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April 2024

by Oui Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:40:59 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:41:45 AM EST
Quite a contentious claim

The EU has also accommodated far more diverse peoples, with far more horrific recent histories, within a relatively harmonious overall democratic structure. It is time to take the blinkers off and see what good politics can enable.

The European Union is falling apart, failing in its founding principles and taking part in a proxy war of the American Empire. Leading expansion into Ukraine, Georgia and now Armenia? Not bringing people together ... more authoritarianism to keep up appearances. Reform the EU before further expansion.

Watch the democratic Vote for the European Parliament this year: 6-9 June ...

Top down or bottom up? Diversity is not a formula for harmony ... with rising nationalism [fascism] that era has gone and passed.

EU Election Projection 2024

No value to this poll as we have seen recently in national elections ... expect a titanic shift to the right. With BreXit one arm of the Union was cut off. Ukraine is not an equivalent partner. Bring peace, not war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 09:35:35 AM EST
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Zelensk*'s entanglement in American politics started with Trump. (21.12.22)
...In 2019, a few months after he was elected, Mr. Zelensk* became something of a household name in the United States when a phone conversation he had with President Donald J. Trump helped trigger Mr. Trump's first impeachment....

Zelensky invites China's Xi Jinping to Ukraine (29.03.23)

Zelensk* suggested in his AP interview that Putin's recent threat to place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus was intended to divert attention from the lack of guarantees he received from Beijing.

"What does it mean? It means [Xi's] visit was not good for Russia," said Zelensk*.

Zelensk* invites Trump to Ukraine and says former president 'can't bring peace' because of Putin (5.11.23)

Zelensk* invites Trump to Ukraine (19.1.24)

Chat GPT | Zelensk* warns Russia has penetrated US politics, invites Trump to Ukraine,
9 Apr pause concept

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The Ukrainian leader expressed concern that irrational thinking and delusional fantasies of peacemaking might lead other Western allies into making damaging political and diplomatic mistakes. Zelensk* repeatedly took aim at German politicians, including voices within Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party, for withholding TAURUS missiles from Ukraine and dreaming of a "frozen" war that would bring an end to hostilities without clipping Russia's war[-]making capacity for the future.

"A frozen conflict is like a pause, like in a film," he said. "Only it's not a film, it's reality. It's just a pause, but it's a pause for Putin."
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For several months now, Zelensk* has extended a public invitation to Trump to come to Ukraine and make good on his boast that he could help end the war. In the interview, Zelensk* revealed that his courtship of Trump had been even more determined in private.

"We conveyed the messages and the context through the appropriate people," he said. "We said that we would like Donald Trump to come to Ukraine, see everything with his own eyes and draw his own conclusions. In any case, I am ready to meet him and discuss the issue."


by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 01:24:54 AM EST
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Vilnius, Three Seas Summit telethon
• Volodymyr Zelenskyy: It Is Critically Important That Each Partner Deliver on Its Promises Regarding the Supply of Weapons and Ammunition
• Leaders of Ukraine and Hungary Discussed Preparations for the Global Peace Summit
(Swiss President Viola Amherd added, "We will not sign a peace plan at this conference. We think there will be a second conference, but we want to start the process with this one.")
• We Are in Dire Need of Increased Support From Our Partners, Primarily in Air Defense—Volodymyr Zelenskyy During a Meeting With the President of Poland
• Cooperation in the Defense Sector and Export Corridor: The President of Ukraine Met with the President of Romania
• The Presidents of Ukraine and the Czech Republic Discussed Defense Assistance
• The President of Ukraine Met with the President of Lithuania in Vilnius
• Ukraine and Latvia Signed a Security Agreement

This Year Should Be the Time to Take Steps to Make Our Victory Over Russian Terror Real—the President at the Three Seas Summit

... The Alliance should not be afraid of its own existence and its own rules. Ukraine believes it is historically correct that the Baltic Sea region has finally received a historic chance for reliable security after Finland and Sweden joined NATO. The Black Sea region needs the same security. As a democratic nation committed to our shared values, Ukraine deserves to be invited to join NATO. We are grateful to every state for bilateral security agreements that support us in the time before we join NATO. Today we have signed the ninth such agreement with Latvia. And I urge all the leaders of the Three Seas Initiative to sign such agreements with Ukraine. And we have to work on strategic tasks. Putin wants to destroy Ukraine and the freedom of all nations in our region, and he sees no alternatives. Similarly, we should not look for alternatives to our security—Ukraine needs an invitation to join NATO. Only you can make it realistic this year. Without our Ukrainian strength, the strength of the whole Europe will not be complete, and together, gradually integrating, we can really protect each other from Russian revanchism....
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba demands more Patriot air defenses
"Do you sincerely believe that the whole U.S. Army does not have one spare battery of Patriots that is not on combat duty and that cannot be given to Ukraine? I don't."
by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 02:01:13 AM EST
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dailysabah | Romania's government faces backlash over election moves, 13 Apr
Three Seas procedural drama
The political turmoil in Romania deepens as mounting criticism targets the incumbent SOCIALIST government led by Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, accusing them of flouting the nation's constitution. The discontent among both citizens and observers has surged, particularly in the wake of recent government maneuvers, such as the alteration of election schedules within the electoral calendar.

One of the most contentious issues fueling the outcry is the proposed simultaneous merger of local and European elections. Critics argue that this move would not only disregard established electoral norms but also precipitate administrative chaos. Originally slated for September, the local elections have now been rescheduled for June, resulting in a parallel system of mayors and city councilors. This, opponents caution, could lead to ruling officials concurrently serving as elected representatives for nearly three months, further complicating the governance framework.
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"far-right" opposition to "center right" Group of Twelve
"The government's actions herald a regression to the communist era, where elections were mere formalities, and the people's voice was stifled." Furthermore, they contend, "The government's actions erode public confidence and imperil the democratic fabric of the nation."
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2024 at 07:31:27 PM EST
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defence24.pl | Hostomel remember only me (interview), 7 Apr
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How did you get to Ukraine and in which block?
It was a little easier for me than for others. Back in 2021, we left the unit for a training mission to the Yavoriv training ground in Ukraine. And I worked with these people there, established contacts. When the war started, they were going to leave for Kiev. And the fact that I knew their company commanders, the battalion headquarters, the battalion commander—I agreed that I would go with them.
That is, it was a linear unit, it was not some kind of volunteer battalion?
This is a special forces battalion. (214. Separate special battalion of the OPFOR, a unit formed in 2016 from participants of the anti-terrorist operation-ed.).
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by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 02:22:51 AM EST
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rfi.fr | The European Parliament will not agree on funding for the EU Council until Ukraine receives new Patriots
writes the publication European Truth, calling the deputies present at the meeting.

"A long-time MEP, former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt from the Renew faction proposed removing the approval of the European Council budget from the agenda until the member states can find the seven Patriot systems that Ukraine now urgently needs. Verhofstadt recalled the words of the head of European diplomacy that European countries have hundreds of Patriot systems, when Ukraine needs seven, " the article says.

EU Parliament delays approval of Council 2022 budget audit to press for military aid to Ukraine : "Verhofstadt's move is widely seen as parliamentary theatrics, since the legislature has no power to force the Council to provide weapons."

euactiv Below the radar

Case in point: The announcement that two dozen German soldiers arrived in Vilnius on Monday, with a further 150 due to join them later this year, barely made headlines outside Lithuania...."This is the first time that we have permanently stationed such a unit outside of Germany," German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said in Berlin at a farewell ceremony for the vanguard of Germany's Lithuanian brigade, according to German news agency dpa. Pistorius called it "an important day for the German army".
US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine
["Two senior Biden administration"] officials discussed the findings as Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to China this month for talks.
ChatGPT CNN | China is giving Russia significant support to expand weapons manufacturing as Ukraine war continues, US officials say
Just this week Gen. Chris Cavoli, the commander of US European Command, told lawmakers that Russia has been "quite successful" at reconstituting its military since it invaded Ukraine more than 2 years ago, and its capacity has largely "grown back" to what it was before the invasion. US officials are now making clear that China is largely responsible for that rapid build-up.
Blinken is scheduled to travel next week to the Group of 7 foreign ministers meeting in Capri, Italy, where he's expected to raise concerns about China's growing indirect support for Russia as Moscow revamps its military and looks to consolidate recent gains in Ukraine.
dni.gov | Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community (05.02.24)
An ambitious but anxious China, a confrontational Russia, some regional powers, such as Iran, and more capable non-state actors are challenging longstanding rules of the international system as well as U.S. primacy within it.
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on April 12, 2024
At the invitation of Premier Li Qiang of the State Council, Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz will pay an official visit to China from April 14 to 16. At the invitation of Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic Sylvie Baïpo-Témon will pay an official visit to China from April 14 to 16.
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GT | Scholz to visit China in spite of 'de-risk' voices
by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 04:06:53 AM EST
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Between the US and a hard place, Germany's Scholz 're-engages' with China, 12 Apr yawn
In blunt language, German officials on Friday said Beijing's support and exports to Russia were enabling Moscow to wage a war of aggression in Ukraine and causing a "growing loss of reputation for China" in Europe and beyond.
730th time is the charm
In an interview with the taz newspaper, Scholz said he would press China to be a mediator to end the war in Ukraine.

"It is about China not supporting Russia in waging a brutal war against its neighbour Ukraine," he said. "China can also make it clear that this senseless imperialist war must end."

by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2024 at 04:07:36 PM EST
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one BoJo poison pill and a rubbished position paper too late, seven bilateral security guarantees on a Jeddah Hotel revolving bed and a Zelensk* amnesty scenario short

strana | How Beijing can change the course of the war in Ukraine with NATO + 1 ticket

Its outlines have been revealed literally in the last week.
lolno
by Cat on Mon Apr 15th, 2024 at 02:12:08 AM EST
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Face of a Nation

  • Make America Great Again 2017-2021
  • AmericaFirst! 2021 to present

China and the CPC treasure its sovereignty and longs for its goal to reunite with Formosa by 2050.

The EU has lost its bearings and has been usurped by NATO to become a client state.

Scholz's China visit bears certain resemblances to the Merkel era, underscoring efforts to elevate bilateral relations to the previous course: observers | Global Times |

The schedule is richer than the previous visit in November 2022, which shows that the Scholz government looks to maintain and enrich pragmatic cooperation with China. There are discussions on certain similarities between Scholz's trip and the previous China visits paid by former German chancellor Angela Merkel, especially in terms of the level of engagement with Chinese localities," Cui Hongjian, a professor with the Academy of Regional and Global Governance with Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the Global Times on Sunday.

Cui said that this is a very positive signal since China-Germany relations reached a new height in the Merkel era, and it could indicate that Scholz is looking to stabilize and elevate bilateral relations to the previous course, despite a profound shift in the overall environment.

Xi Jinping: As two major countries with great influence, China and Germany should work together in times of change and instability and contribute more to global peace and development | 4 Nov 2022 |

5000 years of bloodshed compared to 1000 years 🩸

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 15th, 2024 at 06:52:06 AM EST
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DPRK manufactured Iran shahed PRC optical-target drone story developing ...
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2024 at 03:55:31 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 06:14:39 AM EST
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Brexit import charges may mean rise in food prices, say trade groups | The Guardian |

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the fees of up to £145, which come into force on 30 April, will pay for border inspections and improve biosecurity by preventing the import of plant and animal diseases into the UK. The charges apply to imports entering the UK and transits entering and leaving.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 06:15:30 AM EST
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thetimes.co.uk | Revealed: UK targets four countries for Rwanda deal, 15 Apr pay to play refoulement
Leaked documents show the Foreign Office has shortlisted more countries to which to deport migrants, as the < wipes tears > Safety of Rwanda Bill is set to receive royal assent

Britain has entered talks to replicate the Rwanda migrant deportation scheme with Armenia, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, and Botswana, according to leaked documents that reveal the government's extensive search for another third-country deal.

Several South American countries including Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia have also been approached but were viewed as less likely to be interested in what the government describes as a "third-country asylum processing deal".

A list of African countries including Cape Verde, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Angola, and Sierra Leone were put on a reserve list that would be approached if other targets failed.

Other African countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Namibia, and The Gambia "explicitly declined" to enter technical discussions.

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"classic Russian technique"
UK could deport asylum seekers to ex-Soviet republic
ironically, not Ukraine
by Cat on Mon Apr 15th, 2024 at 11:59:56 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:42:26 AM EST
Pushing the envelop ... "because of International Law" applied outside Borrell's Garden of course.

The United States, Israel and Russia all failed to ratify the Rome Statute. Both the US and Israel have threatened prosecutors and envoys to the ICC in The Hague.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 at 09:53:06 AM EST
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Special tribunals always carry a specific name to honor the initiators: "The Rutte - Von der Leyen Tribunal on Ukraine"

The Netherlands, Ukraine, and the European Commission will co-host the international conference 'Restoring Justice for Ukraine' in The Hague.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 at 10:23:51 AM EST
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Conference On Alleged Russian War Crimes In Ukraine Opens In The Hague

Western officials will gather in The Hague on April 2 to discuss efforts to prosecute alleged Russian war crimes committed by its forces during its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The international conference, Restoring Justice for Ukraine, is being organized by The Netherlands, Ukraine, and the European Commission, the top executive body of the EU.

Foreign and justice ministers, along with officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the EU judicial authority Eurojust are expected to discuss the fight against impunity as well as compensation for victims.

A bit lopsided, isn't it? What happened with decades of war crimes by Western partners and today specifically Israel and the Gaza massacre of civilians, documented for the world to see. War crimes from the year 2014 - critical year for Ukraine and Syria too - yet to see bold action from the US and NATO partners. Triple Hypocrisy history will not forgive, nor forget.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 at 10:29:57 AM EST
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Iraqi Survivors of Abu Ghraib "Enhanced Interrogation" to Get Day in Court

On June 30th, 2008, four years after images of torture at Abu Ghraib [te]rrified people all over the world, a group of victims filed suit against CACI, the Virginia-based private security company [PMC] hired by the U.S. government to conduct interrogations at the prison. On April 15, 2024 after nearly sixteen years and twenty plus dismissal attempts by CACI, the case will go to trial.

The only case of its kind still alive, Al Shimari v. CACI is an exceedingly rare opportunity for ["]accountability["] for the egregious harms suffered by Iraqis after the U.S. invasion in 2003. In fact, this is the first lawsuit where victims of U.S. post-9/11 Operations Iraqi Freedom, Mass Appeal, Desert Fox, Desert Badger, Desert Storm, Viking Hammer, Southern Focus, and Enduring Freedom torture will get their day in court. The trial will be in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

As it happens, the trial—projected to last two weeks —will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Abu Ghraib ["]scandal["] and the world learned the horrifying treatment Iraqi detainees were subjected to in the U.S.-run detention center. The plaintiffs—Suhail Najim Abdullah Al Shimari, Asa'ad Hamza Hanfoosh Zuba'e, and Salah Hasan Nusaif Al-Ejaili—endured the infamous tactics sexual violence and their aftermath.
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by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 08:05:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:42:47 AM EST
America Sends Massive Munitions Into Gaza War

Biden quietly signs off on more bombs, warplanes for Israel | WaPo - AA News |

Transfers include 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs, 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, 25 F-35A fighter jets

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reuters | Turkey imposes export restrictions on Israel until Gaza ceasefire, 9 Apr
It said the measures would apply to the export of products from 54 different categories, including iron, marble, steel, cement, aluminium, brick, fertilizer, construction equipment and products, aviation fuel, and more.

"This decision will remain in place until Israel, under its obligations emanating from international law, urgently declares a ceasefire in Gaza and allows the unhindered flow of sufficient humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip," it said.

Shortly after the Israel-Hamas war started, Turkey and Israel pulled back their ambassadors. Tuesday's move is the first significant measure taken by Ankara against Israel since the start of the conflict. President Tayyip Erdogan has faced growing criticism over his government's commercial ties to Israel.

hurriyetdailynews | US troops head to region as fears grow of Gaza war's spread (13.04.24)
Israel's retaliatory offensive has killed at least 33,634 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run health ministry there.
Police detained dozens of protestors demanding an end to the trade with Israel in Istanbul on Saturday. Authorities suspended two police officers involved in the incident, as the government works to restore popular support after a thumping opposition win in March 31 local elections.
timesofisrael | Opening trade war, Turkey imposes restrictions on Israel until Gaza ceasefire, 9 Apr
Responding to the developments, Israel's Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the Economic Division of his ministry "to prepare an extensive list of products that Israel will prevent Turkey [?!] from exporting to Israel," his office said in a statement.

"Turkey is unilaterally violating the trade agreements with Israel, and Israel will take all necessary measures against it," the statement said. In addition, Israel will "appeal to pro-Israel countries and organizations in the US to stop investments in Turkey and prevent the import of products from Turkey."

Israel will 'pay' for Gaza atrocities, Erdoğan tells Abbas (12.04.24)
"The president has underlined that all means, including the U.N. Security Council resolution, must be deployed for a cease-fire. Israel needs to be fought with full solidarity,"  Communications Director Fahrettin Altun told Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber. Separately, the communications director condemned an Israeli airstrike targeting a TRT crew in Gaza, saying the international community "must not stay silent in the face of such attacks "which embolden Israel."
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The Turkish leader also repeatedly attacked Israel on the campaign trail ahead of local elections held on March 31. His party nevertheless suffered a significant defeat, losing control of many cities, especially to the Islam-based Yeniden Refah (New Welfare) Party. The party, which won seats in the Turkish parliament last year after allying with Erdogan's AKP, fielded its own candidates in the March elections, with its leader Fatih Erbakan attacking Erdogan for maintaining Turkish trade with Israel despite the war in Gaza.
ynetnews | Ankara's ban on trade with Israel harms Turkey, putting actual implementation in doubt, 11 Apr
Prof. Elise Brezis, head of the Azrieli Center for Economic Policy at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, explained the extent of the importance of Turkish exports to Israel. She told The Media Line that Turkish exports to Israel were $6.8 billion in 2022 and $4.6 Billion in 2023, while total imports [from] Israel are $110 billion.
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Dr. Lucrezia Leon Savasta, a Middle East and Eurasian expert, told The Media Line that she doubts a comprehensive ban will be implemented immediately. Instead, she sees Turkey's public announcement as a political move to pressure Israel and get more countries to join.
trtworld | Türkiye reaches a record-high share in global exports in 2023 (11.04.24)
Türkiye's exports in 2023 hit a record high of $255.8 billion, ticking up 0.6 percent from the previous year.

"Except for July, our trade gap shrank annually in the last seven months of 2023," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained. Adding that Türkiye aims to boost its goods and services exports in 2024 to over $375 billion, the country has "more than enough power to achieve this target," he said.

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"Let's just focus on the fact that, very smartly, did not say that they would stop the import of goods from Israel," she said, noting that in 2022 [!], Israel was among the top 5 countries from where Turkey was importing refined petroleum.
trtworld | Türkiye debunks "false" claims of providing fuel to Israeli military (09.04.24)
The Combating Disinformation Centre of Türkiye confirms that the fuel in question is jet fuel purchased for Israeli passenger aircraft at airports in Turkish territory and has no connection with Israeli military aircraft.
That is why she says a total ban is not sustainable for the Turkish government. "The country is facing a sort of internal fragmentation. See the last elections, and how Erdogan lost major cities, and when the economy comes to be touched negatively, general discontent grows. It can be dangerous for the central government," she asserted. In addition, she notes that Turkey is very "money-oriented," and its decision-making is usually very well economically calculated. "It is difficult to think that they will make a decision that might harm their economic status. The elites would not allow this to happen," she asserted.

by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 10:28:18 PM EST
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IRGC launches 'extensive' retaliatory missile, drone strikes on occupied territories , 13 Apr
The Corps announced launching the strikes in a statement on Saturday night.

"In response to the Zionist regime's numerous crimes, including the attack on the consular section of Iran's Embassy in Damascus and the martyrdom of a number of our country's commanders and military advisors in Syria, the IRGC's Aerospace Division launched tens of missiles and drones against certain targets inside the occupied territories," the statement read.

axios | Iran launched drone attack on Israel, U.S. and Israeli officials say

It's unclear what the targets are.

Iran launched attack drones from its territory towards Israeli territory, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a statement. Hagari said the IDF is implementing a defense plan together with U.S. Central Command and other partners in the region to intercept the drones before they reach Israel.

Meanwhile... 'Dozens' of rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon (12.04.24)
Hezbollah fighters targeted "enemy artillery positions... with dozens of Katyusha rockets" the group said in a statement, adding it was "in response to the enemy's attacks on... southern villages and civilian homes." The Israeli army said "approximately 40 launches were identified crossing from Lebanese territory, some of which were intercepted."
A senior Israeli official says the Iranian attack includes "hundreds of attack drones."

U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson in a statement said the White House is in "constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies."

"This attack is likely to unfold over a number of hours. President Biden has been clear: our support for Israel's security is ironclad," the statement said.

presstv.ir | Iran launches retaliatory strikes against Israel following some IDF reports

The strikes were launched on Saturday night, with some reports saying that the Islamic Republic launched a number of attack drones towards the occupied territories.

Iran has not officially acknowledged retaliatory strikes yet.

Reuters news agency reported that the Islamic Republic has not yet launched missiles in its retaliatory military action against the occupying regime, adding that there is likelihood of it targeting the occupied city of Haifa and the occupied territories' coastline with "ballistic missiles" in the coming hours.

Israel's Channel 12 confirmed that the regime had been attacked, claiming that Iran launched tens of drones towards the occupied territories.

i24news.tv | IDF confirms Iran launched drone attack toward Israel | LIVE UPDATES
IDF twitter loops. No damage reports.

by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 10:34:15 PM EST
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2024 General Election: Trump vs. Biden

Battleground States: Arizona | Nevada | Wisconsin | Michigan | Pennsylvania | North Carolina | Georgia

This Day In History: April 7, 2024: Biden +1.1 | April 7, 2020: Biden +6.1 | April 7, 2016: Clinton +10.5

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 7th, 2024 at 03:55:35 PM EST
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Doomsday Eclipse
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Trump posts bizarre solar eclipse ad - with his head blocking out the sun, plunging US into darkness | The Independent |

During the August 2017 total solar eclipse, the then-president went viral when he ignored all eclipse safety recommendations by gazing directly at the sun with his naked eyes

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 10:23:07 AM EST
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Invisible hand. From overcapacity to TikTok, transitory sanctions during Janet Yellen's holiday in China

treasury.gov | Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at a Press Conference in Beijing, the People's Republic of China (08.04.24)
The [US] American businesses that I spoke to in Guangzhou underscored the significant benefits of a healthy economic relationship. At the same time, I expressed concern to senior Chinese officials that there are features of the Chinese economy that have growing negative spillovers on the U.S. and The Globe™. I am particularly worried about how China's enduring macroeconomic imbalances—namely its weak household consumption and business overinvestment, aggravated by large-scale government support ["non-market mechanisms"] in specific industrial sectors—will lead to significant risk to workers and businesses in the United States and the rest of The World™. China has long had excess savings, but investment in the real estate sector and government-funded infrastructure had absorbed much of it. Now, we are seeing an increase in business investment in a number of "new" industries targeted by the PRC's industrial [inflation reduction] policy. That includes electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, [semiconductor fabs, 5G-6G computing, critical minerals, blockchain comms, spy balloons, NPPs, astrophysics, hypersonic materiel,] and solar [panels].

China is now simply too large for the rest of the world to absorb this enormous ["value pricing"] capacity. Actions taken by the PRC today can shift world prices. And when The Global Market™ is flooded by artificially [sic] cheap Chinese products, the viability [sic] of American and other foreign firms is put into question.

NEW! "spillover": United States and United Kingdom Take Action to Reduce Russian Revenue from Metals (12.04.24)
Treasury also issued a complementary determination under Executive Order (E.O.) 14071 that prohibits the exportation, re[-]exportation, sale, or supply to any person located in the Russian Federation of (1) warranting services for the metals produced on or after April 13, 2024 on a global metal exchange and (2) services to acquire the metals produced on or after April 13, 2024 as part of the physical settlement of a derivative contract [!].
We've seen this story before. Over a decade ago [2008?], massive PRC government support led to below-[G7]-cost Chinese steel that flooded The Global Market™ and decimated industries across The World™ and in the United States. I've made clear that President Biden and I will not accept that reality again. I know that these serious concerns are shared by our allies and partners, from ["inflation rich"] advanced economies to ["resouce rich"] emerging markets.
DICTION CORNER spillover
wiki.alquds AKA externality (timeless)
IMF inna PANDEMIC (May 2021)
reuters G20 (09.04.24)
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 09:49:22 PM EST
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NASA researchers get [NASA] permission to apply for China's moon samples (01.12.23)
"NASA has certified its intent to Congress to allow NASA-funded researchers to apply to the China National Space Administration for access to lunar samples returned to Earth on the Chang'e-5 mission and made available recently to the international scientific community for research purposes," the email read. The move opens the rare possibility of cooperation between China and NASA-funded entities and researchers. It also comes despite NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's strong rhetoric towards China and his stated support for maintaining ongoing restrictions on collaboration.
OFAC "overcapacity" warning
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The mission collected 1,731 grams of material from a geologically young area of Oceanus Procellarum, using a scoop and a drill. The country said it would make samples available internationally, after first allowing Chinese researchers and institutions access. The samples have generated a range of science papers relating to the history and evolution of the moon, its composition and more. CNSA announced that internationally-led groups could apply for samples in August this year, more than 2.5 years after Chang'e-5 landed.

"The Chang'e 5 samples originate from regions of the Moon not yet sampled by NASA and are expected to provide valuable new scientific insight on the geological history of the Moon, which could provide new understanding of the Earth-Moon system and potentially inform NASA's future lunar exploration plans," the NASA email read.

NASA CNSA opens door to cooperation with China on Moon rock research (07.12.23)
The [US] ban on bilateral cooperation is spelled out in a provision first added to NASA's annual appropriations bill by former Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) in 2011. The so-called Wolf amendment has been included in the agency's funding bill every year since. Wolf had two objectives in crafting the amendment: stopping leaks of space-related technology and expertise to China < wipes tears > and pushing the country to improve its human rights  record.
Application portal
The CNSA application portal opened on Nov. 6, and does not close until Dec 22. NASA researchers only gained approval to submit applications on Nov. 29, NASA spokesperson Roxana Bardan, told Space.com.
But, "The Wolf amendment has neither discouraged Chinese space ambitions nor altered China's behavior on human rights," Makena Young, an aerospace security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS], a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, wrote in a 2019 review of the impact of the amendment. The restrictions "only serve to stifle mutually beneficial cooperation for science and exploration," she added, calling for the amendment to be revised.
NASA delays astronaut moon landing to 2026 amid spacecraft 'challenges' (09.01.24)
"NASA administrator Bill Nelson told reporters in a news conference."

The moon is getting its own time zone, White House memo reveals, 4 Apr primates

according to a memo sent to NASA by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
NASA will, in coordination with the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State, and Transportation, provide a finalized strategy to the Executive Office of the President to implement lunar timing standardization no later than December 31, 2026. NASA will also include consideration of Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC), as described in this memorandum, as part of its annual Moon-to-Mars Architecture Concept Review cycle no later than December 31, 2024.
Lunar time will run differently from time zones on Earth. Because there's less gravity on the moon, time there moves faster than on our planet—running ahead by 58.7 microseconds every day. This seemingly small difference is enough to throw off the precise maneuvers of lunar spacecraft and satellites.
China to hear pitches from NASA scientist, other researchers, to study Chang'e 5 lunar samples, 10 Apr elevator cage match
China's space agency has invited 10 scientists from the US, Europe, and Asia to pitch their plans in person to study lunar samples brought back to Earth by China's Chang'e 5 moon mission. ... Each applicant will have 15 minutes to make a presentation and take questions from the review committee, [China National Space Administration] CNSA said on its website on Tuesday, adding that online participation was also acceptable.

by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 01:57:20 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:43:32 AM EST

On top of that, she had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which made working in an open-plan office with a strict 9-5 policy incredibly hard. Gardner, 42, works best in isolation, early in the morning and in the evening, and she didn't feel her workplace was prepared to accommodate that.

... form of early retirement ... wish her good luck with her choice.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 at 09:16:03 AM EST
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Radio program Suhoor Stories

Sevval makes radio during Ramadan: "This month is an opportunity to get closer to myself"

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 at 09:35:21 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 09:46:36 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 09:48:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:43:48 AM EST


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 08:02:08 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 08:44:04 AM EST
20 days in hospital including acute physical rehab, courtesy of Medicaid insurance benefits and an unexpected MS relapse (paralysis); possessed by a favorable, if idiosyncratic, attitude adjustment toward institutional knowledge, MIC protocols, organizational behavior, and "luck".

That is the B'more PD and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who circumvented damage to the exterior fortifications of the Chateau Hobo to collect me. The irony. It was this  team work that also determined which receiving ER, ergo admitting hospital and University of Maryland medical system. Take note, Johns Hopkins straddling the twin towers of International Repute and Monopoly.

And, dare I say, vindicated. Evidently, in the 27 years since my diagnosis, the smörgåsbord of hypothetical "disease-modifying drugs" fail the test of efficacy over time more often than not. At this stage in my case, I've no reasons to expect beneficial alternatives to behavioral modification, eg. physical medicine and metabolic nutrition, or NPI. To wit, statistically significant deviation in treatment endpoints (number of new or active lesions) attributable either to, say, interferon "infusions," diroximel fumarate treatment (HA), or placebo (H0). In my case, HA proved false, confirmed by head-to-tail MRI Y0 and Y2. I shudder imagining the range of adverse Rx reactions and secondary conditions I might have acquired were I a more credulous subject of neurological arts and silver bullets.

Where in the world is Cat now?
Back on my feet, so to speak, with fresh understanding that the mysteries of life are

until further notice.

Medical advice disclaimer

by Cat on Fri Apr 12th, 2024 at 04:54:52 PM EST
You were badly missed ... left no note 😉 ....  glad you are back ... none of the problems have been solved, likely all gotten worse ... the young whippersnapper generation of highly educated managers have no backbone, lack vision and creative thinking outside the box ... . no problem solvers 🆘 peace is not in their vocabulary.

Key words | Gaza genocide | Israel escalation | Iranian consulate Damascus | retaliation imminent | Zelenskyy sad | Kharkiv defense | peace ☮️ not on the horizon 🌈 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 at 08:27:33 PM EST
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o, I lurked by phone 💓 and gathered that you covered all bases. 👍🏼
by Cat on Mon Apr 15th, 2024 at 12:28:45 PM EST
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