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September 2023

by Oui Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 04:59:27 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:01:56 AM EST
For the first time a female leader and of dual nationality. Turks by birth and Dutch after family reunion in the 1980s made possible by lenient policy under PM Ruud Lubbers of the Christian Democrats. Certainly a left-wing progressive policy for labor migrants from Morocco and Turkey.

Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius official party leader VVD Conservative, rightwing in Dutch politics. Mark Rutte is finishing as caretaker prime-minister hoping his dynasty of 13 years will be continued. His pro-business, pro-Nordic EU states, full support of NATO aggression on the Eastern Front, has ended in total chaos and failure. The EU got screwed into a NATO proxy war following a Blitzkrieg and bullying by U.S. President Biden.

Using immigration as a reason to upend Rutte IV after 18 months and the party believes immigration is a priority issue? NO it is not, it is a policy of dividing the nation, renew conflicts and open old wounds. Immigration was an issue of 2015 [see a courageous Angela Merkel] with the influx of millions of Syrian war refugees as NATO was supporting jihadists and foreign terrorists to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. Truly hope the anger of the Dutch masses will see her as a lying VVD leader  and send her party into opposition seats.

Many VVD voters will return to the party of Geert Wilders as Mark Rutte had adopted his main talking points. Both Dilan and Geert are strongly biased pro-Israel ... pro fascism. See my three part diaries in July ...

Excellent report from Berkeley 2022 ...

The Canadian Islamophobia Industry: Mapping Islamophobia's Ecosystem in the Great White North

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 10:51:22 AM EST
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The number of Ukrainian refugees in the European Union has reached almost 10 million people
This was stated by European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton on Sud Radio. According to him, in the Czech Republic the number of migrants from Ukraine is 440 thousand—this is 4% of the country's population.

"Hungary also accepts Ukrainian migrants, Poland, of course," he said, adding that the problem of migration affects everyone.

unhcr | Majority of displaced Ukrainians plan or hope to return home as war hits 500-days mark (10.07.23)
Let us remind you that Ukrainian citizens, including refugees, believe that they live in Europe in quite (34%) or rather comfortable (51%) conditions. Only 13% of Ukrainians called their conditions uncomfortable. We also wrote that the number of men among Ukrainian refugees is slightly more than a third.
strana bild | Germany is shocked by the huge government spending on one family of Ukrainian refugees (12.09.23)
Bloomberg previously reported that Ukraine needs to return its women from abroad to have a chance at economic recovery .
head-count August 2023
, Census' method for uncounted households
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 06:29:53 PM EST
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Axel Springer | EU lawmakers pitch sweeping treaty reform, 1 Sep "pragmatic federalism"
A group of European lawmakers plan to pitch a long-shot reform of the EU's ["]basic treaty["] that, if approved, would radically alter the way it functions, according to a [pay-to-view] draft obtained by POLITICO.

The draft proposal—which is dated August 17 and was written by six members of the European Parliament on a committee for constitutional affairs—proposes a wholesale shift away from the unanimous decision-making in the Council of the EU. Instead, it advocates for qualified majority voting and normal legislative procedure in a range of areas including defense, taxation [?!], and foreign policy [!].

...The new rules will empower the Commission to investigate whether coercion has happened and to propose countermeasures—handing the executive greater [exclusive]competence in the making of foreign policy, an area where EU countries have traditionally called the shots....
The draft also proposes renaming the European Commission the < wipes tears > "European Executive" and drastically expanding the powers of Parliament, as well as granting EU institutions exclusive competence—or the right to negotiate on behalf of its members—to decide on environmental and climate matters.
archive ELECTION 2024 "political union", call for ["a Convention"]
by Cat on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 10:39:57 PM EST
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Unanimity has been the default voting rule in EU foreign policymaking. Multiple crises could change that status quo. | Carnegie Europe - May 2, 2023 |

A research report written for the European Parliament shows that between 2016 and 2022, member states used their veto rights at least thirty times, preventing the union from taking action, or at the very least delaying foreign and security policy measures, including sanctions against third states.

In the last couple of years, there were twenty-five major calls to expand the use of QMV in CFSP issues. These demands came mostly from the European Commission and the European Parliament, but also from some member states, including Germany.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 10:27:11 AM EST
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Back to work: the EU's to-do list between now and the 2024 elections, 4 Sep
The promise made to Kyiv
The Kremlin's hefty bill
Money makes the EU go round
The migration taboo, finally broken
Green dreams
Tech lips
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 03:40:21 PM EST
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Expediency obliges Executive VP Frans Timmermans not to mention her by name anymore ... just the floor "13" Ursula keeps office ... not on speaking terms for some time ... secrecy ... insider Politico "journalists" too keep quiet ... a fly on the wall 🍋 or sour grapes 🍇

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 06:54:38 PM EST
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Axel Springer | © Group of Twelve, 18 Sep monograph
... The authors envision a model EU in four concentric circles. "1. The inner circle; 2. The EU; 3. Associate members; 4. The European Political Community [a loose association of European leaders that meet twice a year to talk]," they write....
REPORT OF THE FRANCO-GERMAN WORKING GROUP ON EU INSTITUTIONAL REFORM, Sailing on High Seas: Reforming and Enlarging the EU for the 21st Century, 60 pp including cover

The plot resembles the sudden DEATH of national parliaments' legislative authorities from which one "enlargement ready" office of OTP [p 6] guardians [Plat. Rep. 1.334a] flowers. However, EU funded and supervised "high-visibility" citizens' panels are encouraged to petition relevant inferior commissioners of the reformed College of Commissioners.

MS member state(s)
EPC European Political Community alias "hierarchy" [p 22] of TEU administrators
art. 2 TEU

Recognising the complexity of aligning diverse Member States' visions for the EU, the report recommends a flexible EU reform and enlargement process. It highlights the need for immediate action to improve the EU's functionality, proposing a list of initial steps before the next European elections. More substantial reforms - including preparations for treaty revisions - should be implemented during the new legislative term (2024 to 2029).
Consequently, we do not recommend the legal institutionalisation of the so-called lead candidate system, as requested by the EP. But the EUCO and the EP need to find an agreement before the next EP elections on how to appoint the Commission's President to avoid institutional conflict. Ideally, this should take the form of a binding interinstitutional agreement (IIA) by the end of 2023. A political agreement at the highest level (between the President of the EUCO, semestrial presidency of the Council [of Europe], President of the EP, and leaders of the main European political parties) would be a second-best option.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 10:08:18 PM EST
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wut: Why ["]Europe's next president["] may be made in France
by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 12:48:44 PM EST
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4. Powers and competences
The powers and competences at EU level have increased since 1957, by now extending to a vast array of policy areas beyond the original areas of integration. Criticism that the EU is stretching or even exceeding its competences, that it does 'too much' and disregards the subsidiarity principle, has come up on a regular basis, but it has not been backed up by substantive legal arguments.

Several reviews of the allocation of EU competences, including the most comprehensive one conducted by the British government 2012-14 in the context of BREXIT13, ultimately did not find any indication of a European pretension of competences beyond what the treaties foresee. We also note that the provisions and mechanisms in place to enforce the subsidiarity principle work rather well, which explains the absence of subsidiarity cases at the CJEU. Nevertheless, we do not rule out the repatriation of competencies from the EU to the national level as a matter of principle if they can be better handled on the national or subnational level with positive effects for legitimacy, efficiency or the quality of decisions made. We are equally open to extending EU competences for the same reasons14.

In several consecutive crises since the mid-2000s, the EU has successfully used the existing competence framework to cater for emergencies and entirely new situations. But even treaty provisions such as Article 114 TFEU (the general legal basis for legislative harmonisation), Article 122 TFEU (a legal basis for measures in an emergency) or Article 352 TFEU (a reserve legal basis for measures that are in line with the objectives set out in the Treaties) that were general enough to accommodate unforeseen situations have their limits.
13 See UK Government Services, 'Review of the balance competencies', 2012-24.
14 It is beyond this report's mandate to suggest areas in which the EU should or should not be active in the future. We focused on aspects that could be usefully consolidated with an upcoming treaty revision. Other studies e.g. on the provision of public goods in the EU provide a policy-oriented assessment.

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by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 02:36:26 PM EST
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azatutyun.am | French Aid Convoy Barred From Entering Karabakh, 30 Aug
..."Here, at the Lachin Corridor, we can testify that no humanitarian aid can enter Artsakh, a gross violation of human rights. Our 10 humanitarian aid trucks are blocked," [Paris Mayor Anne] Hidalgo tweeted from an Armenian border area adjacent to the corridor's starting point.

The Armenian government also tried unsuccessfully to send 360 tons of flour, cooking oil, sugar and other basic foodstuffs to Karabakh in late July. Its aid convoy remains stuck at the entrance to the corridor....

azernews.az | French Aid Convoy Barred From Entering Karabakh, 31 Aug
Propaganda continues to sow lies to the masses around the world, in the person of patrons from France, for the sake of vassals of Armenians belonging to them. The reality is that there is no Lachin corridor, but the Lachin road is a recognized territory of Azerbaijan, which has the right to establish its territory checkpoints and any other inspection points....
Kobakhidze: The President will try to prevent Georgia from receiving EU candidate status, 1 Sep
The President of Georgia [Salome Zurabishvili] grossly violated the Constitution and started a series of visits to foreign countries without the government's consent - Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Georgian Dream, claimed at a briefing held at the party's office after the end of the political council session. "According to the constitution, only the government is authorized to implement both the domestic and foreign policy of the country.

Kobakhidze alleged that it is "obvious" that any European visit of the President of Georgia will be counterproductive in terms of Georgia's success in receiving candidate status and directly opposes the efforts of the Georgian government to receive said status. ....

MEP Cramon: Impeachment of President is an attempt to divert the public's attention from real problems, 4 Sep
In my opinion, this is an attempt to divert the public's attention from real problems—this is how European Parliamentarian Viola von Cramon [DE-Grüne] said in answer to a question about the Georgian government's decision to start the impeachment of its president, Salome Zurabishvili....
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 11:08:14 AM EST
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FehlingerLindedIn @Gunther Fehlinger
I call the Albania 🇦🇱 remove all those partisan monuments
I call Bosnia 🇧🇦 copy Montenegro 🇲🇪 and join Nato and adopt the Euro
I call for EUropean Armenia 🇦🇲 to join the West!@NikolPashinyan

RT | CSTO ally clarifies NATO membership stance, 4 Sep

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kostanyan was asked to comment on a post on X (formerly Twitter) by Austrian economist Gunther Fehlinger, head of an NGO called the European Committee for NATO Enlargement, who earlier in the day wrote: "I call Armenia to join NATO now" while tagging US President Joe Biden and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"As for the partnership between Armenia and NATO, it has been going on for many years. We cooperate with NATO in various formats and are ready to continue this process," the Armenian Deputy FM said. He also recalled that Fehlinger does not speak for the military bloc and "only heads a public organization whose name contains the word 'NATO.'" Fehlinger has also implored several others countries, including Austria, Ireland, and Armenia's neighbors Georgia and Azerbaijan to join the US-led military bloc.

apa.az | "I call Armenia to join NATO. Protect Armenia, Joe Biden"
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 01:20:03 AM EST
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The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets, dont-say-antitrust action
Some large online platforms act as "gatekeepers" in digital markets. The Digital Markets Act aims to ensure that these platforms behave in a fair way online. Together with the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act is one of the centrepieces of the European digital strategy.

Who are the gatekeepers?
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) establishes a set of narrowly defined objective criteria for qualifying a large online platform as a so-called "gatekeeper". This allows the DMA to remain well targeted to the problem that it aims to tackle as regards large, systemic online platforms.

These criteria will be met if a company:

• has a strong economic position, significant impact on the internal market, and is active in multiple EU countries
• has a strong intermediation position, meaning that it links a large user base to a large number of businesses
• has (or is about to have) an entrenched and durable position in the market, meaning that it is stable over time if the company met the two criteria above in each of the last three financial years
What does this mean for gatekeepers?
The new rules will establish obligations for gatekeepers, "do's" and "don'ts" they must comply with in their daily operations.

barrons AFP | EU Temporarily Appoints New Competition Chief, 5 Sep irony
The European Commission has appointed justice commissioner Didier Reynders to take the reins on competition issues after the current chief, Magrethe Vestager, temporarily stepped down on Tuesday.

Vestager, a commission executive vice president, announced on X, formerly Twitter, that she will take a temporary leave of absence as "I am officially a candidate for the presidency of the European Investment Bank" (EIB).

by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 12:50:56 AM EST
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Axel Springer | Azerbaijan declares victory in lightning Nagorno-Karabakh offensive, 20 Sep
Nagorno-Karabakh's ethnic Armenian leadership on Wednesday morning agreed to a cease-fire in an effort to prevent further bloodshed as Azerbaijani forces made major advances in the breakaway region.

According to Azerbaijan's ministry of defense, quoted by state media, the Karabakh Armenian side has agreed to "lay down their weapons, leave their combat positions and military posts and disarm completely.

Karabakh separatists have surrendered to Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said, APA reports.

"The agreement was reached to stop local anti[-]terror measures. Units of the Armenian armed forces will leave the territories of Azerbaijan, illegal Armenian armed groups will be dissolved."

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan states that considering the appeal by the representatives of the Armenian residents living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, conveyed by the Russian peacekeeping contingent, an agreement has been reached as of 13:00, 20 September 2023, to stop the antiterror measures under the following terms ...

The fragile cease-fire throws into doubt the future for the region's estimated 100,000 Armenian residents, who have for three decades maintained their autonomy from Azerbaijan, behind a fortified line of bunkers, land mines and trenches. Azerbaijan took back swathes of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh during a war in 2020, triggering a complete exodus of residents from the areas that changed hands.
Also Axel | Russia shrugs as Azerbaijan attacks Nagorno-Karabakh (20.09.23)
Azerbaijan insists it will offer the Karabakh Armenians rights and security if they accept Azerbaijani citizenship, but international observers including the EU have been quick to warn that years of violence combined with fiery racial rhetoric from Baku's authoritarian government make reconciliation more difficult.
APsplainin  | Azerbaijan and Armenian forces reach cease-fire deal for breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh, officials say, 20 Sep
...The escalation raised concerns that a full-scale war in the region could resume between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which have been locked in a struggle over the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The most recent heavy fighting occurred over six weeks in 2020, when Azerbaijan retook parts of the region and areas around it that were lost in the earlier separatist war.
carnegie | How the West Managed to Sideline Russia in Mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict (11.09.22)
US Mission to OSCE | latest development between Armenia and Azerbaijan (06.10.22)
armenpress | European Parliament foreign affairs committee urges Turkey to recognize Armenian Genocide, supports normalization (18.07.23)
voa | US Troops' Arrival in Armenia for Training Riles Russia (11.09.23)
The conflict has long drawn in powerful regional players, including Russia and Turkey. While Turkey threw its weight behind Azerbaijan, Russia has taken on a mediating role and brokered the armistice that ended the 2020 fighting. Its contingent of peacekeepers, in fact, are charged with monitoring that truce, and both sides said Wednesday that they helped reach the current agreement....
vOLdEeMorT | Yerevan outlines Russia's 'responsibilities' in Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 Sep
...The Armenian leader [Nikol Pashinyan] distanced his nation from the outcome of the brief conflict, claiming that his government had nothing to do with the truce between Baku and the self-proclaimed authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. Speaking in an address to the nation [19.09.23], he argued that since the Russian peacekeepers in the region facilitated the ceasefire, they have now taken "full unconditional responsibility for providing safety to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh."
...I want to note that the Republic of Armenia is not involved in military operations, and I want to note once again that the Republic of Armenia does not have an army in Nagorno Karabakh. And I also want to draw the attention of our public to a number of domestic and external forces that want to involve Armenia in large-scale military operations by all means. This is visible, and we stress with our position that the attempts to involve the Republic of Armenia in a military escalation are unacceptable for us and we will manage this process, no matter how much we understand, dear people, the emotional and many other aspects of all of us in this situation. But we should not allow some people, some forces, external and domestic, to put Armenia's statehood under attack. Unfortunately, I have to record that, as expected, calls for a coup d'état are already being heard from different places, even in Armenia....
The Armenian government previously claimed that Baku [Azerbaijan] wants to "ethnically cleanse" the region. Russian peacekeepers are now responsible for preventing this, Pashinyan said.
vOLdEeMorT | Putin comments on Nagorno-Karabakh escalation, 20 Sep
Russian peacekeeping forces are cooperating with all sides of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. His remarks came shortly after Azerbaijan and officials in the breakaway region agreed a ceasefire. Speaking during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi [!], Putin stressed that Russian "peacekeepers are working very actively with all parties involved in this conflict. They are doing everything to protect civilians."

The Russian leader also expressed hope that the dialogue involving Moscow, Yerevan, Baku, and the authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh would result in de-escalation and a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Putin added that more than 2,000 civilians, including more than 1,000 children, are currently being accommodated at the main base used by Russian peacekeepers in the region....

archive COE.int on the sidelines of the summit between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, consilium Armenia-Azerbaijan
by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 02:11:11 PM EST
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Guardian-Karabakh: EU calls for immediate end to Azerbaijan 'hostilities' as ceasefire agreed - as it happened
06.33 EDT
Europe hoping for ceasefire implementation, commission says
A spokesperson for the European Commission told reporters on Wednesday that Brussels hoped the announcement of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh "will be followed up on the ground".

"The member states and also international partners are dealing with it very intensively," the spokesperson said, noting that senior diplomats were looking into the matter in Brussels while leaders were also discussing it at the UN this week.

"We expect immediate cessation of hostilities, and we also expect that Azerbaijan stops the current military activities," the spokesperson said.

The EU "is watching the situation very closely - and the member states will decide next steps in this context as we see the developments unfolding on the ground".

Updated at 06.36 EDT

Guardian-Karabakh: EU calls for immediate end to Azerbaijan 'hostilities' as ceasefire agreed - as it happened
10.11 EDT
European Council president tells Azerbaijan to ensure Karabakh Armenians' safety
The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, has asked Azerbaijan to ensure proper treatment of Karabakh Armenians.

Michel said in a post on social media that he had spoken on the phone to Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, and called on him "to ensure full ceasefire & safe, dignified treatment by Azerbaijan of Karabakh Armenians".

"Their human rights and security need to be ensured," Michel said, adding that access was also needed for immediate humanitarian assistance.

Updated at 10.18 EDT

Guardian-Karabakh events show Russia's grip on its old backyard is slipping, 20 Sep
It was clear as Azerbaijan launched its offensive that Russian peacekeepers had no intention of intervening
"As long as the peacekeepers themselves are not threatened by anything, they have no right to use weapons," the head of Russia's parliamentary defence committee, Andrei Kartapolov, said on Tuesday, a statement echoed by other officials during the day. The Kremlin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, even appeared to tacitly approve Baku's actions, saying Azerbaijan was acting "on its territory".
armenpress | Armenia ready to recognize Azerbaijan's 86,600 km2 territorial integrity which includes Nagorno Karabakh - Pashinyan (22.05.23)
...with the understanding that Azerbaijan recognizes Armenia's 29,800 km2 territorial integrity," PM Pashinyan said....During Brussels-hosted talks earlier in May [14.05.23], Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev confirmed their unequivocal commitment to the 1991 Almaty Declaration and the respective territorial integrity of Armenia (29,800 km2) and Azerbaijan (86,600 km2). The 29,800 km2 territorial integrity of Armenia includes enclaves, including Artsvashen. 86,600 km2 territorial integrity of Azerbaijan also includes enclaves....
Russia's inaction in Nagorno-Karabakh is not new. Distracted by its war in Ukraine, Moscow was mostly passive when Azerbaijan established a new security checkpoint along the Lachin corridor last spring, cutting off the flow of people and goods between Armenia and the region.
euractiv | Armenia's Pashinyan gives up Karabakh, abandons Russia-led CSTO (23.05.23)
"I am not ruling out that Armenia will take a decision to withdraw from the CSTO," if the bloc fails to respect its treaty obligations, Pashinyan told a news conference in Yerevan, as quoted by the Moscow Times [!].
"We do not criticise Russian peacekeepers, but we do express concern about their activities, and this concern has longstanding roots," Armenia's prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said in January, as tensions between Yerevan and Moscow grew.
archive NATO to send 700 more troops to Kosovo*, July 2022 "power to the councils"
by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 05:40:22 PM EST
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The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Visual Explainer | Crisis Group |

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was actually the one that broke the myth of peaceful coexistence of Soviet Union nations. Up to that point, you could still be wondering how that diverse mix of nations could last for over 50 years without significant national conflicts. [Source: das monde @ET]

Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory, Türkiye's Erdogan asserts | TRT World |

Türkiye supports Azerbaijan's steps to preserve its territorial integrity, says Turkish President Erdogan, emphasising the importance of opening of the Zangezur corridor.

"We have supported the negotiation process between Azerbaijan and Armenia from the beginning. However, we see that Armenia has not fully seized this historic opportunity," Erdogan said in his address at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

He expressed Türkiye's expectation that Armenia fulfil its commitments, especially those related to the opening of the Zangezur corridor, a key planned unimpeded road through Armenian territory connecting Azerbaijan to its Nakhchivan exclave.

"As everyone now accepts, Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory. The imposition of any other status will never be accepted," Erdogan underlined, adding that the primary goal should now be peaceful coexistence for all, including Armenians, on Azerbaijani territory.

Türkiye supports Azerbaijan's steps to preserve its territorial integrity, he said.

On Tuesday, Azerbaijan launched "counter-terrorism measures" in Karabakh to uphold provisions outlined in a November 2020 trilateral peace agreement it signed with Russia and Armenia following 44 days of clashes with Yerevan.

The Zangezur corridor connects Azerbaijan with its landlocked exclave of Nakhchivan autonomous region.

Geographically, Nakhchivan is cut off from mainland Azerbaijan by Armenian territory.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 07:07:15 PM EST
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Blinken Offers U.S. Support To Facilitate Bilateral Peace Between Armenia, Azerbaijan | RFERL - March 20, 2023 |

The U.S. State Department said that in the call Blinken "reiterated U.S. support for direct talks and diplomacy to support a lasting and sustainable peace in the South Caucasus and stressed that there is no military solution."

The statement also said Blinken thanked Pashinian "for Armenia's continued commitment to peace and encouraged concrete steps forward in finding solutions to outstanding issues."

According to the press service of the Armenian prime minister's office, Blinken reiterated his call for the immediate unblocking of the Lachin Corridor, the mountain road that links Armenia and the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and stressed that the United States is ready to continue supporting the process.

Can the US work with Russia in Nagorno-Karabakh? | Sept. 13, 2023 |

    Armenia is openly seeking to diversify its security relationship away from Russia, its longstanding ally, including conducting joint military drills with the United States in Armenia that began Monday and is set to end on September 20.

West's BS News messaging on Russia losing grip on Central Asia after America's defeat by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

[about 85 U.S. soldiers will participate in the exercises along with about 175 Armenian soldiers] damn in crisis pulled men away from the frontlines ... US Intelligence 🤣

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 07:09:09 PM EST
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Mon May 15th, 2023
"If you remember nothing else from my speech, remember I2U2, because you will be hearing more about it as we go forward"

Sun Sep 10th, 2023
"Economic corridors -- you're going to hear that phrase more than once, I expect, over the next decade. Economic corridors."

by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 08:19:04 PM EST
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Axel Springer | Former Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian leader arrested amid mass EXODUS, 27 Sep Azerbeijan exit
Azerbaijan confirms it has detained controversial Russian[!]-Armenian [?!] BILLIONAIRE Ruben Vardanyan.

The former leader of Nagorno-Karabakh's Armenians has been detained by Azerbaijani forces as he attempted to escape the war-ravaged region alongside tens of thousands of civilians.

In a statement [404] shared with state media on Wednesday, Azerbaijan's border guard service said it had arrested Ruben Vardanyan "as a result of the vigilance of military personnel" as he attempted to cross the internationally recognized border into Armenia. A photograph of the bearded Russian[!]-Armenian [?!] oligarch being escorted by officers has since been published.

Moments earlier, Vardanyan's wife, Veronika Zonabend, shared an impassioned plea with POLITICO in which she confirmed her husband was blocked from leaving the exclave, alongside an estimated 42,500 people who have fled their homes in the past three days. "Ruben has stood with the Arsakh people [?] during the 10-month BLOCKADE and has suffered with them in their struggle for survival," she said.

way down in Azer-by-jan / let my people stay...
apa.az | President Ilham Aliyev received the US delegation - UPDATE,  27 Sep
On September 27, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Samantha Power, the special representative of the US President, the head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Yuri Kimi, the assistant secretary of the US State for European and Eurasian affairs, and Louis Bono, the senior adviser of the US State Department for Caucasus negotiations. did.

APA informs that at the meeting, opinions were exchanged about the current situation as a result of the anti-terrorist measures implemented in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Emphasizing the confiscation of hundreds of military equipment, ammunition and military supplies, the President of Azerbaijan said that the military representatives of foreign countries accredited in our country and the representative of the UN Resident Liaison Office [Vladanka Andreeva] also looked at the collected weapons and military equipment.

by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 03:24:39 PM EST
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euronews. 'I left to stay alive': Nagorno-Karabakh empties of ethnic Armenian separatists | refugees | fighters

...Blinken "spoke again with President Aliyev today and emphasised the urgency of ending hostilities, ensuring unconditional protection, and freedom of movement for civilians," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller [!] said. France called for "international diplomatic action" amid "Russia's abandonment of Armenia." Paris estimated that the "massive" exodus of Armenians is taking place "under the complicit eye of Russia", which deployed a peacekeeping force in this region in 2020....
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - September 26, 2023
QUESTION: Yeah. This weekend is the deadline for the Israel Visa Waiver Program assessment. And I'm not asking you to preview your assessment of it, but I wanted to know how you—the process of how you're reviewing and assessing the reports you're getting from Palestinian Americans about how it's gone for them, in terms of being able to travel freely or not.
by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 04:00:51 PM EST
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Department of State Daily Press Briefing - September 27, 2023 - 1:15 PM
A/V (EN), transcript embargoed a/o 18:00 EST

@00:45:16 fugative Travis King extradition transiting China, @00:48:24 US observers for Brussels in Azerbeijan - cost of doing business in RU without exemptions - Vardanyan's arrest, @00:54:00 Palastinian-American Registry visa waivers - "foreign terrorist organization" criteria - litigation, @1:04:20 Canadian allegations - quest for Jaishankar cooperation, @01:06:00 Iran Internat'l journalists harrassed by Iran diplomats at UNGA  - "transnational repression"™, @1:06:29 missing messages of condolence for Serbians and Kosovars, @01:07:20 Omar (+ 3 California reps) demand US investigation of "Canadian killing", @01:08:09 medical emergency for Iraq wedding casualties, @01:09:17 US interest in Moscow Format Meeting on Afghanistan 29 Sep, @01:10:00 Blinken hosting Mexico delegation 29 Sep - immigration agenda, @01:10:45 US budget risk to appropriations for Compact of Free Association (Palau, Micronesia, Marshall I.), @01:11:24 Nuland, US cash for Cambodia election (discarded), @01:12:00 RU-BPRK military cooperation - warnings - UNSC violations: EXIT 01:13:00

by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 11:24:31 PM EST
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on investment since 1995

news.am | Armenia legislature committee gives positive conclusion to draft to ratify Rome Statute, 28 Sep war crime UPDATE

on retroactively recogniz[ing] the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court [ICC]. The aforementioned draft was unanimously adopted and will be put on the agenda of the upcoming NA plenary sessions.
hmmm where have I seen this play before?
In case of ratification by the NA, the Rome Statute will enter into force in Armenia within 60 days, said Yeghishe Kirakosyan, the country's representative on international legal affairs, presenting the aforesaid draft. Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Armenia ruled [2005, 2015] that [some] obligations stipulated in the Rome Statute were in accordance with the Constitution of Armenia.
primeminister.am | The Government is starting the process of ratifying the ICC Statute, conditioned also by the large-scale military aggression carried out by the armed forces of Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia. (29.12.22)
...In order for Armenia to be able to make the Statute of the International Criminal Court applicable to the war crimes committed during the aggression against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia from May 12, 2021, along with the ratification, it is necessary to make a declaration under Article 12, Part 3 of the Statute of the ICC, retroactively recognizing the jurisdiction of the ICC since 00:00 May 12, 2021. This only applies to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes....
In 2022, the Armenian government petitioned to the Constitutional Court on this matter. The government has returned to the matter of ratifying the Rome Statute because, according to the rationale of this draft, they see an opportunity to call Azerbaijan to account.
ibid Declaration of the Ukraine Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2014)

parliament.am | Ideas are exchanged on difficult regional situation, protection of rights of our compatriots displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh, 29 Sep

NA [National Assembly] President of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland Jussi Halla-aho within the framework of the European Conference of the Presidents of Parliaments of the Council of Europe [PACE].

Congratulating his colleague on his election to the position of the Speaker of Parliament of Finland, Alen Simonyan noted that contacts between the legislative bodies will be intensified, promoting effective cooperation on bilateral and international platforms. The parties agreed that inter-parliamentary cooperation has an important role in promoting interstate relations.

The situation in Armenia and the challenges that need the support of international partners to overcome were at the core of the meeting. The RA NA President gave details about the Azerbaijani aggression against the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh [, Azerbeijan], the large-scale offensive and the factors that led to their displacement.

news.am | Armenia parliament speaker in Dublin, meets with Ukraine counterpart, 29 Sep
Speaker Alen Simonyan of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia on Friday met with chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine, in Dublin, the NA informs Armenian News-NEWS.am.

At the meeting, the speaker of the Armenian parliament presented the details of the events preceding the forced deportation of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh[, Azerbeijan]—listing the security issues and the consequences of the large-scale attack by the Azerbaijani armed forces. In turn, his Ukrainian counterpart highlighted the importance of the bilateral meeting, and expressed his willingness to work together on multilateral platforms as well.

ibd. 32 Declarations of Intervention

NEXT MONTH: France pleads forcible deportation of military presence, diplomats from Niger

by Cat on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 06:51:17 PM EST
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readovka | Putin proposed denouncing the convention on the protection of national minorities
28 Sep notice to quit
President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma a draft denunciation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, as noted in the legislative framework of the parliament.

This treaty was signed by Moscow in 1995 and ratified in 1998. It has long been criticized due to the lack of clear criteria for minority rights. In addition, a number of European countries have not ratified this project. It is emphasized that in 2022, Russia's powers to monitor problems in this area were curtailed. This hit Moscow's ability to defend the interests of Russians abroad.

Putin noted that rejection of this agreement does not pose a threat to the observance of the rights of national minorities in our country. At the same time, the discriminatory impact of EU institutions in relation to the Russian Federation in this matter will be eliminated.

archive Identity Flaw, January 2023 "passportization", special tribunal, World POWs innernat'l venue shopping, European Hypocrisy on Human Rights, ICC, ICJ coup
coe.int | Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
It is the first legally binding multilateral instrument devoted to the protection of national minorities worldwide < wipes tears >, and its implementation is monitored by the only international committee dedicated exclusively to minority rights: the Advisory Committee. It was adopted on 10 November 1994 by the Committee of Ministers and it entered into force on 1 February 1998. It is now in force in 39 states.
What is a national minority?
The principle of free self-identification is the cornerstone of minority rights. It means that individuals have the right to decide themselves whether they wish to be identified as belonging to a national minority, and which one(s) [!]. However, their decision must be based on objective criteria connected with their identity, such as their religion, language, traditions, and cultural heritage.
How many people in European states belong to national minorities?
Obtaining accurate statistics on the size of minority populations in European states is difficult. This is partly because many states do not disaggregate data on ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic grounds for a variety of historical and political reasons and partly because states do not have reliable or up-to-date census figures. Virtually all European states have some population belonging to national minorities.
Chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 157 a/o 29.09.23
US | Selective Prosecution Law and Legal Definition
equal protection, burden of proof, and affirmative defense
by Cat on Sat Sep 30th, 2023 at 12:47:49 AM EST
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'Where are France, America and Charles Michel?' Armenians rage as 50,200 flee Nagorno-Karabakh
Baku's lightning advance into Nagorno-Karabakh last week—and the subsequent refugee EXODUS—is a stinging diplomatic failure for the EU, which had staked significant political capital in trying to style itself as a peacemaker. European Council President Charles Michel became a prominent personality in the region, and EU observers were deployed to observe the Armenia-Azerbaijan < wipes tears > [EPC2.0?] frontier. Ultimately, however, the EU now looks unlikely to turn to sanctions against Azerbaijan as it is unwilling to rock relations with a nation that it calls a "crucial" partner on natural gas supply.
"While RUSSIA! is seen as having BETRAY ARMENIANS given its stated commitments to protect them, the EU is now losing Armenians' faith," said Karena Avedissian, a senior analyst at Armenia's Regional Center for Democracy and Security. "People like Michel so often talk about Western values while doing nothing to uphold them, and Brussels pushed its own vision to resolve the conflict without addressing Armenians' fears about being forced to flee."
Meanwhile, more than 60 MEPs are calling for sanctions on Azerbaijan—with the European Parliament having previously backed motions condemning the country and supporting restrictions on its top officials over alleged HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.

Sanctions looks unlikely
Asked on Wednesday by POLITICO about why von der Leyen is yet to make a public pronouncement, a spokesperson for the Commission insisted "the EU position is clear" and that she had made her views clear by sharing a post condemning the violence from the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell on social media. For former security guard Spartak though, gathering together what remains of his possessions and working out what to do next, talk is cheap. "Nobody cares about us. We'll go wherever people will help us—we just have to find somewhere."

by Cat on Thu Sep 28th, 2023 at 02:38:01 AM EST
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radar.am | France has appointed a permanent attaché on defense issues in Armenia (28.10.22)
"The delegation approved the appointment of a permanent attaché on French defense issues in Yerevan and discussed with the interlocutors the means of strengthening the French-Armenian military cooperation."

kavkazcenter | France sends a military attache to Armenia. It will supply Armenia with modern weapons against Azerbaijan (12.05.23)
"Thus, one of the leading EU countries grossly violated the traditional European policy of refusing to supply lethal weapons to the warring region, thereby trying to influence the military balance in the South Caucasus in favor of Armenia."

calibr.az | France appoints military attaché to its embassy in Armenia (11.05.23)
"This step was first discussed at a high level during Armenian Defence Minister Suren Papikyan's visit to France in September 2022 and is now receiving its actual form."

verelq.am | Armenian Defense Minister receives new French Ambassador and military Attache (09.08.23)
"On August 9, Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia Olivier Decottigny, as well as the newly appointed military attache, Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Eli. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia."

interfax.ru | Erdogan says Zangezur corridor can pass through Iran (26.09.23)

The project of establishing direct links with Nakhchivan and other regions of Azerbaijan through land and railway lines (Zangezur Corridor) will strengthen our relations (Baku and Ankara-IF). For this reason, we will do our best to open this corridor as soon as possible. The launch of this corridor, which is very important for Turkey and Azerbaijan, is a strategic issue and must be implemented," Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish journalists after returning from Nakhchivan. The Turkish president noted that with the opening of the Zangezur corridor, cars and trains leaving Baku will be able to arrive directly in the Turkish province of Kars....the river's former payback channel for the purpose of the upcoming coastal protection measures and measures and Iran through the territory of the Eastern Zangezur economic Region between the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and new railway lines will be built Shahin Mustafayev and Mehrdad Bəzrpaşa were given detailed information about the relevant state structures....
interfax.com | France to appoint military attache in Yerevan, plans to open consulate in Syunik region (27.09.23)
"The paper [Le Figaro] reported that this concerns the Syunik region, through which the Azerbaijani authorities would like to make the Zangezur corridor (Syunik corridor) to ensure transport communication between the western regions of Azerbaijan and its exclave, the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Turkey supports the project, as this transport corridor would connect Azerbaijan and Turkey to Central Asia."

news.am |Pashinyan and Zelensk* briefly discuss security situation in South Caucasus during short meeting in Granada, 5 Oct

"During our first-ever meeting, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and I focused on the security situation in the South Caucasus. Ukraine is interested in the region's stability and friendly relations with its nations. We also discussed our bilateral cooperation and interregional economic projects," Zelensk* wrote on his X account.
swissinfo | Government releases more details of Ukraine refugee departure plans
...Voluntary departures should be carried out independently and by land. Forced returns by air must be the last resort....Initial financial assistance is considered. It could be uniform or decreasing, in order to encourage people not to wait for the end of the deadline to leave. The articulated amounts vary between CHF1000 and CHF4000 ($1,090 and $4,355) francs per person depending on the departure phases....
Earlier on Wednesday Zelensk* had a telephone conversation with the President of Azerbaijan. He thanked Ilham Aliyev for his significant humanitarian assistance and confirmed that Ukraine adheres to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the states....
Groundbreaking ceremony held in Zangilan between Azerbaijan and Iran automobile bridge, 6 Oct Zangezur corridor, Syunik region, Nakhchivan A.R., Azerbaijan
...Across the Araz River, bridge construction has begun coordinates and technical parameters, in the bridge convergence path of the project, appropriate border and customs points will be established in the territory indicators...
news.am | UN court sets October 12 hearing for Armenia's claim against Azerbaijan, 6 Oct neanderthal-on-denisovan allele violence
...Armenia had previously submitted a claim to the International Court of Justice [ICJ] against Azerbaijan under the Convention on Racial Discrimination, urging the court to take immediate interim measures concerning Baku....
F24 | France agrees to deliver military equipment to Armenia (03.10.23)
France, which has a large Armenian diaspora, has traditionally helped mediate the decades-old territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh.
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 21 December 1965
ICJ Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia) docket
"The Court rejects the Request for the indication of provisional measures (22.02.23)"
ICJ Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan) - Request for the indication of provisional measures; The Court to hold public hearings on Thursday 12 October 2023
by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 06:20:33 PM EST
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jpost | Jewish rep. seen posing with Ukrainian soldiers wearing Nazi symbols, 6 Oct Slava Ukraini!
A viral photo has surfaced on social media Friday depicting a representative of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine (FJCU) alongside soldiers donning t-shirts with Nazi symbols.
jpost | Knesset recognizes Chabad in Ukraine for unprecedented humanitarian aid amidst war (11.07.23)
...Even though [MK Oded] Forer's party [Yisrael Beytenu Party] promotes a more secular approach to Judaism, he found it difficult to contain his excitement as he spoke about Chabad's commendable work...
Sources indicate that this photo was initially posted on FJCU's official platforms but was later removed. The Jerusalem Post sought clarification from the FJCU on this issue.

Two taking photos with FJCU rep. are Jewish Azov soldiers

In response, FJCU stated to the Post: "The individuals in the photo are two Jewish soldiers from the Azov Battalion." They elaborated that Yasha Sinyakov, the FJCU representative in the image, maintains regular interactions with these and many other Jewish soldiers across various Ukrainian army battalions. "These soldiers proudly identify with their Jewish heritage and express that they're respected by their peers," the FJCU commented.

by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 09:27:34 PM EST
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UN mission arrives in Nagorno-Karabakh for first time in 30 years, 1 Oct
The move comes as more than 100,000 people have fled the Nagorno-Karabakh region—equivalent to almost the entire population of the ethnic Armenian ["national minority"]— since Azerbaijan seized the region last week.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani presidency told AFP that the UN mission had arrived early on Sunday with the main task of assessing the humanitarian needs on the spot.
On Sunday, Armenia, a region with a Christian majority < wipes tears >, observed a day of prayer for Nagorno-Karabakh as church bells rang out across the country. The separatist ["national minority"], supported militarily and economically by Yerevan [Armenia], opposed Baku [Azerbeijan] for more than three decades, notably during two wars between 1988 and 1994 and again in the autumn of 2020.
recurring nightmare
EU top foreign policy chief delivers Transfiguration liturgy to Odesa in Ukraine
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 04:35:11 PM EST
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aa.com.tr | UN: No incidents have been recorded regarding Armenians leaving Karabakh, yet
Daily Sabah
UN mission arrives in Karabakh
...Earlier Friday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced an emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss Francs ($22 million) to help those fleeing....
Türkiye concerned after Armenian group attacks Turkish event in US
..."It is worrying that the hate language of radical diaspora groups, which target our country and Azerbaijan, and more recently the Armenian government and the peace process in the region, has turned into violent acts. We will initiate the necessary legal process against those who physically attack our delegation," said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement....
archive 4 million, "a desire for more cows"
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 05:32:20 PM EST
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Invest In the Future - EU Vision VDL

Close ties Azerbaijan with EU ... Von der Leyen ... gas pipeline Southern Corridor via Türkiye green energy transition stays color blue

EU eyes more Azeri gas amid high bills and tight Russian supplies | EurActiv - 7 Feb. 2022 |

Recently ...

Human rights groups criticise EU's Azerbaijan gas deal | The Guardian - 19 July 2023 |

The EC M'N president Ursula von der Leyen hailed Azerbaijan as a "crucial" and "reliable" energy supplier, as she announced an agreement with Baku to expand the southern gas corridor, the 3,500km pipeline bringing Caspian Sea gas to Europe.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, EU officials have been touring the world's fossil fuel producers in search of alternative suppliers.

Türkiye-Azerbaijan ties are 'exceptional': President Erdogan | 26 Sept. 2023 |

3 Years ago ...

Erdogan to Armenia: End 'occupation' of Karabakh | TRT World - 28 Sept. 2020 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 06:16:01 PM EST
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All roads of his cursed pedigree return to COE.int.
...The Minsk Group was initially set up by the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (which had not yet become the OSCE) in March 1992. In March 1995, the OSCE established a co-chairmanship between Russia and the United States; France was added in 1997, making it tripartite.

It is usually forgotten that the Minsk Group also had eight other members in addition to the co-chairs. The reason why this is usually forgotten is the co-chairs rarely, if ever, consulted with other members of the group, apparently never asking them to do anything. These members—besides Armenia and Azerbaijan—were Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey....

by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 07:24:56 PM EST
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Conciliation Resources: Nagorny Karabakh

In the first half of 1992 intensive clashes on the battlefield continued alongside the CSCE's initial mediation efforts. The success of Armenian armed forces in taking Shusha and the Lachin region and killing the Azeri population of the town of Khojaly resulted in the total ethnic cleansing of Azeris from Nagorny Karabakh.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 09:02:02 PM EST
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Shame on me. I'd assumed this episode was more closely related to 1918.

But these events certainly cast a different light on Armenian "refugees" fear of "retaliation" as well as the duplicity of the Council of Europe.

by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 10:08:44 PM EST
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NB. Canada member status (full) G7, G20, NATO, IAEA, OAS, Sahel Alliance, Price Cap Coalition, APEC, CP-TPP and (observer) PIC, IPEF, Council of Europe (COE.int). Armenia and (mostly muslim OIC, OPEC) Azerbeijan are both COE member states. Armenia is also a member of the CSTO and EaEU. India retains member status in the British Commonwealth, the QUAD, G20, SCO, and BAO as well as observer status in PIC, IPEF, and ASEAN-EAS—that is, by contrast to Canadian allegiance to G7 colonial factors, tanamount to conditional "disposition" in the EU's "value-based" foreign policy "open door" enlargement schema. One day gov.in will accept that and act accordingly.

@ 00:37:26
Q: What is the—or has Canada sent any message to the EU or contact the EU on its ongoing row with India? And since both partners, both countries, are close and important partners to the EU, what is the EU disposition on this? Have you sent any messages to the two countries?
Nabila MASSRAL: Thank you, Noa, for your question. I can say at this stage is that we are aware of the seious allegations about the extrajudicial killing of a Canadian citizen and the alleged involvement of an Indian government agent. We encourage constructive co-operation from all those concerned in the investigation. That is what I can say at this point.
Q: So you have not contacted India or Canada on this matter until now?
MASSRAL: This is a bi-lateral issue. At this point, I cannot say more. What I can say though is we are in contact with our Canadian counterparts.
SPINANT: Thank you. Any other questions  for us today or Nabila for that matter? Since she's here. I see that Tamara has her hand up. [INAUDIBLE] Is your question for Nabila? Let's just give it a try.
Q: I have a question on the commission commitment to increase gas imports from Azerbeijan. Is that the right person?
Dana SPINANT: No. So allow me to go then to Tamara. Tamara, go ahead.
Q: I also have a question for Mr. Stano, so should I wait now? [CROSS TALK] OK. So yesterday, Mr. Stano, while commenting there is a threat of Serbs in Kosovo, said that he is monitoring the situation closely. By this morning, we had three bombs were thrown at the houses of Serbs in Kosovo*. How do you comment that? Do you see this as a step toward further escalation of tension? And to you think that you [EU] should act more directly now?....
commission.europa.eu | Commission's spokesperson's service
by Cat on Sat Sep 23rd, 2023 at 05:45:07 PM EST
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"We are prepared in case diplomacy fails and we are looking at all options. This includes improving our resilience, including by working with partners like the US, Qatar, and Azerbaijan, on the issue of gas supply in case Russia decides to reduce or halt deliveries."
— Josep Borrell, 31 Jan 2022
Trans-Caspian Pipeline-Atlantic Council (20.08.20)

Azerbaijan Starts Gas Exports To Europe Via TAP Pipeline (02.01.21)

Azerbaijan to Europe's rescue? (31.01.22)


interfax | EU plans to increase gas import from Azerbaijan, 22 Sep 2023
"We have a memorandum of understanding in place between the [European] Commission and Azerbaijan to increase supplies of gas and to build an energy partnership in the future, which looks at renewable energies as well," [EC spokesperson Tim] McPhie said at a press briefing in Brussels on Friday. He cited statistics showing that Azerbaijan shipped 8.1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to the EU in 2021 and 11.3 bcm in 2022.

"And the objective under the memorandum of understanding is to increase deliveries to 20 billion cubic meters annually by 2027," McPhie said.

archive Baerbock Foreign Policy, "Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe"
by Cat on Sat Sep 23rd, 2023 at 07:18:56 PM EST
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Turkmenistan's Natural Gas Boom Sparks European Interest

Turkmenistan's huge gas reserves have been generating considerable interest from potential importers following Ashgabat's announcement in late July that it is open to the development of a pipeline to carry its gas across the Caspian and on to Europe.

Most significant so far has been the interest shown by Hungary, which on August 20 signed a framework gas supply agreement with Turkmenistan, during a state visit to Budapest by Turkmen President Serdar Berdymukhamedov.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2023 at 08:34:39 PM EST
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kommersant | Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed at the UN, 22 Sep
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting dedicated to the sharp escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Representatives of France and Germany ["Bärbock also condemned the actions of the Azerbaijani authorities"] condemned the military operation initiated by Baku, reminding Azerbaijan of the principle of non-violent conflict resolution.
archive "Integrated Security for Germany", 'We'll Take Back Crimea'
The Russian representative did not directly criticize Azerbaijan, but stated that there is no alternative to the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission in the region. The head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry [Ararat Mirzoyan] called for a UN mission to be stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which his Azerbaijani colleague, in turn, considered categorically unacceptable.

An emergency meeting of the Security Council on the situation around Karabakh was held at the initiative of France. UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča expressed concern about the incoming information about a large number of casualties, including civilians, during the so-called local anti-terrorist operation [ATO] that Baku launched against Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19. He also recalled the fallen Russian peacekeepers. At the same time, Miroslav Jenča admitted that the UN secretariat does not have an accurate picture of what is happening, since it does not have local representatives.

archive they have no way of verifying these allegations
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna began her speech by condemning the actions of Azerbaijan. According to her, Baku committed "an attack that contradicts the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes as prescribed in the UN Charter."
archive Qin Gang Meets with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna in Ruble and Yuan
The French diplomat emphasized that no one questions Nagorno-Karabakh's belonging to Azerbaijan and its territorial integrity. At the same time, she noted that Paris considers the actions of the Azerbaijani authorities "unacceptable." Recalling the victims, including among the civilian population, Catherine Colonna added that at least 10% of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh had already been forced to leave their homes due to the Azerbaijani military operation.

France, it said, "takes note" of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's statement on September 20, which spoke of his desire to live in peace with the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and protect their rights. "But if the Azerbaijani authorities really want to come to a peaceful solution, then they must provide tangible guarantees right now (to the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh - Kommersant ). They must participate in the negotiations in good faith, avoiding the use of force or threats," she said. "They must guarantee amnesty to those who agreed to the ceasefire, and immediately and without preconditions restore movement through the Lachin corridor."

At the same time, she called on the conflicting parties to return to negotiations—through the mediation of the European Union.

< wipes tears >
According to the Armenian diplomat, "literally the entire territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was subjected to indiscriminate shelling, including prohibited cluster munitions."
by Cat on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 04:44:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 03:55:16 PM EST
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FSWC Appalled by Standing Ovation in Parliament for Ukrainian Veteran Who Served in Nazi Military Unit, 24 Sep
"An apology is owed to every Holocaust survivor and veteran of the Second World War who fought the Nazis, and an explanation must be provided as to how this individual entered the hallowed halls of Canadian Parliament and received recognition from the Speaker of the House and a standing ovation."
APsplainin [Fall Guy in] Canada's House of Commons apologizes for honoring man who fought for Nazis, 24 Sep accidental constituent services
...[Speaker Anthony Rota] added that his fellow Parliament members and the Ukraine delegation were not aware of his plan to recognize Hunka. Rota noted Hunka is from his district....
Trudeau and Freeland excuses developing ...
by Cat on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 11:09:07 PM EST
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14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician)

In a speech to the soldiers of the 1st Galician division, Heinrich Himmler stated:

    Your homeland has become so much more beautiful since you have lost - on our initiative, I must say - those residents who were so often a dirty blemish on Galicia's good name, namely the Jews ... I know that if I ordered you to liquidate the Poles ... I would be giving you permission to do what you are eager to do anyway.

Source: Military Wiki

Hundreds in Ukraine attend marches celebrating Nazi SS soldiers | TOI - May 2021 |

From the diaries ...

Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes | July 26, 2014 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 12:01:49 AM EST
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The Battle of Brody: Disaster Along WWII's Eastern Front | 1944 |

Caught in the pincers of a massive Soviet offensive, German Army Group Center was virtually destroyed during the Eastern Front's Battle of Brody.

The onset of the muddy season gave the Germans a much needed respite from the pounding they had taken. While the Russian Front commanders occupied themselves with reforming and reinforcing their combat-weary divisions, the Oberkommando des Wehrmacht (OKW--the German High Command of the Armed Forces) scrambled to find replacements for the men that had been lost. Several new divisions, many not yet fully trained or equipped, were also sent to the front to meet the expected resumption of Red Army assaults once the ground was firm enough.

One of those newly formed divisions was the 14th SS Freiwilligen Division "Galizien" (14th SS Volunteer Division "Galicia"). Galicia, basically the western half of the Ukraine, had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to the end of World War I. From 1917 to 1920, the Ukraine was an independent state, but it was caught in the crossfire of the Russo-Polish War, which ended its brief life.


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 01:03:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 05:00:46 AM EST
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Extremely upsetting such an idiot leads Canada, partner in Five Eyes Western propaganda ... now for the world to see. 🥹 😂

Rambling nonsense putting blame for disinformation on Russia ... the SMO took place because of strong neo-Nazi influence running wild in Lviv and Kyiv strangling Ukrainian politics.

Couldn't find any true Ukrainians w/o a burden of WWII Nazi atrocities in Galicia, western Ukraine and part of Poland.

Yaroslav Hunka sat in the gallery and received an ovation during Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit

See earlier comments ...

14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 06:46:18 AM EST
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ctv | Speaker's NAZI veteran invite 'profoundly embarrassing' Trudeau says, as Rota faces calls to resign, 25 Sep
...Speaking later to CTV News, in light of these calls to resign, [Government House Leader Karina] Gould said she thinks Rota "needs to personally reflect about whether or not he can maintain the confidence of the House."

After repeated attempts to implore MPs to "not politicize this issue," she then tried to seek unanimous consent to strike Hunka's recognition from Parliament's record.

Her request to wipe the record clean was rejected by the Conservatives who took the position that "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." ...

theglobeandmail | NDP, Bloc call for House Speaker Anthony Rota's resignation after man who fought with NAZI unit honoured, 25 Sep
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre pressed for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take responsibility for the incident, although Mr. Rota has said the situation was entirely his fault.

Karina Gould, the government's House Leader, said she was extremely disappointed with the situation, but noted, speaking to Mr. Rota, that it was the Speaker's call— "and yours alone"—to allow the individual into the galleries. "It's something we are all very disappointed by."

the other cheek
She added, "As a descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors < wipes tears >, I am personally very hurt by the fact that this chamber recognized this individual, and I am sure that everyone feels the same way in this chamber."
The NDP [New Democratic Party] House Leader [Peter Julian] said the caucus is not working, at this point, on a motion calling for the Speaker to step down but that "this is a very serious situation. We're not going to play games with this." Responding to Conservative criticism of the government, Mr. Julian said it is his understanding that the Speaker chooses guests in the gallery: "I don't believe that is something that goes through the government."
lemonde | Why France and 51 other countries voted against UN resolution condemning Nazism, 9 Nov 2022 psychosis
...Canada and the United States (the only country to have consistently voted against these resolutions for the past 10 years) justified their opposition to this draft resolution, believing that it aimed to "legitimize a discourse based on disinformation."

According to the press release published on the UN website, Ukraine called this text hypocritical believing that, contrary to its title, it was a pretext used by Russia to justify its brutal war against its country and the despicable crimes committed against humanity...

archive Oddity at U.N. General Assembly Vote, 'Never again' now 'worthless', I have a dream transcript
by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 08:09:57 AM EST
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Yaroslav HUNKA | My Generation, 21 Mar 2011 blogspot.com memoir
by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 10:41:52 AM EST
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If Canada is to be believed, India has gone rogue
by Cat on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 11:57:01 AM EST
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Canada today serves as ground
zero for Khalistan militancy, with
British Columbia the global HQs
of Sikh extremists promoting
or glorifying terrorism. In per
capita terms, there seem to be
far more Khalistanis in Canada
than any other country, including
India, Britain or the US.

Canada safe haven for 'Ukrainian Nazis': Moscow's envoy to India | Deccan Herald |

The Baloch Human Rights Organisation (BHRC) also wrote to Trudeau, pointing out the "stark contrasts" in the Canadian Government's responses to the killing of Nijjar in Vancouver and to the mysterious death of human rights activist Karima Baloch in Toronto three years back. She had campaigned against the repression of the people of Balochistan and the violation of human rights by the Pakistan Army and its spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). She had left Pakistan and had been living in exile in Canada for five years before being found dead in December 2020.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 01:45:28 PM EST
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Having some "off days" roaming the streets of London as a pedestrians, we were blocked on Strand due to a demonstration ... Bobbies made us walk a detour ...

Topic of protest was clear by yellow flags and banners ... Khalistani "terrorists and extremists"... seemed peaceful 😂

My diary ...

Canada's Trudeau Honoring an Ukrainian Nazi Collaborator

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 2nd, 2023 at 05:58:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 3rd, 2023 at 11:17:56 PM EST
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Keir Giles is an author and commentator. His most recent book, "Russia's War on Everybody."

Before Parliament ...

Oral evidence - Russia: Implications for UK defence and security | 2016 |

So damn complicated, Keir falls over his own words in trying to justify the undeniable truth about the 13th German Waffen SS  "Galicia" Ukrainian unit ...

Love this link as trustworthy about Mr. Hunka from EuroMaidan 😂

The complicated truth about Yaroslav Hunka

Spears are flying in Canada after its parliament unwittingly delivered a standing ovation to a Ukrainian 98-year-old WWII veteran who fought under a Nazi unit and a Jewish group [Friends Simon Wiesenthal Center
accused him of participation in the Holocaust. While the heroization of Hunka in the Canadian Parliament was ill-advised, a deeper dive into his history reveals a young man, far removed from Nazi ideology, who chose the only available option to fight against what he saw as the greater evil -- Soviet occupation. It also reveals that his unit was cleared of war crimes by a Canadian commission.

Keir Giles is not even in the league of Anne Applebaum.

It does reveal the truth why the former Soviet satellite states want to abuse NATO to fight the "greater evil" the remnants of the USSR. Complete madness of Joe Biden to use Ukraine as mercenaries. Right does not make right to wage a war of attrition.

Cotler calls Nazi invite result of 'failure of indifference and inaction', supports unsealing Deschênes records

The incident has also renewed calls to unseal portions of the report from the Deschênes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals, a 1985 probe into more than 800 cases of people accused of committing war crimes and suspected of having escaped to Canada following the Second World War. Much of the inquiry's findings and final report remain redacted.

Deschênes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 4th, 2023 at 08:48:37 AM EST
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Luke Harding


by Cat on Wed Oct 4th, 2023 at 02:20:03 PM EST
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ledevoir | Ottawa permet à des entreprises de contourner ses sanctions économiques imposées à la Russie (03.10.23)
An analysis of federal data on international trade carried out by The Duty shows that these permissions, data piece by Ottawa, have encouraged the export of materials and equipment in areas yet judged to be "delicate" for the allies of Ukraine, as related to the manufacture of weapons or the oil exploration and mining. These transactions reached nearly $ 2.8 million since march 2022....
Q @ 35:44: Deputy Prime Minister Freeland, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, he has weighed in on the euro-slav [?] Hunka incident, and he said that if the former speaker didn't know who Mr, Hunka served in a NAZI unit in the past that, quote, he's and idiot [unquote]. What to you think of that?
FREELAND: I have two responses. The first is, the former speaker made a really big mistake. He took responsibility for that mistake, and he resigned. But the secon thing I want to say is, you know, that was a terrible mistake. It caused a lot of pain to a lot of Canadians. It was wrong, and he paid the price. We can't change the fact that he made that mistake. We can though, all of us, decide how effective Vladimir Putin is at weaponizing that mistake. And I would really urge all of us to understand that Russian propaganda is real, that Russia right now, even as we speak, is killing the brave people of Ukraine, and we need to push back very, very hard against everything that Vladimir Putin says and does.
globeandmail | Chrystia Freeland accuses Putin of weaponizing MPs' ovations for Ukrainian SS veteran, 6 Oct
by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 02:02:37 PM EST
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Newest weaponization by Russia ... promotes farts by humans and livestock major cause of climate change in global south ... premium pricing wheat and corn from behind Biden's Stainless Steel wall enclosing the Russian Federation ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 03:17:59 PM EST
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Copernicus Burgess: "It's half a degree hotter."
Me: I've been wondering for five years who would pull the 1.5° fire alarm.
Chapel Hill Kalmus: "It feels like we don't understand this very well."
Me: No shit.
Canadian pHIllips: "It's a super-size El Niño."
Me: You betcha. Irregular migration of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS from equatorial Indo-Pac Ocean to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization!
by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 07:02:24 PM EST
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Sat Jul 16th, 2022: Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 07:04:02 PM EST
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gur.gov.ua | At one time, our ancestors burned Moscow, - Kyrylo Budanov, 22 Sep
The head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, spoke about the factors that guaranteed the success of the Slobojan offensive operation.

In an interview with Dmytro Komarov for the project "Year. Kharkiv Region" Kyrylo Budanov stated that the "suddenness, speed and determination of the actions" of the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine played a key role in the liberation of the region.

Also, the head of the GUR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine described the Kremlin's methods, which the aggressor state uses during attempts to occupy foreign territories - the main tool for the Russians is the substitution of reality.

"It usually begins with a change in history. They begin to artificially invent history for the regions. They say that their history does not exist, that it is incorrect, that these are all historically Russian lands, that there are no such peoples there," explained Kyrylo Budanov.

He added that Ukraine should return its history.

"We are Kyivan Rus. Everything went from there. These are our ancestors and they burned Moscow in their time. At that time, Russia entered Constantinople. We need to return our history, and it is a glorious one," the head of the Military Intelligence of Ukraine emphasized.

Premiere of Dmitry Komarov's documentary film "Year. Kharkiv region" will take place on September 29, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. on the "1+1" TV channel.

by Cat on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 01:52:46 PM EST
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A single Dutch word to typify the fool ... mafkees ... zijn eigen volk over de kling jagen. End the fighting NOW. Stop supplying more advanced weapons of destruction ... stop escalation and enlargement of the war zone. Ban NATO's Jens and EU's VDL.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 02:11:51 PM EST
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Non-socialist sweep local elections
"A 99-year tradition was broken today," declared a triumphant Solberg after her Conservatives (Høyre) finally ranked as the biggest party in the land for the first time since 1924, with 25.9 percent of the vote. That compared to historically low support for current Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre's Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet), which won only 21.7 percent....
Voting marred by missing ballots
Traditional school elections took a turn to the right
The Oslo election in summary: This is how the right won the election
by Cat on Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 03:15:31 PM EST
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Former Labour leader Jens Stoltenberg sealing the election fate of governing coalition as head of NATO.

Jonas Gahr Støre and the Labour Party in Norway | 2021 |

Støre's tenure as foreign minister marked him as a popular figure in the Stoltenberg cabinet. However, he faced criticism in 2010 when he and Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen accepted gifts from Afghan politicians.

Støre survived an assassination attempt in Kabul in 2008 and was a target of Anders Behring Breivik's attacks in 2011.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 07:06:46 PM EST
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telesur | Slovakia Holds Elections After 5-Year Political Crisis, 29 Sep
The nationalist message of former Prime Minister Robert Fico is currently the front-runner, contrasting with the pro-European liberalism of Michal Simecka.

In 2018, the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak, who exposed the links between political and economic power and organized crime, sparked a series of anti-government protests that eventually led to Fico's resignation. It also ignited a demand for democratic renewal and the fight against corruption in the streets.

Following the 2020 elections, a government composed of four parties was formed, but it gradually lost popular support and faced internal conflicts amidst a chaotic handling of the COVID pandemic. In December of 2022, the government lost a vote of confidence, paving the way for a technocratic government that has been in charge of the country since then.
Fico advocates for Slovakia to discontinue its significant military support to Ukraine and considers European sanctions against Moscow as futile. Even if his party wins, Fico may struggle to secure a majority among the 150 parliamentarians, as polls suggest that up to nine different parties could enter Parliament, with four of them teetering on the 5 percent minimum vote threshold established by law.

archive value-add Grain from Ukraine, Message Conveyed by Blinken in US, NATO and OSCE, Not About Corruption in EU-27 to Tackle Economic Powers, The Subsidy Paradox, "Vilnius Round" of NATO expansion
by Cat on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 07:44:35 PM EST
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Axel Springer's "king-maker": "'I regard a government led by Robert Fico as a civilizational evil,' Šimečka said following the release of the final results of the ballot."
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 04:12:17 PM EST
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reuters | News from the future, 30 Sep "technician of power"
Robert Fico, who won Slovakia's parliamentary election on Saturday by appealing to anti-western and pro-Russian sentiment, may lead the European Union nation for the fourth time after once again shifting political gears to appeal to a changing electorate.
Yet Fico has embraced more extreme positions over the past four years that include attacks on western allies, pledges to stop military support for Kyiv, criticism of Russian sanctions and threats to veto any future NATO invitation for Ukraine.

His campaign call of "Not a single round" for Ukraine appealed to voters in the nation of 5.5 million where only a minority in the NATO member country believe Russia is at fault for the Ukraine war.

dennikn.sk | GRAPHIC WARNING, 1 Oct coalition data visualization +
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 05:57:38 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:02:23 AM EST
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 11:43:32 AM EST
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strana | Need a Patriot. Bankova announced new conditions for holding elections in Ukraine, 1 Sep
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, said that in order to hold elections within the stipulated time frame, the country needs new deliveries of air defense systems, in particular Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems.

He said this on the air of the telethon.

< wipes tears >
29 Aug ELECTION 2024 Slava Ukraini!
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 11:26:18 PM EST
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I read about this Lavrov-Fidan presser at RT, 30 Aug. Recalling the inordinate volume and regular shipment of wheat to Türkiye during the BSI period, RU's offer seemed to me completely reasonable compensation, BATNA or vig, if you will. Little did I know until today, RT had scrubbed it. Almost. This is the ridiculous Politico.eu.com story that sent me back to square one: "Russia and Turkey vie [sic] over Black Sea, as Erdoğan prepares to visit Putin".

Ironically, I was able to recover Lavrov-Fridan's preliminary deal from Ukraine's alternate universe.

pravda.com.ua | Russia confirms that it is discussing with Türkiye alternative to grain agreement, 30 Aug errant indignation!

Details: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation claims that Fidan and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov "intend to work on the parameters of implementing the initiative" of Vladimir Putin.

It consists of the supply to Türkiye of one million tons of Russian grain at a preferential price "with the financial support of Qatar" for processing at Turkish enterprises and sending to the countries that need it most.

Quote: "We consider this project as an optimal working alternative to the Black Sea Agreement," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says. It should be noted that during the period of the validity of the Grain Agreement, Ukraine exported more than 30 million tons of crops.

mid.ru | For the upcoming talks between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey H. Fidan (30.08/23), IMAGE (EN)
The German publication Bild was the first to report on the preparation by Türkiye and Russia of a new agreement on the export of Russian grain that is < wipes tears > disadvantageous to Ukraine.
pravda.com.ua | Turkish Foreign Minister in Moscow calls for resumption of grain agreement, 31 Aug
...Details: The Turkish Foreign Minister noted that the UN has prepared a new package of proposals for the resumption of the Black Sea grain agreement.
UN Secretary-General's press encounter on the Black Sea Initiative (17.07.23)
issuance of U.S. General License 6B and 6C, two UK General Licenses on finance and trade in food and fertilizers, and  payments mechanism for the Russian Agricultural Bank through JP Morgan

Moscow gives UN Secretariat 90 days to normalize Russian agricultural exports (19.07.23)
Biggest buyers of Russian grain revealed—Egypt, Türkiye, Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Israel, Sudan

value-add Grain from Ukraine Plan n+1 (05.08.23)

"We believe this will provide proper grounds for resuming the deal," Fidan added.
Background: On the eve of Hakan Fidan's visit, the Russian side said it would discuss its work with his grain export proposal with Qatar's participation, which was submitted as an "optimal working alternative" to the Black Sea grain initiative....
global.espreso.tv | Turkey's and Russia's FMs meet in Moscow to discuss Ukraine war, grain deal, 31 Aug curtain drops on RU-TR intermodal TEU dry cargo carriers. Grain and fertilizer FTW!
Turkish and Russian foreign ministers meet in Moscow ahead of Erdogan's meeting with Putin to discuss the grain deal and peace in Ukraine. This was reported by CNN Turk.
Emphasizing that the grain deal is extremely important for both global food security and stability and peace in the Black Sea, Minister Fidan said: "We are carefully considering the opportunities that may arise to take serious steps on this issue. The UN is actively working on an agreement. Our friends are in touch with Guterres and his team."
Minister Fidan said that today's visit is a preparation for the planned meeting between President Erdogan and Russian President Putin in Sochi. He also said that he would meet with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu tomorrow. In turn, Sergei Lavrov said that he had discussed the situation around Ukraine in detail with the Turkish Foreign Minister and explained the impossibility of promoting the Zelensk* formula, TASS reports.

At the same time, according to the foreign minister, Russia "brought to the Turkish side an understanding of what the West must do to restore the 'grain deal'".

Lavrov emphasized that he had discussed with Fidan the supply of 1 million tonnes of Russian grain to Turkey at a reduced price, i.e. an alternative "grain deal" without Ukraine's participation with guarantees from Qatar. In this context, Lavrov noted that the new proposals for a grain deal from the UN chief did not contain guarantees.

SCO (2001 NGO): CN, IN, IR, KZ, KG, PK, RU, TJ, UZ; AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*, MY*, MV*, KW*, AE*
BRICS (2009 FTA): AE, AR, BR, CN, EG, ET, IN, IR, RU, SA, ZA; DZ*, BO*, ID*, BD*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, KZ*, TN*, TR*
by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 01:35:37 AM EST
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RT streamed Erdogan and Putin press conference in Sochi. Each made a ~ 10-minute statement agreeing to "deepen" bi-lateral trade balance and fintech integration. (See mid.ru PR image above) The grain deal is on. Contract vol, val, margin, etc. terms are nearly complete (NEW detail: Qatar to handle FX transactions and possibly outbound QA flag-ship transport to six clients, so far. RU to cover S&H cost for the poors, as promised). Putin took a few digs at UN-brokered BSI fulfillment—welcomes receipt of enforceable MOU from Guterres. Until then, Erdogan's cover-story is: prior attacks by unamed < eyeroll > parties on Blue Stream 1 pipe warrant alternative solution to BSI "corridor" in order to deliver food security to the world.
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 02:50:15 PM EST
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• bloomberg | Putin Says He's Open to Discussing Grain Deal With Erdogan
12 hrs ago
• euronews | Putin: 'No new grain deal until West meets my demands' 11 hrs ago
• AP | Putin has dashed global hopes for reviving the Ukraine grain deal. 9 hrs ago
• NPR | Turkey has failed to persuade Russia to rejoin the Ukraine grain deal
7 hrs ago
• Yella Cake | Friendly Putin-Erdogan Meeting Keeps West Guessing 2 hrs ago
• reuters | Turkey's Erdogan says Black Sea grain deal can be restored soon
1 hr ago
dailysabah | Erdoğan-Putin meeting ensures free grain deal to African nations
"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.

Erdoğan's visit to Sochi on Monday came more than one month after Moscow put on hold a key agreement that allowed Ukraine to export grain and other commodities from three Black Sea ports despite the 18-month war.

RT | Türkiye proposes national currencies trade with Russia
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underscored the importance of switching to national currencies in bilateral trade with Russia. He made these comments during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday.

"I believe that the fact that the heads of our central banks will meet here today is important from the point of view of a step towards the transition to national currencies in bilateral relations between us," the Turkish president stated.
Despite geopolitical differences, Moscow and Ankara have been trying to deepen economic ties. In April, Putin and Erdogan agreed to encourage mutual investments and help Russian and Turkish businesses enter each other's markets.

RT | Ukraine attacking pipelines to Türkiye - Putin
..."Our ships guard these pipeline systems, and they are constantly under attack, including with the help of drones that are directed to these attacks from Ukrainian Black Sea ports," Putin claimed, referring to the Blue Stream and TurkStream gas pipelines.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced in May that it had repelled a Ukrainian attack on the Ivan Khurs, a vessel which guards the two pipelines. The incident involved three unmanned speedboats, which were destroyed 90 miles (145km) northeast of Türkiye's Bosporus Strait, the ministry said. Last month, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic expressed hope that the TurkStream pipeline, which transports Russian natural gas to his country via the Black Sea, would be safe and secure, and that it would not suffer the same fate as the sabotaged Nord Stream pipelines....

by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 03:08:56 AM EST
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Sochi: Putin-Erdogan Agree to Boost Economic Ties ....

and Google search engine using a strong CENSORSHIP te make such news items unavailable in my country at least, and likely in all of Europe. So I check with another search engine to succeed.

What about the Atlantic Alliance?

FSB agents at the door of a top Google executive in Moscow ...

It's getting harder for news from the West, much less of the war, to get through. Now, the Kremlin is accelerating plans to build its own walled-off "sovereign" internet, something Iran, Cambodia and Brazil are trying themselves. China is pushing for a new protocol to reshape how the net works altogether.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 05:46:41 AM EST
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The search term cominations and permutations I've got to run through THEN filter by date is a ridiculous af.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 08:25:56 PM EST
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pbs |Turkey's Erdogan says he trusts Russia 'just as much as I trust the West', 18 Sep A/V (TR, EN) run time 00:12:09, transcript
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 06:40:10 PM EST
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Saudi Arabia becomes leading buyer of Russian grain in July-Aug, 7 Sep
EG, IR, LY, SA, TR imports

Kazakhstan opens new railway route to China, sends first container train loaded with [1.3K tons] grain, 7 Sep

The wheat was sent from the October station in Tayynshinsky district, North Kazakhstan region. The new route was established by the China-Kazakh Trade and Logistics Company LLC, a joint venture between Kedentransservice (a KTZ subsidiary) and the international dry port of Xi'an International Trade and Logistics Park.
Export shipments of Kazakh grain to China increased four-fold to 1.1 million tonnes from September 2022 through June 2023, KTZ said. During the last season of grain transportation from September 2022 to August 2023, KTZ increased transportation volumes 20% compared to the 2021/2022 season, to about 12 million tonnes.

Construction of the Kazakhstan logistics center in the dry port of Xi'an started in May 2023. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev [!] said, "this hub connects the Shaanxi region with Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Then it will open the way to Europe, Turkey, and Iran."

Starting next year, the transport of electronics and computer components is expected to begin via the dry port. They will be accompanied by automobiles and auto components, textiles, clothing, footwear and accessories, food and agricultural products, construction products and building materials, ores, metals and chemical products....

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 05:33:59 PM EST
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strana.ua | The UN has sent proposals to Russia to resume the grain deal. List, 8 Sep
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is ready to meet all Russia's conditions for resuming the grain deal.

[t.me]BILD[in Russian] reports this with reference to a letter that Guterres sent to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on August 28 [!].

!! The UN leadership, as BILD has learned, is negotiating with the Russian authorities to resume the grain deal.
BILD has at its disposal a letter from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which he sent on August 28 to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In it, Guterres proposes that the Russian authorities, in exchange for resuming the grain deal, conclude a four-point agreement between the UN and the Russian Federation.

The first point assumes that the EU will lift the sanctions against Rosselkhozbank imposed last June and allow it to bypass the restrictions associated with disconnecting from SWIFT. The press service of the European Commission BILD confirmed that the EU authorities expressed through the UN their readiness "to find a constructive solution through the creation of a subsidiary of Rosselkhozbank." ...

The Secretary General's letter contains the following proposals:

• The EU will lift sanctions against Rosselkhozbank, which was disconnected from SWIFT;
• Russian cargo ships will be insured against Ukrainian attacks in the Black and Azov Seas with the participation of the large insurance company Lloyd's;
• Guterres will facilitate the partial return of frozen assets of Russian fertilizer producers;
• Russian ships transporting food and fertilizers will again be allowed to dock in EU ports. To this end, UN representatives have already held negotiations with the European Commission, as well as the authorities of Germany, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands.

by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2023 at 12:57:24 PM EST
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gazette | US sees Ukrainian progress in Zaporizh*, no comment on Russian missile reports, 1 Sep
"We have noted over the last 72 hours or so some notable progress by Ukrainian armed forces ...in that southern line of advance coming out of the Zaporizh* area, and they have achieved some success against that second line of Russian defenses," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kirby said it was up to Ukraine on how to capitalize on their success.
strana.ua | Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the first line of defense of the Russians in the south and are advancing in the Orekhovsky direction, 2 Sep illustrated
This was stated by the commander of the group "Tavria" Alexander Tarnavsky in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

According to him, "then it should be easier."

"We are now between the first and second lines," Tarnavsky said, referring to the area between the villages of Rabotino and Verbovoye. There, according to him, Ukrainian troops are expanding the front of the breakthrough in both directions.

"In the center of the offensive, we are now completing the destruction of enemy units that cover the retreat of Russian troops behind the second line of defense," Tarnavsky said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian and Russian military publics  publish maps of the advancement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Orekhovsky direction. In general, despite some differences, they largely coincide and show that Ukrainian troops are advancing between Rabotino and Verbov[oye], wedging into the enemy defenses and bypassing Novoprokopovka from the east.  

But, as you can see, this advance is going along a rather narrow corridor, which creates the threat of Russian strikes from the flanks. To reduce this possibility from the eastern flank, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are now attacking Verbovoye. But, at the moment, the village has not yet been liberated. On the outskirts of it, according to telegram channels, there are heavy battles.

strana.ua | The court took Kolomoisky into custody for two months with the right to bail in more than half a billion hryvnias, 2 Sep
This is reported by the correspondents of "Strana" from the courtroom. The term of the businessman's stay in custody is 60 days, until October 31.
Recall that today the SBU handed Kolomoisky suspicion under two articles - fraud and legalization of property obtained by criminal means. According to the investigation, during 2013-2020, the businessman legalized more than half a billion hryvnias by transferring them abroad, using the infrastructure of banking institutions under his control.

We talked about what they say about the suspicion of Kolomoisky in his entourage .

Earlier, Strana published a video of the arrival of Igor Kolomoisky in court . The businessman stated that he did not agree with the accusations.

whitehouse.gov | Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meeting with Leaders of Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Institutions, 1 Sep
by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 03:57:57 AM EST
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bbc | Ukraine's defence minister Oleksii Reznikov dismissed, 4 Sep
Mr [Oleksii] Reznikov had led the ministry since before the start of Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022.

President Volodymyr Zelensk* announced Mr Reznikov's dismissal on Sunday, saying it was time for "new approaches" in the defence ministry. Rustem Umerov, who runs Ukraine's State Property Fund, has been nominated as Mr Reznikov's successor.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Mr Reznikov confirmed that he had submitted his resignation letter to the country's parliament. Ukrainian media has speculated that he will become Kyiv's new ambassador in London, where he has developed good relations with senior politicians.

ukranews | Reznikov resigns
As reported by Ukrainian News Agency, on August 30, the president's representative in the Verkhovna Rada, a member of the Servant of the People faction, Fedir Venislavskyi, denied the existence of official information about the possible release of Reznikov. At the same time, on August 31, a deputy from the Voice faction, Yaroslav Zhelezniak, said that Reznikov allegedly intends to leave his post and become the ambassador of Ukraine to Great Britain.
strana.ua | Umerov submitted to the Rada a letter of resignation from the post of head of the State Property Fund
Olga Pishchanskaya, who currently heads the Anti[-]monopoly Committee of Ukraine, may be appointed head of the State Property Fund . Pishchanskaya herself can be replaced by the current head of the Donetsk OVA [abbrev. oblast mil. administration], Pavel Kirilenko, Zheleznyak said.

Earlier, Reznikov said that at the moment he is not discussing the possibility of his resignation with President Vladimir Zelensk*. At the same time, the Minister of Defense did not give a direct answer to the question whether Zelensk* offered him the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK.

archive head-count August 2023
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 10:03:37 AM EST
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Two more ships leave Ukrainian Black Sea port under temporary corridor
Oleksandr Kubrakov said the Liberia-flagged Anna-Theresa and Marshall Islands-flagged Ocean Courtesy bulk carriers had left the port of Pivdennyi through a temporary corridor for civilian vessels.[...] The Anna-Theresa and Ocean Courtesy were, respectively, carrying 56,000 metric tons of pig iron and 172,000 tons of iron ore concentrate, Kubrakov wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
First cargo ship leaves Ukraine port since end of grain deal despite Russian threats, 16 Aug
Ukraine's infrastructure minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, said the Hong Kong-flagged Joseph Schulte left on Wednesday morning from the port of Odesa—one of three ports that participated in the now-scrapped grain export deal.

The Joseph Schulte is the first vessel to sail from the port since 16 July, according to Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine's deputy prime minister. It had been stuck in Odesa since February 2022. [...]The Joseph Schulte was off the coast of Romania, en route to Turkey, a maritime tracking website showed early on Thursday. [...] The Joseph Schulte is carrying more than 30,000 tons of cargo, with 2,114 containers, including food products, according to Kubrakov.

by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 08:47:28 PM EST
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Platts corrects Sept 1 FOB Azov Sea and CIF Marmara 13.5% wheat price

Subscriber note type: Data Correction
Please note that the S&P Global Commodity Insights Platts FOB Azov Sea wheat and CIF Marmara 13,5% assessment was published incorrectly for Sept. 1.

FOB Azov Sea wheat and CIF Marmara 13,5% assessment should read as NA [Not Available] on Sept. 1.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 03:45:11 PM EST
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interfax | Ukrainian Grain Association improves 2023 harvest outlook to 80.5 mln tonnes, 4 Sep chained MY 2021/2022/2023/2024
...The increase in the forecast for this year's crop is due to favorable weather conditions and better crop yields than expected, even though the planted area is nearly 2 million hectares less than last year, Ukrainian media quoted the UGA as saying in its statement.
In general, Ukraine's grain and oilseed exports in the new 2023/2024 marketing year could reach nearly 49 million tonnes, compared to 58 million tonnes in the past marketing year that ended on June 30, 2023. The UGA pointed out that its export projections were based on the premise that Ukraine was able to export through its Black Sea ports and that the logistics of alternative routes, including that via the Danube, were improved and made less costly.
archive Agrarian Ministry updates, UGA proposes, SIDEBAR - August 2022
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 01:41:27 AM EST
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not 2 ships, but 3 ships!

rp.pl | Ukrainian steel and ore broke out into the world. Russian blockade broken, 5 Sep

For the first time since the beginning of the war, three ships carrying products of Ukrainian steel producers managed to break the naval blockade of Ukraine by Russia. According to the message sent by Metinvest, general cargo ships "Primus", "Anna Tereza" and "Ocean Courtesy", blocked in Ukrainian ports since February 24, 2022 (Russia's attack on Ukraine), left the ports of Odessa and Pivdenny. "This is the second, third and fourth vessel to do so, respectively, since Russia did not renew the grain agreement," the Ukrainians emphasize.

On board the unlocked units there are products of Ukrainian steel producers and mines. They were produced before the start of the war. It is 76 thousand tonnes of rolled steel produced by Azovstal, Zaporizhstal, Kamet Steel and ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. And also 172 thousand tonnes of iron ore concentrate produced in the mining and processing plants of the Metinvest Group.

Eat that!
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 06:14:37 PM EST
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Ukraine's Metinvest doubles iron ore exports to Europe despite fighting | March 28, 2022 |

Metinvest, majority owned by Ukraine's richest man and business magnate Rinat Akhmetov, produces about 40 million tonnes of iron ore a year.

The unexpected fall of Ukraine's oligarchs

Ukraine's top oligarch Akhmetov loses half his assets to Russia's invasion | Oct. 31, 2022 |

Iron ore production in the Ukraine and major projects

The Ukraine accounts for 2% of global production, with the largest producers being Australia, Brazil, India and China. Exports of iron ore from the Ukraine declined by 43.9% in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to China. The Ukraine's iron ore exports are expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% between 2022 and 2026.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 10:44:00 PM EST
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Restrictions against Ukrainian exports now are scaling up of destruction caused by Russian terrorists - address of the President of Ukraine to participants of the Summit of the Three Seas Initiative (06.09.23)
... When politics in Europe goes against the grain and ignores common commitments and shared values, when it happens in the midst of a brutal aggression against everything that is European, everyone loses. Everyone! And only time separates us from the moment when the consequences of such a loss will be revealed.

Ukraine is strongly against any further restrictions on the export of our grain!

We calmly watch as our grain becomes a source of good income for various European countries that process our agricultural products and make money on logistics. Farmers in different countries use Ukrainian feed for the benefit of their farms. Companies from different countries make money on transit. And this is a benefit for the entire European economy... but specifically for the Ukrainian segment of the European economy, it is not about making money, but about survival in the face of Russian terror.

1 month ago USDA improves 2023 harvest from 68M tons to 76.7M tons
3 days ago 2023 harvest outlook improves to 80.5 mln tonnes
And I would like to address the European Commission specifically. The foundation of Europe is, among other things, free competition and fulfillment of promises. Ukraine fulfills its promises and never interferes with free competition. But how can we not-calmly accept the violation of the promises given to us, the violation of the Association Agreement, the violation of free market conditions... European institutions should not multiply disappointments in Europe. And should increase confidence in the words and promises that are made in Europe.

Ukraine is fighting for life and for our common European values on the battlefield. It is fighting at sea and on land. It is fighting in the air. In cyberspace. In the information environment. In the sphere of commerce. But if we have to fight for Ukraine and the foundations of our common Europe in arbitration, we will fight. We don't want to, but we will fight in arbitration. If we need to fight on the platforms of international organizations, we will fight there as well. But we hope for unity. And we hope that unity will win. That truth will win....

ukrinform | U.S. preparing to send new [?!] batch of cluster munitions to Ukraine, 7 Sep
That's according to The New York Times, Ukrinform reports.
Ukrainians Embrace Cluster Munitions, but Are They Helping?
The weapons, banned by most countries over human rights concerns, are 'not a magic wand,' but some Ukrainian troops say they are making a difference in fighting Russian forces....
pravda.com.ua | Ukrainian grain is now exported through Croatian ports, 7 Sep
...Source: Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, during a meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković
Quote: "Ukrainian grain has started being exported through Croatian ports. We are grateful for this opportunity. This trade route, although niche, is already popular....
reuters | Ukraine says it's shipping grain via Croatian ports, 7 Sep
..."We are ready to develop it by expanding the capabilities of the transport corridor," she said. "We believe that this logistics route will play an important role in bilateral trade between our countries even after the war."

Svyrydenko did not say how much Ukrainian grain had already been shipped via Croatian ports....

archive value-add Grain from Ukraine Plan n+1
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 04:47:53 PM EST
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AP | A look at the uranium-based ammunition the US is sending to Ukraine, 7 Sep
following Britain's lead in sending the controversial munitions to help Kyiv push through Russian lines in its grueling counteroffensive. The 120 mm rounds will be used to arm the 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks the U.S. plans to deliver to Ukraine in the fall.
When Britain announced in March it was sending Ukraine the depleted uranium rounds, Russia falsely claimed they have nuclear components and warned that their use would open the door to further escalation.
The U.S. military has studied the impact of depleted uranium on U.S. troops in the Gulf War and to date has said it has not found higher risk of cancers or other illnesses in those servicemembers who were exposed. It has said it will continue to monitor those who were exposed.

The U.S. announcement about sending depleted uranium anti-tank rounds to Ukraine came late Wednesday during a visit to Kyiv by Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken.

The Pentagon has defended the use of the munitions. The U.S. military "has procured, stored, and used depleted uranium rounds for several decades, since these are a longstanding element of some conventional munitions," Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garron Garn said in a statement in March in response to a query from The Associated Press.

by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 05:00:09 PM EST
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DW | Ukraine vs. Russia: Genocide proceedings at UN's top court, 17 Sep 2022 RF pretext
[Assoc. prof U of Amsterdam, Sergey] Vasiliev thinks a later judgment on the case's merits in favor of Ukraine's position would have implications. It would constitute "a clear finding from the principal judicial organ of the United Nations that Russia should be held responsible as a state and that it may also be ordered to pay reparations," he said.
TVP | Russia, Ukraine got to UN high court as Moscow seeks to justify invasion, 17 Sep
"It is looking fairly positive for the court to find it has jurisdiction," Juliette McIntyre, a law lecturer at the University of South Australia and ICJ watcher, said. "If the court finds there was no lawful justification under the Genocide Convention for Russia's acts, the decision can set up a future claim for compensation," McIntyre said.
archive Ukainian government launched a series of actions they called Anti-Terrorist Operations, moderndiplomacy.eu and thousands of ignored complaints 2021, moderndiplomacy.eu 404 2023
by Cat on Sun Sep 17th, 2023 at 07:44:38 PM EST
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courthousenews | UN high court accepts record-breaking support for Ukraine in genocide case , 9 June 2023
...Judges decided that 32 of the filings will be accepted, rejecting the intervention from the U.S. on the grounds that it has a carve-out withdrew from ICJ jurisdiction [1985] for part of the treaty....
courthousenews | Ukraine gets widespread support in genocide case at UN's top court, 20 Sep 2023
The treaty allows the other signatories to participate in the proceedings and 32 countries ranging from Germany to New Zealand universally argue that the court does have jurisdiction. Lawyers spent the day encouraging The Hague-based court to move the case forward.

Writen Observations on the admissibility of Declarations of Intervention (13.02.23)
NB. Three are joint declations. All but three intervenors admitted are NATO members.

Ukraine is not arguing in these proceedings that Russia is committing genocide. Rather it is making a novel legal argument that Moscow's allegations that Kyiv is committing genocide against Russian-speaking peoples in the country violates the genocide convention.
archive NATO March 24, 1999, UNSC | Security Council Approves 'No-Fly Zone' over Libya Authorizing 'All Necessary Measures' to Protect Civilians by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions, Vladimir Putin Meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres, 26 Mar 2022 transcript
GUTERRES (retranslated): First of all, Mr. President, the United Nations does not recognize Kosovo.
UN OHCHR Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 9 Dec 1948

ICJ Concerning Military and Paramilitary Activies in and against Nicaraugua (Nicaragua v. United States), 4 June 1986 140 pp judgment

ICJ Application of the Convention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia), 3 Feb 2015 155 judgment

ICC Declaration of the Ukraine Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 9 April 2014, 8 Sep 2015 appeal to ICC jurisdiction

ICJ Ukraine institutes proceedings against the Russian Federation and requests the Court to indicate provisional measures, 27 Feb 2022 UA declaration

ICJ No. 20228/8, "Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), 7 Mar 2022

ICC-CPI Sealed Arrest warrants [for] Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 17 Mar 2023

ICJ Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), 19 Sep hearing, 99 pp VERBATIM RECORD (EN + FR)

Agent of Ukraine, Mr Anton KORYNEVYCH: ...¶4. Russia is waging war against my country in the name of this terrible lie: that Ukraine is committing genocide against its own people. This lie is Russia's pretext for aggression and conquest. Russia has presented no credible evidence. It cannot....
by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 08:13:05 PM EST
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oops, 19 Sep
Croatia will not import Ukrainian grain. This was stated by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Politico reports.

"Croatia's position and desire is that we are a transit country and not a country receiving huge amounts of Ukrainian grain, which is cheaper than ours, which would mean our farmers would be in trouble," Plenkovic said.

According to him, Zagreb is ready to provide the services of its ports for grain transshipment, but nothing more. He also allowed the introduction of an embargo [sic] on Ukrainian agricultural products, following the example of Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia.

handed over to the European Commission an action plan to control the Ministry of Economy over the export of four groups of agricultural products to five neighboring EU countries.

"Such control will help prevent any market distortions in neighboring EU member states. In particular, we plan to adopt a resolution providing that goods exported to five neighboring states will receive verification and approval from the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy"

recurring nightmare
said this at a press conference in New York. According to Borrell, the Russian Federation demands the lifting of some sanctions, but the resumption of the deal does not depend on them, since the current EU restrictions "do not affect the export of food and fertilizers."

"So don't look for excuses and don't look for false arguments. There is no possibility of reaching an agreement (with Russia - Ed. ) because I am sincerely convinced that they do not want this," Borrell said.

"It's democracy"
"Its conceptual essence is simple. To motivate 50 thousand prisoners to generate electricity through bicycle generation installations. If within a month they comply with the standards determined by the Ministry of Justice, then the prison term will be reduced by 3 days, but not more than 10 months per year. That is, in a year a prisoner can reduce his term of imprisonment by 30 days. This will directly affect the savings on his maintenance - up to approximately 8% (up to 200 million in UAH)," the people's deputy said about his initiative. He added that this bill shows "alternative opportunities for filling the energy system, which can be implemented in active sports, gyms and other structures."
more important...
Former Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang was fired due to an affair and an illegitimate child in the United States - WSJ "citing sources"
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 05:49:16 PM EST
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Nowadays humanity must act in full solidarity to save lives - President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly
Thank you very much!

I welcome all who stand for common efforts! And I promise - being really united we can guarantee fair peace for all nations. What's more, unity can prevent wars.

Ladies and gentlemen! Mr. Secretary General! Fellow leaders!

This hall saw many wars but not as an active defender against the aggressions. In many cases, the fear of war, the final war, was the loudest here - the war after which no one would gather in the General Assembly Hall again.

The Third World War was seen as a nuclear war. A conflict between states on the highway to nukes. Other wars seemed less scary compared to a threat of the so-called "great powers" firing their nuclear stockpiles. ...

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 10:24:24 PM EST
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US Amderican press is undecided. Did House Speaker McCarthy stage a Zelensk* performance, or did he not?
by Cat on Thu Sep 21st, 2023 at 10:44:11 PM EST
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whitehouse | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, 21 Sep ventriloguists
JEAN-PIERRE:  As you can see, we have the National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan joining us today to talk about—give a little bit of a preview and talk about the President's visit with President Zelenskyy today. As you know, he's all in tow-—he's in town, and he'll take some of your foreign policy questions as well.

With that, Jake, the podium is yours.

SssULLIVAN: Thanks, Karine. And thanks for letting me come back here just a few days after I was last before you at this podium.

President Biden returned from New York last night, where he held a series of engagements and meetings at the U.N. General Assembly. He launched important initiatives, he engaged with heads of state from around the world, and he laid out a substantive agenda for effective American leadership at a pivotal moment in the world.
Q Thank you. Can you give us a sense—your sense of what's happening between Canada and India?  India is fuming at a Canadian allegation that India was involved in the death of a Canadian citizen (inaudible) in India [?!]. Canada is saying that they have informed you about the proof they have about those allegations.  What's your sense of it?

idunno. Hardeep Singh Nijjar was murdered 18 June 2023, and three (3) months later the only suspect Surrey's PD and "Canadian security agencies" have fingered is ... an unnamed secret foreign agent of the Hindu persuasion at large. idunno what in hell this topic has to do with President Biden's "engagements" at the U.N. General Assembly. BUT. A threat to the sixth region of the African Union is a threat to the homeland security of Ukraine's democracy. Oh. wait.
SssULLIVAN:  As soon as we heard from the Canadian Prime Minister publicly about the allegations, we went out publicly ourselves and expressed our deep concern about them, our support for a law enforcement process to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable.

I'm not going to get into the substance of private diplomatic conversations, but we are in constant contact with our Canadian counterparts. We are consulting with them closely, we support the efforts that they are undertaking in this investigation, and we have also been in touch with the Indian government as well.

And I will leave it at that for today, only to say that I have seen in the press some efforts to try to drive a wedge between the United States and Canada [?!] on this issue.  And I firmly reject the idea that there is a wedge between the U.S. and Canada.  We have deep concerns about the allegations, and we would like to see this investigation carried forward and the perpetrators held to account.

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 04:02:48 PM EST
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wapoo | Masked gunmen, an ambush, a chase: The execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 20 Sep
No arrests have been made in the brazen June 18 killing of Nijjar, the 45-year-old president of the temple. But from the outset, his family and friends in the local Sikh community were all but certain who was behind the brazen attack: The Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Monday [18 Sep], precisely three months after Nijjar's killing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons that investigators were pursuing "credible allegations" linking Nijjar's slaying to agents of the Indian government.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, asked by The Washington Post on Tuesday whether it had warned the Sikh leader about threats to his life or had provided him with protection before his death, declined to answer. Eric Balsam, a spokesman for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said he could not discuss the issue publicly.
As temple members gathered around the truck, crying and screaming, two masked men took off on foot. Toor and a few others pursued them, but it was too late. They reached a waiting car, later described by police as a 2008 Toyota Camry, that spirited them away. Police later described the two as heavier-set men with face coverings. The men and a third suspect, the driver of the getaway car, had been waiting in the area for at least an hour before the killing, police said. No arrests have been made.
FBI warned prominent US Sikhs of threats after murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada, 27 Sep "revelations"
New details emerged on Monday [25 Sep] about the killing of Nijjar. Citing a security video that captured the murder, the Washington Post reported that at least six men and two vehicles were involved in Nijjar's killing, in what the newspaper said was a larger and more organised assassination plot than has previously been reported. The assailants fired about 50 bullets, and 34 hit Nijjar.
While he was told to leave his home to protect his young family, Moninder Singh said none of them were offered special protection. Weeks later, Singh was told that the threat against him had dissipated, but the threat against Nijjar—a close friend and mentor—remained.

"There was no other information shared," Singh said. "While there is an appreciation of Trudeau's statement, it's a bit late."

by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 08:51:14 PM EST
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As India-Canada diplomatic row intensifies, govt and Opposition largely on the same page, 22 Sep
Akali chief Sukhbir Singh Badal says he is receiving distress calls from Punjabis in Canada, pushes for quick resolution of dispute; Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu targets Justin Trudeau in Lok Sabha speech
'Canada is CIA's puppet' - Congress leader Ravneet Singh Bittu, whose grandfather CM Beant Singh was killed by Khalistanis, lashes out at Canada in Lok Sabha, 25 Sep
...Though the investigation into the matter is underway, Trudeau decided to accuse India of the murder without evidence. Bittu pointed out that after Trudeau's allegations, the Khalistani terrorist organisation 'Sikhs For Justice' chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun threatened the Hindus living in Canada. He said, "Another terrorist is Pannun, who has declared that they will not let Hindus stay in Canada. An attempt has been made to create a major divide."

Ravneet Bittu said that the NIA list given by the Punjab Government contains the names of the ten most wanted gangsters, out of these ten, eight are living in Canada. "They are given refuge there, and they are hiding there. They are sending drugs to our Punjab and India," he added....

'Our diplomats are threatened, Canada permissive toward extremists': Jaishankar, 27 Sep
...Jaishankar said: "Canada has, in fact, witnessed a significant surge in organised crim, and violent extremism." He continued, "Our concern is that this permissiveness has largely been driven by political considerations. We have actually been badgering the Canadians, we have given them a lot of information abouot organised crime leadership, which operates out of Canada. There are a large number of extradition requests....
by Cat on Thu Sep 28th, 2023 at 03:38:28 AM EST
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ukranews | AFU confirm attack on russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, 22 Sep
The Department of Strategic Communications confirmed that on September 22, around 12:00, the Defense Forces of Ukraine launched a successful attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol. The StratCom of the AFU reported this on Facebook.

"On September 22, around 12:00, the Defense Forces of Ukraine launched a successful attack on the headquarters of the command of the Black Sea Fleet of russia in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol," the message reads.

We will remind, today, September 22, the russian mass media, referring to the statement of the so-called "governor" of Crimea Mikhail Razvozhaev, wrote that a missile attack was carried out on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the aggressor state of russia in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksii Danilov believes that the Black Sea Fleet of the aggressor state of the russian federation has two options for the future—voluntary or forced self-liquidation.

No grain deal for you!
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 04:28:03 PM EST
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"ecocide" of Kakhovka Reservoir got a face lift.

strana | Bonanza. On the site of the Kakhovka reservoir, very fertile land appeared. Who will get it?, 23 Aug 50 km south of the Dnipro Dam, 160 km north of the Kakhovka Dam

"This land is not in the cadastre, it is not registered anywhere, much less divided. So far, all that can be said about it is that it is state property," the head of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation Petr Koval tells us.
20.06.23: Dnipro main channel runs nearest Nikopol (right bank). Zaporizhzhia NPP cooling point built in the Konka River channel (left bank).
Meanwhile, the former bottom of the Kakhovka Sea [!] may turn out to be literally golden. Based on the average market price of land in Ukraine (in the first quarter of 2023 it was $1,400 per hectare), we can talk about at least $280 million.

The main question is whether it is realistic to grow anything there at all (after, of course, the fighting ends). It is not yet clear what quality this soil is, however, according to preliminary data, it should be extremely fertile.

"There was no comprehensive environmental assessment that would answer whether these lands could be reclaimed. But the silt that was at the bottom of the reservoir is a natural fertilizer. Previously, fields were specially fertilized with silt after cleaning lakes," Koval noted.

This is reminiscent of  < wipes tears > the Nile River Valley in Africa, on whose muddy soils the ancient Egyptian civilization arose. According to Koval, in the Nikopol [!] region, villagers have already begun experimenting with the drained lands of the Kakhovka reservoir: they planted potatoes there, and they are growing well.
Petr Koval says that there is no expert assessment of the land yet.

"An environmental analysis is needed. But a lot of fish were bred in the Kakhovka reservoir, I don't think there is a catastrophic environmental situation there. The silt that settled at the bottom is a natural fertilizer. Previously, the silt that was obtained after cleaning the lakes was specially taken to the fields, it fertilizes the land very well, since this is the most fertile layer of black soil. It is clear that after the disaster at Kakhovka the situation could have changed. For example, those lands that are located low and were flooded could be polluted, since the water swept away oil depots and storage facilities along the way chemicals, etc. It is not yet clear whether all this went into the Black Sea or settled in the ground," says Koval.

Also, according to him, it is not clear how much land of the former Kakhovka reservoir could, in principle, be suitable for agricultural cultivation. The area of ​​the former Kakhovka reservoir is about 215 thousand hectares.

"But there the natural landscape of the Great Meadow was exposed, which the water smoothed out, but did not completely destroy. That is, there is flat terrain, there are ravines, lower reaches, where lakes can form, new sources can come to the surface, etc.," Koval noted.

downstream mudflats of the Dneproges, Desert after the flood, its natural riverbad in Kherson region, Large and smal reservoirs of Ukraine
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 03:56:06 PM EST
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EU shrugs off threat from US Inflation Reduction Act -- for now, illustrated
*North America includes Canada, Mexico and the United States. **Europe includes the European Union and Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. ***2023 data estimated.
SOURCE: IEA World Energy Investment
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 12:10:26 PM EST
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Eurostat: Russia's share in EU trade falls below two per cent, 1 Sep
The European Union's trade with Russia has been strongly affected by import and export restrictions imposed by the EU following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on September 1.

Both exports and imports have dropped considerably below the level prior to the invasion. Seasonally adjusted values show that Russia's share in extra-EU imports fell from 9.6 per cent in February 2022 to 1.7 per cent in June 2023, while the share of extra-EU exports fell from 3.8 per cent to 1.4 per cent in the same period, Eurostat said.

by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 02:04:35 AM EST
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strana | How Ukraine can use frozen assets of the Russian Federation worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The expert announced the scheme, 8 Sep rules-based pirate guidelines
Russian economist Vladislav Inozemtsev proposed an algorithm for using  frozen assets of the Russian Federation  to restore Ukraine.

His opinion is quoted by The Insider.

The expert believes that the Ukraine Restoration Fund should be formed and loans should be issued to it in the amount of frozen assets of the Russian Central Bank under guarantees from the World Bank. If Russia refuses to cooperate under this program, such loans can be reissued indefinitely until they radically depreciate.

The exact amount of seized funds from the Central Bank is still not known. According to various estimates, it is about 300 billion dollars. Meanwhile, Kyiv estimates the damage from the war at 411 billion - trillion dollars. That is, assets could at least partially cover losses.

However, there is no legal mechanism for their confiscation for transfer to Ukraine, since formally the Bank of Russia is not a government body of the Russian Federation and is not responsible for the actions of the government and the president. In addition, its relations with private banks in which reserves were deposited are regulated by agreements with these financial institutions, and the withdrawal of funds will be regarded by foreign clients of European banks as confirmation of the dependence of the safety of their money on the actions of their authorities.
Inozemtsev sees a way out of the situation by placing assets in bonds of European states or US bonds, depending on the currency of the agreement, and transferring interest from such an operation to Ukraine.
[... 5-point plan....]
"At the same time, the ECB and the central banks of the countries participating in the scheme exempt creditor banks from creating reserves for possible loan losses, and, for example, the World Bank provides a guarantee for these loans, in turn receiving certain guarantees from the countries that founded the Fund. Having accumulated funds, the Fund can begin to issue loans to the Ukrainian government and individual companies that have suffered losses from the Russian invasion, working to restore the destroyed sectors of the country's national economy - and the expenditure of funds in this case is carried out under the control and leadership of the Fund, which makes the implementation of such a program a kind of new plan Marshall," the economist sums up.

Vladislav Inozemtsev
by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2023 at 01:10:34 PM EST
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Axel Springer | [Spy Island] arrests 17 for luring young men to fight for Russia, 8 Sep
Earlier this week, the Cuban foreign ministry exposed a Russian "human-trafficking"] operation used to entice Cubans into the Kremlin's war against Ukraine. Cuba condemned the recruitment racket and the interior ministry said authorities were working to "neutralize and dismantle" the network.
Russia and Cuba share a history of < wipes tears > communism and have historically been allies. In July, Cuba came under fire after the country vehemently opposed certain wording condemning Russia in a joint EU-Latin America statement on Moscow's aggression in Ukraine.

The Kremlin has been scrambling for new military recruits as its full-scale invasion of Ukraine stalls on multiple fronts. It raised the military draft age to 30 years in July.

On Monday, Cuba denounced the ["human-trafficking"] ring, underlining that the country is "not part of the war conflict in Ukraine," and that it does not want to look "complicit in these actions."

euronews | Meet the Spanish company recruiting fighters for Ukraine, 8 Sep
"Of the whole course, this is the test with the highest dropout rate," Francisco Galván, director and head trainer of G.O.A. Tactical, the only company in Spain dedicated to training people who want to fight in Ukraine, told Euronews. This is followed by other exercises, such as running with military equipment on their shoulders, capturing and "clearing" occupied trenches and stress tests in a hostile environment.

For seven hundred euros, the future fighters receive five days of training to experience what will happen on the battlefield. The reward? A contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, worth up to €3,400 if they join the elite units.
"It is the volunteer who has to call them directly, but our contacts are waiting for him. He then shows the validation certificate and he has the job," he adds. This is to avoid the company being classified as a private security and defence contractor, the so-called Private Military Companies [PMCs], a service < wipes tears > similar to the Wagner Group.

"We have people fighting in Ukraine. One of them went back to Spain to rest for a few months, and that's when he was asked (by Ukrainian officials) if he could recruit people to fight in the war," says Galván. After 18 months of fighting Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukraine needs soldiers. Many of them are exhausted, and the casualty rate is high.

Visit Ukraine (05.07.22)
"In accordance with the Law "On Military Duty and Military Service" and the Order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine dated 07.02.2022 No. 35 "On Amending the Order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine No. 313 of October 11, 2021", the acceptance of women to military record will begin on October 1, 2022"
In Ukraine, men with limited fit for military service will be called up (03.09.23)
A bill was submitted to the Rada to cancel the deferment from mobilization for applicants for a second higher education (03.09.23)
The Rada explained the mechanism for the extradition of men who escaped from Ukraine using fake certificates (03.09.23)
Poland extraditing Ukrainian men who left the country to avoid military conscription (04.09.23)
"according to Rzeczpospolita"
From October 1, female doctors and pharmacists are required to register for military service (06.09.23)
"This course is not for people coming from scratch, it would be impossible to train someone in just five days. What we do is evaluate whether the person really knows and can fight in Ukraine," says Galván. The director stresses that none of the volunteers have a criminal record.
by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2023 at 05:54:47 PM EST
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Umerov introduce subpoenas through "Diya", 8 Sep
Should I expect electronic subpoenas in Ukraine?
One of the policy statements of the new Minister of Defense of Ukraine Rustem Umerov was the digitalization of military records, which could have far-reaching consequences for millions of Ukrainians.

Umerov announced digitalization, while still speaking in the Rada as a candidate for minister.

"Task: to digitalize all processes, to launch a unified register of conscripts, which will eliminate any corruption risks. Everything that can be digitized must be digitized. All information about a soldier must be in digital: electronic military ID, digitalization of the military military service and hospitals, electronic journal , a report for the military," Umerov said from the rostrum of parliament.

Despite the fact that Umerov presents these initiatives as, first of all, the fight against corruption, it is obvious that the main task is to speed up and simplify the recruitment of recruits into the army.

This is reminiscent of what has already been implemented in Russia [!]. They are introducing a unified electronic register of conscripts, as well as a system for distributing summonses through the Gosuslugi portal (analogous to [Ukraine's] Dii). Moreover, the most important innovation in the electronic summons method was the principle that the summons is considered served after it appears in the electronic register. That is, it doesn't matter whether the conscript received it personally in paper form or through "State Services", it is still considered to have been delivered and, from the moment it appears in the register, the citizen is < wipes tears > prohibited from traveling outside the Russian Federation, and in case of failure to appear at the military registration and enlistment office within the specified period—loss of rights and various coercive measures.

Let us note that neither Umerov nor any other Ukrainian official confirmed that the proposed launch of an electronic register of conscripts means the implementation of a conscription scheme similar to the Russian one (that is, a summons is considered served after appearing in the register, and the summonses themselves are sent out via "Diyu"). Moreover, plans for subpoenas through "Diya," rumors about which arose from time to time, were repeatedly denied by the authorities.

However, it cannot be ruled out that the growing need for new fighters (as losses increase and the war drags on) will prompt the Ukrainian authorities to adopt Russian [!] experience.

archive how to organize voting, Meet Diia (2020-2023)
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ukranews | General Staff urges not to participate in pseudo-elections in occupied territories, 10 Sep
As reported, the vast majority of candidates in the "elections" do not even have a higher education and work as janitors, security guards, and cleaners. The occupiers simply use their personalities to hide the real "leaders" of the occupied territories.

The mentioned pseudo-elections and their results will not be recognized by the entire civilized world, and the very fact of their holding and the participation of the local population will be used by the occupying power for the purpose of accounting for human mobilization resources and their subsequent enlistment in the ranks of the invading army of the aggressor country, the General Staff adds.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the National Resistance Center said that the occupiers are trying to identify members of the underground [!] during the "elections" and are intensifying countermeasures.

by Cat on Sun Sep 10th, 2023 at 10:09:19 PM EST
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poll smoke | Citizens' Perception of the Threat of Corruption
Note: The survey was conducted from July 3 to July 17 in all regions of Ukraine, except Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kherson regions. In the Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions, the survey was conducted in territories controlled by the Ukrainian government and in which hostilities are not ongoing. It involved 2,011 respondents aged 18 years and over.

No right to bail. What is the essence of Zelensky's idea to equate corruption with treason?, 28 Aug
"Ukraine will have a bunch of lost cases in the ECHR"

Is it realistic to extradite tens of thousands of military personnel to Ukraine?, 3 Sep
spamming Interpol

Germany has not yet decided whether to supply Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles, 11 Sep

This was stated by German Foreign Minister Annalena B*rbock during a visit to Kyiv at a joint press conference with Dmitry Kuleba.

B*rbock said that these deliveries still need to "clarify all the issues." Kuleba replied that Ukraine was ready to take care of this clarification, and stated that sooner or later the delivery of missiles would take place.

"You will still supply us with Taurus missiles, it's only a matter of time. I don't understand why it should be wasted," the Ukrainian minister said and added that "the option of providing these missiles remains open," and the decision-making process within Germany is "moving forward."

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Axel Springer "human-trafficking" UPDATE!
Deal 'with the devil': Meet the Cubans who've joined Russia's war on Ukraine, 25 Sep
AKA "transcontinental draft effort" FKA foreign legion
One recruit in his late 40s in the Russian city of Tula, whom we will call Pedro, said he was promised a job as a driver "for workers and construction material" but on arrival in Russia was being prepared for combat, weapon in hand.
Winter is coming.
"We signed a contract with the devil," he said, recalling the moment he enlisted. "And the devil does not hand out sweets."
Russia's war effort, adding: "Cuba is not part of the conflict in Ukraine." The change in tone in Havana suggests that the recruitment of Cubans through informal backchannels has "hit a nerve," said Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House [!].

"Cuba and the Soviet Union fought side by side in Angola [with Angloan rebels against Portuguese colonists] and other places, but for ideological reasons," he said. "Now it's boiled down to the ugliest, most mercenary terms, giving it a transactional quality that goes against decades of friendship."
Accounts of daily life behind the fences of the training sites differed greatly. Some recruits described their interaction with the Russians as friendly and the atmosphere as relaxed. In their free time they smoked cigarettes and sipped on Coca-Cola (officially not available in either Cuba or Russia). On the weekends they went sightseeing and reveled in the city's bars. But those who say they were tricked into service, seemingly a minority, complain about payment delays and said they are threatened with incarceration for resisting orders. When asked about the moral implications of his decision, one recruit in Tula said it wasn't his primary concern.

"This is the way we found to get out of Cuba," he said. "No one here wants to kill anyone. But neither do we want to die ourselves."

strana | There are less than 1,000 Wagner mercenaries left on the territory of Belarus - State Border Service, 24 Sep
by Cat on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 05:43:05 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Army hospital in Germany treating Americans wounded in combat in Ukraine, 23 Sep
The hospital at Landstuhl is authorized to do so under a Defense Department policy, which began last summer, that allows the hospital to treat up to 18 wounded members of the Ukrainian forces at a time, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement. The fact that most of the Ukrainian troops at Landstuhl are Americans illustrates how the war has progressed in unexpected ways.
The patients now at Landstuhl are mostly from the United States, but also from Canada, Britain, New Zealand, and Ukraine. Several of them said in phone interviews from their beds that they were receiving excellent care.

"We're blessed to be here," said an American veteran who underwent surgery this month to remove shrapnel from an arm and both legs. The veteran, who previously served in the U.S. Air Force, asked not to be identified because he feared reprisal [?!] by Russia.
Although Landstuhl has been authorized to treat combat casualties from Ukraine for more than a year, it saw almost none until August, when a former Green Beret medic named David Bramlette began bringing patients to the hospital. Mr. Bramlette, who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, went to Ukraine to fight shortly after Russia invaded. For several months, he led a small assault team on the front lines near Kharkiv and Izium. When shrapnel pierced the eyes and brain of a comrade, Mr. Bramlette said, he became painfully aware that as volunteers in Ukraine, American veterans had little of the support they relied on when they were in the U.S. military.

Army hospital in Germany treating Americans wounded in combat in Ukraine, 25 Sep
The R.T. Weatherman Foundation, a private organization based in the U.S., paid for the ambulance transportation of some patients, allowing them to make the 30-hour drive through Poland and across Germany, according to The New York Times. The organization says on its website that it has repatriated numerous Americans killed or wounded in Ukraine
archive Polish border medical hub
by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 10:34:04 AM EST
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American greatness giving support where needed even when not called upon by Uncle Sam ... uncle Joe acting as a stand-in ... not that long ago ... Florence Nightingale.

Crimean peninsula keeps giving in another century ... 🇬🇧 greatness. 🥲

The Crimean War (1853-56)

... is mostly remembered for three things: the Charge of the Light Brigade, mismanagement in the British army and Florence Nightingale.

The Crimean War was fought because of the regional importance of the area and also because of religious differences. In the lead up to the war, France, Russia, Britain and Turkey were all competing for influence in the Middle East, and Britain and France were particularly concerned over the potential threat to their trade routes and Russia's expansion in the region.

Russia moved against Turkey, who then declared war on Russia on 5th October 1853. The British and French responded quickly. In March 1854, they declared war on Russia, expecting a quick victory because of their naval supremacy. They prepared an assault on Russian forces in the Crimea to seize the naval base at Sevastopol.

Additional reading ET archive ...

***The Oldest Military Treatise In The World | by rg on July 28th, 2006 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 11:00:04 AM EST
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nv.ua | IMF starts second review of Ukraine $15.6 billion loan program, 25 Sep
Led by the IMF's Gavin Grey, the technical discussions will cover recent economic developments and fiscal, financial, and structural policies in preparation for the 2023 Article IV consultations and the second review of the EFF program, said IMF resident representative in Ukraine, Vahram Stepanyan. Ukraine has already received about $3.6 billion from the IMF so far this year.

The IMF's four-year program for Kyiv is part of a $115-billion ["]global["] package to support the economy as Ukraine battles Russia's invasion. Ukraine's war-battered economy has relied heavily on Western aid to finance social and humanitarian payments.

Ukrainian businesses have adjusted to the new wartime reality and Ukraine's economy has recovered more quickly than anticipated this year, the Ukrainian government believes. Ukraine's real GDP [?!] in the first quarter of 2023 increased by 2.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022, said Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko.

The IMF will not accept a new Ukrainian parliament bill (#8401) on taxation as a fulfilled benchmark in its memorandum with Kyiv because lawmakers fundamentally altered its text, Ukrainian MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on Telegram on Aug. 22.

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by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 09:22:27 AM EST
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dailynewshungary | Forint jumps to a peak after major decision of central bank, 30 Aug
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Monetary Council reduces interbank interest rate 100 bps to 14%. Two days later, one HUF purchase power buys € 0.002606. Local analyst approves of cautious monetary policy.

HUF:JPY, 1:0.4112
HUF:RUB, 1:0.2737
HUF:TRY, 1:0.0759
HUF:RMB, 1:0.0205
HUF:USD, 1:0.0028
HUF:GBP, 1:0.0022
archive three worst emerging-market performers

by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 12:39:33 PM EST
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reuters | Price Cap Coalition shelves regular Russian oil cap reviews as prices soar, sources say, 6 Sep
The G7 and allies have shelved regular reviews of the Russian oil price cap scheme, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, even though most Russian crude is trading above the limit because of a rally in global crude prices.

Russian producers have found ways to sell oil using fewer Western ships and insurance services, making it difficult for the West to enforce the existing price cap because the companies facilitating the trade are outside of their remit.

The G7 has not reviewed the cap since March, however, and four people familiar with G7 policies said the group had no immediate plans to look into adjusting the scheme.
Russia was forced to cut exports of oil and products immediately after the price cap imposition as it struggled to find enough ships to transport all of its output. However, the country has managed to move most of its exports into the hands of domestic or non-Western foreign shippers, which do not require Western insurance coverage.
According to LSEG [London Stock Exchange Group] data, Russian crude has been trading above the cap since mid-July and is currently being traded at around $67 a barrel at Russian crude terminals. Russian refined products such as fuel oil and diesel have also surpassed their caps.

A U.S. Treasury official said this week the cap was still effective as it had helped cut Russian revenues. He said the group would stay nimble but added there was no plan for an immediate revision.

by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 02:00:02 AM EST
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thenationalnews bloomberg | China's travel rebound could result in sky-high jet fuel prices, 27 Aug
... A full recovery for Chinese international tourism won't come overnight. After four years of harsh Covid restrictions, those looking to travel are facing high costs amid a weakening yuan, the sluggish economy and difficulty in getting travel documents such as visas. The increase in demand comes as fuel supplies are stretched, leaving markets more vulnerable to diesel and jet fuel price shocks....
forbes | Rising Oil Prices And Weakening Chinese Data, 6 Sep
...The cut in oil production is partly being attributed to offsetting Iranian oil supplies. However, weakness out of China and slowing demand there continues to persist, which could also account for the cutbacks. Yesterday, China reported services output slowed to its lowest level in eight months. That comes on the heels of a report last week that manufacturing output contracted for a fifth consecutive month. The weakening Chinese economy may also help explain a newly issued mandate forbidding state employees from using < wipes tears > iPhones and other foreign branded phones at work in hopes it will stimulate demand for Chinese brands....
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Jan 2021
Oct 2022
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April 2023
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June 2023
Try to act surprised.
reuters | Extended Saudi, Russian oil supply cuts pose bullish risks, says Goldman Sachs, 6 Sep
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and Russia extended voluntary cuts to end-2023, pushing oil prices above $90 a barrel. Brent crude was trading around $90.97 at 1822 GMT. The Saudi cuts were by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) while Russia has cut 300,000 bpd. These cuts were on top of the April cut agreed by several OPEC+ producers running to the end of 2024.
The bank said the "bullish extension" reflected OPEC+ "exercising assertively its < wipes tears > unusually high pricing power". It also suggested OPEC+ was unlikely to be in a rush to boost output, and that a potential sale of an additional stake [sic] in Saudi Aramco might further incentivize Riyadh to exercise its pricing power.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2023 at 03:08:46 AM EST
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F24 | France orders Apple to halt iPhone 12 sales due to high radiation levels, 12 Sep
The World Health Organization states on its website that following a large number of studies that "no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use".
Needs more IAEA authoritative definition of radioactivity
Temporary withdrawal from the market of the iPhone 12 for non-compliance with EU regulation
...Consequently, Apple must immediately adopt all necessary measures to prevent the iPhone 12 in the supply chain from being made available on the market. As for those telephones that are already in use, Apple must adopt all necessary corrective measures to bring the telephones into conformity as soon as possible, otherwise, Apple will have to recall the equipment....
by Cat on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 03:11:46 AM EST
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Cautionary note 😄

We conclude that; long term use of mobile phone will cause different disease, such as Alzheimer, migraine, infertility, cancer, eye defect, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and interface etc and also it can affect psychology anxiety, insomnia, depression etc.

So customers should be prudent regarding on the use of mobile phone. Consumer policy has become more cautious and governmental security and regulatory institutions function on behalf of citizens.

[Source: Nigus Maregu Wolaita Sodo University College of natural and computational science department of physics, Wolaita Sodo Ethiopia, August 2016]

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 06:55:01 AM EST
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A serious scientific cautionary note from a top Dutch organization RIVM ...

Electromagnetic fields in daily life

From the past, caution was urged for PC monitors close to user. For that reason we always bought the more expensive Scandinavian manufacturers Ericsson and later Nokia.

From my years in the states, more risk came from HV power lines and there was strict regulatory measures for housing. Another risk were the radar installations ... for urban civilian airports these were often located within housing development. Not a smart choice. For some military installations of anti-missile systems, the military had no rights for protection and are sacrificed for the ultimate end of victory.

Exposure Assessment to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields in Occupational Military Scenarios: A Review

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 07:15:14 AM EST
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The ultimate sacrifice of our boys and girls protecting the home front ... Nevada in the 1950s ...

When Army soldiers marched toward a nuclear mushroom cloud

The Desert Rock exercises saw soldiers maneuver around nuclear explosions, testing their fortitude.

Scientific experiments ... from our faults we learn ... for the good of mankind.

As Barack Obama said: "Don't do stupid things." Advice neglected by the Trump and Biden White House. Biden: In Ukraine no American lives lost. Applause 👏 Geez ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 07:29:15 AM EST
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federalregister.gov | Addition of ENntITiEs and Revision to Existing ENntITiEs on the ENntITy List, 27 Sep open lines of communication
AGENCY: Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding twenty-eight entities to the Entity List under the destinations of the People's Republic of China (China), Finland, Germany, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. These entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. This rule also revises two existing entries on the Entity List under the destinations of China and Pakistan and removes an entity from the Military-End User List under the destination of China.
DATES: This rule is effective September 27, 2023
by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 07:51:12 PM EST
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January 2023 price cap mania
April 2023 price cap mania
August 2023 price cap mania

Yellen Concerned About Evasion of Russia Oil Cap While Prices Climb, 29 Sep

..."It does point to some reduction in the effectiveness of the price cap," Yellen told reporters while on a visit to Savannah, Georgia, when asked about reports that prices for Russian crude are now closer to $100 a barrel than to the $60 set in the cap....
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 07:44:16 PM EST
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Washington is quickly hurtling toward a debt crisis, 29 Sep The Hunt for US Bond Holders continues
But the low interest rate case for a debt-financed spending spree never made sense, for two reasons. First, because like a short-sighted home buyer, Washington never locked in those low interest rates. The average maturity of the federal debt—the length of time before the government must repay the bond holders and then replace them with new bonds at the prevailing interest rate—remains at just 76 months, and nearly all of it must be replaced with new bonds within a decade. So any future interest rate rise would hit nearly the entire national debt.
Judge at Trump civil fraud trial implores media to stop saying he valued Mar-a-Lago at $18M: "Industry experts were left scratching their heads at the Palm Beach assessor's seemingly low estimation, claiming that the resort would list closer to $300 million."
The average maturity of the federal debt—the length of time before the government must repay the bond holders and then replace them with new bonds at the prevailing interest rate—remains at just 76 months, and nearly all of it must be replaced with new bonds within a decade. So any future interest rate rise would hit nearly the entire national debt.

The second reason is that—even with no additional spending expansions—Washington is already scheduled to borrow $119 trillion over the next three decades, pushing the debt toward 200% of the economy. Even at the low interest rates projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a debt this massive would leave interest payments as the largest federal expenditure, consuming more than one-third of all federal taxes. Any additional borrowing would just pour gasoline on the fire.

Bloomberg "near term" chart pr0n
for cup and handle fans: "West Texas Intermediate [WTI] crude recovered < wipes tears > from an early drop to head back toward $90 a barrel while the dollar index reached a 10-month high."

Market Yield on U.S. Treasury securities at 10-Year Constant Maturity, Jan 1962-Sep 2023
for US "recession bar" historians
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the US State Department's Report Targeting China

Some in the US may think that they can prevail in the information war as long as they produce enough lies. But the people of the world are not blind. No matter how the US tries to pin the label of "disinformation" on other countries, more and more people in the world have already seen through the US's ugly attempt to perpetuate its supremacy by weaving lies into "emperor's new clothes" and smearing others.
2015 European Allies Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank
2023 Germany Reaffirms Support Of Asian World Bank Rival
by Cat on Tue Oct 3rd, 2023 at 09:17:02 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:02:48 AM EST
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 11:40:44 AM EST
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Just to be certain ... could you please add an arrow where I can find world's greatest civilization ever 😄

From diary how exceptionalism turned fascism and made America sink in greatness in our lifetime.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 01:10:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 03:25:50 PM EST
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diplomatie.gouv.fr | The International Coalition for the Sahel
...was announced at the Pau Summit on 13 January 2020 by the Heads of State of Burkina Faso, Chad, France, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the European Council, the European Union High Representative, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the Secretary General of La Francophonie...
eeas.europa.eu | The EU Gulf of Guinea Strategy and Action Plan, 13 July 2022
...In 2014, the EU adopted an EU Strategy for the Gulf of Guinea, in line with the objectives of the 'Yaoundé Process'—the inter-regional commitment between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) as well as the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) signed at the Yaoundé Heads of State Summit (June 2013) to tackle maritime crime in its widest sense. The EU Action Plan 2015-2020 was consecutively launched to guide the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Gulf of Guinea. It is to be noted that a joint staff working document on elements for an update of the strategy is under preparation to reflect the evolution of threats.
A Close Examination on the Origins and History of the Guinea Coin
As part of the EU's comprehensive approach to West and Central Africa,  a set of Programmes and Projects focused on capacity building, funded through the instrument contributing to Security and Peace (IcSP) and the European Development Fund (EDF) are geared towards implementing the Strategy for the Gulf of Guinea and its rolling Action Plan. At the same time, since early 2021, the EU Coordinated Maritime Presences (CMP) has boosted the collective engagement by enhancing coordination of the existing Member States naval and air assets present in specific areas at a voluntary basis to increase the EU's capacity to act as a reliable partner and maritime security provider in the region....
Africa and the EU, 30 Nov 2022
Africa is a geopolitical priority for the European Union, it is Europe's closest neighbour and our sister continent. Europe and Africa have close economic, cultural and geographical ties.

africom.mil | Flintlock 2023, 1-15 Mar
setaf-africa.army.mil | African Land Forces Summit (ALFS), 8-12 May 2023
europeafrica.army.mil | African Lion 23, 13 May-16 June 2023

togofirst | EU Plans Civil-Military Operation, Fearing Looming Security Crisis, 29 Aug
The mission, a civil-military mission, targets Togo, Ghana, Benin, and Côte d'Ivoire and could be kicked off in a few months. As reported by the German newspaper Die Welt on August 27, citing European diplomats, besides fighting jihadists, the mission aims to douse Russia's growing influence in the region. The intervention is announced in a particular context, where European players face diplomatic challenges in the Sahel, especially Niger.
COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2023/1599 (03.08.23)
on a European Union Security and Defence Initiative in support of West African countries of the Gulf of Guinea ["in its widest sense"]
The mission, according to Senior EU diplomats involved in planning at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels,  results from "the European Union's fear that jihadist groups will keep expanding in west Africa from the Sahel to the coastal countries south of the Gulf of Guinea, which could exacerbate instability in the region".
telesur | Mali: UN Peacekeepers Complete First Phase of Withdrawal, 3 Sep
According to Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the last convoy from the mission, known as MINUSMA, left the Menaka camp in northeastern Mali on Aug. 25, arriving in Gao Wednesday.

"Menaka was the last of the four MINUSMA bases scheduled for closure during the first phase of the mission's downsizing and definitive withdrawal from Mali, in accordance with the request of the transitional authorities," Dujarric said, adding that "the temporary base at Ogossagou was closed on Aug. 3, followed by Ber on Aug. 13, and Goundam three days later."

archive Diplomacy? in Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
Dujarric also stated that El-Ghassim Wane, the special representative of the secretary-general and head of the UN mission in Mali, reported that the timely conclusion of this first phase of MINUSMA's drawdown plan is the result of sustained work by UN teams and good coordination with the Malian authorities.

"He added that with these base closures, we have reduced our geographical footprint in Mali by 25 percent, and we are determined to persevere with this momentum to conclude the withdrawal by the end of the year," Dujarric said.

"Transitional authorities" was a reference to the military junta governing Mali since an August 2020 coup, deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 05:09:37 PM EST
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aljazeera | At least 15 killed as anti-UN protests spread in eastern DR Congo, 26 July
At least 15 people have been killed on the second day of anti-United Nations protests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's turbulent northeastern region, in attacks UN chief Antonio Guterres said could constitute a 'war crime'.

Protests erupted on Monday as crowds took to the streets of North Kivu province's main city Goma against the country's UN mission - United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) - which they accuse of failing to stop armed groups' decades-old fighting....

cnn | Dozens killed during anti-UN protests in the DRC, 1 Sep

Protesters in the eastern city of Goma on Wednesday criticized the UN's Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), the East African Community and other international organizations operating in the country. At least 43 people were killed and a further 53 were injured during the clashes with local authorities. Over 150 people were arrested, including the leader of the group which organized the protests, the government said.
archive Diplomacy? in Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
The DRC government said that the protesters "carried out actions that undermined public order," and and that law enforcement intervened to "restore tranquility and serenity in the city," according to a statement Thursday.

According to a MONUSCO press release on Thursday, "Congolese defense and security forces tried to prevent the holding of this demonstration, which promised to be violent by the very admission of its organizers."

"MONUSCO remains concerned about the threats of violence made before the demonstration and recalls the importance of the peaceful resolution of disputes and conflicts through inclusive dialogue," the statement read.

'People have a right to express themselves'
Goma authorities have launched an inquiry into the incident and the justice ministry has been "instructed to gather evidence."...

ewn.co.za AFP | DR Congo arrests officers after deadly crackdown on anit-UN rally, 4 Sep
DR Congo announced the arrest of military officers on Monday, after nearly 50 people were killed in a crackdown on an anti-UN protest in the east of the country.

Congolese soldiers last Wednesday stopped a religious sect from holding a demonstration against United Nations peacekeepers in the city of Goma. An internal army document consulted by AFP, and verified by security officials, gave a death toll of 48 civilians killed—in addition to a policemen slain by the protesters.
Early on Monday, Congolese Interior Minister Peter Kazadi announced that a commander of a Republican Guard brigade as well as a regiment commander had been arrested.

"They have been detained and a trial will be organised in the coming hours to establish who was responsible," he told reporters in Goma. Kazadi travelled to the eastern city in the aftermath of the crackdown to investigate the incident, alongside the Congolese Defence Minister Jean-Pierre Bemba.

"We interviewed all the military security officials in the city," Kazadi said. "Some military officials were immediately referred to the military prosecutor's office."

"We are asking the population to remain calm, to trust the government and our justice system, which will soon reach a verdict," the interior minister added....

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 02:14:54 PM EST
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reuters | China's debt tops 300% of GDP, now 15% of global total: IIF, 18 July 2019 LOL
key gauge of China's debt has topped 300% of gross domestic product, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), as Beijing steps up support for the cooling economy while trying to contain financial risks. China's total corporate, household, and government debt rose to 303% of GDP in the first quarter of 2019, from 297% in the same period a year earlier, the IIF said in a report this week which highlighted rising debt levels worldwide.

The IIF is a private global financial industry association, based in Washington....

msn bloomberg | Raimondo Says US Businesses See China Becoming 'Uninvestible', 30 Aug lolwut
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo argued that China is driving away American companies by making investments in the world's second-biggest economy increasingly hazardous.

"Increasingly I hear from businesses, 'China is uninvestible because it's become too risky,'" Raimondo told reporters Tuesday aboard a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai. "There are the traditional concerns that they've become accustomed to dealing with. And then there's a whole new set of concerns, the sum total of which is making China feel too risky for them to invest.".
Raimondo said that US firms face novel challenges such as fines and ambiguity concerning China's new anti-espionage law, in addition to existing issues including intellectual-property theft and competition with subsidized Chinese firms. Raimondo is the latest high-level official from the Biden administration to travel to China in recent months as part of an effort by the White House to ease tensions between the two powers. Tensions have been high for months over multiple issues, from the future of Taiwan to a China-linked hack of US officials' emails—including Raimondo's.

wapoo | OpEd, 31 Aug dont-say-taiwan LOL
To be fair, Raimondo's general premise that the United States should encourage trade while protecting sensitive national security technology is correct. The problem is that the Chinese are not buying into it. During her visit, Beijing offered no concessions and signaled no policy changes. Meanwhile, China is cracking down on the flow of economic and financial data, raiding foreign firms, weaning itself off the U.S. dollar and stockpiling food and commodities. Beijing's actions show that it is preparing for the international economic climate to get worse, not better.
The Biden team's China approach is at a crossroads. Though it's wise to leave the door open for positive moves from Beijing, the administration should double down on its strategy to protect our technological edge and work with allies to reduce dependence on China's economy.
US expands Nvidia, AMD AI chip export curbs to some Middle East countries (31.08.23)
Officials cast these efforts as "de-risking" rather than the more drastic "decoupling." All policies to counter China's economic aggression come with risks and costs that must be managed and explained to the public. Beijing and some U.S. business leaders will surely object. But one thing they won't be able to say is that the Biden administration didn't try its best to engage China. It has tried—and discovered yet again that dialogue is just not enough.
kompas.id | Prabowo: No Joint Statement with US Ministry of Defense, 1 Sep mal/mis/dis LOL
...Prabowo has affirmed that there is no joint statement with the US Ministry of Defense. One of the things mentioned by the Pentagon in the joint statement of the two ministers is the same view regarding China's maritime claims and expansive actions in the South China Sea (SCS). In this regard, in line with the principle of active non-alignment, Prabowo emphasized again that Indonesia has good relations with China, the United States, and Russia.

"There was no joint statement and no press conference, yes. What is important for me to underline is that our relationship with China is very good. We respect each other, we already have mutual understanding," Prabowo continued. Prabowo said that Indonesia is very friendly with China, respects the US and is friendly with Russia....

torygraph.co.nz | RISE OF BRICS 'DEVASTATING' FOR US - MTG, 1 Sep 2023 LOL
...In this sense, the BRICS countries are making serious trade agreements "where they are saying: we'll buy from you, you'll buy from us, we don't care about US sanctions and we'll sell to one another, buy and sell in our own currency, not the US dollar," she stated....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 31, 2023
...The Paper: Following on the announcement that China will hold the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, can you share with us the achievements of Belt and Road cooperation in the past 10 years and China's expectation for its future?Wang Wenbin: Ten years ago, President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Ten years on, the BRI has evolved from broad strokes to refined details, and become the most popular international public good and largest-scale international cooperation platform with remarkable achievements.

We have some slides here to give you some ideas about what has been achieved in a decade of BRI cooperation.

Over the past decade, the BRI's circle of friends has continued to expand. China has signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with more than 150 countries and over 30 international organizations. The vision of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation supported by the spirit of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, open, green and clean cooperation, and a high-standard, people-centered and sustainable approach has been incorporated in the Joint Communique of the Leaders' Roundtable of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. 

Over the past decade, Belt and Road cooperation has achieved fruitful outcomes. It has established more than 3,000 cooperation projects and galvanized nearly USD 1 trillion of investment, creating an array of national landmarks, livelihood projects, and milestones of cooperation. A large number of transport infrastructure projects have been launched, greatly boosting the development of BRI partners....

Xi Jinping Meets with President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez
...Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said that he paid a successful state visit to China last November, and both sides are earnestly implementing the important common understandings reached by the two presidents. Currently, Cuba-China relations are at a historical high. The Cuban people greatly admire President Xi Jinping and are sincerely grateful for the understanding and valuable support China has given to Cuba's just cause. Cuba firmly supports the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative, and the Global Civilization Initiative put forth by President Xi Jinping, and stands ready to work with China to deepen the Belt and Road cooperation, build a Cuba-China community with a shared future, and move forward hand-in-hand along the paths of building socialism with their respective characteristics. Cuba will work closely with China to promote the success of the G77 plus China Summit.
mofcom.gov.cn | Minister Wang Wentao Holds Talks with Secretary of Commerce of the U.S. Gina Raimondo, 28 Aug
...Wang Wentao expressed serious concerns over U.S. practices including Section 301 tariffs on Chinese exports, semiconductor policies, two-way investment restrictions, discriminatory subsidies, and sanctions targeting Chinese companies. Wang said that overgeneralization of national security is not conducive to normal trade and economic exchanges, and that unilateral and protectionist measures, which are inconsistent with market rules and the principle of fair competition, will only disturb the security and stability of global industrial and supply chains. As the U.S. has reiterated that it has no intention to seek decoupling with China, it is hoped that the U.S. translate its words into actions.

Recognizing the importance of open and productive dialogue between the United States and China in the economic and trade area, Minister Wang Wentao and Secretary Raimondo announced new communication channels between the U.S. Department of Commerce and Chinese Ministry of Commerce. They established a working group with U.S. and Chinese government officials at both the Vice Minister and Director General levels and involving business representatives to seek solutions to specific commercial issues. The working group will meet twice a year at the Vice Minister level....

Li Qiang to Attend Leaders' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation and Visit Indonesia, 1 Sep
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eastasiaforum.org | Has the United States abandoned APEC's vision?, 29 Aug DISCLAIMER
On 15-17 November 2023, US President Joe Biden will host 21 APEC leaders in San Francisco. But not all invited heads of state will attend the gala event. Facing criminal charges, Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly stay home in Moscow. Other presidents and prime ministers may be compelled to tend to urgent domestic business.

Both Biden and Putin skipped the November 2022 APEC meeting in Bangkok, enabling Chinese President Xi Jinping to steal the show. One headline event in San Francisco could be the Biden-Xi bilateral meeting, unless < wipes tears > a fresh eruption of US-China[, US-Taiwan, US-HK SAR, US-Indonesia, US-Thailand, PH-China, Canada-China, or IN-China?] disputes keeps Xi in Beijing.

APEC (1989 FTA): BN, CL, CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, ID, KR, MX, MY, PE, PG, PH, RU, SG, TH, VN;  AU, CA, JP, NZ, US
Another headline could be a Biden meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has been trying to join APEC since the institution was founded in 1989, but has been blocked first by its own protectionist policies and more recently by China. Now that the United States and India are steady geopolitical compatriots, Biden might [instead?] invite Modi to side meetings in San Francisco that coincide with the APEC agenda....
ibid (31.08.23)
...Privately, officials explain that Biden very much wants Xi to attend November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] summit in San Francisco. Biden has long believed that foreign policy is personal. Whether that's true or not, the Biden-Xi meeting has become an important U.S. policy objective....
nbcnews | President Biden doesn't plan to meet Chinese counterpart Xi at G20, 31 Aug DISCLAIMER
... two administration officials told NBC News on Thursday, dashing hopes of a face-to-face encounter that could help to ease Sino-U.S. tensions. It's unclear whether Xi will even attend the September gathering in New Delhi, one of the officials said.....
scmp | Xi Jinping won't attend upcoming G20 meeting in New Delhi: media reports, 1 Sep
...Reuters cited two Indian officials in reporting Xi's expected absence, one a diplomat based in China and the other working for the government of another G20 country. Agence France-Presse did as well, citing a senior European Union official, as did the Financial Times, saying that three Western officials were sources. All reported that Premier Li Qiang was expected to represent Beijing at the September 9-10 gathering....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 1, 2023
At the invitation of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, Premier of the State Council Li Qiang will attend the 26th China-ASEAN Summit, the 26th ASEAN Plus Three [CN, JP, KR] Summit, and the 18th East Asia Summit [EAS] to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 5 to 8, and pay an official visit to Indonesia. 
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, ID, KH, LA, MM, MY, PH, SG, TH, TL, VN
EAS (2005 East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
At the invitation of Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, will pay an official visit to China from September 3 to 5. During the visit, the two foreign ministers will attend the 11th Joint Meeting of the China-Italy Government Committee.
awwww... Maybe next year, Joe? IF you survive ELECTION 2024?
by Cat on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 09:32:04 PM EST
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bbc | Biden disappointed Xi will not attend G20 summit, 4 Sep
...Mr Xi and Mr Biden may still have an opportunity to speak in November, at a meeting among leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] in San Francisco....
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cnn | G20 split over Ukraine is a challenge for Brazil in command of the bloc, 3 Sep lol
Disputes between the G7 and ["]the alliance["] between Russia and China divide ["]the group["] of the world's largest economies and should persist even if the war in Ukraine comes to an end during Brazilian [G20] leadership in 2024.

Lula (R) will preside over the bloc for the first time in 2024. Ricardo Stuckert/PR

The rift between the G20 countries over the war in Ukraine will create a major diplomatic challenge for Brazil G7, which will [not] preside over the bloc for the first time in 2024.

thehindu | Fiscally imprudent policies, populism affect the poor: PM Modi (03.09.23)
...Mr. Modi said that while it is true G20 is an influential grouping in terms of combined economic might, "a GDP-centric view of the world is now changing to a human-centric one", and just as a new world order was seen after World War 2, a new world order is taking shape post-COVID....
["]The group["] of the world's largest economies arrives at its Leaders' Summit, which will take place between the 9th and 10th of September, in New Delhi, India, completely divided [by Ukraine's 10-point CAPM formula]....
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on September 4, 2023
AFP: You just announced that Premier Li Qiang will attend the G20 Summit. Does that mean President Xi will not attend the summit? If so, what is the reason?
Bloomberg: You just mentioned that Premier Li will be leading the delegation to the G20 and I understand this would mean that President Xi will not attend the G20. Do you have any comments on why he may not be attending?
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 03:32:10 AM EST
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yahoo! scmp | While under US sanctions, where did Huawei get the advanced chips for its latest Mate 60 Pro smartphone?, 2 Sep
reuters | China bans government officials from using iPhones for work, 6 Sep
wsj | Apple Faces New Challenge in China as Huawei Releases High-Speed Phone, 7 Sep

yahoo! bloomberg | US PROBES Made-in-China Chip as Tensions Flare Over Technology, 8 Sep

The Commerce Department, which enacted a series of restrictions against Huawei and China's chip industry over the past two years, said it's working to get more information on a "purported" 7-nanometer processor DISCOVERED within the Mate 60 Pro. The chip was made by China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which like Huawei is blacklisted by the US and restricted from accessing American technology.
"We are working to obtain more information on the character and composition of the purported 7nm chip," a Commerce spokesperson said in a statement. "Let's be clear: export controls are just one tool in the U.S. government's toolbox to address the national security threats presented by the PRC. The restrictions in place since 2019 have knocked Huawei down and forced it to reinvent itself—at a substantial cost to the PRC government."
US National Security Advisor Jake Sssullivan has said he would withhold comment until the US gets more information.

"There's a number of different methods to try to sort of come to an understanding of what exactly it is that we're dealing with here," Sssullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday. "I can't give you an exact number of days but this is not going to be months down the road. We're going to want to look at this carefully, consult with our partners, get a clearer sense of what we're looking at, and then we'll make decisions accordingly."
On Friday, Huawei debuted an even more powerful smartphone—the Mate 60 Pro+—in an online video teaser. The Pro+ adds a 1-terabyte maximum storage option and 4GB more memory than on the Pro model, which retails at 6,999 yuan [USD 953]. Shares of Huawei suppliers soared as much as their 10% daily limit on Chinese exchanges [SZSE, SSE, BSE] after that latest offering hit online stores.

tabloid USATody | Do you own an iPhone or an iPad? Update your Apple devices right now, 8 Sep
The latest security flaws were discovered by The Citizen Lab at The University of Torontoʼs Munk School. The flaws are zero-day exploits, meaning they take advantage of coding flaws that previously unknown to gain access to devices.
theregister | Apple races to patch the latest zero-day iPhone exploit, 8 Sep
... Even running the latest version of iOS (16.6) is no defence against the exploit, which involves PassKit attachments containing malicious images. Once sent to the victim's iMessage account, the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware can be deployed without interaction.

Researchers at Citizen Lab are referring to the exploit as BLASTPASS. The team said they immediately disclosed their findings to Apple when they first discovered an infected device owned by an individual employed by a Washington DC-based civil society organization with international offices....

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by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2023 at 11:35:01 PM EST
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itv | Tel Aviv: More than 100 injured in violent clash between Eritrean asylum seekers, 2 Sep
The violence erupted near the country's embassy on Saturday, as protesters were demonstrating against an event being held there. Government supporters were marking the 30th anniversary of the Eritrean president's rise to power, but police could not keep those demonstrating against the event away, resulting in a violent street confrontations.
Israeli police in riot gear shot tear gas, stun grenades and live rounds while officers on horseback tried to control the protesters, who reportedly broke through barricades and hurled chunks rocks at the police. Police said officers resorted to live fire when they felt their lives were in danger.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would convene a meeting Sunday to discuss potential action against those who participated in the clashes, including deportations.

Police said Eritrean government supporters and opponents had received permission for separate events on Saturday and had promised to stay away from each other. But at some point, the promises were broken, said Chaim Bublil, a Tel Aviv police commander.

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msn CNBC | G20 welcomes African Union as permanent member at Delhi summit, 9 Sep
"It was in the spirit of 'Sabka Saath' that India proposed permanent membership for the African Union in the G-20," he added.

With an embrace after the announcement, Modi welcomed AU55 Chairperson Azali Assoumani and offered him a place at the conference table for permanent members of the G20.

G20 (1999 NGO) AU, CA, FR, DE, ES, EU-CO, EU-EC, IT, JP, UK, US;  AU55, AR, BR, CN, ID, IN, KR, MX, RU, TR, SA, ZA
The AU55 chair is rotated annually among the continent's five regions. Assoumani is the president of the Comoros, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa.

"Delighted the African Union was granted full membership in the G20," Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

"EU has been a steadfast supporter of this initiative and I am pleased to have championed it from the very beginning with Macky Sall," he added. Sall is Senegal's president and was the 2022 chair of the African Union.

RT | G20 admits African Union as permanent member
The AU55 now has the same status as the European Union, which was the only regional bloc with full membership. The African Union's previous designation was "invited international organization."

"With everyone's approval, I request the AU55 head to take his seat as a permanent G20 member," Modi said in his opening address, with the African bloc's head Azali Assoumani then taking a seat alongside world leaders.

Founded in 1999, the African Union is made up of 55 African countries and encompasses virtually the entire continent.

AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): AO, BF, BI, BJ, BW, CD, CF, CG, CI, CM, CV, DJ, DZ, EG, EH, ER, ET, EQ, GA, GH, GM, GN, GQ, GW, KE, KM, LY, LR, LS, MA, MG, ML, MR, MU, MW, MZ, NA, NE, NG, RW, SC, SD, SO, SS, SL, SN, ST, SZ, TG, TD, TN, TZ, UG, ZA, ZM, ZW; PAPSS (2022
The member-states collectively make key political and economic decisions. One of the AU's main objectives is to eliminate "the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid" as well as promoting unity and solidarity among its members. South Africa was previously the only African country with membership in the G20.
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g20.org | Overview
G20 Leaders' Declaration, 9 Sep (EN), 37 pp
76. We welcome the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 and strongly believe that inclusion of the African Union into the G20 will significantly contribute to addressing the global challenges of our time. We commend the efforts of all G20 members which paved the way for accession of the African Union as a permanent member during India's Presidency of the G20. Africa plays an important role in the global economy. We commit to strengthen our ties with and support the African Union realise the aspirations under Agenda 2063. We also reiterate strong support to Africa, including through the G20 Compact with Africa [CwA] and G20 [Global Land] Initiative on supporting industrialization in Africa and LDCs [Least Developed Countries]. We are supportive of further discussing the deepening of cooperation between the G20 and other regional partners.
83. Recalling our collective actions to stem earlier global crises [1999, 2008], we are determined to steer the world out of its current challenges and build a safer, stronger, more resilient, inclusive and healthier future for our people and the planet.
by Cat on Sat Sep 9th, 2023 at 06:47:56 PM EST
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elysee.fr | India-France Joint Statement (10.09.23)
President Macron's visit to India comes after the historic visit of prime Minister Modi to Paris on July 13-14, 2023 as the Guest of Honour on the occasion of French National Day on 14 July 2023, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the India-France strategic partnership.

Acknowledging the strength of India France partnership, founded in deep trust, shared values, belief in sovereignty and strategic autonomy, a resolute commitment to international law and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, an abiding faith in multilateralism and a mutual pursuit of a stable multi-polar world, both leaders emphasized the need to expand their collaboration to address regional and global challenges.

reuters | G20 summit wraps up in New Delhi; Macron says it confirms isolation of Russia, 10 Sep monomaniacs united
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the group's leaders to hold a virtual meeting in November to review progress on policy suggestions and goals announced at the weekend.

"It is our responsibility to look at the suggestions that have been made to see how progress can be accelerated," he said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the head of the Russian delegation, said the summit was a success for India as well as the Global South, the world's developing countries. The Global South's position in the talks helped prevent the G20 agenda from being overshadowed by Ukraine, he told a press conference. "India has truly consolidated G20 members from the Global South."

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters the summit declaration "does a very good job of standing up for the principle that states cannot use force to seek territorial acquisition or to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty or political independence of other states". Germany and Britain have also praised the resolution, but Ukraine said "it was nothing to be proud of".

narendramodi.in | PM Modi and PM Sunak meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi (09.09.23)
...Both leaders also reviewed the progress of Free Trade Agreement negotiations and expressed hope that the remaining issues could be addressed at the earliest so that a balanced, mutually beneficial and forward looking Free Trade Agreement is concluded soon. Prime Minister Modi invited PM Sunak for a bilateral visit at an early, mutually convenient date for a more detailed discussion. Prime Minister Sunak accepted the invitation and congratulated PM Modi for a successful G20 Summit....
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that the G20, which was founded to solve international economic issues, was not necessarily the place to expect diplomatic progress on the war in Ukraine. However, he said the G20 declaration was not a diplomatic victory for Russia.

"This G20 confirms once again the isolation of Russia. Today, an overwhelming majority of G20 members condemn the war in Ukraine and its impact," Macron told a press conference after the closing ceremony of the summit. Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is something that could shake the foundation of cooperation at G20.

"Also, that is having a major impact on the global economy through such developments as continued increases in food and energy prices."
On Sunday, world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, German Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Fumio Kishida, visited the memorial of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. Most of the leaders were barefoot as they walked to the site where Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948 by a < wipes tears > Hindu extremist. Biden later left for Viet Nam, missing the last session of the summit. The White House said it was not aware of him having any talks with Lavrov or Chinese Premier Li Qiang, who led their country's delegations at the summit.

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by Cat on Sun Sep 10th, 2023 at 04:19:01 PM EST
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On Sunday, world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden... were barefoot as they walked to the site where Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948 by a Hindu extremist. Biden later left for Viet Nam, missing the last session of the summit. The White House said it was not aware of him having any talks with Lavrov or Chinese Premier Li Qiang, who led their country's delegations at the summit.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on September 11, 2023
AFP: US President Joe Biden said that he met Chinese Premier at the G20 summit and discussed stability with him. Can you confirm that? And if so, can you tell us more about the talks between the American President and Chinese Premier?
Mao Ning: On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Premier Li Qiang had brief conversations with leaders of other countries including US President Joe Biden at the venue. During the brief conversation with President Biden, Premier Li stressed that China's development is an opportunity, not a challenge, to the US and the two countries should step up exchanges. President Biden said that the US hopes to see China's economy growing and will not hurt its growth.
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by Cat on Mon Sep 11th, 2023 at 07:30:32 PM EST
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A Brief Conversation with Chinese Premier Li, 10 Sep, Hanoi 18:09
NANDITA of REUTERS: Hi. Last week, China questioned the, quote, "sincerity" of the Biden administration.[...]How would you respond to that? And do you think President Xi is being sincere about getting the relationship back on track as he bans Apple in China?
BIDEN: Well, look, first of all, the—I am sincere about getting the relationship right. And one of the things that is going on now is China is beginning to change some of the rules of the game, in terms of trade and other issues. And so, one of the things we talked about, for example, is that they're now talking about making sure that no Chinese employ —no one in the Chinese government can use a Western cell phone. Those kinds of things.

And so, really, what this trip was about—it was less about containing China. I—I don't want to contain China. I just want to make sure that we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away, everybody knows what it's all about. And one of the ways you do that is you make sure that we are talking about the same things. And I think that one of the things we've done—I've tried to do, and I've talked with a number of my staff about this for the last, I guess, six months—is—we have an opportunity to strengthen alliances around the world to maintain stability.

That's what this trip was all about: having India cooperate much more with the United States, be closer with the United States, Vietnam being closer with the United States. It's not about containing China; it's about having a stable base—a stable base in the Indo-Pacific. And it's—for example, when I was spending a lot of time talking with President Xi, he asked why we were doing—why was I going to have the Quad—meaning Australia, India, Japan, and the United States? And I said, "To maintain stability."

It's not about isolating China. It's about making sure the rules of the road—everything from airspace and—and space and in the ocean is—the international rules of the road are—are—are abided by. And so—and I hope that—I think that Prime Minister Xi—I mean, Xi has some—some difficulties right now. All countries end up with difficulties, and he had some economic difficulties he's working his way through. I—I want to see China succeed economically, but I want to see them succeed by the rules.
BLOOMBERG: Hi, Mr. President. Following up on your comments on China and the economy, you recently called China's economy a "ticking time bomb." Do you believe the country's slowdown could risk destabilizing the global economy or causing China to be more aggressive defensively, including with [...]
BIDEN: Look, I think China has a difficult economic problem right now for a whole range of reasons that relate to the international growth and lack thereof and the—the policies that China has followed. And so, I—I don't think it's going to cause China to invade Taiwan. And matter of fact, the opposite—it probably doesn't have the—the same capacity that it had before. But as I said, I'm not—we're not looking to hurt China, sincerely. We're all better off if China does well—if China does well by the international rules. It grows the economy.

But they have had some real difficulty in terms of their economy of late, particularly in real estate. Asi—that end of the bargain. And I think the actions that they're going to have to take are ones that are—they're in the process of deciding right now. And I'm not going to predict what—what—what way it will come out. But we're not looking to decouple from China.

What I'm not going to do is I'm not going to sell China material that would enhance their capacity to make more nuclear weapons, to engage in defense activities that are contrary to what is viewed as most people would think was a positive development in the region. And—but we're not trying to hurt China.

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punchline | India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor is a geopolitical pipe dream, 18 Sep
The gusto with which the United States co-opted the idea of an India - Middle East - Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) during the recent G20 Summit should not come as a surprise. It brings to mind an astounding natural phenomenon in the northern desert of Saudi Arabia—a little purple flower that blooms very rarely, nicknamed in Arabic as 'wild lavender,' lasting only for a fortnight an entire year.

The IMEC is an old idea that the US is claiming as its brainwave. How enduring Washington's attention span will be time only can tell. The US motivations are not hard to seek:
• In geopolitical terms, the US is interfering with the regional reconciliation under way—Saudi-Iranian, Saudi-Turkish, Syria's return to Arab family, Lebanon—by herding its traditional allies to instead bond with Israel.
• Slow down the Gulf region's gravitation toward Eurasian integration and BRICS.
• Isolate Egypt, Iran, and Turkey who are increasingly aligned with Russia [BRICS, SCO].
• Make Haifa Port viable by generating business and making it a transportation hub between West Asia and Europe.
Suffice to say, it is sheer baloney that China will lose sleep over the IMEC lest it spelt doom for the Belt and Road. In reality, the IMEC is peanuts compared to China's proposed $57.7 billion plan to construct a 1,860-mile (3028 km) rail system connecting Pakistan's port of Gwadar to the Chinese city of Kashgar [CPEC 14.9.23] in Xinjiang, which will be its most expensive Belt and Road Initiative to date and will also extend to additional train systems connecting China to Turkey [, Azerbeijan,] and Iran, significantly opening up direct access to the regions.

The Sinophobic Indian analysts are ecstatic that IMEC will put paid to BRI. They are clueless about the sheer depth and vastness of the two IMEC heavyweights'— Saudi and Emirati [.AE]—bilateral relations with China.

silkroadbriefing | The Proposed India-Middle East Corridor Is Set to Reshape Eurasian Connectivity, But Challenges Will Persist, 11 Sep
... The embrace of the IMEC does not mean that India and the Gulf Countries are prioritizing this initiative over the others. In fact, they are actively working with Russia on advancing the International North-South Transport Corridor [INSTC 11.09.23] and in case of the Gulf monarchies closer trade and economic ties with China are also pursued. Indeed, trade relations between Russia and India and Russia and the Gulf countries have increased exponentially since early 2022. The first Russia-Saudi Arabia direct freight train arrived in Jeddah via the North-South corridor [INSTC 03.08.23] just last month....
Turkiye Proposes 'Iraq Development Road' As Alternative To The G20* Proposed 'India-Middle-East-Europe' Route, 10 Sep
As we predicted in our analysis of the G20 proposed 'India-Middle-East-Europe Corridor' (IMAC), push back against the proposal has already begun. The Turkish President, speaking almost immediately after the G20 summit last week has stated that "There can be no corridor without Turkiye" and that "the most appropriate route for trade from east to west must pass through Turkiye"....
* G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; AR, BR, CN, ID, IN, KR, MX, RU, TR, SA, ZA
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 02:45:49 AM EST
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Magnificent report ... perhaps the U.S. could advance with old colonial power France a BRI across sub-Saharan nations from Guinea to Ethiopia ... the EU could pitch some billions to development projects in Africa to counter the migration of desperate people. Better spend money than proxy war in Ukraine and a step towards peace ... a lost continent.

In April 2023, the number of countries that have joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China is 148*. Accordingly,

* or 149 incl. Palestine. What will the Jewish State of Israel think about that ...

Closer to home, perhaps the US should invest in a deepened Panama Canal.

'Sapere aude'

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EV Battery Factory Will Require So Much Energy It Needs A Coal Plant To Power It, 22 Sep inflation reduction act transition EROI
A $4 billion Panasonic electric vehicle battery factory in De Soto, Kansas, will help satisfy the Biden administration's efforts to get everyone into an EV. It also will help extend the life of a coal-fired power plant.

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Panasonic broke ground on the facility last year. The Japanese company was slated to receive $6.8 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act, which has been pouring billions into electric vehicles and battery factories as part of its effort to transition America away from fossil fuels.

The Kansas City Star reports that the factory will require between 200 and 250 megawatts of electricity to operate. That's roughly the amount of power needed for a small city.

In testimony to the Kansas City Corporation Commission, which is the state's equivalent of the Wyoming Public Service Commission, a representative of Evergy, the utility serving the factory, said that the 4 million-square-foot Panasonic facility creates "near term challenges from a resource adequacy perspective," according to the newspaper. As a result, the utility will continue to burn coal at a power plant near Lawrence, Kansas, and it will delay plants to transition units at the plant to natural gas.

climateandcommunity.org | A Green New Deal for Transportation, Feb 2022, 36 pp plus cover
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,  2021 "centerpiece" 15-minute pilot project financing

nlc.org | Exploring the 15-Minute City Concept and Its Potential for Communities of All Sizes, 13 June 2023: "The concept integrates transportation planning, urban design, mixed-used development, safety on streets and sidewalks, with policy making and the real-life experiences of residents to allow for more freedom of mobility and increased opportunity."

by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 11:52:09 PM EST
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Argentina    ARG    Latin America & Caribbean    High income    February 6, 2022
reuters | Argentina inflation hits 124% as cost-of-living crisis sharpens, 14 Sep 2023
heraldstandard | U.S. judge orders Argentina to pay $16 billion for expropriation of YPF, 15 Sep
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 01:57:33 PM EST
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The Ban Mobile convoy in Tràng Tiên Street, Hanoi, on September 11

vnexpress.net | New Viet Nam-US relationship means more 'strategic' foreign policy, 11 Sep

Tran Nam Tien, a lecturer from the Department of International Relations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in HCMC, said the partnership is in the highest category of foreign policy relationships Viet Nam fosters with other nation. He said the U.S. partnership demonstrates the U.S.'s awareness regarding the "strategic" factor in its relations with other countries.
Viet Nam therefore established the "comprehensive partnership" concept as a framework to begin strategic cooperation. Viet Nam later established comprehensive partnerships with 12 countries, including the U.S., to highlight the positive aspects of international collaboration and continue to foster trust, Tien said. He said Viet Nam's foreign policy mindset is not about making security issues the top priority in a strategic partnership, but its main goal is for the partnership to also serve its other two major priorities: prosperity and international standing. The goal of deepening relationships with other countries is to progress swiftly in all three of these fields.
The U.S. seemingly realized that not all partners want to focus on security and defense as the singular or highest priority basis for bilateral relations to reach the strategic level. As such, the U.S. wants to establish new more egalitarian partnerships with other nations in which military and security operations do not take center stage.
Tien said the new relationship was also significant because the U.S. is only the fourth major country Viet Nam has established a comprehensive strategic partnership with. The country harbors this level of relations with only three major countries: China, Russia, and India. It has also established such relations with South Korea.

"Strategic relations with all four major countries will bring Viet Nam great opportunities for development, spreading influence, and diversifying cooperation," he said. "A comprehensive strategic partnership with the U.S., along with dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, would ensure that Viet Nam would keep its balance more effectively in its relationships with all countries, especially amid today's complex international competition."

tuoitre.vn | Tổng thống Mỹ Joe Biden thăm Việt Nam, 10-11 Sep 2023
by Cat on Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 02:11:58 AM EST
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BIDEN...But I tell you what, I don't know about you, but I'm going to go to bed.
Q: What did you talk about with Mr. Li? You said you spoke to the number two from China, who wa—in India today?
BIDEN: Yeah, we ta—
Q: What did you talk about with him?
BIDEN: We talked about what we talked about at the conference overall. We talked about stability. We talked about making sure that the Third World—the —excuse me—"Third World"—the—the—the Southern Hemisphere had access to change, it had access—We—it wasn't confrontational at all. He came up to me. He said (inaudible)—
JEAN-PIERRE: Thank—thank you, everybody.
XXXX: trending social media "take-aways".

Note perplexed US American reactions to "third world" geography as this, as well as "banana republic," is a pejorative phrase to connote the incompetence of democratically elected figures' administration of the world's wealthiest nation and athoritarian threats to middle-class prosperity and, depending on phase of moon, vulnerable people.

Note MUSIC CUE UP. Described as "jazz" by the comedian, the hushed ambiance of the setting and first few piano bars are strongly reminscent of "Mister Roger's Neighbor" theme music.

by Cat on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 01:09:15 AM EST
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GT |Plan to boost local currency settlement among SCO countries underway, 12 Sep
...At the EEF [Eastern Economic Forum] on Monday, SCO Deputy Secretary-General Sohail Khan disclosed that the SCO has listed scaling-up local currency settlement among its member countries on its agenda, indicating progress toward a plan envisioned at the SCO Samarkand Summit in 2022, Russian news portal Sputnik reported on Monday....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on September 21, 2023
AFP: Russian President Vladimir Putin told Foreign Minister Wang Yi in St. Petersburg yesterday that he had accepted President Xi's invitation to visit China next month. Can you provide any information on when specifically this visit will happen?
Mao Ning: The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in October this year. China and BRI partners are in close communication on this. We will officially release information in due course. We welcome countries and partners engaged in Belt and Road cooperation to come to Beijing, explore more possibilities for cooperation and achieve development together.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin Meets with Wang Yi, 21 Sep
...Vladimir Putin said that the current changing international landscape has fully testified to President Xi Jinping's strategic judgment on changes unseen in a century. With concerted efforts of Russia, China and other parties, BRICS successfully expanded its membership this year to elevate the BRICS cooperation to a new level. Russia is ready to maintain close coordination with China within such multilateral frameworks as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO] and the BRICS mechanism, to reject unipolar hegemony and bloc confrontation, and safeguard international fairness and justice....
Russia names countries admitted to foreign exchange market, 21 Sep
Russia has unveiled a list of "friendly and neutral" countries allowed to trade on the country's currency exchange market, which was previously closed to foreigners. The order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and published on the Cabinet website on Thursday. "Friendly and neutral" refers to states have not signed up to Western sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
MOX32 (2023): AM, AE, AZ, BD, BH, BR, BY, CN, CU, DZ, EG, ID, IN, IR, KG, KZ, MA, MO, MY, OM, PK, QA, RS, SA, TJ, TH, TM, TR, UZ, VN, VZ, ZA
Previously, only Russian residents could participate in domestic foreign exchange trading. However, most of them lacked the opportunity to supply liquidity in national currencies in the required volumes, which limited the amount of transactions, the authors of the initiative said. The prior situation also distorted the ruble's exchange rate with other national currencies, due to the recent surge in demand for transactions in those currencies. The trend started amid Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, which forced Russia to shift away from euros and dollars in cross-border trade.
G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; AR, KR, MX, BR, CN, ID, IN, RU, TR, SA, ZA | SCO (2001 NGO): AM*, AZ*, CN, IN, IR, KZ, KG, MY*, PK, RU, TJ, UZ | EaEU (2012 FTA): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU, VN*, RS* | BRICS (2009 FTA): AE, BR, CN, EG, IN, IR, RU, SA, ZA; DZ*, ID*, BD* TH*, UZ*, KZ*, TR*
telesur | Mexico To Rejoin the G77+China, 16 Sep
On Saturday, the countries taking part in the Group of 77+China Summit unanimously approved Mexico's reintegration into this intergovernmental institution. Cuba announced this decision in the final hours of the summit, which has been taking place in Havana since Friday, after all its members unanimously subscribed to the final declaration.
Havana Declaration on current development challenges: The role of science, technology, and innovation
Mexico, a founding member of the G77+China, had withdrawn from the group in 1994, following its accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Currently, the G77+China is the largest group for dialogue and coordination within the United Nations. It comprises 134 members from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 12:00:36 AM EST
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Ethiopia To Manufacture Lada Cars For The African Market, 27 Sep
Ethiopia will launch the production of Russian Lada cars on its territory for the African market, the countries Ambassador to Russia Cham Ugala Uriat has said. The move is significant as it illustrates why Ethiopia has joined BRICS - its low manufacturing cost base can assist keep production costs down while also providing access to the growing African market.

"We'll see Russian Lada cars in neighboring countries in the near future, because Avtovaz have already signed a deal with one of the Ethiopian companies" Uriat said, adding that those cars will be produced in Ethiopia. Lada make a range of SUV suitable for the African market.

In particular, Russian cars may be supplied to Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia, Uriat said, and expressed hope that the production will start in the near future....

Ethiopia's Membership Of BRICS: Consequences and Prospects
by Cat on Thu Sep 28th, 2023 at 03:45:55 AM EST
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telesur | Argentine President Fernandez Travels to the G77+China Summit, 14-16 Sep
...His agenda will begin on Friday at the Convention Palace in Havana, where the opening ceremony and the general debate will take place. Later, Fernandez will attend a dinner hosted by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the Revolution Palace.
almayadeen | G77; its history and legacy (13.09.23)
...During the heyday of international economic cooperation under the United Nations, spanning from 1964 to the late 1970s, the G77 was an active and effective force. However, as the 1980s dawned and the United Nations faced a decline, the group's influence began to wane. This was attributed to a coordinated attack on the United Nations by major developed nations, undermining its role as a forum for meaningful negotiations....
The summit, whose motto is "Current Development Challenges: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation", will conclude on Saturday with a plenary session and the presentation of the final declaration.
The G77+China, which is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries within the United Nations, brings together countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In this group, however, Mexico and Russia do not participate. Currently, it is made up of 134 countries, which represent 80 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the UN members....
Axel Springer | Macron skips UN General Assembly amid busy diplomatic schedule, 15 Sep
Macron is not alone. Other heavyweights aren't showing up to the ["]global diplo fest["] either.
• Xi
• Putin
• Sunak
• Modi
• Macron
"Macron has just been at the G20 summit. He will have done a lot of foreign policy, so there's a question of balance and time," said a French minister, who was granted anonymity to candidly discuss a sensitive topic. "The other point of UNGA is to make a big speech, but there hasn't been an overhaul of French foreign policy so there's no need to do one every year," the minister added. The French president also has his own diplomatic initiatives he wants to breathe life into, such as his New Global Financial Pact that he hopes to gather support for.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* will be attending this year's General Assembly, hoping to gather support beyond its Western allies for its [Jeddah] 10-point peace plan [NSA "working groups"], an initiative Paris has energetically supported. According to a senior French diplomat, the president's absence doesn't dent that support. "It's not because the president isn't going, that French diplomacy stops," he said. However, the decision may suggest shifts in the way France sees the world and where it should invest its diplomatic energy.
cnn | French ambassador is being 'held hostage at the French embassy' in Niger, says Macron (15.09.23)
...Speaking to journalists during a visit to the Côte D'Or region in France on Friday, Macron said that "food was prevented from being delivered" to the embassy in Niamey, and that the ambassador was "eating military rations." The ambassador, Sylvain Itte, "cannot go out, he is persona non grata and he is being refused food," Macron also said....
"The U.N. is running out of steam, losing visibility, who knows nowadays who the U.N secretary-general is?" asked a former French official, who like others quoted here was granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic, noting a "shift in the world's center of gravity" toward the east and the south.
archive Macron asks for invitation to BRICS summit, Russia Blocks France to BRICS Summit, Macron Defiant: Ambassador Itté Stays in Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
This summer, Macron tried to get an invitation to the BRICS summit in South Africa, and over the past years, France has increasingly invested in Asian forums such as APEC or ASEAN [or EAS or PBP, FRDP, PRP, SPREP, DFAT, PREC, PACRES, SPC or IPEF or wtf].
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cnn | Biden and Zelensk* address UN General Assembly, 21 Sep 2022
voa | Biden to Rally Support for Ukraine at UN Amid Global South Concerns, 15 Sep 2023
In addition to the Netanyahu sit down, Biden is scheduled to address the General Assembly Tuesday, where [Jake] Sssullivan said "he will lay out for the world the steps that he and his administration have taken to advance a vision of American leadership that is built on the premise of working with others to solve the world's most pressing problems," before meeting with the presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. On Wednesday, Biden will meet with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, joining the Brazilian leader for an event with labor leaders from both countries.
archive G77 plus China summit
by Cat on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 08:34:25 PM EST
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The U.N. is running out of steam, losing visibility, who knows nowadays who the U.N secretary-general is?" asked a former French official noting a "shift in the world's center of gravity" toward the east and the south.

By-passing the United Nations and avoiding the Security Council ... following the John Bolton doctrine

    In a recent interview with the London Daily Telegraph, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton described the U.N. as hope- lessly out of touch and stuck in a Twilight Zone-style "time warp" where "there are practices, attitudes and approaches that were aban- doned 30 years ago in much of the rest of the world."

Biden specifically advances bi-lateral agreements and military treaties beyond international organizations and Western alliances.

U.S. Foreign Policy bilateral agreements and military ties outside NATO Poland - Romania - Ukraine

U.S. Seeks to Build Network of Like-Minded Nations in Indo-Pacific | Sept. 29, 2022 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 10:05:43 PM EST
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fart in the general direction of UNSC resolutions, again, wade into Made in America mendacity heaped on calumny waving NEW! old rules-based order receipts (ROBR).

UK, France, and Germany refuse to lift sanctions on Iran under nuclear deal in Managing Decay

RU and CN to ROW: ROBRs are worthless!

Can barely commit 24 hours of publicity to "a values-based approach but without paternalism"

For example, earlier this year the Foreign Office's social media team used a leopard emoji in reference to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to South Africa. Many accused the German ministry of perpetuating stereotypes about the continent.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has also drawn attention to the relational difficulties in recent weeks. According to German independent journalism start-up Table Media, at an ambassadors' conference she quoted an African diplomat as saying: "When we speak with China, we get an airport; when we speak with Germany, we get a lecture."

The measures that Germany announced at the summit show that this message has also been received by Berlin's decision-makers. In the renewable energy sector, for example, both sides could profit. [British] Kenya, with support from Germany, will in future be able to produce green hydrogen to make fertilizer and thereby contribute to food security in East Africa. One of the world's largest facilities for green hydrogen is due to be built in the Namibian [!] town of Lüderitz—with German involvement. Some of the hydrogen produced there would then be exported to Germany.

[..."Shifting Sands" Schulze: 'We need a solution from within the region' - VIDEO ...]

Breaking away from values-led foreign policy?

When the interests correspond, such as with climate protection, a partnership it almost guaranteed. However, how will the parties conduct themselves where the values of the German government and some African partners are not aligned, such as women's or LGBTQ rights? Does Germany's new humility mean breaking away from values-based foreign policy?

Implications for African countries of a carbon border adjustment mechanism in the EU, 75 pp EU-ETS value chain enlargement 2023
...Both the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) provisions on compulsory licensing and technology transfer could enable African countries to access EST ["environmentally sound technologies"].
WHERE are muh mf vaccines, GAVI?
However, it would be imperative for African countries to build a coalition with developing countries and LDCs to seek clarifications on the applicability of compulsory licensing to EST, and/or a review of the appropriateness of existing restrictions in compulsory licensing provisions as applied to EST. With regards to technology transfer of EST, African LDCs must adopt a proactive stance and identify the types of technologies that would be critical to enable a green transition, with a focus on technologies relevant to greening products covered by the CBAM. Focus on strengthening monitoring commitments would be another way to enhance implementation of TRIPS [!] flexibilities.
Earlier in the process of designing the CBAM, an exemption for least developed countries (LDCs) and vulnerable economies was considered by the EU.16 This was emphasised as crucial by analysts and stakeholders for protecting LDCs (and small island developing states, or SIDS), which were argued to pose little comparative risk of carbon leakage and so have little impact on the environmental benefits of the CBAM.17 That could have reduced the impact of the measure on the 33 African countries that are LDCs. However, by May 2022 the LDC exclusion had been dropped from the report of the EU Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the regulation establishing the CBAM. Instead, the European Parliament called for the EU to 'provide financial support [loans], at least equivalent in financial value to the revenues generated by the sale of CBAM certificates, to support least developed countries' efforts towards the decarbonisation of the manufacturing industries'.18 More recently, the EU statement to the 73rd UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, in February 2023, noted that the EU support 'could include technical and financial assistance to support climate mitigation and adaption in LDCs'.19 Concrete commitments to LDCs affected by the CBAM are yet to be made....
archive sorry not sorry ancient history, Humble potato 'must go to Africa', Wrong claim. Wrong venue. Wrong "race", European Holocaust
by Cat on Sun Sep 17th, 2023 at 12:41:33 AM EST
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Clash of Civilizations long overdue  ... oh no, it's NOT ⁉️

The European Union is "civilized" the Garden or considered Paradise, the Barbarians are trying to breach its borders from the Jungle ... a statement from the top diplomat of the EU ... roots in the regime of Francesco Franco ... historic brainwashed led to believe 200 years of exceptionalism of Portugal and Spaan ... key year 1492 the Inquisition by the Catholic Church. Spanish victory over the Moors and Jews.

The Wall: Make Europe Great Again | Feb. 10, 2023 |

Reply to interesting post by Cat ...

Three heads of the G7 "messaging system"

On the African continent and Western colonialism ...

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has also drawn attention to the relational difficulties in recent weeks. According to German independent journalism start-up Table Media, at an ambassadors' conference she quoted an African diplomat as saying: "When we speak with China, we get an airport; when we speak with Germany, we get a lecture [primacy Green FM Annalena Baerbock]."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 17th, 2023 at 05:24:36 AM EST
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S&P Global | EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism to raise $80B per year by 2040, 24 Feb 2023
The EU has agreed to implement a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) as a long-term alternative to the issuance of EU Emissions Trading System free allocations to covered EntITiEs. Europe's aim is to prompt its industries to decarbonize without being undercut by imports facing no carbon cost.

From 2026, EU importers of power, iron and steel, cement, fertilizer, aluminum, hydrogen, and some polymers will be required to surrender CBAM certificates (equivalent to the prevailing EU carbon price) to match emissions associated with their production. Discounts [?!] may be provided where carbon prices in host jurisdictions are already paid.
EU policymakers agree on final design of EU CBAM; monitoring report and verification of emissions to commence from Oct. 1, 2023

The EU has agreed on the design of a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) as a long-term replacement to EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) free allocations to industrial EntITiEs covered under that cap-and-trade program. Importers of energy-intensive materials or products [excluding "critical mineral"?] to the EU will need to surrender certificates to match emissions from their production. Producers from countries [?] where there is a carbon price will pay only the difference between the EU and their cost of carbon. Importers of power, iron and steel, cement, fertilizer, aluminum, hydrogen, some polymers, and a few sub-products of iron and steel will need to buy certificates to match their emissions. CBAM certificates will be required for < wipes tears > direct emissions and indirect emissions; however, clarity over how the latter will apply to selected products remains subject to further technical details to be provided by the European Commission.

inna consumer-free world
Refined products, such as petroleum products and LNG, were considered but were not covered within the initial scope of the CBAM. CBAM before the end of 2027, allowing for possible further sectoral scope expansion in the future.

The methodology of the EU CBAM will categorize products into "simple goods," meaning goods produced by materials and fuels that have zero embedded emissions, and "complex goods," meaning goods other than simple goods, where embedded emissions in materials and fuels used in production will also be covered by the CBAM. To calculate embedded emissions (within selected goods), the EU describes a specific embedded emissions methodology in the legislation, with the final details expected to be released following approval of the measure by the European Council and European Parliament in the coming months. To determine CO2 emissions from electricity, a CO2 emissions factor will be determined using CO2 emissions data from the electricity sector, divided by the gross electricity generation based on fossil fuels in the relevant geographic area. Where actual emissions cannot be adequately determined by the authorized CBAM declarant, default values shall be used, set at the average emission intensity of the exporting country increased by a "proportionately designed mark up."

by Cat on Sun Sep 17th, 2023 at 04:31:48 PM EST
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It's taken decades. EU policymakers have at last UNDERSTOOD the memo.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 02:37:04 PM EST
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Can vacuums slow global warming? Administration bets $1.2 billion on it., 11 Aug
(complimentary head transplant with each purchase)
by Cat on Sun Sep 17th, 2023 at 04:46:43 PM EST
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lemonde editorial | France-Sahel relations: Culture should build bridges, not walls, 15 Sep "soft power" abaya ban "influence"
Confusion, clumsiness and amalgams are undoubtedly what relations between France and the Sahel region of West Africa, soured by a series of military putsches fanning the flames of hostility against Paris, need least. Yet these are the unwelcome ingredients of the instructions sent out on Monday, September 11, by the French Culture Ministry's regional directorates to public drama and choreography centers.

The terse message orders the suspension of "all cooperation projects" with Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as "all financial support" to these countries. "No invitations should be extended to any nationals of these countries," the document states.

Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak attempted to quell the controversy sparked by the document's publication on Thursday, September 14, and to respond to protests from cultural unions by declaring that France "never boycotts artists, anywhere." President Emmanuel Macron himself sought to clear up the "confusion" by stating that cultural actions were stopped "in the Sahel but not here." But the damage has been done. The message lends credence to the idea that Paris is severing cultural ties with three countries in retaliation for the ["]power grabs["] by military juntas hostile to France.
First of all, such decisions appear paradoxical, given that diplomatic relations with these three countries have in no way been broken off—France is even < wipes tears > maintaining its ambassador to Niger, even as the junta demands his departure.

lemonde | Burkina expels French defense attaché for 'subversive activities', 15 Sep zombie
Burkina Faso's foreign ministry has notified France of the expulsion of the embassy's military attaché for "subversive activities", in the latest sign of failing relations between the former allies. In a letter seen by Agence France Presse (AFP) on Friday, September 15, the ministry warned that attaché Emmanuel Pasquier and his team had two weeks to leave the Sahel nation, which underwent two military coups last year. The letter added that the French military mission in Ouagadougou would be closed.

France, which withdrew troops from its former colony in the face of mounting hostility after Captain Ibrahim Traoré seized power in September 2022, rejected the accusation. "The accusation of subversive activities is obviously fanciful," a foreign ministry spokesperson told AFP in Paris. France recalled its ambassador from Ouagadougou after the September coup and has not replaced the envoy.

Prigozhin's BFF "General Armageddon" spotted in Algeria, 15 Sep A/V (EN)
archive the Algerian Government's counterterrorism efforts and opposition to ECOWAS proxy war on Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
by Cat on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 10:58:26 PM EST
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F24 | Notorious Russian general, master spy duo organise in Africa after Prigozhin's demise, 20 Sep
Yunus-bek Yevkurov, Russia's Deputy Defence Minister, and Andrei Averyanov, a notorious general from the GRU military intelligence agency, touched down in Bamako, Mali, on Saturday, September 16.  They were slated to meet political leaders from Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, according to local media and various sources on Telegram.
Diplomatic finesse is arguably not Averyanov's strong suit. General Averyanov is best known for having led the GRU's infamous 29155 unit, which specialises in covert operations like sabotage and assassination. Spies from this unit are suspected of having blown up an ammunition depot in the Czech Republic in 2014, attempting to stage a pro-Serbian coup in Montenegro in 2016, and the attempted poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal [!] in 2018.
More openly official support

Is all of this enough for the Kremlin to hand the keys to Wagner's kingdom in Africa to the duo? According to the experts interviewed by FRANCE 24, they will play a role, but not as sole operators. Yevkurov and Averyanov embody, as representatives of the Russian state, a move from the semi-clandestine operations and relations carried out by Wagner to more open relations with the African regimes in place. "It's no longer hybrid warfare but official support. They show that communication is continuing with Russia, but now through official channels," says [Bonn RU specialist Andreas] Heinemann-Gruder.

But this does not mean that the structures set up by Wagner will simply be absorbed by the Russian ministry of defence. Wagner's very decentralised model is still useful to Moscow, because "it's easier to adapt to local situations. What is happening in Mali is not what is happening in the Central African Republic," says [New Lines Institute Africa specialist Riley] Moeder. The situation in Mali, with its imperative to fight terrorism, has little in common with the nature of operations in the Central African Republic, where Wagner's main aim is to secure lucrative mining activities. ...

sooo...what is happening in the CAR?
africanews AFP | Central African Republic sentences ex-president Bozizé to life imprisonment, 22 Sep in absentia
...Mr. Bozizé, 76, a refugee in Chad until March 2023, when he went into exile in Guinea-Bissau, is the coordinator of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), the main Central African rebel coalition formed in December 2020 and which is waging a guerrilla war in the north of the country....
archive Chad Covert Coup and Saharan Insecurity and Walter Rodney in Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
by Cat on Sat Sep 23rd, 2023 at 06:22:33 PM EST
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Pakistanis Burning Their Electricity Bills

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 07:46:45 PM EST
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Food costs take a toll as annual inflation up 27.4pc year-on-year in August | Dawn News |

The August data from PBS showed a slight easing from July's 28.3pc inflation rate, but food inflation remained elevated at 38.5pc with the year-on-year increase in non-perishable food items at 42.79pc and 12.69pc for perishable food items.

Annual consumer inflation in urban and rural areas increased to 25pc and 30.9pc year-on-year, respectively.

Authorities raised petrol and diesel prices to record highs on Friday. The worsening economic conditions, along with rising political tensions, have triggered sporadic protests.

The Jamaat-i-Islami has called for a countrywide strike on Saturday in response to higher power tariffs. Ordinary citizens say they are struggling to make ends meet.

Bank employee Waseem Ahmed, speaking at a petrol station in Islamabad, said the middle classes were being crushed.

"More than 60 to 70pc of my salary is spent on bills and petrol. Where will we get basic staples from? This is why people are contemplating suicide," he told Reuters.

Transcript of the Weekly Media Briefing by the Spokesperson on Friday 01 September 2023

The Russian Ambassador to India was quoted as saying that Moscow is aware of the reports that Pakistan is providing weapons to Ukraine to aid its war against Russia. He said that if reports are confirmed, it amounts to explicit anti Russia actions which cannot be ignored. What is your comment on this comment by the Russian Ambassador? (Anas Mallick, Capital TV)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 09:30:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 07:10:21 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:03:11 AM EST

Labor Day recess for the US Congress ironically casts doubts o'er the liberated budget cap
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 11:37:14 AM EST
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• The Don Cheeto (R)
Nikki Two-Tones (R)
calls US Senate 'most privileged nursing home in the country'...
• Perry WUT? (R)
• not that Scott, the other one (R)
Asa (R)
told Bloomberg Radio that the party risks picking someone who can't appear on the ballot and can't serve because of the 14th Amendment....
• dont-say-de-Santis (R)
Dakato Doug Tech (R)
ads are set to run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 24, the day ahead of debate qualification....
• Miami, Suarez (R)
• Texass Hurd (R)
Vivek WHO? (R)
wants to cede territory taken by Russia in eastern Ukraine in return for Moscow exiting its military alliance with China. He would also block Ukraine's candidacy to the Western security alliance NATO and end U.S. sanctions on Russia....
• Marianne (D)
• RFK, Jr (D)
Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (G)
says the Democratic Party is 'beyond redemption'...
by Cat on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 01:37:06 PM EST
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Gadsen flag
The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden, a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress and brigadier general in the Continental Army who designed the flag in 1775 during the American Revolution. He gave the flag to Commodore Esek Hopkins, and it was unfurled on the main mast of Hopkins' flagship USS Alfred on December 20, 1775.
Proceedings in the Rhode Island Inferior Court of Common Pleas in the Case of Esek Hopkins vs. Richard Marven and Samuel Shaw, June 15, 1778
Two days later, Congress made Hopkins commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy. He adopted the Gadsden banner as his personal flag, flying it from the mainmast of the flagship while he was aboard. The Continental Marines also flew the flag during the early part of the war.
wapoo | The disgraced Confederate history of the 'Don't Tread on Me' flag
The episode comes from a chapter that's usually overlooked in the history of the Gadsden flag, which has reemerged as a provocative antigovernmental [sic] symbol. Republican lawmakers from the tea party movement claimed the flag in their fight against federal overreach. Far-right extremists carried it in Charlottesville and at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Today, "Don't Tread on Me" license plates are available from Virginia to Florida to Arizona, with Iowa this year proposing one of its own.
tabloid USAToday | New Hampshire primary fight has Biden Democrats plotting write-in campaign to keep him from losing
With the filing deadline in New Hampshire fast-approaching and national Democrats weighing penalties that would effectively keep President Joe Biden off the state's primary ballot, an ad hoc group of his backers are rallying support for a write-in effort to prevent him from losing the contest.

The loosely organized group includes respected former party officials who are preparing to step in with the Democratic National Committee declining, so far, to back down from a pledge to punish presidential candidates who campaign in states that buck the party's primary order.

Campaigning is defined, in the Biden-backed rules that were formally adopted by the DNC earlier this year, as appearing on the ballot in states that jump the line. New Hampshire has traditionally had the first presidential primary, and in keeping with state law, it is expected break the Democratic Party's rules and do so again.

With the prospect of a fringe candidate such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., winning New Hampshire, Democrats in the state have begun plotting an < wipes tears > independent effort to support Biden. At a meeting of Manchester Democrats last weekend, former New Hampshire party chair Kathy Sullivan said she told attendees, "It's important that we all show up and write in Joe Biden's name if his name is not on the ballot."

archive Whistleblower Protection Under U.S. Constitution [sic] In 1778, a bigger psycho-therapist, Articles of Confederation, ## Ancestor worship is not well understood
by Cat on Thu Sep 14th, 2023 at 01:33:36 PM EST
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Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
vowed Sunday to follow former President Trump "around the country" if the former president does not debate.
by Cat on Thu Sep 14th, 2023 at 02:00:31 PM EST
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Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (GI)
announced Thursday he will run as an independent candidate in the 2024 presidential election, abandoning his campaign for the Green Party's nomination amid criticism from some leading leftists.
by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 02:54:08 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Pelosi Says She Will Seek Re-election in 2024, 8 Sep
Since stepping down from leadership last year, Ms. Pelosi, 83, has kept people guessing about her plans. Many were surprised to see her stay in Congress, but she has relished her lower profile as a rank-and-file member with emeritus [sic] status, offering advice on an as-needed basis to her party's new leadership team in the House. Some Democrats have speculated that she would leave Congress before the end of her term, potentially clearing the way for her daughter Christine Pelosi, a party activist and Democratic National Committee executive committee member ["superdelegate"], to run for her seat.
archive California Attachment Disorder Weekly REPORTS, Hag Watch Int'l retirement planning

thehill | Pelosi on whether Harris is best running mate for Biden: 'He thinks so', 14 Sep

"She's, of course, values-based, consistent with the president's values and the rest," she added. Pelosi praised her fellow California Democrat's ability to make her case to voters about why she is the right candidate for a given position, saying, "People shouldn't underestimate what Kamala?! Harris brings to the table."

"People don't understand. She's politically astute. Why would she be vice president if she were not?" she continued. "But when she was running for attorney general in California, she had 6 percent in the polls—6 percent in the polls. And she politically astutely made her case about why she would be good, did her politics, and became attorney general."

by Cat on Thu Sep 14th, 2023 at 02:18:50 PM EST
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Westinghouse goes to Saudi Arabia

wsj | Israel Considers Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Program Under Potential Normalization Deal, 2020 Sep

Israeli officials are quietly working with the Biden administration on a polarizing proposal to set up a U.S.-run, uranium-enrichment operation in Saudi Arabia as part of a complex three-way deal to establish official diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern countries, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.
Netanyahu's instruction for Israeli officials to begin negotiations is the clearest sign yet that the Israeli prime minister is willing to allow Saudi Arabia to advance its nuclear ambitions, even though critics say such a move could accelerate an arms race in the region.

While the Biden administration is crafting plans for a U.S.-run, uranium-enrichment system in Saudi Arabia as an option to address the kingdom's push to establish its own nuclear program, U.S. officials cautioned they are considering other alternatives. President Biden has yet to sign off on the idea of allowing uranium enrichment in Saudi Arabia, according to the people familiar with the matter.

archive CIA, NSA, Cyber Command, GCHQ, Unit 8200, PRISM, TAO, Olympic Games, Natanz PLCs and centrifuges  in Whodunnit,
Experts say there might be safeguards that could be put in place to remotely shut down an enrichment facility—from a formal remote shutdown mechanism to systems that speed up the centrifuges to the point where they break. However, there is no foolproof system for shutting down a facility remotely that can't be tampered with and potentially blocked by those who physically control the location, say nuclear experts.
by Cat on Thu Sep 21st, 2023 at 03:41:26 PM EST
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Ahh ... a Stuxnet implant

Suite of Sophisticated Nation-State Attack Tools Found With Connection to Stuxnet | Wired - Feb. 16, 2015 |

They say the suite of surveillance platforms, which they call EquationLaser, EquationDrug and GrayFish, make this the most complex and sophisticated spy system uncovered to date, surpassing even the recently exposed Regin platform believed to have been created by Britain's GCHQ spy agency and used to infiltrate computers belonging to the European Union and a Belgian telecom called Belgacom, among others.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 21st, 2023 at 04:20:50 PM EST
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GCHQ 2000 is calling.


Rabbani estimates that he's been stopped around 20 times travelling through airports. He is unequivocal that this stop felt different.

"Very early on in the questioning - without actually going through any substantial interview process - the police officers were asking about my devices," he said to me, when I interviewed him for a new feature documentary, Phantom Parrot. "They wanted access to the devices."

In a Schedule 7 interrogation, you do not have the right to remain silent; failure to respond is a potential crime. This effectively turns the refusal to disclose one's password into a potential crime, too.

Unlike many other powers, Schedule 7 can be exercised without the need for suspicion. In theory practice, anybody passing through a UK port or border can be stopped and compelled to hand over their passwords.

When the Terrorism Act was passed in 2000, British lawmakers originally envisioned Schedule 7 as a provision that would enable terrorism suspects to be questioned at the border. Even though smartphones didn't exist back then [FALSE], parliamentary debates reveal that certain lawmakers expressed concerns about the Act's invasion into civil liberties.

comment: If "certain lawmakers" were concerned in 2000, they new perfectly well that GCHQ was capable of retrieving the data that mattered from cellphones of the period: names and phone numbers. For the life of me, I can't understand why the youngest among for all the privacy paranoia and "cloud" computing "breaches" are so dense. Is it deliberate?

In 1997 I was already carrying an unlocked Motorola Timeport L70* tri-band GSM phone. T-Mobile had just entered the N.A. market. I could and did swap carrier SIM cards to avoid roaming charges in distant lands. The product info that I found today on the web is inaccurate—which is understandable, given Motorola, in particular, produced and abandoned many early LTE models in the proceeding decade—and also inexcusable.

It cost me ~ USD 600, when I bought it in NYC. The iPhone did not exist. I bought a second Motorola in the UK about 3 years later (identical GBP-denominated price) for my associate's au pair who, much to my dismay, destroyed it with a beverage in a plastic bag.

Don't remember why I've kept this useless phone. I'm looking at it now. I carried it for about 8 years, until the Li-ion battery was dead, irreplaceable, discontinued. The buttons are worn to the finish. The serial and model labels inside its carcass are illegible. The SIM cards that put the "smart" in the phone display, albeit with limited storage capacity added to the device processor and DRAM to store menu, contact numbers, and SMS operations, I long ago discarded. All that time I'd no one to text.

by Cat on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 03:14:10 AM EST
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Snowden Dealt a KO Blow to NSA-GCHQ

A 2016 ruling found that while the authorities' decision to detain Miranda was lawful, the use of Schedule 7 in his case was incompatible with the European convention on human rights. 

Lord Dyson, who made the ruling with Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Floyd, said the powers contained in schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 were flawed. It allows travellers to be questioned to find out whether they appear to be terrorists. They have no right to remain silent or receive legal advice and they may be detained for up to six hours.

But, unlike the lower court - and most importantly - the EWCA recognised that journalist activities require a higher degree of protection against the disclosure of journalistic material, which Schedule 7 failed to provide. The Court further held that such authority set out in Schedule 7 is incompatible with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in relation to journalistic material since it fails to set forth adequate safeguards. Accordingly, the judges urged the UK Parliament to introduce appropriate safeguards in anti-terrorism legislation some form of judicial or other independent scrutiny to protect the confidentiality of journalistic material.

Who fears Tik-Tok when we have GCHQ and Nine Eyes 😠

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 09:50:41 AM EST
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NSA and GCHQ rely on the Dutch in ultimate leniency to tap phones, Internet lines and use of intrusive software like Israel's Pegasus. In particular in hybrid cyber warfare against Russia as in framing the Trump political campaign ahead of the 2016 HRC debacle and intelligence attempt to impeach the newly elected president.

EU and PRISM ... related reading

National programmes for mass surveillance of personal data in EU member states and its compatibility with EU law | 14 Okt 2013 |

Archive key words | Pegasus | Verint | Burum | Dutch SIGINT |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 09:52:32 AM EST
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I will be staying in London for a fortnight and won't be blogging as frequently ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 21st, 2023 at 04:22:14 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 02:26:46 PM EST
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Learned my lesson in August 1971 under. Nixon .... carrying Travelers cheques in dollars on honeymoon ... ouch 🥹

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 03:11:56 PM EST
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Flight A'dam to LCY ... security Schiphol thorough and quick ... delay at passport check ... the computerized scans were defect ... long delay ...
In London ... poor management of mixed travelers arriving from Amsterdam ... quick lane for EU and UK travelers, Rest of the World was large majority .... after some time in line, lady mentioned US passports too can by-pass the World travelers ... hurray ... a post-Brexit delay of another 15 min. as all travelers had to go through the UK baggage scans ... tired so took a real London cabbie ... couldn't find the exact location but dropped me off close enough ...

Will be having some pleasant time with a very dear friend in London City.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2023 at 11:13:25 AM EST
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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and wife indicted on bribery charges, 22 Sep
"for the second time in 10 years"

< wipes tears >

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 02:23:45 PM EST
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Poor batting avg to become wealthy 🥲

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 03:13:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 04:42:34 PM EST
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spicy SDNY indictment, illustrated! (Don't try this at home with a smartphone)

US v NADINE MENENDEZ, a/k/a "Nadine Arslanian," WAEL HANA a/k/a "Will Hana", JOSE URIDE, and FRED DAIBES, 39 pp pdf

by Cat on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 11:40:48 PM EST
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Biden brushes off THREAT from Rt Rev Dr Cornel West despite left's warnings, 27 Sep You ain't black!
..."They ignore him at their own peril," said Nina "R U Woke" Turner, a West ally < wipes tears > who worked with him on Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign. "He is running, and that should be acknowledged and respected even if they don't like it."...
by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 03:37:07 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 02:49:39 PM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R)
highlighted her economic plan at a speech in New Hampshire Friday ahead of the second GOP presidential debate next week.

"Americans are tired of working for Washington. It's time for Washington to start working for us. That's why I'm unveiling my 'Freedom Plan'. I'll make Washington work for you, not the other way around.The American people are the only ones who will out-compete—and ultimately defeat—Communist China."

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 04:40:06 PM EST
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Or was it a flame?

... and prays it doesn't happen.

A continual surge of violence produces so many prayer events ... haven't witnessed a turn for the better ... must be a systematic error in design. At last He cometh 🙏🏽

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 01:43:25 PM EST
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Georgia, Fulton Co. Superior Ct., ORDER ENTERING SPECIAL PURPOSE GRAND JURY'S FINAL REPORT INTO COURT RECORD, 8 Sep, 28 pp including cover of which a description of customary court proceedings conducted by district attorneys (May 2022-Aug 2023), instructions to jury, a syllabus of pertinent state criminal code (bill of charges), and tally (count) of jurors' ballots to indict (Y | N | Abstain) per charge per defendant. That record (jury "report") was certified by signature (redacted) of the jury foreperson and submitted to the court. Number of "available" jurors enpaneled in the period varied from 16 (quorum) to 24.

This document does not "report" arguments, evidence, or jury deliberation.

archive Jawjaw Grand Jury Indictment - simplified


by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2023 at 09:47:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 02:41:48 PM EST
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Tulips hits close to home in the Old Country 😄
FDR and Great Recession 🙁
Trump Inc 🤥 ... ⛩️ Macao has an opening 💰


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 27th, 2023 at 06:16:05 PM EST
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dhs.gov | Homeland Threat Assessment 2024, 39 pp including cover
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Enterprise Homeland Threat Assessment reflects the insights from across the Department, the Intelligence Community, and other critical homeland security stakeholders. It focuses on the most direct, pressing threats to our Homeland during the next year and is organized into four sections. We organized this assessment around the Department's missions that most closely align or apply to these threats--public safety, border and immigration, critical infrastructure, and economic security. As such, many of the threat actors and their efforts cut across mission areas and interact in complex and, at times, reinforcing ways. Going forward, the annual Homeland Threat Assessment will serve as the primary regular mechanism for articulating and describing the prevailing terrorism threat level, which has previously been done through our issuance of National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletins. In the future, the issuance of NTAS bulletins will be reserved for situations where we need to alert the public about a specific or imminent terrorist threat or about a change in the terrorism threat level. [p iv]
by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2023 at 02:45:43 PM EST
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reuters | US exploring potential space force hotline with China, 25 Sep
The chief of space operations [Gen. Chance Saltzman] said a direct line of communication between the Space Force and its Chinese counterpart would be valuable in de-escalating tensions but that the U.S. had not yet engaged with China to establish one.
ibid. Artemis I-IV stretch goals
"What we have talked about on the U.S. side at least is opening up a line of communication to make sure that if there is a crisis, we know who we can contact," Saltzman said, adding that it would be up to President Joe Biden and the State Department to take the lead on such discussions.

The comments come as the U.S. Space Force looks into establishing a branch in Japan, as China's military ambitions in the Indo-Pacific unnverve its neighbours and the war in Ukraine spotlights the importance of < wipes tears > space capabilities in warfare.
Saltzman added that deeper cooperation with like-minded countries including Japan would be crucial in being able to monitor and understand activity in the space domain to deter China and counter 'grey zone activities' such as jamming satellite signals.

nordictimes | Musk partially hands over Starlink control to the Pentagon (16.09.23)
The Pentagon will gain control of the part of Starlink intended for use by and in Ukraine. This decision means that Musk is relieved of all responsibility for the limits and rules of use of the system.
"We have to be able to have those indications and warnings and see what they're doing and call them on the intent. Just being hypersensitive so we don't fall prey to grey zone activities," Saltzman said. The U.S. Space Force, founded in 2019, also does not have a direct line of communication with its Russian counterpart.
by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 09:00:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 11:30:51 PM EST
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S.2226 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (NDAA), KEYWORD "study", of which a slew of biomedical research propositions and the Intergovernmental Critical Minerals Task Force (SEC. 11313), wherein DOD defines
(B) Allies and partners.--The allies and partners referred to subparagraph (A) include--
(i) countries participating in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue;
(ii) countries that are--
   (I) signatories to the Abraham Accords; or
   (II) participants in the Negev Forum;
(iii) countries that are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and
(iv) other countries or multilateral partnerships the task force determines to be appropriate.
for any purpose, just in case someone on the planet is still confused where US stalkers will obtain the vibranium they do not possess.
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 01:30:16 PM EST
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defense.gov | NATO-on-NATO violence REPORTS for Washington D.C. in Syria
An American F-16 fighter aircraft shot down a Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] that had been observed conducting airstrikes in a U.S.-restricted operating zone < wipes tears > about a kilometer from U.S. forces in [Hasakah,] Syria today.
...All the three U.S. bases in Hasakah were located in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the Britain-based watchdog, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, added....
During a phone call between Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler, the two leaders discussed the incident and agreed that while it is regrettable, the focus must remain on the important mission to defeat < wipes tears > ISIS in Syria, said Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder during a media briefing today.
In addition to the phone call between Austin and Guler, newly sworn-in chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., also discussed the incident with his counterpart, Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Gen. Metin Gurak. Those two leaders discussed the U.S. and Turkey's shared objective of defeating ISIS and the importance of following common deconfliction [sic] protocols.
defense.gov | Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing, 5 Oct ISIS-seeking missile detects ...US base?
RYDER:[...] Separately, Secretary Austin also spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to review priorities for next week's NATO's Defense Ministerial in Brussels scheduled for Oct. 11 through 12. The two leaders discussed a range of transatlantic security issues focused on implementing Vilnius Summit deterrence and defense deliverables, as well as ongoing NATO operations in the Balkans and Iraq. A full readout of the call is available on defense.gov.
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
And looking ahead to next week, Secretary Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Brown will depart Washington on Tuesday for Brussels, Belgium, where they'll host an in-person meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Oct. 11.
RYDER:... It's important to point out that no U.S. forces were injured during the incident. We have no indication that—that the—that Turkey was intentionally targeting U.S. forces. And as I mentioned, the secretary did talk to his Turkish counterpart and reaffirmed our commitment to continue to closely coordinate.
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Yasar Guler
TARA: How striking < wipes tears > is it that the—I mean, Turkey's a NATO ally. And is this the first time that you can recall that a NATO ally has had to shoot down the aircraft of another NATO partner?
RYDER: Yes, I think, again, it's a regrettable incident but U.S. commanders on the ground did assess that there was a potential threat, and so they took prudent action in this scenario. But again, the secretary has talked to his counterpart. They had the opportunity to have a fruitful conversation and again commit to one another that the U.S. and Turkey will continue to closely communicate and coordinate. And—and as I mentioned, Turkey does remain a very important and valuable NATO ally and partner to the United States.

Let me go to Courtney.
COURTNEY: Did the—in the—on the phone call, did the—did the Turks vow not to do this again, not to fly their drones over U.S.—or —or you said they were dropping ordnance from the UAVs within a kilometer...
RYDER:  I said they were observed conducting airstrikes.
MATT: Thanks, Pat. So to be clear, the concern here was that that drone, you said, re-entered, got within a half kilometer that it might have launched an air to ground missile so close to U.S. forces that it could have endangered their lives?
RYDER: Again, based on the observation of air strikes being conducted and the fact that this drone was, you know, upwards of nearly half a kilometer from U.S. forces, U.S. commanders made the determination that it was a self-defense threat and so appropriate action was taken.
MATT: So how concerning is it that, as my colleague said, would—a NATO ally puts the U.S. in a position to take self-defense actions, either through negligence or—or otherwise.
RYDER: Well, look again, this is a regrettable incident and—and Secretary Austin has spoken with the Minister of Defense in Turkey and—and again, we will communicate at all levels. And so we will stay focused on the [Global Coalition to] Defeat ISIS mission in Syria. That's why we're there in the first place. And so that will continue to remain our focus.

by Cat on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 01:23:03 PM EST
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Did a write-up this morning ..,

zUS Occupation and War Over Some

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 6th, 2023 at 03:22:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 01:11:26 PM EST
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until 17 Nov 2023

H.R.5860 - Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024, and for other purposes, 30 Sep

09/30/2023    Senate    Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed, under the order of 9/30/23, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 88 - 9. Record Vote Number: 247.

09/30/2023-2:46pm    House    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 335 - 91 (Roll no. 513).

cnn | procedural crime drama, 30 Sep - 1 Oct
Concerns over Ukraine funding: The stopgap bill originally included funding for Ukraine to help Kyiv fight the full-scale invasion from Russia, but the funds were dropped after some conservatives raised objections during negotiations.

Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet briefly held up the vote on the bill after he objected over concerns about the lack of funding in it. Bipartisan members of Senate leadership released a joint statement committing to vote on further funding for Ukraine aid "in the coming weeks."

House Democratic leadership said in a statement that they expect McCarthy to bring a separate Ukraine aid bill to vote when the House returns.
Fire alarm incident
Stopgap bill is currently en route to the White House
Biden is currently on standby to sign funding bill

et cetera
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 05:01:15 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | First Abrams Tanks Arrive in Ukraine, Zelensk* Says, 25 Sep
More M1 Abrams tanks will be sent in the coming months, according to two U.S. defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. They said that those shipped into Ukraine on Saturday were the first of 31 that the Biden administration has promised to provide.

Mr. Zelensk* offered no details in a post on his Telegram channel, but U.S. officials said two platoons worth of tanks were delivered to Ukraine. That would generally amount to between eight and 10 tanks.
If they are simply sent to the front lines to try to punch through Russian defenses, General Budanov said last week in an interview with an American military news site, "they will not live very long on the battlefield. They need to be used in those breakthrough operations, but very well prepared."

Former senior American military officers say it could take some time before the Abrams are sent to the battlefield, as Ukrainian troops first ensure that they have the needed support elements and decide where and when the vehicles will be most effective. Until then, it's likely that the tanks' locations will be kept under wraps as Ukraine's forces "don't want to start losing them to precision strikes before they are actually in the fight," said Ben Hodges, a retired general who formerly commanded the U.S. Army in Europe.

archive $100/bbl fueled war budget, cockroach alerts in The cost of doing business, Abrams MBT overhaul in We Are All From Mars Now

NY Yella Cake | Ukraine's War of Drones Runs Into an Obstacle: China, 30 Sep

More than any conflict in human history, the fighting in Ukraine is a war of drones. That means a growing reliance on suppliers of the flying vehicles—specifically, China. While Iran and Turkey produce large, military-grade drones used by Russia and Ukraine, the cheap consumer drones that have become ubiquitous on the front line largely come from China, the world's biggest maker of those devices.

That has given China < wipes tears > a hidden influence in a war that is waged partly with consumer electronics. As Ukrainians have looked at all varieties of drones and reconstituted them to become weapons, they have had to find new ways to keep up their supplies and to continue innovating on the devices. Yet those efforts have faced more hurdles as Chinese suppliers have dialed back their sales, as new Chinese rules to restrict the export of drone components took effect on Sept. 1.

"We're examining every possible way to export [sic] drones from China, because whatever one may say, they produce the most there," said Mr. Maliarevych, who helps source drone supplies for his unit.

For the better part of a decade, Chinese companies such as DJI, EHang, and Autel have churned out drones at an ever-increasing scale. They now produce millions of the aerial gadgets a year for amateur photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and professional videographers far outpacing other countries. DJI, China's biggest drone maker, has a more than 90 percent share of the global consumer drone market, according to DroneAnalyst, a research group.

Yet in recent months, Chinese companies have cut back sales of drones and components to Ukrainians, according to a New York Times analysis [LOL!] of trade data

archive the replicator initiative and attributable capabilities, CNN retail sales promotion in Stalemate Endures, Pessimism Grows
by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 08:24:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 1st, 2023 at 05:06:25 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:03:40 AM EST
by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 11:39:22 AM EST
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How Do Our Prices Compare?
...It should also be noted that we offer ~5,000 low-income tickets (at $225 each) for those able to show proof of financial hardship, in order to provide access to the event to those without the financial resources to purchase a ticket at full price. For those who can afford to contribute financially, we sell a small pool of tickets for as much as $1,400 to help offset the cost of the low income program. We also gift thousands of tickets to volunteers who build the city and make the event possible....
Thank goodness, no one arrived in a MBT. Maybe.
by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 03:06:16 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Burning Man death, a lockdown and unrelenting mud overwhelm festival: Live updates
"The Pershing County Sheriff's Office said the death occurred 'during this rain event' but offered no details, including the person's identity."

tabloid USAToday | 'Don't forget about us': Maui victims struggle one month after deadly fires

It is not enough for Maui native Ashlyn Hi'ilei Ani to make sure that her family and others affected by the deadly wildfires have enough food to eat and a decent place to sleep. Her biggest worry is possibly something she can't control as the national spotlight slowly fades.
The fires killed at least 115 people, destroyed more than 2,200 structures and caused an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage. An investigation is underway to determine what initially sparked the wildfires.

Maui County filed a lawsuit against utility Hawaiian Electric Company alleging the company's failure to shut off power, despite weather service warnings, contributed to the catastrophe. The tragedy's aftermath is further compounded as authorities in Maui are near completion of the search and recovery phase.

by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 03:15:35 PM EST
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If only Uncle Sam would get on board with tax credits, too
...Along with the VC seed money, Kodama has already received $1.1 million in grants from California's forest fire agency and others, as well as purchase commitments for the carbon credits tied to the first 400 tons of trees it buries. On the open market, those credits should fetch $200 a ton. Eventually Kodama wants to cut down and bury more than 5,000 tons of trees a year....
by Cat on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 11:45:44 AM EST
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au.int | Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy (SEBE) Directorate, 2. Climate Change and Meteorology
...While recognising the differences in national contexts and circumstances, this strategy builds upon the shared challenges and opportunities for the continent. Agenda 2063 expresses a vision for the continent's future. It envisions an integrated, prosperous and peaceful African continent, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international community. Agenda 2063 emphasises that the achievement of climate-resilient economies and communities is an integral part of this vision and commits the region to play its part in supporting global climate action. The development visions and commitments expressed in Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, therefore, form the basis of the strategy.
AGENDA 2063 is Africa's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent's strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance The genesis of Agenda 2063 was the realisation by African leaders that there was a need to refocus and reprioritise Africa's agenda from the struggle against apartheid and the attainment of political independence for the continent which had been the focus of The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union; and instead to prioritise inclusive social and economic development, continental and regional integration, democratic governance and peace and security amongst other issues aimed at repositioning Africa to becoming a dominant player in the global arena.....
African Union Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2023)
This Strategy was developed with the technical and financial support from the following institutions: Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA), the European Union (EU), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Netherlands Red Cross, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and Sweden

Climate change poses unprecedented challenges to the survival of humans, animals, plant life, and ecosystems. It threatens social and economic systems, while putting development gains at risk. Relief programmes and other responses to disasters may require countries to redirect limited resources intended for other development priorities. Despite Africa having contributed less than 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it is one of the regions that are most vulnerable to climate variability and change.

F24 | Buzzword Bingo (05.09.23)
"We want to make absolutely sure we account for every single tree," said Geoffrey Mwangi, lead scientist at US-based company Wildlife Works, as the "carbon samplers" took the dimensions of another thorny specimen. The data translates into carbon credits, and millions of dollars have been made selling these to corporate giants such as Netflix and Shell looking to offset their greenhouse gas emissions and burnish their green credentials....
Von der Leyen pitches carbon pricing as key climate tool for Africa, 5 Sep
Africa's transition to < wipes tears > a lower-carbon economy would greatly benefit from setting up a carbon pricing scheme that encourages innovation, puts a price tag on pollution, and unlocks revenues that can be poured into clean energy technologies, according to the European Commission....
africaclimatesummit.org  Welcome to Africa Climate Summit & Africa Climate Week
"Climate action is not a Global North issue or a Global South issue. It is our collective challenge, and it affects all of us. We need to come together to find common, global solutions."

~ H.E President William Samoei Ruto
Plan your trip

archive EU Economy&Finance: COP27 budget, S&P Global | COP27, World POWs COP27: Kerry pitches climate finance plan, Mon Nov 5th 2012
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DW | Africa's first-ever climate change summit, 4 Sep
At the end of the summit, the "Nairobi Declaration" is expected to spell out Africa's position on climate change and how the continent intends to tackle the problem.

"The declaration paints a new narrative on how Africa intends to address various challenges relating to nature, energy, finance, transport and other very practical issues in an African context. Africa is a very green, very young continent," says [UNFCCC manager Niclas] Svenningsen. "The population will double in the next 30 years and infrastructure developments and investments will take place over the next 10 to 20 years."

F24 | 10 billion global population 'unsustainable': US climate envoy Kerry (07.06.23)
..."I've been to a number of African countries where they're very proud of their increased birth rate but the fact is, it's unsustainable for life today, let alone when you add the future numbers," Kerry said. "I'm not recommending the population go down," the 79-year-old added. "I think we have the life we have on the planet. And we have to respect life and we could do it in so many better ways than we're doing now."...

NSAarchive | Special Climate Envoy John Kerry Says "No Climate Reparations" for Developing Countries (01.08.23)
Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry stated in his July 13, 2023, testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee during a hearing on the State Department's climate agenda....

NGOs question Ruto's 'African leadership'
Florence Gichoya is part of the climate summit's supporting program. She represents the internationally active alliance of civil society organizations for access to clean energies—"Access Coalition" for short—based in Nairobi. She is hopeful about how the gathering will help expand renewable energy projects on the continent.

"We are very excited to find out what the content of the declaration will be," she told DW.

But the fact that President Ruto and his climate minister Soipan Tuya have failed to engage the civil society organizations in key discussions is already a concern, says Gichoya. "Will it reflect what Africa wants? Will it provide answers to the needs for cleaner supply energy in Africa?" she asks.

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AU Commissioner Moussa Faki Mahamat condemns predatory financial system caption contest
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The Africa Carbon Markets Initiative, a wolf in sheep's clothing, September 2023, 54 pp
...The African Carbon Market Initiative (ACMI) is a dangerous distraction for Africa from its real interests and priorities for development, energy, climate, biodiversity and resilience. The African Climate Summit must reject it. African countries are rightly demanding climate funding from polluting countries and companies in the global north, who have caused the climate crisis that is devastating African people, economy and nature. But carbon markets benefit the polluters, the fossil fuel companies, and the market brokers. It will drive pollution beyond climate limits and puts neo-colonial obstructions to the attainment of genuine African development pathways. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing that will bite back creating numerous new and serious problems while not providing any real benefits.

Carbon markets assume that western companies will continue to emit huge quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the coming decades, purchasing carbon credits to `offset' these emissions. But there is no room for the illusion of offsets in a world that has vastly exceeded safe levels of climate pollution and where polluting companies ought to be aiming for real zero emissions, not net zero, as fast as possible. Climate science is clear there is no time for pretending there is an offsetting alternative if we are to keep within the 1.5°C target or even below the unimaginable disaster of 2°C of warming.

Carbon credits are a financialisaton of African nature and the climate crisis, dealing in an imaginary commodity of tonnes of carbon 'saved'. ACMI claims its purpose is to create a market for a `high-value export commodity'. However, the two biggest winners from carbon markets are the fossil fuel companies, as it allows companies across the world to continue to burn their polluting product with impunity, and the financial brokers who buy and sell the credits with huge mark ups....

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yahoo! bloomberg | EU Pledges Help to Build African Green Bond Market, 5 Sep
"Europe has the biggest and most advanced green bond market in the world," Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, the bloc's executive, said in Nairobi on Tuesday. "We are ready to share our expertise with your teams on how to develop your own green bond markets."
South Africa paid double EU price for COVID vaccines, unredacted contracts reveal (06.09.23)
...The public release of the contracts between the South African government and four vaccine providers—Johnson & Johnson (J&J); Pfizer; the Serum Institute of India; and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—follows a court case brought by NGO Health Justice Initiative, which resulted in the South African government being forced to hand over the agreements....
Von der Leyen, who is attending the African Climate Summit in the Kenyan capital, said the EU will help Africa attract private [AKA commercial] investment [AKA debt] through its new Global Green Bond Initiative. The world's pioneer in green bond issuance since 2007, Europe has been selling record amounts since feeding to the global $2.8 trillion market, according to BloombergNEF.

Africa Needs Over $100 Billion a Year for Climate Adaptation

archive COP15: the $100 billion a year developed countries promised way back in 2009 to help the developing world cut emissions and adapt to changing climate
The European Investment Bank and EU member states will allocate €1 billion ($1.08 billion) to de-risk [!] private investments in emerging markets, which should help attract as much as €20 billion [?!] in sustainable investment, von der Leyen said.

aljazeera | African leaders seek global taxes for climate change at Nairobi summit, 6 Sep

The adoption—announced on Wednesday by the summit's convener, Kenyan President William Ruto—proposes new global taxes [AKA "carbon credits"] and reforms to international financial institutions to help fund climate change action in a declaration that will form the basis of their negotiating position at November's COP28 summit.
archive IMF | Debt-for-Climate Swaps: Analysis, Design, and Implementation
Advocates have long called for rich carbon polluters to honour long-standing [Paris!] climate pledges [!] for poorer and more vulnerable nations.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says Africa hosts [!] 60 percent of the world's best solar resources [AKA "critical minerals"], but only three percent of ["]energy investments["].
Doubling energy investment in Africa requires urgent action to bring down financing costs and boost access to capital (06.09.23)
...Lowering the cost of capital and supporting the creation of investable projects will require scaling up a range of instruments. These include the provision of more early-stage financing and greater use of tools that can reduce perceived investment risks in order to attract private capital. [...] Delivering modern energy to all Africans will require nearly USD 25 billion [!?] in spending per year to 2030, the report finds. This is a small amount in the context of global energy spending—equivalent to the investment needed to build one new LNG terminal a year. But it requires a very different type of finance, given the need for small-scale projects, often in rural areas and for consumers with limited ability to pay.
"Concessional capital [!] of around $28bn per year is needed to mobilise $90bn [!?] of private sector investment by 2030 ... a more than tenfold increase from today," the report said.
afdb.org | At Africa Climate Summit, global leaders unite to put continent at heart of fight against climate change, 6 Sep
Joining President Ruto were UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, United States Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina, and several African leaders. Faki urged for reform of the global financial architecture to meet Africa's needs of at least $1.3 billion [?!] a year to meet the sustainable development goals by 2030.
Offering Europe as an ally in efforts to close Africa's climate investment gaps, Von Der Leyen said it was "time to move from words to action." "We want to partner with you to create  < wipes tears > local value chains, to create good jobs here in Africa," she said. "We want to invest in ["smart mining"?] skills for local workers, this is crucial for the young people because the stronger you are as suppliers [!], the more Europe will diversify its supply chains toward Africa. And the more we both will de-risk [!] our economies. It's a clear win-win."
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"...Squadron of Rear Admiral S.S. Lesovsky arrived on September 29, 1863 in New York Harbor on a mission to support the US government led by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War between North and South...."

"...Aerial photography of the blown-up dam of the Dneproges, taken from a German aircraft...."

"On the morning of December 26, 2004, one of the worst natural disasters in modern history occurred: an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a series of devastating tsunamis that hit 14 countries in South Asia...."
et cetera
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usni.org | Visit of Russian Squadrons in 1863
One late September day in 1863 the Russian frigate Osliabia under the command of Captain Bourtakoff steamed into New York Harbor. The city authorities gave it the customary cordial welcome accorded to a man-of-war of a friendly nation paying a visit.

A few days later a Russian cruiser squadron commanded by Real Admiral Lessofsky and consisting of the frigates Alexander Nevsky (flagship), Peresvet, the corvets Variag and Vitiaz and the clipper Almaz cast anchor in New York Bay. This was a signal for the City Fathers to give the Russians a rousing reception. To quote the New York Daily Tribune of October 2, 1863
Another surprise awaited the American people. A few days later the telegraph flashed news from San Francisco that a squadron of Russian cruisers had passed the Golden Gate and was riding at anchor in San Francisco Bay. This unit was commanded by Rear Admiral Popoff and was made up of the following ships: The corvets Rynda, Kalevala, Bogatyr, and Novyk, and the clippers Abrek and Gaydamak.

All this happened, as stated before, in the year 1863. Northern shipping at that time was being severely ravaged by the commerce raiders of the Confederacy

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guardian | Skulls left scattered after [Kakhovka] dam breach may be from second world war
The Battle of the Dnipro (or Dnieper, in the Russian version) was the focus of one of the biggest military operations of the second world war, the Soviet army's counterattack against the German army, involving more than 6 million troops.

In late 1943, the focus was on Nikopol, on the right left bank ["west bank"] of the river, the site of metal ore mines that Hitler was determined to hold on to south of the Dnipro Dam at Zaporizh*. Today, Nikopol is a frontline town held by Ukrainians, looking across the mudflats where the [Kakhovka] Reservoir was and the [Russian] occupied ["right bank", east bank] towns of Kamianka-Dniprovska and [Ener*odar, site of the] Zaporizh* nuclear power plant.

F24 | Shock at dramatic water loss in wake of Ukraine dam blast attack, 9 Aug
..."We find fresh cluster ammunition as well as shells from the Second World War, which were washed up from the earth when the water went away. Plus, the riverbanks were mined by Russian forces who occupied the area, so going there without knowing where the mines are is dangerous. But there are people with metal detectors who still come here and try to look for Cossack treasures."...
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"The uploader has not made the video available in your country."  🥹

'Sapere aude'

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aljazeera | Why is Mexico standing up to bigger neighbours US, Canada on corn?, 22 Sep
It is illegal to grow genetically modified corn on Mexican soil. In 2020, Mexico expanded the prohibition with a decree banning all GMO corn, including imports, as of January 31, 2024, on the grounds that doing so protected its food security, its rural communities, its food heritage and the health of its people. It also announced that it would impose strict limits on the import, distribution and use of the contentious herbicide glyphosate - widely used in GMO farming - culminating in its complete ban by that date. Glyphosate is a well-known weed killer whose potential to cause cancer is the subject of heated debate.
reuters | EU executive proposes 10-year glyphosate approval extension  (20.09.23) The Commission's proposal will be put to a vote on Oct. 13 by the 27 European Union members, with a "qualified majority" [!] of 15 representing at least 65% of the bloc's population required either to support or to block the proposal. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said in a report issued in July that it had not identified "critical areas of concern" to prevent renewed approval.

archive Harvesting the EU's health union, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013

"Mexico is the centre of origin of more than 55 strains of maize. The food security policy of the Government of Mexico consists of preserving this biocultural heritage," the government said in a statement, in addition to preserving the sustainable farming practices of peasant communities. "This has to do with consolidating sovereignty and food security in a central part of Mexican culture."
The move rankled the US, which considered it an affront to the free trade rules of the region. After multiple meetings and consultations with Mexican officials, the US announced in August it would seek to establish a dispute settlement panel under the USMCA [United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement], arguing that the Mexican decree "undermines the market access" Mexico had agreed to provide. "Mexico's approach to biotechnology is not based on science and runs counter to decades' worth of evidence demonstrating its safety and the rigorous, science-based regulatory review system that ensures it poses no harm to human health and the environment," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement.
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 "Innovations in agricultural biotechnology play a key role in advancing solutions to our shared [?!] global challenges, including food and < wipes tears > nutrition insecurity, the climate crisis and the lingering effects of food price inflation [excluding food and energy]," he said.
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europarl.europa.eu | Strengthening ties: A new agenda for the EU's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean [LAC], 11 pp June 2023
The EU and LAC countries together account for 60 out of 193 United Nations member states, include seven members of the G20 [?] and are allies on many global challenges, including sustainable development, climate change and protection of biodiversity, human rights and fair and free trade. Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and US-China rivalry continue to dominate the global political and economic landscape in 2023. Challenges to the ["]multilateral rules-based global order["] are redefining strategic relations. Key states from the Global South,1 such as Brazil, Mexico, India, or South Africa, are increasinglyimportant in moves to isolate [?] Russia and to address global challenges. The EU's objective of further strengthening relations with LAC countries should also be seen in this context.
1 Although some experts are of the opinion that the term 'Global South' is misleading and not useful, as it gives the impression that the Global South is a homogenous group of nations
G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; AR, BR, CN, ID, IN, KR, MX, RU, TR, SA, ZA
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Is this NATO ChatGTP writing such complete bull ..,

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and United States-China rivalry continue to dominate the global political and economic landscape in 2023.

Challenges to the multilateral rules-based global order are redefining strategic relations. In its attempt to foster alliances, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President (HR/VP) and the European Commission adopted a joint communication setting out a new agenda for relations between the European Union and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on 7 June 2023.

To strengthen and modernise the strategic partnership, reinforced political engagement, boosted trade and investment, and more sustainable investment through the Global Gateway connectivity strategy are key priorities of the EU strategy towards the region - one of the most aligned in terms of interests, culture and values.

The Right-wing majority in EU capitals demand building walls ... the worst comments of all by EU top diplomat Josep Borrell ...

Crude Comments From Europe's Top Diplomat Point to Bigger Problems | NY Times - Oct. 17, 2022 |

Migration to Europe from wartorn Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan added to the fury from ME partners Qatar and the UAE ...

Josep Borrell as Europe's racist 'gardener'

The top EU diplomat's poisonous analogy of Europe as a garden and the world as an invading jungle inverts history.

Will Europe return to Latin America where the United States failed in past half century? Old colonial powers ...

Exploring new forms
of cooperation between China and Latin America and the Caribbean | Jan. 22, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 05:34:30 PM EST
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Terrible decision for EU Commission ... bowing to corporate lobby groups in Brussels ... German chemical giant Bayer to please stockholders.

Could have been added to ...
EU VDL State of the Union -- Managing Decay

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 04:35:44 PM EST
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Red Deer Catholic school trustee faces dismissal over 'hate-filled' post on social media | CBC News |

A Catholic school board trustee in Red Deer could face dismissal from her role after public backlash from a social media post that likened LGBTQ pride to Nazi Germany.

Monique LaGrange, a trustee of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, posted on social media last week a now-deleted post that featured a picture of children waving Nazi flags above a picture of children waving Pride flags.

"Brainwashing is brainwashing," her post read.


In an interview ATA president Jason Schilling said the association has long been an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community. He said teachers and school trustees are responsible for creating a safe space for students.

"So to see this posting by Ms. LaGrange that is repugnant, vile [and] hate-filled really undermines that safe space that we try very hard to create at schools," Schilling said.

"And if you're unwilling to do that work to create a safe space for students -- for people who work in the building -- then you should have no business being a trustee."

Schilling said LaGrange should acknowledge her comments and publicly apologize to those she may have harmed. Members of the ATA have voiced their concerns, he said, but have not filed any formal complaints.  

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hs.fi | Ajatus vanhemmista koulun välitunti­valvojina menee yli poliitikkojen ymmärryksen, 2018
The alleged violence, bullying and other disturbances and disturbances at Kalasatama school raised the idea that parents could come to help the teachers during recess.
nrk.no | Har ikke råd til å fylle nettbrett med bøker, 2023
Lea has an iPad, but the school cannot afford to fill it with books. The politicians do not understand how expensive digitization is, says the rector.
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SLS rocket programme 'unaffordable', NASA unable to estimate real cost: Report
NASA's mega moon rocket is 'unaffordable,' according to ["]accountability["] report
NASA Admits Costs for Space Launch System for Artemis Missions 'Unaffordable' - GAO

gao.gov | As NASA Plans Its Return to the Moon, Greater ["]Visibility["] Into Spending Could Help Address Cost Concern, 7 Sep 00:09:12 podcast (EN), GAO reporter Bill Russell

gao.gov | Space Launch System: Cost ["]Transparency["] Needed to Monitor Program Affordability, 7 Sep, 21 pp (EN), illustrated (pdf) "audit from December 2021 to September 2023 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards" prepared for members of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committees on Appropriations in (US Senate) Shaheen, Moran and (US House) Rogers, Cartwright

Figure 2: Artemis Missions and the Programs Needed to Accomplish Each Mission

What GAO Found
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) does not plan to measure production costs to monitor the affordability of its most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). After SLS's first launch, Artemis I in November 2022, NASA plans to spend billions of dollars to continue producing multiple SLS components, such as core stages and rocket engines, needed for future Artemis missions. The program is also concurrently producing hardware for more capable versions of the SLS, the Block 1B and Block 2, for use on later missions.

Because the original SLS version's cost and schedule commitments, or baselines, were tied to the launch of Artemis I, ongoing production and other costs needed to sustain the program going forward are not monitored. Instead, NASA created a rolling 5-year estimate of production and operations costs to ensure that the costs fit within NASA's overall budget. However, neither the estimate nor the annual budget request track costs by Artemis mission or for recurring production items. As a result, the 5-year estimate and the budget requests are poor measures of cost performance over time. In 2014, GAO recommended that NASA develop a cost baseline that captures production costs for the missions beyond Artemis I that fly SLS Block I. NASA intends to fly SLS Block I for Artemis II, planned for 2024, and Artemis III, planned for 2025. NASA partially concurred, but has not yet implemented this recommendation. A cost baseline would increase the ["]transparency["] of ongoing costs associated with SLS production and provide necessary insights to monitor program affordability.

archive Senate puts NASA on notice over Mars mission


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probing UFO alias UAP stealth technology

US military searching for missing F-35 after pilot ejects near Charleston, 18 Sep

..."How in the hell do you lose an F-35?" asked South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace (R) on X, formerly known as Twitter. "How is there not a tracking device and we're asking the public to what, find a jet and turn it in?"...

Hundreds of 'air taxies' to be manufactured in Ohio: eVTOLs, 18 Sep

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Joby Aviation announced the agreement Monday, which promises to deliver up to 500 aircraft per year at the Dayton International [LOL!] Airport and support up to 2,000 jobs. The 140-acre site for the manufacturing facility will be located at a site near the airport, which is also near the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories.
Electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL aircraft, are beginning to become more common [than helicopters] around the world. Developers of eVTOL aircraft say that one day they will be able to shuttle individuals or small groups of people from ["de-confliction" zone] rooftops and parking garages to their locations to avoid traffic below.
Joby Aviation said in its press release that it will begin construction in 2024 and plans to be online by 2025. The company said its aircraft are designed to transport one pilot and four passengers at speeds up to 200 mph with a maximum range of 100 miles.
Up to $325 million in state and local incentives available to support scaling; U.S. Department of Energy has invited Joby to submit a Part II application for a Title XVII loan to support the development of the facility, as a clean energy project; Joby plans to use existing nearby buildings to begin near term operations
The company maintains that the noise of the aircraft will be minimal in cities. It also said it is working on partnerships with Delta [!] Air Lines and Uber [!] in its plans to operate these aircraft "as part of aerial ridesharing networks in cities and communities around the world" starting in 2025.
vdL anti-subsidy complaint developing ...
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rollcall | Long road to compensation for Camp Lejeune victims, 20 Sep
Those who contracted any of five "Tier 1" diseases -- kidney cancer, liver cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia or bladder cancer -- are eligible for $150,000 if they spent less than a year at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987; $300,000 if they were at the base between one and five years; and $450,000 if they were there for more than five years.

Those with "Tier 2" diseases—multiple myeloma, Parkinson's disease, kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, and systemic sclerosis or scleroderma—would be entitled to $100,000, $250,000 or $400,000, again depending on the time spent at Camp Lejeune.
Plaintiffs call offer inadequate

A group of plaintiffs' attorneys led by [atty Ed] Bell, appointed by North Carolina's federal [4th Circ.] judges to take charge of the plaintiffs' cases in July, called the settlement offers inadequate.

"After thirteen months of silence, the Department of the Navy has expressed an intent to make settlement offers in the near future, and we are encouraged by that," the group said in a statement. "But it is important to acknowledge that the Navy's proposal does not provide a just resolution for the majority of claimants."

archive a criminal 'ecocide' investigation, chromium-6 benefit scheme, specific volatile organic compounds
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Niger: another defeat by Macron in its crumbling empire.

Macron Orders Military to Depart from Niger

... end French colonialism and war on "terror" instigated by Bush-Cheney ... Enduring Wars. #wearenato

EU-NATO need to secure its Southern Frontier....
Sailing all seas from Trafalgar to Dutch Formosa.

VOC Capitalism ... history repeating itself in Modern Times.

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rfi | Niger: comment va s'organiser le retrait des forces françaises?, 25 Sep
Les hommes du génie sont désormais rompus à ces grands déménagements. En 2022, la force Barkhane - 4 500 hommes - était parvenue à quitter le Mali en six mois. Un véritable défi logistique qu'il va falloir renouveler même si cette fois, l'empreinte militaire est plus faible et les distances plus courtes.

Le Tchad, dernier ancrage des militaires français au Sahel

À l'été 2022, ce départ de la force Barkhane du Mali avait déjà presque soldé la présence militaire française au Sahel car les 4 500 soldats qui y étaient engagés avaient tous rejoints la France. Au Niger, le nombre de militaires français n'a jamais dépassé 1 500 hommes, essentiellement stationnés sur la [US] Base aérienne [AB] 101 de Niamey. Un détachement largement composé d'aviateurs et de techniciens pour servir trois mirages 2000 et 6 drones reaper.
Contrairement aux français, les militaires italiens, allemands et américains présents au Niger n'ont toujours fait que de la formation. Les militaires américains font également voler leurs drones depuis la [US] base [AB 102] d'Agadez, mais pour leur propre compte.

Les États-Unis ont d'ailleurs annoncé qu'ils allaient « étudier toutes les mesures futures » concernant la présence militaire américaine au Niger. « Tout en donnant une chance à la diplomatie, nous continuerons également d'étudier toutes les mesures futures qui donneront la priorité à nos objectifs à la fois diplomatiques et sécuritaires », a déclaré Lloyd Austin lors d'une conférence de presse dans la capitale kényane Nairobi, où il est en visite. « En ce qui concerne la France, chaque pays prend ses propres décisions, selon ses propres raisons. Je n'essaierais pas de parler à leur place. En ce qui nous concerne, nous n'avons apporté aucun changement significatif au positionnement de nos forces », a ajouté le secrétaire américain à la Défense.
Dans les années 1960, « il y avait 30 000 militaires français en Afrique. Actuellement, il y en a 6 000 », pointe le chercheur. « Le président de la République avait annoncé au début de cette année une nouvelle politique de coopération militaire en Afrique et le putsch au Niger, qui est le 3e pays qui demande à l'armée française de partir, met à mal évidemment l'idée d'inventer une nouvelle coopération militaire. »

Il reste cependant encore des bases au Tchad, à Djibouti, à Dakar [Senegal,] à Libreville au Gabon, ou en Côte d'Ivoire. « Pour le moment, il n'y a pas d'endroit où il y a des risques particuliers. Mais on sent bien que la légitimité de la présence militaire française en Afrique est maintenant quasiment nulle », conclut Thierry Vircoulon.

postsen | The president of the Central African Republic has given Emmanuel Macron a rough hand
16 Sep politique de coopération
Faustin-Archange Touadera, the president of the Central African Republic, during a meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, reacted harshly to the French proposal to withdraw Russian military trainers from the African country, RFI radio reported.
by Cat on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 09:45:35 AM EST
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Senate Democrats Majority On Edge

Dianne Feinstein's death leaves critical Senate vacancy amid contentious race to replace her

California Gov. Newsom said he would not consider any of the high-profile Democrats who for months have been vying to replace her. 

Feinstein's death brings Democrats' majority in the Senate to 50 votes next to Republicans' 49 votes. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is facing calls to resign, raising the specter of that margin shrinking further.

Newsom promised in 2021 that he would name a Black woman should Feinstein vacate her seat. That came after he faced blowback when he appointed Alex Padilla, who is Latino, to fill the seat left vacant by Vice President Kamala Harris, who had been the only Black woman in the Senate. 

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 03:02:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 05:04:47 AM EST
German Economy Suffering ...

Oké ... that's one thing, heavy industry in difficulty ... but

Der Mannschaft failing is UNACCEPTABLE

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 10th, 2023 at 03:57:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Sep 18th, 2023 at 01:30:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Sep 10th, 2023 at 10:34:17 PM EST
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Niger shock video ...

'Macron announces his resignation' | France24 Observers |

Macron booed at World Cup opening

Hard-left opponents of Emmanuel Macron expressed glee while his supporters made clear their anger after the French president was loudly booed and whistled as he made a speech at the opening of the Rugby World Cup.

Hard times in Élysée

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 28th, 2023 at 10:30:19 PM EST
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Due to my stay in historic London ... next month's Newsroom will be posted one week from today

Deo volente 😊

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 03:36:54 PM EST
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