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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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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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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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The Tory Brexit Pandemic

by Oui Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 10:18:22 AM EST

Rotting fish, lost business and piles of red tape. The reality of Brexit hits Britain | CNN News |

For all the fanfare made when Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a trade deal with Brussels on Christmas Eve, the inescapable reality of leaving the European Union's customs and regulatory territory has already started to bite.

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China Releases Trump's Deck of Cards

by Oui Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 11:32:16 AM EST

Enemy #1 is Mike Pompeo

"Good riddance, Donald Trump!" read a gleeful tweet from Chinese state news service Xinhua.

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A New Dawn In America

by Oui Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:55:32 AM EST

Inauguration Day - Jan. 6, 2021 @12:00 hrs

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A Rush To Judgement Day

by Oui Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 06:55:35 AM EST

Just like Texas governor George W. Bush and his AG Alberto Gonzales ... an indelible legacy.

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