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No Peace on West's Mind or Vocabulary

by Oui Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 06:03:40 PM EST

Zelensky and his crew.changed Orthodox Xmas to Rome's and westen Christian's' December 25th.

A proposal for a ceasefire during Christmas Day is quite common in bitter wars. Sometimes regional commanders agree to a local ceasefire ... see the trench warfare in Northern France against the Germans in World War I.

Ukraine rejects Putin's "trivial" Orthodox Christmas truce | BBC News |

Fu*king brothers in arms from Lithuania again ...

Europe's fascist foreign minister of war comments ...

Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe

It's Biden's 🇺🇸 war, not mine 🎄 peace ☮️

Arrogance through endless support of NATO arms and munitions

Shortest Summary of Years of Blogging

In 1962 the stationing of Pershing ballistic missiles in Turkey were a threat to the USSR, today it's an arrogant, selfish positioning by the White House, and previous administrations, of NATO inside Ukraine that's seen as an existential threat to Russia and its sovereignty under UN Charter.


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 6th, 2023 at 11:02:32 PM EST
Came across two earlier diaries of mine @BooMan Tribune ...

January 2017, at the beginning of RussiaGate, PropOrNot farce and the new British dodgy dossier by MI6 agent Christopher Steele in conjunction with Andrew Wood and John McCaine, 🤥🤥🤥

From the diaries ...

I'm more astonished by the day. It's mass hysteria based on fear and multiplied by the echo chambers. There is a psychological explanation for events coming together as we witness today. The Red Menace of the sixties and the Vietnam War was quite low level compared to today. Russia is barely providing poverty level sustainability for its citizens with 90% of this great nation living in harsh conditions. As was mentioned elsewhere, it's economy is ranked lower than the state of California. Due to western provocation over the past decade, are we now living in fear of the Russian bear?

What a bs. Internet and social media are proprietary US assets and used in a global war of cheating and espionage. Played a role in the Arab uprising and a major cyberattack on the sovereignty of Iran and its people. Don't underestimate the sophistication and performance of the Russian people in theoretical sciences. Looking back on the resistance to the Nazi German invasion and the siege of Leningrad, Russians know how to persevere and survive.  There is no moral standing on how the west has aggravated Russia after 1989. Ukraine is more Russian than Prussian based on the high level of endemic corruption for all to see.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 08:22:08 AM EST
The paranoid style is not only used on the right-wing side of policies. Adam Schiff's action during 'Russiagate' applied plenty of it. The paranoid style applies to internal U.S. politics as well as to foreign policies against this or that favorite enemy of that time.

It makes the story below, which otherwise just laughable, somewhat dangerous.

More on BalloonGate via Cat

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 4th, 2023 at 07:19:37 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 02:47:24 PM EST
Josep Borrell Fontelles @JosepBorrellF

A Student asked me about the new world order.

Our multilateral order has been built after WWII, when global power & population distribution was very different from today.

Our partners in Africa, Latin America and Asia are right asking for a reform of the current system.

What an idiot ... a nothing answer with no content.

Borrell visit to Morocco clouded by EU graft scandal

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 8th, 2023 at 02:49:12 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 02:45:34 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 23rd, 2023 at 10:43:34 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 02:57:27 PM EST

For many years I have ranted against the rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia ... I have no words for ugliness in our society.

EU In a Political Crisis, Not a Migrant Crisis

When the Syrian people fled their war torn country in 2015, the Xenophobia and Islamophobia grew to unexpected heights and become a political item across Europe by populist party "leaders".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 02:58:28 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 07:30:28 PM EST
Biden and Executive Order War Production Act | June 2022 |

The Red State Green Boom | May 3, 2022 |

The Biden administration has proposed reviving American manufacturing by focusing the country's industrial efforts on so-called green industries and products. A plan to boost the country's industrial output and bolster America's supply chains ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 07:32:04 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 07:33:27 PM EST
One Year Later ...

The start of a horrible war in Europe's backyard sealed the future of the EU and the competition with US manufacturing for this decade till 2030. Brussels sat back and watched Joe's Blitzkrieg tour and failed to understand the salesman had no goods, but was on a destructive mission. Meeting the wishes of a bi-partisan Congress and a multi-year plan to divide the EU into a failed Union of states.

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe | Dec. 29, 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 07:35:05 PM EST
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Meaning No Russian Gas and Zero Industry

Never admit defeat, keeping up appearances and just carry on.

Interesting read ...

Having Gas and Passing Wind - T. Boone Pickens (Part Deux) | by joelado on Aug 16th, 2009 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 07:37:39 PM EST
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A long read ...

The Coronation of Mystery Man Vladimir Putin - 2000 | @BooMan - May 4, 2018 |

Enigmatic ex-KGB man is promising a strong state

Ian Traynor in Moscow
Saturday January 1, 2000
The Guardian

In his resignation statement yesterday, Boris Yeltsin said it was time for Russia's old guard, born and bred under communist rule, to make way for a new generation of leaders. There is no doubt that he meant the 46-year-old former spy and black belt judo aficianado who is currently breaking political box office records in Russia.

"Putin is the right guy in the right place at the right time," says Andrei Biryukov, a political consultant. "The Putin phenomenon is that he and his team have created and implemented the myth of a strong and responsible leader in Russia. It's very attractive. It's what we Russians have been pining for."

But despite the masterly salesmanship, the prime minister remains an enigma. Former Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, was quoted as saying:

    "Putin is not as strong as he seems because his opinions are unknown. Putin is holding on thanks to his mystery - his mysterious appearance, his mysterious glance, his mysterious phrases. But sometimes it happens that a man opens his mouth and he has nothing to say."

That sums up the prime minister's enigmatic qualities, but looks premature as an assessment of his leadership ability. While Mr Putin appears shy, he is growing into his role and also sending signals to his international peers.

For their part, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Gerhard Schröder and others are responding, eager to get to know Mr Putin better.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 11:02:24 AM EST

Europe was made whole in 1989. Now concern about migrant `invaders' is turning the continent, and other global regions, into fortresses

How the United States and NATO nations reacted post-9/11 has caused a tectonic shift in civilization. All evil of the GWB administration has come to haunt civil society and the downward turn into full-fledged fascism is gaining pace day by day.

Casting light on the legal black hole: International law and detentions abroad in the "war on terror" | March 2005 |

"Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there.
It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach
has been found, stopped and defeated."

George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress
and the American People, 20 September 2001

Guantánamo Bay

Outstanding coverage by ...

Statement by Majid Khan - Center for Constitutional Rights

Poland: CIA Rendition and Torture

C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets, the Supreme Court Rules | NY Times - March 3, 2022 |

Chagos Islands and FOB Diego Garcia

UNGA Welcomes International Court of Justice Opinion on Chagos Archipelago, Adopts Text Calling for Mauritius' Complete Decolonization

By a recorded vote of 116 in favour, to 6 against (Australia, Hungary, Israel, Maldives, United Kingdom, United States), with 56 abstentions, the Assembly affirmed that doing so -- in accordance with the advisory opinion -- would enable Mauritius to complete the decolonization of its territory as soon as possible.

Abu Ghraib and investigative journalism Seymour Hersh

Fallujah, a city destroyed for revenge

AQI leader Abu al-Baghdad bred during detention Camp Bucca near Baghdad

Camp Bucca: The US prison that became the birthplace of ISIS AQI which transformed into ISIL and the Islamic State

Nine members of the Islamic State's top command did time at Bucca

US Army torture and detention center at AFB Bagram, Afghanistan

Four US Presidents and Lives Lost 2001-2021 | Aug 31st, 2021 |

Led to xenophobia and Islamophobia across the Western world ... the tragedy of a belief America, as an exceptional nation under God, can remake the World Order is fake and false. It is driven by egoism and pure capitalism where wealth is protected, often subsidized like fossil fuel corporations.

The financial crisis, the Corona pandemic and the choice for War in Ukraine has made society more unequal, benefited capital and placed more burden on the workers, laborers vulnerable to vultures of Wall Street. Crisis upon crisis and politicians kicking the can down the road. Lacking wisdom, so-called leaders rely on AI to make decisions and make policy. Empathy and human kind are not well fitted in Big Tech algorithms.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 12:42:15 PM EST
Don't hold your breath ... 🥺

Abd Al-Hadi Al-Iraqi is First "High-Value Detainee" To Accept Plea Deal at Guantánamo, Could Be Freed by 2024 | June 30, 2022 |

When al-Iraqi arrived at Guantánamo over 15 years ago, the Pentagon described him as "one of al-Qaeda's most senior and most experienced operatives," although details about how he ended up at Guantánamo were rather more shady. A Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman, explained that he had been transferred to DoD custody from the custody of the CIA, although he "would not say where or when al-Iraqi was captured or by whom," while a US intelligence official, "speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter," told the Associated Press that al-Iraqi had been captured in late 2006 "in an operation that involved many people in more than one country."

A month later, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a significant member of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, said that al-Iraqi had been en route to Iraq when he "was arrested in Turkey," and was then "handed over to the Americans," and it was later confirmed, in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report about the CIA torture program, that he was held for six months in CIA custody, even though, in September 2006, when 14 "high-value detainees" were transferred to Guantánamo from CIA "black sites," President Bush, who had previously denied the existence of the "black sites," declared that, as a result of these transfers, the "black sites" had all been shut down.

As was also revealed in the torture report [the Rendition Project], al-Iraqi "was consistently assessed as being cooperative" while he was in CIA custody, although "interrogators believed he was withholding information" on future operaties "and the locations of high-value targets." However, it was also revealed that, during February 2007, "CIA Headquarters discussed the possible use of `enhanced interrogation techniques' [torture] against al-Iraqi, although by the end of the month they had determined that there was `insufficient intelligence ... that [al-Iraqi] possesse[d] actionable information ... to justify the use' of EITs."

Al Qaeda in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan and Beyond | Dec. 30, 2008 |
By Rohan Gunaratna & Anders Nielsen

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 06:28:06 PM EST
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h/t Cat for the video of the debate

Norway as co-culprit in Nord Stream gas pipelines sabotage ... a bit of inward looking and critical thinking would be welcome. The invitation to Carl Bildt is dreadfully funny 🤣 🥱 of course ...

... in celebration the Holberg Prize Laureate, the Holberg Debate is held annually in December in tribute to Ludvig Holberg's Enlightenment ideals. The debate aims to engage prominent academics as well as non-academics in public debate on pressing issues of our time.

Transcript of the 2022 Holberg Debate: "Will Fear Keep Us Safe?" [02:45:00]

Today I will attempt to listen to the full debate as background to my other chores ...

In the introduction by moderator Dr. Cecilie Hellestveit setting the stage of the debate ...

Thank you so much for that kind introduction, Kjersti. Dear audience, I'm honored and delighted to have the privilege to moderate the Holberg Debate of 2022, organized by the Holberg Prize in the loveliest of cities in Norway, Bergen. But while the city is bright and cheerful, the subject of tonight's debate is far from it. It is dark and gloomy, because we live in dangerous times.

This year war on land between nations returned to continental Europe. Russia's aggressive military assault on Ukraine is a watershed, a monumental event in the history of modern Europe. And we are still struggling to gauge all the effects that this war of aggression will have for the future of Europe and the world at large.

Simultaneously other dark clouds are on the horizon. The rivalry in technological, political, economic and military terms between the giants of the world, the US and China, is gaining traction. But even when war and geopolitical rivalry is upon us and it is very clear to us who is a friend and who is a foe, public debate must take place. And the Holberg Debate this year ventures into this complex and sensitive landscape, asking whether fear will keep us safe and what do the current geopolitical crisis mean for the power of deterrence and the prospects of a new global security order.

As the journalist and grand strategist Walter Lippmann once observed, "where all think alike, no one thinks very much". On behalf of the Holberg Prize I'm therefore delighted to present to the public two distinguished speakers who do not think alike. One is a scholar of politics and one is a craftsman of politics. One is American and one is European. One is a proponent of the school of realism, the other a firm believer in liberal traditions. Our two speakers have expressed views in stark contrast to each other, notably on Russia and her war on Ukraine.

(1) In the years of preparation to and during war, the first casualty is truth. Due to years of propaganda and degenerating your "enemy" the world risks a future genocide.

The 'Evil' Mind: Part 1: Genocide and Mass Killings

After 9/11 the world has been on a steep slope of decline naming opposition groups "terrorists" and especially branding Islam as religion by the United Stères and Israel. Europe has gone along with devastating consequences we experience today. See my many writings about Islamophobia, xenophobia and McCarthyism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 08:59:09 AM EST
Damn *%?§$ ... I'm chewing through 10 min. of Bildt's opening statement ... he got the first shot because he is speaking on European home turf ?? ⁉️ Odd ... Prof. Mearsheimer traveled a long distance and should have received the egards (respect/invite) as visiting scholar.

Bildt has been ranting about Hitler, dictatorship, invasion of Poland to destroy a state  ... suggesting the equivalent to the war in Ukraine ... as Hitler was defeated and the Nuremberg trials ensued ... I suppose Bildt is clearing the path towards total defeat of Putin and Russia ... as I had expected, CIA man Carl Bildt hits all buttons of war propaganda by the West and NATO during the past years ... I will have to move beyond this shit and listen to the rebuttal by one of my heroes John Mearsheimer.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 09:32:17 AM EST
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Bildt ended his opening statement at 32:00 ... I sat through it in head-shaking horror of such a shallow mind. Indeed, an exponent of Europe's leadership today ... entering crisis upon crisis as a buoy that lost its mooring in a vast ocean, a ball of play on huge wave after wave ... a toy used by the greater military powers.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 09:52:06 AM EST
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Now into the first 25 min. of John Mearsheimer's opening argument ... he is smashing the propaganda rhetoric of Bildt  .. not by a rebuttal of Nazi Germany but as a history professor lecturing on the batte between three great military powers on a global scale. Spoke about the foremost danger of a hot war in the Pacific specifically the battle for Taiwan. Further he expounded on hegemonic change in SE Asia from the US to a rising might of China. Clearly more dangerous than a threat of Russia for Europe. It took just two minutes to expose the false rhetoric by the West and Bildt about Ukraine and Putin's ambition.

More to follow ...

Carl Bildt reading from a prepared statement, Mearsheimer as a college professor entertaining, facing his audience. Later a Q&A session starts.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 10:36:35 AM EST
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I paused at 58:00 min. The European moderator, asset to Scandinavia, invites Carl Bildt to view the present security situation in Europe ... a softball thrown into his lap 😂

[00:56:53] HELLESTVEIT:
Please. Now, thank you very much to both of you for very disturbing, I must say, presentations. Now, the subject of today's debate is how the geopolitical crises influence the power of deterrence and prospects for a new global security order. But let us start in Europe and then we will zoom out afterwards. And before we venture into this uncertainty of the future and even of the present, let us go to one issue where I know that your analysis and your statements, which you have repeated here, is seen as very provocative in Europe, namely the why of the Russian invasion and the Russian aggressive stance towards Ukraine. And I would invite Carl to have some initial reactions to what John has said.

Ouch ... after years of NATO indoctrination, truth telling hurts.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 11:45:15 AM EST
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Carl Bildt a bit frustrated goes off script ... goes into rebuttal to John Mearsheimer's opening arguments and defends his own view of an aggressive Putin ... Mearsheimer only spend two minutes to literally destroy Bildt's NATO war narrative. The moderator invites Carl Bildt to speak about today's subject: "how the geopolitical crisis influence the power of deterrence and prospects for a new global security order".

As minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Sikorski was the Polish signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon, in 2007. Together with Carl Bildt, he launched the EU Eastern Partnership. He proposed and helped to set up the European Endowment for Democracy.

Poland's Sikorski Urges Tougher NATO Stance Against Russia | Atlantic Council - June 14, 2015 |

Two days after resigning as the Speaker of Poland's Parliament following an eavesdropping scandal, veteran Polish politician Radosław Sikorski said his country and the United States must jointly stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin's provocations in Ukraine.

Speaking June 12 at the Atlantic Council's Wrocław Global Forum 2015, Sikorski thanked the US government for boosting its military presence in Eastern Europe in a time of great uncertainty following Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its current military aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Sikorski, a prominent figure in the West, studied at Oxford University and is married to Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum. The 52-year-old politician tendered his resignation last week along with three other Polish cabinet ministers after microphones hidden in an expensive Warsaw restaurant one year ago revealed an expletive-laden conversation in which Sikorski, among other things, called Poland's ties with the United States "worthless" and said British Prime Minister David Cameron was "incompetent."

Nevertheless, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush met with Sikorski in Warsaw following his resignation and said he was still as strong US ally who had only expressed frustration with the Obama administration.

Asked about the stockpiling of US weapons in Eastern Europe, Sikorski said it's "a move in the right direction," but not enough given continued Russian aggression in Ukraine.

"We need to regain President Putin's respect," he said. "We have to convince him that this time, it's for real. NATO's borders will really be defended."

The scandal involving Radek Sikorski ...

Poland's `Secret Tape' Scandal Goes Surreal, Amid Claim that Minister Ordered Arson Attack on Russian Embassy in Warsaw in November 2013

`We Gave the Americans a Blow Job,' Got Nothing, Says Polish FM Sikorski - Nov. 2013

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 12:15:57 PM EST
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London Review of Books Israel Lobby by John Mearsheimer

US Power Intertwined with US Middle East Policy

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 09:14:02 AM EST
Possession Crimea and Naval Base Sevastopol ... Azov Sea and the ambition of NATO
to patrol the Black Sea.

The devastating defeat of America, and its NATO Allie's sealed the fate for US control in Central Asia. Iran too is out of US sphere of influence and Iraq, Syria have been branded enemy states. Turkey was never accepted by France and most EU states, thus losing Turkey would be a mortal blow to US National Interests in the Black Sea region. The attempted coup d'état in Türkiye put the trust in NATO on hold.

Control of Central Asia, Caspian fossil fuel resources and U.S. Navy patrolling the Black Sea.

Issues for the U.S. Navy in the Black Sea Region: Country Profiles and Recommendations Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia | CNA - June 2000 |

    The Russian armed forces are currently in an extremely difficult situation.... It is hard to visualizea more depressing picture. The difficult situation in the armed forces is the direct result of the general situation in Russia.
      - General (ret) Boris Gromov, Member of Russian Duma, last commander of Russian forces in Afghanistan, in 1999

    In 2000, our sea power in the Baltic will be one-half that of Sweden and one-third to one-fourth that of Germany. In the Black Sea, our sea power will be one-half of that of Turkey....
      - Rear Admiral Valery Aleksin, Head Navigator of the Russian Navy, in 1997

The dissolution of Russia's economy, military establishment, and sense of purpose after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its loss of international status, have made Moscow hypersensitive to slight. Russia feels particularly vulnerable in the Black Sea, where it views regional U.S. initiatives--including Navy engagement--as part of a pattern of activities undertaken at Russia's expense. This pattern includes NATO's expansion, past and anticipated; U.S. and Western interest in Caspian energy resources (including the recently agreed Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, which will bypass Russia to transport Caspian oil/a>); and American military reach into Kazakhstan and other parts of Central Asia through military exercises. Possible NATO membership for former Soviet republics like the Baltics or Georgia is a particular concern and, Moscow advertises, would be unacceptable. The bitterest pill remains NATO's 1999 Kosovo campaign, which Russians see as a humiliation and perhaps a precedent for Western intervention in Russia or one of the former Soviet republics.

Related reading ...

Blinken Sounding Out EU Appetite for War | Jan. 24, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 01:31:13 PM EST

The State of the American Republic ... the nation gets the leader it deserves  🇺🇸 🤡 ... too bad the world has to suffer the consequences of a shoddy democracy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 12:02:41 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 12:03:21 PM EST
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Has sensible Sunak turned the Tory tide, or has Johnson sunk the ship?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 12:05:30 PM EST
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