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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:43:56 PM EST
Bolsonaro tells students to read book by dictatorship-era torturer
Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of "drinking from the sewer of history" after urging teenage students to read a book by a notorious dictatorship-era torturer accused of directing interrogation sessions where victims were were whipped, given electric shocks and pounded with vine wood canes.

Bolsonaro, an outspoken fan of the 1964-1985 military regime during which hundreds of political opponents were murdered and thousands more tortured, met with students at the gates of the presidential palace in the capital, Brasília, on Monday.

Trump's protege.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 02:37:54 AM EST
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basic background:
Thousands of Haitians took to the streets in October and November 2018, in response to revelations that billions of US dollars meant for infrastructure were missing from the Venezuelan-sponsored PetroCaribe fund. They resumed in early February after the government declared a state of economic emergency, with demonstrators expressing discontent over the cost of living and calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign.

The UN Mission said that during the October protests, police using excessive force injured 44 protestors and killed 3 others. It also reported allegations that police using excessive force caused 21 casualties, including 6 deaths, during the November protests.

The government announced in January that it would pursue civil and criminal action against individuals implicated in the PetroCaribe scandal.

US Embassy in Haiti Security Alerts
VOA interviews Haiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Bocchit Edmond , 19 Sep 2019
"During the interview, Minister Bocchit addressed a number of key diplomatic issues currently affecting Haiti."
Violent clashes between protesters and police, 21 Sep
Friday 261st birthday of the Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines, several thousand protesters took the streets for the 5th day and express their anger and frustration against the fuel shortage that lasts for 3 weeks, the expensive life and the adjustment announced the rise in the price of diesel at the pump.
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In addition, demonstrators responding to the call of the radical opposition came to support the popular movement and demand, among other things, the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Me André Michel Spokesperson of the radical opposition movement known as "Popular Democratic Sector" describes the mobilization as a "total success" and took the opportunity to condemn the violent repression of the police against the protesters...
10,000 soldiers at the border protect the Dominican territory, 30 Sep
"He explained that this border surveillance device, additionally to prevent the entry of people fleeing violence in Haiti, also aims to fight against smuggling of any kind."
APsplainin | Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy

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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 02:19:36 PM EST
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#forgiveness #Haiti
Carlos Dorestant, a 22-year-old motorcycle driver, said he saw the man next to him shot, apparently by police, as protesters dismantled a barrier near the U.N. office.

"We are asking everyone in charge to tell Jovenel to resign," he said, his shirt stained with blood. "The people are suffering."
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Several protesters held up signs asking the U.S. for help. "Trump give Haiti one chance" read one, while another quoted a tweet by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A third referred to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who discussed the crisis with Haitians in Miami on Thursday.



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by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 04:35:17 PM EST
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VOA | Pelosi Discusses Haiti Crisis with Diaspora, 4 Oct
The speaker traveled to Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to discuss Haiti's political crisis and hear the Haitian diaspora's concerns. Pelosi was joined by Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, whose district includes Little Haiti. Fourteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus also attended the meeting.

Pelosi, whom Wilson introduced as "the most powerful woman in the world," received an enthusiastic welcome.



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by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 05:29:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 02:43:41 PM EST
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REUTERS | Brazil's leftist former president Lula released from prison
"Investors were jolted by the prospect of Lula returning to the political stage and uniting opposition to the market-friendly government, although he is barred from running in upcoming elections."

So yeah. What is Paul Singer up to these days?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 10:44:39 PM EST
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archived 2018
NATO Comes to South America: Colombia Becomes Alliance's Official Partner

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by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 01:52:29 AM EST
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Egypt's Tahrir Square on lockdown as regime moves to stifle protests

Egyptian security forces have blocked access to Cairo's Tahrir Square, the highly symbolic focal point of the 2011 revolution, as part of a wide-ranging crackdown aimed at heading off planned protests against the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Barricades and checkpoints on surrounding streets and the Qasr al-Nil Bridge diverted traffic on Friday afternoon, and three metro stations underneath the square were closed. Security officials stopped and searched pedestrians in the vicinity.

The Sisi regime appeared to have been caught off guard last weekend when hundreds of protesters took to the streets in major towns and cities. Security forces responded with live fire and teargas. More than 2,000 people have since been detained, including high-profile activists who do not appear to have had any involvement in the protests, according to civil society groups.

The Arab winter.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 04:05:51 AM EST
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Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Parliament and in cities across Indonesia on Monday urging the president, Joko Widodo, to halt legislation aimed at crippling anti-corruption efforts and sharply reducing personal freedom.

Efforts by the outgoing Parliament to rush through a series of contested bills with the president's approval before its five-year session ended Monday have aroused national concern over the measures, which opponents say would transform Indonesia into a less tolerant and more repressive society. Protesters fear the reintroduction of the measures after the new Parliament is sworn in on Tuesday.

One far-reaching measure, a proposed revision of the criminal code, would outlaw abortion except in cases of rape and incest and prohibit sex outside marriage, effectively banning gay and lesbian relations. It also would restrict free speech by strengthening laws on blasphemy and treason and making it a crime to insult the president.

Fighting corruption turns into puritanism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 04:33:12 AM EST
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Authoritarianism and puritanism are simply means of control, because they co-opt plebian authoritarians into doing all the controlling for you.

Which leaves you free to be as corrupt as you please.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:52:46 AM EST
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The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism
It is Benjamin Franklin who preaches to us in these sentences, the same which Ferdinand Kürnberger satirizes in this clever and malicious Picture of American Culture [3] as the supposed confession of faith of the Yankee. That it is the spirit of capitalism which here speaks in characteristic fashion , no one will doubt, however little we may wish to claim that everything which could be understood as pertaining to that spirit is contained in it. Let us pause a moment to consider this passage, the philosophy of which Kürnberger sums up in the words, "They make tallow out of cattle and money out of men". The peculiarity of this philosophy of avarice appears to be the ideal of the honest man of recognized credit, and above all the idea o a duty of the individual toward the increase of his capital, which is assumed as an end in itself. Truly what is here preached is not simply a means of making one's way in the world, but a peculiar ethic. The infraction of its rules is treated not as foolishness but as forgetfulness of duty. That is the essence of the matter. It is not mere business astuteness, that sort of thing is common enough, it is an ethos. This is the quality which interests us.
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But the origin and history of such ideas is much more complex than the theorists of the superstructure suppose. The spirit of capitalism, in the sense in which we are using the term, had to fight its way to supremacy against a whole world of hostile forces. A state of mind such as that expressed in the passages we have quoted from Franklin, and which called forth the applause of a whole people, wwould both in ancient times and in the Middle Ages [12] have been proscribed as the lowest sort of avarice and as an attitude entirely lacking in self-respect. It is in fact, still regularly thus looked upon by all those social groups which are least involved in or adapted to modern capitalistic conditions. This is not wholly because the instinct of acquisition was in those times unknown or undeveloped, as has often been said. [Weber: 51-56]

## Ancestor worship is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 01:22:18 PM EST
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underdeveloped sense of codified bankruptcy relief available to "captains of industry," from the observations of de Tocqueville ...
In America there is no law against fraudulent bankruptcies; not because they are few, but because there are a great number of bankruptcies. The dread of being prosecuted as abankrupt acts with more intensity upon the mind of the majority of the people than the fear of being involved in losses or ruin by the failure of other parties, and a sort of guilty tolerance is extended by the public conscience to an offence which everyone condemns in his individual capacity. [...] The Americans, who make a virtue of commercial temerity, have no right in any case to brand with disgrace those who practise it. Hence arises the strange indulgence which is shown to bankrupts in the United States; their honor does not suffer by such an accident. In this respect the Americans differ, not only from the nations of Europe, but from all the commercial nations of our time, and  accordingly they resemble none of them in their position or their wants.
... to the legacy of Jack "The Parachute" Welch.

Trump, Impeachment & Forgetting What Brought Him to the White House
"To win reelection, Trump, a corrupt con man (who jumped ship on his own bankrupt casinos, money in hand, leaving others holding the bag) will cheat and lie.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 08:15:08 PM EST
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by das monde on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 04:16:23 PM EST
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APsplainin | IMF chief: trade conflicts fuel synchronized global slowdown
The new head of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that the world economy is in the grips of a "synchronized global slowdown" that will result in slower growth for 90% of the world this year.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said that an updated IMF forecast to be released next week will show growth falling to its lowest point since the beginning of this decade.
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"The key is to improve the system, not abandon it," she said.

Georgieva's first speech as head of the IMF was billed as a preview for next week's annual meetings in Washington of the IMF and its sister subsidiary lending organization, the World Bank.

There is one ECONOMY. The one ECONOMY is the TRUE MESSIAH.

archived structural adjustment programming
And it's ... BCP

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:55:12 PM EST
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Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary
The [police] officer fired the single pistol shot as protesters swarmed toward him, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo said, hitting the 18-year-old on the left side of his chest. Lo defended the action as "reasonable and lawful," saying the officer feared for his life and had no other choice. ...
< reckless eyeballin' >
Local TV stations showed two officers with bloodied faces pointing pistols as protesters who sought to spoil the Oct. 1 anniversary of Communist rule fought pitched battles with riot police.

Video that spread quickly on social media appeared to show the officer opening fire as the masked teenager came at him with a metal rod, striking the officer's shooting arm. Taken by the City University Student Union, it showed a dozen black-clad protesters throwing objects at a group of police and closing in on the lone officer who pointed his gun and opened fire.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 10:41:58 PM EST
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Hong Kong teen shot by police is charged with rioting, attacking officers
A police statement said the case against Tsang will be heard by a court Thursday afternoon. He will be among seven people charged with rioting and faces two additional counts of attacking police, the statement said.

It is unclear if Tsang will appear in court, as the charges can be made in his absence. Rioting carries a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Thousands of people rallied Wednesday to demand police accountability for the shooting, with many saying the use of lethal weaponry [by police] was unjustified.



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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 01:54:30 AM EST
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wut: "This is a Henry VIII situation. This is basically, I say what is law ... and I say when that ceases to be law. That's not how our constitution works."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 12:05:00 AM EST
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written Constitutions are showing themselves to be remarkably pliable in the hands of autocrats.

Laws are no defence when the lawyers and the judges are your creatures

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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c'mon. That's what they all say, when they lose a case.

When they win? OH BOY! Justice has bin SERVED!!!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 05:10:03 PM EST
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Perhaps democratic constitutions should acknowledge (Platonian/Confucian...) discretion of (presumably) wise, virtuous executive leaders, so the voters would have some fear of wrong god.
by das monde on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 07:30:18 PM EST
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BLOOMBERG reports

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:06:42 PM EST
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Fifth Columnists, freelance division

Escobar | Behind Hong Kong's Black [Bloc] Terror, 13 Oct

"Revolution in Hong Kong", the previous preferred slogan, at face value a utopian millennial cause, has been in effect drowned by the heroic vandalizing of metro stations, i.e., the public commons; throwing petrol bombs at police officers; and beating up citizens who don't follow the script. To follow these gangs running amok, live, in Central and Kowloon, and also on RTHK, which broadcasts the rampage in real-time, is a mind-numbing experience.

I've sketched before the basic profile [16 Sep] of thousands of young protestors in the streets fully supported by a silent mass of teachers, lawyers, bewigged judges, civil servants and other liberal professionals who gloss over any outrageous act - as long as they are anti-government.

But the key question has to focus on the black blocs, their mob rule on rampage tactics, and who's financing them. Very few people in Hong Kong are willing to discuss it openly. And as I've noted in conversations with informed members of the Hong Kong Football Club, businessmen, art collectors, and social media groups, very few people in Hong Kong - or across Asia for that matter - even know what black blocs are all about.

Vltcheck | Some in Hong Kong Feel Frustrated, as Their City is Losing to Mainland China, 3 Oct

While the Mainland Chinese cities have almost no extreme poverty, (and by the end of 2020 will have zero), in Hong Kong, at least 20% are poor, and many simply cannot afford to live in their own city. Hong Kong is the most expensive place on earth. Just to park a car in could easily cost over US$700 per month, for just working hours. Tiny apartments cost over a million US dollars. Salaries in Hong Kong, however, are not higher than those in London, Paris or Tokyo.

The city is run by an extreme capitalist system, `planned' by corrupt tycoons/developers. The obsolete British legal system here is clearly geared to protect the rich, not the majority. That was essentially why the "Extradition Bill" was proposed: to protect Hong Kong inhabitants from the unbridled, untouchable, as well as unelected de facto rulers.

But there is this `deal', negotiated before Hong Kong was returned where it belongs, which is - to China. "One country, two systems". It is an excellent contract for the turbo-capitalist magnates, and for the pro-Western "activists" [29 Sep]. And it is extremely bad one for the average people of Hong Kong. Therefore, after months of riots sponsored by the West, the Hong Kong administration scrambled the bill.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 03:57:18 AM EST
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APsplainin | Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan
Chan is wanted by Taiwan authorities for allegedly killing his girlfriend during a trip to the self-ruled island last year. He was not sent back to face charges because there's no extradition agreement. He was however jailed in Hong Kong on money laundering [!] charges and is due to be released this week.
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Lam told local broadcaster RTHK that she felt "relief" at Chan's decision to hand himself in to Taiwanese authorities. Taiwan's Ministry of Justice urged Hong Kong on Thursday to keep Chan in prison and investigate him for the killing [?!], but Lam and other Hong Kong officials have ruled that out.
Anarchists' Journal: 7.5M whathaveyous - 2M "black-clad frontline protesters" and "peaceful marchers" = 5.5M whatnots
Independent.ie | Hong Kong violence explodes after activist 'attacked by triads'
Tensions ran high after Jimmy Sham, the leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, which called the march, was attacked earlier in the week by men wielding metal poles and hammers. Witnesses said that those responsible for the assault were associated with pro-Beijing* triads blamed for previous violence against protesters. ... Politically motivated attacks have been on the rise while protesters are now [?!] vandalising shops, banks, and businesses associated with mainland China.
APsplainin | Hong Kong descends into chaos again as ["black-clad frontline"] protesters defy ban
following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese TIES as they skirmished late into the evening with riot police, who UNLEASHED numerous tear gas rounds on SHORT NOTICE, angering residents and passers-by.
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Supporters sang the protest movement's anthem, waved colonial and U.S. flags, and held up placards depicting the Chinese flag as a Nazi swastika.
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"We're using peaceful, rational, nonviolent ways to voice our demands," Figo Chan, vice convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told reporters. "We're not afraid of being arrested. What I'm most scared of is everyone giving up on our principles."
And still no PLA tanks.
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* international criminal organizations are by definition anti-government but whatevs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 06:46:33 AM EST
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APsplainin Hong Kong vote today. SPOILER: democracy loses because ________.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 06:33:44 PM EST
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#HKDCElection



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by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 11:39:31 PM EST
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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands take to the streets in fresh protests
"We had demonstrations, peaceful protests, lobbying inside the council, a lot of things we have done but they all failed," said Felix, a 25-year-old university graduate.

"There are still five demands," he said, referring to protesters' calls that include an independent inquiry into police behaviour and the implementation of universal suffrage. Some black-clad protesters wearing gas masks built barricades and blocked roads near luxury stores, including Armani, while others headed towards Hung Hom, a district near the ruined campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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Sunday's marches, which were permitted by authorities, came as a top Hong Kong official said the government was looking into setting up an independent committee to review the handling of the crisis, in which demonstrations have become increasingly violent.
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Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved American flags, with some donning Donald Trump logo hats and t-shirts, as they unfurled a banner depicting the U.S. president standing astride a tank with a U.S. flag behind him.

m'k.

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by Cat on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 12:08:58 AM EST
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reference
H.R.3289 | S.1838
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: a critical analysis

Section 6(c)1.A "assesses whether the Government of Hong Kong is 'legally competent' to administer the United States-Hong Kong Agreement for the Surrender of Fugitive Offenders." This would reaffirm the U.S. government's leverage to force the Hong Kong government to surrender individuals for extradition to U.S. authorities, including dissidents and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
doh

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by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 09:34:39 PM EST
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Moon unveils plan to convert DMZ into international peace zone
"'Turning the DMZ into an international peace zone is a matter of building trust through action in return for the actions by North Korea, and through the international community's participation in activities within the DMZ, we can guarantee mutual security for South and North,' he explained."
Intellectuals around country demand reform of S. Korean prosecutors
"Cultural figures, educators, and ordinary citizens from Gwangju and South Jeolla Province have responded to the scandal over the appointment of Cho Kuk as Minister of Justice by making a public call for reform of the prosecutors and the media."
S. Korean Defense Ministry rejects petition from Vietnam ["]War["] civilian massacre survivors
"South Korea sent 312,000 troops to Vietnam between September 1964 and 1972 -during which around 80 massacres of Vietnamese civilians were committed, with a total estimated death toll as high as 9,000."
LG Economic Research Institute offers gloomy forecast for South Korea's growth in 2020
US-China trade conflict and Eurozone slump factors in reduced global growth
LGERI first predicted that a recovery in the global economy is unlikely to happen next year. To begin with, it argued that a dramatic resolution of the US-China trade conflict is unlikely amid the US' growing fears of losing economic dominance if China catches up in emerging industries. The report predicted the Eurozone growth rate would remain around 0% as the German economic slump spreads to other European countries, with the Chinese economic growth rate dipping to 5% amid limitations with its economic stimulus measures.
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"Sales and operating profits for companies dropped sharply during the first half of this year, and the decline in profitability is expected to continue next year," it predicted.
APsplainin | North Korea, US say nuclear talks to resume this weekend

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 02:35:44 AM EST
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AP... | North Korea: No more talks until US ends 'hostile policy'
"The statement didn't say which U.S. policies it was referring to."

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by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 05:49:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 07:43:32 PM EST
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yeah, I followed that lie on reddit/ when it popped up in REUTERS and was repeated by every Anglo-merican "outlet." Over the weekend that lie must have /run around the world 3x before DW noticed Chosun Ilbo is a "far-right" rag (read: US bought client) in S. Korea with a reputation for ... lying. Big up DW for being first, iirc, to slam the breaks on the bullshit.

In this case, APsplainin is Pompeo's mouthpiece.

btw, Did you know AP is running a bot? yeah, earlier this year somebody ran PR announcing it at the home page.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 11:34:41 PM EST
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[AP] falsely reports that China denied visas to Korean musicians for concert
The AP reported on Thursday that Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music, at the University of Rochester in New York, had canceled the Eastman Philharmonia's concert in China and was delaying the tour until all the orchestra members were able to go. Several South Korean newspapers quoted this information in reports of their own.
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American news media played up the visa rejection as an extension of the ongoing US-China conflict into the arenas of culture and sports. The Chinese authorities recently cancelled broadcasts of NBA matches after the owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protests.

But when South Korean diplomats looked into the situation, they learned that none of the participants in the concert, including the Koreans, had applied for Chinese visas yet. In other words, it's not true that the American orchestra members received their Chinese visas while Korean members were denied them.
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During a Chinese Foreign Ministry press conference on Oct. 30, Spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked about the refusal of visas to the Korean members of the Eastman Philharmonia. With the caveat that he was "not aware of the situation," Shuang explained that "in 2018, about 9.5 million visits were made between China and the ROK [South Korea]. If China refuses to issue visas due to the THAAD issue as some claim," Geng continued, "how could those several million people have made it to China?"



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by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 08:37:21 PM EST
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Ukraine signs key agreement with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors
President Zelenskiy told reporters in Kyiv that Ukraine agreed to a ["]local election["] only when Ukraine regains control of its borders with Russia. The president has faced criticism that Ukraine is giving concessions to Moscow and for following a policy of appeasement with Russia.
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The government of Ukraine and the separatists agreed that the election will be valid if European observers from Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) determined that they were conducted freely and fairly.

Pro-Russia separatists are seeking a special status allowing for self-governance in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, large parts of which have been under separatist control since April 2014.
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The election agreement has been seen as paving the way for a SUMMIT between Zelenskiy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the leaders of France and Germany. Russia had previously refused such a meeting, unless Ukraine agreed to hold a local election in the Donbass region.

Ukraine publishes text of Steinmeier formula

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 02:24:46 PM EST
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Zelensky advisors meet with EU ambassadors in Brussels (Photo), 2 May
"Great to welcome advisors of new Ukraine President Zelensky AlexDanyliuk and Ruslan Riaboshapka for an early visit of Brussels, including speaking to EU Ambassadors in the Political and Security Committee," Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Katarina Mathernova wrote on Twitter on May 2, 2019.
archived: Ukraine exit poll results-Rise of Zelennials, 21 Jul
diplomatic sexting, 9 Aug
State Department Officials Seek Giuliani's Gudance on Ukraine Statement: On August 9, 2019, after Mr Giuliani met with President Zelsky's aide Andrey Yermak, Ambassador Volker asked to speak with Mr. Giuliani about the Ukranian statement:
[8/9/19, 11:27 AM] Kurt Volker: Hi Mr Mayor! Had a good chat with Yermak last night. He was pleased with your phone call. Mentioned Z making a statement. Can we all get on the phone to make sure I advise Z correctly as to what he should be saying? Want to make sure we get this done right. Thanks!

Gordon Sondland: Good idea Kurt. I am on Pacific time.

Rudy Giuliani: Yes can you call no going to Fundraiser at 12:30

archived: Ukraine's new parliament approves top Cabinet officials, 29 Aug
"Steinmeier's formula" seen as state capitulation, protested in Ukraine, 21 Sep
This suggestion on implementing the Minsk peace accords voiced by the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2015 has recently resurfaced after President Zelenskyy's election.

Tensions especially grew on 18 September 2019, when conflicting messages arose during a meeting of the trilateral contact group in Minsk, a group of representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE. Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko informed that Ukraine had given its agreement to Steinmeier's formula at a meeting of the Normandy Four, the meeting of senior representatives of four countries - Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France, on 2 September. But Ukraine's representative to the Trilateral contact group told that the formula was not recorded in writing at the meeting in Minsk, despite the instructions of the Normandy Four, chile.

Ukraine starts legal due diligence of case of Hunter Biden-related Burisma - Riaboshapka, 4 Oct

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 05:21:36 PM EST
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s/b "Rudy Giuliani: Yes can you call now going to Fundraiser at 12:30

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 02:45:46 PM EST
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EU Commission hopeful of Russia-Ukraine thaw as many in Kyiv denounce 'capitulation'
13,000 people dead, consolidated Minsk agreements, Radio Free Europe promo
Hanna Hopko: Russia is killing the Minsk Agreement every day, Poroshenko parl, interview
...Considering the ["]Normandy process["] - the EU is not really involved, the US neither. Are you worried about the lack of involvement from the rest of the international community?
Compared to three years ago, we see a lack of interest. We see fatigue of having to deal with the Russian aggression. Macron is talking about the Europeanisation of the Russian Federation to Wladiwostok, Merkel has to deal with domestic problems and Nord Stream 2, the UK is leaving the EU. Unfortunately, the EU has no single voice. But it is really important for us that the EU stays united because the proposed Steinmeier Formula - this is not the implementation of the original Minsk Agreement.

The key question are the sanctions. It will be really important in December during the decision of the EU to continue imposing the sanctions against the Russian Federation and actually to have this strategic view that they need to be uphold until Ukraine restores its territorial integrity and sovereignty....



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by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 10:04:59 PM EST
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What can Ukraine expect from Canada's federal election?
Under the Liberal government, international assistance in 2018 stood at $6.1 billion and accounted for almost 1.8 percent of federal budget spending. And $57 million of that aid went to Ukraine.
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Andrew Rasiulis, a former director of military training and co-operation at the Department of National Defence and a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, agrees that the two parties have "pretty much the identical position on the issue of Ukraine." ... Rasiulis believes that if Ukraine implements the Steinmeier Formula as a potential way to reinvigorate negotiations with Russia over the war, which has killed more than 13,000 people in eastern Ukraine, Canada can offer its peacekeeping force to help secure the Russia-Ukraine border during local elections in Donbas and convince Russia that "this force can be objective."
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Liberal Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland -- who is of Ukrainian ancestry on her mother's side -- has also been a consistent and outspoken supporter of Ukraine, and is banned from entering the Russian Federation as a result. "It seems clear, therefore, that Ukrainians will not be worse off if Trudeau and the Liberals are granted a second term in office," Marples said.


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by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 07:23:01 AM EST
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Peru thrown into constitutional CRISIS amid power struggle
Under Peru's law, Vizcarra is ENTITLED to dissolve congress if it rejects two votes of confidence in his administration. Whether or not two such votes have taken place is at the crux of the conflict between the executive and legislative branches.

Vizcarra contends a rejection vote during Kuczynski's administration counts as the first because he is continuing his predecessor's mandate. He argues that the second happened Monday when lawmakers proceeded with a vote to select new Constitutional Tribunal magistrates, defying his warning that he would interpret it as a vote against confidence.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:38:16 PM EST
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CRISIS AVERTED
'Woman of Color' gives up claim to the presidency in blow to opposition
In a late-night post on Twitter, Araoz said she had reconsidered her role at the center of the dispute, pointing to a regional body that had appeared to back Vizcarra in the dispute earlier in the day.

Araoz announced her resignation from the vice presidency as well as the interim presidency. "I hope my resignation leads to...general elections as soon as possible for the good of the country," she said.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:46:15 PM EST
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Iraq declares curfews as gunfights rage and protests spread nationwide
Curfews were imposed earlier in three southern cities while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesters trying to storm Baghdad airport and deployed to the southern city of Nassiriya after gunfights broke out between PROTESTERS and security forces, police sources said.
basic background: Iraq Trying To End Displacement Crisis By Expelling People From Camps

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:35:17 PM EST
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APsplainin | Iraqi protesters DEFY curfew as violence leaves 33 dead
Authorities cut internet access in much of Iraq since late Wednesday in a desperate move to curb the rallies. By Thursday afternoon, the curfew was extended to three other southern provinces.

The spontaneous rallies have been spurred mostly by youths wanting jobs, improved services such as electricity and water, and an end to endemic corruption in the oil-rich country. Most of the demonstrators were peaceful; many had their faces covered with masks or Iraqi flags.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 04:49:53 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 12:59:39 AM EST
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Iraqi ministry says 104 killed in protests
spontaneous rallies: "Army soldiers have fired in the direction of about 300 anti-government protesters who gathered in a suburb in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on the sixth day of unrest that has left more than 80 peoople dead."

Who's keeping score, Hong Kong SAR?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 05:45:36 PM EST
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Any errors in arrest of Huawei CFO were technical, Canadian government tells court
British Columbia Supreme Court judge Heather J. Holmes quizzed government lawyers on why Canadian border guards would seize and seal Meng's phones in advance of her arrest without reviewing the contents of the phones." Meng attended court, taking notes continuously while seated next to an interpreter.

Gibb-Carsley said the CBSA had the authority to seize Meng's devices and seal them in mylar bags to protect them from remote wiping, but the border guards did not examine the contents of the phones before providing them to RCMP arresting officers.

He also said the additional disclosure that Meng's defense is seeking would not help their case and would only complicate the process.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:41:28 PM EST
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ELECTION 2019 21 Oct

basic background: Is Canada Heading Into A Nasty Election Year? Trudeau, Scheer, Singh And May Reveal What's Ahead Oct 2018
"[PHOTO] Clockwise from top left: Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, Jagmeet Singh and Andrew Scheer...."
Federal election 2019: When is it? Who's running? And other FAQs., 22 Apr 2019

Who's running?

It's too soon to answer that question in its totality for each of Canada's 338 ridings--that number will remain the same in 2019--but in general terms, the major parties will be the Liberals, who'll fight to retain their majority, the Conservatives, who'll want to unseat the Liberals to form a government, and the New Democratic Party, who'll want to grow their distant-third-place status into something a bit more competitive with the other two major parties. The Green party will run, of course, and the Bloc Quebecois, in Quebec. Former Conservative MP Maxime Bernier's new People's Party of Canada will have a full slate of candidates in 2019.

The Globe and Mail: paywall, free tracking poll, 10 Sep 2019

Trudeau's first debate and his controversial second plane: week three
"Each week, the National Post will summarize the 2019 federal election in 60 seconds", A/V, transcript; Election 2019 platforms: Here's what the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens are promising, 2 Oct

Election promises: Tax cuts for many--and tax hikes on the rich, 5 Oct
[PHOTO "Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Leader Elizabeth May"]

(Please note: This article does not look at taxes on vacant homes or foreign homebuyers or tax breaks and benefits changes aimed specifically at parents.)
usual suspects

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 06:26:42 PM EST
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'An election about nothing' leaves many uninspired, 10 Oct poll smoke
An Ipsos poll published this week showed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals with 35 percent support in the run-up to the October 21 vote, while the opposition Conservatives, headed by Andrew Scheer, were following closely at 34 percent.
[...]
A Leger Marketing poll dated October 2 found that 58 percent of eligible voters in Alberta and 49 percent of voters in Manitoba and Saskatchewan said they would vote for the Conservatives - the party's strongest support countrywide.
[...]
The campaign has also largely failed to showcase the policy differences between the parties, said Findlay, and serious issues - from systemic racism to indigenous rights to foreign policy - have been largely left off the table. ..."there's not that groundswell of, 'we gotta get rid of this government', nor has the performance of the Liberals or the Conservatives been sufficient to rise above the fray"
Cuba asks Canada to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, 28 Aug
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela in their third meeting since May on the South American country's political and humanitarian crisis.
Network in Defense of Humanity Repudiates the Invocation of TIAR, 13 Sep
On September 11, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), of which Venezuela is no longer a member, approved the activation of TIAR, which contemplates "the use of armed force" for an eventual intervention in Venezuela.

The proposal was introduced by the supposed Venezuelan representative (Gustavo Tarre Briceño appointed by the deputy in contempt, Juan Guaidó, who is not recognized by the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro) and was approved with 12 votes in favour, 5 abstentions and 2 absentees. The 12 countries that supported TIAR - out of a total of 19 signatories - were: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, United States and Juan Guaidó. Five countries abstained: Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay; Bahamas and Cuba were absent.

Lima Group willing to impose sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro, 30 Sep
Latin American countries on Monday said they were willing to implement sanctions to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but expressed deep reservations about any use of force. The Lima Group, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Juan Guaidó, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru, did not specify what type of sanctions. But in a joint statement, the countries made clear that they did not support a military intervention to depose Maduro.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 08:20:56 PM EST
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wut, Does a Star of David on a Vehicle Traveling with the Migrant Caravan Prove Soros Is Behind It?
False. ...Sharp-eyed Courtney Tubbs of The Goldwater spotted a tell-tale clue in a Canadian propaganda "news" video:

CBC/Radio-Canada is funded in whole or in part by Canada government or CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service. You be the judge.

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 07:12:41 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 06:25:39 AM EST
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Canada votes as Trudeau, his 'sunny ways' clouded by scandals, tries to hold power
Given the fact that neither of the front-runners could come away with a parliamentary majority, it is the smaller left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) or the separatist Bloc Quebecois that could end up holding the balance of power.
[...]
EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves said the Liberals needed turnout to be similar to four years ago or otherwise the Conservatives may have an edge.

"We may well be waiting until the final vote tallies in British Columbia to see who will win on Monday," Graves said.

Canadians vote amid some delays, robocalls and power outages
27.4M eligible voters, 4.7M early ballots, 20,000 polling stations
GLOBAL NEWS | Decision Canada: Federal Election Results Special | LIVE stream

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 11:15:18 PM EST
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ELECTION 2019

Canada's Trudeau retains power in election but will have minority government
156/388 LIB, 122 CON, 24 NDP, 32 BQ : "Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than 2-1/2 years."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 07:31:13 AM EST
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What the heck is a Wexit?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 07:56:48 PM EST
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Trudeau taps star diplomat Freeland to tackle 'Wexit' divisions



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 01:50:26 AM EST
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U.S. set to quickly widen trade war with EU tariffs after WTO ruling: sources
The USTR submitted a request Wednesday to the WTO to convene a fast-track meeting of its dispute settlement body to adopt these tariffs, two U.S.-based trade sources said. Wednesday's request means the WTO body could meet as soon as Oct. 14.

The USTR and WTO did not respond to requests for comment.

The United States won approval Wednesday to tax $7.5 billion in European goods over illegal EU subsidies for aircraft maker Airbus (AIR.PA). The EU is expected to respond with taxes of its own on U.S. products, after the global trade body found U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co (BA.N) also received illegal subsidies.

U.S. withholds U.N. aviation dues, calls for immediate whistleblower protections
The United States has been advocating for greater transparency and protection for whistleblowers at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), after an insider's account of a 2016 cyberattack at the agency generated fallout when it was reported in the media this year.
[...]
The United States has quit the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, and cut funding last year to the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), calling its fiscal practices "irredeemably flawed."
[...]
ICAO said on Tuesday by email that it had already begun "without delay" to "formalize" a new whistleblower policy endorsed by the United States and other countries.
German businesses urge EU to protect them after latest WTO decision

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 12:13:02 AM EST
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China seeks $2.4 billion in sanctions against U.S. in Obama-era case: WTO
"China's request appears on the agenda of the [Dispute Settlement Body] DSB set for Oct. 28. The United States could challenge the amount of retaliatory sanctions sought, which could send the long-running dispute to arbitration."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 11:22:13 PM EST
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Sputnik is funded in whole or in part by Russia government.

WTO Allows China to Impose Retaliatory Measures Worth $3.6 Bln Against US
(China got a backlog of complaints, actually)

reference
Arbitrator issues decision in US-China anti-dumping dispute
DS471: United States -- Certain Methodologies and their Application to Anti-Dumping Proceedings Involving China
latest document

archived
world self-defense

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 07:38:18 PM EST
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United Nations Condemns US Embargo on Cuba: 187 to 3
General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and are unenforceable, but they reflect world opinion and the vote has given Cuba an annual stage to demonstrate the isolation of the United States on the embargo.
so what? US voters in Miami
Former Cuban President Raúl Castro and President Barack Obama officially restored ["]relations["] in July 2016. But Trump administration officials have sharply criticized Cuba's human rights record.

In 2017, the United States returned to voting against the Cuban-sponsored General Assembly resolution on ending the U.S. embargo on Cuba after the Obama administration abstained in 2016, a first for the United States in 25 years [1994].

Gee. That's new.

reference
U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1789U.S. Department of the Treasury | Cuba sanctions, 2015-2019
CRS, Cuba Sanctions: Legislative Restrictions Limiting the Normalization of Relations, 1961-present
"The trade embargo was first imposed in 1962under the authority of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trading with the Enemy Act and soon broadened to include a prohibition on most financial transactions with Cuba", Trade Expansion Act of 1962, and Trade Act of 974 establishing US Trade Representative
CRS, Cuba: U.S. Policy Overview
Executive Order 13683, December 11, 2014
Executive Order 13701, July 17, 2015

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:14:54 PM EST
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US and Israel were lone votes against UN resolutions opposing space arms race, nuclear Middle East, Cuba embargo
"This roguish behavior predates the election of President Donald Trump."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 02:00:03 AM EST
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APsplainin | India's central bank cuts interest rate, downgrades outlook
"That's the lowest the benchmark rate the Reserve Bank of India charges on lending to commercial banks, its so-called "repo rate," has been since March 2010."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 01:25:01 PM EST
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The Intercept
THE SAME BRAZILIAN PROSECUTORS who for years exhibited a single-minded fixation on jailing former President Lula da Silva are now seeking his release from prison, requesting that a court allow him to serve the remainder of his 11-year sentence for corruption at home. But Lula -- who believes the request is motivated by fear that prosecutorial and judicial improprieties in his case, which were revealed by the Intercept, will lead to the nullification of his conviction -- is opposing these efforts, insisting that he will not leave prison until he receives full exoneration.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 03:21:29 PM EST
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Sudan has long road ahead before foreign debt relief: World Bank*
Carolyn Turk made her remarks at an event held in Khartoum on 'Towards Inclusive Economic Growth in Sudan: Stabilization and Recovery' organized by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs on 3 October.

Turk in her intervention recalled that Sudan can only benefit from debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative when the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) see that it is committed to poverty reduction through policy change and demonstrate a good track over time.

"For debt clearance and access to international financing, IFI's need to be convinced that Sudan will not become further indebted and that the Sudanese economy is on a defined a sustainable pathway to reform a arrears clearance," Turk told the meeting which was addressed by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and attended by government senior officials.

Sudan's removal from terror list "is a process, not an event": U.S. diplomat
[US Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs Tibor ]Nagy made his remarks in a telephone briefing with a number of journalists in response to the growing calls supporting Sudan removal from the state sponsor of terrorism list which limits its access to international financing institutions to rebuild the country after the collapse of the al-Bashir's regime.

"Removing the state sponsor of terrorism designation is not an event it is a process," he said in response to similar questions by the Sudan Tribune and the Wall Street Journal about hopes of delisting Sudan from the terror list.

"We can work with Sudan and new government to make that process goes as quickly as possible, but I cannot sit here today and give you dates, how long, when it will happen, what, because there is a number of legal constraints that tight up this process," he added.

Head of Sudanese presidency, Qatari Ambassador discuss bilateral relations
The former ruling military council had declined to receive the Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani after his arrival to Khartoum days after the ouster of the former president Omer al-Bashir.

On 26 June, the then deputy head of the military council admitted their mistake saying "we were wrong, we had not to boycott them, and we are supposed to welcome them like others".


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* archived: The odious World Bank is a subsidiary of the IMF.
The principle functions of this institution is (1) lead generation to borrowers ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 05:22:01 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 07:42:23 PM EST
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EU countries to give Sudan €466 million in grants, aid

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 09:09:42 PM EST
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Southwest pilots sue Boeing over 737 Max grounding, say plane maker 'deliberately mislead'
Southwest Airlines' pilots union is suing Boeing for damages caused by the prolonged grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, saying a steep reduction in flights has cost pilots an estimated $115 million  in compensation.

In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Dallas Monday, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which represents nearly 10,000 pilots at the nation's largest domestic carrier, slammed Boeing for what it called negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation and nondisclosure.

[VIDEO Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to thank well-wishers after he was released from a Las Vegas hospital Friday. His campaign confirmed that Sanders had a heart attack. (Oct. 4)AP ] wut
Boeing 737 Max crash: Whistleblower complaint alleges corruption in Ethiopian Airlines
Yonas Yeshanew, who resigned this summer and is seeking asylum in the U.S., said that while it is unclear what, if anything, in the records was altered, the decision to go into them at all when they should have been sealed reflects a government-owned airline with few boundaries and plenty to hide.
Why not Luxembourg? Belgium? Sweden?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 02:54:15 AM EST
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by Bernard on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 06:32:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:30:30 PM EST
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Newsweek | Exclusive: Turkey Attacks US Special Forces in Syria, Apparently by Mistake

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 02:58:48 AM EST
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US pulls out a few hundred soldiers from Syria as part of a reduction in force in the Middle East, but adds 14,000 (since May) to Saudi Arabia.
by asdf on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 04:14:10 PM EST
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Trump Calls on Erdogan to Stop Syria Offensive, Sends Delegation to Turkey - Pence
"Trump had a phone conversation with Erdogan, urging him to implement an immediate ceasefire, Pence said on Monday, as cited by Fox News."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 03:19:29 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:19:28 PM EST
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How is it still controversial to state that the US funded/armed extremists in Syria to overthrow the government?
It's puzzling to see even progressives deny this. It happened. And the US presence in Syria was ALWAYS illegal, not that international law ever applies to the powerful
Hillary Clinton Email Archive
Date: 2001-01-01 03:00 Subject: NEW IRAN AND SYRIA 2.DOC
... Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel's security, it would also ease Israel's understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States  might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted. Right now, it is the combination of Iran's strategic alliance with Syria and the steady progress in Iran's nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli leaders to contemplate a surprise attack -- if necessary over the objections of Washington. With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the  United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran's program has crossed an unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria. ...
Not Trump. US fed empire SOP.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:42:48 PM EST
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One Rocket Provoked the U.S. Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal, 14 Oct
The Russian-Kurdish deal consists of the deployment of the Syrian army on all borders with Turkey and the return of all sources of energy (gas and oil) to the Syrian government-controlled forces. ...The initial agreement between the Kurds and Damascus (via Russia) consists in the ending of the self-administration of NES, the integration of the Syrian Kurds under the command of the Syrian Army, and the pursuit and destruction of all ISIS forces.

A US withdrawal from the al-Tanaf border crossing between Iraq and Syria is also expected when a solution is found for the 64,000 refugees at the Rukhba camp.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 04:07:49 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 06:31:42 PM EST
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psych!
In addition, a well-articulated microeconomic theory appeared on how incentives and information, together with behavioral constraints, shape human behavior. This theory -- rewarded with several Economics Prizes -- gave researchers a powerful analytical tool kit to analyze the determinants of poverty and channels of poverty alleviation. These methodological gains were prerequisites for the transformation to follow, but a core piece of the puzzle was still missing.
Trump?
Specifically, a well-articulated theory may be crucial to discovering possible mechanisms behind poverty and to guiding the search for effective ways to combat it.
YES!
But it is not sufficient to guide policy. While theory can pinpoint certain incentives, it does not tell us how powerful these are in practice.
NOOOOooooooo

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 05:58:03 PM EST
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Moynihan's report is back in a new suit, tie, and pumps.

Traced to Why White Privilege is Wrong--Part 2 (not really), inferred by Brian Thiede, Hyojung Kim, and Tim Slack, "Marriage, Work, and Racial Inequalities in Poverty: Evidence from the U.S". Journal of Marriage and Family, 2017 Oct; 79(5): 1241-1257.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 12:16:21 AM EST
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Norway arrests US white supremacist ahead of far-right conference
"Johnson was arrested under the country's immigration act and Norwegian authorities are now working 'as quickly as possible to get him out of the country,' said Bernsen."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 09:34:20 PM EST
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WSJ | Oil Prices Climb After Iranian Tanker Damaged in Possible Strike
"Vessel's owner says it was 60 miles from a Saudi Arabian port when it may have been hit by missiles"
SKY | Iranian oil tanker damaged in 'rocket attack'
"The explosion caused an oil leak into the Red Sea but the leak was brought under control, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 11:46:45 PM EST
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basic background: Ecuador is a member of OPEC
2013, Correa "sails to re-election on vows to deepen welfare reforms, but is it sustainable?, then Correa "ruling party" PAIS Alliance loses 2014-2019 local "Elections Heavily, Fears "Fascist Right" Destabilization"
2017, Correa affirms Assange's political asylum in Britain, while PAIS Alliance Lenín Moreno elected president (51%-49%) over "former-banker" Guillermo Lasso. Amid censorship, corruption and abandoned environmental promises Correa moves to Belgium.
2018, Correa, dragging 2012 kidnap charge, dodges extradition,"lawfare" protests
2019, Moreno inks $4.2 billion financing deal with IMF + "$6 billion in loans from multilateral institutions including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the CAF Andean development bank"
Moreno has begun to implement an austerity plan that includes layoffs of workers at state-owned companies and cuts to gasoline subsidies, also plans to find a private operator for state-run telecoms company CNT and other state-owned firms.

In his address, Moreno said most of the money would be dedicated to "social investment," citing a rising number of police officers and promising retirees they would not lose out on an annual bonus.

Skepticism of the IMF runs strong in Ecuador and throughout Latin America, where many blame Fund-imposed austerity policies for economic hardship.

End of fuel SUBSIDIES, 12 Oct 2019

The highland capital of Quito was rocked by a 10th day of clashes over Moreno's austerity plan, with the office of Ecuador's comptroller set on fire and access roads to Quito's airport blocked. TV channel Teleamazonas showed images of its own offices in flames and said its employees were unharmed.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 06:01:23 PM EST
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`The drone revolution'
Zángano, the Spanish word for a male honey bee, otherwise known as a drone, is a slang term traditionally used by rich, elite parts of society to refer to workers and the poor, whom they denigrate as "mindless" or "uneducated."

The use of the term by Moreno, a close ally of Washington, reflected the president's resentful attitude toward ordinary Ecuadorians.

In short order, Moreno's opponents transformed the slang into a buzzword. ...



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 07:09:34 PM EST
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Ecuador cancels austerity plan in a bid to end unrest, 14 Oct
President Lenin Moreno will repeal the International Monetary Fund-backed measure, known as Decree 883, that included a significant increase in fuels. Indigenous leaders, in turn, will call on their followers to end 12 days of protests and street blockades. ...The news came as talks concluded in the capital, Quito, between Moreno and groups including the Confederation of Indigenous Nations (CONAIE).
[...]
Mercosur released a statement, along with Peru, Colombia and Chile, saying: "We endorse the efforts made by Ecuador's government to maintain peace, public order and democratic institutions by using the instruments provided by the constitution and the law." The bloc, which consists of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, added: "We condemn acts of violence and attempts to destabilize the country, its institutions and the Ecuadorian democratic process."
Ecuador arrests prefect after Moreno cancels austerity plan, 14 Oct
Ecuadorian authorities detained Pichincha Prefect Paola Pabon and other current and former officials, prosecutors announced Monday. Police also seized computers, telephones and documents. Pabon posted a video of the arrest to her Facebook page.

Prosecutors didn't elaborate on their reasons for arresting Pabon. However, over days of protests initiated by indigenous groups, President Lenin Moreno (center in photo) and surrogates accused his predecessor, Rafael Correa, and Venezuelan officials of conspiring with regional authorities and Colombia's FARC guerrillas to destabilize Ecuador.

The president alleged that Correa, Pabon, former Constituent Assembly member Virgilio Hernandez, who was also arrested, and others had traveled "at the same time a few weeks ago to Venezuela" -- which he does not consider "a coincidence." Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have mocked Moreno's assertions.

Ecuador's Moreno announces tax reform after rolling back fuel price hike, 18 Oct
"The proposal includes a new tax on companies with annual revenue of more than $1 million, which he said would raise about $532 million over three years. ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 01:58:34 AM EST
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basic background: Venezuela is still an OPEC member, REUTERS concedes, Maduro is still president of Venezuela

Venezuela denies entry to Guatemalan president-elect, scuppering meeting with opposition leader

Venezuelan authorities on Saturday denied Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei entry into Venezuela, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Giammattei, a conservative who won the Central American country's presidency in August, landed at Simon Bolivar international airport near the capital Caracas but was placed on a departing flight to Panama in part because he had not been invited by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, authorities said.

Ben Norton reports on effects of US blockade

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 06:35:20 PM EST
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Chile declares state of emergency amid student riots, 19 Oct
Student-led protests in reaction to a 4% hike in subway fares have disrupted the city since Monday. What started as mass fare-dodging among hundreds of students turned into violence later in the week, with protesters shattering glass and throwing debris onto the rail tracks. Two buildings in the city center and at least one bus were set on fire.
[...]
Police already arrested 133 people on Thursday for vandalizing subway stations. Under state security law, people who damage the subway system or prevent it from operating could face three to five years in prison if sentenced. The leader of the subway workers union reported that at least 16 employees had been injured during the protests. The subway system is likely to stay closed through at least Monday.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 02:04:36 AM EST
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Three die in fire as Chile hit by riots over wealth
"The fare increase - 30 pesos, or less than four cents": most useless data point in the reporting

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:27:11 AM EST
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DW is finally impressed. Maybe the 'tag will send Greens against the neocons.


Santiago protests: 1 million people take part in 'the biggest march in Chile'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 26th, 2019 at 02:53:35 AM EST
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Protests over economy, corruption target Lebanon's elite, 18 Oct
In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who leads a national unity government that includes rival Hezbollah, blamed his political opponents for blocking reforms to resolve the economic crisis. He issued a 72-hour deadline for them to cooperate, hinting that otherwise he may resign.

The boiling public anger has crossed sectarian and political lines, targeting top leaders including the president, prime minister and parliament speaker, whom protesters blame for years of corruption and economic mismanagement. No political leader, Muslim or Christian, has been spared the protesters' outrage. [...]
Lebanon's economy is in freefall and has one of the highest debt loads in the world. Garbage piles up in the streets, power cuts are common, services are lacking and employers are unable to pay employees.

"Nothing works here. We have neither enough electricity nor enough jobs. They want a 15% tax from my already low salary," one protester who did not want to be named told DW. "They should increase the taxes of the rich in this country."

Lebanon reverses plans to tax WhatsApp calls, 18 Oct
"We are not here over the WhatsApp, we are here over everything: over fuel, food, bread, over everything," said a protester in Beirut who gave his name as Abdullah.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 02:17:53 AM EST
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Will Hariri tweet KSA? Send money soon.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:24:04 AM EST
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Evidently not.
Hariri resigns, protesters celebrate, and uncertainty persists in Lebanon

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 08:25:13 PM EST
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And so he did.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 11:01:52 PM EST
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after the teargas
by generic on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 10:21:26 AM EST
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