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Assassins for Hire In UAE and Saudi Arabia

by Oui Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:25:56 PM EST

A bit of history put into context due to recent developments in the Middle East, the Abraham "Business" Accords, neglect of Palestinian cause and "regime change" in the White House from Trump to Biden. A new ball game?

Dahlan hired US mercenaries for UAE killings in Yemen | MEMO - Oct. 17, 2018 |

The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s ex-Security Chief Mohammed Dahlan arranged for US mercenaries to carry out targeted assassinations in Yemen on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The deal emerged yesterday after the founder of the security firm hired by Dahlan - Hungarian-Israeli security contractor Abraham Golan - gave an interview to Buzzfeed News in which he detailed the elaborate details of the arrangement.

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A House Divided - Truce Firebombed

by Oui Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 07:15:37 AM EST

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Bedouin Tribe Challenges Saudi Neom Tech City

by Oui Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 11:11:49 AM EST

Saudi tribe challenges crown prince's plans for tech city | BBC News |

The Huwaitat are a proud, ancient and traditionally nomadic Bedouin tribe that have lived on both sides of the Saudi-Jordanian border for hundreds of years.

Revered in history as fearless warriors, they fought alongside T E Lawrence in the Arab Revolt of 1917 and he mentioned them in his epic memoir, Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

I spent several weeks living with them in my 20s in the desert dunes east of Jordan's Wadi Rum, catching a glimpse of a traditional way of life that was fast disappearing.


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HHS Closes WarpSpeed AZ Manufacturing Plant

by Oui Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:25:51 AM EST

FDA has not approved manufacturing of vaccines by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. and has yet to approve the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. It is BARDA, a division of the U.S. HHS which took steps and intervened in the manufacturing of Johnson & Johnson to reach standards of quality at the plant.

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Which State Is Behind Coup Attempt Jordan

by Oui Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 09:05:00 PM EST

Developing story ...

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Crucifixion of Mark Rutte

by Oui Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 05:03:20 PM EST

The End of Mark Rutte?

Caught in a damn BIG LIE! ... Trump and Johnson equivalence:

"I have no memory of it"

~ Mark Rutte 2021 @MinPres

How can you forget coalition conversations?
How can you still be active at all as
Prime Minister when you forget things so quickly.

Resign and go!

I have waited years for the moment this lying ass gets what he deserves ...

NOS News: Party Leaders Astounded

Angry MPs even call for new elections!

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Rebuilding US Alliance with EU - Human Rights

by Oui Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 10:59:45 AM EST

A crucial role as a wedge in Near Asia, the Middle East and the Russian Empire is played by Erdoğan's vast nation Turkey. It bridges three continents and is close to China's province of Xinjiang, home to the Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group.

More below the fold ...

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Biden's 'Multilateralism' Amounts To AmericaFirst!!

by Oui Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 12:58:18 PM EST

A new face, a bit of adjustment in packaging the act.

On Defense and Security, NATO and the EU preemptively complied with the wishes of the new Biden administration ... wishful thinking there will be reciprocity.

EU envoys agree first China sanctions in three decades | Reuters - March 17, 2021 |

The European Union agreed on Wednesday to blacklist Chinese officials for human rights abuses, two diplomats said, the first sanctions against Beijing since an EU arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

EU ambassadors approved the travel bans and asset freezes on four Chinese individuals and one entity, whose names will not be made public until formal approval by EU foreign ministers on March 22, as part of a new and wider rights sanctions list.

While the sanctions are mainly symbolic, the adoption marks a significant hardening in the EU's policy towards China, which Brussels long regarded as a benign trading partner but now views as a systematic abuser of basic rights and freedoms.

The 1989 EU arms embargo on China, its second-largest trade partner, is still in place.

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Rightwing Kahane Member to Enter Knesset

by Oui Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 09:58:33 AM EST

Sign of the times in Israel when a member of a terrorist designated group enters the Knesset to join forces with a corrupt Bibi Netanyahu to keep him out of prison.

At first I put up a few posts, not expecting a different election return than the other three in the last 2-3 years with Bibi Netanyahu crowned as new Prime Minister of an extreme rightwing Jewish State in the Middle East, the cradle of Religious turmoil and turf wars. I understand from following the election news on i24 channel in English, the hatred within the State of Israel between tribes and countries of origin are far worse than we can imagine in a calm EU-27 by comparison.

Elections give rise to extremist party in Knesset | Ynet News |

An alliance of far-right groups including openly racist and homophobic candidates appears poised to enter Israel's parliament, possibly as an indispensable member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition, according to exit polls Tuesday.

The Religious Zionist Party includes a new incarnation of the Kahanist movement, a Jewish extremist group outlawed as terrorists by Israel, the United States and other Western countries decades ago over its incitement to violence against Arabs.

Its rise heralds a further shift to the right in Israel, where parties that support Jewish settlements and oppose the creation of a Palestinian state already dominate the political scene. A solidly right-wing government would likely find itself on a collision course with U.S. President Joe Biden's administration, which has pressed for the revival of peace efforts.

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Allies ...

by Oui Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 03:35:57 PM EST

The Great Abraham Business Accords don't recognize International Treaties, Human Rights, United Nations and the ICC.

Top Saudi official issued death threat against UN's Khashoggi investigator | The Guardian |

A senior Saudi official issued what was perceived to be a death threat against the independent United Nations investigator, Agnès Callamard, after her investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an interview with the Guardian, the outgoing special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings said that a UN colleague alerted her in January 2020 that a senior Saudi official had twice threatened in a meeting with other senior UN officials in Geneva that month to have Callamard "taken care of" if she was not reined in by the UN.

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EU Threatens to Stop Export Oxford AZ Vaccines

by Oui Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 01:05:49 PM EST

The European Union could stop AstraZeneca from exporting its COVID-19 vaccine from the bloc if the British-Swedish pharma company does not meet its supply obligations, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in comments published on Saturday.

"We have the possibility to forbid planned exports. That is the message to AstraZeneca: You fulfill your contract with Europe before you start delivering to other countries," von der Leyen told newspapers from the Funke Media Group.

She said the company had delivered only 30% of the doses promised in the first quarter of 2021. She also pointed out that although the contract with AstraZeneca had stipulated that the EU would receive vaccines from factories in the EU and Britain, "we have received nothing from the Britons, while we deliver vaccines to them."

Von der Leyen referred to statistics showing that at least 41 million doses of coronavirus vaccine had been exported from the EU to 33 countries, despite a shortfall in vaccine supplies in the bloc itself. According to the commission, 9 million doses have gone from the EU to the UK and a million to the US.

"I cannot justify to European citizens why we export millions of vaccine doses to countries that produce vaccines themselves -- and from whom nothing comes back," von der Leyen said. "And I can barely justify exports to countries that have a much higher vaccination rate and far fewer infections than the EU."

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US Foreign Policy Mirrors A Failed Empire

by Oui Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 07:54:00 AM EST

One can't bully the World representing the "other" 95%.

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Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

by Oui Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 02:10:21 PM EST

[Update-1]

Unexpectedly, not to my surprise, the BIG lie caught up with caretaker PM Mark Rutte ...

The End of Mark Rutte? | April 1, 2021 |

Trust eroded badly from pre-election 54% to 25% today 😡

END OF UPDATE

In recent weeks the Liberal Freedom Party VVD lost the equivalent of 10 seats in polling from a record high of 43 seats. Mark Rutte back on Earth.

Conservative Dutch leader has a long list of mismanagement in government during his tenure of 10 years.

The most serious for me is the obfuscation, his secrecy in decision making and withholding crucial information from Parliament - de Tweede Kamer. This deficit has been named the Rutte Doctrine.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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British Empire and Silencing Dissent

by Oui Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 09:26:44 AM EST

In the week of Women's Rights ...

#ClaphamCommon #ReclaimTheseStreets

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Patients Covid-19 Develop Blood Clots

by Oui Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 09:36:35 AM EST

From the earliest studies, this has been reported. Developing vaccines which induces immunization to the SARS CoV-2 virus may very likely cause such an effect receiving a jab by a minimal number of healthy persons. Having a genetic risk of blood clots in the family, Leyden V blood factor, I'm well aware of the risk and will be critical to the vaccine I will receive. No Russian roulette on not having a choice but just get in line and STFU.

Scott Morrison says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for Australians after reports of blood clots | The Guardian |

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Refugees: Honduras Drugs Cartel and US Business Interests

by Oui Wed Mar 10th, 2021 at 08:43:01 PM EST

Honduran president says U.S. probe of his alleged drug ties could scuttle cooperation with Washington | Reuters |

Honduras. a country not caring for its people ... thus tens of thousands start the long track North with hope of reaching the U.S. border ...

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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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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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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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