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June 2023

by Oui Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:02:22 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:03:31 PM EST
prezydent.pl | The President of the Republic of Poland submitted a draft amendment to the act on the commission to investigate Russia's influence on Poland's security, 2 June machine translation
The amendment to the Act on the State Commission for the Study of Russian Influences on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland in 2007-2022, signed on Monday, was submitted by President Andrzej Duda. He called on the parliament to adopt these amendments as soon as possible.
- This removes a lot of controversy that arises and I hope it will reassure at least some publicists. As for politicians - especially the opposition, those who shout the loudest - here you go, it's: I'm checking. Do you really think that the committee will act badly, or are you simply afraid of possibly standing up in front of the committee and testifying - telling the public what, how and why you did it? - said the President.
archived last week
by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 12:36:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:55:15 PM EST
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    MEPs demand a just transition to climate-neutral economy to tackle ongoing social crises.

Are they dumb? What a morons in union. Compromising the fundamentals of the European Union in the 21st century, surrendering to demands of the capitalist center of the New World Order, permitting Biden's Blitzkrieg across Europe demanding war with Russia in lieu of exertion in diplomacy after Angela Merkel was gone, leaving Macron standing alone.

Will never happen in this decade. we are all from Mars now.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:47:00 AM EST
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Voting begins in general election second-round in Greece
if observers are right, Conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, 55, is set to win a second term as prime minister with his New Democracy party, especially as under a new electoral system he will benefit from a bonus of 25-50 seats given to the winning party, depending on its performance.
archived Sun May 21st 2023
by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 03:18:47 PM EST
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auswaertiges-amt.de | Statement by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock prior to her departure for Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, 4 June
The ocean giants that squeeze through the narrow passage that is the Panama Canal remind us what else Latin America is: a potential titan in the global economy. Secure supply chains, green energies, reduced dependency on raw materials - since the start of the Russian war of aggression, we are rapidly reorganising our global links. We want a dense and sustainable network, also across the Atlantic. The free trade agreement with the MERCOSUR states would be a major step forwards here. If we shape it in a sustainable way and ensure effective protection for the rainforest, it will provide the incentives and rules our regions need to become pioneers in the green, socially just transition.

Latin America has long since found its way to our labour market. Brazilian carers [?] and Colombian electricians are already being met with open arms in Germany. We want to develop this partnership further. As the Federal Government, we have undertaken to completely revise our immigration policy, because our economy urgently needs more skilled workers. This is one of the issues I will be canvassing [?] for in Brazil along with my cabinet colleague, Labour Minister Hubertus Heil.

zeit | Pretty complicated friends, 7 June machine translation
Annalena Baerbock calls Brazil friend, partner and key country. But the Foreign Minister's visit shows that the relationship is difficult—also because of UKRAINE.
Baerbock exudes a lack of down-and-out attitude in the old western way. The calendar is as full as it is small. Many appointments are lined up, no one really has red carpet potential. It has been rolled out at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, but Baerbock makes a statement in front of a different entrance. Not including her Brazilian counterpart, whom Baerbock doesn't meet during her visit. Instead, the deputy foreign minister, the environment minister, the vice president and Lula's foreign policy adviser Celso Amorim. There is no joint press conference with anyone. The protocol, it is said, prevents a joint German-Brazilian appearance. Talking and negotiating is usually better in the back rooms lined with colorless carpets, and Baerbock has the chance to repeat her arguments in many conversations. The tedious diplomacy of small steps. But three days with the "friend, partner and key country," as the foreign minister puts it, without a real joint appearance, that's how it is.
And so the many small appointments made by the German Foreign Minister on this trip are combined into a complicated mosaic. In her speech in the small lecture hall in São Paulo, which was not completely full, Baerbock resorted to a not at all complicated sports metaphor. Football has a lot to do with democracy, says Baerbock. And you can only play together if everyone follows the rules. And a red card means a red card.
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 09:30:04 PM EST
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euronews | EU countries strike major deal on migration rules, delivering the first breakthrough in years, 8 June
The agreement paves the way for introducing new rules to collectively manage the reception and relocation of asylum seekers. Last year [2022], the EU received more than 962,000 asylum applications, the highest figure since 2016.
At the end of the meeting, Malmer Stenergard confirmed the one-off payment for each rejected applicant will be provisionally set at €20,000, which will then be channelled into a yet-to-defined common EU fund. The number of relocation will be 30,000 asylum seekers per year. Additional provisions have been included in case the pledges fall short of the target.
concilium.europa.eu | Migration policy: Council reaches agreement on key asylum and migration laws (08.06.23)
"To balance the current system whereby a few member states are responsible for the vast majority of asylum applications, a new solidarity mechanism is being proposed that is simple, predictable and workable. The new rules combine mandatory solidarity with flexibility for member states as regards the choice of the individual contributions. These contributions include relocation, financial contributions or alternative solidarity measures such as deployment of personnel or measures focusing on capacity building. Member states have full discretion as to the type of solidarity they contribute. No member state will ever be obliged to carry out relocations.
The political agreement allows the EU Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament, which has a somewhat diverging position on the matter. The goal is to wrap up the legislation before next year's EU elections.
europarl.europa.eu | Legislative Train Schedule, 20 May
In "Promoting our European Way of Life"
statewatch.org |  Tracking the Pact: Compromise texts, member state comments, "balance between solidarity and responsibility", 22 May
On 17 May a revised compromise text (pdf) was circulated...This followed a previous version circulated on 15 May dealing with border procedures (pdf); on the same day, a document containing member states' comments (pdf) on a previous version of the text was also distributed within the Council.
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 11:12:46 PM EST
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"Integrated Security for Germany," National Defense Strategy Position Paper, June 2023, 39 pp
preface, initial paragraphs
Olaf Scholz: Dear readers,
Providing security for its citizens is the most important job of every state, of every society. Without security there can be no freedom, no stability, no prosperity.
IMF head welcomes Europe's interest rate hikes in campaign against inflation
Annalena Baerbock: Dear readers,
Our peace is fragile. Our freedom is precious. For too long we in Germany considered our security in Europe to be something we could take for granted. However, our peaceful order is not set in stone, as has been plain at the latest since Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. The climate crisis also threatens the security of the people in our country bringing floods and heatwaves.
Drought and rising heat bring unusual wildfire warnings in northern Europe
The COVID 19 pandemic, cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns—all these threats show how vulnerable we are. Making us more robust in all areas of life is the aim of this our first National Security Strategy. After all, in the 21st century, security also means making sure our heating works in winter. Security means being able to find medication for our children in our pharmacies. Having smartphones that work because supplies of the necessary microchips are reliable. Getting to work safely because our trains are not paralysed by cyberattacks.

Politico.eu.com | Germany to buy Iron Dome-style air defense system from Israel, 14 June €5B

"With the purchase of the German IRIS-T SLM and the acquisition of the Israeli Arrow, we are pushing ahead with two major projects from the Bundeswehr's special assets that will help build up a protective umbrella in Germany," Karsten Klein, a lawmaker for the Free Democrats in the committee, told POLITICO. The Arrow-3 system is developed and manufactured by Israeli Aerospace Industries in cooperation with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing. Klein said that the air defense systems combined would provide a 2,400-kilometer range.

The Arrow-3 system has been in use in Israel since 2017 as part of its Iron Dome protection network. Berlin is aiming for a binding contract for the Arrow-3 system by the end of 2023, according to a document seen by POLITICO, which then could be operational by the end of 2025. As part of a splurge in defense spending across Europe following Russia's war on Ukraine, aerospace firms fear that billions of euros will go to contractors outside the EU, including in Israel, South Korea, and Türkiye.

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Poverty, climate, regional stability on agenda as Saudi crown prince visits France, 16 June

France is a major weapons and defense supplier to Gulf nations. The leaders also are preparing for a global summit next week "aimed at bringing together private and public funding" to fight poverty, support climate transition and protect biodiversity, the French presidency said.
21.06.2023: European Business & Biodiversity Forum, 16-21.06.2024: World Biodiversity Forum
by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 03:03:32 PM EST
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hankyoreh | How a mature democracy formulates its security strategy, 26 June "triad"
Last week, I visited Germany at the invitation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The five members of the delegation -- two representatives from ASEAN countries, one from India, one from Pakistan, and me [ROK]-- had the chance to join focused discussions with a variety of figures including political leaders, high-ranking officials in the areas of foreign policy and national security, think tank researchers, and members of the press. The topic was Germany's strategy [sic] on China.

We tend to think of Germany as being a logical, methodical and meticulous country, but these discussions turned out to be quite chaotic. I noticed varying perceptions of China even among members of Germany's leadership as well as major differences in their desired approach.

Those differences were also evident in the German government's first report on its national security strategy [sic], which was published on June 15. That report defines China as playing three roles: partner, competitor and systemic rival.

ECFR: [EC Pres. Ursula] Von der Leyen dispensed with the EU's established triad
But groups that are friendly to China have a strong tendency to treat China as a partner, neutral groups tend to see it as a competitor, and hostile groups regard it as a systemic rival.
First, let's look at Germany's economic policy on China. Germany seems to have written off some aspects of the US' strategy of "decoupling," which is aimed at removing China from capitalism's international division of labor. But Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who is head of the Greens (which is in coalition with the ruling Social Democratic Party), strongly prefers a policy of "de-risking" with China because of human rights issues. De-risking, which means moving away from China in risky areas of the economy, doesn't seem to be that different from decoupling.
by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 09:38:45 PM EST
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Sparing some indigenous people from the "Jungle"

German open arms policy for migration from Latin America ...

We Want You!

Your carers for our elderly and your electricians and technicians to maintain our high standards of heavy (war) industry

Latin America has long since found its way to our labour market. Brazilian carers [?] and Colombian electricians are already being met with open arms in Germany. We want to develop this partnership further.

Almost echoes the words of CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2015 when all hell broke lose with war refugees from Afghanistan. Iraq, Libya and Syria. Traces of US-UK-NATO aggression.

    The target looks achievable, however, given that the number of people arriving in Germany fell to about 280,000 last year from 890,000 in 2015. A further drop is expected this year.

    In addition, the two parties agreed to push for an immigration law that would give priority to migrants with skills to plug gaps in the labor market. There is broad support for that from the FDP and Greens.

For history's sake, the chancellor doing the talking ...

Mind you ... opening the gateways of hell to the gardens of Eden according to Borrell.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:38:35 AM EST
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Battle of the Garden v. the Jungle ... can't think of a better location than a new start in the Rain Forests of Brazil.

German FM calls on Brazil to align more with the West | Euractiv - June 7, 2023 |

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has called on Brazil to align with other democracies on geopolitical matters, particularly regarding its stance on the Ukraine war and China, and is offering a closer relationship in exchange.

Brazil is the only country among emerging democracies that have so far backed all UN resolutions against Russia's war in Ukraine but still refuses to send Ukraine aid. Brazil also maintains a particularly close relationship with China, its top trading partner.

"Security and development are not opposites. They depend on each other," Baerbock said at the Digital Democracy Festival in São Paulo, pointing to the global impact of rising food prices due to the war, warning that democracies could thus not show restraint in geopolitical questions.

"Let's reach out and shape a future together that all of us can benefit from," Baerbock added.

The still not yet ratified EU-Mercosur trade deal could be among the main keys to the rapprochement of like-minded democratic states as it would "make it clear that democracies when they work together, can solve global challenges," said Baerbock.

The EU has been negotiating a free trade agreement with the Mercosur group of states - which includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - since 1999. A summit of European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders on 17 July could provide new impulses on the matter.

Baerbock's visit aligns with increased efforts of Western governments to win over allies among emerging economies in their ongoing geopolitical feuds with Russia and China.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:18:12 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:39:20 PM EST
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Em SP, Ministra de Relações Exteriores da Alemanha diz que guerra da Ucrânia 'é sentida de forma diferente na América Latina'

Ao falar da guerra na Ucrânia, a ministra disse que é preciso nomear o agressor (ou seja, a Rússia), e que o Brasil de fato fez isso na assembleia da ONU, mas ela também insinuou que falta compreensão maior sobre as consequências da guerra em outros países.

"Quero dizer com toda clareza, a ameaça dessa guerra é percebida de forma diferente na América Latina do que na Europa", disse ela.

Lula e Scholz já se encontraram no Brasil

Scholz, o premiê alemão, estevem em Brasília no fim de janeiro. Na ocasião, Lula afirmou que o Brasil era um país de paz, e por isso não tinha vendido munição para o Ucrânia, como a Alemanha havia solicitado ao governo brasileiro.

Na ocasião, Lula também disse que é preciso mudar os termos do acordo comercial entre a União Europeia e o Brasil, que está sendo negociado.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:19:09 AM EST
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gov.br | Lula and the President of the European Commission talk about the environment and trade agreement in Brasilia, 6 June
For Lula, extra requirements in the environmental area presented by the European Union this year, which would provide for sanctions against Brazil, need to be revised.
» Full text of President Lula's statement to the press
This is the first visit by a European Union Chief Executive to Brazil in the last 10 years. The European Union and Brazil coincide in the importance attributed by both to multilateralism, democracy, the promotion of peace and respect for human rights. It was the recognition of the importance of this relationship that made us sign our strategic partnership pact in 2007.
Fifteen years later, we can confirm that this decision was correct. Our bilateral trade advances consistently. The European Union is Brazil's second largest trading partner and our trade flow could surpass the USD 100 billion [€ 92B, BRL 486B] mark this year.
Dear President von der Leyen, We are building a partnership founded on mutual respect and understanding. We recognize that the solution to the main problems we face on the global stage involves responses that take into account the interests of everyone, especially the most vulnerable....
UKRAINE - With regard to the war in Ukraine, President Lula emphasized that he has brought up the subject of peace negotiations with South American neighbors and with countries not involved in the conflict, such as India and Indonesia, and that he will return to address the matter in his official visits to France, Italy and the Vatican, and at the next BRICS summit, a forum in which Russia also participates.

The EC president declared that she had "great admiration for the way in which you defend international law and the UN Charter in all your international declarations" and stressed that "Europe agrees [?!] on the need for a negotiated peace between Russia and Ukraine".

eeas | College read-out by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on a NEW! Agenda for Relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean, 7 June LAC
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative are presenting a proposal to build a closer and modernised strategic partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean [LAC].
Q. Ha dicho que durante años se han ["]taken for granted, even neglected["] la relación con los países de Latinoamérica. ¿Me gustaría saber aquel achaca esto? ¿Ha sido porque algunos países europeos igual no veían la importancia geoestratégica de la región? ¿Porque hemos estado muy absorbidos con BREXIT? ¿Porque igual hemos mirado más a otros países del mundo como Estados Unidos o China?
Borrell: Sí. Es una pregunta relevante porque refleja una paradoja: que es que nadie duda del interés mutuo que tenemos. Nadie duda de la intensidad de nuestras relaciones humanas. De la enorme inversión que las empresas europeas han hecho en América Latina, y sin embargo, la dimensión política de esta relación se ha ido dejando ir, por razones seguramente imputables a las dos partes. En América Latina ha habido también problemas de fragmentación política en el continente con el caso de la crisis política en Venezuela o la deriva autoritaria en Nicaragua. Y es verdad que sí, Europa ha estado absorbida, pues por problemas, no diría que más importantes, pero más acuciantes. El BREXIT ha sido uno de ellos, los problemas migratorios, no digo que no sean problemas dignos de ser tomados en consideración, lo son sin duda. Hemos pasado por un proceso de ampliación también, que ha dirigido el centro de gravedad geográfico y político de Europa más hacia el este, y en su conjunto, sin darnos cuenta, el tiempo ha ido pasando y no hemos elevado nuestra relación política al nivel que merece. Probablemente, el cambio político que hay habido en muchos países latinoamericanos, las nuevas circunstancias geopolíticas, la emergencia de China, la guerra en Ucrania, han acelerado la toma de conciencia de que Europa no puede ser un actor geopolítico si no toma en consideración la relación con América Latina, que es muy fuerte en lo económico, en todas las dimensiones, pero que necesita estar bajo una dinámica política de alto nivel, que es lo que pretendemos hacer con esta comunicación y con la próxima Cumbre.
telesur | Brazil Expresses Concern Over Added EU Demands to MERCOSUR Deal, 12 June
Politico.eu.com | Von der Leyen vows to conclude EU-Mercosur deal by year-end, 12 June
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 08:18:47 PM EST
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German Foreign Policy Her Style

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:57:46 AM EST
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... per capita BRICS 🇨🇳 🇮🇳 🇿🇦 🇧🇷 is not quite there yet 🤣

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 03:18:06 AM EST
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NEVER forget that in 2021 Baerbock bragged at the atlantic council about her German NZI granpa fighting in 1945.
"And my own grandfather fought like in the winter of [1945] at this river, at this border. [Oder-Neisse Line] And I was there standing in 2004 on this bridge."

Annalena Baerbock on a 'transatlantic green deal' and German strategies in facing Russia and China | Atlantic Council - May 6, 2021 |

FAREED ZAKARIA: Would it be fair to say what you're describing is a kind of a Green Party and your leadership that would, I think, be reassuring to most Americans, in the sense that it seems to affirm the Atlantic alliance, affirm NATO. You know, affirm the importance of thinking about human rights. And so I'm wondering, this is--this moment happened before when Joschka Fischer became foreign minister. And people who had worried that--in that case, I think he was a little older than you--so had in the 1980s thrown a couple of Molotov cocktails in anti-American demonstrations. That he turned out to be actually a very pro-NATO, pro--even pro-US foreign minister. Would you say that this is a model you look at favorably, that of Joschka Fischer in government?

ANNALENA BAERBOCK: Well, he's part of my party. And actually, when he was foreign minister, just at this moment I joined the party. This was in 2004, actually, like a really emotional moment for me because it was the first of May in 2004 when Europe did its enlargement to the east. So European countries joined the EU, especially from the east, and I come from a region around Berlin. It's called Brandenburg. It was eastern Germany. And it has a direct border over the Oder River to Poland. And my own grandfather fought like in the winter of [1945] at this river, at this border.

And I was there standing in 2004 on this bridge, which obviously was rebuilt between Poland and Germany, when Joschka Fischer as foreign minister, together with his colleague from the Polish side, was celebrating again the reunification of Europe.

And this was really the moment when I thought, wow, we are standing of the shoulders not only on Joschka Fischer, but also of our grandparents, who made it possible that countries who were enemies are again not only in peace but in friendship together. And this is what the ground where I'm standing on, fighting for a Europe which lives in friendship, in a common integrated market. And for this, we need institutions like the EU, like a strong transatlantic relation, because this wouldn't have been possible, our reunification, without support from the US. So it's, yeah, building on our history. But this is really important for me. Otherwise, it won't make sense to become a chancellor.

History is nothing which just flows like a river. It's always a moment where people have to take the courage to build the future actively. So it doesn't make sense to say I just follow up what Joschka Fischer did fifteen years ago. I take the best from the past to bring it in the future.

And coming back to your question also with the NATO, for example, I think the most important thing is to put out a new strategic agenda. What is the role of the NATO in the year of 2021 and not in 2004? And we have, unluckily, faced Ukraine situation. We have seen that what we believed back in 2004, that there is never again war in Europe, is not true. And therefore, we have to redefine our strategic goals within NATO, within the EU, and coming up with the new challenges ahead, also fulfill it with resources, for example with military expenditures.

But--this is also important for 2021--the threats are not only cyber, it's the climate crisis. It's COVID. It's pandemics worldwide. So for me it's so important that it's not building a new wall around Europe or transatlantic region, but really seeing that we work together in a world of institution of strong human rights, but being aware that we have other countries like China, like Russia who are also in a new strategic fight with us.

Related reading ...

From a European Neighborhood Policy toward a New Ostpolitik - The Potential Impact of German Policy

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:41:56 PM EST
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No information given about her parents.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 08:07:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 02:03:02 PM EST
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bloomberg | Germany to Seal Tank Repair Hub Deal With Poland in Coming Days, 13 June
Talks should wrap up "in the coming days," before the July 11-12 NATO summit in Vilnius, Thomas Bagger, Germany's ambassador to Poland, told Bloomberg in Warsaw on Tuesday. The hub will be used to supply badly needed spare parts for the German-made [UKRAINIAN] equipment, he said.
12 June It doesn't matter where it's made.
After months of pressuring North Atlantic Treaty Organization [OTAN] allies to deliver hardware, Ukraine is sending them into the battlefield as part of a much-anticipated counteroffensive against Russian forces to retake territory. Equipment, including Leopard tanks and US Bradley Fighting Vehicles, have shown up in images from the front line. At least four of Ukraine's Leopard 2 tanks and 16 of its Bradley fighting vehicles have been destroyed, damaged or abandoned so far, according to Oryxspioenkop.com, an online group that catalogues confirmed equipment losses on both sides.
defense.gov | Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing (13.06.23)
Also today, the Department announced the results of its Foreign Military Sales Tiger Team effort. The Tiger Team analyzed all phases of the FMS process, including -- which illuminated best practices for the Department to benchmark and identify systemic challenges in DOD's FMS < wipes tears > ecosystems.

The team incorporated feedback from allies and partner nations and U.S. industry on ways to improve the efficiency of the FMS process. The team's recommendations cover six key FMS areas, to include improving the Department's understanding of ally and partner requirements, providing our allies and partner nations with the most relevant priority capabilities, and accelerating acquisition and contracting support for FMS.

2 June Foreign Military Sales Case Development
TARA: Thanks. A couple on Ukraine. First, can you say anything about Russia reporting that as many as 16 different types of armored vehicles the U.S. provided has -- have been destroyed in these early rounds of the counter-offensive? And then secondly on the dam, what can you say now about the attack on the dam and whether it was indeed Russia? And what can you share about what you know?
SINGH: Sure. Thanks, Tara, for the question. So on the report that 16 vehicles were destroyed, I've seen the reports but I can't corroborate some of the video and imagery coming out of that. So we're going to continue to monitor that but I just wouldn't be able to confirm the reports that the—at least what we're seeing from Russians of putting out those imagery.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed Monday in Paris that long-struggling talks on the hub were nearly at an end -- and that Germany, which has delivered Leopards, air defense systems such as [US] Patriots and [IT] Iris-T and [DE] Gepard anti-aircraft guns, will soon be in a position to help repair them close to the battlefield.
Service hubs have also been set up in Slovakia and Romania.
archive The cost of doing business, substantially transformed
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 12:33:57 PM EST
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rollcall | Risch blocks Hungary arms package purchase over Sweden's stalled NATO bid, 15 June
"I decided that the sale of new U.S. military equipment to Hungary will be on hold. Hungary should take the actions necessary to allow Sweden into the alliance, and soon."
Congress hasn't yet received formal notification of the Hungarian arms sale, leaving it unclear what's in the package. But news reports said it was worth $735 million [HUF 250.4B] and included the Lockheed Martin-manufactured HIMARS rocket system. Demand for the high-mobility artillery rocket system has gone up sharply since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.
firstpost | Russia repels Ukrainian drone attack on Druzhba oil pipeline, 17 June Bryansk, RU
archived Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia
by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 01:16:09 PM EST
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WTF ... What Are NATO's Values

Sweden is a ... strong capable defense partner that shares NATO's values ...

Fighting wars with integrity, impartiality, loyalty, accountability, and professionalism.

Former Soviet bloc nations qualified by sending armed forces to America's illegal wars and operations outside international law.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 04:57:58 PM EST
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middleeastdiscourse | Macron asks for invitation to BRICS summit , 13 June
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for an invitation to the upcoming BRICS summit in Pretoria, French newspaper L'Opinion reported on Monday. Macron's recent attempts to win over his African counterparts have fallen flat.
According to one "well-informed" source, Ramaphosa was non-committal. "Presence at this summit was mentioned during the conversation between the two leaders, but Pretoria gave no indication of whether or not to extend this meeting to other international leaders," the source said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for an invitation to the upcoming BRICS summit in Pretoria, French newspaper L'Opinion reported on Monday. Macron's recent attempts to win over his African counterparts have fallen flat.

Macron raised the possibility of attending the summit during a phone call with Ramaphosa earlier this month, L'Opinion stated, citing sources in the Elysee palace.

If Macron were to attend the summit, he would be the first leader of a G7 nation to do so. BRICS leaders and Macron apparently share a desire < wipes tears > to overhaul the [PRICE CAP COALITION] financial and geopolitical order, with Macron hosting a conference in Paris next week aimed at overhauling the [G7] financial system to better benefit the developing world

voiceofeurope | Macron asked South Africa to invite him to the BRICS summit
South Africa is also facing a challenge [?] related to organizing the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the summit, to avoid possible arrest at the request of the International Criminal Court [ICC]. Various options have been considered, including holding a video conference, granting diplomatic immunity, or relocating [?] the summit to China.
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blackagendareport | Putin, South Africa, and the International Criminal Court, 31 May details
ANN GARRISON: David, I think the ICC would be a laughingstock for its racist hypocrisy if there weren't so many lives lost in the crimes that it considers and fails to consider, but this indictment has the world's attention and it's awkward for South Africa. Can you explain South Africa's legal position as a state party that still accepts the jurisdiction of the court? What does the Rome Statute or any related documents say?
DAVID PAUL JACOBS: The Rome Statute gives the ICC the "authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation."  South Africa is a state party to the Rome Statute, although in 2016, South Africa indicated its intention to withdraw from the Statute, and later reversed itself.

The obligation to cooperate with the ICC is tempered by Article 98 of the statute [ p 55] which provides that:

10 June 2023 All systems go
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 06:11:59 PM EST
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La mort lente de la Françafrique

« Cet âge de la Françafrique est révolu. » À Libreville, première étape de sa tournée africaine, Emmanuel Macron a entériné un fait qu'il est de plus en plus difficile de cacher : Paris n'est plus la première puissance mondiale en Afrique francophone - mais qu'est-ce que cela signifie concrètement ?

Dans cette étude, Ken Opalo revient sur les options qui restent à la diplomatie française pour renverser sa politique africaine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 07:02:28 PM EST
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Beijing has its sights on Francophone West Africa

If France's influence is waning, there is little doubt who is poised to step into the gap. China's presence in Francophone West Africa is booming, having previously lagged other parts of the continent. Drawn to growth rates over seven percent in countries like Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, China has displaced France as the leading exporter to most of France's former colonies.

Chinese lending to these countries increased 332 percent in 2010 - 17 compared to 2000 - 09, and contracts awarded to Chinese firms trebled in value in the same period - with Chinese contractors taking on high-profile projects like the Soubré dam in Côte d'Ivoire. Chinese companies and entrepreneurs are highly visible throughout the region.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 07:04:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 07:25:59 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | France deploys 40,000 police as Macron seeks to avoid 2005 riots rerun, 29 June national security
On Thursday, Macron again called for calm after 180 people were arrested overnight, public buildings were attacked, and a tram set alight in a Paris suburb.
family entertainment Athena (2022)
And then there's the situation in the banlieues. In recent years, things have been relatively calm despite predictions that tensions would rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government says this is, in part, due to greater access to jobs under Macron and more investment in poorer suburbs.
F24 | Live: French policeman formally placed under arrest over teenager's killing
The 17-year-old victim, identified only as Nahel M., was shot at point-blank range by a police officer on Tuesday morning in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. He was driving a yellow Mercedes in Nanterre when he was pulled over for traffic violations. Police initially reported that he was shot after driving his car at police, but this was contradicted by a video that rapidly went viral across social media and was later authenticated by AFP.
mal/mis/disinformation crisis averted
NY Post | obligatory "dictator" Wutabout
by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 06:04:16 PM EST
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ecfr.eu | Keeping [US] close, Russia down, and China far away: How Europeans navigate a competitive world, 7 June propORnot
In the years to come, the European Union will likely face difficult [PLANNED] decisions: whether to back the United States in its geopolitical ["]competition["] with China; whether to punish CHINA for its support of Russia; whether to rebuild relations with RUSSIA after the war.

These decisions will affect European citizens - whose support European leaders will need for their foreign policy choices. Two years ago, the European Council on Foreign Relations conducted a study of public opinion about how Europeans see their place in the world. The results pointed to a cooperative European mindset whereby, in a world of competing great powers, Europeans preferred to cultivate [DELIBERATE] partnerships with various countries and advocated a largely values-based foreign policy.
The [PLANNED] direction of European foreign policy will have a massive impact on the lives of every European citizen - be it through their exposure to security threats, supply chain disruptions, or the volatility of the financial market. Their opinions will enable or constrain European leaders' ability to negotiate a common European foreign policy. As these leaders re-adjust their relationships with the US, CHINA, and RUSSIA, they not only need to reach agreement among themselves - they also need to build a public consensus around European foreign policy. Otherwise, there is likely to be growing mistrust of the elites < wipes tears > and the EU, and a populist backlash in the European parliamentary election in 2024 and in national elections.

In April 2023, ECFR conducted an opinion poll across 11[/27] EU member states - Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Sweden - to understand how European citizens see their place in the world today. The results of the poll show that their cooperative foreign policy instincts are adapting slowly to the new geopolitical reality that is characterised by growing polarisation.
[EC Pres. Ursula] Von der Leyen dispensed with the EU's established triad [?] to describe China as a "partner, competitor, and [PERVASIVE] rival" and emphasised the need for active, [DELIBERATE], multidimensional risk minimisation in Europe's dealings with Beijing. With this strategy [sic] of "de-risking", she pushed for a new consensus in Europe on the importance of revisiting its relationship with China.
The findings of ECFR's latest poll show that, in many ways, European citizens are more on Team Macron than Team von der Leyen.

by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:47:21 PM EST
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Just wait some months as Atlantic Council war propaganda gets a hold on European corporate media ... polling quickly turns around ... Huawei - Xinjiang - Spy balloons - Hong Kong - Tibet - Cuban listening posts ...

Expert: U.S. Should See China as 'Number One' Adversary, Not Trading Partner | USNI - Sept. 15, 2017 |

The People's Republic China needs to be seen by the United States as its principal potential adversary in the years ahead, not as a commercial partner that America cannot live without, a leading expert on maritime issues said.

Answering an audience question at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Seth Cropsey, director of sea power programs at the Hudson institute, said, "China should be our Number One concern; it's not." He added that Chinese leaders want to restore it to the status of a great state, overcoming a 19th and early 20th-century history of European imperialism, "not only at sea, but especially at sea. They've invested a lot in satellite technology, in cyber technology, building a fleet" that potentially could be larger than the United States' in the not-too-distant future.

Cropsey, the author of Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to Do about It, said, the Chinese "have their own way of looking at things" from their island-building campaign to their use of "lawfare," to bolster territorial claims in the East and South China Seas and disregard international court rulings when those claims are rejected. He said President Donald Trump was correct in judging Beijing's commercial policies. "They're mercantilists, not free traders."

While China's close neighbors say how important their economic and commercial ties to Beijing are for their own development, privately they are very concerned about its increasingly assertive behavior on their borders. Cropsey said out of the limelight and away from microphones they say, "if you guys [the United States] get out ... if China becomes the hegemon, they will treat us like dogs" as it did in the past when it was a great power.

In his remarks before the question-and-answer session, he said, "I wish I could be optimistic about the future" of the challenges facing the United States not only from a transoceanic Chinese navy, but as it concerns Russian behavior in the Baltic and Black Seas, Iran's continuing development of anti-ship weaponry and the tolls the continuing wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan are taking on the fleet and the Marine Corps.

Trying to meet the combatant commanders' requirements for presence that call for 370 to 400 ships with the 276 ships now in the fleet "is an exercise in futility" and leads to accidents such as the ship collisions suffered in U.S. 7th Fleet. Cropsey said 350 ships "is the absolute bare minimum to meet [today's] requirements." He pointed out the administration's call for a fleet that size is to be built over 30 years and "it doesn't provide the immediate kind of relief that is necessary" to reduce today's high operating tempo.

As to the additional $50 billion more in the coming year's defense program over this year's, he said much of the money that will go to the Department of the Navy is earmarked for repairs, maintenance and fixing shipyards and port facilities not shipbuilding.

US Navy at the forefront of false flag attacks to create any opportunity for a hot war ...
Cuba invasion 1960 - Vietnam Gulf of Tonkin attack 1964 - Reverse Israeli attack on USS Liberty 1967 - USS Vincennes downing Iranian civilian aircraft killing 290 passengers in 1988 - sabotage Nord Stream 1 & 2 pipelines 2022.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:32:55 PM EST
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US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize four years ago. Today, the country he leads is seen -- according to a new poll -- as the biggest threat to world peace.

The global survey, conducted by WIN/Gallup International, polled residents in 68 countries on everything from the global economy to politics and living conditions.

According to the poll, 24 percent of the surveyed countries ranked the United States as the greatest threat to world peace today, followed by Pakistan at 8 percent, China at 6 percent and four countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea) tied at 5 percent. [Russia near bottom at 2%]

Thirty-seven percent of Mexicans ranked their northern neighbor the top threat to the world.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 07:48:01 PM EST
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I found a couple published since 2014. One might expect PUTIN's WAR OF AGGRESSION to have influenced "threat" perceptions, but I can't immediately locate a comparable survey in 2022. These don't evaluate perceptions of international threats. They evaluate perceptions of intranational threats to peace. Accordingly, index crieria and methodology are...abstruse.

europarl | Normandy Index

vision of humanity | Global Peace Index

Maybe Politico will get around to another "poll of polls" to vidicate NATO's mission?

by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 09:03:52 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU capitals want media law carve-out to spy on reporters, 20 June
blue screen of death
Governments' deputy ambassadors are set to give their blessing at a Council meeting on Wednesday to a national security exemption in a new media regulation whose original purpose was to safeguard media independence and pluralism.
archived Media Freedom Act matrix in Crisis as Discipline
by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:13:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:34:19 PM EST
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Pandora's box

Unsurprisingly, journalists and privacy advocates are not happy with the Council's suggested tweaks.

"National security is a classic exception. It opens the door to all kinds of abuse," Julie Majerczak, head of the Brussels bureau of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), told POLITICO, calling it a "Pandora's box."

Together with 59 other civil society organizations, RSF wrote an open letter to EU deputy ambassadors, urging them to reconsider their position. The current compromise "is not only weakening safeguards against the deployment of spyware but also strongly incentivizes their use based solely on member states' discretion," the signatories said.

Majerczak is calling for strong legal safeguards -- failing the withdrawal of the national security clause -- like involving judicial authorities, should a government decide to spy on a reporter.

Nothing is set in stone. Once the Council has agreed on its mandate, it will have to negotiate with the Parliament -- which has yet to reach its position -- and the Commission before the new rules can enter into force.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:35:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 03:22:29 PM EST
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smh | Hawkei armoured cars bound for Ukraine war in Australian support deal, 6 June
Although a formal commitment has yet to be sealed, there has been serious progress informally and Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Herald and The Age the vehicles were number one on his list of "demands" from Australia. He described the Australian-made vehicles as "very, very famous armed vehicles with air defence systems" in an interview in Singapore after meeting his Australian counterpart, Richard Marles, at the weekend.
10-point security guarantee Peace Formula
Reznikov was full of praise for the performance of the Bushmaster armoured troop carriers supplied by Australia, which he said had been critical in Ukraine's ability to recover the city of Kharkiv from Russian forces.

"It was surprise for Russians. Honestly, it was surprise for me, also."

Among Ukraine's other requests, Reznikov said he had asked that Australia join the so-called "birds coalition" to support its use of F-16 fighter jets that NATO nations are supplying. He said Ukraine needed training for its pilots as well as [mechanics] and sustainment [sic] support. He had requested Australian personnel and cash.
The Australian Army has raised serial objections to supplying the Hawkei. It first said its brakes were faulty. Next it said that so many spare parts would need to be supplied to Ukraine that the whole fleet would be unusable.

Liberal senator David Van, the chair of the parliamentary Friends of Ukraine group, said it was "complete bollocks" that the vehicles could not be sent to Ukraine.

"There are 450 Hawkeis sitting in the Thales compound in Bendigo. Why won't we send them?"

by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 11:21:49 PM EST
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wsj | U.S. Set to Approve Depleted-Uranium Tank Rounds for Ukraine, "ecocide" watch
The United Nations Environment Program said in a report last year that the metal's "chemical toxicity" presents the greatest potential danger, and "it can cause skin irritation, kidney failure, and increase the risks of cancer."
John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, said in March that the Russian argument was disingenuous and that Moscow's principal concern was the heightened threat to its tanks. "This kind of ammunition is fairly commonplace," he said, adding that studies indicate it isn't a radioactive threat. But at the time the U.S. wasn't providing Ukraine with any depleted-uranium rounds.
amended ICC war crimes complaint developing? nah.
Some Pentagon officials favor providing cluster munitions--known as ["]dual-purpose improved conventional munitions["]--to Ukraine's forces to help them counter Russian forces. NATO's top commander, Gen.
Christopher Cavoli, has told Congress that that such weapons could be "very effective" against concentrations of Russian troops and equipment.
Officials at the NSC and State Department have resisted providing cluster munitions. Human-rights activists and some allied nations have raised concerns that unexploded ordnance in the ground could lead to civilian casualties long after the conflict is over.
archived center of psychoville, Depleted Uranium Oversight Board, UK to Send Armour Piercing Rounds with Depleted Uranium to Ukraine
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 09:29:25 PM EST
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Joining in war crimes in the Ukraine ... the end is near.

The United States military ignored its own guidelines for the use of depleted uranium ammunition in the 2003 Iraq War, firing the controversial weapons at unarmoured targets, buildings in populated areas and troops. These are the conclusions of an analysis of recently declassified military data.

The analysis also reveals that the number of sites known to be contaminated in Iraq has now tripled, to more than 1,000, even as fears grow that the US has used depleted uranium in Syria.

Archive key word | depleted uranium |

Basra: a 17-fold rise in birth defects | Sept. 9, 2013 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:52:28 AM EST
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It's not over until the next 1 BILLION DOLLAR gree zone US embassy is constructed!
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 10:40:11 AM EST
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NATO confirms to United Nations use of Depleted Uranium (DU) during Kosovo conflict | 22 March 2000 |

The new information on DU, which was sent in a letter (and an accompanying map) to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from the NATO Secretary-General, Lord Robertson, states:

    "DU rounds were used whenever the A-10 engaged armour during Operation Allied Force. Therefore, it was used throughout Kosovo during approximately 100 missions. . . A total of approximately 31,000 rounds of DU ammunition was used in Operation Allied Force. The major focus of these operations was in an area west of the Pec-Dakovica-Prizren highway, in the area surrounding Klina, in the area around Prizren and in an area to the north of a line joining Suva Reka and Urosevac. However, many missions using DU also took place outside these areas."

This information was reviewed yesterday by scientists from the BTF's Desk Assessment Group on Depleted Uranium -- an interagency group that was established last year as part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-led assessment of the environmental consequences of the Kosovo conflict. While welcoming the positive cooperation of NATO, the Group, which includes experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs and the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute, concluded that despite the additional information there was still insufficient data available on the exact location of the DU ordnance to comprehensively carry out an objective and scientifically based environmental and human health impact assessment in Kosovo.

Depleted Uranium and Public Health

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:53:53 AM EST
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NY Yella Cake | In Rush to Arm Ukraine, Weapons Are Bought but Not Delivered, or Too Broken to Use "The biggest opportunity in Europes since the Second World War"
Ukrainian government documents show that as of the end of last year, Kyiv had paid arms suppliers more than $800 million since the Russian invasion in February 2022 for contracts that went completely or partly unfulfilled.
Two people involved in Ukraine's arms purchasing said [...]
Problems are INEVITABLE in an arms-acquisition frenzy the size of Ukraine's. Since Russia invaded last year, Western allies have sent Ukraine tens of billions of dollars worth of [AP-2] weapons. As of last week, the United States alone had committed about $40 billion worth of [AP-5] military aid (and more in financial and humanitarian assistance), and European allies have also contributed tens of billions. In addition, Ukraine has spent billions of dollars of its own on the private [?] arms market.

Many of the transfers from Western allies have involved modern weapons like American air defense systems that have proven highly effective against Russian drones and missiles. But in other cases allies have provided stockpiled equipment that, at best, needed extensive overhauls ["sustainment"?].

As much of 30 percent of Kyiv's arsenal is under repair at any given time -- a high rate, defense experts said, for a military that needs every weapon it can get for its developing counteroffensive.
Ukrainian government documents show that its Defense Ministry paid $19.8 million to an American arms dealer, the Tampa-based Ultra Defense Corporation, to have the 33 howitzers repaired. In January, 13 of those howitzers were shipped to Ukraine but arrived "not suitable for combat missions," according to one of the documents.

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Ukrainian officials have mostly refrained from complaining about broken equipment, so as not to embarrass their benefactors. "There were issues of quality to some of the howitzers, but we have to keep in mind that it was a gift," [UA dep. defense min Volodymyr] Havrylov said.
The documents obtained by The New York Times, generated by a government [not US] audit this year, showed that some of the most valuable sets of undelivered contracts are between the Defense Ministry and state-owned Ukrainian arms companies that function as independent brokers. In recent months, the ministry has sued at least two of those [UA] state firms over unfulfilled contracts, and Ukraine recently announced overhauls ["maintenance of effort"?] aimed at making those companies more efficient.
17 days ago cockroach alerts
The same Army unit in Kuwait was also supposed to send six M777 howitzers to Ukraine just weeks after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion. As it turned out, however, the howitzers "required extensive maintenance" before they could be shipped, because they had gone without regular service checks for 19 months, the Pentagon report found.
yahoo! Kyiv Independent | NYT: Part of bought weapons not delivered to Ukraine, some donated by allies were unusable
by Cat on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 06:28:27 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 08:37:24 PM EST
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Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, asked which ammunition his troops used, told POLITICO they had "a huge amount of NATO-issue ammunition left over from the Ukrainian army." In a sarcastic voice message sent to a POLITICO journalist, the Russian warlord also asked for help procuring F-35 combat jets and U.S.-made sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers.
soooo Politico missed the last 16 months of YouTube videos tracking RF salvaging CRATES of hastily discarded lethal aid on the "contact line"?  
by Cat on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 11:58:59 PM EST
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forbes.ua | "No connection with reality."
On June 21, Ukraine will present another "Marshall Plan" in London. Forbes learned the details of the energy part of the reconstruction program

By 2050, Ukraine will become the energy hub of Europe, electricity production will increase 7 times, gas production - 4 times, oil - more than 6 times. More than $400 billion [!] will be invested in the energy sector. The government will present this future of Ukrainian energy to international partners and donors in London at the international conference on the recovery of Ukraine (URC 2023). What else does the plan for rebuilding the Ukrainian energy industry include and how realistic it is.

archive July 2022 bootstraps

Almost a year ago, at the beginning of July 2022, the Ukrainian government in the Swiss city of Lugano presented to its partners a 10-year post-war reconstruction plan for Ukraine worth $750 billion. At that time, the government received many assurances of willingness to help, but no financial results followed. One of the reasons for the failure was that the plan covered too many directions and projects.
archived icog.es | The Mineral resources of Ukraine
How realistic are the plans

"These numbers have nothing to do with reality," says Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of the Energy Research Center. The plans significantly exceed Ukraine's already ambitious energy strategy, he adds. The energy strategy envisages the construction of 20.5 GW of nuclear generation, 29.1 GW of wind energy and 12.8 GW of solar generation by 2050.

"• The plan is based on a GDP growth forecast of 9% in 2023-2032 and 3% in 2032-2050."
The key role in the preparation of the presentation, which will be presented in London, is played by Rostislav Shurma, the deputy head of the President's Office, interlocutors in the government, the Ministry of Energy, state and private energy companies, who were involved in the preparation of the presentation to varying degrees, told Forbes. Forbes reached out to Shurma, but he declined to comment.

The preparation of the presentation took place virtually behind closed doors, says Forbes interlocutor in the government. "It is wrong. Materials for such a forum should be discussed in an expert environment," he adds.

archived investment guarantees from the "Big Seven" countries
by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 06:29:45 PM EST
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Ukranews | Zelensk* Appoints Beloved Ex-Ambassador To Germany Melnyk As Ambassador To Brazil, Deputy Defense Minister Polishchuk As Ambassador To India, 20 June
Zelensk* in December 2022 appointed a Maya scientist Poliukhovych as Ambassador to Peru
because Jake Ssssulivan was otherwised engaged.
by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 06:00:34 PM EST
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In Jewish terms, a severe punishment as reprisal.

The price tag attack policy (Hebrew: מדיניות תג מחיר), also sometimes referred to as "mutual responsibility" (אחריות הדדית), is the name originally given to the attacks and acts of vandalism committed primarily on occupied Palestinian land.

Very similar to fascist neocon policy appointing wrecking ball John Bolton to the United Nations as Ambassador. Similar to Israel sending Kahanist as envoy to Washington DC ... Danny Danon et al. comes to mind.

Interesting find ... interview

Ambassador Danny Danon & Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, on Israeli Annexation

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:35:04 PM EST
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Yuriy Chernichuk, Director of Zaporozhye NPP, Jun 6 at 01:57
In connection with the situation at the dam of the Kakhovskaya HPP, I inform you that:

At the moment, there are no threats to the safety of the Zaporizh* NPP. 5 units are in "cold stop" state, 1 in "hot stop" state. The water level in the cooling pond has not changed and is 16.67 m.

The water cooling the spent nuclear fuel pools is a closed circuit that does not have direct contact with the environment and the water of the Kakhovka reservoir. The system of heat removal to the final heat sink can be replenished both with water from the Kakhovka reservoir and with several alternative sources.

The situation is controlled by the personnel of the nuclear power plant.

Update 161 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 6 June
Director General Grossi, who addressed the IAEA Board of Governors earlier today on the evolving situation at Ukraine's damaged Nova Kakhovka dam and its impact on the ZNPP, said the loss rate had been changing, from around five centimetres per hour in the morning to nine cm/hour later in the afternoon.

Between 10 am and 8 pm local time, the reservoir fell by a total of 83 cm to 15.44 metres,  according to regular data received by the team of IAEA experts present at the ZNPP.

If and when the level goes below 12.7 metres, the ZNPP will no longer be able to pump water from the reservoir to replenish the reserves at the site.

a large cooling pond next to the site—the ZNPP's main alternative source of water in the absence of the reservoir—is currently full and has enough in storage to supply the plant for several months as its six reactors are in shutdown mode, Director General Grossi said, reiterating the vital necessity for it to stay intact. Also if needed, the site can access a deep water-filled excavation in the ZNPP cargo port area, the water system of the nearby city of Ener*odar, and use mobile pumps and firefighter trucks to fetch water.
the IAEA team of experts at the Chornobyl site reported that a fire had broken out in the forest near the Paryshev village, in a zone currently unreachable from the Chornobyl side, as the bridge over the Pripyat river had been damaged and fire trucks cannot reach it. The IAEA team were informed that it was not assessed to be a major fire. There has been no increase in the radiation levels reported to the IAEA International Radiation Monitoring Information System (IRMIS) and the fire does not present any radiological risk to the population or staff [!] working at the Chornobyl site.
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Update 165 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 11 June
Experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) need access to a location near Ukraine's Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to clarify the reason for a significant discrepancy between different measurements of the height of the reservoir that is supplying water to cool the facility's six reactors and spent fuel storage, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.

The level of the Kakhovka reservoir has been dropping rapidly since the downstream dam was severely damaged five days ago, but the ZNPP reported over the weekend that it had been stable for about a day as measured at the inlet of the Zaporizh* Thermal Power Plant (ZTPP) where water is pumped into a channel for use at the nearby nuclear power plant.

By 9am local time today, the water level by the ZTPP was estimated at 11.27 metres [!], down from nearly 17 metres before the dam was breached, according to data received by the IAEA experts at the ZNPP site.
At the current height of the reservoir by the ZTPP, the water pumps continue to be operable. At the moment, however, they are not continuously being operated as both the ZTPP channel and the large cooling pond near the ZNPP are full, holding sufficient water reserves for several months of cooling requirements.

The ZNPP cooling pond and the ZTPP discharge channel are both integral to continuing to supply cooling water and the Director General stressed again that maintaining their integrity is vital for the safety of the plant.

"The thermal power plant plays a key role for the safety and security of the nuclear power plant a few kilometres away. I fully expect that our experts will be able to go there very soon to independently assess the situation. I will also personally raise this important matter with the Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant," [Grassi] added.

voLDeMoRT | Safety at Europe's largest nuclear plant ensured after dam breach - operator
A new water pumping unit was sent to the Zaporozh* facility, a senior Russian official has said.
"We can say with high confidence that the nuclear safety of the Zaporozh* Nuclear Power Plant will be maintained in full," [Rosenergoatom adviser Renat Karchaa] told the Rossiya-24 TV channel. He added that a mobile pumping station was being delivered from a nuclear plant in Smolensk to help cool the reactors if necessary.
usnews reuters | U.N. Nuclear Chief Delays Ukraine Nuclear Plant Visit Over Security
Grossi had been expected to visit the facility on Wednesday following talks with President Volodymyr Zelensk* in Kyiv on Tuesday, but a diplomatic source said the visit would be delayed by "some hours"...Russian news agency Interfax quoted a Russian-installed local official as saying Grossi would visit on Thursday.
pravda.com.ua | IAEA head's visit to ZNPP postponed for "security reasons"
Details: "He is waiting to be able to travel safely," said a senior Ukrainian government official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. The official did not say when Grossi would arrive at the plant. At the same time, TASS writes that the visit has been postponed to [Thursday] 15 June.

"The mission is being postponed for a day," Renat Karchaa, advisor to the Director General of the Rosenergoatom concern, told the agency, without specifying the reason.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 03:35:18 PM EST
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Desna River of Russian-origin must be liberated
by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 04:26:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 05:47:20 PM EST
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vOLdEmRT | Deaths confirmed in frontline dam rupture (08.06.23)
At least 5 people were killed and 41 were injured in the wake of the breach of the Kakhovka [HPP] dam, the mayor of the city hosting the damaged structure has said.
"Reports came today that out of the seven people, who were grazing cattle, five died. We are in the process of evacuating the other two," Novaya Kakhovka Mayor Vladimir Leontyev reported during an interview on Thursday.
jwld.pl | Large and smal reservoirs of Ukraine (2022)
Novaya Kakhovka is located on the ["]left shore["] of the river and is controlled by Russia, while Ukraine controls the opposite side of the Kherson region. Ukrainian officials said there were some fatalities after the flooding on the ["]right shore["] as well. Water levels in the city rose by 12 meters [!] after the dam was breached, before starting to slowly recede by Tuesday [06.06.23] evening. Russian authorities estimated that 14 settlements were in the impact area. In addition to the direct damage to buildings, infrastructure, and fields, the incident caused the draining of a water reservoir, which was used to feed a canal transporting fresh water to Russia's Crimea.

Kiev claimed that Russian troops blew up the dam to prevent a possible [UAF] amphibious operation across the Dnieper in Kherson Region. Ukrainian officials say that charges were planted inside the dam, which the Russian Defense Ministry has denied. Moscow in turn blamed the Ukrainians, citing their [UAF] record of shelling the strategically important facility.

strana.ua | Zelensk* arrived in Kherson today and visited the crossing through which residents are being evacuated (08.06.23)
"Our task is to protect life as much as possible and help people," Zelensky said.
Dnieper River topographic map
On the eve of the Kherson region, they reported the evacuation of residents  from areas near the Kakhovka reservoir, in Kherson, water began to arrive in some areas. About 16 thousand [16K] people live in the flood zone.

Today, the governor of the [right bank] Kherson region, Alexander Prokudin, said that as of the morning, 1,999 people had been evacuated from the right bank of the Kherson region, of which almost one and a half thousand [1,500]  were from the Korabel district in Kherson. Earlier we wrote that residents are being evacuated from the Ostrov microdistrict in Kherson by boat. This is done by both employees of the State Emergency Service and volunteers. And in the flood zone on the day of the explosion of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, 52 people were rescued .

Due to flooding in the [right bank] Nikolaev region, a resident of the village of Vasilyevka died, 8 June
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 02:33:06 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Russia bombs school where flood evacuees were sheltering after Zelensk* visits Kherson, 8 June
The shelling came just after Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensk* visited a ["]crossing point["] where people were being evacuated from flooded areas and called for "a clear and quick global response" to Tuesday's bombing of the ["left bank" of the] Nova Kakhovka [HPP] dam, which Kyiv and its allies say the Kremlin orchestrated [a/k/a mined].

"Orcs have just fired at School No. 2 where people from flooded homes were gathering," said Yevhen Rischuk, the Ukrainian mayor-in-exile of the occupied town of ["left bank"] Oleshky, which has been hit hard by the floodwaters. "Orcs" is the nickname Ukrainians use for Russian forces. Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office subsequently reported that nine civilians have been wounded in the city of Kherson.
On Wednesday, Zelensk* told Axel Springer [!], POLITICO's parent company, that Russian forces were shooting at Ukrainian rescuers attempting to reach those trapped in flood-struck areas of occupied Kherson. "As soon as our helpers try to rescue them, they are shot at," Zelensk* said.

"Russians are shelling the shores and the central district" of Kherson, the [Kherson] region's governor, Oleksandr Prokudin, said in a statement. ... Prokudin said that as of Thursday morning, the water level in Kherson had risen [?]  by 5.61 meters [from 11m - 12m?]. He said 600 square kilometers of the Kherson region is under water, of which 32 percent is on the Ukrainian-held ["right"] bank of the Dnipro River and 68 percent is on the Russian-occupied ["left"] bank.

pravda.com.ua | Three people dead due to flooding in occupied Oleshky in Kherson Oblast, 7 June
Source: Yevhen Ryshchuk, the mayor of Oleshky, on Facebook; Suspilne news outlet; Radio Liberty, referring to Tetiana Hasanenko, Head of the Oleshky Military Administration
Ukraine starts counteroffensive against Russia - Western media, 8 June
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 03:25:40 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | As Ukraine evacuates its dam-flooded towns, CRIES FOR HELP go unanswered in Russian-occupied territory, 7 June 38 ft (11 m) and rising
Kremlin-backed local authorities claim they are rescuing residents from the left bank of the Dnipro River, with some 1,300 out of 40,000 evacuated. Painting a rosy picture, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed acting governor of Kherson, said in a statement that children have been removed from the flood zone and sent "to the sea to good holiday camps in the Kherson region, or Crimea." He continued: "As for the adult residents, few show a desire to evacuate. People want to wait until the water comes down and continue to work on their land."

But those on the ground report a different reality.

Hanna left Oleshky earlier in the war; Anna traveled to Poland; Lilia Left Oleshky last year...  
Ten natives of the town of Oleshky and the village of Kardashynka, located some 20 kilometers and 36 kilometers southeast of the city of Kherson respectively, told POLITICO that locals tried to flee immediately after the dam blasts—but Russian troops blocked them and forced them to return home to wait for an official list of evacuees who would be bussed out of the area. And Russian forces are actively preventing Kyiv's authorities from rescuing those who are trapped by floodwaters in occupied areas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* said in an exclusive interview.

"From the roofs of the flooded houses, people see drowned people floating by," Zelensk* said. "It's very hard to get people out of the occupied ["left bank"] part of Kherson region. When our ["volunteer"] forces try to get them out, they are shot at by occupiers from a distance."
[...]"On the territory of the left bank that is not under Ukrainian control, evacuation is required for 20 settlements [!], with an estimated population of 25,000 [!] people," [Ukraine's Environment Minister Ruslan] Strilets said, adding: "The Russian occupying authorities are not providing evacuation assistance to the people."

"behind enemy lines"
Russian troops seemed disoriented by the scale of the disaster after the dam burst, eyewitnesses indicated.

"They left their own soldiers and weapons there," said Oleksandra, a resident of Oleshky who has also been helping coordinate local rescue efforts. Oleksandra asked for her surname to be withheld due to safety concerns.
Some Russian soldiers have attempted to help those in some parts of the disaster zone, Oleksandra said, but the efforts are sporadic and complicated by a lack of trust in the occupying forces. Told that Russian authorities had arranged for busses to shuttle them to safety, locals were terrified at the thought of boarding them: "They did not know where Russians would take them. They were afraid to be deported to Russia," said Oleksandra.

archived November 2022 trick or treat! euronews
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 04:50:07 PM EST
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Ukraine War Day #471: More Waterworld
...As is typical in these types of situations (Americans who remember Hurricane Katrina* can relate to this), up until the last minute people kept crossing their fingers and hoping that the water would not reach their houses, but eventually it did. At which point they had no choice except to climb up onto the roof. Whence they were rescued (if they were lucky), placed into boats, and floated away to a dry road, then placed into buses, trucks, and even heavy equipment like tractors, for further delivery. Many of these unfortunate people were able to retrieve only their most valued possessions. The water took everything else....
* Floriduh hurricanes,  Arizona "monsoons," Man'attan basement-dweller killer "noreasters", semi-annual tidewater floods up 'n' down the Carolinas, and most recently California "aTsmosphertic river" DELUGE
by Cat on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 02:10:00 PM EST
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The search for "Ukrainian" residents drowning behind enemy lines thwarted.
K**v's forces resume attemps to cross Dnieper after Kakhovka Dam was destroyed (15.06.23)
The Ukrainian landing operation was spotted in the area of the town of Golaya Pristan located in the  ["left"] southern Skadovsk district of the Kherson region. A group of about 40 Ukrainian servicemen on board four military boats crossed the Dnieper where numerous small islands are located. The military operation of the AFU was timely spotted by Russian forces. As a result, Ukrainian assault failed. The first boat was sunk by Russian fire. The others managed to escape back to the western ["right"] coast of the river...
by Cat on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 01:58:46 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Civilians fleeing Kherson are advised to travel to [Rostov] Russia or Crimea [!] (13.10.22)
Ukraine has cut four bridges close to [Kherson] city and has also targeted Russian military infrastructure in the province, using artillery supplied by the West. Mr. [Vladimir] Saldo [RU gov] said that the evacuation, which was organized initially by the local authorities, applied to people living on both banks of the river.
aljazerra | Russia to evacuate Kherson residents as Ukrainian forces advance (13.10.22)
Since the start of October, Ukrainian forces have burst through Russia's front lines there [Kherson] in their biggest advance in the south since the war began. They have since moved rapidly along the river's western bank, aiming to cut off thousands of Russian troops from supply lines and potential routes of retreat. Kyiv says it has recaptured more than 400 square kilometres (155 miles) in the Kherson region in less than a week, with its forces bearing down towards the three-kilometre-long (two-mile-long) Nova Kakhovka dam that provides one of the last river crossings.
reuters | Russia to evacuate 10,000 a day from Ukraine's Kherson region (19.10.22)
Russian-installed governor Vladimir Saldo said authorities were moving civilians to the left (east) bank of the Dnipro River in order to "keep people safe" and allow the military to "act resolutely".
Lars Wilderäng (22.10.22)
Modeled by Dämmningsverket AB using the US Army Corps of Engineers (SACE) software HEC-RAS 6.3. The terrain data comes from Nasa.'s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and are available from the United States Geographical Survey (USGS). The model is not based on actual measurements of the current state of the Dnipro flow, waterline, temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and anytning else which would affect the model, but on assumptions for a worst case. Assumptions include that the water-level in the dam is 13 meters above the Dnipro downstream, and that the dam break over an hour expands to a width of approximately 200 meters break in the dam. The destruction of the dam by Russia woudl be a war crime according to the Geneva Convention.
ukranews | Russians[!] Damage Dam In Nova Kakhovka - Maxar Technologies, 12 Nov 2022 spin
The American aerospace company Maxar Technologies on its Twitter page released satellite images showing that the Russian occupiers damaged the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant [HPP] in the Kherson Region. The images show that individual sections of the dam and locks have been destroyed. In general, the damage looks like significant. At the same time, according to CNN, referring to the analysis of satellite images of Maxar Technologies, water flows from three lock gates on the dam.
archived Wed May 10th 2023 crisis averted
CNN | Satellite images show Nova Kakhovka dam was damaged days before collapse, 6 June 2023
28 May 2023 photos
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 08:36:57 PM EST
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CNN Report How does the collapsed Ukrainian dam impact their counteroffensive? Ret. Col. Cedric Leighton answers | video |

In May 2014, Ukraine cut water supplies to Crimea from the Kherson Region via the North Crimean canal

Col. Leighton failed to mention this fact in his analysis. American disinformation.

Crimea's water reservoirs have enough water for two years and will be able to meet the peninsula's entire demand in case the Ukrainian authorities implement their threats and blow up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant's dam, Crimea's Prime Minister Vladimir Konstantinov said.

"From the point of view of the actual situation, Crimea is not dependent on water from the North Crimean canal. We have been living without it for eight years. We have done a lot. We have a program for water supplies until 2024. <...> Water resources in Crimea's water reservoirs - they are all full - are enough for two year, even if there is no rain. <...> Nevertheless, we count on the North Crimean canal as a source for Crimea's development," he said.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov | Kyiv Post - June 7 |

The Crimean peninsula's water supply is fed by water from the Dnipro River, which flow through the North Crimean Canal, located in Nova Kakhovka. According to Danilov, water supply to Crimea will be impossible "for the next three, five, ten years, until this dam is rebuilt."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 09:58:30 PM EST
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Yes! I actually looked into Crimea water sources a couple of days ago—when someone at MoA asked if RU had constructed desalination plants. Good question. I was astounded by how difficult it was to locate either RU or UA facilities reporting, and I hadn't known that Crimea has always been arid. (note topographical map above) Also, how very deeply G7 press is committed to propounding RF's ILLEGAL ANNEXATION of Crimea in 2014 and deprivations afflicting the population ever since since then. Naturally, I was curious HOW exactly people fed themselves after Ukraine dammed the canal—not to mention supplied water for "traditional" Tatar ppl's RICE cultivation—then declared allegiance to their oppressors' UNPROVOKED WAR OF AGGRESSION.

This piece is typical: moscowtimes | North Crimean Canal Fills With Water After Russian Forces Destroyed Dam, Mar 4, 2022

The North Crimean Canal has begun to fill with water, the Russian state news service RIA reported on Friday. The canal brought water from the Dnipro River to Crimea. The service reports that the canal is slowly filling water and is expected to be made usable on April 15.
Why did UA.gov dam the canal in 2014 to "their own people"?
Ukrainian officials reported that the Russian authorities did not pay for water delivery [transit fees!], and subsequently Ukraine dammed up the canal.

A 2015 study in a Russian journal reports that 85% of the water in Crimea came via the canal, of which 72% was used for agriculture, 10% for industry

82% of total import? This was a priority problem until it wasn't.
and 18% for drinking water and other public needs.
The study has shown that the territorial redistribution of local water resources (river runoff and groundwater) can provide Crimea with drinking and public water. However, the shortage of irrigation water remains a problem, because the region does not have water resources to the extent necessary for irrigated agriculture. ...We believe that a major way to decrease the water resource shortage and to meet agricultural and industrial needs is [KEY WORD] desalination of seawater.
Russia Considers Building Desalination Plants in Crimea (June 2014)
Aerospace ​Technology for ​Modern ​Desalination ​Plants in ​Coastal and ​Arid Regions (2018)
An Offshore Wind-Power-Based Water Desalination Complex as a Response to an Emergency in Water Supply to Northern Crimea (2019)
geopoliticalmonitor | The Water Crisis in Crimea (2020)
Russia's first seawater desalination plant will be built in Crimea (2020)
DW | Danish [Seimens!] pumps supply water to Crimea (2021)
suspilne.ua | Seawater desalination project in the occupied Crimea. What is known (2022), photo dated 2017
mdpi | Changes in the Water Surface Area of Reservoirs of the Crimea Peninsula and Artificial Increases in Precipitation as One of the Possible Solutions to Water Shortages (2022)
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 12:28:00 AM EST
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BBC.ru | The Ukrainian Armed Forces disabled the Kakhovskiy bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson?, 13 Aug 2022 no by-line
The bridge across the Dnieper on the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was put out of action. According to the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this happened on the night of August 12 as a result of accurate strikes by the Ukrainian army.

"As part of the performance of fire missions by rocket and artillery units, the automobile bridge of the Novaya Kakhovka dam was hit with a control exception of using it for its intended purpose," said Vladislav Nazarov, a spokesman for the South operational command.

Thus, the bridge is disabled and cannot be used to move military equipment.

The bridge near the hydroelectric power station in Nova Kakhovka is one of three crossings across the Dnieper in the Kherson region. The other two are the Antonovsky automobile bridge near Kherson and the railway bridge, located six kilometers apart.

Disabling any of these crossings means serious logistical problems for the Russian army based in the area on both banks of the Dnieper. The Kakhovskiy Bridge is already the second object that has become unsuitable for communication. Earlier, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army, the Antonovsky automobile bridge was damaged, and the transfer of heavy military equipment across it is now also impossible.
Ukrainian troops systematically strike at bridges in the Kherson region.

In July, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the Antonovsky bridge. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously delivered strikes on the Daryevsky bridge across the Ingulets River, which connects two parts of the Russian-occupied territory on the right bank of the Kherson region.

There is no English language version for this title or the other.
Did you mean to search for: The Ukrainian Armed Forces disabled the Kakhovsky bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson? August 13, 2022
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 12:48:25 AM EST
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English translated article with video of damage ... the intent was clear - Aug. 10, 2022

Ukraine strikes crucial bridge in Nova Kakhovka | Meduza |

Последствия обстрела моста в Новой Каховке. На нем видны пробоины. Впрочем, отдельные автомобили по нему проезжают.
Сайт «Страна» | YouTube | Прислать новостьфотовид ео

Consequences of the shelling of the bridge in New Kakhovka. Holes are visible on it. However, individual cars pass across it.
Website "Country" | YouTube | Submit news/photo/video

More Ukrainian sources as verification ...

Plus earlier strikes and damage ... bridge has been target to stop Russian occupation of right bank of Dnieper towards Kherson high ground.

Ukrainian army destroys key bridge in Russian-held Kherson region | EuroNews - July 27, 2022 |

The Ukrainian military struck the Antonivskyi Bridge across the Dnieper River late Tuesday, the deputy head of the Moscow-appointed administration for the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said.

He said the bridge was still standing but its deck was pierced with holes, stopping vehicles from crossing.

The 1.4-kilometre bridge sustained serious damage in Ukrainian shelling last week when it took multiple hits. It was closed for trucks but had remained open for passenger vehicles until the strike late Tuesday.

Ukrainian forces used the US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers to hit the bridge, Stremousov claimed. The claim could not be independently verified.

Google search has strict censorship on news not fitting NATO narrative ... useless tool.

Pravda UA added the video of damage to bridge ...

Video showing Ukrainian forces shelling Kakhovsky bridge appeared on the Web | Pravda UA - Aug. 10, 2022 | [cached version]

[video has been deleted]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:21:52 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:14:37 AM EST
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Ukraine claims intercepted call PROVES Russia blew up Nova Kakhovka dam, 9 June EXTRA
Ukraine's domestic security agency, SBU, posted a one-and-a-half-minute audio recording on its Telegram channel in which two men are heard discussing in Russian the aftermath of the dam collapse.
"The invaders wanted to blackmail Ukraine by blowing up the dam and staged a man-made disaster in the south of our country."
Meanwhile, seismic data picked up by the NORSAR observatory in Norway showed activity at 2:54 a.m. local time on June 6 indicating an explosion -- with the timing of the explosion coinciding with media reports of the dam collapse.

"The signal that we are analyzing, the way the energy is recorded on the sensors at distance, clearly shows us that this is an explosive-type character compared to many other explosions that we monitored in the past," Volker Oye, head of research at NORSAR told Reuters on Friday.

well, alrighty then
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:35:59 PM EST
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rg.ru | Khusnullin: All Crimean reservoirs are filled with water, there is a reserve for 500 days, 9 June
Kakhovskaya HPP Dam is the sixth, lower stage of the Dnieper Cascade. The North Crimean Canal feeds from the Kakhovka Reservoir. Earlier, the scientific director of the Institute of Water Problems, Viktor Danilov-Danilyan, explained to RG that Crimea could do without a canal at all and live more or less normally. The only thing that will have to be abandoned is RICE SOWING. "Crimeans don't have to worry this year: the reservoirs of the North Crimean Canal are about 80 percent full, and that's enough for the season," he stressed.
by Cat on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 01:19:00 PM EST
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ukranews | Water in Dnieper entered its natural riverbad in Kherson region
In the Kherson Region, the water level in the Dnieper has returned to its natural riverbad after the Russians [?] blew up the Kakhovka HEPP. Now the level fluctuations correspond to the natural fluctuations of this time of year. This is reported by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).
Two settlements (two houses) on the ["]right bank["] of the Dnieper and 17 settlements in the temporarily occupied territory ["left bank"] of the Kherson Region remain flooded.

Work on pumping out water is ongoing. Over the past day, 72,000 tons of water were pumped out of 56 basements. Since the beginning of the works, more than 373,008 tons of water have been pumped out of 923 houses and basements.

What dam? Which bank?
As Ukrainian News Agency [ukranews] earlier reported [translator disabled], two weeks after the incident, the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir Dnieper River dropped below the level at which water can be taken from it. Later, specialists of Ukrhydroenergo [19.06.23] assumed that the ["natural"] water level in the reservoir Dnieper could drop to 7 meters.
After the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant's dam by the Russian occupiers...
We previously reported that it may take at least 6 years to dismantle the destroyed dam of the Kakhovka HEPP and build a new structure.
Zelensk* for legalizing medical cannabis in Ukraine
He said this during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada, RBC-Ukraine reports. According to Zelensk*, all the world's best physical and mental rehabilitation practices should be applied in Ukraine.

"All the best world practices, all the most effective practices, all decisions, no matter how difficult or unusual they may seem for us, must be applied in Ukraine so that Ukrainians, all our citizens, do not have to endure the pain, stress, and trauma of war," the President said. Zelensk* supported not only the legalization of medical cannabis, but its controlled production in Ukraine.

"In particular, we must finally honestly legalize cannabis-based medicines, relevant scientific research and controlled Ukrainian production for all who need it," Zelensk* said.

Zelensk*: Ukraine's potential can ensure $1T GDP
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada on Constitution Day, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"The specific goal for Ukraine's GDP is a trillion [US?] dollars [UAH 36,834,420,427,700]. Yes, a trillion dollars is a very, very high bar, and it seems to be unrealistic. But Ukraine's potential can provide it," the head of state said.

"Ukraine will abandon the idea that Ukrainian labor should be cheap. The cheap labor of our people was supposed to be a competitive advantage of Ukraine. We aim to achieve a level of wages that could be determined by the formula: neighbors in the European Union plus 30 percent. After the victory, Ukraine will rely primarily on skilled labor and therefore on education," Zelensk* said.
As reported, First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko said at Ukraine Recovery Conference in London that Ukraine aims to increase its gross domestic product (GDP) to USD 1 trillion in ten years.

PM: Ukraine needs new economic model for GDP to reach $1T in 10 years, 30 June
IMF structural adjustment programming
"Ukraine needs a new economic model. Without this, it will be impossible to achieve the set and very ambitious goal - Ukraine's GDP should total $1 trillion in 10 years," [PM Denys] Shmyhal said at the Cabinet's meeting, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, the Ministry of Economy will play the main role in the fulfillment of this goal and therefore will present a clear and comprehensive strategy for the new economy of Ukraine. Private capital and entrepreneurs will take the lead in this economic model.

In turn, the Head of Government added, the role of the state in the economy will be drastically reduced. Privatization will continue and corporate governance reform will be completed, radical deregulation will be carried out, and all business services will be digitized.
Pre-war taxes will return from August. Rada voted to abolish the single tax of 2% for businesses (30.06.23)
... The adoption of the bill is one of the conditions of the program with the IMF. wrote about it in detail earlier. ["Business is waiting for a double increase in the single tax - they paid 2% of turnover, it will be 5%."] ...
"As we said, the focus should not be just on the GDP figure. New jobs and new businesses are the indicators by which the work will be evaluated. One of the key elements of the economic philosophy is the principle that Ukraine bets on recycling. Not the export of raw materials, but the export of finished products. Inclusion of Ukraine in European and global production chains," Shmyhal noted.
by Cat on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 12:29:35 AM EST
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thepressunited | Kiev denies death of intel chief, 5 June
Officials in Kiev have dismissed recent media reports about the alleged death of Kirill Budanov, the head of the Ukrainian military's Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), as a Russian "disinformation" attempt. The Ukrainian spymaster has not made any public appearances for around a week.

The last time Budanov appeared in public was in video published by the GUR on May 29, a day before a Russian missile strike on Ukrainian "decision-making centers." Since then, the GUR has only published a written statement by Budanov on June 4 but has not posted any official videos of him.

by Cat on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 02:25:02 PM EST
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Kyrylo Budanov promising enduring assassinations ...

  • Intelligence chief vows to eliminate Russian war criminals 'anywhere in the world'
  • Moscow court rules to arrest Ukraine's defense intel chief over Crimean Bridge blast |TASS |
  • Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, 37, was last seen in early June in a flashy promotional video from the Ukrainian military about their counter-offensive, titled Plans Love Silence.

    Fate Kyrylo Budanov @MofA

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 03:03:28 PM EST
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    Reports on two casualties may have confused news media and bloggers ...

    Not Budanov, but too UA commander likely being treated in a German hospital with brain trauma and in coma.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not rule out that Ukrainian Army Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny could be abroad

    DARPA and Ukroboronprom

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 06:06:15 PM EST
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    War means lives wasted. ☮️

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 11:16:24 PM EST
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    Have you seen this person...alive?

    Today, Deputy FM Dzhaparova posted an undated photo-op of they/them/theirselves with assassin Budanov and Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Matsuda Kuninori Kuninori Matsuda. Multiple state-controlled "media operators" have exactly copied they/them/their credulous assurances as well as Gen. Zaluzhny's active engagement with this season's Facebook counter-offensive.

    Interested dailies such as Japan Times cannot account for Amb. Matsuda's activities in Ukraine since 1 June 2023. Mainichi and Asahi Shimbun haven scarcely cared to "follow" him since Feb 2022. Please, contact editors at any one of these journals with proof of life.

    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 09:35:06 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 04:45:07 PM EST
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    Comments @MofA

    Laughing for real! That Budanov-bot barely moves its head!

    AI "deep fakes" are impressive these days, but they still display an "uncanny valley" creepiness.

    Like the Ukraine itself, Budanov is dead. The West's best mass media tech gives both the illusion of life. Unlike making effective weapon systems, at least media fakery is something America is good at and has a large workforce skilled in bullshitting to produce that fakery in large quantities.

    Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 20 2023 14:20 utc | 6

    Frontline propaganda outlet Ukraine Pravda UA

    Russian State Media Amplifies Fake Reports of Ukraine Spy Chief's Death

    Earlier days ...

    Military intelligence of Ukraine should enhance strategic and fieldwork - Head of State | 10 Aug. 2020 |

    The twin saga of Kyrylo Budanov and Valery Zaluzhny.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 05:43:41 AM EST
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    archived trending: 2023 Slava Ukraini! Urheimat
    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 02:11:55 PM EST
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    U.S. Suspected Prigozhin Was Preparing to Take Military Action Against Russia - Sanger
    American intelligence officials briefed senior military and administration officials on Wednesday that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, was preparing to take military action against senior Russian defense officials, according to officials familiar with the matter.
    U.S. spy agencies had indications days earlier that Mr. Prigozhin was planning something and worked to refine that material into a finished assessment, officials said.
    Russia Slides Into Civil War - Applebaum
    Maybe Prigozhin is collaborating with the Ukrainians, and this is all an elaborate plot to end the war. Maybe the Russian army really had been trying to put an end to Prigozhin's operations, depriving his soldiers of weapons and ammunition. Maybe this is Prigozhin's way of fighting not just for his job but for his life. Maybe Prigozhin, a convicted thief who lives by the moral code of Russia's professional criminal caste, just feels dissed by the Russian military leadership and wants respect. And maybe, just maybe, he has good reason to believe that some Russian soldiers are willing to join him.
    Moscow 'reaps what it sows': NATO members scramble to assess chaos unfolding in Russia - pool
    Officials across NATO are scrambling to make sense of the fast-moving events inside Russia, as the Wagner Group's mercenary fighters ended their march north toward Moscow and abruptly turned around. Many senior European politicians have issued carefully-worded statements that they are following the situation and consulting with allies. But some have already begun indicating that they see developments in Russia as a possible game-changer.

    "The Kremlin regime reaps what it sows. All the violence directed at Ukraine has backfired," tweeted Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, whose country will host a gathering of NATO leaders next month.

    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 11:44:25 AM EST
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    Kremlin reveals details of Wagner deal
    The criminal case against Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) founder Evgeny Prigozhin will be dropped and he will leave Russia, the Kremlin announced on Saturday evening. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed that Prigozhin, a Saint Petersburg tycoon who made his initial fortune in catering, "will go to Belarus." He added that Wagner's fighters will not be persecuted, taking into account their efforts on the frontlines of the Ukraine conflict. Peskov explained that President Vladimir Putin's team "have always respected their exploits." PMC contractors who refused to take part in the mutiny—and whole units did not—will be allowed to sign contracts with the Russian Defense Ministry, Peskov stated.
    "Wait for the signal": Belarusian opposition leaders appeal to Belarusians
    Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya* has called on Belarusians to not let an opportunity to save Belarus go to waste. The Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment, a group of Belarusian opposition volunteers defending Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, has said the military and civilians in Belarus should "wait for a signal".

    Source: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Telegram; the Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment on Telegram (both made their appeals in Belarusian)

    Quote from Tsikhanouskaya: "Putin might try to drag the Belarusian military into his own internal conflict, and make us part of this conflict. I want to call on Belarusian diplomats, the military, and law enforcement agencies to remember that we have our own national interests. Putin and Prigozhin are no friends to Belarus. You do not have to choose their side. The people of Belarus have to defend their own country.

    * Tykhanovskaya [alias Svetlana]
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 12:04:42 PM EST
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    All the latest developments from the war in Ukraine - euronews
    Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko are not allies, exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana [!] Tikhanovskaya [!]  told AFP.

    "At any moment, Lukashenko can betray Prigozhin or Prigozhin can betray Lukashenko. They are not allies. They cannot trust each other," she said on Wednesday.
    "He [Lukashenko] did not act to save Putin's face, nor to save Prigozhin, nor to prevent civil war breaking out in Russia," she maintained. "He only cared about his personal survival, because Lukashenko knows that if the factions in [Bela?]Russia clash, he will pay the price."

    "If Prigozhin and Wagner's fighters were to FLOCK to Belarus in large numbers, it could THREATEN EUROPE," she said.

    by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 04:16:53 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 04:37:00 PM EST
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    "Lukashenka Saved Russia. The West Revealed All Plans."

    The Situation In Russia Has Been Stabilized. Military Summary And Analysis For 2023.06.25

    People are joking that Belarus currently has nuclear weapons, and Belarus has Prigozhin, and basically Belarus has the most powerful weapons in the world.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 12:15:05 PM EST
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    nepalpress | Everything you need to know about Nepali youths' entry into Russian forces, 25 June
    Why Nepali youths are joining Russian forces?
    Nepali youths do not find good job prospects in Nepal. They are all eager to try foreign lands, mainly Europe, America, and East Asian nations like Japan and Korea, among others. For them, joining Russian forces has been one of the options. Nepali has a natural ability to fight. They have been fighting on behalf of the British in all wars since 1815 and on behalf of India in all Indian wars since 1947. Joining the British and Indian military is part of Nepal's formal agreement. However, joining the Russian and other military is not part of a formal agreement.

    Are Nepalis attracted by Russian law of fast-track citizenship?
    Russian President Putin, on 16 May, made a law making a fast-track citizenship process for all foreigners who have fought for Russian forces for one year. One Nepali, who joined Russian forces in May, said, this law attracted him to try his luck at Russian forces.

    by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 02:46:09 AM EST
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    Green card cannon fodder

    Wherever the American military is, the star spangled banner is never far away. But it is a foreign flag for more than 37,400 US troops who owe no allegiance to the stars and stripes.

    This band of brothers known as the "green card soldiers"  are in fact non-US citizens who have been recruited to fight the Bush administration's foreign wars ... with promises of a fast-track citizenship, a college education and financial bonuses.

    Thousands of these foreign fighters, whose native language is mainly Spanish, are now serving in Iraq.

    They are not prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their own country - but they are prepared to die for a green card ... the famous permit which allows non-US citizens to reside in America.

    The immigration crackdown that followed 11 September 2001 means that moving to America is harder than ever. Newcomers have been targeted for special scrutiny from the security services and asylum seekers have been jailed.

    I recall graveyards in Mexico of aspiring US citizens ... who didn't make it ... the American Dream as promised by Bush/Ridge.

    With the Blackwater mercenaries fighting US proxy wars across the globe, the Latino's hired got better pay, but no opening towards US citizenship ... always look at the secondary benefits in your contract.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 07:32:29 AM EST
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    Just about the best of the rest, commando training by the British. Really tough selection, one in fifty or a hundred win the prize of a contract. The income is needed to provide for the extended family in a poor nation. Excellent fighters, not what life should be about. Damn wars of the "Great " powers.

    Gurkha recruiting and welfare services in Nepal

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 07:45:33 AM EST
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    AP | An ex-convict returned from war and a Russian village lived in fear. Then police say he killed again (27.06.23)
    [CAPTION: In this image taken from video and released on Saturday, May 20, 2023, by the press servicee of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wanger private military contractor, his forces wave Russian and Wagner plags atop a damaged building in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Some convicts recruited by Wagner to fight in Ukraine are coming home to Russian and ...]
    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- When Ivan Rossomakhin returned home from the war in Ukraine three months ago, his neighbors in the village east of Moscow were terrified.

    Three years ago, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to a long prison term but was freed after volunteering to fight with the Wagner private military contractor.

    Despite police promises to keep an eye on the 28-year-old former inmate, he was arrested in a nearby town on charges of stabbing to death an elderly woman from whom he once rented a room. He reportedly confessed to committing the crime, less than 10 days after his return.

    Rossomakhin's case is not isolated. The Associated Press found at least seven other instances in recent months in which Wagner-recruited convicts were identified as being involved in violent crimes, either by Russian media reports or in interviews with relatives of victims in locations from Kaliningrad in the west to Siberia in the east....

    One day in the life of Price Cap Coalition media operators.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 01:17:43 PM EST
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    Name that banned book.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 01:26:30 PM EST
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    Where did cherries for 1200 hryvnias with raspberries for 2000 hryvnias come from and what will happen to prices next
    It is not clear who can feast on berries at such prices, except to buy by the piece, Kiev residents are outraged in social networks.
    According to Oleg Pendzin, head of the Economic Discussion Club, the record price tags for cherries, blueberries and raspberries can be explained by the fact that imported products are now presented. And since logistics has risen in price, so have the price tags. When the season of domestic berries begins, prices will decrease, but will still be higher than last year. For example, Ukrainian cherries will not be enough, because Melitopol and some other settlements of the Zapor*zh* region, where the main supplies came from earlier, remain captured by the Russians and there will be no supplies from there this season.
    Budanov said that the Russian Federation could arrange a nuclear accident at the ZNPP by raising the power supply voltage of the station
    According to him, nuclear reactors without cooling can melt down in a period of 10 hours to 14 days. He believes that Russia will be able to increase the voltage in the plant's power lines, which will lead to a nuclear accident in a shorter time.

    "The plan of the terrorist attack at the ZNPP has been fully developed and approved. They can use technical means to accelerate the catastrophe," Budanov added.

    The Embassy of Ukraine accused Israel of cooperation with Russia and indicated what position Tel Aviv should take
    "...The Israeli leadership hides behind verbal demagoguery about its neutrality (which it no longer hides) and forms ties with the Russian Federation. In reality, the alleged 'neutrality' of the Israeli government is clearly a pro-Russian stance.

    "We call on the Israeli government to change its position, support Ukraine with protective measures, support elections and the world democratic order. We expect Israel to be on the right side of history," the Ukrainian embassy said in a statement.

    The head of the Mukachevo counterintelligence department with his subordinates beat the ex-rector of the SBU academy - source
    "On Friday evening, June 23, in Uzhgorod in the restaurant "Three Aces", the head of the counterintelligence department of the SBU, Panarin Andrei, together with his subordinates, were loud during the rest. At the same time, General Mikulin was in the restaurant, who was meeting with an assistant to the people's deputy from the ruling Servant of the People party Lyudmila Marchenko - Ruman Vayel and representatives of an international European organization. Mikulin made a remark to representatives of the counterintelligence of the SBU that they were behaving loudly. They, without understanding, began to beat Mikulin, "says the source.

    According to him, the counterintelligence officers did not stop there.

    "Having beaten Mikulin right in the establishment, a group of counterintelligence officers took Mikulin to the forest, where they beat him again, knocked out his teeth and took away his iPhone 14 mobile phone," the source says.

    Will "Wagner" go to Kyiv from Belarus, that they are talking about Prigozhin's rebellion in the West, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will attack near Bakhmut. Results
    Today, the British general and member of the House of Lords, Richard Dannat, suggested that the forces of "Wagner" and Prigozhin could still be useful to the Kremlin and could launch an attack on the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus to Kiev.

    "The fact that he left for Belarus raises some concerns," he told Sky News.

    According to Dannat, if Prigozhin "has retained combat-ready combat forces around him, then he again poses a threat to the Ukrainian flank closest to Kyiv." He considers it "quite possible" that Russia could use the Wagner PMC to go to Kyiv again.

    The Ukrainian command commented on this forecast and stated that the situation on the border with Belarus is stable and controlled.

    "I want to assure everyone that the situation in the northern operational zone remains stable and controlled. Our troops continue to build up defense assets. All services, from intelligence to engineering troops, are working in an enhanced mode.

    "So far, neither the build-up of equipment nor the manpower of the enemy has been observed. The border of the state is under reliable protection 24/7," said the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Naev.

    no wonder Zelenski* banned Strana

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 05:53:37 PM EST
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    Do Ukrainians have a budget to read European newspapers?

    Welcome to the EU of inflated prices and profits ... need some years to be assimilated and in a decade or so than salaries will increase, but in capitalismwill trail so disposable income will always lag.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 07:42:00 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 08:09:39 PM EST
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    rbc.ua | Support for arming Ukraine among Americans increased sharply after Prigozhin's rebellion abnormal statistical description
    ... The online Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted across the country and polled [n=] 1,004 adults, including 400 Democrats and 383 Republicans. Error of representativeness [sic] 4%....
    N = 260,836,730 (src: census.gov)
    by Cat on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 12:49:54 AM EST
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    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was now ready to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive but tempered a forecast of success with a warning: It could take some time and come at a heavy cost.

    In a wide-ranging, hourlong discussion [pure fiction, lacking options IMO], Zelensky, 45 years old, said he feared U.S. elections next year could bring a less-supportive administration to power and called on the NATO alliance to offer a clear path to membership for Kyiv.

    He also urged China to try to restrain Russia and said Ukraine urgently needed more U.S.-made Patriot missile-defense systems to protect citizens from aerial bombardments and to shield front-line troops.

    At WSJ more a pitch for more weapons ... needed urgently 😠 losing our men.

    Poroshenko's Losing Bet on a Clinton Win

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 05:12:00 PM EST
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    Ukraine won't attend NATO summit without 'signal' on accession: Zelensk* (03.06.23)
    "If we are not acknowledged and given a signal in Vilnius, I believe there is no point for Ukraine to be at this summit," the Ukrainian president told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Saturday. "We understand that we will not be in NATO or in any powerful security alliance during this war. But tell me, how many Ukrainian lives is one sentence at the Vilnius summit worth?" Zelensk* said....
    RT | Zelensk* issues ultimatum to NATO - FT, 3 days ago
    Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensk* will skip a NATO meeting in Lithuania in July unless the alliance provides Kiev with the security guarantees it wants, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Zelensk* has "made clear to NATO leaders that he will not attend the Vilnius summit without concrete security guarantees and a road map for accession," the newspaper said. ...

    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:42:44 AM EST
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    "Ukraine won't attend NATO summit without 'signal' on accession: Zelensk*"

    Simple ... keep your side of the bargain ...WIN the war and reconquer all territory.

    Peace can only be reached through military might. 🤥

    By its conception, how it should have moved forward ...

    But no, the Empire decided to call the Russian Federation a pariah state that needed to be taken out. Stop the bloodshed you moron.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:22:50 AM EST
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    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 11:10:20 AM EST
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    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 01:09:17 PM EST
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    2 Apr 2022: "Big Israel"

    8 Jan 2023: "Korean scenario", "Korean-style armistice"

    360° thread music

    Allies Pressure Biden to Hasten NATO Membership for Ukraine, 14 June NSA "equities"

    The issue of how to define Ukraine's future in the alliance has overtaken a second question, how to come up long-term security assurances for Ukraine. Mr. Biden's aides are telling members of Congress they want to move to something akin to what they call "the Israel model," which has a 10-year-long < wipes tears > security commitment with the United States.

    While Ukraine's would almost certainly be shorter, the idea, administration officials say, would be to convince Mr. Putin that the flow of arms and training to Kyiv will not flag -- and to bleed some of the politics out of episodic debates about how much aid to commit to Ukraine in the next six months or a year.

    archived EU pledges over $1 billion in Neocon Years and NATO Expansion of 2008, Ukraine Pitches High Returns, The Year of Invincibility in Chinese peace principles for the war in Ukraine, 22 Sep 2022 UNGA "5 preconditions of peace" (@ 07:44:28) and The Kyiv Security Compact
    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 02:35:02 PM EST
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    eurointegration.com.ua | "Vilnius NATO summit to not decide whether Ukraine will join Alliance - this decision has already been made", 8 June
    interview with Baiba Braže, NATO Assist. Sec-Gen for Public Diplomacy
    SYDORENKO: Firstly, Russia is responsible for this. Secondly, it was Russia itself that blew up the dam. Do you agree with any of these statements?
    NATO: Again, Secretary General was very clear in what he said. The dam would not have been destroyed if it were not Russia's war. It's very clear. Indeed it was in Russian hands already for a year. The Russians were running it. There are all types of evidence. NATO is not in the business of gathering evidence and neither running investigations. So let me stop with that.
    SYDORENKO: Mrs. Ambassador, I agree that practical assistance is much needed. However, for a country aspiring to become a NATO member and having strong support for membership within its society, it is also important to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    NATO: The decision to grant membership future for Ukraine was made in 2008 in Bucharest. So the leaders at that summit in 2008 made that decision. It was also a clear sense that Ukraine will need a membership action plan [MAP, 23.05.23] to implement that which is not yet. It did not happen.
    This issue brief evaluates membership and other security options for the alliance and its members to consider. The options range from formal actions by NATO as a whole to collective or individualized efforts by member nations. The brief recommends that for geopolitical and values-based reasons, the alliance should, at a minimum, offer Ukraine a Membership Action Plan (MAP) or its equivalent supported by security guarantees that will help ensure success in its fight against Russia and strengthen security in Europe for the long term.
    SYDORENKO: I apologise, but I have to interrupt you here. Ukraine is clearly stating, at the official level, that it does not accept the option of receiving MAP (presidential decree of constitutional jurisdiction). President Zelensk* has made this clear. I understand that it is not up to you or me to make this decision and that it is a matter for the leaders of the Allies to consider.
    NATO: That was in 2008 what the leaders decided. The cooperation, the integration of Ukraine, the practical work is very, very comprehensive. It really includes all the areas from civil to military to everything. That is what makes Ukraine special. It's not only the words; it's not a sort of paper but real work. That's what NATO is about - real work.

    An essential part of all this is obviously, Ukraine has to leave victorious in the war. There has to be an independent democratic Ukraine that can join NATO after the war. During the war, the perspective is important. That's why Secretary General went to Kyiv, and we affirmed the decision of the Allies that Ukraine would be a member of NATO.

    archived Fri Jan 20th 2023 eurointegration.com.ua
    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 04:37:53 PM EST
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    Declare Ukraine a member of NATO, may as well sign a declaration of war with Russia ...

    NATO Officially Declares Russia A 'Significant And Direct Threat' To Members' Peace And Security

    NATO searching diligently for an opportunity to draw an attack on member states by any means ... FALSE FLAG ATTACK ... to settle the disobedience of authoritarian states once and for all.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:46:40 PM EST
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    tabloid USAToday | If Ukraine loses, U.S. must choose between the collapse of NATO or going to war, 16 June
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* warned in a television interview on Thursday that the United States could face the "collapse of NATO" or a direct conflict with Russia if Ukraine does not win the war.

    Zelensk*'s comments come less than four weeks before a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, where support for Ukraine will be a central topic on the agenda for the military alliance. President Joe Biden is also expected to announce increased security guarantees for Ukraine ahead of the summit in July.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Zelensk* issued a stark warning to any American politician or 2024 presidential candidate who is skeptical about providing more aid to equip K**v in its war against Russia. "Is he ready to go to war? To fight, to send his kids? Are they ready to die?" Zelensk* asked. "Because anyway, they will have to do this if NATO gets involved."

    archived alias Sviatlana, ChatGPT, EP interpreters
    nltimes | Dutch financial institutions failing to freeze Russian assets, central bank finds, 12 June
    The financial institution which performed the worst in the DNB analysis was not identified by name. One of the problems is that they do not always search for every spelling of a name on the sanctions list.
    vOLdEmRT | Spelling errors slowing down EU state's seizure of Russian money, 15 June
    "These are really kindergarten mistakes. In the sanction regulations, the name of the sanctioned person is often spelled in five ways, so in English, Dutch, Russian, Ukrainian, and then possibly an extra spelling, because this has been handled poorly before," Heleen over de Linden, an expert on economic sanctions, told the NL Times.
    archived translations don't write themselves, yo
    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 04:08:20 PM EST
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    Please define "proxy" for our good friend Zelenskyy ...

    Key words | проксі армія | צבא פרוקסי | прокси-армия |

    American MAGA and true National Security ...

    No boots on the ground ... lessons from Vietnam, and Iraq ... flag-draped coffins don't good war propaganda make ... the First Gulf War tab was paid by the rich Arab oil states ... unfortunately unleashed a fanatical Wahhabist scholar from Yemen, his father in Saudi building construction to provide for his extended family. Perhaps Volodymyr noticed, after Syria the Gulf States are done with proxy warriors dodging the aerial bombs of NATO buddies. No one fights a land war w/o fighter jets in the sky... target practice for your enemy. Losing so many lives and moving the contact lines back and forth. Has the president fired that aggressive mayor of Kyiv yet? The easiest job on his to-do list today. Is the Azov battalion his personal security guard, or did he hire foreign mercenaries just to be on the safe side 😂

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 05:34:06 PM EST
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    almonitor | Syria: US sends F-22 stealth fighter jets to ward off Russian pilots' harassment, 14 June
    ...Stealth F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron based in Langley, Va., arrived at an airbase in the Levant region earlier this week from a deployment in Europe, defense officials said.

    "The presence of the F-22 and the overmatching capabilities they possess provide the strongest of deterrents to escalation," a US Air Force spokesperson told Al-Monitor via email. "Their primary purpose is to contribute to the enduring defeat-ISIS mission and to demonstrate our resolve to defend coalition forces with overwhelming combat air power." ....

    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 08:16:20 PM EST
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    Rumble.com Clare Daly, Alexander Mercouri, and Glenn Diesen

    BTW, how many months did Eva Kaili idle in jail?

    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 07:34:22 PM EST
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    imprisoned in Haren, Belgium: 9 Dec 2022
    pre-trial hearings postponed:14 Dec 2022, 22 Dec 2022
    pre-trial hearing, remand to prison: 19 Jan 2023
    pre-trail appeal denied: 16 Feb 2023
    pre-trail appeal denied: 16 March 2023
    granted "preventive detention": 14 April 2023, because exculputory evidence discovered: "This information had not been reported by the Belgian authorities".
    granted electronic tag release: 25 May 2023
    resumes MEP duties: 11 June 2023
    trial date?: none scheduled
    As Kaili re[-]emerges and starts pointing the finger back at the government, the Belgian prosecutor's office has decided to remain mum. A spokesperson on Monday said the prosecutor's office was "not going to respond" to Kaili's allegations.
    "This would violate the confidentiality of the investigation and the presumption of innocence," the spokesperson added. "The evidence will be presented in court in due course."
    ooo boy howdy am I relieved that "Brussels" arranges special tribunals to prosecute war crimes around the world—when US district courts are pre-occupied with ahem, constitutional "details".
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 01:17:49 PM EST
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    MEPs probing spyware 'stonewalled' by EU states ...

    Eva Kaili is back with a new story: There's a conspiracy | Politico |

    The Qatargate suspect is pushing to reframe her case as an anti-spying morality tale, prompting some incredulity.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 03:44:37 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:20:48 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:21:38 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:22:18 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 06:59:33 PM EST
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    The former chief medical officer told the inquiry the UK did not have plans in place to cope with a Covid pandemic, but she added "it didn't have resilience either".

    Compared with similar countries, the UK was at the bottom of the table for numbers of doctors, nurses, beds, IT units and ventilators per 100,000, she said.

    During questions about preparation exercises for pandemics, Dame Sally broke off to say: "Maybe this is the moment to say how sorry I am to the relatives who lost their families."

    "I heard a lot about it from my daughter who was on the front line as a doctor in Scotland," she added.

    Dame Sally Davies became chief medical officer in 2010 and left in 2019 to be replaced by Sir Chris Whitty.

    In the Netherlands, PM Mark Rutte closely followed the lead of his friend and Conservative ally Boris Johnson. SHAME

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:00:57 PM EST
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    PM Johnson facing freedom rebellion from backbenchers | Dec. 12, 2021 |

    Unpopular Omicron Message Left to Chris Whitty

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:01:49 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:03:54 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:17:38 AM EST
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    unofficial logo  of the white American death cult

    Politico.eu.com | EU raises bar for punishing countries that help Russia beat sanctions, 2 June
    lucky number sleven sanctions package

    The EU is creating a NEW! sanctions weapon, but is afraid to load it.

    After adopting 10 sanctions packages following Russia's attempted invasion of Ukraine, the EU is now designing a NEW! mechanism to punish countries that enable sanctions evasion. If third countries, for example in Central Asia, fail to comply with [PRICE CAP COALITION] sanctions against Moscow or can't explain a sudden rise in trade in banned goods, they would face EU punishment.

    The sanctions have so far been [in]effective in curbing ["]direct exports["] of sanctions from the EU [wut] to Russia, according to NEW! research by a group of European experts CEPR, while the increase in imports from non-sanctioning countries has substituted no more than a quarter of missing volumes.

    Borin, et al., "The impact of EU sanctions on Russian imports," 29 Mar, illustrated
    Concluding remarks
    Using a unique dataset on the EU trade restrictions on Russia, we provide novel evidence on the impact of trade bans on Russian imports. By exploiting data both from mirror statistics and Russian customs, we obtain robust and comprehensive evidence. We find that the effects of the sanctions on exports to Russia are sizable. Flows from sanctioning countries [ie. PRICE CAP COALITION] are still well below their pre-war trend and are close to zero for restricted goods. Even if Russian imports from non-sanctioning countries picked up, they did not replace the missing shipments from sanctioning countries in most sectors. Some countries, especially those traditionally holding strong economic ties with Russia, may have become a hub through which some private companies re[-]route the products they imported from the EU towards Russia.
    One [Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)]investigation has, meanwhile, found evidence that sensitive dual-use technologies -- such as drones and microelectronics -- have found their way to Russia through third countries like Kazakhstan with the help of local companies founded by Russian owners.
    "Kazakhstan Has Become a Pathway for the Supply of Russia's War Machine. Here's How It Works.," 19 May illustrated

    Trade statistics show large increases of drone and microelectronics imports to Kazakhstan since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. Kazakhstan's exports of drones and microelectronics to Russia have also grown enormously. Kazakh companies registered by Russians after the war are being used as intermediaries for these imports.

    By putting a gun on the table, the EU hopes more countries will comply.
    archived NEW! "anti-coercion instrument"
    But that proposal is now being watered down, according to the latest version of the draft proposal, dated Wednesday and seen by POLITICO.

    To win over the [PRICE CAP COALITION] skeptics, the European Commission has included more safeguards.

    This comes after concerns expressed by several EU countries, including heavy-hitter Germany. They fear such a mechanism would hurt diplomatic relations, and even drive [third-]countries into the arms of Russia and China. Rather than HITTING the countries that are allowing sanctioned goods to be re-exported to Russia, Berlin is proposing to focus on ["Busting Putin's balls"], according to an earlier discussion document dated May 5 and seen by POLITICO.

    archived 15 May 2023 price cap psychotic break
    EU countries now hope to get a deal on the package done next week, three EU diplomats said. There will be consultations ahead of the next discussion by EU envoys on June 7. "An agreement is within reach," said one of them, while adding that the exact timing is "still hard to predict."
    archived export license sophistry, Ruble and Euro color of law, 16 Mar CNN retail sales promotion and 21 Mar NY Yella Cake sales promotion in Stalemate Endures, Pessimism Grows, Deaths Mount, 3 December 2022 price cap mania, US Seeks Economist to Scrutinize Sanction Spillovers, Worldwide Organized Crime
    by Cat on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 04:09:18 PM EST
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    Politico.eu.com | 'Very, very false': Dutch minister quashes Beijing view on Ukraine European countries at top security forum
    Speech by HR/VP Borrell at Shangri La Dialogue
    So, in the last ten years, we have increased our military expenditure by 30% and you ["Asia"] by 45% which shows clearly that we live in a dangerous world where people feel insecure and in order to look for security, an old reflex as old as humankind, they go and buy arms. And it shows that we must do more to build trust and address regional tensions. And that it is our common responsibility to defend security principles whenever and wherever they are threatened—be it in Ukraine or in the South China Sea or anywhere else.

    Yes, dear colleagues, we must bring a peace to Ukraine. But a peace that could be considered a just peace. You know, I know how to finish the war in Ukraine. I know. It's quite easy. We stop supporting militarily Ukraine and the war would finish in a couple of weeks. But how it will finish? Doesn't it matter? Or, does it matter? If it matters, then we cannot stop supporting militarily Ukraine. Because we don't want a peace which is the peace of the cemeteries, the peace of surrender, the peace of the stronger, the peace that may create a second Belarus. But, yes, the war will finish.

    'A Shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific': Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Shangri-La Dialogue
    Well, the first thing I'd tell you is we're not trying to create a NATO in the Indo-Pacific and we have a number of colleagues today from Europe and I'm really glad to see them here because they all have interest in this region. And those interests are not just military, they cover whole of government and so they would tell you that they have an interest in the region because all the great things that happened here. And Prime Minister Albanese talked about some of those things yesterday. The rate at which this region is growing, you know, the capability, the capacity that this region has. It is rightful that European countries would remain interested in making sure that we have good relationships with the countries here in the region, and I'm confident that that's why they're here. But they'll probably tell you themselves, because you'll see—you'll interact with them later on in the day.
    So the question is, then, is not to finish the war, but how we finish the war. And that's why we will keep on supporting Ukraine although we want peace as much as anyone else in this room. And at the same time we must be sure that the Indo Pacific stays "pacific," as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi rightly said last month when we met in Stockholm for the European Union Indo-Pacific Forum. And as the Spanish sailors, the first time they sailed this water, called it "pacific" because it was surprisingly - very surprisingly - because the water was so calm compared with the Atlantic.
    thejakartapost | Ukraine dismisses 'strange' Indonesian peace plan
    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 11:51:57 AM EST
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    FT | France objects to NATO plan for office in Tokyo, 6 June, No NATO in the Indo-Pacific?
    The resistance from France has complicated months of discussion within NATO to create the alliance's first outpost [FALSE] in the Indo-Pacific region, according to eight people familiar with the situation.
    US Military Bases in Japan: 8
    NATO | Relations with Japan
    "NATO and Japan have been engaged in dialogue and cooperation since initial contacts in the early 1990s. Japan is one of a number of countries beyond the Euro-Atlantic area—often referred to as "partners across the globe"—with which NATO is developing relations."
    NATO and Japan conduct first ever joint ["]counter-piracy["] drill (25.09.14)
    • Galic, M., Navigation by Sun and Compass, Policy Brief One
    "That Japan and NATO developed formal relations only in the waning days of the Cold War is no coincidence. France's 1983 focus on NATO's European identity reflected the Alliance's formal mission of defending Western Europe's territorial integrity from Soviet aggression."
    The push to open a small ["NATO"] base in Tokyo next year comes as the US and Japan urge Europe to become more involved in Asia security issues, particularly as concern mounts about possible future Chinese military action against Taiwan.
    One French official said Paris believed NATO's charter required the alliance to limit its geographic reach to the "north Atlantic". But the official also suggested it could undermine European credibility with China in regard to the war in Ukraine, particularly in terms of asking Beijing not to supply arms to Russia. One of the people familiar with the debate inside NATO said France was reluctant to back anything "that contributes to NATO-China tension"
    antaranews | President Joko Widodo to open 2023 MNEK in Makassar Strait (28.05.23)
    "'The opening is on June 5, 2023, and will be opened by President Joko Widodo,' Makassar Navy Base VI Commander Brigadier General Amir Kasman said here on Sunday. He said MNEK [2023 Komodo Multilateral Naval Exercise] is a non-war exercise that prioritizes maritime cooperation in the region, disaster mitigation, and humanitarian operations. The drill is aimed to strengthen cooperation between the Indonesian Navy and friendly countries such as the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Netherlands, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Russia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and the United Kingdom."
    Macron's resistance comes two months after he angered the US and other allies by suggesting, during a visit to China [06.04.23], that Europe should distance itself from US-China tensions over Taiwan.

    Setting up a new NATO office requires unanimous support from the North Atlantic Council, NATO's highest political decision-making body, which means France has the power to stop the move. NATO declined to give details about "ongoing deliberations". The Japanese government did not comment. But a Japanese official said Tokyo wanted to strengthen ties with the alliance. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

    NATO | Partners across the globe

    In addition to its formal partnerships, NATO cooperates with a range of countries which are not part of these structures. Often referred to as "Partners across the globe", these countries develop cooperation with NATO in areas of mutual interest, including emerging security challenges, and some contribute actively to NATO operations either militarily or in some other way.
    archived charade of inviolate NATO by-laws
    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 01:43:15 PM EST
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    by Cat on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 04:25:39 PM EST
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    Macron's Revenge

    China hitting France in the belly of Françafrique

    Unfair competition, China shovels rare earth metals from "occupied" regions like Xinjiang ..

    Most important, France may join the U.S. - South Korean alliance building nuclear power plants ... EU's force for green energy.

    Nuclear Belt and Road and U.S.-South Korea Nuclear Cooperation

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 06:27:18 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 6, 2023
    Reuters: According to a news report, French President Emmanuel Macron has objected to NATO's proposal to open an office in Tokyo, saying NATO should remain focused on its own north Atlantic region. What is the ministry's comment on this? 
    Wang Wenbin: We have noted relevant reports. NATO has publicly stated on many occasions that it remains a regional alliance and does not seek a geopolitical breakthrough. Asia lies beyond the geographical scope of the North Atlantic and has no need for a replica of NATO. However, we have seen NATO bent on going east into this region, interfering in regional affairs and inciting bloc confrontation. What is NATO really up to? This calls for high vigilance among countries in the world, particularly in Asia. As I said yesterday, the attitude of the majority of countries in the region is very clear. They oppose the emergence of military blocs in the region. They don't welcome NATO's outreach in Asia. They don't want a replica of bloc confrontation in Asia. And they certainly will not allow any Cold War or hot war to happen again in Asia. NATO needs to have a sober understanding of this. Japan should make the right call in keeping with the region's stability and development interests and refrain from doing anything that may undermine mutual trust between regional countries and peace and stability in the region.
    Bloomberg: The US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that military interception maneuvers by Chinese ships and planes suggest a growing aggressiveness from Beijing and could lead to an accident. What's the foreign ministry's comment on Mr. Kirby's remarks? ...
    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 02:11:54 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on June 1, 2023
    Global Times: According to reports, on May 31, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said to the press after the US-EU Trade and Technology Council ministerial meeting that with regard to China, the US and the EU are not looking for confrontation, a Cold War or decoupling, but are focused on de-risking. What's your comment?
    Mao Ning: De-risking is becoming a buzzword lately. Before talking about de-risking, one needs to find out what the risks are....
    archived Thu Mar 30th 2023 vdL "De-risking, not De-coupling: Europe and China at this watershed moment"
    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:30:33 PM EST
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    yahoo! fin | Trillion-Dollar Treasury Vacuum Coming for Wall Street Rally, 4 June
    inflation reduction acts
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou estimates a flood of Treasuries will compound the effect of QT [quantitative tightening] on stocks and bonds, knocking almost 5% off their combined performance this year. Citigroup Inc. macro strategists offer a similar calculus, showing a median drop of 5.4% in the S&P 500 over two months could follow a liquidity drawdown of such magnitude, and a 37 basis-point jolt for high-yield credit spreads.

    The sales, set to begin Monday, will rumble through every asset class as they claim an already shrinking supply of money: JPMorgan estimates a broad measure of liquidity will fall $1.1 trillion from about $25 trillion at the start of 2023.

    archived certain extraordinary measures
    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:46:35 PM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 04:16:16 PM EST
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    euronews | Europe's economy enters ["]technical recession["] as households struggle with cost-of-living crisis, 8 June
    Economic output in the 20 countries that use the euro currency dropped 0.1% in both the final three months of 2022 [Q4] and the first three months of this year [Q1] from the previous quarter, according to the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat....However, the economists on a panel that declares eurozone recessions use a broader set of data including unemployment figures and European labour markets have held up to recent economic shocks.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 10:34:40 PM EST
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    hs | More than 1.5 billion euros will be cut from social security
    "THE GOVERNMENT plans to save about 4.2 billion euros in public spending at the level of 2027. The biggest cuts will come to social security."

    yle | The program of the new government has been published - housing benefits will be cut, conditions for unemployment benefits will be tightened, income tax will be reduced

    The head of the talks, the chairman of the Coalition Party, Petteri Orpo , said that the formation of the ruling coalition was delayed because the process required careful work. He is sure that Finland needs change.
    The right-wing government, made up of four parties - the Coalition Party, the True Finns, the Swedish People's Party and the Christian Democrats - is set to cut spending drastically.

    According to Orpo, the goal of the new government is to balance the Finnish economy by six billion euros. The share of direct cuts is four billion euros. Among the main challenges facing the new government, Orpo named the war in Ukraine, growing debt, inflation, problems in the social sphere and others.

    yle | The new government will tighten migration policy - here are the seven main changes
    by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 05:50:40 PM EST
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    SZ Byznys | Hundreds of thousands of Czechs are at risk of high electricity and gas prices
    What we write about in the analysis
    • This year, state aid to energy consumers will exceed 100 billion crowns [USD 4,606 million]. By next year, it is already unrealistic.
    • The European Commission has stated that the energy crisis is on the wane. Nevertheless, prices may rise for hundreds of thousands of Czech households next year.
    • A number of people have signed contracts with suppliers with a high fixed crisis price from last year. Around 10 and 15 thousand crowns [CZK] per megawatt hour of electricity.
    • Extreme payments are being cut by capping this year. After it ends, the extraordinarily high prices on current contracts will return.
    • If the state provides relief to anyone in the future, then only those who are at risk of energy poverty.
    if the measures to protect customers are maintained until next year, the government will hardly succeed in stabilizing public finances, as it is trying to do. It is precisely the crisis regulation of energy prices that is significantly reflected in the state's record budget deficit this year, which already amounted to 271 billion crowns [USD 12.484 million] in May.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 06:50:01 PM EST
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    excellent news!

    Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno hinted that the PRICE CAP COALITION caught a moat in its mechanisms.

    "We know that the OPEC+ meeting on June 4 has decided to extend oil production cuts until the end of 2024. In early April, a number of countries have already announced production cuts. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has decided to reduce oil production by 1 million barrels per day starting July. Thus, the imbalance of supply and demand, as well as opacity are rising, which may result in oil prices remaining at a high level"
    And that is wonderful, because advanced economies don't need no stinkin' fossil fuel anyhow.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 04:49:43 PM EST
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    reuters | Lloyd's Register drops ships of top Indian carrier of Russian oil, 26 May
    Lloyd's Register has told India's Gatik Ship Management, which has become a major carrier of Russian oil since the Ukraine war, that it will withdraw certification of 21 of its vessels by June 3, the maritime services company told Reuters. It is the latest setback for Gatik, which was also been forced to find new flags for 36 of its ships after they were deflagged by the St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry.

    "Lloyd's Register is committed to facilitating compliance with sanctions regulations on the trading of Russian oil," it said in an email to Reuters. "Where supported by evidence, we withdraw class and services from any vessels found by the relevant authorities to be breaching international sanctions."
    A major U.S. insurer, the American Club, also told Reuters it was no longer providing cover for Gatik ships, while Russian insurer Ingosstrakh (INGSI.MM) said it would not work with Gatik in future.
    According to Refinitiv [!] data, about 1.36 million tonnes of Russian crude was earmarked for arrival in India in May and June on tankers linked to Gatik, although those numbers were preliminary. In April, the St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry told Reuters it was removing its flag from 36 Gatik vessels. According to data from maritime platform Lloyd's List Intelligence, Gatik has flagged 15 ships to Gabon, up from 9 at the start of April before St. Kitts & Nevis started removing its flag from the company's vessels.

    Gabon's flag registry did not respond to requests for comment.

    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 09:31:08 PM EST
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    bloomberg | Germany Warns of Industry Shutdown If Russian Gas Stops Flowing, unexpectedly
    Germany may be forced to wind down or even switch off industrial capacity if UKRAINE's gas transit agreement with Russia isn't extended after it expires at the end of next year, according to Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

    Rules on sharing the burden of potential gas shortages in Eastern Europe would have to be respected, meaning Germany would have to export gas there to offset the deficit and manufacturers in Europe's biggest economy could have their supply restricted or cut, he added.

    archived EU Opens Gas Buyers' Club to Blunt Price Volatility Seen in Energy Crisis
    "There is no secure scenario for how things will turn out," Habeck said at the forum in Bad Saarow. Additional capacity -- including a planned LNG [mega-]terminal on Germany's north coast that has provoked opposition from locals and environmental groups -- will therefore be essential to maintain supply to both Eastern Germany and Eastern Europe, he said.
    archived Germany's LNG acceleration law
    Even if some supply continues beyond 2024, it's unlikely that the current transit agreement will be extended under similar conditions, given the lack of political support, according to a report by the Center on Global Energy Policy published last week.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 09:28:22 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 03:46:12 PM EST
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    FT | ECB warns Brussels against windfall ["]levy["] on frozen Russian assets
    it could dent confidence in the euro as a global currency and hurt financial stability.

    The Frankfurt-based institution has privately told the European Commission that plans to divert payments on bonds owned by the Russian central bank to fund Ukraine would send a bad signal to global markets, according to people familiar with the discussions.
    "The implications could be substantial: it may lead to a diversification of reserves away from euro-denominated assets, increase financing costs for European sovereigns, and lead to trade diversification," the note added, describing the ECB position. An ECB spokesperson declined to comment.

    archived G7 REPO - thawing frozen cash equivalents
    by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:12:32 PM EST
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    lucky number sleven!
    Watch this empty space
    finance.ec.europa.eu | Sanctions adopted following Russia's military aggression against Ukraine
    professional press PR
    RFERL | EU Approves 11th Sanctions Package Against Russia [sic] Over Invasion Of Ukraine, 21 June
    The new package allows the implementation of measures restricting the [EU?] export of sensitive dual-use goods and technology to third countries, which could then transfer them to Russia. The new rules allow the EU to exert much more pressure to end the practice than before.

    EU officials have long been concerned about a surge of demand for EU products from Russia's neighbors, including Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and from other countries that have maintained trading relationships with Moscow, such as the United Arab Emirates [UAE], Turkey, and CHINA.

    The package adds 71 people and 33 eNTiTies to those banned from the EU and freezes any assets they hold in EU jurisdictions for being involved in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.[
    In addition, the package bans access to EU ports for ships that engage in ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil or petroleum products at sea if there is cause to suspect the cargo was of Russian origin.

    interfax | New EU sanctions package includes ban on oil transportation via Druzhba pipeline's northern section - Polish envoy, 21 June
    The European Commission took into account a number of Warsaw's proposals when drafting the 11th package of anti-Russian sanctions, Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union Andrzej Sados said in Brussels on Wednesday.

    "Among other things, the list includes the provision suggested by Poland on sanctions against the northern section of the Druzhba oil pipeline, and the banning of Russian semi-trucks from entering the European Union," Radio Poland quoted Sados as saying.

    telesur | European Union Sets 11th Package of Sanctions Against Russia
    The EU will penalize ships transporting Russian crude or derivatives purchased above the maximum price agreed by Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the U.S.
    Furthermore, the new package includes the possibility of adopting new exceptional measures as a "last resort" to restrict the sale, supply, transfer, or export of sensitive dual-use goods and technology to third countries whose jurisdiction "demonstrates a continuous and particularly high risk of being used for evasion."
    eurointegration.ua | EU Approves Eleventh Package of Sanctions against Russia
    ...EU ambassadors struggled for weeks to reach a consensus. The main reason was Greece and Hungary protesting against including some of their companies on the list of "war sponsors" proposed by Ukraine. Athens and Budapest wanted their companies to be removed from that list. Currently, the details of how the resistance from the two countries was overcome are unknown....
    Baker McKenzie | Criminalisation of violations of EU Sanctions: EU Council publishes draft sanctions enforcement measures and penalties legislation, 19 June
    On 9 June 2023, the EU Council published draft legislation introducing EU-wide criminal penalties and stricter enforcement for the evasion of EU sanctions. The EU Council's press release explains that it has settled its position on the terms of new legislation to align criminal offences and penalties across the EU, before commencing negotiations with the European Parliament on its finalisation.
    Proposal on the definition of criminal offences and penalties for the violation of EU restrictive measures, 17 May 2023, 47 pp
    Currently, Member States are not obligated to criminalise sanctions circumvention, however, once finalised, Member States will need to criminalise certain conduct specified in the legislation. As currently proposed, criminal conduct under the draft legislation includes:
    archived Hiroshima, the "symbol of peace"
    by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 06:26:39 PM EST
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    FT | Top US official to meet Ukraine war ["]sceptics["] from developing nations, 22 June
    Welcome to our "anti-coercion measure" demonstration...
    Jake Ssssullivan, the White House national security adviser, has agreed to attend the meeting in Copenhagen with officials from countries including India, Brazil, and South Africa, according to people familiar with the plans. The list of attendees has not been finalised and could change before the gathering, one of the people cautioned.
    One of the people familiar with the plans said that, following the Ukrainian request, Washington has been encouraging China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa to attend. Ssssullivan will travel with < wipes tears > Victoria Nuland, the number-three official at the US state department. A  senior EU official will also participate. The White House declined to comment
    ... 11th sanction package reveal party!
    Two people familiar with the plans said the officials would discuss peace principles for Ukraine in an informal setting. One stressed that the meeting was not intended to result in any concrete outcome.
    AP | G7 'outreach' an effort to build consensus on global issues like Ukraine, China, climate change (19.05.23)
    Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are joining their counterparts from other countries during their summit in Japan in an effort to expand the G7's sway and to include voices from the so-called Global South....
    Ssssullivan this week said that while India had a different perspective on the war in Ukraine, it would be useful to discuss the conflict with Modi. He added that Zelensk* had urged Biden to engage with leaders such as Modi, [current G20 president].

    "We think this actually sends a message to the [Price Cap] coalition and Ukraine that we're working to advocate on their behalf with a broader range of countries than just those that show up around the table either in NATO. . . or at the G7," Ssssullivan told reporters this week, when discussing Modi's visit [to USA].

    by Cat on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 11:42:03 PM EST
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    ... peace principles for Ukraine ...

    Grain corridor security guarantee: Odesa to Ukraine and contested Crimea and Azov Sea region to Russia?

    Non-compliance would result in the US naming Geoffrey Pyatt or Vicky herself to the country as Ambassador of change. 😂

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 04:39:42 AM EST
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    Macron hurting on Russia and China infringing on France's playground in old colonial Africa. Just not fair on foreign economic policy between powers.

    Françafrique lives on

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 04:49:36 AM EST
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    Eleventh package - 23 June 2023, proposal; no link to Eur-Lex legal text
    • Trade measures
    • Transport measures
    • Energy measures
    • Additional listings
    • Additional clarifications
    • Other

    Explaining a joke is no fun at all!

    by Cat on Fri Jun 30th, 2023 at 06:03:13 PM EST
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    atlanticcouncil | Sanctioning China in a Taiwan crisis, a "de-risk" and "de-couple" polemical monologue, conclusions, and recommendations

    comment: The situation here is pretty psychotic.

    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 05:30:41 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:25:17 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 03:48:21 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 07:47:38 PM EST
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    Bank of England must `create recession' to fight high inflation, Hunt advisor says, as mortgage rates rise again

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 07:48:40 PM EST
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    1.4m UK mortgage holders face 20% hit to disposable income from rate hikes

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 07:49:21 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:04:13 PM EST

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 08:00:45 AM EST
    [ Parent ]

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:06:40 AM EST
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    by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 04:14:00 PM EST
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    Source of story is Reuters UK / Moscow Times ... living in voluntary exile w new headquarters in Amsterdam ... place of security guaranteed by Mark Rutte ... from a nation of peace to a state of war ... adoring to be part of UK Tory Conservatism ... missed out on Nexit.

    Китай вместо «Силы Сибири -- 2» решил строить газопровод из Туркмении | Moscow Times Ru |

    China instead of "Power of Siberia - 2" decided to build a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan

    Attempts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiate an increase in gas supplies to China have stalled.

    Instead of the 50 billion cubic meter Power of Siberia 2 project, which the Kremlin has been promoting for more than 7 years, Beijing has decided to give priority to a new gas pipeline from Turkmenistan, Reuters reported, citing senior Chinese officials and representatives of the country's oil and gas industry.

    Although Turkmen gas costs China 30% more than Russian gas, and negotiations on a discount with Ashgabat failed, Beijing gave the green light to the Line D project, which will import 30 billion cubic meters from Turkmenistan annually.

    Related reading ...

    China's Energy Infrastructure Development in Central Asia and Its Impact on Regional Energy Supply and Geopolitics*

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 06:33:07 PM EST
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    That explains all.

    I needed drag up every archived note on the subject of RU-CN oil and gas JVs.

    by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 06:49:49 PM EST
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    archived Sun Apr 2nd 2023, 20-21 March 2023 Joint Statements

    BTW kommersant | Dubai is like oil, 31 May

    The Dubai variety is the main benchmark used in oil supplies to Asia; in particular, exports of raw materials via the ESPO oil pipeline are tied to it, while Brent [is] used mainly in European trading. "If Russian oil does not enter the European market, then there is no reference price for Russian oil that does not enter," the head of Rosneft said back in February. "Reference prices will be formed where oil volumes actually go," Mr. Sechin said.
    Dubai is a medium-sulfur oil grade close in its characteristics to Urals, while BrentIt is a light low-sulphur oil [like WTI and ESPO].
    archived Platts periodic table of oil, Dirham, Real, and Yuan in Ruble and Yuan

    msnbc | OPEC excludes some WSJ, Reuters, and Bloomberg reporters from meeting, 1 June commodity speculators

    The OPEC Secretariat, which oversees media accreditation, on Tuesday issued invitations to some journalists to cover the June 3-4 meetings on-site.
    vOLeMoRT | Asia has alternative to SWIFT - media
    The Asian Clearing Union (ACU)—a nine-member group of central banks including those of [BT, BT, MV, MM, NP, LK,] India, Pakistan, and Iran - has decided to launch a new cross-border financial ["]messaging system["] in June, as an alternative to SWIFT, according to the Iranian newspaper Kayhan.

    The daily cited Central Bank of Iran deputy governor Mohsen Karimi as saying the new payment system is capable of completely replacing SWIFT and could facilitate the global de-dollarization push. The regulator reportedly stated last week that the new financial system will be used only by ACU member-states, but that others, including sanctioned countries like Syria, could apply for membership. Belarus and Mauritius have already reportedly reached out to the union.
    Speaking at the ACU meeting in Tehran last week, Central Bank of Iran governor Mohammad Reza Farzin claimed that dropping the US dollar would help to protect member states' foreign exchange reserves while still enabling effective settlement of bilateral trade deals.

    thehindu | Government drops plans to host SCO in Dehli, will now be virtual format, 31 May GDPR
    Sources told The Hindu that one of the reasons may heen do to "scheduling difficulties", and that the government had not received final confirmations from some of the SCO leaders, including China and Pakistan. In addition, the coninuing war in UKRAINE anD recent escalation of drone attacks in Kiev and Moscow may have cast a show over the participation of Rusian President Vladimir Putin.
    SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*, MY*, MV*, KW*, AE*
    Prime Minister Narenda Modi's own travel schedule is also quite busy, said officials, including a state visit to the United States (June 19-24) and a visit to Paris for the National Day parade on July 14.

    Another pending issue is the [incomplete] conference venue [construction] at Pragati Maidan that was originally supposed to be ready in time for the G20 Ministerial meetings earlier this year as well as the SCO summit and the G20 summit in September.

    indiatvnews | New Parliament Opening: Who are in support and who are boycotting May 28 ceremony (26.05.23), deccanherald | Chhatisgarh CM Baghel slams PM Modi over Parliament inauguration event (26-28.05.23), AP | Modi opponents boycott opening of new Indian Parliament; PM says it breaks with colonial past (28.05.23), bbc | New parliament: PM Modi inaugurates building amid opposition boycott, pmindia.gov.in | PM's address at the celebration of dedication of New Parliament Building to the Nation (28.05.23, Hindi only)
    The MEA statement said that the theme of this year's SCO summit is "Towards a SECURE SCO" which stands for Security; Economy (and trade); Connectivity; Unity; Respect (for sovereign and territorial integrity); and Environment. India has also set up new working groups during the year on several issues[—] including Start-ups and Innovation, Traditional Medicine, and Digital Inclusion—and hosted a total of 134 SCO meetings and events, including 14 ministerial-level meetings.
    archived 23 Mar price cap mania
    by Cat on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 01:56:27 PM EST
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    I gather from G7 press headlines, OPEC's ministerial conference simulated a weekend at Bernie's.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 04:27:24 PM EST
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    (nothing to see there)

    arabnews | , 4 June fait accompli

    Saudi Minister of Energy Abdulaziz Al-Saud held a meeting with the chairman of the National Energy Authority of the Republic of China, Zhang Jianhua, in Riyadh to discuss JVs that will transform crude oil into petrochemicals and develop innovative uses of hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, and fuel.
    Further collaborations between both countries are anticipated as the Kingdom is set to host the10th session of the Arab-Chinese Business Conference and the 8th Investment Symposium.  Set to take place between June 11 and 12 in Riyadh, the conference is expected to be the largest Arab-Chinese gathering for business and investment.
    Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih said that trade and cultural ties between Arab countries and China extended over 2,000 years and that the conference reflected that historical relationship. He added that Saudi-Chinese relations had developed, especially following King Salman's visit to China in 2017 and the two historic visits by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Beijing in 2016 and 2019.

    Trade in 2022 between the Arab countries and China reached SR1.6 trillion ($430 billion), a 31 percent increase from the previous year.

    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 11:41:20 AM EST
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    Brazil's Lula proposes South American currency | DW News |

    Heads of state from 12 South American countries have gathered in the Brazilian capital to discuss regional integration. The summit is an attempt to revive the Unasur bloc now that the region has more left-wing leaders.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:02:56 AM EST
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    Colombia returns to Unasur, Petro announces | MercoPress |

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced in Brasilia the return of his country to the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). "I have requested that it be called Association of South American Nations to guarantee pluralism and permanence in time," said Petro five years after then-President Ivan Duque left the organization claiming that it served the interests of the "dictatorship" of Venezuela.

    In the framework of this summit promoted by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, leaders such as Argentina's Alberto Fernández have called for regional unity to be a state policy in each country to achieve an organization that strengthens all countries to face "the new dimension of globalization."

    "Unasur is not an ideological space but a space of common interests that we must develop and deepen," said Argentine President Alberto Fernandez at the Itamaraty Palace.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:03:38 AM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:04:10 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 04:26:42 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Try to act surprised.

    WION | India's foreign minister Jaishankar confirms Ukraine has not been invited to G20 summit (08.06.23)

    India remains non-committal to inviting Ukraine to the G20 summit, scheduled to be held later this year in New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a special briefing on Thursday to mark nine years of the Narendra Modi government wherein he made it clear [@ 00:57:00] that no invitation had been sent to Ukraine.
    "I think our contribution was to get G20 back to the G20's real business. The G20 is not the UN Security Council. It is not the primary forum to debate international peace and security," Jaishankar had said during an event in March. He added issues such as international peace and security did matter, but other issues such as food and energy security, green financing for nations took prominence on the G20 stage.

    archived Jaishankar and Lavrov, Raisina Dialogue, India: G20 Is Not a Security Forum in G20: Ukraine War a Face-off USA vs Russia
    "We actually got something novel for the G20 to look at —Global Skills Mapping. Where are the skills in the world and where is the demand in the world. They are in two different geographies. So, how do we actually put that together? I think that is a very interesting avenue which we have opened up for G20."

    Kyiv's attempts to secure participation
    In April, Ukraine's first deputy foreign affairs minister Emine Dzhaparova visited New Delhi and attempted to set the ball rolling for Ukraine's participation in the G20 summit.

    archived Dzhaparova's two-day visit, Ukraine defence ministry's tweet, Borrell said
    Zelensk* addressing the G20 summit was always going to be a tall order, especially considering Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend the meet in New Delhi. Even after the foreign ministers' meeting held in March, India said the differences over Ukraine "could not be reconciled".
    archived G7 issues ultimatum
    "We tried, but the gap between the countries was too much," said Jaishankar.
    mea.gov.in | Prime Minister's meeting with President of Ukraine, 20 May
    mea.gov.in | English translation of Prime Minister's opening statement at the Working session 7 of the G7 Summit, 21 May
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 04:07:08 PM EST
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    welcome in Poland, welcome in Ukraine

    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 08:21:16 PM EST
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    TRT | South African delegation blocked from leaving plane in Poland A charter flight carrying security forces and journalists was blocked upon landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport on Thursday, with Polish authorities not allowing those on board to disembark, South African officials said on Friday. .... some journalists aboard the aircraft reported they had been finally allowed to disembark after more than 24 hours on the tarmac, although it was not immediately clear whether they would be allowed to travel onwards.
    BBC | South Africa's stranded presidential security team: Poland denies racism
    About 120 people were stuck on the plane, who were all on their way to a peace summit in Ukraine. Some of the passengers are now disembarking and going to a hotel. Poland's actions have left President Cyril Ramaphosa, who travelled separately to Ukraine, without some of his security detail. This prompted a furious reaction from Mr Ramaphosa's head of security, Maj Gen Wally Rhoode.
    malawi24 | African peace delegates held hostage in Poland
    The group was held hostage for over 20 hours after being barred from disembarking from their plane at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland, because they failed to produce original documents for the weapons which they have carried.

    "We landed at the Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland at around 13:30 on Thursday. We weren't allowed to disembark. It's now 14:07 on Friday. Can you imagine what it feels like?" tweeted Journalist Amanda Khoza who is part of the group.

    gov.pl | MFA statement on the detention of an aircraft with members of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's security team at Warsaw Chopin Airport
    On 15 June, a plane carrying members of the security team of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was detained at Warsaw Chopin Airport. The situation resulted from a failure to comply with standard entry procedures required by the Polish side. Dangerous goods were on board the plane, which South African representatives did not have permission to bring in. In addition, there were persons on board the aircraft of whose presence the Polish side had not been notified beforehand.
    voa | Latest in Ukraine: Kyiv Under Attack as African Peace Delegation Arrives
    Air defense sirens blared Friday in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as a delegation of African heads of state met with government leaders with hopes to broker a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko posted on social media that there was an explosion in the central Podil district. "Missiles are still flying towards Kyiv," he said on the social media platform Telegram.
    RT | South Africa calls out Reuters' air-raid 'misinformation'
    South African presidential spokesman Vincent Magwenya has accused Reuters of peddling lies, after the news agency claimed that a Russian missile strike sent his delegation running for a bunker in Kiev. It was not the first time Ukrainian authorities sounded air raid sirens when foreign leaders arrived in the city. Magwenya arrived in Kiev on Friday with President Cyril Ramaphosa, who along with five other African leaders met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensk* to promote a negotiated end to the conflict with Russia.
    ruptly | Poland-Ukraine: African leaders and PMs hold talks during train ride to Kiev for peace mission, A/V (EN) with report
    ...Later on Friday, the African delegation will depart Kiev towards St Petersburg, where the leaders are planning to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
    However, no sirens or explosions were actually heard, Magwenya said. "We didn't hear any explosions," he tweeted. "Instead, we saw people going on about their day leisurely. Everything seems normal from what we have experienced thus far."
    news24 | Zelensk* to Ramaphosa: Mandela kept fighting, you can be free in the bunkers, A/V (EN)
    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 09:26:12 PM EST
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    Save the Date: 21-23 June
    indianexpress | PM Modi set to make first 'state visit' to the US - event schedule

    Save the Date: 22-23 June
    Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact

    According to Secretary-General António Guterres, "the global financial system, which manages around 300 trillion dollars in financial assets, is simply not fit for purpose." He recently stated, "Today's poly-crises are compounding shocks on developing countries - in large part because of an unfair global financial system that is short-term, crisis-prone, and that further exacerbates inequalities"

    The Summit is co-organized by France and India, with the latter holding the presidency of the G20 this year. The Secretary-General of the United Nations will be in Paris for this occasion.

    ambafrance.org | Summit for a New Global Financing Pact | official website
    An inclusive, multi-stakeholder Summit
    The French President has invited Heads of State and Government, leaders of international financial institutions and representatives of civil society and the private sector in order to lay the foundations of a new system to address common challenges.
    France, an international broker
    France has always acted as an impartial international broker and has helped resolve some of the most complex issues of the time, from addressing the shortfall in AIDS research funding to increasing the access of middle-income African countries to financing.
    wion | Indian Finance Minister Sitharaman to attend France's summit on Global Financing Pact
    ...The presence of Finance Minister Sitharaman at the summit highlights India's commitment to addressing global economic issues and finding sustainable solutions....
    afdb | Summit for a New Global Financing Pact: African Development Bank Roundtable
    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, will lead a roundtable discussion about the Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa with heads of state and representatives of development partners on 22 June 2023....The Alliance, an initiative of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, and Africa50 with other partners, is a platform for African countries and the private sector to raise $500 million in early-stage blended finance capital to catalyze up to $10 billion in green and climate-resilient projects and programs.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 02:49:11 AM EST
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    a desi generation TRAPPED between Bush and Biden INDOPACOM on a bed o' RUSSIA'S WAR OF AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE with a schmear of WASP-y islamophiliaphobia (optional pickle garnish)

    Politigibberish | Biden rolls out red carpet for Modi, despite concerns over human rights, 20 June

    Though he leads the world's largest democracy, Modi has ruled as an autocratic-leaning Hindu nationalist whose government has overseen a crackdown on everyone from journalists to political opposition leaders as part of a larger targeting of Indian Muslims.

    For Biden, this is more than a mere inconvenience. Human rights advocates have criticized him not just for hosting Modi, but for throwing him a state dinner, a prestigious honor bestowed upon only two other foreign leaders since Biden took office.

    In private, White House officials concede they are bound by realpolitik. India is viewed as a crucial partner in the United States' ["]rivalry["] with CHINA. More broadly, the global contest between democracies and autocracies has defined Biden's foreign policy and the president has made the decision to cozy up to the region's [LARGEST, FASTEST GROWING] democracy, even if it is a deeply flawed one.

    mea.gov.in Special briefing by Foreign Secretary on Prime Minister's visit to USA and Egypt, A/V (EN, IN), run time 00:54:00 to G20: I FEEL SEEN.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 12:59:47 PM EST
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    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 10:08:44 PM EST
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    Obama calls for Biden to discuss 'rights of ethnic minorities in India' with Modi
    Obama gave his comments ahead of the official state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been criticized for his government's treatment of Muslims and a weakening of press freedoms. He added that protecting the rights of minority groups in India is essential.
    wsj | Why Narendra Modi Was Banned From the U.S. (02.05.14)
    "The 2005 decision by the George W. Bush administration now puts President Barack Obama in a bind."
    obamawhitehouse | President Obama Meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (30.09.14)
    "The President recognized the Prime Minister's historic victory in the Indian general election earlier this year"
    Remarks With Vice President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (30.09.14)
    "BIDEN: a portrait—a copy of a portrait of my great-great-great grandfather who—the Irish part of me is hard to admit, but was an English sea captain who settled and lived in India, and there are three Biden families in Mumbai."
    "Part of my argument would be that if you do not protect the rights of ethnic minorities in India, then there is a strong possibility India at some point starts pulling apart. And we've seen what happens when you start getting those kinds of large internal conflicts," he said.
    brookings | Mr. Modi goes to Washington (again) (03.06.16)
    "Do not, however, expect to hear the word 'Pakistan'"
    "But you have to do business with them—because they're important for national security reasons—there are a range of economic interests," he said. "If the president meets with Prime Minister Modi, then the protection of the MUSLIM minority in a majority-Hindu India, that's something worth mentioning," Obama added.
    thehill | Ocasio-Cortez joins other squad members in boycotting Modi speech
    In a tweet, the New York Democrat urged her colleagues who stand for "pluralism, tolerance, and freedom of speech" to join her boycott. [...] Her statement comes a day after Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the two MUSLIM women in Congress, said they would not be attending the Indian leader's speech.
    thehill | Modi pushes back on human rights criticisms in ["]rare["] press conference
    "I'm actually really surprised," Modi said in response before launching into a full-throated assertion that India is still a strong democratic nation. "Indeed, India is a democracy," Modi said.
    whitehouse | Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India at Arrival Ceremony
    BIDEN:...Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your partnership. And I'll turn it over to you. (Applause.)
    AUDIENCE: Modi! Modi! Modi!
    PRIME MINISTER MODI: (Speaks Hindi.) (Applause.)
    Thank you, President Biden, for your friendship. ... The people of the Indian community are enhancing India's glory in the U.S. through their talent, hard work, and dedication.
    whitehouse | Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by First Lady Jill Biden at a Workforce Event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the National Science Foundation
    There are students in this room who are discovering the inner workings of semiconductors--starting in middle and high school--or training for other cutting-edge jobs.
    mea.gov.in Mission Pt.1 Accomplished
    indiatvnews | Amid PM Modi's US visit, Biden administration plans to ease visas for skilled Indian workers
    Reuters reported.
    Indian citizens are by far the most active users of the U.S. H-1B program and made up 73% of the nearly 442,000 H-1B workers in fiscal year 2022.

    "We all recognize that mobility of our people is a huge asset to us," said another U.S. official. "And so our goal is to approach that in a sort of multifaceted way. The State Department already has been working very hard to find creative ways to make changes to things."
    The companies using the most H-1B workers in recent years include the Indian-based Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services as well as Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta in the U.S., according to U.S. government data.

    The US State Department could make the announcement on Thursday that a small number of Indians and other foreign workers on H-1B visas will be able to renew those visas in the US, without the need to having to travel to other nations, Reuters reported citing one of the sources, part of a pilot program that could be expanded in coming years.
    by Cat on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 08:53:25 PM EST
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    (spectator recording)
    rollcall | Modi's speech draws mixed lawmaker response amid rights concerns (23.06.23)
    ...In a speech well-spiced with lines aimed at eliciting strong applause from different congressional groups, including those concerned with climate change, women's political and economic opportunities, terrorism, and business development in individual U.S. states, Modi seemed to generate enthusiasm only when he spoke of the strength of the Indian-American diaspora, growing bilateral defense cooperation, Ukraine, maintaining a free Indo-Pacific, and the future of the U.S.-India relationship. The loudest cheers as well as piercing wolf whistles came from the galleries, filled with some of the U.S.'s roughly 4 million Indian Americans. Guests in the galleries chanted 'Modi! Modi! Modi' as well as in Hindi, 'Victory to the motherland' at the end of the roughly one-hour speech....
    (pro journalist recording)
    C-SPAN | Joint Meeting of Congress with Indian Prime Minister Modi, 22 June A/V (EN), AI translate disabled

    (PMO album)
    pmindia.gov | A/V recording (EN), "live" tweets, and prepared text (EN, Hindi-Devanagari)

    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 10:14:58 PM EST
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    hankyoreh | In post-China era, Korean companies look to India for fresh start, 20 June
    "Goodbye China, make way for India?"

    An employee at a major conglomerate in South Korea, Mr. Kim has noticed a change in the atmosphere whenever he visits India. Now he notices more Indians claiming that "India's time has come" -- quite a different tone from what he was hearing when landed in the South Asian country for the first time seven years ago.
    Lessons learned from failure in Chinese market
    Korean companies are focusing on how they can prevent their painful experience in the Chinese market from being repeated in India. Several major Korean companies that built large production bases in China had to discontinue operations and pull out of the market.

    "Many people at the company are determined that they won't let India go the way of the Chinese market," said a source at the Hyundai Motor Group.

    parity watch
    INR:KRW, 1:15.83
    RMB:KRW, 1:179.83
    USD:KRW, 1:1,298.43
    EUR:KRW, 1:1,423.14
    by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 09:57:54 PM EST
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    wapoo | U.S. seeks to expand developing world's influence at United Nations, 12 June
    Linda "eat mu gumbo" Thomas-Greenfield, President Biden's envoy to the United Nations, is consulting with diplomats from the organization's 193 member states to solicit feedback about a potential expansion of the powerful council ahead of world leaders' annual gathering in New York this fall.
    Left unsaid as Biden heralded U.S. support for council expansion last year was the fact that, according to U.S. and U.N. officials, the United States does not back granting veto power to any new permanent members. That position ensures that if reform is achieved, it would grant additional countries the clout of permanent council seats without diluting current members' veto power.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 08:20:06 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:04:36 PM EST
    by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 11:33:38 PM EST
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    dodig.mil | PRESS RELEASE, 25 May value (woo, court) propositions
    Inspector General (IG) Robert P. Storch announced today that the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) released a "Management Advisory: Maintenance Concerns for the Army's Prepositioned Stock-5 Equipment Designated for Ukraine," which highlights concerns regarding the readiness of Army Prepositioned Stock-5 (APS-5) equipment designated for Ukraine. The Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) program strategically positions sets of equipment, such as combat vehicles and weapon systems, worldwide to reduce deployment response times.

    IG Storch stated, "The advisory released today determined that the 401st Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait did not adequately oversee the maintenance of M1167 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and M777 howitzers in the APS-5 inventory. These deficiencies resulted in unanticipated maintenance, repairs, and extended lead times to bring the equipment up to the level where the DoD could issue it to Ukraine."

    While this advisory focuses on the condition of equipment identified for use by Ukrainian Armed Forces, the advisory also provides insights into larger [USEUCOM, NATO, CEGE] issues with the maintenance of all APS-5 [and APS-2] equipment.

    archived cockroach alerts, The biggest opportunity in Europe since the Second World War and -no SLA in The cost of doing business

    DODIG, "Management Advisory: Maintenance Concerns for the Army's Prepositioned Stock-5 Equipment Designated for Ukraine," 23 May 2023, 24 pp redacted in part
    DOTE.osd.mil | FY2022 Annual Report, 413 pp
    Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (subdomain of) Office of the Secretary of Defense
    samm.dsca.mil | C5 - Foreign Military Sales Case Development.
    Security Assistance Management Manual (subdomain of) Defense Security Cooperation Agency, eg. SAMM Chapter 5 ("C5")
    centcom | APS-5 'a powerful, ready stock of equipment', 16 June 2017 Kuwait

    by Cat on Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 06:05:13 PM EST
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    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 09:38:35 PM EST
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    Protecting the President as he was golfing with his brother near Andrews AFB 😂

    Sonic boom: F-16s investigate unresponsive plane in restricted airspace over DC

    No heroes, no villains, just four deaths in a small civilian plane crash in mountains of Virginia.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 05:35:35 AM EST
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    Trump indicted AGAIN, 9 June
    He faces seven charges, including willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements (The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN)
    most ignorant, litigious nation on planet reports.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 01:00:35 PM EST
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    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 01:54:17 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 11:15:35 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Supreme Court guts affirmative action
    "Racial classifications are wrong," Patrick Strawbridge, an attorney from Consovoy McCarthy representing the group, said during oral arguments. "That principle was enshrined in our law at great cost following the Civil War. A century of resistance to race neutrality followed, but this Court's landmark decision in Brown [v. Board of Education] finally and firmly rejected the view that racial classifications have any role to play in providing educational opportunities."
    Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (20-1199)
    by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 03:31:52 PM EST
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    H.R.3746 - Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 is not one of the Most Viewed bills at congress.gov

    This is the Top 10 list

    1. Impeaching Joseph Robinette Biden, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
    2. Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States, for abuse of power by enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.
    3. Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023
    4. HALT Fentanyl Act
    5. RESTRICT Act
    6. Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
    7. Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021
    8. Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
    9. DIGNIDAD (Dignity) Act
    10. Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

    ANNND HUAWEI GOOoooo...!
    House panel leaders want [Commerce Sec. Gina] Raimondo to fight China's Micron chip ban, 3 June "ongoing economic coercion"
    They noted the Chinese government banned its ["]critical information infrastructure["] operators from buying [specific Micron] chips from the company Micron last month based on purported national security risks, but they [McCaul and Gallagher] argued no evidence exists that the risks are present.
    Gallagher and McCaul said the Commerce Department should work with U.S. partners and allies to overcome the "embargo" [sic] and make sure companies in Japan and South Korea don't replace sales [!] Micron lost because of China's boycott [sic].
    They asked [Raimondo] whether enough evidence exists for the Chinese company [?] ChangXin Memory Technologies, which creates products for  [WHOSE?] military and surveillance uses, to have export controls put in place against [?], and whether [US?] officials can use the Anti-Boycott Act of 2018 to prevent U.S. and other companies from furthering the Chinese boycott on [sic] Micron.
    idiocracy in part
    Prohibited activities include, inter alia, agreements by U.S. companies to refuse to do business with a boycotted country or with blacklisted persons for boycott-related reasons, furnishing information about any person's business relationships with a boycotted country or with blacklisted persons, and implementation (by U.S. banking eNtITiEs) of letters of credit that include prohibited boycott-related terms or conditions.
    The antiboycott provisions of the EAR encourage, and in specified cases, require U.S. persons to refuse to participate in unsanctioned foreign boycotts. They have the effect of preventing U.S. persons from advancing foreign policies of other nations
    < wipes tears >
    that run counter to U.S. policy.

    Primary Impact:
    The Arab League boycott of Israel is the principal unsanctioned foreign boycott that U.S. persons must be concerned with today. The antiboycott provisions of the EAR, however, apply to all unsanctioned foreign boycotts.

    archived When will #MeToo call for #BDS?
    by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 12:39:38 AM EST
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    thecradle | BDS forces security giant G4S to leave Israel, 3 June
    The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement announced on 1 June the success of its years-long campaign against the operations of [UK] corporate security giant [AUS-subsidiary] G4S in Israel.

    "In a major win for human rights activism against corporate complicity, the world's largest private security [US Inc.] company Allied Universal, which owns G4S, has decided to sell all its remaining business in apartheid Israel," BDS said in a statement.

    The group added, "This follows years of an effective #StopG4S campaign waged by the BDS movement for Palestinian rights."

    According to BDS, the campaign "led to high-profile divestment from G4S by the Church of Sweden, the United Methodist Church, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a Kuwaiti investment fund, UN agencies [!], trade unions, universities, and restaurant chains, among others, compelling the company in 2016 to divest from Israel's prison system, military checkpoints, and illegal settlements. Yet the company remained invested in Policity."

    by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 08:35:12 PM EST
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    When did Micron build a plant in Xi'an, China?


    Micron Technology Inc. on March 21 officially opened a new manufacturing facility in Xi'an, China. The facility, Micron's first manufacturing facility in China, is designed for assembly and test operations for Micron's semiconductor products, including dynamic random access memory, NAND flash memory and CMOS image sensors....

    How many Micron plants in China now?

    • Shanghai
    • Shenzhen
    • Xi'an
    • Hsinchu
    • Taichung
    • Taipei
    • Taoyuan

    How does the State Council of China define "key information infrastructure"?

    as China defines it
    Article 2 The key information infrastructure mentioned in these regulations refers to public communication and information services, energy, transportation, water conservancy, finance, public services, e-government, national defense science and technology industry and other important industries and fields, as well as other infrastructures once damaged, loss of function or data leakage, which may seriously endanger national security, national economy and people's livelihood, and important network facilities and information systems of public interest.
    The authority did not specify how Micron poses a cybersecurity risk, but it did cite China's Cybersecurity Law that took effect in 2016
    Article 2 This Law applies to the construction, operation, maintenance and use of networks within the territory of the People's Republic of China, as well as the supervision and management of network security.
    a wide-ranging regulation aimed at strengthening the government's oversight on the internet, with rules like real-name verification and storing local user data on local servers.
    archived Zero Days delivery "platforms"
    by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 09:39:37 PM EST
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    by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 09:43:21 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 28th, 2023 at 06:31:44 PM EST
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    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 01:29:07 PM EST
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    MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead, Jeremy.
    JEREMY: Thanks, Karine. I wanted to ask you about this new "Bidenomics" messaging push. Can you just give me a sense, first, of, you know, how did you guys coin that phrase, or why did you decide to go with that branding going forward?
    JEAN-PIERRE: You don't like "Bidenomics"?
    JEREMY: No, I'm just asking. I'm curious.
    JEAN-PIERRE: I think it's -- I think it's pretty clever. It's pretty good. Look, it makes good sense, "Bidenomics." Right? It kind of flows off the tongue really well.
    Embracing 'Bidenomics' term, president seeks credit for economy
    by Cat on Wed Jun 28th, 2023 at 06:38:19 PM EST
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    HHS has limited options as millions lose Medicaid
    As of June 22, more than 1.5 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia have been disenrolled from denied Medicaid insurance benefits through the unwinding of the pandemic continuous coverage provision, according to data from KFF, the group formerly known as the Kaiser Family Foundation. And as many as 17 million could lose coverage soon by the time the process concludes.
    by Cat on Wed Jun 28th, 2023 at 07:42:29 PM EST
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    SEC Files 13 Charges Against Binance eNtITtiEes and Founder Changpeng Zhao, 5 June
    "Charges include operating unregistered exchanges, broker-dealers, and clearing agencies; misrepresenting trading controls and oversight on the Binance.US platform; and the unregistered offer and sale of securities."

    SEC Charges Coinbase for Operating as an Unregistered Securities Exchange, Broker, and Clearing Agency, 6 June
    "Coinbase also charged for the unregistered offer and sale of securities in connection with its staking-as-a-service program."

    archived SWIFT-like CBDC preppers, FTX bankruptcy, SEC's equivocation in Always read the footnotes

    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 08:09:52 PM EST
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    12 minute simulacrum
    by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 12:15:00 PM EST
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    • Momo Christie (R)
    • Corona Czar Pence (R)
    • Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (People's Party)

    archived May
    • The Don Cheeto (R)
    • Nikki Two-Tones (R)
    • Vivek WHO? (R)
    • Perry WUT? (R)
    • not that Scott, the other one (R)
    • Asa (R)
    • Marianne (D)
    • RFK, Jr (D)

    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 01:12:44 PM EST
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    • Dakato Doug Tech (R)
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 08:14:04 PM EST
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    • Miami, Suarez (R)

    Rt Rev Dr Cornel West goes (G)

    D510 disinterest drama
    Progressive democrats mull frustration

    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 11:52:28 PM EST
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    by Cat on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 01:36:17 PM EST
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    • Texass Hurd (R)
    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 10:56:08 AM EST
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    Politico | Blinken's long-delayed Beijing trip now in planning for next week, 8 June
    Blinken is on track to arrive in Beijing following his current trip to the Middle East, one of the two people said. Both were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about sssenssssitive diplomatic travel. The Secretary of Stalking is in Saudi Arabia this week for multiple meetings, including a gathering of countries battling the Islamic State [IS| ISIL| DAESH | al-q(ae|ai)da-in-the-*] terrorist group.
    Asked for comment about the China plans, State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said we "don't have any travel to announce for the Secretary." The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not confirm Blinken's upcoming China visit. Spokesperson Liu Pengyu said only, "China is open to having dialogue with the United States."
    The Biden administration has been working to renew high-level diplomatic and military communication following a near breakdown over The Chinese Spy Balloon™ incident in February. Blinken had originally been scheduled to visit China few days later and postponed because of [PICK A US SANCTION].

    One of the goals of a trip to Beijing earlier this week by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink and National Security Council senior director for China and Taiwan Affairs Sarah Beran "was to make sure the lines of communication remain open and to talk about the potential for future visits, higher-level visits," National Security Council spokesperson John KIRBY said on Tuesday.

    Q: Hi.  In regards to CHINESE INCURSIONS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC, what do you say to those who are criticizing the -- both parties, the United States and China, that are acting poorly and instigating, actually, escalation?  What would -- what will this administration do to lower those tensions in the Indo-Pacific?
    KIRBY:  Well, we've been talking about it now for two days: trying to KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN, having a visit to Beijing just this week to see if we can't get more transparency and get more communication open, including through the military-to-military lanes.

    What are we doing? I mean, Secretary Austin again attempted to have a discussion with his -- with his counterpart in the -- in the PLA [Gen. Li Shangfu? 4 June 2023. This one?]. And -- and they REBUFFED that. So, to those saying we're not doing enough -- it's interesting you're criticizing -- or not you, but people that are criticizing us for not doing enough.  And then I hear from others that we're doing too much or we're bowing down to China, that we're trying too hard.

    I mean, I think anybody that's taken a look at this bilateral relationship -- the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world right now -- can see that the tensions are high.  And we all want to see the tensions come down. And the President believes that the best way to do that is through diplomacy. And IT BOGGLES MY MIND that anybody anywhere would think, A, that we're not engaging in diplomacy, and, B, that diplomacy and the use of it and the attempt at dialogue and diplomacy is somehow weakness.  It just ABSOLUTELY BOGGLES MY MIND.

    We're working on this very, very hard.  And the President is confident that we'll be able to get back to The Spirit of Bali™ between the PRC and the United States.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry officials have publicly REBUFFED Biden administration OUTREACH in recent weeks citing everything [BUT PUTIN'S UNPROVOKED WAR OF AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE?] from U.S. export restrictions on high tech semiconductors, ongoing arms sales to Taiwan and the Biden administration's rallying G-7 PRICE CAP COALITION last month to work on "de-risking and diversifying" their economies to rely less on China.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 01:46:46 PM EST
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    US Congress excellent performance ...

    U.S. congressional delegation arrives on 5-day trip to Taiwan | Feb. 19, 2023 |

    MOFA welcomes visit of US congressional delegation to Taiwan | March 16, 2023 |

    The visit of a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation to Taiwan is welcomed by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 15.
    Led by Rep. Ken Calvert, chair of the defense subcommittee under the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the group comprises other AC members Reps. Ed Case, Tom Cole, Mike Garcia, David Joyce and Steve Womack.
    During the delegation's two-day trip, members had an audience with President Tsai Ing-wen, met with National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo and attended a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu. Discussion topics spanned strengthening bilateral security cooperation and the advancement of economic and trade ties.
    According to the MOFA, delegation members have been vocal advocates for Taiwan for many years, for example, calling for the country's inclusion in World Health Organization and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. The ministry added they also supported signing of a bilateral trade agreement.

    Biden hasn't changed U.S. policy on Taiwan, Jake Sullivan says | 5 days ago |

    Why Lithuania and Czechia are pursuing closer ties with Republic of China, Taiwan

    Czechia and Lithuania have broken from their European peers to take a more assertive approach towards relations with Taiwan. Their actions test the unity of the European Union's China policy and the power of the single market. 

    EU to cohost GCTF meeting | April 14, 2021 |

    The EU for the first time is to join Taiwan, the US and Japan to host a meeting of the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

    The virtual meeting would focus on supply chain restructuring, and financing for small and medium-sized enterprises, Department of North American Affairs Director-General Douglas Hsu (徐佑典) told a news briefing in Taipei.

    Collection of U.S. actions inconsistent with words on China

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 05:37:02 PM EST
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    GT | a new farce, 9 June
    While hyping the spy installation in Cuba, in recent days, US media also reported on US Secretary of State  Antony Blinken's plan to visit China "as soon as next week" following his trip to the Middle East. However, neither China nor the US has officially released any information on his visit to China in the coming weeks.
    In February, Blinken announced he was postponing his reported trip to China in response to the flying of what Washington labeled a "spy balloon" over the US. However, China never released or confirmed any information on Blinken's visit and blasted the hype over the balloon incident.
    By hyping such accusations, the US can appear to gain the upper hand in dialogues and stand on the "moral high ground" to shame the other side for playing dirty while the US is "working to promote dialogue," said Wang.
    MEANWHILE, in France a super-secret dossier brews.
    China's interference is 'increasingly aggressive', French parliamentary report finds
    China is now pursuing "a strategy that fuels The Contestation of Norms®", relying on its diaspora and cultural network to challenge and undermine the Western order. Like Russia, China uses "information manipulation, cyber-attacks, and espionage".
    FURTHERMORE, geology.
    Critical Raw Materials: China 15B years ahead, expert says
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:54:42 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 12, 2023
    Reuters: A US official said Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken will travel to China on June 18th despite the Biden administration officials saying China has been spying on Cuba for some time. Does China have any comment or any update to share on these points?  
    Wang Wenbin: I just stated China's solemn position on the false allegation of "China's spying activities in Cuba".

    As to the visit you asked about, I have nothing to share.

    by Cat on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 04:17:38 PM EST
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    Not spying ... please ... what nations do ... intelligence gathering trying to keep abreast of the global initiatives of leading powers. Sometimes the only means of communication. 😂

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 05:30:15 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 13, 2023
    Bloomberg: US Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken said former President Donald Trump's administration didn't do enough to counter Chinese efforts to boost intelligence gathering overseas. Does the foreign ministry have any comment on Secretary Blinken's remarks? And relatedly, do you have any information or details to share about the planned visit by Secretary Blinken to China?
    Wang Wenbin: On your first question, I've stated China's position on similar questions several times. The US has been taking the same page from its playbook and people are already quite familiar with it. We hope the US will take a hard look at itself, stop propagating rumors and smears, and stop being a champion of hacking with its indiscriminate surveillance on other countries.

    As to the visit you mentioned, I have answered similar questions and have nothing to add. 

    defense.gov | Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing, 13 June
    Q: Secretary Blinken is traveling to Beijing soon, reportedly. So does the content or timing of this package could change depending on the result of Secretary Blinken's trip to Beijing?
    SINGH: No, our timing is when -- we're ready to announce. I don't have any updates unfortunately today but when -- if I do, I will certainly let you know. Great.
    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 11:24:44 AM EST
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    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:31:16 PM EST
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    GT | Blinken to visit China; trip expected to relaunch next stage of high-level exchanges: experts, 14 June bug-out bag
    Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a phone call with US Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken at the latter's request on Wednesday [14 June] Beijing time shortly before the Chinese foreign ministry confirmed that Blinken will visit China on Sunday and Monday [17-18 June]. In the phone call, Qin expounded China's firm stance on core concerns such as the Taiwan question. The phone call serves as a reminder to the US side that it should "hold a correct attitude" for high-level meetings while correcting its wrong deeds, some experts said.
    During the phone call with Blinken, Qin pointed out that since the beginning of the year, China-US relations have faced new difficulties and challenges, and the responsibility for this is clear. China has always viewed and handled China-US relations following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    mind your manners!
    Qin told Blinken during the phone call that he hopes that the US will take practical actions to implement the important consensus reached between the two heads of state on the sidelines of the G20 Bali summit in November 2022 and the relevant commitments made by the US, move toward China, effectively manage differences, promote exchanges and cooperation, and get China-US relations back on track to a healthy and stable development.
    and keep your ssssullivan in your pants!
    Blinken will meet senior Chinese officials where he will discuss the importance of maintaining OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION to "responsibly manage" the US-China relationship. He will also raise bilateral issues of concern, global and regional matters, and potential cooperation on shared transnational challenges, according to a readout from the US Department of State.
    Secretary Blinken's Trip to the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom, 18-21 June
    In London, the Secretary will attend the Ukraine Recovery Conference to help mobilize international support from the public and private sector to help Ukraine recover from Russia's brutal and ongoing attacks. While there, he will also meet with counterparts from the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and other partners and allies.
    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 14, 2023
    Anadolu Agency: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Qin Gang on the phone this morning. Can you give any details about the exchange? The US media reported that Blinken will visit Beijing on June 18. Can you confirm that information? Is there any plan for the visit?
    Wang Wenbin: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at US request this morning.
    AFP: We've seen media reports that British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has been formally invited to visit China. The trip is reportedly expected to take place this summer. Can you confirm this? 
    Wang Wenbin: On the visit you asked about, I have nothing to offer.
    archived Now we are in CPTPP we should do our utmost to work with the others to veto China joining
    [...]AFP: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said yesterday that institutions like the IMF and the World Bank reflect American values and serve as a counterweight to unsustainable lending from others like China.
    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives (13.06.23)
    ...the international financial institutions [IFIs] advance U.S. national interests by fostering a more resilient global economy....The World Bank and other multilateral development banks have also provided essential support to Ukraine....These institutions reflect American values. Assistance from the IFIs comes with strong requirements for governance, accountability, and debt sustainability. It serves as an important counterweight to nontransparent, unsustainable lending from others like China....
    She also said she doesn't think China should qualify for the World Bank's loans. Do you have any response to Yellen's comments? 
    Wang Wenbin: The IMF and the World Bank are multilateral financial institutions and platforms that reflect the trend towards greater democracy in international relations and advance international cooperation on the basis of fully taking into account the interests of all member states. The IMF is not the "International Monetary Fund of the United States", neither is the World Bank for that matter.

    Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at U.S.-India Business Council Ideas Summit (13.06.23)
    ...We are working closely with India, Australia, and Japan through the Quad. And we are writing new rules for the 21st century economy with India and a dozen other countries through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework [IPEF].... We are collaborating with India to deliver tangible outcomes on the G20's work to enhance cross-border payments as well as our financial inclusion efforts to connect the unbanked around the world ....

    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 07:41:57 PM EST
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    https://www.rfi.fr/fr/en-bref/20230613-syrie-%C3%A0-court-de-financement-l-onu-annonce-r%C3%A9duire- de-plus-de-la-moiti%C3%A9-son-aide-alimentaire-au-pays
    by Oosterbeek on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 02:26:39 AM EST
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    Third world countries and hunger ... unprovoked attack by Russia | Erdogan re-elected on populist rhetoric, forced return of Syrian refugees | Odessa port and grain corridor | Türkiye 🇹🇷 seeks billions in EU funds to block refugees crossing into Greece | VDL-Meloni-Rutte visits Tunisian dictator to support effort to prevent human trafficking ... before refugees from jungle reaches the waters of the garden ... shocking if rafts would reach English Channel and venture into non-EU territory and are deported into Rwanda | Baerbock's 360 degrees solution |

    Syria in crisis: Food ration cuts set to plunge millions into severe hunger | WFP |

    World Food Programme calls for (US) $180 million to avoid a devastating reduction in assistance

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 03:49:47 AM EST
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    Trafigura traders share $3bn payout on record profit during energy crisis

    The payout -- Trafigura's highest ever -- is the latest evidence of how a small group of commodity traders have shared an unprecedented bounty on the back of the energy crisis triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    Trafigura is not alone in reaping a bonanza from the energy crisis. Rival Vitol Group made record profits of almost $15-billion last year, Bloomberg has reported, while the energy trading divisions of oil majors BP Plc and Shell Plc have also seen spectacular gains.

    Energy bill for EU industry and consumer may top one trillion Euros [€ 1 plus 12 zeroes]

    Europe Already Lost the Gas War with Russia

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 03:51:30 AM EST
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    Joe and Jens urge NATO partners to share burden of new ploughs in European garden at 2% GDP minimum ... Pentagon sales for MAGA super charged.

    In 2021, the Netherlands was the 9th-largest donor country in 2021, spending US$5.3 billion on ODA. This corresponds to 0.5% of its GNI, cutting back from 0.83% a decade earlier and the original agreement of EU states to reach 1% goal supporting developing countries. Pre Rutte and VVD era of a liberal and progressive mindset in Dutch politics. Building higher walls at our border (Borrellian fascism) ... the British conservatives and New Europe's populist policy to tackle aliens at our frontier.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 04:16:19 AM EST
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    Politico.com prints the unthinkable—hot links quotes not only to fmprc.gov regular press conference, but White House briefing transcripts. in English. omg. end of history.

    Beijing preps sharp, cold shoulder for Blinken visit, 17 June

    A senior State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters to "stay tuned" regarding whether Blinken might meet with paramount leader Xi Jinping.
    yanno, Blinken's "counterpart"
    Last month President Joe Biden predicted a "thaw" in U.S.-China relations. WITHIN DAYS, Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao had flown to the U.S. for meetings with [lolno] Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
    archived APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, 14-26 May footnotes
    "The script appears to have flipped—it feels like Beijing is granting a favor [because it is a favor, jack ass] by merely allowing Blinken to go [to China for an audience]," said Ivan Kanapathy, former director for of US National Security Council surveillance of China, Taiwan[,] and Mongolia at the National Security Council. "Beijing is accepting a Blinken visit as a step toward engaging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who they see as more favorable [?!] to their priorities and interests," Kanapathy said.
    expectation management 101: low bar value proposition No. 1
    And now Blinken's trip could be overshadowed [modified, weakened, diminished, obscured] by another REVELATION about China's espionage operations against the United States. A Biden administration official REVEALED last week that China has been spying on the U.S. from a base in Cuba for years [?].
    8 June WSJ | "a brash new geopolitical challenge by Beijing"
    9 June, Friday
    That allegation is "slander and smears," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday [12 June].
    expectation management 101: low bar value proposition No. 2
    And it could pave the way for a[nother] long-awaited summit between Biden and Xi later this year.There is speculation that their presence at the APEC summit in San Francisco in November could provide the opportunity for a sideline meeting, but neither Washington or Beijing have publicly disclosed any preparatory discussions for such a meeting. [T]he constraints of the U.S. political calendar require substantive progress on contentious bilateral issues long before November.
    expectation management 101: time-limited value proposition No. 3
    "We have[,] like[,] a six-month window," said Zack Cooper, former assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism at the National Security Council, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute [AIE!]. "By the time that we get to December and January, between the election in Taiwan and the primary season in Washington, it's going to be very difficult to make any progress [to "cool" the "frozen high-level diplomatic dialogue"] or even perhaps to have any substantial meetings," Cooper said.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 12:17:24 PM EST
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    17 June
    UPI | Blinken speaks to Japanese, S. Korean counterparts ahead of China visit
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa on Saturday ahead of a closely watched trip to China. Blinken departed for his trip Friday night amid speculation that he could meet with < wipes tears > Chinese President Xi Jinping after arriving in China on Sunday.
    18 June

    That's a whole lot of plane for such a little guy!

    albawaba | Blinken welcomed in China with no 'red carpet'
    Blinken landed in Beijing with the aim to downplay tension between the U.S. and China, however, photos and videos showing a few Chinese officials welcoming the U.S. official and with no red carpet waiting down the plane have dragged many questions.
    According to U.S. media outlets, Blinken was welcomed upon arrival to China by U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns and Director General of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Yang Tao. Blinken will be holding a two-day visit to China, he is expected to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Sunday afternoon and for a working dinner.

    On Monday, Blinken is scheduled for a meeting with China's top diplomat Wang Yi, as well as roundtable talks with American exchange students and business leaders in the country.

    yahoo! AP | Blinken kicks off meetings in Beijing on high-stakes mission to cool soaring US-China tensions
    Blinken opened his program by meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang for an extended discussion to be followed by a working dinner. He'll have additional talks with Qin, as well as China's top diplomat Wang Yi and < wipes tears > possibly President Xi Jinping, on Monday.
    Jun 18, 2023 02:45 PM: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Beijing on Sunday. As agreed between China and the United States, Blinken is visiting China from June 18 to 19.
    Xi offered a hint of a possible willingness to reduce tensions, saying in a meeting with Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates on Friday that the United States and China can cooperate to "benefit our two countries." ...[Stalker 1] Biden told White House reporters Saturday he was "hoping that over the next several months, I'll be meeting with Xi again and talking about legitimate differences we have, but also how ... to get along."
    by Cat on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 02:02:14 PM EST
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    No red carpet but Antony steadfast crosses airport's red line 🤣

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 03:58:27 PM EST
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    Blinken's support for 'healthy and mature' China-South Korea ties 'a sophisticated diplomatic parlance' with hidden US' agenda: experts

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 04:11:07 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 04:12:03 PM EST
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    We'll need to go far beyond simply MAGA ... we need SUPER MAGA.

    Department Press Briefing by Matthew Miller - June 14, 2023

    MR MILLER: I have a few remarks at the top.

    As we announced this morning, Secretary Blinken will travel to Beijing from June 18th to 19th for a series of meetings with senior PRC officials.

    The Secretary's visit builds on a series of engagements following the conversation between President Biden and President Xi in Bali, where they agreed to keep channels open to, at a minimum, prevent miscalculation. And it follows the work we've done since the outset of this administration to strengthen America's ability to outcompete China - including historic investments at home and alignment with allies and partners abroad - work that will continue.

    Intense competition requires intense and tough diplomacy to ensure that competition does not veer into confrontation or conflict, and that's what we intend for this visit.
    We have three objectives for the visit:

    First, the Secretary wants to establish communication channels that are open and empowered - to discuss important challenges, address misperceptions, and prevent miscalculation - to manage competition between our two countries.

    Second, as he always does, he will stand up and speak out for our values and our interests. He will raise clearly and candidly our concerns on a range of issues, and he will also discuss a host of regional and global matters.

    Third, he is committed to exploring potential cooperation on transnational challenges when it is in our interest in areas such as climate and global macroeconomic stability. We also hope to discuss ways to increase exchanges between the American and Chinese people.

    Our primary focus is to have candid, direct, and constructive discussions on all three of these fronts.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 06:41:38 PM EST
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    President Biden addresses nation on Chinese spy balloon, other aerial phenomena -- 02/16/23

    Opposition Republicans say US shows weakness towards China Communist leaders.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 03:56:55 AM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 04:01:01 AM EST
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    thehill | Nikki Haley's husband to deploy to AFRICOM
    "Our family, like every military family, is ready to make personal sacrifices when our loved one answers the call."
    by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 11:41:05 PM EST
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    under the mf bus
    A U.S. envoy's tongue-lashing of South Africa infuriates [US State Department], 1 June
    It was a shocking [accussation] by an American official against a country that the United States has been trying to court [sic] in the global [FALSE] effort to isolate Russia.

    [Reuben] Brigety's [statements] thrilled some observers who say the U.S. needs to be more honest about a South African drift toward Moscow; his defenders include top U.S. senators. But multiple U.S. [anonymous] officials told POLITICO that Brigety's accusations were overstated and he may have damaged [US] American [monomania] in the long run.

    a "mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy"
    Brigety did not have permission from higher-ups to say what he said, two [anonymous] former U.S. officials and a current U.S. official familiar with the discussions said. He also overstated what the U.S. definitively knows, according to the current official and a fourth [anonymous] person -- a [anonymous] senior Biden administration official.
    crude, rude, and social unacceptable confirmation
    South Africa is a key player among countries being wooed [sic] because it is "definitely the de facto leader [wut] of sub-Saharan Africa," a fifth person, a [anonymous] Biden administration official familiar with the issue said. "I don't think we 'need' them. But it's also not smart to make them an enemy." The asshat, and others interviewed for this story, were granted anonymity to discuss sensitive [OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION].
    "the broader Africa watcher community": Senators Risch, Coons, and Van Ho plus Wutshistits
    There's rarely any appreciation for what America has done for South Africa, including helping it battle HIV/AIDS, former U.S. diplomats and officials said. Instead, South Africa frequently opposes the United States in forums such as the United Nations.

    "Any chance they get to poke the U.S. in the eye they will do it," said Tibor Nagy, a former assistant secretary of State for African affairs.

    Still, Brigety spoke in definitive terms about an intelligence matter, even though U.S. intelligence is rarely intellligent.

    archived APsplanin baggage, Food for starving Africans "press availability"
    by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 05:06:11 PM EST
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    USTR | U.S.-South Africa Trade Facts (2019)
    ...In 2019, South Africa GDP was an estimated $358.8 billion (current market exchange rates); real GDP was up by an estimated 0.2%; and the population was 59 million. (Source: IMF) U.S. goods and services trade with South Africa totaled an estimated $17.8 billion in 2019....
    [INSERT PANDEMIC, CY 2020-2022, 2023 to date USD 6.09B]
    bloomberg | South Africa Risks Losing $32 Billion on Russia Stance, Stanlib Says, 8 June virus
    South Africa stands to lose as much as USD 32.4 billion in export revenue, almost a 10th of its gross domestic product, should some of its main trading partners retaliate against its unwillingness to take a stance against Russia's war in Ukraine. "Together, the EU and US account for 30.4% of total exports by South Africa," compared with Russia's 0.23%, or 0.07% of GDP, said Ndivhuho Netshitenzhe, an economist at Stanlib Asset Management (Pty) Ltd., an investment manager with more than ZAR 650 billion (USD 34.4 billion) in assets under management.
    NY Yella Cake | U.S. Lawmakers Ask White House to Punish South Africa for Supporting Russia, 12 June
    A bipartisan group [Senators COONS and RISCH, Reprsentatives MEEKS and McCAUL] of [US] American lawmakers has asked the Biden administration [Stalker BLINKEN, USTR TAI, NSA Advisssor SsssULLIVAN] to punish South Africa for what they see as the country's support of Russia's war in Ukraine by moving a major trade conference scheduled to be held in South Africa this year to another country.

    The request, made in a letter sent last week

    ...While we understand that the AGOA eligibility review process for 2024 is underway and that decisions have not yet been made, we question whether a country in danger of losing AGOA benefits should havethe privilege of hosting the 2023 AGOA Forum. Our concerns are shared by many South African citizens and businesses, who are increasingly vocal about deteriorating conditions in the country...
    is the first concrete effort at retaliation by members of the U.S. government over the growing view in Washington that South Africa's relationship with Russia is moving in a direction that threatens America's national interests. The letter, obtained by NY Yella Cake, centers on an annual forum for the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challege [!] Act Modernization Act], or AGOA.

    The act provides duty-free access to the U.S. trade market for about three dozen African nations.

    The term "eligible sub-Saharan African country'' means a country that the President has determined meets the eligibility requirements set forth in section 104 of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (19 U.S.C. 3703)
    South Africa, one of the continent's most developed [developing] economies, is its biggest beneficiary, exporting about $3 billion worth of goods to the United States through AGOA last year.

    U.S. officials have US Amb. Rueben Brigety said intelligence suggests that South Africa may have helped supply Russia with arms for the war. South African officials say the country is "nonaligned" on the conflict, and deny selling weapons to Russia. [US] American lawmakers and the Biden administration have been at odds over how to respond to the suspicion.

    agoa.info | AGOA Country Eligibility, Jan 2001-Nov 2022
    comme ci comme ça
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 05:12:43 PM EST
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    rumble.com reports today: Nobody explained why we're detained - reporter stranded in Poland as S. African aircraft held back, 16-18 June

    Separately, Zelensk*'s adviser, Mikhail Podol*ak was recorded saying: "The most important thing that they had to do was the a misinfomation task, saying that they don't see in any missile in the air, that it all was a distraction, a fabrication. This was a primitive attempt to win attention warfare."

    by Cat on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 07:42:53 PM EST
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    Trump Indicted in Mar-a-Lago Probe | Lawfare Blog - June 8, 2023 |

    Donald Trump and the Espionage Act | Lawfare Blog - Aug. 18, 2022 |

    "Lock him up" ⁉️

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:38:50 PM EST
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    BTW Donald may be looking for a new country to lead in a deal Quid pro Quo for immunity and no rendition to Washington DC. The Jewish State of Israel comes to mind where he has his own village on the Golan Heights, perhaps up North in an independent Scotland ... playing on his favorite golf course ... or Georgia (w capital Tsiblisi) still searching for a successor to Saakashvili, also close to CIA secrets.

    Will America finally enter the post-Trump era?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:40:50 PM EST
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    Done. Stick, how you say, a fork in it.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 08:53:11 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:27:28 PM EST
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    "implicating the equities of, multiple US 'Intelligence Community' members and other executive branch departments and agencies" such as the DOD and DOJ, of which FBI.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 09:22:42 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.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 05:57:24 AM EST
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    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, 13 June
    This is -- the President has been very, very clear: The Department of Justice is independent. He wants to restore that independence of -- of the Department of Justice, and that's what you have seen.
    Neither abrogation nor abdication is an alibi.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 11:26:43 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:05:02 PM EST

    Germany's dirty Colombian coal | DW News |

    Berlin wants to reduce its reliance on Russian coal by importing more from the biggest open-cast coal mine in Latin America. Its poor environmental and human rights standards have earned it the nickname "The Monster."

    Related reading Glencore ...

    Cerrejón Accused before the OECD of Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Damage

    The complaints were filed simultaneously, against BHP in Australia, ESB and CMC in Ireland, Glencore in Switzerland and Anglo American in UK.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:13:45 PM EST
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    Looking away, Europe's and German Green Parties due to focus on war in Ukraine ... hypocrisy as so often, nothing here to see.

    World Food Programme, Glencore Option and Famine in Horn of Africa

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:15:33 PM EST
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    by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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    How we can live more sustainably with wildfires
    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 01:14:22 PM EST
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    bundesbank.de | European Central Bank turns 25!: 25 May 1998
    The European Central Bank (ECB) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. On 25 May 1998, the governments of the 11 participating member states appointed the president, Wim Duisenberg, along with the vice-president and the four other members of the ECB's Executive Board, one of whom was Otmar Issing, formerly the Bundesbank's chief economist. They took up office on 1 June 1998, formally establishing the ECB.
    Origins in the 1970s.

    The idea of creating a single currency for all of Europe had been hatched long before. Indeed, it began to garner interest when the Bretton Woods system, the international monetary system with fixed exchange rates, began to crumble. Pierre Werner, Luxembourg's prime minister at that time, presented in the early 1970s a plan to introduce a single currency for all the European Community member states by 1980.

    Several European countries—the first being Belgium [BE], France [FR], Germany [DE], Italy [IT], Luxembourg[ LU], and the Netherlands {NL]—agreed in 1972 to initially set up a European exchange rate arrangement known as the "snake in the tunnel".

    BIS (1930): BE, FR, DE, IT, UK, CH
    IMF Articles (1945); (1962-1971 G10): FR, IT, NL, UK, IT, DE, CH, UK, US, JP; 2023 SDR shareholders: G7 (USD, GBP, EUR (DE, FR, IT, EU), JPY) + 158 clients
    EU6 FR, DE, BE, NL, IE, LU (by GINI)
    EU6 FR, DE, IT, ES, NL, PL (by ECB share)
    by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 02:59:26 PM EST
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    lantidiplomatica.it | Giulio Palermo a l'AD: "La strategia imperialistica Usa in Europa ha radici lontane. In Ucraina assistiamo all'ultimo atto", 31 May
    "Giulio Palermo, economist author with our publishing house of "The Russian-Ukrainian conflict" (LAD, 2023), gives us a long and illuminating interview to argue and update his theses over a year after the start of the special operation Russian. 'The European continent forms the chessboard but the chessmen are mostly American and Russian and, in the background, Chinese. The European strategy for Europe simply does not exist. There are convergent and divergent economic interests between sectors and between states'."
    Storicamente, non si può dire che gli Stati uniti abbiano dimostrato una grande reattività all'avanzata nazista in Europa. Per tutta la prima fase della guerra, la disfatta dei paesi capitalistici di fronte all'esercito tedesco è totale e la resistenza al nazismo riposa quasi interamente sulle spalle dell'Unione sovietica. Stalin chiede ripetutamente agli alleati l'apertura di un secondo fronte contro la Germania -- il fronte occidentale -- per costringere Hitler ad allentare la presa a est. Ma gli Stati uniti e l'Inghilterra tergiversano.

    Decidono di passare all'azione nel giugno del 1944, con lo sbarco in Normandia, dopo che l'Armata rossa ha stroncato le truppe naziste e avanza ormai inarrestabile verso Berlino. E soprattutto dopo aver organizzato minuziosamente la conferenza di Bretton Woods (New Hampshire, Usa), che si terrà nel mese successivo: un mega-incontro di tre settimane tra le principali potenze capitalistiche in cui si definisce il quadro economico-finanziario postbellico, incentrato sul dollaro e sul capitale finanziario statunitense.

    Da allora, la penetrazione dei capitali americani in Europa è aumentata sensibilmente, prima attraverso il piano Marshall -- un colossale piano di investimenti Usa in Europa -- poi attraverso ulteriori esportazioni di capitali e fusioni con i capitali europei.

    Finché è convenuto, gli Stati uniti hanno imposto un regime di tassi di cambio incentrato sul dollaro -- che ha consentito alla valuta statunitense di imporsi come riferimento internazionale -- e quando non è più servito, lo hanno abolito, nel 1971, con un gesto unilaterale del presidente Nixon, in violazione degli accordi che proprio gli Stati uniti avevano imposto. Risultato: il più grande default della storia del capitalismo (il rifiuto degli Stati uniti di onorare i propri impegni finanziari) si è risolto con nuovi accordi valutari tra i principali paesi capitalistici per scaricare i problemi finanziari degli Stati uniti sul resto del mondo.

    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 12:24:54 PM EST
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    agriculture.canada.ca | Drought conditions as of April 30, 2023 "grey zones"

    Are the Canadian Fires Under Control? There Are Over 400 Fires Burning, 7 June surprise!

    Public Security Minister François Bonnardel spoke at a news conference on June 4 to discuss the fires, as reported by CBC. Bonnardel said, "We took charge of 35 fires today, compared to 21 yesterday. We chose specific fires to protect our critical infrastructures, but above all to protect our population. All our resources are concentrated on these fires."

    The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reports that as of June 6, 414 total fires are burning, with at least 239 considered "out of control." Despite the active fight against the flames, firefighters can only attack 20-30 at a time. According to PBS, Canada currently has at least 480 wilderness firefighters on the ground, but they have been seeking international help to battle the elements.
    On Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron announced he is sending 100 firefighters to help aid Canada. PBS reports that the United States is also sending firefighters, and Quebec is negotiating with Costa Rica, Portugal, and Chile for additional firefighters.

    As of June 7, the Associated Press reports that Northwestern Quebec continues to evacuate residents due to wildfires as firefighters first target blazes in more remote communities. An estimated 10,000 have already been evacuated.

    [AP] notes there are more than 150 fires in Quebec alone, with at least 110 considered "out of control." The mayor of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Guy Lafrenière, explains, "The fire started in an area where there were no trees, which slowed it down considerably."

    thehill | Arizona seeks to avert groundwater disaster , 6 June
    Climate change and drought are a constant background presence when it comes to Western water politics. Arizona recently agreed to shoulder the bulk of cuts to water allocations for states in the Colorado River's Lower Basin that depend on that source for their water.

    Policies surrounding groundwater in Arizona are a separate issue from that dispute. Unlike the river water, Porter said, "Out here in Arizona, groundwater is considered a non-renewable water supply." ... Specifically, the department determined the Hassayampa sub-basin groundwater supply west of Phoenix had some is 4.4 million acre-feet of unmet less than demand.
    If the agency's decision isn't enough to address the groundwater shortfall, state officials have numerous other options to attempt to preserve groundwater, according to Katherine Jacobs, director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona. For example, she said, they can explore options like bringing in water from western Arizona, bargaining with Native American tribes for water rights or treating municipal wastewater.

    archived basin states reach agreement, aquifier data visualization
    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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    telesur | Canada Records 10 New Wildfires, 9 June UPDATE
    Wildfires have so far ravaged some 45,000 square kilometers of land in Canada.

    Ten new wildfires were reported in Canada on Friday, bringing the total number of wildfires in the country so far this year to 2,405, the Canadian Interagency Wildfire Center reported.
    In Alberta, unsettled weather brought new starts. Hot, dry, and windy weather swept across the north, and extreme fires are expected. In Ontario, two large fires in the far north received some limited suppression and ignition action. More existing and new lightning fires are expected, the center said.

    Wildfires have spread in the western Canadian province of British Columbia. About 2,500 people were ordered Thursday to evacuate [displace] the community of Tumbler Ridge in northeastern British Columbia. Authorities also extended evacuation [deportation] orders for the Donnie Creek fire, the second-largest fire on record in the province. Some rain is expected over Quebec and neighboring Ontario this weekend, but it may not be too helpful, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng.

    jet streams of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
    Poor air quality is expected to persist in cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, New York and Washington [?!] until Sunday, when the wind direction shifts
    anywhere but Bal'more, please.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:58:43 PM EST
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    plattsville | Soil carbon credits: Opportunities and challenges ahead, 13 June buy sheet
    Corporate interest in reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions has grown substantially in the past decade. With more than one-third of the world's largest publicly traded companies now committed to net-zero goals, according to the Net Zero Tracker, carbon credit offsets have been touted as a way for the private sector to reach its decarbonization targets.

    One nature-based offset, soil carbon credit, has begun to gain traction particularly in the US and Australia, yet several challenges impede the take-off of such projects globally.


    The intersection of voluntary carbon markets and agriculture has become increasingly important in the face of global climate change.

    The agriculture industry contributes significantly to GHG emissions, yet there are numerous opportunities for the implementation of agricultural practices that reduce, avoid, or remove emissions from the sector.....

    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 01:49:41 PM EST
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    sputnik | India Set to Inaugurate $2.6 Billion Hydropower Project in Northeast, 12 June "ecocide" watch
    a [2 GW] $2.6 billion hydropower project in its northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh ...launched in 2003, the project took over 20 years to be built by the state-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) after facing protests from environmental groups over concerns of ecological damage to local surroundings.
    Trial runs on the Subansiri Lower project as it is called by state authorities are set to commence in July before the scheduled commissioning of its first unit in December 2023. However, the entire project comprising eight units will only become functional at the end of next year.
    In February, the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the 2.9-gigawatt Dibang project on the Dibang River in Arunachal Pradesh. As per government estimates, this hydropower project would take nine years to be completed.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 09:02:28 PM EST
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    scmp | China gives green light to nuclear reactor that burns thorium
    The reactor, a two-megawatt liquid-fuelled thorium molten salt reactor (MSR), is located in the Gobi Desert city of Wuwei in Gansu province and is operated by the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    The permit, issued by the National Nuclear Safety Administration on June 7, allows the Shanghai Institute to operate the reactor for 10 years and it will start by testing operations.
    The Shanghai Institute has also launched a follow-up project - a small-scale modular thorium molten salt reactor research facility - at the same desert site to advance the technology and address technical challenges, according to information on the institute's website.
    A test report should be submitted to the National Nuclear Safety Administration within two months of completing all the experiments specified in the testing plan, according to the permit.
    China reportedly plans to sell small thorium reactors to other countries as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's global infrastructure plan.

    archived Bill Gates' next generation, tokamak, 2014

    GT | Xi meets Bill Gates in Beijing, hopes for enduring friendship between the peoples of China, US

    Xi praised Gates and his foundation for their long-term commitment to facilitating global poverty reduction, health, development as well as philanthropy around the world. China is willing to work with him and his foundation to continue strengthening cooperation in relevant fields, and provide support and help to other developing countries, he said.
    Gates said during his meeting with Xi that China is speeding up innovative development, which is beneficial to China, developing countries, and the world. He also said that his foundation will further strengthen cooperation with China in areas including innovation, world poverty alleviation, public health, pharmaceutical R&D, rural and agricultural sectors.
    Experts said that the reception of US business executives by Chinese leaders and officials presents a stark contrast to the hostile approach adopted by some US politicians toward China. It also underscores the unpopularity and futility of Washington's "decoupling" or "de-risking" attempts.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:02:34 PM EST
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    Worthwhile session ... life with German carmaker Mercedes-Benz ...

    College Tour Twan Huys interviews CEO van Mercedes-Benz Ola Kaellenius at Technical University in Delft

    Close business relationship with the Chinese ... extremely successful selling 750,000 cars each year, represents about a third of total production ... more than the American and European markt combined ⁉️

    Wtf is Annalena Baerbock and the hype on human rights in Xinjiang ... a MIC war narrative pushed by compliant western MSM. Spy balloons and fair trade practice ...

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:24:09 PM EST
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    Proposed Minnesota nickel mine begins environmental review, would supply Tesla if approved, 21 June
    Inflation Reduction Act critical mineral subsidy UPDATE!
    Talon Metals Corp. filed papers with Minnesota regulators Wednesday to launch the environmental review process for its proposed underground nickel mine near the northern town of Tamarack, which would supply nickel to Tesla for electric car batteries.

    The Department of Energy has already given the project a $114 million grant to build an ore processing plant in North Dakota, part of the Biden administration's efforts to boost domestic production of nickel, lithium, and other metals needed for electric vehicles and the FIGHT against climate change.

    That funding contrasts with the administration's efforts to kill another proposed mining project in northern Minnesota, the Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely, which is just upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. And the federal government earlier this month raised a new obstacle to the separate NewRange Copper Nickel mine near Babbitt when the [US] Army Corps of Engineers revoked a crucial water quality permit.

    < wipes tears >
    The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy said in a statement that the U.S. would be better off boosting recycling to secure its nickel and other metal supplies.
    "green metallurgy"
    "We are being asked to trust in mining practices that have not been proven safe elsewhere," the [Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe] tribal government says on its website, "and we are not willing to risk our lands, people or culture as part of a safety experiment for corporate gain."
    Talon Metals is a joint venture with the Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, the world's second-largest metals and mining corporation, which has long been criticized by environmental and indigenous groups around the world. Talon has an agreement with Tesla to supply 75,000 metric tons (165 million pounds) of nickel concentrate and smaller quantities of cobalt and iron from the mine over six years once it goes into commercial production.
    The review process historically takes several years, at least. The [Minnesota] DNR [Dept. of Natural Resources] launched a website on Wednesday outlining what Talon will face. But Talon is hoping the mine's design [strategy] will speed things up enough so that it can begin production for Tesla in 2027.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 01:43:06 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:05:25 PM EST
    torygraph | Anglo-Saxons aren't real, Cambridge tells students in effort to FIGHT 'nationalism', 3 June
    Information provided by the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC) explains its approach to teaching, stating: "Several of the elements discussed above have been expanded to make ASNC teaching more anti-racist.

    "One concern has been to address recent concerns over use of the term 'Anglo-Saxon' and its perceived connection to ethnic/racial English identity. Other aspects of ASNC's historical modules approach race and ethnicity with reference to the Scandinavian settlement that began in the ninth century. In general, ASNC teaching seeks to dismantle the basis of myths of nationalism—that there ever was a 'British', 'English', 'Scottish', 'Welsh' or 'Irish' people with a coherent and ancient ethnic identity—by showing students just how constructed and contingent these identities are and always have been."

    "the fall of Romano Britain"
    An American import
    While some have argued that a single term like "Anglo-Saxon" is inaccurate as the Dark [!] Ages were a period of population change, including the Viking invasions, others such as Prof. Howard William at the university of Chester maintain that the term remains useful historically and archaeologically.
    smithsonianmag | "The Many Myths of the Term 'Anglo-Saxon' Peltdown Man" (14.07.21)
    ... People in the United States and Great Britain have long drawn on imagined Anglo-Saxon heritage as an exemplar of European whiteness. Before becoming president, Teddy Roosevelt [!] led his "Rough Riders" on the 1898 U.S. invasion of Cuba with a copy of Edmond Demolins' racist manifesto Anglo-Saxon Superiority: to what it is due in tow. In the 1920s, the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America lobbied in favor of segregation and argued for the exclusion of those with even a drop "of any blood other than Caucasian." In the same time frame, a Baptist minister from Atlanta declared, "The Ku Klux Klan is not fighting anybody; it is simply pro Anglo-Saxon." Across the Atlantic, in 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill [!] smugly inquired, "Why be apologetic about Anglo-Saxon superiority, that we were superior, that we had the common heritage which had been worked out over the centuries in England and had been perfected by our constitution?" [H. A.Wallace: 208]
    Though the hyphenated term is sometimes used as a catch[-]all phrase to describe the dominant tribes [!] of early England, it's historically inaccurate and wasn't actually used
    < wipes tears > much prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name didn't even originate in England: Instead, it first appeared on the continent, where Latin writers used it to distinguish between the Germanic Saxons of mainland Europe and the English Saxons....
    A statement signed by more than 70 academics in 2020 argued that the FURORE over the term "Anglo-Saxon" was an American import, with an open letter stating: "The conditions in which the term is encountered, and how it is perceived, are very different in the USA from elsewhere.
    36 years ago: Bernal, M.  Black Athena, the Afroasiatic roots of classical civilization, vol. I/III
    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 05:40:47 PM EST
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    Politics, No. 3 1947. 50c a copy

    When we began our Pckages Abroad project a year and a half ago, we hoped it would be an emergency business. The need, however, has turned out to be tragically permanent.

    ¶ Since May 1, the European food situation has again leaped into the front-page headlines. An exceptionally severe winter, plus disastrous floods destroyed much of the spring harvest. And in war-shattered Europe there are no reserves to fall back on. There is today less food than there was last fall—and things are rapidly getting worse.

    ¶ In France, much of the winter wheat crop was wiped out. This, combined with the insane Governmental policy of maintaining big military forces in Indo-China and other parts of the collapsing empire, has meant a recent worsening of the alread frim living conditions of the people. Our regular correspondents, Gelo and Andrea, have just written to us that the daily bread ration is 250 grammes (about 1/2 lb.)—as against 275 under the German occupation. Even this ration, they add, has recently become hard to get.

    ¶ On May 6, an eminent British health authority stated that the English people are now "slowly dying of starvation" on a diet of 2,100 calories a day. He set the minimum health level at 3,000 calories.

    ¶ If the British are slowly starving on 2,100 calories, the Germans and Austrian are rapidly starving on an official ration of 1,500 which is not lived up to anywhere today. The N. Y. Times of May 7 reports that the American-British zone "faces the worst food crisis in the history of the occupation," adding that the major cause is the breakdown in promised grain shipments from the USA. On May 9, the tade unions of Hamburg put on a general strike—the biggest mass demonstration to date in Germany—protesting their starvation rations. General Clay has "implored" Washington to get grain ships to Germany on schedule.

    STALIN! MAO! wut dun it.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 06:14:34 PM EST
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    prior research
    Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE
    Lt. Chuck Pfarrer on TVP World Oct 2022
    Seymour Hersh with technical diving Feb 20023
    Sprengstoffexperten Feb 2023
    with the unknown sonar object
    with Andromeda the Mythical Yacht Apr 2023
    with a Russian navy ship Apr 2023
    wapoo | DISCORD plan of plans Apr 2023
    das boot June 2023
    Now this
    wapoo | U.S. had intelligence of detailed Ukrainian plan to attack Nord Stream pipeline June 2023
    Details about the plan, which have not been previously reported, were collected by a European intelligence service and shared with the CIA in June 2022. They provide some of the most specific evidence to date linking the government of Ukraine to the eventual attack in the Baltic Sea, which U.S. and Western officials have called a brazen and dangerous act of sabotage on Europe's energy infrastructure.

    The European intelligence reporting was shared on the chat platform Discord, allegedly by Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira. The Washington Post obtained a copy from one of Teixeira's online friends.

    The intelligence report was based on information obtained from an individual in Ukraine. The source's information could not immediately be corroborated, but the CIA shared the report with Germany and other European countries last June, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations and diplomatic discussions.

    < wipes tears >
    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 10:50:09 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 02:49:54 PM EST
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    "What comes around, comes around." ... signed Johannes Kepler.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:53:53 AM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 07:05:44 AM EST
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    Ministers urge caution over reports pro-Ukrainian group behind gas pipeline blasts

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 07:06:32 AM EST
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    "spy balloon" island detected

    WSJ | "a brash new geopolitical challenge by Beijing to the U.S. according to U.S. officials familiar with highly classified intelligence."
    "While I cannot speak to this specific report, we are well aware of--and have spoken many times to--the People's Republic of China's efforts to invest in infrastructure around the world that may have military purposes, including in this hemisphere," John KIRBY, spokesman for the National Security Council, said. "We monitor it closely, take steps to counter it, and remain confident that we are able to meet all our security commitments at home, in the region, and around the world."
    by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 08:45:07 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 9, 2023
    AFP: Reports by US media outlets say that China and Cuba have agreed to set up ["]a Chinese spy facility["] capable of monitoring communications across the < wipes tears > southeastern part of the US. Officials in Washington and Havana have said these reports are not accurate. Does the Chinese foreign ministry have a comment?
    Wang Wenbin: I am not aware of what you mentioned. It is well known that the US is an expert on chasing shadows and meddling in other countries' internal affairs. The US is the global champion of hacking and superpower of surveillance. The US has long illegally occupied Cuba's Guantánamo Bay for secretive activities and imposed a blockade on Cuba for over 60 years. The US needs to take a hard look at itself, stop interfering in Cuba's internal affairs under the pretext of freedom, democracy and human rights, immediately lift its economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba, and act in ways conducive to improving relations with Cuba and regional peace and stability, not otherwise.
    China News Service: On June 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint press availability with Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud of Saudi Arabia that "we're not asking anyone to choose between the US and China."
    AL SAUD:...We would like also to reiterate that we need to focus our work more in Afghanistan so that Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven again for terrorist groups.  We need to work together on common challenges and provide the right environment for the  - the repatriation of IDPs [Internally Displaced People] to Iraq and Syria, and to also recover the citizens or the diaspora in other countries.
    BLINKEN:...The United States and Saudi Arabia, together with the GCC, are also focused on Iran's destabilizing influence in the region, including its support for terrorism and violent militia groups, the seizure of tankers transiting international waters, and nuclear escalation. The United States continues to believe that diplomacy, backed by economic pressure, by deterrence, and by strong defense cooperation, is the best way to avoid counter these dangerous actions.  We support efforts by Saudi Arabia to de-escalate tension and stabilize relations....
    What's your comment?
    Wang Wenbin: We take note of the words of the US top diplomat. We hope that US diplomatic missions across the globe will act on this commitment he made regarding "not asking anyone to choose between the United States and China", and be truly open-minded about other countries' growing ties with China, stop bludgeoning Huawei and other Chinese firms, stop coercing allies into restricting chip exports to China, stop baiting and forcing other countries into turning away from cooperation with China and stop spreading disinformation about China such as the "debt trap" narrative.

    George Washington once wrote, "actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends." We will listen to what the US says, but more importantly, we will be watching what it does.

    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 02:17:40 PM EST
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    archived Using "alien"
    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 03:12:48 PM EST
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    archyde | German investigators suspect Polish base in Nord Stream pipelline sabotage: Latest news and updates, 10 June
    The American Wall Street Journal said today, Saturday, that German investigators are examining evidence indicating that a team of "saboteurs" used Poland as a base of operations to damage Nord Stream pipelines, adding that German investigators fully imagined the two-week voyage of the yacht Andromeda, Who is suspected of being involved in damaging pipelines carrying Russian gas supplies to Europe.
    Nord Stream Sabotage Probe Turns to Clues Inside Poland (illustrated, poorly)

    ... The probe by Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office is examining why the yacht they believe was used to carry out the operation journeyed into Polish waters. Other findings suggest Poland was a hub for the logistics and financing of last September's undersea sabotage attack that severed the strongest bond tying Berlin to Moscow. Poland, which is conducting its own inquiry, has struggled for months to learn what Germany is investigating....

    Neither the German Federal Criminal Police Office nor the executive office of the Polish prime minister responded to requests from Reuters for comment....
    Nord Stream sabotage probe turns to clues inside Poland - WSJ

    German investigators are examining evidence suggesting a sabotage team used Poland as an operating base to damage the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. ...The Journal cited people familiar with the voyage as indicating the sabotage crew had placed deep-sea explosives ["HMX, also known as octogen, a colorless substance well-suited for demolishing underwater infrastructure"] on Nord Stream 1, before they set the vessel on a course towards Poland. It added that Germany was trying to match DNA samples found on the vessel "to at least one Ukrainian soldier"....

    Earlier, the German newspaper "Der Spiegel" confirmed that new evidence in the investigation of sabotage operations targeting the "Nord Stream" gas pipelines indicated the involvement of Ukraine.

    RFERL | Warsaw Official: Reports Implicating Poland In Nord Stream Sabotage Are Consistent With Russian Propaganda, 10 June whiplash

    Stanislaw Zaryn, deputy to Poland's minister coordinator of special services, said on Twitter on June 10 that the "Russian apparatus of influence" consistently uses information about Ukrainian or Polish involvement in the destruction of the pipelines to create the impression that Warsaw and Kyiv were behind the incident. Zaryn made the comment in a series of tweets that also said the Russians [?!] "create more and more events shaped according to a logically coherent sequence, but based on untrue premises or a lie." He added that Russian [?!] disinformation "continues to try to divide Poles and Ukrainians."

    A Wall Street Journal report earlier on June 10 said German investigators are examining evidence suggesting a sabotage team used Poland as an operating base to damage the pipelines. The report said [German] investigators have fully reconstructed the two-week voyage of the Andromeda, a 15-meter white pleasure yacht suspected of being involved in the sabotage of the pipelines.
    The Washington Post reported earlier this week that the United States had learned of a Ukrainian plan to attack the pipelines three months before they were damaged by the underwater explosions.

    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 09:11:49 PM EST
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    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 05:25:21 PM EST
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    NOS | VS waarschuwde Oekraïne Nord Stream niet te saboteren, na alarm van MIVD, 13 June reason for arming Ukraine with shells, cluster bombs, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery batteries, drones, possibly jets, and like, four (4) war crime complaints, and mo' money to thwart PUTIN's UNPROVOKED WAR OF AGGRESSION.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 11:45:08 PM EST
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    US journalists offer new Nord Stream theory
    ...The undersea footage provided by Erik Andersson, a Swedish engineer who led an investigation at the blast sites, shows that most of the destruction observed on the pipelines was "not a result of the explosions themselves, but from the rapid release of extremely high pressure," the journalists said, citing several specialists....Michael Kobs, an independent investigator with an engineering background, said the Blueye footage instead shows "the result of mechanical tension and the rapid decompression of the immensely pressurized pipes."
    3 bar or more?
    The journalists estimated that up to 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of TNT, or 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of HMX, were used for each of the explosions. The type of firing mechanism employed to detonate the bombs remains unclear, however.
    < wipes tears >
    by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 06:31:54 PM EST
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    telesur | 4 Missing Children Found Alive After Plane Crash In Colombia, 17 May
    "'After arduous search efforts by our Military Forces, we have found alive the 4 children who had disappeared due to the plane crash in Guaviare. 'A joy for the country,' Colombian President Gustavo Petro said via Twitter.

    tabloid USAToday | Baby among 4 children found alive 17 days after plane crashes in Amazon forest
    "A baby is among four children found alive in the Amazon forest more than two weeks after surviving a plane crash that killed their mother and two other people, Colombian leaders confirmed Thursday."

    23 days later
    cnbc | 4 children, including baby, found after their plane crashed in Amazon jungle 40 days ago
    "'They themselves are an example of survival that will go down in history,' Colombia's president, Gustavo Petro, said at a news conference. 'Today, those children are the children of peace and the children of Colombia.'"

    cnn | Missing children found after 40 days in Amazon survived like 'children of the jungle,' Colombian president says
    "Revealing their discovery earlier in the day, the Colombian president had tweeted an image that seems to show search crews treating the children in a forest clearing, along with the words: 'A joy for the whole country!'"

    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:19:58 AM EST
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    rumble.com. South Africa has always taken a non-aligned position, RT interviews Mzuvukile Jeff Maqetuka, South African Ambassador to Russia, 10 June. A/V (EN) 00:28.14

    RT:What we have, mainly speculation from the west, that South Africa and China may swap as hosts of the up-coming BRICS summit, the background to that being the International Criminal Court [ICJ] wanting Vladimir Putin  to be arrested. Now, South African ministers have said, that's not going to happen. They remain focused on having August's summit in Johannesburg. What is the situation as far as we know on that?
    MAQETUKA: Look. I agree with the position of the ministers. All systems go as far as South Africa is concerned. The summit, the BRICS Summit, will be in South Africa. But the question of switching—I do not know how that could have happened, because, number one, the process for the preparation for the summit has only gone in as far as the meeting of the ministers, the five BRICS ministers, that took place in Cape Town last week. Now, there would have been no decision that would have been taken, because the ministers can only take their recommendations to the summit, and, of course, one would expect that there would be interaction in between the summit and the president. But as far as this decision to switch the summit to a second country, we are not aware of [it]. I can also share with you that there have even been speculations that we picked up, it might even be switched to another southern country with our neighbor....
    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 07:54:40 AM EST
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    GT | Media's hype of China's spy station in Cuba a new farce, 9 June
    While hyping the spy installation in Cuba, in recent days, US media also reported on US Secretary of State  Antony Blinken's plan to visit China "as soon as next week" following his trip to the Middle East. However, neither China nor the US has officially released any information on his visit to China in the coming weeks.
    U.S. officials say Blinken expects to be in Beijing on June 18 for meetings with senior Chinese officials, including with Foreign Minister Qin Gang and possibly President Xi Jinping. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the State Department nor the Chinese foreign ministry has yet confirmed the trip.
    In February, Blinken announced he was postponing his reported trip to China in response to the flying of what Washington labeled a "spy balloon" over the US. However, China never released or confirmed any information on Blinken's visit and blasted the hype over the balloon incident.
    Nov 2022: Blinken will soon travel to Beijing.
    Dec 2022: Senioir U.S. delegation to visit China in coming days
    Jan 2023: Blinken expected to visit China in early February
    Feb 2023: Blinken scraps Beijing trip
    By hyping such accusations, the US can appear to gain the upper hand in dialogues and stand on the "moral high ground" to shame the other side for playing dirty, while the US is "working to promote dialogue," said Wang Youming....
    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 08:56:07 AM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 04:11:02 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 06:32:41 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 6th, 2023 at 11:11:05 PM EST
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    FIFTH WAVE scientists of the European persuasion discover ROW.
    by Cat on Wed Jun 28th, 2023 at 07:56:19 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:05:45 PM EST
    by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 11:11:12 AM EST
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    Trump Gifted the Western Sahara to Morocco

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 01:56:43 PM EST
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    One year ago ...

    Ukraine latest: Crimea bridge hit by Ukraine missiles, Russia-appointed officials say | Nikkei Asea - June 22, 2022 |

    In a civilian court ruling possession of Crimea treasure of Scythian gold on tour in Amsterdam. Cultural heritage of musea belongs to Kyiv, not Crimea itself ...  

      On March 6, 2014, the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (hereinafter: the ARC) approved the secession of the State of Ukraine and its affiliation with the Russian Federation. On March 16, 2014, the ARC then held a referendum in which it voted to join the Russian Federation. On March 18, 2014, according to an affiliation treaty, the ARC became part of the Russian Federation. The secession of the State of Ukraine and the joining of the Russian Federation have not been recognized by the United Nations, the European Union and the Netherlands.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 08:50:15 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:06:06 PM EST
    As Good As It Gets (1997)
    UDALL: I'm hungry. You've ruined my whole day. I haven't eaten.
    CAROL: What are you doing here?
    UDALL: This is not a sexist thing. If you were a waiter I'd be saying the same ...
    CAROL: Are you totally gone?! This is my private home!
    UDALL: I'm trying to keep emotion out of this even though it's an important issue to me, and I have very strong feelings on the subject.
    CAROL: What subject? That I wasn't there to take crap from you and bring you eggs? Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?

    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 02:11:49 PM EST
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    Boris Johnson stepping down as MP with immediate effect and says he is `bewildered and appalled' at being `forced out' - live | The Guardian |

    Former prime minister to be suspended for 10 days and will not stand again in Uxbridge and South Ruislip

    Most likely longer than 10 days which would force a by-election.

    Boris out of politics, UK out of Europe, should I post under "World"? No, not an empire anymore.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:44:34 PM EST
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    Nadine Dorries stands down as MP with immediate effect

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:45:24 PM EST
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    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 08:48:14 PM EST
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    Lying liars and warmongers ... what they have in common ...

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:11:06 AM EST
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    With all news headlines going to personalities Trump, Johnson and Jens ... is anyone listening to Zelenskyy and his counteroffensive. 🇺🇦 time for ☮️

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:51:15 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:10:01 AM EST
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    federal inmate 24965-111
    locked up at the same low-security prison as former "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" reality star Jen Shah, who was sentenced to six years for her role in a telemarketing fraud scheme.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:46:52 PM EST
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    Excellent read ...

    Ghostdance and its History | June 14, 2005 |

    The parallels are stunning aren't they.  Watching Bushco and his infamous gangsters create the environment almost identical to the pillaging of Manifest Destiny, would be simply a blip in history, if it was not so threatening to the very concept of personal freedom in the US.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:52:20 AM EST
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    Four Colombian children found alive in jungle weeks after plane crash | CNBC |

    Four children from an Indigenous community in Colombia were found alive in the country's south more than five weeks after the plane they were traveling in crashed in thick jungle, Colombia's President Gustavo Petro said.

    The siblings were rescued by the military near the border between Colombia's Caqueta and Guaviare provinces, close to where the small plane had crashed.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 10:05:56 AM EST
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    < wipes tears >
    by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 05:52:45 PM EST
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    Lives in disgrace, ends in disgrace ... Rutte's friend.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 11:00:04 AM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 06:37:18 PM EST
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    I came across a book of Tony Grayling on my literature bookshelf ...

    The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind by AC Grayling | The Guardian - review |

    I have a habit of checking the diaries first...

    EU missing Kyoto goals? | by whataboutbob - Dec 29th, 2005 |

    From today's BBC World News: Europe 'behind on Kyoto pledges'

    a comment ...


      I am not sure, but after reading some of the policy/position papers of Institute for Public Policy Research, it sounds like the British version of American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).

      AEI is a conservative Republican "think tank"

      "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within." Cicero.

      Grandma M

    Needs a correction ... IPPR is a progressive think tank ... Grayling is on our side. 😉

    oops ... I opened an old can of worms 😊

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 11:59:40 AM EST
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    by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 11:10:40 PM EST

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