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Integrating Ukraine Into NATO Family

by Oui Tue May 30th, 2023 at 10:51:14 AM EST

Even a stumbling President Gerald Ford gets his personalized aircraft carrier ... no shame.

Work in progress as escalation continues ...

America fighting for a NWO ...

Russia determined extending NATO into enemy territory of Ukraine is an existential threat ...

Diplomacy with unipolar U.S. has failed and unfolded in a terrible series of wars across the Middle East, Central Asia and the eastern front of Europe.

Swap Cards: My F16s for Your Sweden

Biden says he and Erdoğan talked about F-16s, Sweden’s NATO bid | EurActiv - Reuters |

US urges Turkey, Hungary to ratify Swedish NATO application before summer

NATO member Turkey requested in October 2021 to buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighters and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes. Technical talks between the two sides recently concluded.

The Biden administration has said it supports the sale and has been in touch for months with Congress on an informal basis to win its approval. However, it has failed so far to secure a green light.

“As I have repeatedly made clear, I strongly oppose the Biden administration’s proposed sale of new F-16 aircraft to Turkey,” Senator Bob Menendez, Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement.

Meanwhile EU Parliament wants to strong-arm Erdogan on human rights and detention of thousands of opposition belonging to the Gülen party by definitely blocking further ascension talks of Türkiye as a Future EU member state … not complying to our universal moral values.

Western values and German superior attitude

Our work regarding the far right in Europe revealed the gravity of the atmosphere for minorities in Europe. The analyses we have written regarding the political discourse of the European People's Party leader Manfred Weber (Bavaria's CSU), who has been opposed to Turkey's EU accession since long before the European Parliament elections and who has been stating that Turkey had no place in the EU.

A year ago …

Key Role East-West Relations for NATO Member Turkey

Read my extended diary with background to Nazi death camps, Auschwitz Liberation, Ukrainian collaboration, Crimean War (1863-66), Tatars, and the Pristina airfield confrontation Gen. Jackson and Wesley Clark, KFOR force and Kosovo war crimes.

No F-16s fighter jets to Türkiye as NATO delivers to Ukraine proxy

Watching the Attempted Turkish Coup Unfold on Twitter | WIRED - July 15, 2016 |

Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime-change network seeking the 'fall of China'

At the heart of this movement is the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an international Uyghur organization that claims to be engaged in a "peaceful, nonviolent, and democratic" struggle for "human rights." The WUC considers China's northwestern Xinjiang region to be East Turkestan, and sees its Uyghur Muslim inhabitants not as Chinese citizens but instead as members of a pan-Turkic nation stretching from Central Asia to Turkey.

As this investigation establishes, the WUC is not a grassroots movement, but a US government-backed umbrella for several Washington-based outfits that also rely heavily on US funding and direction. Today, it is the main face and voice of a separatist operation dedicated to destabilizing the Xinjiang region of China and ultimately toppling the Chinese government.

While seeking to orchestrate a color revolution with the aim of regime change in Beijing, the WUC and its offshoots have forged ties with the Grey Wolves, a far-right Turkish organization that has been actively engaged in sectarian violence from Syria to East Asia.

Zunghar Khanate, was an Inner Asian khanate of Oirat Mongolorigin

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 30th, 2023 at 11:17:34 PM EST

Uyghur Freedom Fighters and Kunduz Shia Mosque Attack - 100 people killed | Oct 10th, 2021

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 30th, 2023 at 11:26:48 PM EST
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Rights group says Uyghur student it reported to be missing in Hong Kong did not travel to city

Related reading ...

Democracy Now Provides Progressive Cover to State Department Propaganda Campaign Against China

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 30th, 2023 at 11:47:03 PM EST
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which one might have supposed sunk to the nadir of credibility last year, when the Ukrain National Congress crushed its Donbas report, if not that illustrious period of NATO intervention in Libya.

BTW, Kommersant recently reported that the COE's finishing school, OSCE, is struggling to recruit fresh "leadership".

No security, no cooperation in Europe

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) may cease to exist. This warning was made by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. According to him, the collapse of the OSCE may come if its participants do not elect a chair country for 2024. Estonia put forward its candidacy for this post at the end of 2021, but Russia and Belarus are blocking it. Unless the 57 OSCE participating states quickly agree on a scenario acceptable to all, the world's largest regional organization will face its worst crisis in nearly 30 years of existence.
According to him, the organization was stymied by the dispute over the Estonian bid for the OSCE chairmanship in 2024. The OSCE, we recall, 57 countries (all states of the post-Soviet space, Europe, as well as the United States and Canada). Each year, one of them acts as the chairman of the organization, while the countries themselves nominate themselves as candidates for the chairmanship. Since all decisions in the OSCE are taken by consensus, all 56 countries must vote unanimously for the chairman. The organization is currently chaired by North Macedonia. Finland should lead the OSCE in 2025.
At the end of last year, Foreign Policy magazine published a long article in which Western sources complained that Russia did not allow Estonia to be approved as chairman for 2024, did not agree to extend the mandate of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine (Moscow considered its work biased and suspected it employees in spying for Kiev), and most importantly, blocked the adoption of the organization's budget (€138 million) for 2023.

"At the moment, it is already obvious that Russia is not interested in observing not only the rules and procedures, but also the fundamental principles on the basis of which we act (in the OSCE. - Kommersant ) ," US Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter said the other day. Euractiv , adding that Western countries are looking for ways to get around the Russian veto . Among other things, they, according to him, created a special fund, from which the activities of individual OSCE participating states in Ukraine are now financed (demining, providing psychological assistance, mitigating the consequences of hostilities for the environment).

Hey! I've got a solution for Tiny Knox: nominate Türkiye!
by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 05:14:51 PM EST
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Today the powers are not in balance, thus Cold War 2.0 needs to be part of the U.S. Enduring War for global hegemony.

Early Confidence- and Security-Building Measures of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe | June 24, 2016 |

.... it might be worth recalling that even at the height of bloc confrontation in Europe in the 1960s, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held that détente, coupled with the offer of security co-operation, should complement deterrence, as recommended in its "Harmel Report" of December 1967.
This attitude, matched by the Soviet Union's declared objective of ensuring "peaceful coexistence" between different political and ideological systems, provided the basis for the convening of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) in Helsinki in 1973. Thirty-five states - members of one or the other military bloc or neutral and non-aligned states - participated. The road to Helsinki was paved by a number of bilateral agreements between West Germany and the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia and East Germany, the two German states' accession to the United Nations and the Four Power Agreement on Berlin, the signing of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) by the Soviet Union and the United States and the initiation of the Mutual Balanced Force Reduction talks on conventional arms control in Central Europe.

Days before the Ukrainian military and Azov battalion started its artillery assault on the occupied Luhansk and Donetsk, the U.S. and UK pulled its contingent of OSCE-SMM members.

The recent OSCE chair from Poland was clearly not an independent person on the hostilities in Ukraine and beyond.

Address by OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau | Meeting with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., chair of the Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe |

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419 Washington, DC -- February 03, 2022 10:00am

One year in: OSCE parliamentarians debate Russia's continued full-scale war on Ukraine, Bureau issues joint statement

OSCE Chairman-in-Office FM  Zbigniew Rau of Poland  criticism of bias leveled by Russian FM Lavrov ...

Lavrov not expected at OSCE Ministerial Council held in Poland: Polish official | Nov. 19, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 06:55:04 PM EST
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for Erdoğan

Türkiye won't attend key NATO meeting - Sweden, 31 May

...[Swedish FM Tobias] Billstrom told Reuters that he had hoped to meet Çavuşoğlu in the Norwegian capital, but that the two would talk at a later date as part of an agreement they signed last year in Madrid....

Erdoğan pulls out of European summit, 31 May

The so-called European Political Community (EPC) -- a ["]new collective["] launched in the wake of Russia's war in Ukraine -- is meant to draw together European leaders beyond the EU.
archived Ukraine Unites All of Europe - One Community, participants invited by the European Council to a NEW! "Meeting of the European Political Community" 6-7 Oct 2022, What do we know about Macron's idea for a two-tier Europe?, enlargement and EU reform, Draghi calls for EU treaties change amid 'ideal' and 'pragmatic' federalism
More than 40 European leaders will be present Thursday, including those from all 27 EU countries plus non-EU [COE] countries like Britain and Türkiye, as well as the Western Balkan nations. The gathering, set to take place outside Chișinău, Moldova's capital, is the second summit held under the EPC banner, following an inaugural meeting in Prague last October.
Blinken urges [Türkiye] to immediately approve Sweden's NATO accession, 30 May Stalker
by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 12:30:58 AM EST
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FT | Zelensk* puts pressure on Nato over Ukraine's hopes of joining military alliance, 1 June
"Ukraine is ready to be in NATO. We are ready for when NATO is ready . . . We need all the unity through the alliance and we are working on it," Zelensk* told reporters at the European Political Community summit in Moldova on Thursday. "Security guarantees are very important not only for Ukraine but also our neighbours like Moldova," he said, standing beside Moldova's president Maia Sandu after a bilateral meeting.
"The only security guarantee that works . . . is NATO membership," said Estonia's prime minister [and OTAN Sec. Gen nominee] Kaja Kallas as she arrived at the Moldova summit.

But in a sign of the division over the issue, Annalena Baerbock, Germany's foreign minister [and Copenhagen Criteria scholar], said on Thursday that while NATO remained open to new members, "it is clear that we cannot talk about accepting new members who are in the midst of a war". Her comments came in remarks made to reporters published by Reuters.
[Lithuania FM Gabrielius Landsbergis] pointed out that Ukraine had been waiting 14 years [!] since first applying to join NATO, and that was long enough. Giving Ukraine a concrete plan for perspective for NATO membership would be one of the criteria to define the success of the OTAN leaders' summit in Vilnius next month. "We have to set up the framework under which Ukraine becomes a member," he said.

FT | European leaders gather for security summit on Ukraine's doorstep, 31 May stability
"It's a complicated time, but that's exactly why the EPC is needed and necessary, for Europe to come together and share the weight of solving these problems," said Nicu Popescu, Moldova's deputy premier and foreign minister.

Founded last October as the brain child of French president Emmanuel Macron [?] with an inaugural summit in Prague, the EPC is pitched as a unique forum for all of Europe's leaders—minus Russia and Belarus—to discuss security issues and address regional disputes in a less formal setting than the EU or OTAN. The 47 leaders from EU countries, the UK, Ukraine, Norway, and ["]other nations["] will gather in eastern Moldova under the protection of temporary air defences manned by British, French, and Romanian troops.
A meeting on the sidelines of the summit between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, chaired by European Council president Charles Michel and joined by the [European Council] leaders of France and Germany, is aimed at pacifying the two former Soviet republics still clashing over a disputed region. Russia has also made attempts at striking a peace deal, to no avail.

"European security is not guaranteed, the economy is fracturing, and there are very vulnerable states all around," said one [anonymous] senior European diplomat attending the summit. "This gives all of us a sense of togetherness."
"It's [Double] Davos for prime ministers and presidents, and they seem to like it," said Hans Kribbe, director of the Brussels Institute for Geopolitics, a think-tank. "There is no other forum in Europe that offers the same freedom."[...]"For Moldova the summit is a lifetime opportunity to project and secure its European identity. The message to Moscow is: we are not alone. Our home is in Europe," said Kribbe. "The summit's most important deliverable, if you want to use the word, is the family picture."

archived sensitivity training, Feb 28th, 2022 flank
by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 06:46:05 PM EST
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Key words aggravating the CCP | Lithuania | Gabrielius Landsbergis |

UK and US Isolated to Five-Eyes Community

Sunak China policy is aligned with the US and our allies Canada and Australia.

Lithuania let Taiwan open an unofficial embassy in Vilnius. On "The Intelligence," James Miles of the Economist explains why that enraged China.

China has officially downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania to the "charge d'affaires" level in protest at Taiwan establishing a de facto embassy in Vilnius

Even the Greens have become a welcome arm of the neoconservatives and Jacksonites. A new generation ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 07:45:47 PM EST
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U.S. sanctions Russia-backed individuals over Moldovan destabilization protests, 6 June
The [US] Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control designated seven members of a group linked to sanctioned Moldovan oligarch, Ilan Shor, who fled Moldova in 2019 to evade a string of corruption charges and has since lived in Israel, where he was born. Shor, 36, is also the leader of Moldova's Moscow-friendly Shor Party, which has held recurring anti-government protests since last fall.
The protesters demanded that the government fully subsidize citizens' winter energy bills amid a cost-of-living crisis and "not involve the country in war." They also called for Moldovan President Maia Sandu to step down.

"These actors are a part of Russia's global information operations that have also targeted the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and countries in the Balkans," said U.S. Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken in a statement Monday. "The goal of these destabilizing operations is to weaken support for democratic governments and principles."

EU, NATO dues-paying stability
Shor was sentenced in absentia in April to 15 years in jail for his role in the case of 1 billion [US dollars?] that went missing from Moldovan banks in 2014, which severely weakened the country.
US Trade in Goods with Moldova?
EU Trade in Goods with Moldova?
parity watch
MDL:USD, 1:0.05
MDL:EUR, 1:0.05
MDL:RUB, 1:4.45
EU, NATO "accession"? 2100.
by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 07:18:35 PM EST
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3 weeks ago

klarenberg | Leaked recordings expose shocking state corruption in 'US governed' Moldova, "the family"

In the recordings, pranksters posing as wealthy US businesspeople contacted Moldovan politician and lawyer Stanislav Pavlovschi, asking for assistance in securing a gigantic return for investing $50 million in Chisinau. The pranksters are private citizens who approached The Grayzone with the bombshell footage, and have asked to remain anonymous.
"Moldova now is governed by the US Ambassador... He is practically governing Moldova at this particular stage. You have hundreds of consultants for the EU...working for each and every ministry here in Moldova. So it is under very, very strict control on the part of the EU."
Well-connected investor promises `direct access' to government
The pranksters were duly introduced to a number of influential local figures who could assist them in getting rich quick. Among them was Oleg Ciubuc, counselor to Vladimir Bolea, head of the Moldovan parliament's agriculture and food commission. He professed in the leaked discussions to also be an "entrepreneur" whose "main direction" was connecting "investors with project developers."
by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 10:34:17 PM EST
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The recordings obtained by The Grayzone are all the more shocking when considering that Moldova is enrolled in the US Agency for Aid and International Development (USAID)'s Countering Kremlin Malign Influence (CMKI) program. Under the auspices of USAID, a traditional cutout of US intelligence, countries which once comprised the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact receive vast funding and practical support to supposedly defend themselves from Russian meddling. Cracking down on corruption is one of the initiative's foremost objectives.
An accompanying press release noted the US had provided Chisinau with $320 million over the past nine months, "to address the economic, energy, security, and humanitarian impacts of Russia's war against Ukraine."

This staggering sum follows almost $100 million gifted to Moldova by USAID through the CMKI program between 2017 and 2021, making it the biggest beneficiary.

by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 10:45:04 PM EST
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Balkan Insight: Moldova

Moldova To Create 'Anti-Propaganda Centre' to Counter Russian Disinformation

President says new 'informational defence centre' will address Kremlin propaganda aimed at sowing divisions in society and 'weakening trust in our state'.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Monday announced the launch of legislative initiatives to create an institution to combat Russian propaganda and better protect citizens from manipulation.

"We must defend Moldova from informational attacks and increase citizens' resistance to misinformation. The national centre for informational defence and combating propaganda - PATRIOT - will have the mission of coordinating the state's policy in informational security and combating disinformation at the national level," Sandu said.

She added that the text of the legislative initiative will be published on Tuesday on the website of the presidency for consultations. The draft bill will be sent to parliament by the end of June.

"Those who launch and spread falsehoods want to cause fear, hatred and division. Day by day, the Kremlin and criminal groups launch hybrid attacks and use the weapon of propaganda to sow hatred in Moldova, to weaken our trust in each other and our trust in our state," Sandu said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 10:59:24 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 01:45:02 PM EST
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British police detain journalist Kit Klarenberg, interrogate him about The Grayzone, 30 May
war-footing on free press edition
As soon as journalist Kit Klarenberg landed in his home country of Britain on May 17, 2023, six anonymous plainclothes counter-terror officers detained him. They quickly escorted him to a back room, where they grilled him for over five hours about his reporting for this outlet. They also inquired about his personal opinion on everything from the current British political leadership to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

At one point, Klarenberg's interrogators demanded to know whether The Grayzone had a special arrangement with Russia's Federal Security Bureau (FSB) to publish hacked material. During Klarenberg's detention, police seized the journalist's electronic devices and SD cards, fingerprinted him, took DNA swabs, and photographed him intensively. They threatened to arrest him if he did not comply.

Klarenberg's interrogation appears to be London's way of retaliating for the journalist's blockbuster reports exposing major British and US intelligence intrigues. In the past year alone, Klarenberg revealed how a cabal of Tory national security hardliners violated the Official Secrets Act to exploit Brexit and install Boris Johnson as prime minister. In October 2022, he earned international headlines with his exposé of British plans to bomb the Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian Federation. Then came his report on the CIA's recruitment of two 9/11 hijackers this April, a viral sensation that generated massive social media attention.

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Did Bellingcat get Ukrainian forces killed? (26.04.23)
Criminal charges of treason and abuse of power have been leveled against an unspecified number of Ukrainian servicemen by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). In a bizarre plot to seize Russian aircraft and transfer the planes to Ukraine, the accused soldiers disclosed sensitive information that allowed Moscow to strike an important Ukrainian airfield with a Kalibr missile. A commander was killed, 17 airmen were wounded, two fighter jets destroyed, and "significant damage" was inflicted to the airstrip and several nearby buildings.

Will Ukrainian authorities now level criminal charges against members of Bellingcat, the Western government-funded open source investigations collective, for its role in the connivance? Christo Grozev, the organization's "lead Russia investigator," was inexplicably granted a front row seat to the chicanery by the individuals who attempted to carry it out. [...]

by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 08:44:25 PM EST
Notice of Detention under Schedule 3 to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019
To ..... KIT.... KLARENBERG ........

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:55:25 PM EST
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Destruction hard drive of journalists The Guardian and detention journalists at Heathrow airport security: the Snowden leaks.

Revealed: the day Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives under watchful eye of GCHQ - video

Officials from the British intelligence agency GCHQ raided The Guardian's offices to destroy hard drives related to the newspaper's stories about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden -- despite the fact that the information had already been disseminated to other sites around the world. In a chilling post today, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said the British government has put increasing pressure on editors to surrender all of the information that Snowden provided to the newspaper and its chief reporter on the stories, Glenn Greenwald. Prior to the destruction, an official reportedly told the paper, "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back." News of the raid comes a day after Greenwald's partner Miranda was detained for nine hours and questioned under terrorism statutes at Heathrow Airport. [Source: The Verge]

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:56:45 PM EST
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GLOBSEC Forum | Keynote speech by Ursula von der LEYEN, President of the European Commission on "Steeled in Battle: A More United Europe after Ukraine?", 29-31 May 2023, Bratislava, Slovakia
run time: 00:17:55 (EN) autotranslate enabled
I welcome ongoing discussions on how Ukraine's security can be guaranteed. There are different models, and historical examples that can be used. A collection of such guarantees by like-minded states can offer what some have called 'deterrence by denial'; in other words, providing Ukraine with the military equipment to fortify itself against Russian attacks in the future.
by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 09:12:24 PM EST

Not reading much optimism from his facial expression ... Enduring Wars #NatoMade

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 08:50:31 PM EST

German Foreign Minister Baerbock: we need to set up the Council of Europe for a new era in European history

Annalena doing a 360 degree Jean Monnet?

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 08:51:57 PM EST
Switzerland will not supply battle tanks to Ukraine but Swiss Leopard tanks could still end up in European stock | Feb. 1, 2023 |

The high cost of neutrality🇨🇭... fucking morons ... 😡  

The cost of neutrality: Swiss defense industry 'just losing our market' amid Ukraine conflict | Defense - March 8, 2023 |

Under pressure from local industry and international allies, the Swiss government is considering measures to relax its rules on the re-export of arms

Swiss government backs decommissioning of Leopard 2 tanks for potential sale to Germany | May 24, 2023 |

Of all times ... commerce and war profiteers ... as the former president said about military cemetery ... bunch of losers. True ... ask non Vietnam veterans Dick Cheney, George Bush, Bill Clinton, etc.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 01:46:25 PM EST
Blinken urges further escalation, more bloodshed ...

1005 GMT - Addressing Russia, Blinken says only strong Ukraine can bring peace

America's top diplomat insisted that a strong Ukraine in control of its own territory was a prerequisite for talks with Russia, warning against a "Potemkin" or fake peace through a ceasefire.

In a speech in Finland, which after Russia's attack on Ukraine shed its historic prudence and joined NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the war launched by president Putin was a "case study in failure".

Personally I see the 24th of February 2022 as a Doomsday scenario ... don't understand the failure of European leaders ... who is running the place ... the Breedloves and more crap from US Intelligence and the Pentagon. Real people are dying and suffering for no purpose whatsoever. Morons.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 01:47:36 PM EST
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Who needs We The People?

Defense Contractor Funded Think Tanks Dominate Ukraine Debate | Quincy Institute |

Think tanks in the United States are a go-to resource for media outlets seeking expert opinions on pressing public policy issues. But think tanks often have entrenched stances; a growing body of research has shown that their funders can influence their analysis and commentary. This influence can include censorship -- both self-censorship and more direct censoring of work unfavorable to a funder -- and outright pay-for-research agreements with funders. The result is an environment where the interests of the most generous funders can dominate think tank policy debates.

One such debate concerns the appropriate level of U.S. military involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since Vladimir Putin's illegal and disastrous decision to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the United States has approved approximately $48.7 billion in military spending.1 Despite the very real risk that escalations could lead to direct U.S. military involvement in the war, few think tanks have critically scrutinized this record setting amount of U.S. military assistance.

Within the context of public debate about U.S. military involvement in the Ukraine war, this brief investigates Department of Defense (DoD) and DoD contractor funding of think tanks, those organizations advocacy efforts for policies that would benefit those funders, and the media's predominant reliance on think tanks funded by the defense sector. The analysis finds that the vast majority of media mentions of think tanks in articles about U.S. arms and the Ukraine war are from think tanks whose funders profit from U.S. military spending, arms sales and, in many cases, directly from U.S. involvement in the Ukraine war. These think tanks also regularly offer support for public policy solutions that would financially benefit their funders without disclosing these apparent conflicts of interest.

A fitting follow-up to my recent post on funding of Bellingcat warmongers ... Amsterdam NL sucks. The Hague with Rutte are rightwing war criminals. I grew up with protests "Johnson murderer" which was not permitted at the time to insult a head of state of a friendly nation and ally. Protesters were prosecuted, which led to more protest and police violence. Not much has changed ... "Biden murderer" and Rutte as his accomplish.

Johnson Murderer

Foreign Minister Joseph Luns on the phone with Washington:

"Yes, right, so in your own country 'war criminal' is very common..."

One Year In Review as Forecast Worsens | Feb. 24, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 04:43:15 PM EST
Supplemental appropriations also include funds for U.S. European Command operations and related support for the U.S. military. For more, see CRS Insight IN12107, Department of Defense Supplemental Funding for Ukraine: A Summary.
CRS | Department of Defense Supplemental Funding for Ukraine: A Summary, 23 Feb 2023, 5 pp
Of the $113 billion in FY2022 [enacted 2021] and FY2023 [enacted 2022] emergency supplemental funding that Congress has appropriated to date in response to Russia's renewed invasion of Ukraine, more than half--$62 billion (55%)--was provided to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The DOD funding is intended in part to build the capacity of Ukraine's armed forces, provide U.S. military weapons and equipment to Ukraine, and replenish items transferred from department stocks.

This Insight summarizes such funding by supplemental appropriations act and by major appropriation category, also known as title [USC Section num]. It also provides information about related funding transfers [!] and reprogramming actions, Office of Inspector General (DOD OIG) reports, and additional CRS resources on this topic.
Selected DOD Funding Transfers and Reprograming Actions

Congress also provided authority for DOD to transfer nearly half--up to $26.5 billion (43%)--of the supplemental emergency funding between certain accounts for various purposes. For example, Congress provided [comptroller.defence.gov] authority to transfer certain funding from the [Operation & Maintenance] O&M, Defense-Wide[ and Other] account to other O&M accounts and procurement accounts to replenish DOD stocks of weapons, munitions, and other equipment, as well as to reimburse the department for services, military education, and training provided to Ukraine or foreign countries that have supported Ukraine

"regular appropriations" plus continuing resolutions and supplemental appropriations magic
by Cat on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 07:01:55 PM EST
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Key words | Peter Thiel | Palantir | Europe |

Decade of Inflation and Unwinding Globalization | Oct. 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 06:52:05 PM EST
How Watchdogs Are Silenced

Amnesty's partnership with a 'Palantir-powered' think tank

In 2006 when Christopher Darby was announced as the new CEO of the primary venture capital arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community -- In-Q-Tel, Inc. -- he was both a Vice President at chip manufacturer Intel and a senior fellow at then-obscure national security think-tank Center for Advanced Defense Studies. CADS, as it was then known, would later switch its acronym to C4ADS and become a collaborator with Bellingcat and the go-to source for high-profile coverage relating to sanctions on official U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. (According to an ostensible copy of the center's "Inside the Tank" newsletter", Darby was also the vice chairman of the think tank under founder Newton Howard.)

C4ADS's conflicts of interest resulting from close funding and leadership relationships to U.S. intelligence and special operations are generally omitted when the organization is cited for its expertise on U.S. sanctions or the human rights abuses of U.S. adversaries. But a public audit reveals that roughly 89% of C4ADS's 2021 revenue came directly from the U.S. federal government, including a grant from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security explicitly for "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act Section 231".

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 06:54:33 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 07:03:46 PM EST
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Croatia (fascist Ustaša movement), the country joined the Axis of Nazi Germany in WWII ...

True history of Jewish population from Austria, Croatia, West Ukraine, Galicia, Poland ...

Poland, Holocaust and History Revisionism

Europe a piecemeal puzzle of historic power centra suffering for centuries ... debt of grievances appears in hate and more wars on the European continent. Better to have an ugly status quo to heal differences than once again bloodshed beyond our imagination.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 06:49:06 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 06:49:45 AM EST
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ushmm | Museum Alarmed About Holocaust Scholarship In Poland, 1 June
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is alarmed by the growing trend of attacks on Holocaust scholarship in Poland, which started with threats to historian Barbara Engelking, spread to include her defenders, and recently escalated into a violent assault on historian Jan Grabowski by a parliamentarian as Professor Grabowski attempted to deliver a lecture at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. The physical attack follows threats to scholars' ability to conduct free and open inquiry into Holocaust history and the weaponization of the Holocaust for political purposes. The Museum calls on all segments of Polish society to support academic freedom and free speech and to condemn all violence related to these pursuits.
Through the power of Holocaust history, the Museum challenges leaders and individuals worldwide to think critically about their role in society and to confront antisemitism and other forms of hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Is it not true that the government of Poland enacted laws 2006-2018 that criminalizd speech implicatng Polish collaboration with the "Third Reich" of Germany? And this same Institute of National Remembrance condemned Ukrainian nationalists collaboration "extermination" of jews and gentiles, 1925-1950? Surely the correct answer would justify contemporary Polish aid to Ukraine and demand for reparation from the BDR, while allaying anxiety of survivors who fled to Poland's Allied nations.

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machine translation: The Polish Volunteer Corps described in the media is in no way associated with the Polish Armed Forces or any Polish institution. The activities of Polish volunteers supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russia should not be identified with the authorities of the Republic of Poland.
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Zelensky unchained: What Ukraine's new political order means for its future | ECFR - Sept. 25, 2019 |

The broader regional and international context is also vital to understanding how Ukraine has developed since the Maidan revolution five years ago. Today, attitudes towards Russia, war, and revolution no longer define everything as they did when the war began in 2014. Negative attitudes towards Russia peaked at 66 percent in 2014-2015, with positive attitudes correspondingly low at 26 percent. Polls show that positive attitudes recovered, however, to 37 percent in 2017; to 48 percent in 2018; and then to 57 percent in 2019.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:16:02 PM EST
A year-long battle for supremacy and setting a strong anti-Russia policy of no compromise ... Mayor Klintschko v. President Zelenskyy.

Mayor Klitschko on Transforming Kyiv and Fighting Corruption in Ukraine | GMF Foundation |

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko discusses President Zelensky's Peace negotiations with Russia - March 21, 2022.

Negotiation is only way out of war, Ukraine's Zelensky says | AFP - March 21, 2022 |

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his plea for talks with his Russian counterpart, taking to US television to say negotiations were the only way to "end this war."

The reiteration of Zelensky's call for peace talks came as he and other Ukrainians accused Russia of committing war crimes after authorities said the invading forces had bombed a school sheltering some 400 people in the besieged city of Mariupol.

    "Russian forces have come to exterminate us, to kill us," said Zelensky.

"If there is just one percent chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance... to have the possibility of negotiating, the possibility of talking to Putin," he said.

"Dialogue is the only way out," and "I think it's just the two of us, me and Putin, who can make an agreement on this," Zelensky said.

"If these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third world war."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:17:57 PM EST
Kyiv Says Negotiations With Russia Akin To Capitulation As Ukraine Begins Evacuations From Liberated Areas | RFERL - Nov. 20, 2022 |

Attempts by Western countries to convince Ukraine to negotiate with Moscow after a series of major military victories over invading Russian forces are "bizarre" and effectively ask that Kyiv capitulate to the losing side, according to a key adviser to the Ukrainian president.

"When you have the initiative on the battlefield, it's a little strange to receive proposals like: 'You will not be able to do everything by military means anyway, you need to negotiate,'" AFP on November 20 quoted adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak as saying.

Such talks would mean that the country "that recovers its territories, must capitulate to the country that is losing."

Why Zelensky and Klitschko are Having a Public Falling Out | Kyiv Post - Nov. 28, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:19:40 PM EST
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What Is Ruscism? (Ruscism -- Brand New Russian Totalitarianism)

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a resolution in which it defined the political regime in Russia as ruscist. The term "ruscism" was previously actively used by politicians, scientists, and publicists. It has been in most active use since 2014. The resolution of the Ukrainian Parliament was the world's first regulatory act featuring this term and its definition.

'Ruscism' defined and condemned in Ukraine's official language

The parliament intends to address the Prosecutor General, the Justice Ministry, and other government offices on taking immediate measures against "manifestations of Ruscist ideology and revanchist politics on Ukrainian territory." Its plans also include encouraging the international community to embrace the term "Ruscism" in connection with the current regime in the Kremlin.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:22:51 PM EST
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In Ukraine, collaboration cases aren't always clear-cut

Some Ukrainians see simply remaining in occupied territory as an act of collaboration.

How Ukraine punishes collaborationism and why changes are needed | May 29, 2023 |

Despite the many years of occupation of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Ukrainian Criminal Code had no provision on collaboration prior to 2022.

In the interval, law enforcement officers and judges began to receive indictments.

Residents who, for example, helped the Russians hold sham "referendums" were charged with "encroachment on territorial integrity". Charges of "seizure of power" and "participation in a terrorist organisation" were also laid to collaborators.

Not everyone who helped the Russian forces in one way or another falls under these definitions, however, because these all constitute serious crimes that require solid evidence.

"Cooperation at the household level was not criminalised," says Olena Lunova, a human rights activist at the ZMINA Human Rights Center.

Since 2014, there has been growing social demand for the punishment of traitors. Gyunduz Mamedov, who headed the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea in 2016-2019, explains how the law enforcement officers achieved a balance:

    "We identified more than 22,000 people who, when the Russian occupation of Crimea began, were working for law enforcement agencies. Many of them remained in their positions and continued to work for the occupying authorities. We began to bring to justice those who participated in the persecution of citizens. For all the others, we waited until something in the law was changed to provide clearer guidelines."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:28:56 PM EST
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Nazi Symbols on Ukraine's Front Lines Highlight Thorny Issues of History
The iconography of these groups, including a skull-and-crossbones patch worn by concentration camp guards and a symbol known as the Black Sun, now appears with some regularity on the uniforms of soldiers fighting on the front line, including soldiers who say the imagery symbolizes Ukrainian sovereignty and pride, not Nazism.

In the short term, that threatens to reinforce Mr. PUTIN's PROPAGANDA and giving fuel to his false claims that Ukraine must be "de-Nazified"—a position that ignores the fact that Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensk*, is Jewish. More broadly, Ukraine's ambivalence about these symbols, and sometimes even its acceptance of them, risks giving new, mainstream life to icons that the West has spent more than a half-century trying to eliminate.

"What worries me, in the Ukrainian context, is that people in Ukraine who are in leadership positions, either they don't or they're not willing to acknowledge and understand how these symbols are viewed outside of Ukraine," said Michael Colborne, a researcher at the ["]investigative group["] Bellingcat who studies the international far right. "I think Ukrainians need to increasingly realize that these images undermine support for the country."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:32:15 PM EST
Past, present, and future ... fighting a proxy war for NATO 🔹

Zelenskyy lauds Ukraine advance amid counteroffensive speculation | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 07:55:10 AM EST

Ambassador to Ukraine 2004 Colour Revolution CIA partner

John E. Herbst
Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, 
Term of Appointment: May 26, 2006 to 2009

    "We must also improve the responsiveness of our government to help nations emerging from tyranny and war...and that means our government must be able to move quickly to provide needed assistance." 
-- President Bush

As Coordinator, Ambassador Herbst is leading the development of U.S. Government civilian capacity to promote the stabilization and reconstruction of societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, and to provide support to countries at risk of instability.

In May 2003, Ambassador Herbst was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. During his tenure, he worked to enhance U.S-Ukrainian relations and to help ensure the conduct of a fair Ukrainian presidential election. In Kyiv, he witnessed the Orange Revolution. Prior to that, Ambassador Herbst was the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, where he played a critical role in the establishment of an American base to help conduct Operation Enduring Freedom Chaos in Afghanistan. He also promoted improved U.S.-Uzbek relations, in part by encouraging the government in Tashkent to improve its human rights record.

Mr. Herbst previously served as U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem; Principal Deputy to the Ambassador at Large for the Newly Independent States; the Director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs; Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau; as political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and at the Embassies in Moscow and Saudi Arabia.

My earlier diary ...

Crimea As Endgame Before Going M.A.D.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 07:37:52 AM EST
Johannes Herbst stayed under the radar here @EuroTrib ... Not so @MofA ...

Found a single match in diaries archive ...

Neocon Years and NATO Expansion of 2008

Simply more voodoo rhetoric of neoconservatives and the Goldwater girl Hillary Rodham when she took over Foreign Affairs at State.

The United States and the European Union in post-war Kosovo 1999-2012

an analysis of transatlantic peacebuilding approaches

To a unipolar great power like the US at the time, multilateral agreements and institutions were means, not ends. Still, she dismissed the distinction between power politics and policy based on values, stating that this was fine for academic debate, but made disastrous policy.

Two Bush administrations later in 2008, Rice wrote a Foreign Affairs piece titled 'Rethinking the National Interests: American Realism for a New World'. Because of 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and what she described as the destabilizing spill-over effects of globalization, policy shifted to "recognize that democratic state building is now an urgent component of our national interest". The supposed dangers to national security posed by failed, failing or collapsed states allowed for this shift. Running with the characterisation of the US as a reluctant superpower, the US was said to engage in foreign policy "because we have to, not because we want to".

This newfound affinity for democratic statebuilding involved the need to build civilian capacity and an inter-agency `whole of government approach', such as through the State Department creation of S/CRS (Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization). In meetings, S/CRS chief John Herbst used peacebuilding, stabilization and reconstruction interchangeably, pointing to Kosovo's transition to independent government as a good example of stabilization work. Again, Rice talked about the American history of trying to combine "power and principle - realism and idealism", calling it a "uniquely American realism".

Towards the end of the piece, she situates the uniqueness of this approach in the American "imagination", and their way of thinking, arguing how this accounts for American's uniquely powerful role in the world. In a 2010 Foreign Affairs article, her successor US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [name can be used interchangeably with John D. Negroponte] also professed the importance of elevating "diplomacy and development alongside defense - a 'smart power' approach". Regardless, self-proclaimed realists such as Stephen M. Walt or John Mearsheimer have been adamant in their criticism of the process of `liberal internationalism', arguing it has had disadvantageous consequences for the US national interest.

The name Johannes "John" Herbst surfaced more often @MofA as early as 2005-6 -- Herbst False Flag Offer - Feb. 9, 2015 |.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 02:29:20 PM EST
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Russia, Ukraine, Oil, US Diplomacy - All in One | b @MofA - Jan. 20, 2005 |

The Asian Times then quotes Zbigniew Brzezinski at length. Brzezinski has long been an anti-Russian hawk, and he has always said the prying Ukraine and Russia apart was the best way to permanently weaken Russia, which for him is a worthy strategic goal. The fact that he was an influential player and that he is still part of the establishment does not mean that his advice has been followed.

    There is a distinct pattern of US covert actions in changing regimes in Eastern Europe, in the context of this Eurasian strategy of the US, in which Ukraine fits the pattern. The Belgrade vote in 2000 to topple Serbian Slobodan Milosevic was organized and run by US ambassador Richard Miles. This has been well documented by Balkan sources and others. Significantly, the same Miles was then sent to Georgia, where he engineered the toppling of Eduard Shevardnadze in favor of the US-groomed Mikhail Saakashvili last year, another pro-NATO man on Moscow's fringe. James Baker III played a key role as well, as some noted at the time. Now Miles was reportedly involved in Kiev, with the US ambassador there, John Herbst, former ambassador in Uzbekistan. Curious coincidence?

    The Ukraine "democratic youth" organization, Pora ("High Time") is a slick, US-created entity. It is modeled on the Belgrade youth group, Otpor, which Miles also set up with help of NED and George Soros' Open Society, USAID and similar friends. Pora was given a brand image, for selling to the Western media, a slick logo of a black-white clenched fist. It even got a nifty name, the "chestnut revolution", as in "chestnuts roasting on an open fire". Before he came to power, Saakashvili was brought by Miles to Belgrade to study the model there. In Ukraine, according to British media and other accounts, Soros' Open Society, the US government's NED and the Carnegie Endowment, along with the State Department's USAID, were all involved in fostering Ukraine regime change. Little wonder Moscow is a bit concerned with Washington's actions in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 02:31:15 PM EST
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classification top secret nuclear arms 5 eyes storage Mar Y Lago

"... branch departments and agencies" such as the DOD and DOJ, of which FBI."

Just add a link to mad man Putin, and he is done. Revanche of intelligence branch, DNC and he will die in jail. Fell in his own sword of stupidity or madness.

M.A.D. all around ... it's in the air.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:04:47 AM EST

Lying liars and warmongers ... what they have in common ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:07:56 AM EST

Dude ... comparison with Winston Churchill quite commonplace in the 21sr Century of Pax Americana

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:20:35 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:21:30 AM EST
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They are free 😂 🤣 and highly qualified 🤥 🤥 🤥

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:23:32 AM EST
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Instead of engaging in diplomacy, the West sends envoys Ben Wallace, Liz Truss and Annalena Baerbock to the Kremlin to prevent war over Ukraine ... further expansion of NATO an existential threat to the Russian Federation.

Offers Russia no off ramp as Washington gives military action a chance

No good options open to the Kremlin. The White House has handed Moscow building blocks for a new "Berlin Wall", further isolation, harsher sanctions and putting Russia in the corner of a pariah state. This would not have happened under a Trump presidency as the Ukraine was not a priority.

Coup d'état of February 2014 under Pyatt, Nuland and Biden made a military conflict inevitable. Don't name it a coup d'état, use Nazi phrase "Revolution of Dignity" ... no I will not! Not fighting for my freedom, to the contrary.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:25:11 AM EST
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Rising star in Mark Rutte's VVD party ...

"If Ukrainian F-16s take off in Poland, Russia will officially declare war on us"

Brekelmans believes in particular that a possible deployment from Polish bases should not be ruled out. Especially considering that the infrastructure at Ukrainian air bases is 'deficient', according to experts. 'If you say that F-16s are only allowed to take off from Ukraine, while getting the airports in order takes more than two years, the conclusion is automatically that no F-16s can be deployed in the coming years. That goes too far for me too.'

He compares it to other Western equipment that Ukraine uses in the war, which is also supplied via Poland. 'We do the maintenance for that, after which the Ukrainians get the equipment back,' he continues. "So we're already going far in that. Of course the disadvantage is that Putin will use that in framing, so we have to weigh that carefully.'

According to De Wijk, however, it is not that easy. On the contrary, he thinks that Poland will become a legitimate target as soon as a plane actually takes off. "If I were Putin, I would think about eliminating an entire base in such a case," De Wijk continues.

Defense Contact Group Remains Steadfast on Ukraine Support | May 25, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 08:39:54 PM EST
US and NATO allies had years to prepare for the ultimate confrontation with Putin's Russia

    'Something Was Badly Wrong': When Washington Realized Russia Was Actually Invading Ukraine

    A first-ever oral history of how top U.S. and Western officials saw the warning signs of a European land war, their frantic attempts to stop it -- and the moment Putin actually crossed the border.

Boris Johnson had an appointment conflict due to PartyGate ... Putin's call is off ...

Minister of Defense War Ben Wallace had never visited Moscow in recent memory ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 05:55:27 PM EST
Beating around the bush, UK Defense Minister visits Moscow for first time since 2013 | Sky News - Feb. 11, 2022 | ... timely.

Mr Wallace said he and Russian defence chiefs had discussed "confidence building measures" as well as the importance of implementing the Minsk Agreement, brokered by France and Germany, which was supposed to end the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatist rebels in the east of the country.

"I reiterated that, to its very core, NATO is defensive. We are not interested in dividing and ruling Russia. We are not seeking confrontation," he said.

He said that 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers supplied by the UK to the Ukrainian military were purely defensive.

He added: "They're not strategic, they're short range. They are designed really for the protection of infantry at short range from armour.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 05:56:32 PM EST
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The talks on Friday marked a second round of British-Russian diplomacy following the foreign secretary Liz Truss' meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who complained that the talks resembled a discussion of the "mute with the deaf".

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 05:57:19 PM EST
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msn torygraph | Britain's fury with US as Joe Biden 'blocks' Ben Wallace for Nato chief, 22 June
...Mr Wallace admitted on Wednesday that his ambition to take over the reins, which he had repeatedly expressed in public, is now "not going to happen".

Allies of Mr Wallace have since told The Telegraph they believe his ambitions were thwarted after the US president refused to endorse his attempt to become the military alliance's next secretary-general. Government sources have suggested there are now fears the snub may damage the special relationship....

by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 03:25:06 PM EST
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In short ... Ben Wallace is over qualified and perhaps not pliable for Joe & Co. ... Denmark Frederiksen did not pass the test ?? ... shortage of leaders in Europe anyway ... heaven forbid if Joe opens a path for the husband of Anne A., Polish former FM and defense minister Radek S., a CIA asset since the days of first Afghan War, Angola rebellion and British citizen during those years.

Of course France and Germany could compromise on Dutch PM Rutte, hated by both Macron and Merkel and the Mediterranean countries. Close friendship with British Tories, Boris Johnson and Donald T. ... oops cross out his name. Position is still up for grabs ... perhaps a small nation would get the prize ... Lithuanian politician Landsbergis who is ready to pivot NATO towards the South China Sea and ally Taiwan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 04:54:44 PM EST
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"not pliable" is a curious turn of phrase. Given historical performances by gov.uk time out of mind—having little to do with this years GFA caper—I can't help but propose, UNSCRUPULOUS.  
by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 06:00:50 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 24th, 2023 at 06:42:53 AM EST
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NATO turns back to Jens Stoltenberg amid divisions over successor | FT |

Military alliance moves towards extension for longtime secretary-general as leaders struggle to agree replacement

At least another seven months in office would also mean the task of appointing a new secretary-general falls on Biden's leadership of the next summit, to take place in Washington next April, which will come with the added pomp of being the alliance's 75th anniversary.

"We're all aware at some point we'll have to let Stoltenberg go, there will have to be a successor," Kajsa Ollongren, the Dutch defence minister, said on Tuesday, without elaborating on candidates or timeframes.

Stoltenberg, who is set to see key lieutenants leave NATO this summer, is becoming increasingly irritated about being left without a clear message on his future, according to people close to the secretary-general.

Members of his team in Brussels have already taken steps to relocate their families back to their home countries, adding to the complications over his protracted state of limbo.

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NATO mulls another succession solution: Pairing with EU top jobs race  | Politico |

A number of capitals also strongly prefer a female candidate. Some EU governments insist that after nearly a decade of a non-EU secretary general, the next chief must come from within the bloc. And for some, it is important for the next chief to come from a country that is serious about defense spending.

Plus, with war raging on the Continent, the job has become far from sensitive -- the next secretary-general needs to be someone acceptable to hawks but who big capitals see as sufficiently cool-headed.

Very few leaders meet the criteria. And a few names who could win broad support -- such as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- have said they are not interested.

Important prerequisite for a successor: denial being a candidate.

Mark Rutte has been at the forefront in fighting the Russians, long before the start of the special military operation. In the year 2014, Rutte played a key role in keeping Ukraine moving towards the EU and the Western alliance.

Most likely for his career and age, politics must be cashed by a next step into corporate business and top income ... he has been a key politician to steer tax dollars towards fossil fuel corporations, financial- and banking institutions.

Trial runs by the Dutch Prime Minister ...

NATO Secretary General and Prime Minister of the Netherlands host pre-Summit dinner in the Hague

On 27 June 2023, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, will co-host a working dinner for NATO Heads of State and Government at the Catshuis, the Hague.

The guests will include the Prime Ministers of Albania, Belgium and Norway, and the Presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

The dinner will be part of the preparations for the NATO Summit in Vilnius on 11-12 July 2023. Discussions will cover Russia's war against Ukraine and other security issues.

Ahead of the dinner, Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Rutte will have a meeting in the Hague, together with the Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 08:06:41 PM EST
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Then we have German Green Foreign Minister Baerbock ... setting roles in correct perspective w/o any result ...

German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, just in new job, was occupied with firing his top naval commander over remarks in India ...

The Federal Ministry of Defense distances itself from Schönbach's statements

Vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach said during a visit to India on Friday that Ukraine would never regain the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014. He also questioned Western views over Vladimir Putin's intentions regarding Ukraine, adding that the Russian president deserved "respect".

Crimea As Endgame Before Going M.A.D.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 06:07:33 PM EST
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The Intelligence community, Pentagon and the White House could read Putin's mind and knew EXACTLY what was coming as Russia has ventilated its concerns for over a decade to Western "partners".

The war narrative of NATO has been in place for many years ... clear news-video-paper trail of making Russia a pariah state.

US Intelligence: Attack 'Imminent' Postponed To Next Week

Ukraine Conflict 2014-2022

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 06:09:30 PM EST
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Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg sieht in der ukrainischen Gegenoffensive einen Weg, um Russland zu Verhandlungen zu zwingen | Zeit Online |

Bei einem Besuch im Weißen Haus in Washington sprach Stoltenberg von Fortschritten der Ukraine bei ihrer Gegenoffensive. "Je mehr Land die Ukrainer befreien können, desto stärker ist ihre Position am Verhandlungstisch", sagte er in einem Gespräch mit US-Präsident Joe Biden. Dem US-Sender CNN sagte Stoltenberg, dass Putin angesichts der Gewinne der Ukrainer "verstehen wird, dass er sich an den Verhandlungstisch setzen muss".

Hochrangiger russischer General bei Raketenangriff getötet | Die Welt |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:21:11 AM EST
Deutschlands Sicherheitsstrategie erneut verschoben | DW News |

Seit Monaten wartet Deutschland auf seine erste Nationale Sicherheitsstrategie. Jetzt wurde die Vorstellung erneut verschoben. Das Projekt sorgt für Streit in der Regierung.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:22:16 AM EST
Vorzeigeprojekt oder nur ein "Haufen Papier"?

Actually, the National Security Strategy should have been there long ago. Today the traffic light government wants to decide it in the cabinet. The paper has already been criticized.

Extended security concept

In December 2021 - weeks before the Russian invasion of Ukraine - the new government promised in the coalition agreement to present a "comprehensive national security strategy" "in the first year" - not a plan spelled out down to the last detail, but common guard rails. Diplomacy, development policy and obligations to NATO, i.e. military engagement, are deliberately mentioned in the same breath. The federal government has an expanded concept of security in mind, which also includes issues such as food security, climate protection and energy issues.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is in charge. The National Security Strategy is to become a flagship project. When the Green Minister spoke of the "longing for freedom" in a keynote speech in March 2022, the world had long since changed. Russian attack on Ukraine. The Chancellor's turning point speech. The Foreign Minister travels across the country to talk to people about their fears and expectations of security.

"Foreign policy from a single source"

But the longer the process lasts, the clearer it becomes that three partners who have different ideas are also negotiating with one another in foreign and security policy. There are also conflicts between individual ministries. The release keeps getting pushed back. From the beginning of 2023 to February. The plan to present the paper to the Munich Security Conference and discuss it internationally there fails.

Shameful ... gross negligence by the Ampel Koalition in Germany ... subservient to Washington DC.

Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe Shames Peace

... United States Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. The pact was concluded outside the League of Nations and remains in effect. 
h/t fjallstrom

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:24:06 AM EST
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Selling out Europe's economic interests and sovereignty.

Steinmeier hosted Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang for talks in Berlin

Germany takes aim at China in first national security strategy | EuroNews |

Germany called China a "partner, competitor and systemic rival" in its first national security strategy, accusing Beijing of repeatedly acting against the European giant's interests in a bid to reshape the global order.

The document prepared by Chancellor Olaf Scholz's coalition slammed China for putting regional stability and international security "under increasing pressure" and for disregarding human rights.

"China is trying in various ways to remould the existing rules-based international order, is asserting a regionally dominant position with ever more vigour, acting time and again counter to our interests and values," the strategy paper said.

At the same time, it acknowledged that the Asian giant "remains a partner without whom many global challenges and crises cannot be resolved".

German foreign minister criticizes Chinese aggression towards Taiwan | DW News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 09:24:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 07:31:04 AM EST
Ukrainians are defending European freedoms ...

Fully committed to the end ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 07:33:19 AM EST
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The sudden and unexplained death of Belarussian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei | Le Monde - May 9, 2023 |

Vladimir Makei, 64, was a loyal supporter of Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko and had no known chronic illnesses.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 04:32:03 PM EST
Not dead ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 04:33:31 PM EST
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said his country has started taking delivery of Russian tactical nuclear weapons.

"We have missiles and bombs that we have received from Russia," [which was posted on the Belarusian Belta state news agency's Telegram channel [Source: CGTN].

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 04:36:07 PM EST
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'Nuclear weapons for all': Belarus leader invites others to join Russian alliance | TOI - May 29, 2023 |

Lukashenko and Putin recently announced deal to transfer Russian nuclear warheads to neighbor's territory

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, tweeted that Lukashenko's statements indicate that Russia is looking to end global nuclear deterrence and undermine the Global Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which forbids Russia from transferring nuclear weapons to other countries.

Last year, shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, a referendum was staged in Belarus that removed a constitutional prohibition that forbade the presence of nuclear warheads in Belarusian territory.

Already in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that nuclear weapons would be placed in Belarus, saying that "the United States has been doing this for decades. They have long deployed their tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of their allied countries."

In February, Putin suspended Russia's participation in the New START nuclear treaty.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:25:20 PM EST
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U.S. Completes INF Treaty Withdrawal

Less than one year after President Donald Trump informally announced that the United States would withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the State Department announced on Aug. 2 that the move was officially complete. The treaty's death leaves just the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in place to limit U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons deployments, and that pact is due to expire in February 2021.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:30:09 PM EST
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Neocon Years, Bucharest Summit and NATO Expansion of 2008

Russia and Arms Control: Are There Opportunities for the Obama Administration? | US Army War College - March 2009 |

Russo-American relations are generally acknowledged to be at an impasse. Arms control issues feature prominently in that conflicted agenda. Indeed, as of September 2008, the Bush administration was contemplating not just a break in arms talks but actual sanctions, and allowed the bilateral civil nuclear treaty with Russia to die in the Senate rather than go forward for confirmation. Russian spokesmen make clear their belief that American concessions on key elements of arms control issues like missile defenses in Europe are a touchstone for the relationship and a condition of any further progress towards genuine dialogue.

This impasse poses several risks beyond the obvious one of a breakdown in U.S.-Russian relations and the easily foreseeable bilateral consequences. Since the outbreak of the Russo-Georgian war in August 2008, both sides have further hardened positions and raised tensions apart from the war itself and Russia's quite evident refusal to abide by its own cease-fire terms. Nevertheless, for better or worse, arms control and its agenda will remain at the heart of the bilateral Russo-American relationship for a long time. For these reasons, neither the political nor the military aspect can be divorced from the other. And for these same reasons, we cannot refuse to participate in the bilateral effort to resolve those issues.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:32:22 PM EST
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NATO Secretary General - Doorstep statement at Defence Ministers Meeting, 15 June 2023

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 07:26:35 AM EST
Due to security concerns ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 07:28:00 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 04:22:07 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 04:23:19 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 06:29:59 PM EST

IAEA DG Grossi in China: Nuclear Energy, Safety and Cooperation

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 06:32:31 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 06:33:25 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 07:36:17 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 07:37:09 PM EST
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У России ядерного оружия больше, чем у стран НАТО ...

...они знают это и хотят, чтобы мы сократили его -- «ХРЕН ИМ», заявил президент РФ.

Putin called attempts to damage the Kremlin and attacks on the Belgorod region a provocation | TASS |

 1. Атаки Киева по Кремлю, Белгородской и другим областям России попытками спровоцировать России на ответные мощные действия.

  1. Все ждут, что мы начнем кнопки нажимать, но мы этого делать не будем, военных успехов у Киева нет. Киев должен понимать, что в случае продолжающихся атак по России будет рассмотрен вопрос создания «санитарного кордона» на Украине.

  2. Если мы под Киевом уничтожили 5 комплексов Patriot, то что нам стоит уничтожить любое здание в центре Киева, но мы не делаем этого.

  3. Запад не захотел вести с Россией разговор, но они захотят, а мы уже посмотрим.

  4. Необходимости в применения ядерного оружия у России сейчас нет. Использование ядерного оружия теоретически возможно, если возникнет угроза существования РФ.

(с) Путин

1. Kyiv's attacks on the Kremlin, Belgorod and other regions of Russia with attempts to provoke Russia into powerful retaliatory actions.

  1. Everyone is waiting for us to start pressing buttons, but we will not do this, Kyiv has no military successes. Kyiv must understand that in the event of continued attacks on Russia, the issue of creating a "cordon sanitaire" in Ukraine will be considered.

  2. If we destroyed 5 Patriot complexes near Kiev, then we could destroy any building in the center of Kyiv, but we do not do this.

  3. The West did not want to have a conversation with Russia, but they will, and we'll see.

  4. Russia has no need to use nuclear weapons now. The use of nuclear weapons is theoretically possible if there is a threat to the existence of the Russian Federation.

(c) Putin  

Putin warns NATO over being drawn into Ukraine war, says Russia has more nuclear weapons | CNN News |

Post invasion rhetoric nuclear weapons ...

Nuclear rhetoric and escalation management in Russia's war against Ukraine: A Chronology | SWP Berlin |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 05:14:42 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 05:15:15 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 11:17:42 AM EST
Creative Diplomacy or Subversion

Reminds me of Naomie from Moscow a newbie @BooMan whose mal intention was uncovered by me within 24 hrs. Soon it was uncovered her real name was Anna Chapman.

Spy swap: US and Russia hand over agents in full media glare | The Guardian - July 9, 2010 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 05:43:48 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 09:37:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 09:37:41 PM EST
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The Ukrainian Counter-Offensive Had No Chance. NATO Failed To Explain That | MofA |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 09:38:08 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 09:38:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 10:31:51 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 10:32:44 PM EST
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But Ukraine also deserves respect. Now, on the way to Vilnius, we received signals that certain wording is being discussed without Ukraine.

And I would like to emphasize that this wording is about the invitation to become NATO member, not about Ukraine's membership.

It's unprecedented and absurd when time frame is not set neither for the invitation nor for Ukraine's membership. While at the same time vague wording about "conditions" is added even for inviting Ukraine.

It seems there is no readiness neither to invite Ukraine to NATO nor to make it a member of the Alliance.

The mistake of Bucharest 2008 and pushing Georgia and Ukraine down the throat of "Old" European nations. Colour revolutions, uprisings, rightwing think tanks, Atlantic Council, neocons or a coup d'état or direct military intervention ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 11th, 2023 at 04:34:25 PM EST
Ukraine's Catch-22

Ukraine can get protection from Russia... if they beat Russia first

Today life is imitating fiction in Ukraine. Ukraine desperately wants to join NATO to chase out Russia. But in order to join NATO, they must chase out Russia. This is literally what NATO's quisling leader Jens Stoltenberg is saying

    At the Vilnius summit and in preparation for the summit, we are not discussing sending an official invitation. We are discussing how to bring Ukraine closer to NATO. But most importantly, we all agree that the most urgent and important task now is to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign, independent, democratic nation in Europe. Because unless we do that, unless Ukraine prevails, then there is no issue to be discussed at all related to membership. We all want this war to end. But a just peace cannot mean freezing the conflict and accepting the deal dictated by Russia.

People say Putin denies Ukraine's existence, but here's Stoltenberg denying it himself. He's saying that Ukraine right now does not qualify as an independent state, and unless it 'prevails' as one, then there's no question of joining NATO at all. And yet the very pussy-footing process of joining NATO is what got Ukraine in this mess in the first place.

Ukraine is in this trouble because Russian (ie, neighbor and citizen) friendly governments were couped by America (NATO's boss, which reserves the right to bomb and spy on even NATO members). Ukraine drew/was-dragged closer to NATO, which made Russia about as happy as having the USSR in Cuba. The USSR is gone and America's still mad at Cuba. Having NATO steppe'ing up to its border was well-telegraphed red-line for Russia, which used to be well understood by even imperial warmongers. That was still too much war for them to 'mong.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 11th, 2023 at 05:17:16 PM EST
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Fighting America's proxy war against Russia did not satisfy the warmongers in U.S. Congress and the White House ... destruction of the country and tens of thousands lives lost ... millions finding a new live elsewhere in the EU.

Joe and Jens want the entrance to the Black Sea,  Crimea and Sevastopol, need to be re-conquered by the UA with max support from NATO countries. The Spring counter-offensive was a complete wash-out.

The decision to provide cluster munitions comes at a critical point in the war, as the Ukrainians have struggled to make major gains in their counteroffensive against Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 11th, 2023 at 05:43:08 PM EST
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Zelenskiy fails in effort to secure invitation to join Nato at Vilnius summit | The Guardian |

Leaders of military alliance sign off on declaration that does not give Ukraine firm membership timetable

Zelenskiy said, in a statement issued after the communique: "Today I embarked on a trip here with faith in decisions, with faith in partners, with faith in a strong NATO. In a Nato that does not hesitate, does not waste time and does not look back at any aggressor ... And I would like this faith to become confidence."

The communique's language reflects opposition from Germany and the US that too firm a commitment could prompt an escalation from Russia and, if Ukraine was allowed to join the alliance while the conflict continued, it could ultimately bring Nato into a war against Moscow.

Investigation: EU inability to ramp up production behind acute ammunition shortages in Ukraine | Kyiv Independent |

    The Ukrainian Apocalypse Now
    Director: Joe Biden
    Production: Lloyd Austin (Pentagon)
    Actor: Volodymyr Zelenskyy (SAG)
    Special honor: Ronald and Nancy Reagan

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 11th, 2023 at 09:15:27 PM EST
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America's Generation Gap on Ukraine | Jan. 24, 2022 |<

In Washington today, if you oppose keeping NATO's doors open to Ukraine you're a bit of a freak. I'm aware of barely any members of Congress, in either party, who hold that view. A decade or two ago, however, it was a position espoused by pillars of the American establishment. What happened? In part, it's a story of generational change. US foreign policy is now dominated by people who came of age in a unipolar world. And that's a dangerous thing.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 11th, 2023 at 05:18:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 17th, 2023 at 10:26:37 AM EST
Kremlin announced grain deal termination | TASS |

The Black Sea agreements have been effectively terminated on Monday -the part of the deal concerning Russia has not been fulfilled, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"The Black Sea agreements are no longer in effect. The deadline, as the Russian president said earlier, is July 17. Unfortunately, the part of the Black Sea agreement that concerns Russia has not yet been fulfilled. As a result, it has been terminated," he said.

"As soon as the Russian part [of the deal] is fulfilled, the Russian side will immediately return to the implementation of this deal," Peskov added.

He also noted that Russia's position on suspending its participation in the grain deal was announced before the most recent terrorist act on the Crimean Bridge and this attack does not influence Moscow's decision.

Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre hosted in Istanbul

Meanwhile in Ankara ...

Live blog: Erdogan to discuss grain deal, fertiliser with Putin | TRT World |

Not really, live blog is about attack on Kerch bridge across Azov Sea, connecting Crimea to mainland Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 17th, 2023 at 11:27:22 AM EST
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Infographic - Ukrainian grain exports explained

CNN presentation as if most of the 35 million metric tons of wheat and corn were exported to the developing world. Views and analysis on the grain deal given by CEO of Yara International from Oslo, Norway.

Feeding and Protecting the Planet: Svein Tore Holsether

President and CEO of Yara International Svein Tore Holsether clearly recalls his wake-up call to make combatting climate change the top strategic priority for the Norwegian fertilizer giant.

It came at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), where Holsether was in attendance. More than any of the scientific presentations or climate forecasts, he says he was struck by the determination of world leaders, the involvement of fellow business leaders and, especially, youth engagement.

"I saw that this is going to change how business is run forever. And I also saw what it meant to be in businesses, that we're unprepared for this, that the energy sector was unprepared," he tells The CEO Magazine.

His team has also had to revamp its supply chains as the war in Ukraine left input sources, such as gas and potash from Russia and Belarus, unavailable. It has additionally provoked increased food insecurity as the bounties of Ukraine and Russia previously fed tens-of-millions of people in developing countries.

"This is really a disaster for the world's food supply," Holsether says of the war. "We were integrated as well, but with the war, sanctioned entities and sanctioned people, it has a tremendous impact on the fertilizer business and for us as well."

Feeding the world

Yara International's role in agriculture and feeding a global population of more than eight billion people cannot be understated. Holsether points to a recent World Economic Forum report as validation for the importance of the company in supporting the food system along with its role in combatting climate change.

"The three main topics were food security, climate change and energy transition. And we're in the center of all of this," he says.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 17th, 2023 at 07:41:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jul 20th, 2023 at 06:47:54 PM EST
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From empire building and aggressive wars by expansion across Nordic states until defeat by Russia's Peter the Great. Policy of neutrality lasted 200 years. Recently shedding feathers of peace, modernity and economic prosperity to fall victim to rightwing populism and NATO membership.

Related reading ...

Sweden is member of the EU since 1995, remains outside the Euro zone

EuroTrib archive by themes around Sweden and Carl Bildt ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 06:39:31 AM EST
People still die every day in Mariupol: 'Hitler was kinder to us than Putin'

At least 22,000 residents of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol have died in the war. People are still dying in the city every day, says refugee mayor Vadym Boychenko.

    "Hitler was kinder to us than Putin."

WTF ... I imagine he's speaking of the Azov heroes of the OUN fighters who collaborated with the Germans ... major part of the Holocaust took place on  territory of Ukraine west of the Dnipro and in Galicia, now part of Poland after mass war crimes. The number of Jewish citizens (and refugees) slaughtered on Ukrainian territory is estimated at one million. WTF stupid fascist!

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 05:51:51 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 05:52:47 PM EST
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Presidents of Poland and Ukraine commemorate WW2 massacre of Poles by Ukrainians

In an important symbolic moment, Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has joined his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to mark the 80th anniversary of the Volhynia massacres, during which Ukrainian nationalists murdered up to 100,000 ethnic Poles during World War Two.

    The perpetrators of the crimes were the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists - Stepan Bandera's faction, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN-UPA), which was subordinate to it, and the Ukrainian population participating in the murders of their Polish neighbors. The OUN-UPA called its actions an "anti-Polish action." This term concealed the intention which was to murder and expel Poles.

The history of the massacres has regularly caused tension between two otherwise close allies. Poland regards them as a genocide, and has officially recognised them as such, but Ukraine rejects the use of that term.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 19th, 2023 at 05:53:53 PM EST
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