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European Defense 4 Freedom

by Oui Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 12:13:47 PM EST

Now that NATO has succeeded in creating an enemy image of Russia, let"s talk up our defenses for former Warschau Pact states incorporated in the Atlantic Alliance ...

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U.S. Joe Biden Will Defend Taiwan

by Oui Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 at 06:34:51 PM EST

Making promises one cannot keep ...

NATO allies be ready for Article 5 in defense of the United States in IndoPacific ...

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Polluting Nations Undermine IPCC Report

by Oui Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 06:30:26 PM EST

Oil and meat producing countries lobby against climate action before COP26

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England Herd Immunity Stage 2.0

by Oui Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 02:43:51 PM EST

The unwise decision by Downing Street #10 on COVID-19 policy is biting all with double vaccinations in the a$$ ... offering the domestic brand of vaccine AstraZeneca with a delayed second AZ jab after 12 weeks has left the population vulnerable. The double vaccine jab offers as low as 33% protection to the Delta variant and the newer mutations. The call for early third booster shots is heard in Parliament.

Furthermore, the UK is far behind the EU states for total vaccinations per capita.

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Biden, Sanctions and Republican Foreign Policy

by Oui Tue Oct 19th, 2021 at 10:15:28 AM EST

Economic sanctions are increasingly being used to promote the full range of American foreign policy objectives. Yet all too often sanctions turn out to be little more than expressions of U.S. preferences that hurt expands American economic interests without changing the target's behaviour for the better.

Doesn't make a better world, it changes the behaviour of American allies more than the intended targets. Bullying through sanctions and NATO military pressure makes states line-up behind unipolar might of the USA. There will be a moment the imbalance causes a confrontation and war, for now it's manoeuvring to stay on top of the pyre of wealth.

Biden Refuses to Lift Trump Sanctions on Iran | CBS News - Feb. 7, 2021 |

In A Nutshell ...

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Biden Reset of Diplomacy Solely with Allies

by Oui Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 10:01:20 PM EST

So NATO and the US suffered a setback by full withdrawal from Afghanistan and left Central Asia to regional powers Turkey, Russia and China. How to get the attention of media and the world.

NATO expels eight 'undeclared' Russian intelligence officers | AP News - Oct. 6, 2021 |

NATO Adding Pressure on Russia

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Pure Capitalism Winning In The Netherlands

by Oui Wed Oct 13th, 2021 at 05:23:10 PM EST

In 25 years more poverty has stricken and children with no breakfast send to school.

Children in poverty in the Netherlands

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Uyghur Freedom Fighters and Kunduz Mosque Attack

by Oui Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 09:22:55 AM EST

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No Exit Strategy - Dismantling of the European Union

by Oui Thu Oct 7th, 2021 at 06:59:01 PM EST

As Slovenia Summit extends invitation to expansion into the Western Balkans, key countries turn their backs on Brussels.

On all levels the EU has come up short to deliver policy ahead of crisis. The woes are added very few months and patience is running out. More nations are putting in a great effort to undermine the union, no need to look at exterior players like Russia and Putin or the United States and Trump/Biden. NATO and Stoltenberg adds fuel to the burning fires of discontent.

For two decades, the EU Commission and its president(s) have not effectively shown leadership for a stronger bond between EU countries. How to get rid of unwilling nations like Austria, Hungary and Poland. Threats just do not work and power of sanctions are quite limited. The Constitutional Court in Warsaw put a stake into the beating heart of Brussels.

Activists target Poland's constitutional court ahead of crucial ruling

More below the fold ...

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EU-27 to Tackle Economic Powers US and China

by Oui Tue Oct 5th, 2021 at 02:03:33 PM EST

EU leaders seek unity on how to face China, US | France24 |

EU leaders will have a hard discussion on Europe's place in the world on Tuesday as they seek unity on how to approach ties with superpowers China and the US.

The 27 heads of state and government are set to converge on Brdo Castle in the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia, the country that currently holds the EU's rotating presidency.

While no concrete outcome is expected from the meeting, "this is the first time leaders have met since June, and with everything that has happened, that seems ages ago", a senior EU diplomat said.

The dinner takes place on the eve of an EU-Western Balkans summit in which countries to the bloc's east will seek assurances on one day joining the European Union.

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The Leveler: Build Back Better

by Oui Mon Oct 4th, 2021 at 07:31:12 AM EST

PM Boris Johnson and the Tories now own the Red Wall of Britain ...

Iain Macwhirter: The Tory Red Wall is wilting at the greening of Boris Johnson

"Beyond the pandemic; building back greener; renewing community assets; transforming energy to reach net zero; transport connectivity and levelling up; putting green jobs at the heart of recovery ..." the list of official Conservative Party Conference fringe events in Manchester this week reads like a resume of Keir Starmer's speech to the Labour Conference. And that isn't a list of events held by charities and lobby groups, but the Conservative Party's own fringe agenda.

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ICIJ: Pandora Papers Treasure for EU Politicians

by Oui Sun Oct 3rd, 2021 at 08:29:22 PM EST

While foreign aid poured in, Jordan's King Abdullah funnelled $100m through secret companies to buy luxury homes

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AUKUS: Choice for a Chaotic Boris Is Striking

by Oui Fri Oct 1st, 2021 at 08:03:57 AM EST

The East-West propagandists are having a field day ... 😄

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Not A Democracy

by Oui Wed Sep 29th, 2021 at 02:52:40 PM EST

Gerrymandering

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A Decade of Destruction In Middle East

by Oui Sun Sep 26th, 2021 at 11:26:22 AM EST

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The Nine Lives of Dutch PM Mark Rutte

by Oui Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 11:54:50 AM EST

A March to COP26 in Glasgow ...

A New Classic in Climate Change Litigation: The Dutch Supreme Court Decision in the Urgenda Case | EJIL Talk - Jan. 6, 2020 |

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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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