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Peace Talks and Think Tanks

by Oui Sat Jul 16th, 2022 at 10:31:29 PM EST

A long read ...

Last Ditch Effort to Prevent War in Europe

Amazing leak: France 2 made a documentary from the  transcripts of conversations between @EmmanuelMacron and Putin before the invasion. Macron assured his counterpart that Biden was ready to "clarify the issue of Ukraine and NATO" in a meeting with Putin.

Perception from Washington DC ...

Another Way to Help Ukraine: Prepare Now for a Peace Process | USIP |

If Ukraine opts for negotiations, Europe and the United States need to be ready to join.

Three months of Russia's savagery against Ukraine have left little space in current policy discussions for considering a peace process. President Biden vows to strengthen Ukraine before any negotiations by providing more arms and funds, and tougher sanctions on Russia. Alongside that vital support for Ukraine's defense, it is important to develop other ways to help Ukraine end bloodshed and protect its future. One track of policy should be preparation now for negotiations if that opportunity emerges. Crucial elements for a viable peace process already are visible: direct U.S. and European Union participation in specific talks, and a peacekeeping mission to prevent Russia's consolidation of control over contested Ukrainian territory.

Negotiations: Under What Conditions?

Western governments are unified [under profession by Joe Biden]  in declaring that any negotiation will be done by the Ukrainians based on their own needs and on their own timetable.

Beyond that principle, the world has heard little public discussion of peacemaking ideas since March, when Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in Turkey ended without result. Peace proposals outlined by Poland and Italy have not won broad support even within the European Union.

In early May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia would need to pull its troops back "behind the lines it held before February 24," before any negotiations can happen. As combat has shifted toward a war of attrition that could offer significant advantages to Russia's larger forces, U.S. and European politicians and commentators are divided over when it could make sense for Ukraine to consider peace talks.

Military War Games: Simulations

The Coming Storm: Insights from Ukraine about Escalation in Modern War | CSIS - May 26, 2022 |

Based on three crisis simulations held in late March 2022 with think tank fellows, military planners, and congressional staffers, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will likely struggle to address escalation vectors almost certain to push the current war in Ukraine beyond the country's borders. This paper captures key insights from across these simulations based on two triggering events: (1) a Russian surgical strike on a NATO logistics hub used to provide weapons to Ukraine in southeast Poland, and (2) Russian use of chemical weapons along the Polish border while simultaneously mobilizing to threaten the Baltics.

As the conflict crossed a key threshold and risked becoming a regional war, most participants found a natural pull to escalate in each scenario despite limited expectations of achieving a position of competitive advantage. Analyzing how individuals and teams approached decisionmaking provides insights on rethinking escalation models in the twenty-first century and taking advantage of new concepts and capabilities to better support signaling during a crisis.

Inside the room where Ukraine orders arms from the West | BBC News |

Perception from European Capitals ...

Lunacy from VDL in Brussels ...

STFU Bliar...

Era of Western dominance 'coming to an end', says Tony Blair

Blair has issued a rallying call to Western nations to come together to develop a coherent strategy to counter the rise of China as "the world's second superpower".

Delivering the annual Ditchley lecture the former prime minister called for a policy towards Beijing of "strength plus engagement" as he warned the era of Western political and economic dominance was coming to an end.

"How did Britain ever reach a point where Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn came for a short but consequential time to shape our politics? The craziness in our own politics has to stop."

'Sir' Tony has experience in call to arms to invade, bomb, and occupy Iraq ... British key war criminal.

The European Union is an economic, regulatory and (partly) monetary union. The governing EU Commission has outsourced decision of war or peace to the man in the White House based on military calculations, intelligence and strategy from the CIA and Pentagon. Packaged, sealed and delivered to Brussels. The narrative is singular enforced by "unity" and under threat of "you are either with us, or the enemy." A false dictum eagerly accepted by weak EU officials.

Russophobe Josep Borrell is a prime example ...

The birth of geopolitical Europe: In conversation with Josep Borrell

The European Union reacted swiftly and robustly in support of the Ukrainian government. It adopted the most severe sanctions ever and keeps widening their scope and reach, as the war continues. The Union is making extensive financial and humanitarian support available to Ukraine and contributing to the financing of military equipment provided by member states.

EU countries have welcomed close to five million refugees so far and will keep their borders open to all those fleeing the conflict. We are increasing our resilience and shedding dependencies on energy at a much faster pace than anyone could have envisioned before. The EU has strengthened itself as an international player and one can even speak of the birth of the Geopolitical Union.

Just 18 months ago a completely different narrative about Europe ...

Why European strategic autonomy matters  

The concept is not new. In fact, strategic autonomy is part of the agreed language of the EU since quite a long time ago. It was born in the field of defence industry and, for a long time, it was reduced to issues of defence and security. And that is part of the problem.

For quite a while, the debate was limited to a clash between those for whom strategic autonomy was a means of regaining political space vis-à-vis the United States, and others, most of the European states, for whom it had to be avoided precisely for fear of accelerating American disengagement.

Strategic autonomy and the transatlantic link

When talking about threats, a major issue concerns the relationship of the Union with NATO and especially with the United States. It is a quite sensitive one. However, positions are not as far apart as we may think. I believe the time has passed when the need for a common foreign policy and security was denied, or not taken seriously.

At the same time, no one disputes the vital character of the transatlantic relationship and no one advocates the development of a fully autonomous European force outside NATO, which remains the only viable framework to ensure the territorial defence of Europe.

Peace versus Justice: The coming European split over the war in Ukraine

These results place Europeans into two opposing groups: a Peace camp and a Justice camp. Supporters of the Peace camp want peace now even at the cost of Ukrainian concessions to Russia. The Justice camp believes that only Russia's clear defeat can bring peace. This split runs through many countries - and between them. As the conflict in Ukraine turns into a long war of attrition, it risks becoming the key dividing line in Europe. And, unless political leaders handle this difference in standpoint carefully, it could spell the end for Europe's remarkable unity.

Zelensky, allies advocate it is your call, true?

Zelenskyy rejects Russian ultimatums as conflict intensifies | Japan Times - March 21, 2022 |

Ukraine said it would not accept ultimatums from Russia after Moscow demanded it stop defending besieged Mariupol, where hundreds of thousands of civilians are suffering through Russian bombardments laying waste to their city.

Mariupol has become a focal point of Russia's assault on Ukraine, but attacks were also reported to have intensified on the country's second city Kharkiv.

The conflict has driven almost a quarter of Ukraine's 44 million people from their homes, and Germany predicted the refugee number could reach as high as 10 million in coming weeks.

Ukraine uses cover of civilians ...

Russia storing weapons in nuclear plant

Russia is using Europe's largest nuclear power plant to store weapons, an official with Kyiv's nuclear agency has said.

The president of the Ukrainian state nuclear agency, Energoatom, said the weapons kept at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which include "missile systems", were being used to shell surrounding areas.

Perception from Global Majority ...

Ukraine war prevents formal communique at G20 finance talks | Al Jazeera |

At the beginning of the second day of talks, Indonesian central bank governor Perry Warjiyo called on ministers and global finance leaders to concentrate on recovery in a world economy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. Has value of life diminished during the deadly SARS CoV-19 pandemic and its aftermath?

Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the Environment
A Conversation on COVID-19 with Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Director of Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Can you put a price on COVID-19 options? Experts weigh lives versus economics | Science - March 31, 2020 |

Preliminary results favor strict control measures

The cost of shuttering large parts of the economy is relatively easy for Rebelo and his collaborators, Northwestern University economist Martin Eichenbaum and Mathias Trabandt of the Free University of Berlin, to translate into money, the currency of economics. ­­On the economic side, their model calculates how the disease and government policies would influence how much people work and buy.

But the dollars and cents of a virus are less intuitive. Rebelo uses a modified version of what's known as an SIR model, an acronym for categories of people: susceptible, infected, and recovered. It simulates how a disease moves through a population based on how infectious and lethal it is, and how much contact people have with each other. To put a price on the results, Rebelo takes the number of predicted deaths and calculates an economic estimate of the value of the lost lives. The approach is similar to the price that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used to gauge the costs and benefits of environmental regulations: $9.5 million per life.

His initial modeling efforts showed that even a yearlong lockdown makes economic sense, to allow time for a vaccine to be developed. The pause would shrink the economy by approximately 22%--a cost of $4.2 trillion. By comparison, the model shows that without containment measures, the economy would contract by about 7% over that year--but as many as 500,000 additional lives would be lost, which translates into a loss of roughly $6.1 trillion.

”Of all the foreign-policy actors... Vindman sounded the grimmest....“tens of thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of refugees."

Fails to consider COVID impact:
10,000 dead & hundreds of thousands wounded
-- that's just a run-of-the-mill COVID week

We're desensitized — 22 Feb. 2022


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 01:40:17 AM EST
QI Non-Resident Fellow John Mearsheimer: "The only way this can be resolved is with the U.S. and NATO saying that Ukraine will not become part of NATO. The Russians want it in writing. And I think this crisis will go away once this happens." [QI -- 11 Feb. 2022]

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 08:39:56 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 10:44:29 AM EST
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See more posts on Middle East ...

Biden requested some peace while visiting the Israeli war hawks in Jerusalem ...

US-UK Lethal Weapons Sales Zero Accountability

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 09:09:08 AM EST
Biden security pact: Ima send GI's to guard KSA royalty. Deal?
by Cat on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 07:44:50 PM EST
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Third and Deciding Phase for Europe

Most corrupt entity inside Ukraine for many years.

Zelenskyy's business partners include Ivan Bakanov, current head of the  SBU, Ukraine's main intelligence agency that often investigates corruption cases

Long Arm SBU to Quell Dissent Blogger In Spain

Anatoly Shariy has lived in the EU for 10 years, and has been accused of peddling Kremlin propaganda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 10:18:19 PM EST
I was just triangulating this click bait, APsplainin Ukraine's Zelenskyy fires top security chief and prosecutor. I dunno why I expected tactical maneuver to outwit Canada's TURBINE CRIME.


What I got is, a 150-word "nightly video address to the nation" caption on an 800-word depiction of heartless Russian atrocities and lamentions over little Liza's body a-laying in "a coffin with flowers".

sooooo I figuratively rolled over to Ukriform 'cause Ukriform is an incredibly loyal, rightous, upside voice of the partisans embellishing victory. BAM!

Zelensky explains move to sack top prosecutor, security chief is quite a shocking tally of Ukrainian-speaking PUTIN spies, MASKED by AP investigative war crime reporting.

"I decided to remove the Prosecutor General from her post and remove the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (from his duties - ed.). As of today, 651 criminal proceedings have been registered regarding high TREASON and collaborative activities of employees of prosecutor's offices, pretrial inquiry bodies, and other law enforcement agencies. In 198 criminal proceedings, charges were pressed against the relevant individuals," the president said in a video address.
From this angle, I gather, only 60 servants of the people evaded apprehension by, ahem, self-deportation across the border of the border land to illegitimate, "break-away" territories.
"Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the country's national security and the connections that have been EXPOSED between the employees of the security agencies of Ukraine and Russia's special services rise very serious questions to the relevant leaders. Each of these questions will see a proper answer," the president concluded.
PLUS Awkward-turn-of-phrase Award w/o 17 July (until further notice)
Zelensky removes head of SBU Bakanov, top prosecuror Veneditkova
That's according to the relevant decrees published on the website of the President's Office.
which is not machine translatable and kinda ominous besides smelling, um, despotic
The top security operative was removed in accordance with "Article 47 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," which says "failure to perform (improper performance of) service duties, which led to human casualties or other grave consequences, or created a threat of such consequences, shall be among grounds to remove a serviceman from duties."
Oddly, no words for Veneditkova's fate.
by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 12:23:17 AM EST
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DW mentions in a topical short video that Veneditkova was leading UA war crime investigation of Bucha. soooo, if KHAN's office at ICC has shouldering "prelininary investigation" of any evidence offered by sundry allied NGOs, Veneditkova's redundancy on that account was inevitable; dereliction of officious duties processing common crimes incidental.

A facsimile of they/their/them indictment (translated to *-Engl. currency) promises a candid view of law 'n' order from 30 km.--ascension to EU member status.

by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 01:24:26 PM EST
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Ukraine's Zelenskyy fires top spy chief and prosecutor general | Politico |

After Zelenskyy won a landslide presidential vote in 2019, he set out to clean up the SBU and tapped Bakanov to lead the charge in an attempt to showcase the newly elected leader's determination to prove to the West that Kyiv was serious about reforms.

But Bakanov's appointment was criticized by opposition parties who said someone with his background was unfit to lead the top intelligence-gathering agency. He had been at Zelenskyy's side since the latter rose from a scrawny comedian in the industrial, south-central city of Kryvyi Rih to a muscular, war-hardened leader famous well beyond Ukraine's borders.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 10:43:57 AM EST
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... according to four officials close to the president and a Western diplomat who has advised Kyiv on reforms needed to revamp the SBU.

"Revamp" is a colossal understatement of the commitment required by UA.gov to "build back better" SBU historical reputation and impunity running a state-sponored terrorist institution.

On or after the unlikely event, say, the Rada announces (1) a Truth and Reconciliation hearings for the common folk; and  (2) ransoms sundry opposition party representatives MIA.

(line items of $750 BILLION Reconstruction Fund budget).

by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 01:49:53 PM EST
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Politico defaces WWII.

Known by its Ukrainian acronym, the SBU is the successor agency of the Soviet-era KGB [FALSE]. With more than 30,000 employees, the SBU is more than seven times the size of Britain's MI5 and nearly the size of the FBI -- which employs 35,000 people -- despite Ukraine being 16 times smaller than the U.S.
by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 04:38:57 PM EST
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Corruption is rampant in a divided Ukraine ...

Opinion: Zelenskyy is the problem, not his friends | DW News |

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has fired leading security officials in the middle of a war. But the president's public rebuke only obscures the real problem: lack of reform, says Eugen Theise.

The firing of SBU intelligence services boss Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova is akin to a political earthquake in Ukraine. During a war, one would expect maximum solidarity from a government. Such dismissals register as a very public rejection of one's closest confidants.

... Then the situation suddenly snowballed: On Tuesday, parliament dismissed both Bakanov and Venediktova at Zelenskyy's behest. There was no longer any talk of the investigations announced the day before.

This strange personnel gamble gives the impression that the former comedian and actor -- who, after the Russian invasion of his country, was transformed into the courageous leader of a brave nation before the eyes of the world -- has suddenly dwarfed himself. At a time, moreover, when he should have stepped up and taken responsibility for the mistakes of his confidants.

A general's treason

Known cases of treason and desertion in the ranks of intelligences services occurred within the first weeks of the war. But the president needed months to find an effective way to publicly address the situation. Perhaps the most sensational example is the case of General Andriy Naumov of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), who fled Ukraine on February 23, one day before the Russian invasion.

Naumov was Bakanov's right hand at the SBU. In just a few short months, Naumov's patron had promoted him to intelligence services general. As director of Ukraine's domestic security headquarters, it would have been his task to sniff out corruption or moles. Naumov's flight was reason enough to immediately fire Bakanov.

Zelenskyy replaces long-time loyalists with Yermak's people

    Meanwhile, Oleksii Symonenko - Venediktova's deputy - will run the Office of the Prosecutor-General (OPG) in the interim. Similarly, Bakanov's deputy, Vasyl Malyuk, is now acting head of the SBU. Both Symonenko and Malyuk are thought to have ties to Zelenskyy's chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak, and Malyuk in particular has been accused of being rather close to a scandal-plagued deputy of Yermak's, Oleh Tatarov.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 20th, 2022 at 10:32:33 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 09:35:27 PM EST
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Iryna Venediktova

The international investigation team of 🇺🇦, 🇳🇱, 🇧🇪, 🇦🇺, 🇲🇾 is still searching for answers. Inter alia, to determine the crew of the Buk missile system, RF officials who gave orders & the responsible for providing aid to the "DPR" and "LPR" terrorist organizations. 2/3

Latest news: suspended, dismissed, not fired!

Did Washington DC intervene, Volodymyr not following the playbook?

Zelensky Fires His Prosecutor General and Intelligence Chief -- NY Times

Ukraine war: Zelensky suspends security chief and top prosecutor | BBC News |

In a later appearance on Ukrainian TV, Andriy Smirnov, one of Mr Zelensky's top advisers, clarified that the officials have not been fired, as initially suggested, but merely removed pending an investigation.

"In order to prevent the potential influence of these two officials on criminal proceedings, which are being investigated in relation to SBU employees who are suspected of cooperation with the aggressor country, and the same applies to the prosecutor's office, the president made appropriate decisions," Mr Smirnov said.

The removal of SBU chief Ivan Bakanov, a childhood friend of Mr Zelensky, follows the high-profile arrest of a former SBU regional head in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014. Oleh Kulinych is suspected of treason.

The ex-Head of the SSU Department in Crimea was sharing intelligence about Ukraine with Russian special services

Until recently, Kulinich remained in office, and was dismissed by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, on March 2. Even before his appointment, activists warned that he could cooperate with the aggressor, emphasizes activist Serhii Sternenko.

According to him, it was Kulinich who dragged Sergei Korotkih ("Boatsman") to the SBU, who is associated with work for the special services of Russia and Belarus, in particular, the case of the murder in Kyiv of the head of the "Belarusian House" Vitaly Shyshov.

1) Nickname boatsman, Olympic rower for Russia in 1992.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 03:32:52 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 03:33:29 PM EST
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Ukrainian President Zelensky deepens alliance with far right | WSWS - May 1, 2021 |

As the former head of the neo-Nazi Right Sector in Odessa, Sternenko was directly implicated in the 2014 Trade Unions House massacre of 46 people. He is a convicted criminal and currently under investigation for murder.

Andriy Bohdan, the former head of Zelensky's administration, confirmed the president's offer in a Facebook post in response to questions by a reporter with the online news site Strana. When asked if the rumors were true that Zelensky had offered the position to Sternenko, Bohdan replied, "I think he did it right when they were quickly forming a list of government deputies. An acute personnel shortage as they say."

While Sternenko had previously claimed that he met personally with Zelensky and was offered the position in 2019, ties between the two had never been officially confirmed by anyone close to the president.

Denazification? Brouhaha ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 03:35:24 PM EST
Related reading ...

Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs | Dec. 28, 2018 |

Biden's Ukrainian Oligarchs and Corruption | Aug. 6, 2017 |

Part 1: Putin's Response to the Color Revolutions of Regime Change | Feb. 5, 2017 |

Mikhail Saakashvili bowed out as president of Georgia to move to the States in a position by Harvard. Sought by Poroshenko as Governor of Odessa which didn't last long. Got little or no support from Kyiv to fight corruption, so he resigned and fled the country before any bodily harm. His instant citizenship was taken away quicker than his induction. Odessa a hell's place of rightwing terrorists.

My recent diary - Catch 22: From Georgian War to Ukraine 2022

Obama Russian Reset: Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Capability | June 5, 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 03:36:12 PM EST
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In the footsteps of another Western convoy Saakashvili. Boris can take his own Russian oligarch Lebedev to his workplace.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 27th, 2022 at 05:29:46 PM EST
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Spelling checker ... changed "cowboy" to "convoy" 🙃

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 27th, 2022 at 06:13:24 PM EST
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Never thought I would compliment this man, is a one-time matter for sure.

"Have dialogue, cultural exchange and meet one another."

Is Paul a socialist or something? Nothing came of it ... RussiaGate is in truth IntelliGate.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 20th, 2022 at 06:55:15 PM EST

Overextending and Unbalancing Russia | RAND the War Design Corporation |

This brief summarizes a report that comprehensively examines "nonviolent", cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress--overextend and unbalance--Russia's economy and armed forces and the regime's political standing at home and abroad.

Economic sanctions imposed on a sovereign state is considered an hostile act in lead-up to warfare - Under strict circumstances, the UN Security Council can impose economic sanctions, not the unilateral act of the US with all its propaganda for war.

Today's Russia suffers from many vulnerabilities--oil and gas prices well below peak that have caused a drop in living standards, economic sanctions that have furthered that decline, an aging and soon-to-be-declining population, and increasing authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin's now-continued rule. Such vulnerabilities are coupled with deep-seated (if exaggerated) anxieties about the possibility of Western-inspired regime change, loss of great power status, and even military attack.

Despite these vulnerabilities and anxieties, Russia remains a powerful country that still manages to be a U.S. peer competitor in a few key domains. Recognizing that some level of competition with Russia is inevitable, RAND researchers conducted a qualitative assessment of "cost-imposing options" that could unbalance and overextend Russia. Such cost-imposing options could place new burdens on Russia, ideally heavier burdens than would be imposed on the United States for pursuing those options.

The work builds on the concept of long-term strategic competition developed during the Cold War, some of which originated at RAND. A seminal 1972 RAND report posited that the United States needed to shift its strategic thinking away from trying to stay ahead of the Soviet Union in all dimensions and toward trying to control the competition and channel it into areas of U.S. advantage. If this shift could be made successfully, the report concluded, the United States could prompt the Soviet Union to shift its limited resources into areas that posed less of a threat.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 20th, 2022 at 07:14:51 PM EST
"It's hard to avoid human trafficking or smuggling - we didn't achieve it in the former Yugoslavia and we probably won't avoid it in Ukraine either," Jana Černochová, the Czech defense minister, told reporters in Prague on Friday. She said she trusts donor countries are taking all necessary steps to trace weapons, but warned that it is not possible to trace every item.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 09:48:17 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 09:48:56 PM EST
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Europol warnt vor Waffenschmuggel aus der Ukraine

The European police authority Europol has indications of arms smuggling from Ukraine. There are cases of black market trade in firearms and military goods, Europol spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth confirmed in The Hague to the German Press Agency. Investigators from the EU member states also have indications of the trade in heavy military weapons. "There is a risk that these will fall into the hands of organized crime or terrorists," the spokesman said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 09:50:40 PM EST
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Advanced US/NATO Weapons for Ukraine Flooding the Black Market

Ukraine has been getting advanced Western weapons for nearly 2 decades now. The first such occurrence happened after the then president Viktor Yushchenko decided to join the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003, a country which, even if it wanted to, could threaten neither Ukraine nor the US or any of its allies (including neighboring Turkey) in any conceivable way.

Ukrainian forces at the time were provided with certain advanced US and other Western weapons. Even then, those weapons would often end up on the black market. This was happening even during the deployment of Ukrainian forces in various Iraqi warzones, which American and other NATO forces regularly complained about, often to no avail.

Even some US lawmakers expressed skepticism about the claims US weapons were ending up where they were officially supposed to. Some officials even admitted they had no way of tracking the weapons the US and NATO were sending. These allegations soon proved to be genuine after disturbing reports of weapons manufactured in the United States and other NATO members started appearing on the Darknet, the regular Internet's "underground", where illicit activities are the norm.

Various sources reported on weapons being sold to "clients" around the world. The "clients" are anonymous, as well as the providers of such weapons. However, do we need to explain who the providers are if the weapons being sold are "Javelins", "Stingers", NLAW or any other type of ATGMs (antitank guided missiles) and MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems) the US and NATO sent to Ukraine in recent months? We'll let you decide who the providers might be. As for the ease of access, it's simply mind blowing how relatively easy it is to access these Illicit traders. We most certainly won't be providing any links, but it's not difficult to test it yourself. All you need is an "adequate" browser.

Now, the real question is, what could be the consequences of such weapons being acquired by anyone, really? Those people could be criminals, terrorists or psychopaths and the damage they could do is almost impossible to assess and overstate. Imagine a group of bank robbers getting their hands on an NLAW or a "Javelin"?

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 09:52:43 PM EST
Ukraine: Cashing in on illegal arms - May 2002 |

A Ukrainian parliamentary inquiry concluded that between 1992 and 1998, Ukraine lost $32 billion in military assets, in part through theft, discount arms sales and lack of oversight. (In comparison, Ukraine's spending on legal arms for defense in 1999 is estimated to have been $500 million.) Many of the missing weapons found their way into the hands of willing buyers in hot spots around the globe, from Sierra Leone to Croatia. And as these arms proliferated, so did evidence of international criminal networks that sold arms from Ukraine in flagrant violation of international sanctions and embargoes.

The case of Leonid Minin - arms smuggler | CPI - Nov. 18, 2002 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 10:09:57 PM EST
Series of economic shocks with global consequences | IMF |

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an unmitigated catastrophe for global peace and particularly for peace in Europe. But the war also greatly compounds a number of preexisting adverse global economic trends, including rising inflation, extreme poverty, increasing food insecurity, deglobalization, and worsening environmental degradation.

Returning to inflation, there is a strong case to be made that globalization is the secret sauce that made the job of bringing down inflation immensely easier in the 1990s and 2000s, so that deglobalization could easily exacerbate upward inflation pressures for an extended period. Recently, Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan forcefully argued that adverse demographics in east Asia and eastern Europe will persistently increase global price pressures, just as the rise of China has been a disinflationary force. I made a similar argument in my 2003 Jackson Hole conference paper, "Globalization and Global Disinflation," saying that while the advent of central bank independence helped, it cannot be given all the credit for the decline in inflation in the 1980s and 1990s.

Perhaps the most important macroeconomic lesson today is that in crafting responses to the latest major macroeconomic shock, whether it be the financial crisis, the pandemic, or now war in Europe, policymakers (not to mention academic economists) must remember that although things usually get better after a catastrophic shock, they can also get much worse. Thus monetary and fiscal policy need to incorporate resilience, and not just the maximalism that has become fashionable of late.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 22nd, 2022 at 04:36:02 AM EST
ARGeezer spot on ... makes a lot of sense.

Today the West is still stuck in a world provided by BIG OIL and COAL.

Are we in a Post Capitalist World?

by ARGeezer Thu May 6th, 2021

Yanis Varoufakis has an interesting take on the current situation in Europe and the USA. He was the virtual keynote speaker at a conference in Israel apparently sponsored by the Israeli Labor Party. He asserts that, since 2008, we have been in a Post Capitalist environment.

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Our situation is Post Capitalist as capitalism has been disconnected from the ability of corporations to make profits by making things or by providing non-financial services. Much of this has to do with financialization. In the USA and UK manufacturing ceased to be profitable and was largely 'offshored' under the guise of 'neoliberalism' which was neither liberal nor new. Since the '80s in the USA and UK profit sources came to be financial firms.

General Motors, by 2008, was a financial services firm that made cars on the side, while the profits came from General Motors Acceptance Corporation. I would add General Electric to that category, as by the '90s its profits came from the Japan Carry Trade - borrowing Yen for free in Japan, converting them to US$ and 'investing' those dollars for profit at a positive interest rate in the USA.

But in 2008 this all collapsed and the banks, along with other financial firms, were bankrupt and totally dependent on free money from the Federal Reserve or the Bank of England, which came to the rescue of the financial sectors, with the Federal Reserve also supplying generous swaps of US$ to foreign Central Banks [$10 trillion]. But what to do with this free money? Central Banks could only supply that money to credit worthy borrowers, of which there were few, as citizens did not have accounts at the Central Banks.

The answer was to give the money to large corporations. They could be counted on to pay the money back and many of them had huge cash reserves anyway. But the corporations did not see profitable investments available in the economy. In Europe the ECB went to negative interest rates, effectively paying the corporations to take the money. The not so ingenious solution of the corporations was to use the money to buy and retire shares of their own corporations, thus driving the stock bubble we now have.

To Varoufakis this was no longer capitalism, which is why he calls the situation Post Capitalist. Then he points to the massive market failure constituted by the inability of Capitalism to make the investments necessary to save the climate. So he argues for a Green New Deal financed by Green Keynesianism.

Small steps in a dark room: guiding policy on the path out of the pandemic | ECB - Feb. 28, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 22nd, 2022 at 10:27:13 AM EST
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The revolutionary legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - and those of his African National Congress (ANC) comrades Walter Sisulu, Joe Slovo, Ahmad Katharada, Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani and numerous others - burns brightly despite attempts to decontextualise their struggle and resurrect Mandela and co. as titans only of aid.

Instead of seeking charitable reforms, their fierce opposition against the Apartheid regime involved constant mass mobilisation of all those opposed to colonialism and imperialism.  

This included forming a broad anti-Apartheid political coalition with the Communist Party of South Africa, the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Trade Unions, the Coloured People's Congress and the South African Congress of Democrats among others, creating the Congress of the People and issuing the Freedom Charter that set out the fundamental restructuring of South African society.

In other words, they did not seek reform and accommodation within existing structures but called forth a revolution that included rule by the people, nationalisation of its economic behemoths and reorientation of trade and industry towards the well-being of the people.

While today we celebrate Mandela as the beacon of humanity, we should recall his decades spent in active organisation against oppression - and guard against transforming his struggle into charitable acts.

Our focus must remain on the root causes of our conditions and, as our Manifesto states, to continue organising against the oligarchy that continues to prevent the democratisation of Europe and beyond.

Nelson Mandela's grandson slams 'Israeli apartheid'

Also speaking at the event was Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, who criticized efforts by the United States to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through investment.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 22nd, 2022 at 10:28:25 AM EST
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Black Sea grain exports deal 'a beacon of hope' amid Ukraine war - Guterres

Calling Liz Truss ... residing in the Baltics at the Black Sea?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 07:33:55 AM EST
Even a Dutch warmonger analyst is coming around ... a bit.

Finally good news! Let's hope it holds up and is the prelude to other deals between Ukraine and Russia: Ukraine, Russia agree to export grain, ending a standoff that threatened food supply.

World food supply ... missing link is Washington DC.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 07:36:17 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 10:56:54 AM EST

Instead of teaching ancient history of the Soviet Union and Communism, why not teach our new satellite states about the Founding of the European Union, Four Freedoms and responsibility to support diversity and ban xenophobia and Islamophobia. To survive these countries need America's policy of enduring wars and adversaries. This is not survival, rather a self-destruct.

Next celebrating a bit of fascism like in Ukraine?

Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes | July 26, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 04:53:13 PM EST
Ukraine Agricultural Production and Trade | USDA - April 2022 |

Exports of Ukrainian corn to the European Union: a misinterpretation of the new silk roads? - May 2019

China and Ukraine have been stepping up diplomatic meetings and partnership agreements since 2011. Ukraine is indeed a strategic issue on the new Chinese silk roads: it is "the first European country" on these new roads. The signing of a "Sino-Ukrainian Strategic Partnership Development Plan (2014-2018)" has, in particular, led to significant investment in infrastructure for trade between Ukraine and China. On the grain issue, China signed a loan for grain agreement with Ukraine in 2012. This agreement, which runs for 15 years, provides for a Chinese investment of US $ 1.5 billion, in exchange of which Ukraine has pledged to deliver 5 million tonnes of grain each year, including 2 million tonnes of maize, to the China National Complete Engineering Corporation (State grain enterprise).

Volodymyr Zelensky's win in the elections for president of Ukraine in May 2019, followed by his party Servant of the Nation's victory in the parliamentary elections, brought a change to Ukrainian rhetoric. Kyiv resumed its search for a foreign policy direction that went beyond containment of Russia and integration with the West, and started to look again at China.

The new Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, declared Ukraine's active participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative in a policy paper published shortly after his appointment in March 2020. He described it as an opportunity to break the country's unfavourable geopolitical position of being "stuck in the US-EU-Russia triangle".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 10:03:32 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 10:04:05 PM EST
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went to hell pretty quickly. I don't wonder why.
by Cat on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 02:28:01 AM EST
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Foolish comment added to retweet by security analyst and pro-NATO warmonger ...

That such a person takes himself seriously: we have made ourselves vulnerable to blackmail for gas, and then also for nuclear weapons. Deterrence and Ukraine had nothing to do with each other, as there has never been a nuclear guarantee for that country.

Dear Rob, a pre-emptive strike by the Kremlin for the decades of threats from the US, UK, and NATO. Are you just a tool or a fool?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:29:19 PM EST

    In a veiled nuclear threat, he added: "Probably, it's for us so that we can burn the Budapest Memorandum. To make it burn better. But for us it has already burned down in the fire of the Russian troops," Zelensky was referring to the 1994 document, which guided Ukraine's surrender of its nuclear arsenal inherited from the former Soviet Union.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:35:54 PM EST
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The memorandum gave security assurances to three ex-Soviet countries--Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus--following which, along with other agreements signed between 1993-96, the trio gave up its atomic weapons.

An anti-VV Putin rant here @ET in 2008 ...

Matters will escalate. Ukraine is already looking to block Russia's Black Sea Fleet from returning to the naval base in Sevastopol

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:38:35 PM EST
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Zelenskyy Relieves NSDC First Deputy Secretary Demchenko

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Ukraine, Nuclear Weapons, and Security Assurances at a Glance

At the time of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine held the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world, including an estimated 1,900 strategic warheads, 176 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and 44 strategic bombers. By 1996, Ukraine had returned all of its nuclear warheads to Russia in exchange for economic aid and security assurances, and in December 1994, Ukraine became a non-nuclear weapon state-party to the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

Well intended, but completely off base as this chance for nuclear negotiations passed two decades ago.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:52:49 PM EST
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Nuclear strategy and ending the war in Ukraine | The Hill Opinion - July 19, 2022 |

U.S. nuclear weapons were introduced into Europe in the 1950s as a stopgap measure to defend NATO democracies whose conventional forces were weak. The number of nuclear weapons in those five countries peaked around 7,300 warheads in the 1960s, then dwindled to about 150 today, reflecting NATO's growing conventional strength and its diminishing estimation of the military usefulness of nuclear weapons. But even 150 nuclear weapons could be more than sufficient to touch off a dangerous confrontation with Russia.

The world is as close to the nuclear abyss today as it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In fact, contemporary nuclear risks may actually be worse. Whereas Cuban Missile Crisis lasted just 13 days, the fighting in Ukraine will likely continue and tempt fate for many months to come.

Negotiations are therefore essential to defuse nuclear tensions. Even though it has no direct role in the Ukraine war, it's appropriate for NATO to have a role in encouraging negotiations to end it. 

NATO's nuclear arsenal failed to deter Russia's invasion of Ukraine and has almost no utility as a weapon of war. But NATO's nuclear weapons can still be put to good use, not by threatening to launch them and escalate the war, but by withdrawing them to make room for new negotiations and eventual peace.

Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias was the President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and 2006 to 2010. 

Jonathan Granoff is President of the Global Security Institute, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

1) When these bombs were initially deployed, the original targets were eastern European states. But as the Cold War ended, and these states became part of the European Union and in some cases NATO itself, the practice has become provocative, destabilising and dangerous.

There is strong opposition to these weapons being sited in Europe, including from some of the host nation governments. Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have all, unsuccessfully, called for the removal of US nuclear weapons from their countries.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:53:59 PM EST
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The man most hated by Garry Kasparov and his Ukrainian cronies ...

Chomsky began his life as a public intellectual with his trenchant essay, The Responsibility of Intellectuals. The most left-wing story permissible in mainstream political discourse in America is that because of overflowing benevolence, the US fought a war in Vietnam to protect its people from communist tyranny. However, because of some variety of blunders, it was unable to achieve this lofty goal, and perhaps committed some cruelties along the way. [😡 perhaps??]

Chomsky raised a different issue: that the US had no right to invade a country on the other side of the planet to install its own preferred puppet government, in defiance of the wishes of that country's population. In the leading journal of the American liberal intelligentsia, Chomsky basically accused America's liberal intelligentsia of moral bankruptcy.

My Lai Massacre, cover-up and impunity

CMSgt. Grover D. Hargrove, a veteran of three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. You taught me that thoughtful dissent is a form of patriotism, too.

The Legacy of War
By Noam Chomsky

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 31st, 2022 at 02:35:43 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 31st, 2022 at 02:38:17 PM EST
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Could hardly be worse than Greta Duisenberg ...

Fighting for independent Palestine, end the occupation and apartheid by Israel. Free 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 31st, 2022 at 03:36:40 PM EST
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Correspondent Hasan Abdullah of TRT World warned of outside forces seeking to sabotage the deal in effort to escalate the war with Russia. Ships returning to Odessa must be investigated these are not moving Western arms and munitions into the war theater.

First vessel with grain to depart from Odessa to Lebanon -- Turkey's Defense Ministry | Tass |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 07:17:47 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 09:12:04 PM EST

Only Russians should be killed by thousands of anti-personal mines fired into occupied territory. Which countries has not signed the UN treaty prohibiting use of these grenades.

Miscalculations and trust in Boris, Jens and Joe has cost thousands of lives. Zelensky is no military commander or strategist and only momentary exclamation this war should stop and UA is ready to negotiate. This options is not available to Kyiv. The machinery of war has its own momentum drawn in blood.

The Ukrainian government and its military too commit war crimes. Since a few days the Ukraine is firing missiles with thousands of anti-personal mines into Donetsk city and other population centers in the east. These are not powerful enough to kill but are designed to maim anyone who steps on them or tries to pick them up. [Link MofA]

Convention on Cluster Munitions | UNDA |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:26:11 PM EST
Each and every intervention by the US, NATO and the British has ended in a quagmire.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:26:37 PM EST
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19th Century fascism Spain, Germany, Italy leading ...

What would be the best way today to protest against a war? How could you influence the largest number of people? In 1937, Picasso expressed his outrage against war with Guernica, his enormous mural-sized painting displayed to millions of visitors at the Paris World's Fair. It has since become the twentieth century's most powerful indictment against war, a painting that still feels intensely relevant today.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:28:46 PM EST
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Translation :
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock welcomed the departure of the first grain ship from the port of Odessa since the start of the Russian war (1) of aggression against Ukraine. The agreement reached through the mediation of the United Nations and Turkey has shown "that small gestures of humanity can be made possible even in these brutal times," says Baerbock in New York.

"It is now important that this first grain export can safely continue through the waters." She added: "We also saw that the day after the grain agreement was signed, the Russian regime bombed Odessa (2). Therefore, nothing is certain at this time."

But it is important to try everything to get the grain out of Ukraine, said the Green politician. "The world needs this grain, because this war is also being waged as a grain war (3)."

Short statement added with certain NATO war propaganda points. Option of peace ☮️ is not on her mind. Endless hostilities in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 07:51:28 PM EST
Black Sea Grain Initiative: not at the table U.S., UK, France, Germany and the EU. Jens Stoltenberg had been quite invisible ... Stop the War.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 07:55:10 PM EST
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The first ship of the grain corridor began the Razoli Bosphorus crossing from the port of Odessa to Tripoli. @YorukIsik

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 08:51:29 PM EST
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The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni did not leave Istanbul as a Lebanese buyer refused to purchase the corn load | MEE |

Bulk carrier Razoni 26,000 ton corn final destination Syria, one of 5 countries allied to Russia by recognizing independent status of Luhansk and Donetsk. People of Syria 🇸🇾 and Ukraine 🇺🇦 together. ☮️ 🙃

Ship carrying first Ukraine grain cargo nears Syria: Sources | Al Arabiya |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 04:26:49 PM EST
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Key words populism | PVV | Geert Wilders | 9/11 | war on terror | Islamophobia | Xenophobia | Mark Rutte Lies | Malaysia MH17 | HRC Spin | Russophobia | war narrative | NATO |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 06:05:13 PM EST

Key words Mariupol | Azov battalion | heroes |

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Spartz Joins Bipartisan CODEL to Brussels and Ukraine | Jan. 25, 2022 |

Interesting to find out what code she cracked?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:09:11 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:11:24 AM EST
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Rep. Victoria Spartz pushed back on the anonymous criticism of her decision to elbow her way into the congressional delegation and refuted the description of her behavior on the trip.

    "This accusation is a cowardly misrepresentation of facts by some jealous members or staff since we had a very productive bipartisan CODEL in March," Spartz said. "I did not come to Congress to get paid for my travel vacations or dinners, but rather get things done. I have always been willing to spend my own hard-earned money to help with causes I care about."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:13:19 AM EST
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Hoosier state, a politician with guts who is engaged and dares to speak truths. Respect.

Ukrainian-born GOP lawmaker rankles colleagues with her aggressive criticism of Kyiv

That bipartisan frustration over Spartz's behavior was only the beginning. In the nearly six months since the war began, Spartz has publicly criticized the Ukraine government, peddled corruption allegations against the Ukrainian government and some of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top aides, and spurred complaints from her colleagues that she is mirroring pro-Russia talking points.

"President Zelensky has to stop playing politics and theater, and start governing to better support his military and local governments," Spartz said in a press release last month, in one example of her outspoken criticisms of Kyiv.

Spartz, a 43-year-old businesswoman, has repeatedly insisted, publicly and privately, that she wants Ukraine to win, and that she is only attacking Kyiv because she wants to help remove any potential obstacles to a Ukrainian victory over Russia. She says she has visited Ukraine six times since the invasion began and has also slammed Russia consistently, including as recently as Tuesday when she tweeted that Russia should be declared a terrorist state.

Still, Spartz's bellicose rhetoric aimed at Zelensky and his advisers has frustrated lawmakers in both parties, White House officials and members of the Ukrainian parliament alike. They worry she is undermining their efforts to stay united behind Ukraine at a pivotal moment and openly question where she is getting some of her information, according to interviews with over a dozen lawmakers, aides and administration sources.

Meanwhile, multiple briefings from the Biden administration and private pleas from senior Republicans have done little to rein in Spartz's vocal criticism, sources said.
Once seen as a crucial messaging asset, Spartz has now become something of a liability for defense hawks who were already worried about fatigue in the United States over the ongoing war abroad.

Jeez ... she mirrors many of my talking points over the last 15 years about Ukraine and the division East-West. Governing under Zelensky has only further split the nation in two and seems to be irreconcilable. All to the advantage of its large neighbour which has vital interests in Ukraine for over a century now.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:14:55 AM EST
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One of her focus points is a concern for prioritizing the war effort, supporting the men and women fighting on the frontline.

Although, I was disappointed to learn that instead of recognizing its military and launching an all-country effort to support it, Kyiv, with Andriy Yermak effectively at the helm, is playing politics. Also, Kyiv seems to have money for reconstruction efforts for nonessential infrastructure, but no money to support soldiers, like the long-promised housing for 2014 Anti-Terrorist Operation fighters from the occupied territories.

Unfortunately, instead of addressing the concerns I raised last week, Mr. Yermak has launched a smear campaign against me. Many Americans and Europeans have had serious concerns with Mr. Yermak for a while. If Mr. Yermak was a statesman, as someone with an already questionable reputation, he would have resigned this winter after assuring the Ukrainian leadership that no attack by Russia was going to happen, which reduced Ukraine's preparedness. However, it is never too late to do the right thing.

Andrii Borysovych Yermak - biography Wikipedia

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:16:44 AM EST
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Remember Corruption in Ukraine?

Want to get rid of Andriy Yermak, best bet is to attack Zelensky as the two are like a Siamese twin.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:18:50 AM EST
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Spartzzzzz < checks watch >
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 06:57:24 PM EST
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One must fight to preserve freedom and peace ... effective diplomacy from a position of moral strength. Laing down with fleas will get you infected ... post 9/11 aggression and wars of choice.

Reverse 'Incursion' of Coup d'Etat Feb. 2014 | Jan. 21, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:20:42 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:21:56 AM EST
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About corruption and revelations Pandora Papers ...

'Pandora's box may ruin Zelenskyy's chances for a second term' | Al Jazeera - Oct. 12, 2021 |

The findings were based on the Pandora Papers, a trove of millions of documents from 14 offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners, including Slidstvo.info [video].

    Ukrainian officials tried to halt the screening of a film about offshore companies tied to President Volodymyr Zelensky and his inner circle.

The story detailed how Zelenskyy and his partners launched a network of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, Belize and Cyprus.

Bohdan out, Yermak in: What next for Ukraine? | Atlantic Council - Feb. 11, 2020 |

One select group of Ukraine's leadership susceptible to blackmail ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 09:23:59 AM EST
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Hitting a nuclear plant under its own control? 🇺🇦 🇷🇺

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 11:42:52 AM EST

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Prior to his appointment, Voronkov was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna. Under his leadership, the Permanent Mission launched several flagship projects with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and developed successful collaborations with the UNODC Antiterrorist Branch. Mr. Voronkov also served on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during which time he led several delegations of the Russian Federation to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

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Borrell returns: His vision for Europe | CFR - May 22, 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 12:27:08 PM EST
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Russia must take responsibility for nuclear plant `terror,' says Zelensky | TOI |

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia must take responsibility for an "act of terror," after Kyiv and Moscow traded blame for strikes at Europe's largest nuclear plant.

Russia earlier accused Kyiv's forces of striking Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and charged that Zelensky's government was committing acts of "nuclear terrorism."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 04:19:44 PM EST
The American publication cited Lithuanian volunteer Jonas Ohman, who stated that "only 30% of the weapons supplied by the West eventually reaches the Ukrainian military," because "something happens to it" after it crosses the border.

The day before, the adviser to the head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak said that the information leaks about the "weapons black market" in Ukraine are russian propaganda aimed at discrediting Ukraine in the eyes of Western societies.

The film "Arming Ukraine" was released on CBS on August 4. It includes, among other things, the founder of the Mozart Group military company Andy Milburn claiming that some of the Western weapons - drones, body armor, helmets, etc. - do not reach the front line.

This is not the first time that Ukraine was accused of smuggling the weapons provided by partners. Namely, official Europol representative Jan Op Gen Oorth has made a similar claim on July 21.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 04:22:21 PM EST
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Russia Planning to Connect Nuclear Plant to Crimea: Ukrainian Operator

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 02:06:56 PM EST

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G7 warns Russian control of Ukraine nuclear plant 'endangers the region'

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 02:10:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 02:11:42 PM EST

Zelensky is seen as a puppet of His Master's Voice ... omnipresent in the 24/7 news cycle of misinformation and war propaganda feeding the biased MSM. As troops on both sides are decimated, the new border with Russia is creeping westward and a long war is inevitable. The UA recent promise to recover occupied land in the South by mid-August has evaporated to a new target of full recovery of all occupied land by Spring 2023, the next phase of the NATO/Pentagon narrative.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 02:21:04 PM EST

Soviet FM Gromyko speech at UN founding of the state of Israel

Gromyko Addresses the United Nations | May 14, 1947 |

On May 14, Soviet Foreign Minister Andre Gromyko addresses the Special Session on the issue of Palestine. Gromyko highlights the failures of the Mandate system in Palestine, especially its inability to solve the "question of mutual relations between the Arabs and the Jews, which is one of the most important and acute questions, and that this administration has not ensured the achievement of the aims laid down when the mandate was established."

He acknowledged the great suffering of the Jews during the War and the hardships which have been imposed on the survivors. Calling for action, he states, "The time has come to help these people, not by word, but by deeds." Gromyko also accepts the right of Jews for self-determination, stating that the inability of Western European States to protect their Jewish citizens, "explains the aspirations of the Jews to establish their own State. It would be unjust not to take this into consideration and to deny the right of the Jewish people to realize this aspiration. It would be unjustifiable to deny this right to the Jewish people, particularly in view of all it has undergone during the Second World War."

Palestine as a unitary republic with equal rights for all

Analysis and proposals by the democratic minority in the UN General Assembly of 1947 against the colonial partition plan voted on November 29, 1947.

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (May 14, 1948)

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