unit's electromagnetic signature until conditions are right.

As he pockets his device and heads back down the mountainside to his vehicle, the commander reflects on the situation. He has felt the terrain and seen the likely avenues of approach; he's got about an hour to maneuver his forces without enemy space-based collection capabilities overhead. So, he heads back to one of the battalion's tactical operations centers in a nearby village--a shop that, from above, looks like just another local building. He connects to a secure wireless network, blending into the normal digital noise of the village, and gathers his team to issue orders.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 07:29:39 PM EST
I was a third year uni student. "Angst against the past" was the title of a Poli Sci seminar I sat through. Couple of classic theoretical monographs were on the syllabus, and I was hooked for life. < wipes tears > I couldn't tell you what else was on the syllabus, but I'm certain none of it reviewed behavioral psyche. For that, there's b-school.
by Cat on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 08:27:23 PM EST
Sigmund Freud college syllabus  "Angst against the past"

Freud London Museum: Angst.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 06:22:21 AM EST
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I've read quite a bit more Freud, Jung, and Piaget theoretical and clinical primary sources since General Psychological Theory, an anthology. So much so, I've be able to form strong opinions about initial divergence of European and US American mental health "standards of care" and normative behaviors as well as marketable (in)securities and social utility—notwithstanding the violent alienation of those cultures from rest of "humanity".

Parents are first teachers. amirite.

by Cat on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 06:29:37 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 05:32:14 AM EST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview with The International Affairs journal, August 19, 2023

Question: The world has entered a period of confrontation between various global development concepts: Russia's, China's views and, in general, the non-Western approach as opposed to the policy of Western domination. Was this inevitable, given their civilisational differences, different approaches to the use of force and international law, and different understanding of the role of international institutions? What do you think is Russia's role and mission in the context of current challenges?

Sergey Lavrov: I certainly agree that the concept of Western domination promoted by the United States and its subordinate countries does not provide for the harmonious development of all of humanity. On the contrary, we must deal the Western minority's never-ending striving for military, political, financial and economic expansion. Their slogans change: they promote globalisation, then Westernisation, Americanisation, universalisation, liberalisation, etc. But the essence remains the same - they strive to subordinate every independent player and force them to play by the rules that are beneficial to the West.

Today, one can hardly deny that the Americans and their satellites are trying to slow down the natural evolution of international relations and the formation of a multipolar system, or even reverse the process. They are not averse to using inappropriate and illegal methods, including the use of force or unilateral sanctions (not approved by the UN Security Council), information and psychological warfare, etc, in order to bend the world to suit their needs.

Today's West is steered by people like Josep Borrell who divide the world into a blooming "garden" and "the jungle," where the latter clearly applies to most of humanity. I dare say, this racist worldview certainly prevents them from accepting the onset of multipolarity. The political and economic establishment in Europe and the United States reasonably fear that the transition to a multipolar system will entail serious geopolitical and economic losses, the final dismantling of globalisation in its current form tailored according to Western templates. They are primarily spooked by the prospect of losing the opportunity to exploit the rest of the world, fuelling their own fast-track economic growth at the expense of others.

The current generation of Western leaders has made no secret of their refusal to accept the logic of historical development, which is evidence of their professional degradation and loss of the ability to correctly analyse current events and anticipate future trends. The ill-conceived policy pursued by the United States and its followers has made the current aggravation of the international situation inevitable despite our many years of attempts to prevent it, which is another manifestation of that degradation. I am referring to the full-scale crisis of European security, the blame for which lies entirely with our former partners.

In this context, modern Russia sees its mission in maintaining a global balance of interests and building a fairer architecture of international relations. Russia's updated Foreign Policy Concept approved by President Vladimir Putin on March 31, 2023, spells out our views in a systematic manner. We believe that creating favourable conditions for the peaceful and steady development of humanity on the basis of a unifying agenda should be a universal priority. One of our key objectives in this respect is to revive the UN's ability to play a central role in coordinating the interests of its member states.

We are not alone in this endeavour. More and more countries in the Global South and East are becoming conscious of their national interests. They are beginning to spell them out and pursuing policies focused on asserting these interests in the spirit of international cooperation. These states are increasingly advocating the formation of a more equitable world order through the reform of the existing formats of interaction or the creation of new ones to address specific problems concerning security and development. We support this trend because we have a clear understanding that it is the future.

Question: While on a visit to Moscow in 1987, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: "The nuclear deterrent is a deterrent. It has been the best peace policy for 40 years." Today, the possibility of using nuclear weapons is widely discussed in the public domain. Some participants in the debate believe that the employment threshold has been lowered in the face of threats to the very existence of Russia. Others regard this approach as absolutely unacceptable. What is your opinion on this point?

Sergey Lavrov: Indeed, a lot has been said recently about the role of nuclear weapons in Russia's foreign policy. Let me remind you that the terms of their possible use by Russia have been set out in doctrinal documents. What is important to understand is that Russia's nuclear deterrence policy is strictly defensive. It is aimed at maintaining the nuclear weapons capabilities at a minimal level needed to ensure the guaranteed protection of this country's sovereignty and territorial integrity and prevent an aggression against Russia and its allies.

In the context of deterrence, possessing nuclear weapons is for today the only possible response to certain significant external national security threats. The developments in and around Ukraine have confirmed that our concerns are well-grounded. Let me remind you that NATO - an organisation that has proclaimed itself a nuclear alliance - has grossly violated the principle of indivisibility of security and is focusing on a "strategic defeat" of Russia. The collective West has used our forced retaliatory actions designed to protect our external security contour as a pretext for switching to a fierce confrontation involving a range of means of hybrid warfare.

A great danger in the context of the Ukrainian conflict is linked with the fact that the United States and NATO countries, while gearing up for confrontation, run the risk of becoming involved in a direct armed clash between nuclear powers. We think that this course of events can and must be prevented. This is why we must remind everyone about the existence of enormous military and political risks and send sobering signals to our opponents.

I want to stress that our country is fully committed to the principle that a nuclear war would be unacceptable and proceeds from the premise that there can be no winners in such a war. Therefore, it must never be fought. The leaders of five nuclear powers reaffirmed this message in a joint statement of January 3, 2022. In the present environment, this document has acquired added importance: it follows from its logic that it is imperative to prevent any military confrontation between the nuclear powers since it risks escalating into a nuclear conflict. At this stage, therefore, the crucial task is for every nuclear state to remain committed to these understandings and exercise maximum restraint.

Last part was published by TASS and copied in media across the globe today  ...China Global Times

Russia Sees Nuclear Weapons as Only Possible Response to Some Threats: FM

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 05:33:32 AM EST
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pRussia's possession of nuclear arms is response to threats, Lavrov says; rise in Ukraine battlefield casualties brings total close to half a million | The Guardian |

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow's possession of nuclear weapons protects the country from external security threats, while reminding the west of the risks of a nuclear conflict. "The possession of nuclear arms is today the only possible response to some of significant external threats to security of our country," Lavrov said in an interview for state-owned magazine The International Affairs. Lavrov warned the US and Nato allies risk ending up in "a situation of direct armed confrontation of nuclear powers". "We believe such a development should be prevented. That's why we have to remind about the existence of high military and political risks and send sobering signals to our opponents," Lavrov said.

The number of battlefield casualties in Ukraine is approaching nearly 500,000 Russian and Ukrainian soldiers, US officials have told the New York Times, marking a significant rise in the death toll this year after intense fighting in the east of the country. Russia's military casualties are approaching 300,000, the officials claimed, with as many as 120,000 killed in action. Ukraine was said to have close to 70,000 killed and 100,000-120,000 wounded. Fierce fighting near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine have led to significant casualties on both sides, more than doubling the number of dead since November.

Ukrainian forces could fail to retake the Russian-occupied strategic south-eastern city of Melitopol during their counteroffensive, a US official said. Melitopol has been under Russian control since March 2022 and has roads and railways used by its troops to transport supplies to areas they occupy. The US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, was citing an intelligence report, but the prediction is largely in line with Washington's view that Ukraine's counteroffensive is progressing slower than expected. The official added that despite the report and limited progress towards Melitopol, the US believed it was still possible to change the gloomy outlook.

President Barack Obama on foreign policy: "Don't do stupid things."

Than he appoints HRC on State for political purpose to save the Democratic Party and relied heavily on VP Joe Biden to lead on shaping US foreign policy, mirroring neocons on regime change in the Middle East to secure the existence of Israel ... plus doctrine of Brzezinski and Albright to reckon with Soviet Union Russia.. The people suffer and may trigger the end of humanity in the Northern hemisphere.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 05:42:39 AM EST
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Zelenskyy has a good feeling for further escalation ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 07:32:33 AM EST
Great Northern War (1700-1721)

This left Charles stranded in Russia for the winter of 1708-9, one of the coldest ever in Europe. The Russians harrassed the Swedes all winter, and by the spring Charles had lost over half of his original army, although managing to maintain any fighting force was an impressive achievement. When campaigning began in 1709, Charles engaged in the siege of Poltava. Peter the Great gathered an army of 80,000 men, and at the battle of Poltava (28 June 1709), crushed the Swedish army, taking 18,794 prisoners. Charles himself escaped to Turkish Moldavia, and remained in Turkey until 1714. In the meantime, Russian and her allies were free to dismember the Swedish empire. In August-December 1709 Peter invaded Poland, reinstating Augustus, and also occupied the Baltic coast.

The Belligerent states:

🇸🇪 Swedish Empire
Holstein-Gottorp (1700-1714)
Warsaw Confederation (1704-1709)
🇹🇷 Ottoman Empire (1710-1714)
Crimean Khanate (1710-1714)
Cossack Hetmanate (1708-1714)
🇳🇱 Dutch Republic (1700)
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🇮🇪 Ireland(1700)
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Shortly followed by the Crimean War led by Catherine the Great ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 07:38:10 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 07:39:26 AM EST
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Large sums of money to avoid conscription: 'Cracks in Ukrainian morale'

Former Soviet satellites show more endemic characteristics of totalitarian state with corrupt oligarchs than a democratic regime.

After the corruption came to light, Zelensky immediately decided to fire all recruiting bosses, including those who have not been proven to be corrupt. A rigorous move, but one that fits his anti-corruption approach, says Laurien Crump, until recently associate professor of international relations at Utrecht University. "This is another signal to NATO and the EU that corruption is very high on his list of priorities. But more importantly, he shows that it will not be accepted if you avoid conscription."

All Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are conscripted, but not everyone wants to fight. Since the beginning of the war, thousands of conscripted men have left the country. Many of them turn out to have enlisted the help of recruitment officials who, for example, falsified forms. They received amounts between 2,000 and 10,000 dollars per person.


The case came to light after the arrest of Odesa's recruiting chief last month. During the war he bought real estate in Spain worth 4.5 million dollars. The Ukrainian government launched an investigation, after which several cases came to light. There are now 112 criminal cases against dozens of officials from recruitment centers.

It is not known exactly how many men have bought off their military service, but Crump suspects that the numbers are large. "If one recruiting officer can make so much money with this, and it concerns at least dozens of corrupt officers, that says a lot about the scale on which this is happening. Although it will be a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of active military personnel."

And that says a lot about morale among Ukrainian men, argues Crump. "For a long time it seemed that the Ukrainians were on their way to defeating the Russians. But Russians have a long breath. Because Russia is a totalitarian regime, Vladimir Putin can open a can with soldiers, whether trained or not. Zelensky cannot."

My diary @BooMan on influence US election and Brexit result ...

It's Not Russia ...

US interference in dozens of foreign elections, covert action and invasion by military force. Exceptionalism from its founding ... not abiding by the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and founding principles of the United Nations. Assassinations and bloody wars.

Obama Russian Reset: Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Capability | June 5, 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 12:13:51 PM EST
Decay in American Leadership | by Oui - Jan 1, 2016 |

Main part of article based on a The Guardian Opinion piece ...

A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare | By Pankaj Mishra |

A cosseted, arrogant elite has presided over a swift decay in the very liberal values it claims, with bombs and guns, to be defending

In one of his last interviews, the historian Tony Judt lamented his "catastrophic" Anglo-American generation, whose cossetted members included George W Bush and Tony Blair. Having grown up after the defining wars and hatreds of the west's 20th century, "in a world of no hard choices, neither economic nor political", these historically weightless elites believed that "no matter what choice they made, there would be no disastrous consequences".

A member of the Bush administration brashly affirmed its arrogance of power in 2004 after what then seemed a successful invasion of Iraq: "When we act," he boasted, "we create our own reality." A "pretty crappy generation", Judt concluded, "when you come to think of it."

One cannot but think of the reality it made as mayhem in Asia and Africa reaches European and North American cities. But those of us from countries where many Anglo-American institutions were once admirable models have their own melancholy reasons to reflect on their swift decay.

Europe and America from a Martian Perspective | by TGeraghty on Jun 10th, 2006 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 12:18:44 PM EST
"Yankees Go Home!" | Sep 18, 2008 |

You won't find this news item in ANY western media from Honolulu to Kiev ...

SEVASTOPOL, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas left Sevastopol after anti-NATO protests in Ukraine's Crimean port. (U.S. Coastguard cutter Dallas enters Sevastopol Harbor - video)

The USGC Dallas, which recently delivered humanitarian aid to Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi, docked yesterday at the Crimean port, where Russia has a naval base, at the invitation of Kiev.

The ship's arrival was met by thousands of anti-NATO protesters chanting "Yankees go home!" and waving banners with the slogan "NATO Stop!" Police cordoned off the area around the ship.

Ukrainian customs officers who boarded the ship and met the commander said they had been prepared to lay on buses for the U.S. crew to give them a tour of the city, but apart from a few officers, no one left the vessel.

Tensions between Russia and the West have been exacerbated by the build up in the Black Sea of U.S. and NATO naval vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia. In an apparent response, Russia sent a group of warships last week, including the Moskva missile cruiser, to Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia.

Why NATO is a thing of the Past | by Frank Schnittger on Feb 26, 2009 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 12:19:43 PM EST
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Analysis from political scientist outside the Washington DC Bubble ...

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault
The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin
By Prof. John J. Mearsheimer | Sept/Oct. 2014 |

Completely disagree with the headline ... has been U.S. policy for decades ... Bill Clinton era and George Bush ... the NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008 was a declaration of war against the Russian Federation. Was not an incident ... see warmongers of the Atlantic Council.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 12:20:40 PM EST
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I still have unease as there is a chance Mark Rutte will step aside after the General Electo of November and cklaim the job as political leader of NATO ... has a long preparatory learning process accelerated by the accidental downing of Malaysian flight above Donetsk war zone in July 2014. Ever since Mark Rutte used his Dutch job as Prime minister to boost ties with the British conservatives, Nordic states after he got booted from the Franco-German alliance, pro-Israel positions and close relationship with Obama-VP Biden, Trump, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson. Has been at the forefront on economic sanctions for Russia and Kremlin officials. Works closely with NSA-GCHQ and Israeli Mossad. Early buyer of Pegasus from  Israel's NSO Group. Corporate agent within the government, neglecting human rights and fails the Dutch Constitution. Repeat offender.

Stoltenburg wants out, and quietly hopes Joe Biden pushes through the Rutte candidacy asap ... November NATO Summit? Dutch parliament is clearing house as many. many members quit this line of business.

Anyone's guess which political party will get the most seats to take the lead in forming a new coalition government ... may take up to one year.  Damn fools, irresponsible and leaving people behind.


Zelensky hails 'historic' F-16 agreement during Netherlands visit | Le Monde |

The Ukrainian president said it is 'another step towards strengthening Ukraine's air shield' at a Dutch airbase on Sunday.

Zelensky landed at a Dutch airforce base in Eindhoven at around midday (1000 GMT), a Dutch government spokesperson told Agence France-Presse (AFP), and inspected the aircraft shortly after.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte rubber-stamped the deliveries, saying: "The Netherlands and Denmark commit to transfer F-16s to Ukraine once the conditions for such a transfer have been met."

The decision is "absolutely historic, powerful and inspiring for us," Zelensky said at a press conference with Rutte. "This is another step towards strengthening Ukraine's air shield." Details of the aircraft delivery to Ukraine have not been unveiled.

The Dutch and the Danes are leading a plan to train Ukrainian pilots to fly the US-made aircraft as part of an 11-nation coalition, with training potentially complete by early 2024. Washington has strict rules on the sale or transfer of US military equipment by its allies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow will regard Western F-16 fighter jets sent to Ukraine as a "nuclear" threat because of their capacity to carry atomic weapons.

His conservative VVD party successor Kurd Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius is a tough cookie and willing to work with xenophobe and Islamophobe Geert Wilders. Rightwing alliance is at the forefront of Europe's demise ... in footsteps of Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. The Dutch flag of the VOC and era of slavery prevails once again. Roots of orthodox Dutch Reformed Church and Calvin.

Overjoyed as a kid getting long expected toys from his dad. Let's play war ... damn idiots. No end in sight.

Moment of M.A.D. is creeping closer ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 06:38:00 PM EST
Crimea As Endgame Before Going M.A.D.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 06:38:36 PM EST
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thehill | On the Polish border with Ukraine, war wounded find refuge, care
The emergency medical hub, a temporary installation set up outside of Rzeszów's small airport, is a critical transit point for Ukrainians who can't be treated in their own hospitals and must be evacuated to Europe. They cross Poland's border from Ukraine by ambulance and arrive with battle injuries: gunshot and shrapnel wounds; spinal injuries; amputated limbs; bodies suffering from the effects of explosive blasts. [...] It's a temporary but critical stopover for Ukraine's war wounded before continuing on for advanced treatment in hospitals across Europe, largely evacuated by plane from Rzeszów's airport.

The influx of medical staff came following U.S., European and NATO forces converging on the small town and airport to streamline weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Patriot missile batteries dot the landscape to protect cargo shipments.

by Cat on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 08:49:32 PM EST

My earlier diary ...

Rutte Looks for Exit from Dutch Politics | July 6, 2023 |

BREAKING NEWS: PM Mark Rutte ends his political career, will not lead the VVD into the forced general election. [Update: 10 July 10AM]

The one man lobbyist for Royal Shell, Unilever, DSM, ASML and multinationals in pharmacy, petrochemicals with shareholders evading taxation on dividends.

Mark failed to impress NATO member states in the campaign for SG as Joe personally appeared to have picked a girl ... ehh female, breaking glass ceiling and all that to prevent any discussion on the wisdom of a proxy war with Russia across the Ukraine.

Poland may have blocked Ursula as next NATO head ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 10:02:12 PM EST
Overview by Politico:

NATO mulls another succession solution: Pairing with EU top jobs race

Jens Stoltenberg can't leave just yet -- the EU may need him around until it reshuffles its own leaders in Brussels.

That's the dawning sentiment among NATO allies as the military alliance's chief nears the end of his term and countries fail to rally around a consensus successor.

The NATO leader's near decade-long tenure, which has been repeatedly extended, is set to expire this fall. But NATO allies are now gaming out the possibility of prolonging his term yet again until the alliance's summit in Washington next year, according to diplomats.

The move would, of course, give leaders more time to locate a successor. But it would also push the decision into an EU election year, allowing it to become part of the political jostling over who will run the EU's main institutions for the next five years.

Like the top NATO job, the EU positions require a geopolitical balancing act. And having four positions to hand out instead of one may help ease those negotiations, allowing countries to back a candidate at NATO, for instance, in exchange for getting their preferred candidate installed atop the European Commission.

It's not a solution everyone loves.

Asked if European allies would accept the NATO race becoming part of the EU's top jobs competition, a senior diplomat from Central Europe said: "I am sure for some of us definitely not." But, the diplomat added, "for others, yes."

NATO and the EU: Together at last   [bloody hell!]

Some allies don't mind making these decisions in the same timeframe, but others cautioned against mixing the two worlds.

"We need the most suitable candidate, who can unite [the] transatlantic community, but not setting artificial barriers," a senior diplomat from Eastern Europe said. The diplomat underscored that they are "not against" a candidate from the EU. "But why linking? What is the rationale of that?"

The senior Western European diplomat also conceded that they have heard concerns that an extension could "further the complexity" of the situation and make NATO look like "a consolation prize."

Stoltenberg, for his part, has repeatedly insisted he doesn't want to stay on, to the point where repeated questions about his future at every press appearance and carefully rehearsed, formulaic answers have taken on a comical quality.

Yet as secretary-general since 2014, the NATO chief has gotten extension after extension.


"I am not a candidate ..." and  "I am not on my way to NATO.  "

Plus, with war raging on the Continent, the job has become far from sensitive -- the next secretary-general needs to be someone acceptable to hawks but who big capitals see as sufficiently cool-headed.

Very few leaders meet the criteria. And a few names who could win broad support -- such as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- have said they are not interested.

As a result, the notion of a Stoltenberg extension is now creeping into officials' public comments.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 10:03:22 PM EST
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked the Dutch government for its continuing support to NATO operations in talks with Dutch Prime Minister | NATO - Nov. 14, 2014 |

I would like to underline that The Netherlands has been for many, many years a valuable and very reliable ally within the Alliance. And I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your contributions in so many parts of the work we are doing together within the Alliance: contributing troops to our mission in Afghanistan and in Kosovo, fighter jets over the Baltic states.

And actually I went from Brussels to Estonia, and I was escorted by two F-16s, Dutch F-16s, extremely close, but let's just say it was safe. At least they told me so.

And I also seen the Dutch patriot batteries in Turkey augmenting the air defence of Turkey. And as you said, The Netherlands is also offering troops to the spearhead force which we are going to establish in NATO.

So we are really grateful for your solidarity and your efforts to improve defence capabilities by cooperating with other allies, and we all gain from this.

Our meeting and our lunch today was very constructive. We addressed a wide range of issues, but we focused on the security challenges we face in the east and to the south.

To the east, Russia continues to destabilize Ukraine. And we call on Russia to pull back all its forces from eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk agreements.

To the south, ISIL terrorists are carrying out horrific attacks and threatening to export the terror beyond the Middle East. We have to be ready to respond to these challenges. That is why we, at our summit in Wales in September, agreed on a readiness action plan.

Related reading ...

Of Arms, Funding and "Non-lethal Assistance"--Issues Surrounding Third-State Intervention in the Syrian Civil War | March 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 20th, 2023 at 10:05:03 PM EST
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A 1960s developed TU-22 supersonic bomber targeted near St. Petersburg by UA drone and destroyed.

Bombs Away: Russia's 'New' Tu-22M3M Bomber Might Look Familiar (And Still Deadly) | Oct. 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 05:42:29 PM EST
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said Germany the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea Peninsula would "never be accepted."

"Russia's illegal annexations in Ukraine are null and void," she said in a video message broadcast at the Crimea Platform meeting in Kyiv.

She called the occupation "a direct attack on the United Nations Charter and on international law, which we will never accept - and which will not go unpunished."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 05:53:26 PM EST
I trust this is a "deep fake" video ... or not 🤣

German minister is obsessed with washing machine chips!

Let the Emperor wear dirty clothes ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 26th, 2023 at 05:51:24 AM EST
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Ridicule has circled the innerboobs, propelled by RU press digests of each iteration of EC itemized contraband, since sanctions package N°2 (Feb 2022). Here is an example categorical announcement.

finance.ec.europa.eu | Sanctions adopted following Russia's military aggression against Ukraine

Technology sector
The EU imposed further restrictions on exports of dual-use goods and technology, as well as restrictions on exports of certain goods and technology which might contribute to Russia's technological enhancement of its defence and security sector.

This will include products such as semiconductors ["chips"] or cutting-edge technologies.

EC detailed list of regulated natural persons, corporations, banking transactions, raw goods, intermediate goods, and finished goods (eg. "washing machine") as well as commercial "compliance" documents are submitted to Official Journal of the EU (EUR-LEX). No one reads that except Russians and their trade partners. vdL, Borrell, and Baerbock vividly demonstrate the ignorance they inhabit.

Over the proceeding year of "embargo" failures—achiveved by self-serving Price Cap Coalition exemptions and, more significant, "third-country" wholesale imports from EU and re-sale to RU markets—EC "sanctions experts" attempted to differentiate, more precisely, exempted and forbidden practices, procedures, and goods produced by any and all manufactures. Sanctions Package N°8 (Oct 2022) illustrates a progressive lunacy of this project to proscribe distribution of industrial components (regardless of origin) and disassemble consumer "end-uses". worldwide.

Additional EU export bans: New export restrictions have been introduced on sensitive dual-use and advanced technologies that contribute to Russia's military capabilities and technological enhancement. This includes drone engines, camouflage gear, additional chemical/biological equipment, riot control agents and additional electronic components found in Russian military systems on the battlefield.

Moreover, the most severe export restrictions have been extended to 168 additional Russian organisations closely linked to the Russian military-industrial complex in an effort to cut off their access to sensitive dual-use and advanced technology items. This brings the total number of organisations sanctioned to 410. This decision has been taken in close collaboration with our partners and includes military end-users working in various sectors such as aeronautics.

New export bans will extend to additional industrial goods and technology, such as toy/hobby drones, complex generator devices, laptop computers and computing components, printed circuits, radio navigational systems, radio remote control apparatus, aircraft engines and parts of engines, cameras and lenses.

An even wider range of business services can no longer be provided to Russia with the introduction of bans on market research and public opinion polling services, technical testing and analysis services, and advertising services.

Now, consider the Eleventh Sanctions Package, the "anti-circumvention tool" (June 2023). August has come and nearly gone without commintment to the Official Journal of the EU. Or BRICS "enlargement".
by Cat on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 02:40:14 AM EST
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Above her pay grade ...

German FM Under Fire for 'War with Russia' Comment

Of course she spoke the truth ... NATO has been at war with Russia for many decades and clearly after the Bucharest Summit of 2008. Only beef, when she said "EU" is at war, she meant to assert NATO is at war with Russia. The EU has no standing Armed Forces or Command. Relying on the U.S. and the Pentagon.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 26th, 2023 at 05:53:16 AM EST
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Putin R2P: Protect Our Culture, Tradition and Religion

Russia's goal is to end war that West unleashed in Ukraine -- Putin | TASS |

The Russian leader stressed that it was the wish of a number of Western countries to preserve their hegemony in the world that "has led to the grave crisis in Ukraine"

Russia's special military operation pursues the goal of ending the war in Ukraine unleashed by a number of Western countries and their satellites, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of BRICS leaders.

"Russia has decided to support the people who are fighting for their culture, for their traditions, for their language and for their future. Our actions in Ukraine have only one reason - to put an end to the war that was unleashed by the West and their satellites in Ukraine against the people living in Donbass," Putin said.

He stressed that it was the wish of a number of Western countries to preserve their hegemony in the world that "has led to the grave crisis in Ukraine."

Putin recalled that "first, with the help of the Western countries, an unconstitutional coup d'etat was carried out in that country, and then a war was unleashed against those people who did not agree with that coup."

"This brutal war, a war of extermination, had lasted for eight years," Putin emphasized.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 06:14:35 PM EST
Juice is no more, enters the sky where the buffalo roam ...

Ukraine war: Fighter ace and two other pilots killed in mid-air crash |  BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 06:05:03 AM EST

Former MP claims Odesa military commissar is a crook after Spanish villa purchase

When Saakashvili was governor of Ukraine ...

Saakashvili had been hired to run Odessa under president Poroshenko based on his track record of fighting corruption as president of Georgia after the 2003 Rose Revolution.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 08:37:42 AM EST
Dutch to accept Saakashvili if he arrives - minister | UNIAN / Dutch News |

The Netherlands will accept former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili if he decides to leave Ukraine, the Dutch foreign minister said Friday after reports the firebrand politician may move to the country.

Dutch minister Halbe Zijlstra's comments [of Putin's dacha infamy] come after several reports, including by the NOS public broadcaster, said Saakashvili has applied to travel to The Netherlands and that his request has been approved.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili poised for another political comeback in Ukraine | Reuters - Apr. 22, 2020 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 08:40:23 AM EST
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Welcome Speech at the conference Georgia's Path to the European Union NATO ... priority 🇬🇪

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 08:41:07 AM EST
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Serhii Datsyuk: Ukrainization and the solution of the Russian question | Sept. 15, 2017 |

The latest decisions of the authorities indicate the complete absence of at least any strategy for Ukrainization and a solution to the Russian question. The absence of a Ukrainization strategy and at least some scenarios for solving the Russian question today are critical both with regard to Ukraine's former colonial past as part of Russia's geopolitical space, and with regard to Russia's current war against Ukraine.

So, two questions as one sound like this: how can we achieve Ukrainization in Ukraine and at the same time what should we do with Russian citizens-Ukraine? The first part is a Ukrainian issue, the second part is a Russian issue.

In other words, it is impossible to solve the Ukrainian problem without solving the Russian problem in the coming decades.

Exposure of insufficient Ukrainization in Ukraine

Terrible, dangerous and scandalous things are happening in Ukraine now.
Ukraine's new law on education caused an international scandal. At the same time, against the background of this process, the online publication"Zbruch" offered its way of Ukrainization .

A very controversial process was started in this publication by well-known Ukrainian writers - Andruhovych, Prokhasko and Vynnychuk.

First, Yuriy Andruhovych questioned the main public and official guideline of the Russian-Ukrainian war since 2014, "One Country." His article was called ironically "United country". It called into question the mentioned main instruction on the unity of the country and actually laid the foundations of national discord between Ukrainians and Russians in the form of, as it came to be called, "regional racism." Although it can also be called Galician separatism with a clear orientation towards the GNR (Galician People's Republic).

Eastern Ukrainian philologist Ivanna Skyba-Yakubova was very critical of Andruhovych's position with the article "Enough missionary postures, or there are no cynocephalians living in the East". Yurii Andruhovich did not want to understand the criticism, nor to somehow reflect on the essence of his position, and gave an answer to the answer - Humiliated and insulted, or Humiliated and offended". In it, he again insisted on his right to separate assessments, but did not say the main thing - whether he is really for a single country, or whether he is for the East of Ukraine separately from the West of Ukraine.

More to come. There, Taras Prokhasko resorted to Freudian generalizations in "Zbrucha" in his article "Do you sleep in Ukrainian"? This is quite a development of the hypothesis of Sapir-Whorf, who believed that it is not reality that regulates language, but language that regulates reality. Taras Prokhasko went even further - he believes that language regulates not only reality, but even dreams. This is a kind of "Farion in a square".

All this together could be very attractive. But what finally drove me away from the Jewish authors was when I got to know not only the physical unkemptness, but also the moral dirt of this chosen people..."

Adolf Hitler speaks precisely on an emotional and figurative level in order to humiliate the Jews. Vinnychuk does the same to humiliate the Russians. I don't know which Russians Mr. Vinnychuk saw, but I can say from my own experience that dirt has no nationality, just like cleanliness.

Two weeks have passed since the publication of Vinnychuk's article. There is still no critical, reflexive and dignified reaction of Ukrainian intellectuals.

"Zbruch" does a very dangerous thing. This is not just ethno-nationalism, which supports the current President of Ukraine out of despair at losing his rating. This is not just "regional racism" with elements of fascism. This is a revision of the Revolution of Dignity, since with this approach we are not talking about a revolution of dignity, but a revolution of ethno-national dignity, where representatives of the Russian ethnic group are denied the right to honor and dignity.

At the current official level, the topic of the post-colonial dignity of Ukrainians is supported and stimulated in every possible way, and the topic of the post-colonial dignity of ethnic Russians is not that it is not supported, it is in every way rejected, twisted, humiliated and generally recognized as having no right to exist.

I would really like to know the thoughts of Ukrainian public intellectuals on this matter, especially Zabuzhko and Zhadan. Do we, Ukrainians, really stand for "our and your freedom", that is, for all freedom, or do we stand for only "our freedom", that is, for ethno-national freedom?

The Russian question has been raised, but there is no official solution

The ban on some Russian Internet resources in Ukraine, language quotas for media broadcasting, the controversial education law - all this indicates not only Ukrainianization, but also an attack on the rights of Ukrainian citizens who are ethnic Russians. While the war is going on, the Russians in Ukraine are silent. But such bad decisions do not paint any positive prospects for Ukrainian Russians. Ukraine lacks not only a strategy of Ukrainization, but also a strategy of actions towards Ukrainian Russians who support the Revolution of Dignity and reforms, which were often in the ATO from the side of Ukraine, who have always been, are and will be at the forefront of the ideological war with the Russians of Russia.

There are five main approaches of Ukraine and Ukrainians towards Ukrainian citizens who are ethnically Russian:

  • liquidation,
  • deportation,
  • discrimination,
  • isolation or segregation,
  • assimilation or solidarity
  • .

    Neither Germans nor Poles: Jewish Nationalism in Galicia before Herzl, 1883-1897

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:04:19 AM EST
    Chapter 18. The Russian Question | Sept. 16, 2021 |
    By Serhii Plokhy

    "Anti-Globalism, anti-Islamism, Nationalism." Inscription on a banner at the Nationalist March in Moscow, November 4, 2012. Image source: RiMarkin, flickr.com.

    The fall of the USSR exposed the confusion between the Russian (later Soviet) empire and the Russian nation prevailing throughout Russian history. In 1991, Russia abandoned the non-­Slavic components of its empire but has found it difficult to part ways with the Slavic ones. Russia today has enormous difficulty in reconciling the mental maps of Russian ethnicity, culture, and identity with the political map of the Russian Federation, especially when it comes to neighboring Ukraine and Belarus.

    The Russian question, understood as a set of problems facing the Russian nation during and after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, was first placed on the public agenda by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russia's best-known author of the second half of the twentieth century, in a series of essays published between 1990 and 2008. One of those works, The Russian Question at the End of the Twentieth Century (1994), includes a survey of Russian history from the era of Kyivan Rus´ to the first post-­Soviet years. The Russian question, according to Solzhenitsyn, was really about the survival of the Russian nation. He discerned threats from various quarters, including moral decay, economic degradation, the rising influence of Western values and institutions, and the partitioning of Russia by newly created state borders. Solzhenitsyn looked back to the final decades of imperial rule as a paradise lost for the Russian Empire and the Russian nation.

    Solzhenitsyn claimed that he was not an imperialist. Indeed he was not. He was a Russian nation-­builder. As early as 1990, he called on the Russians to separate themselves from the non-­Slavic republics, even if they wanted to stay together with Russia. Solzhenitsyn imagined the Russian nation as consisting of a Great Russian core and an East Slavic periphery including Ukrainians and Belarusians, as well as Russian-­speakers residing in other republics. His ideal solution was the creation of a "Russian Union" consisting of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and northern Kazakhstan. As this vision of Greater Russia failed to materialize in 1991, Solzhenitsyn advocated an enhanced role for the Russian state in providing legal protection for Russians and Russian-­speakers abroad, as well as the formation of Russian ethnic autonomies in parts of foreign states where Russians and Russian-­speakers constituted a majority.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:10:04 AM EST
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    Taras Kuzio wrote for CIA funded organization see Wikipedia. Kuzio is also linked to the London based Henry Jackson Society ... Neocons Sighted on the Thames.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:12:21 AM EST
    CIA Operation QRPLUMB 1946 to date -- Nazi war crimes disclosure act of 2007. CIA working with OUN nationalists of Bandera.

    CIA-ZPUHVR Operational Agreement - 1951

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:13:37 AM EST
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    CIA Position Paper for Ukrainian Discussion wit SS in London, 23-25 April 1951

    I. Area of Agreement:

      1.  Both CIA and SS agree that a Ukrainian underground (UHVR, OUN, on Ukrainian Soil and UPA)exists and constitutes an extremely worthwhile target.

      2.  Both CIA and SS agree that the July 1950 instructions from the Provid of OUN and Ukrainian Soil are authentic.


    VII. Alternate Positions:

      1.  If the SS insists upon inclusion of the OUN/B leaders in the ZP UHVR or in a reconstituted ZCh OUN Provid,the CIA position will be:

        a. Bandera himself is completely unacceptable.

    In archived diaries - key word "Stepan Bandera"

    Zelensky A Leader Failed to Rise from the Ashes

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:15:49 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:53:19 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:54:56 AM EST
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    Look at the developments in the Jewish State of Israel ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:56:33 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 28th, 2023 at 07:58:19 AM EST
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    Ukraine SitRep: Topography Shapes The Battle Field | MofA |

    Those defense lines are not an easy problem to solve. They are on the hills following the contours of the land while the Ukraine army has so far stuck to the low lands.

    Abysmal Medical Service Wounded Cause of Many Deaths

    Western media had so far avoided the theme. The British Spectator has now breached the silence with an on-the-ground report of the Ukraine War's Nightingale crisis:

    Ukraine's real killing fields: An investigation into the war's first aid crisis

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 30th, 2023 at 05:26:18 AM EST
    Don't ever give me the bull Ukrainians are heroes fighting for my freedom ... they are not and will never stand in the most remote shadow of true veterans and heroes fighting ugly fascism of Nazi Germany and collaborators killing their own citizens under the boot of a dictatorial regime. Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera is not a hero but a war criminal executing Jews and Poles.

    End all wars ☮️ ... "Don't do stupid things," statement by Barack Obama.

    London Black Cabs honoring heroes WWII veterans and Operation Market Garden -- Taxi Charity

    Operation Market Garden: The British Army's Costly Disaster | Battles Won & Lost | War Stories

    103-year-old WWII veteran commemorates Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 06:43:19 AM EST
    Putin, Erdogan Agree To Boost Economic Ties At Sochi Meeting | RFERL |

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed during a meeting on August 5 to boost cooperation in the transport, agriculture, and construction industries.

    "Despite the current regional and global challenges, the leaders reaffirmed their common will to further develop Russian-Turkish relations," the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin and Erdogan agreed to ramp up trade and boost economic and energy cooperation, the Kremlin added.

They also stressed the need to ensure the implementation of the Istanbul agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine, including unimpeded exports of Russian grain, TASS reported, citing a joint statement by Putin and Erdogan.

The joint statement also said Putin and Erdogan confirmed their determination to work against terrorist organizations in Syria.

The Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak as saying they also agreed to switch part of payments for Russian gas to rubles.

The meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi lasted about four hours. It was the second between Putin and Erdogan in less than a month.


    A Turkish offensive in Syria's north has been on hold since 2019 following two cease-fire deals brokered by Washington and Russia.

According to the Kremlin, the potential sale of unmanned combat drones from NATO member Turkey to Russia is also on the agenda.

Putin has recently suggested that Russia cooperate with Turkey's Baykar drone producer, local broadcaster CNN Türk had quoted Erdogan as saying last month.

The Ukrainian Army has been using Baykar's Bayraktar TB2 drones against Russian forces since start of the invasion in February.

    Bilateral ties were on top of the agenda ... not what Western media wanted to hear ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 03:22:48 PM EST
    Erdoğan-Putin meeting ensures free grain deal to African nations | Daily Sabah |

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said Moscow was close to finalizing an agreement that would facilitate free exports of grain from Russia to six African nations with the help of Türkiye and Qatar, stressing the proposal was not planned as an alternative to the Black Sea initiative.

    "We are close to completing agreements with six African states, where we intend to supply foodstuffs for free and even carry out delivery and logistics for free," Putin told a news conference alongside President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. "Deliveries will begin in the next couple of weeks."

    The deal would include a supply of up to 1 million metric tons of grain to countries most in need via Türkiye with financial support from Qatar, the Russian leader said. The grain will be sent for subsequent processing at Turkish plants before being shipped to the African nations.

    Headline Bloomberg ...

    Putin, Erdogan Talks End Without Reviving Ukraine Grain Deal | Bloomberg |

    Expectations ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 03:25:08 PM EST
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