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A Bloody War with Only Losers

by Oui Sat Sep 18th, 2021 at 10:10:47 AM EST

Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires ... yet it's the civilian population that bears the brunt of violence and have to pick op the pieces of a devastated nation.

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The Big Lie China

by Oui Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 09:56:21 AM EST

Highly Unlikely ...

PM Mark Rutte travels to London today to visit his friend and Conservative colleague Boris Johnson ... it's about Afghanistan he says. 🤥 Hard to believe as his caretaker Cabinet was shaken by vote of censure in Dutch lower house yesterday affecting both the FM Kaag (D66) and Defense minister Bijleveld (CDA). Both are leading politicians of parties still supporting the caretaker government. Sigrid Kaag resigned to work full time as MP and key player in the formation talks ongoing for six months after the election.

He lost two key figures of his cabinet due to failures on withdrawal from Kabul and leaving interpreters with family and human rights workers behind. Handling of visa and papers were in chaos as staff had left with the first evacuation flight. Rutte has no soul of decency and serves his party's populist agenda on immigration and with priority less taxation for multinationals. Problems are not solved ... where is our Dutch leader? His heart is in corporate welfare, not the hard working people of main street Rotterdam or Groningen.

Gas production and earthquakes in Groningen: reflection on economic and social consequences | RUG Edu |

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Israel and Yom Kippur

by Oui Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 06:14:40 PM EST

Security at last ...

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Denmark: Solidarity and Trust to Beat the Pandemic

by Oui Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 09:18:33 AM EST

The territorial impact of COVID-19: Managing the crisis across levels of government | OECD - Nov. 10, 2020 |

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years?

by Oui Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 01:52:08 PM EST

Zelensky's U.S. visit: new tone in relations

Meanwhile ...

U.S., Germany strike a deal to allow completion of controversial Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline | CNBC - July 21, 2021 |

Nord Stream 2: Last piece of gas pipeline is in place | DW |

Construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline took a major step to completion. According to the company, the final piece of piping has been welded together. It will then be lowered into place in the Baltic Sea. It must then be connected and will then be expected to begin operating soon.

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Wilkerson On the Failed Mission After 9/11

by Oui Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 06:14:19 PM EST

Previous title: Amanpour On the Lawrence Wilkerson Show

George Bush became President based on lies and voter suppression in Jeb Bush’s Florida. The whole nation and Western allies looked to him for leadership after America’s second Pearl Harbor. Bush was fed lies and Biblical quotes to go into Iraq to avenge Saddam’s plot to murder his dad. The military show of force based on anger was led by VP Cheney and master of evil at the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld.

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Unbelievable a very astute analysis of the fault lines in the American Empire. So much regret for the role he played in the run-up to the Iraq War.

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Operation Enduring Freedom Has Ended 2001-2021

by Oui Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 09:23:39 AM EST

20 Years Military Operation Shock and Awe has Sizzled Out - Cost of US Wealth expressed in $$ trillions (military technology, arms investment and bribes) and loss of American diplomatic prestige overseas.

"You are either with us, or with the terrorists."

As the United States prepares for the 20 Year  Commemoration of the 9/11 Attacks on America ...

President Bush has been talking to world leaders since last Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing thousands.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair met with the President just prior to the speech and accompanied him to Capitol Hill. "We stand side by side with you now, without hesitation. This is a struggle that concerns us all, the whole of the democratic and civilized and free world," he said.

Prime Minister Blair sat to the right of First Lady Laura Bush during the address. To her left was New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

The House chamber, which is always used for joint meetings, was packed for the event. Mr. Bush's only other speech to the legislature was back on February 28, when the bitterness of last year's presidential election dispute filled the hall. The atmosphere this time was very different. There was unity, sorrow and determination. "Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment," he said.

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Collapse of An Empire

by Oui Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 10:17:41 AM EST

The U.S. Foreign Policy 'Establishment' Is Incredibly Dumb | MofA |

Decades of zero accountability for US political, economic,Intel agency elites has decimated US democratic institutions & led to an establishment that is allowed to make the same 'mistakes' over and over again? Unending impunity for elites isn't Democracy, it's Tyranny.  [Posted by: Stephen Kalil]

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Texas Taliban Rule

by Oui Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:15:00 PM EST

Extremist Republican Party politicians placing patriarchy law above human rights and body integrity of women, the majority stakeholder in the Lone Star state.

    The Bible has become an important feature of the legal system of Southern States with its attendant implications for reproductive health and human rights. Like other religious doctrines, Christianity has been used to legitimize conlicting positions on gender and reproductive choice. In some cases, women were being denied rights by those who claimed to be acting in the name of Jesus Christ, some of which are incompatible with internationally recognized human rights. This article identifies selected sexual and reproductive health issues at the intersection of reproductive rights and Natural Law e.g. adultery (zina), gender, marriage, polygny, and violence against women and considers how their shared concerns may prompt actions leading to the elimination of religious and cultural barriers imposed by Bible fundamentalists which impede the implementation of international legal frameworks and consensus documents on reproductive rights.

Intersection between Texas Law, the  Bible and Reproductive and/or Sexual Health and Human Rights

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Gap Between Dutch Rightwing Cabinet and Human Rights

by Oui Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 10:47:07 PM EST

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Four US Presidents and Lives Lost 2001-2021

by Oui Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 12:17:19 PM EST

How the US created a world of endless war | The Guardian |

In 2008, many of Barack Obama's supporters hoped he would bring the global war on terror to a close. Instead, he expanded it - and his successors have done nothing to change course.

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Louisiana Delta Variant and Ida Storm Surge

by Oui Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 07:04:24 PM EST

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How The U.S. Becomes A Target of Revanche

by Oui Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 11:55:40 AM EST

Martyr Qassem Soleimani met with leaders of Afghanistan in Panjshir valley and after martyrdom of Ahmad Shah Massoud in September 2001. He had a vital role in designing ground operations against Taliban in the liberation of Herat.

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Afghanistan is a Debacle All of Our Own Making | Aug. 16, 2021 |

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Islamic State Khorasan Province

by Oui Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 12:03:13 PM EST

"We destroyed Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, mission accomplished. Our boys are coming home."

ISIL or Islamic State or Al Nusra or dozens of affiliated terror groups are linked to jihadist terror of Al Qaeda. Pakistan and the Taliban territory from Quetta into North Waziristan is Taliban territory.

Biden Adviser Sees 'Acute' ISIS Terror Risk at Kabul Airport

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The American Dream

by Oui Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 10:34:08 PM EST

Love of one's country France 🇫🇷 ... wow!

Joséphine Baker performs (1944)

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Islamist Jihad and Taliban Throw Out US and NATO

by Oui Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 11:58:08 AM EST

Keeping defeat under wraps? Why so unprepared and telling the world of the Taliban surprise with a straight face. The reality of facts on the ground, Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Kunduz have become household names to the global community for the past twenty years. Yesterday Joe Biden lowered his tone, showed some humility and even a whiff of empathy for non-American citizens. The President in the White House staged act with General Austin, VP Kamala Harris and Secr. Antony Blinken to explain, in an adapted version, the situation of US Forces liberating tens of thousands fleeing their country because of some sort of regime change. The world watches in anguish knowing not everyone will manage to escape the Taliban and their version of strict Shari'a Law.

Members of a Taliban delegation, led by chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (center, front), leave after peace talks with senior Afghan politicians in Moscow on May 30, 2019.

New Round Of Afghan Peace Talks Held Amid Deadly Attacks | RFERL |

Joe Biden presents himself as leader of the Free World and stands out above any criticism. In his rhetoric he still paints an unrealistic picture and outright non-truths. Within the hour members of his NSC team contradicted their boss in hearings on the Hill.

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Afghanistan: Dutch Leaving Civilians Behind

by Oui Fri Aug 20th, 2021 at 11:29:14 AM EST

Well prepared by taking troops out of the country in a timely fashion ...

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Theresa May: A Unilateral Decision by the US

by Oui Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 10:37:56 AM EST

We need to rethink NATO ...

A restless House of Commons with exquisite role by former PM Theresa May  🙏🏽

MP Theresa May concluded that Islamic terror has not been mitigated, but has spread across the Middle East.

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A Summer Holiday

by Oui Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 09:44:53 AM EST

Dereliction of duty by western leaders as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, closing borders and conquering district capitals from East to West and North to South.

EU Home Affairs commissioner Adalbert Jahnz has retweeted ...

Stunning facts of a hostile environment for immigrants and refugees ... basics of universal human rights. Just here at home ... no need to look further.

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Afghan Transfer of Power to Taliban

by Oui Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 10:31:56 AM EST

As smoke billows above US Embassy, diplomats and staff exit by CH-47 Chinook Helicopters ...

BREAKING NEWS:

The Taliban has ordered its fighters to enter the Afghan capital Kabul to prevent looting after local police deserted their posts, a spokesman for the militant group said on Sunday.The statement by Zabihullah Mujahid came shortly after a leading Afghan peace envoy said President Ashraf Ghani had left the country for Tajikistan.

Ghani Resigns, Transfers Power to Taliban

Follow-up from earlier diary ...

Iraq War Crimes and  Impending Loss of Kabul

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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