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'Democracy' At Work - It's Boris

by Oui Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 11:50:29 AM EST

No surprise there ... any thoughts on the coming months leading up to the real deal Brexit before 10-31-2019?

The exciting period leading up to this Tory election has taken the excitement in the Strait of Hormuz to the backburner ... the flames need to be contended with. Will Hunt stay on as FM?

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Ukraine MP election: Removing Oligarchs ... Some

by Oui Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 11:44:20 AM EST

Heading into Ukraine's July 21 parliamentary elections, new President Volodomyr Zelenskiy is riding a high. Having swept into office in late May with 73% of the vote, Zelenskiy is poised to take a commanding share of the Ukrainian Rada (parliament), if not an outright majority.

Most polls have his Servant of the People Party with somewhere between 42% and 48% of the vote, figures that are unheard of in a system in which a top party rarely wins more than one-third. The next most popular party, the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc, has only 15% of the vote according to polls. [Source: Brookings Institute]

How Pro-Russian Oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk Is Regaining Power in Ukraine

Ukraine parliamentary vote: Fresh start or a U-turn? | DW |

Radical plans

Sunday's election will be decisive for Zelenskiy: For his radical fresh start, the former comedian needs a broad majority. Zelenskiy wants to reform almost all sectors, press ahead with digitization and fight corruption. He has also hinted at a reckoning with the legacy left by former President Petro Poroshenko.

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After PM May, Rutte's Friendship w Trump

by Oui Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 06:52:07 AM EST

Miscalculation by Dutch PM Mark Rutte: an Atlanticist, conservative and long-time Theresa May supporter ...

News Analysis: Strong signal by northern eight unlikely to be game changer in eurozone reforms
Due to Brexit, smaller countries fear French and German dominance

Serving personal interests and lobbying for an IMF position for Jeroen Dijsselbloem ... the joint press conference with President Trump dwarfed all Dutch talking points ...

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Brexit, Boris and Secret Liaison Lebedev

by Oui Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 07:49:21 PM EST

Nothing here to see ... just as the domestic quarrel issue, Der Boris honors the Sicilian code of silence, the omertà.

Il sindaco di Londra Boris Johnson in Umbria ospite dell'oligarca Evgeny Lebedev | Umbria24 - Nov. 2012 |

Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over party in Lebedev mansion | The Guardian - 4 hrs ago |

Boris Johnson is refusing to give details of a trip he made to Italy when he was foreign secretary for a weekend-long party held at a restored castle owned by the media billionaire and socialite Evgeny Lebedev.

The Guardian has learned that the likely next prime minister went to Palazzo Terranova in Perugia in April 2018 at the invitation of Lebedev [4th invitation], the owner of the London Evening Standard and the Independent who is renowned for hosting glamorous events for the world's rich and famous.

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A Coordinated Attack On Labour and Corbyn

by Oui Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 09:55:14 AM EST

Two whistleblowers in BBC documentary covering anti-Semitism in the Labour party found their way to smart libel lawyer Mark Lewis doing pro-Israel cases for free.

With Panorama's hatchet job on Labour antisemitism, BBC has become pro-Tory media | Middle-East Eye |

It is difficult to describe as anything other than a hatchet job the BBC Panorama special this week that sought to bolster claims that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become "institutionally antisemitic".  

The partisan tone was set from the opening shot. A young woman whose name was not revealed tearfully claimed to have been abused with antisemitic taunts at a Labour Party conference.

The decision not to disclose their interviewee's identity is understandable in the circumstances. It would have discredited the whole narrative Panorama was trying so hard to build.

The woman's name is Ella Rose, a senior official in the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), an organisation representing Jewish and non-Jewish members of Labour at the forefront of attacks on Corbyn. Rose has a secret past too: she once worked at the Israeli embassy in London.

Jewish Labour Movement was refounded to fight Corbyn

The Jewish Labour Movement is fighting our friends and propping up our enemies | JC |

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Italy's Appeal Court Jails Collaborators 'Operation Condor'

by Oui Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:16:33 AM EST

Will this sentencing stand in Italy's highest court??

Processo d'appello contro i responsabili dell'Operazione Condor
Operazione Condor, 24 ergastoli a ex capi di Stato e 007 per 23 italiani uccisi

Italian court jails 24 over South American Operation Condor | The Guardian |

Prosecutors in the case drew on the precedent set in 2000 by the arrest in London of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet under the principle of "universal jurisdiction".

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Trump's Pride Shot Out of the Air by Iran

by Oui Fri Jun 21st, 2019 at 06:41:00 AM EST

Clock ticking towards a US-Iran military confrontration in the Persian Gulf region ...

Coping with Iran: Confrontation, Containment, or Engagement? | RAND - 2007 |

Is Trump willing to risk destroying a civilization existing thousands of years before the journey of Columbus and the discovery of the Americas in 1492 AD?

This event on the same day the USA named as a rogue state ...

US joins four rogue countries seen as likely forces for bad, poll finds | The Guardian |

I have been writing this for a number of years now! The election of Trump tipped the scale towards a force of evil ...

Donald Trump Decided to Strike Iranian Missile System, Then Changed His Mind | Newsweek |

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As the Lights Go Out!

by Oui Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 06:48:12 PM EST

Colombia stun dominant Argentina at 2019 Copa America

The big blackout across South America ...

I'm not sure whether to blame Messi - Putin - Israel - or US Cyber Command! Perhaps the Hand of God. Diego?

Apagón masivo: se cortó la luz en todo el país

El país entero amaneció en penumbras por un apagón masivo que también dejó sin servicio eléctrico a Uruguay, Brasil y Chile. Se estima que el corte afecta a unas 48 millones de personas en el conosur. De acuerdo a las distribuidoras Edenor y Edesur, se trata de una "falla masiva en el sistema de interconexión eléctrica", aunque no dieron más detalles. El secretario de Energía, Gustavo Lopetegui, brindará una conferencia de prensa a las 15 hs en el Palacio de Hacienda.

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The End of May, Her True Colors

by Oui Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 at 12:13:45 PM EST

[Update] Frank’s fp story - Trump's triumphant trolloping tirades

Inviting the U.S. potentate on a State Visit ... all along on a path of a no-deal Brexit. Let Nigel Farage do the talking in Brussels. WTF

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Globalization, Brexit and A Field Day for Vultures

by Oui Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:41:19 AM EST

Is Scunthorpe the British version of Ohio's Youngstown?

Mix private equity, Brexit mania, state incompetence and what do you get? Scunthorpe | The Guardian Opinion |

Last week, as British Steel went into receivership, Scunthorpe was set to join them. Two thirds of its citizens voted for Brexit three years ago, and so unintentionally helped accelerate the insolvency and potential closure that duplicitous Leave politicians - including our expected next prime minister, Boris "fuck business" Johnson - said that Brexit would avert. Or it would, they argued, be only transitional pain before the sunlit uplands of immigrant-free, global free trade brought riches back to these threatened communities.

British Steel works, at Scunthorpe, England. The four foundries visible in this photo are named after four queens of England: Anne, Bess, Victoria and Mary.

In particular, what broke British Steel was £2.6bn of revenue it expected to receive under the EU's carbon trading scheme, now frozen because of a threatened Brexit.

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Europe Elects - Results

by Oui Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 07:51:17 PM EST

Complete surprise result in Dutch exit poll - LABOUR WINS - PvdA

>> See Update Dutch results below in posted comment. <<

The loss of three seats for PVV - Geert Wilders - go to new rightwing party Forum for Democracy - Thierry Baudet.

The last poll was completely off target – here.

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Magic of Thatcherism and Reagonomics

by Oui Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 08:56:34 AM EST

The offspring in name of Theresa May - Tories - and rightwing Donald Trump, the personification of American Capitalism ...

Amber Rudd to lodge complaint over UN's austerity report | The Guardian |

Rudd will argue that Alston is politically biased and did not do enough research. The minister is seeking guidance from the Foreign Office on the best way to respond after Alston compared her department's welfare policies to the creation of Victorian workhouses.

Alston quoted the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes to warn that unless austerity was ended and welfare cuts were reversed, millions of poorer Britons faced lives that would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short".

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Imminent: Trump's War In Persian Gulf Region

by Oui Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:39:01 AM EST

As I have written in my recent diary about signs of war preparation beyond the typical warmongering of the neocons in the White House and on that shining hill in Washington DC ...

Pompeo Cancels Berlin Visit .. Flies East Out of Moscow

The U.S. won't shun using the "tiny" nuclear bombs to impress other nations of the (al)might of the Pentagon and U.S. military prowess. Donald Trump is set out on a course to perform "better" than any previous American president in history. Carter got bogged down in the Iranian desert with a failed rescue attempt of hostages. Reagan got clobbered in Southern Lebanon and suffered great losses. Clinton was a fool who couldn't keep his zipper up. Bush and Obama made flawed decisions to expand wars beyond a theater the Pentagon and its global allies could handle. Terror has expanded a hundredfold across the globe.

The European Union was founded on a premise of peace between nations. The enemy is inside one's self, there is no reason to start a new global war on any scale. The Persian theater has been and will be a grave of innocents led into war by megalomaniacs.

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The Whistleblower and Drone Assassinations

by Oui Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:16:37 AM EST

Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept published an eight-part series titled "The Drone Papers" in 2015. Scahill is a hero investigative journalist whom I admire over the years.

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq by Oui @BooMan on Oct. 9, 2014

US charges intelligence analyst for leaking information on drone program | DW |

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Daniel Everette Hale, a former intelligence analyst, with the theft and disclosure of sensitive government information in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday.

Hale, who was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday morning, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of leaking classified information on the targeted assassination of individuals in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

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Europe Day - May 9th 2019

by Oui Thu May 9th, 2019 at 05:50:40 PM EST

Started as a response to a new member here @EuroTrib ... StillInTheWilderness

Nowadays I try te leave US politics and focus on the effect of its foreign policy on Europe, the Middle East and all other continents. Hopefully here @EuroTrib we can focus on the most urgent issues at hand for planet Earth - Gaia - and its living creatures.

Americans and their trauma of 2016 - h/t Cat

America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate | Grayzone |

Today I read an artikel about the US Ambassador to Germany ... why doesn't he get the boot from Berlin?

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Pompeo Cancels Berlin Visit .. Flies East Out of Moscow

by Oui Tue May 7th, 2019 at 07:47:22 PM EST

LATEST NEWS: see updates below ...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flies eastward out of Moscow ...

China vice-premier due in Washington for two days of trade talks ... Dow plunges nearly 600 points.

    "Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will go to the United States on Thursday to continue trade negotiations, the Ministry of Commerce said. The trip, scheduled for two days, is shorter than expected. The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that Liu was preparing for the trip."

'No more concessions'. Why is China playing hardball in trade war talks with the United States? | SCMP |
China warns US after warships sail in disputed South China Sea | DW |

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The Jewish State and the Holocaust

by Oui Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 12:17:18 PM EST

All wars of choice are horrible episodes in terms of human suffering and devastation of lives lost.

The 20th century was one of the ugliest with many genocides and the first unleashing of massive destruction by use of the atom bomb.

The European Union was founded on the principle of the Four Freedoms and to build a union of peace, not accepting devastation of war. In the new century, the lessons of history seem to be lost as the production and spread of arms is seen as economic well being. I strongly disagree ... and will resist thru my writing and voice at the ballot box.

Raphael Lemkin (June 24, 1900-August 28, 1959) was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. Before World War II, Lemkin was interested in the Armenian genocide and campaigned in the League of Nations to ban what he called 'barbarity' and 'vandalism.' He is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1943 from the root words genos (Greek for 'family,' 'tribe,' or 'race') and -cide (Latin for 'killing'). He first used the word in print in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation - Analysis of Government - Proposals for Redress (1944)

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The American Century - End of Exceptionalism

by Oui Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 09:07:43 PM EST

Excellent diaries by Jeff Huber for a timely reread ...

Neocon Bunker Hunker (Continued)

Part I outlined the neocons' "resurgence" strategy.  Part II discusses how Barack Obama may be steering us toward a neo-neoconservativism.

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The Heiress

by Oui Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 07:51:55 AM EST

So wondeful! The American Dream in reverse is still possible ... from the Ritz to Rikers Island. Hopefully the "heiress" has TV in her room so she can watch the Netflix serie in her name ...

Rubbing shoulders with the "greats" walking this planet!  Just like Hollywood ... mostly fake.

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Bashir's Savings for his Day In Court (ICC)

by Oui Sat Apr 20th, 2019 at 05:37:07 PM EST

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