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Cradle of Civilization Pope's Visit to Ur

by Oui Thu Mar 4th, 2021 at 07:38:01 PM EST

A three day pilgrimage made under difficult circumstances to be amongst the suffering as a sign of hope. Pope Francis wil meet with the respected Shia leader Sistani. The travel to fulfill a promise is more important than the risk for his personal safety.

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CPAC: Setting the Stage for Fascism

by Oui Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 09:23:51 PM EST

Top Holocaust scholar Lipstadt: CPAC Nazi-symbol stage was 'a very big oops'

This week, the acclaimed Emory University professor is keeping an eye on the CPAC gathering in Orlando, where the shape of the stage has been compared to a symbol worn by leading SS officers.

Lipstadt is also an expert witness in the federal lawsuit filed against organizers of the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was retained by the plaintiffs in Sines v. Kessler, a lawsuit backed by Integrity First for America against neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Also demonstrated by Lipstadt, the anti-Black and anti-Semitic motifs broadcast by organizers were heavily intertwined. Although the defendants are often referred to as "white supremacists," their hatred of Jews and Blacks is indistinguishable, said Amy Spitalnick, the head of the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Integrity First for America.

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Casus Belli - Arab-Israeli Alliance Stirring the Pot

by Oui Sun Feb 28th, 2021 at 03:15:03 PM EST

After a slow news cycle of a few days, the under Bahamas flagged ship has all of a sudden become an Israeli cargo vessel. The owner of the ship is 74 years old Rami Unger (or Ungar) with a deceptive career with Mossad contact Yossi Cohen and links with the anti-Iran movement UANI that's was prominent in the news in 2015. The UANI was a joint America-Israeli effort to sabotage the JCPOA negotiations of the Obama/Biden administration with UN Security Council partners and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

See my diary @BooMan on Aug. 1, 2014 ...

Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: US Justice Dept, Ungar, UANI and Mossad

Where is U.S. Foreign policy drafted? In think-tanks, billionaires, political friends and business alliances? WTF

The New York Times reports a blockbuster story about the anti-Iran lobby group, United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).  It's an especially perfidious group supporting regime change, though it couches its approach in terms of opposing Iran' nuclear program.  Curiously, this is precisely the same way Israel's far-right government disguises its own support for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government.  Knowing that such a plan is not supported by the west including the Obama administration, they believe that they can paint Iran as enough of a threat to the world through its alleged plans to create nuclear weapons, that this will get them half-way to regime change.

UANI specializes in "outing" companies which allegedly violate UN sanctions against Iran.  The Times article revealed that the companies are usually approached by an Israeli "fixer" with close ties to the Mossad.  He's Rami Ungar, owner of an Israeli company, Ray Shipping, who's worth $500-million.

Victor Restis v. United Against Nuclear Iran


This incident has all the hallmarks of a Navy Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to full participation of the Johnson administration in the disastrous Vietnam War against Communist North Vietnam. Peace failed in 1968 ahead of the presidential election due to sabotage of Paris talks by the Republicans with instigator Henry Kissinger.

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Ben Gurion: Yemenite Jews and Stolen Babies

by Oui Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 03:15:27 PM EST

To stay in power, Bibi will exploit any event to boost electoral gain ... Shanda!

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UK Disinformation and Propaganda The Consortium

by Oui Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 05:23:21 PM EST

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Drama In Netanyahu's Security Cabinet

by Oui Sat Feb 20th, 2021 at 08:23:34 AM EST

The Trump - Kushner - Pompeo wrecking ball failed to level the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu has spent six years to send the UN JCPOA nuclear treaty to the waste bin of history. Trump losing the historic election was unable to push the button. Trump's dilemma was between his personal LOSS, need to stay in power on the home front, and clear the decks in order to sabotage the uneventful new presidency of "sleepy Joe". Trump failed on all fronts, except he's doing well splitting the Republic party in two from Mar-y-Lago.

Trump had to get rid of close allies who refused to play along with the president's end game. He ousted Pentagon military leadership, DHS officials and DOJ who refused to throw the election his way. Pompeo stayed on his post as a true Trump believer to do the unheard damage to the State Department instead of accepting election defeat of his boss and take part in a smooth transition.

In my analysis from afar, just as in 2012 with the Obama veto, this time it was just chance that the US and/or Israel didn't attack the Islamic Republic of Iran. The coming months will see the security leaks and be witness how near disaster Trump took America.

The Capitol Riot failed president Trump in blocking US Congress accepting the Electoral College votes. Its failure may have prevented an attack on Iran also. Pelosi alert about the nuclear football wasn't without reason. The Republican party has become treacherous to America, the Constitution and Democracy.

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BIG Pharma and Corona Profits

by Oui Fri Feb 19th, 2021 at 09:42:27 AM EST

According to information revealed by German public media broadcasters NDR and WDR and daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, last summer the EU Commission received a strictly confidential bid from pharmaceutical manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech offering their vaccine for a price of €54.08 ($65.4) per dose, for a purchase of 500 million doses.

In total, BioNTech-Pfizer wanted €27 billion to supply enough jabs to inoculate almost half of the EU's population.

But at €54.08 a dose, the BioNTech vaccine would have cost more than 20 times as much as doses of AstraZeneca, which was developed jointly with Oxford University.

At the time, BioNTech-Pfizer said the price already included "the highest percentage discount" offered to any industrialized country in the world.

"I think the price is dubious," said Wolf Dieter Ludwig, chairman of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association.

"I see in it a profit motive that is in no way justified in the current pandemic situation."

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Frost Bite: Equivalence Tussle UK Power Politics

by Oui Thu Feb 18th, 2021 at 06:10:12 AM EST

"The EU is on a land-grab," says Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform.

Beyond Brexit - Michel Barnier

European Business Summit: Exclusive interview with Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and Bloomberg Reporter Maria Tadeo

Competition between BoJo's Britain First! and Von Der Leyen's EU-27 Interests all that matters. A state of permanent alert to prevent tactics to circumvent EU rules and regulations. Singapore On The Thames.

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Major Policy Shift On Saudi Relations and MbS

by Oui Wed Feb 17th, 2021 at 11:34:28 AM EST

Middle East policy back on the drawing table ... Trump's envoy Jared Kushner close friendship with MBS and family friend Bibi Netanyahu will be recalibrated ... in no diplomatic terms, the Biden team sanctions MBS on human rights issues.

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No to Hostage Diplomacy: Time4FirmIsraelPolicy

by Oui Tue Feb 16th, 2021 at 02:18:51 PM EST

Just wondering what number of signatories will speak out for Palestinian human rights ... won't hold my breath 😅

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U.S. Constitution of 1787 and A Patchwork Democracy

by Oui Sun Feb 14th, 2021 at 11:13:40 AM EST

A patchy US Constitution and a shaky American Democracy urgently needs an overhaul ... the path to a fascist regime has been cleared of obstacles. Heed the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and breakup the powerful Military - Intelligence - Technology lobby group (MIT) roaming the halls of US Congress. Take unlimited corporate money out of the election and create a smaller window for an election campaign. Make the judiciary truly independent and not have judges appointed by popular vote. Make America 21st Century proof. Organize a Constitutional Congress to revamp a divided America.

The US Constitution: Is Reform Necessary? Is It Possible? | Harvard Law School |

The main impetus for the Constitution of 1787 was the perception, spelled out in the very first paragraph of Federalist 1, that the current system established under the Articles of Confederation was not serving the nation well; by Federalist 15, it would be described as an "imbecil[ic]" system demanding (and justifying) radical transformation. The Framers of the 1787 Constitution scarcely believed they had achieved perfection, however; that is one reason for the existence of Article V, allowing amendment to the Constitution.

The radical flaws of the 1787 Constitution both led to civil war in 1861 and then served as the basis for what were viewed as the corrective changes we sometimes refer to as "the Reconstruction Amendments." The term itself is completely ambiguous: Were they designed to "restore" a Union that had gone amiss by straying from the original plan, or, instead, to create a fundamentally different (and better) Union that was fatally compromised from the outset and thus needed transformation?

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Reading the Tea Leaves In The White House

by Oui Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 11:26:07 AM EST

Joe Biden was a fervent backer of the Russian reset button - Cold War 2.0 - leading foreign policy during the Obama administration. With many advisors in key position, Putin and Lavrov will raise the castle bridge to weather the coming assault.

Russia ready to cut ties if EU ups sanctions, diplomat says | ABC News |

Russia's Medvedev joined the US proposition on Libya in the UN Security Council on R2P policy and got burned for it. From regime change in Libya, the weapons and jihadist terrorists were transported through Benghazi and Turkey into Northern Syria. By means of Russian intervention in September 2015, it prevented a Sunni terror run regime with slaughter of Christian and Shia minorities. New alliances were forged.

The JCPOA agreement on a nuclear deal with Iran was a policy win for the Obama administration.

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Oxford/AstraZeneca Fails In South Africa

by Oui Sun Feb 7th, 2021 at 09:20:32 PM EST

South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccination programme over variant data | SCMP |

The UK vaccine speedboat hit a log in the river rapids ...

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ICC Has Jurisdiction Over Occupied Palestine

by Oui Sat Feb 6th, 2021 at 09:10:35 AM EST

Blocking judgement of war crimes by Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump and today Joe Biden ...

The ugly war of 2014 will be judged by the ICC in The Hague ... a stone's throw from where I live. Both Israel and Hamas will be held responsible for individual acts against humanity. No longer will western allies be beyond Lady Justice of an International Court.

Both Israel and the United States have sanctioned judges of the Court ... beyond pale and reprehensible of states claiming to be an example of democracy. After the Nuremberg trials, persons should be held responsible for their ugly acts. Torture and rendition, imprisonment without a fair trial and granting "presidential" pardon should not be made possible. Small but distinct steps ...

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China's Sphere of Influence

by Oui Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 11:10:47 PM EST

China 'notes' Myanmar coup, hopes for stability | Reuters |

"We have noted what has happened in Myanmar and are in the process of further understanding the situation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

"China is a friendly neighbour of Myanmar's.

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Parler and Telegram Pioneering Social Revolts (Update)

by Oui Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:05:35 AM EST

The Google, Facebook, Twitter Colour revolutions inspired by Western politics, tech and propaganda ...

The Parler and Telegram social upheaval of inequality inspired by Russian politics, tech and asymmetric info war.

In the United States, the insurrection and assault on the Capitol was transmitted through Parler ...

In The Netherlands encrypted message board of Telegram played a crucial role in coordinating the riots and resulting vandalism ...

Hong Kong protesters warn of Telegram feature that can disclose their identities | ZDNet |

Hong Kong software engineers have published warnings today against using Telegram to coordinate protests due to an issue in the instant messaging app.

They say the discovered issue can allow a threat actor, such as Chinese law enforcement or intelligence services, to obtain the phone numbers users utilized to register a Telegram account, which authorities can then track down to protesters' real-world identities.

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Nationalist Day and Resistance Protests

by Oui Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 09:11:01 AM EST

Invasion Day and Indian Farmers Protest

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Forever Corruption and A Pardon

by Oui Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 08:38:25 AM EST

Impunity leads to further corruption, that's not Democracy, it's a fascist regime of dictatorship in the White House. If needs be, amend the U.S. Constitution.

Written after the assault on Democracy and the U.S. Capitol ...

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Israel and A Presidential Election

by Oui Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 09:17:39 PM EST

Offering President Joe Biden another metro station in East-Jerusalem and a new settlement on occupied Palestinian land?

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Testing UK-EU Friendship Post-Brexit

by Oui Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 09:26:23 PM EST

AstraZeneca cannot play the Britain First card of nationalism ... the EU invested in production facilities in 4 locations ... included two UK factories.

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