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NATO Base Gilze-Rijen (nuclear) On High Alert

by Oui Wed May 15th, 2024 at 08:38:32 AM EST

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Threat from Russia puts Gilze-Rijen air base in full war mode

Article in a local newspaper Omroep Brabant has already been saved in archive.

Election cycle for Joe Biden not going well … will the conservative Supreme Court throw a lifebuoy to Trump’s re-election by covering his a$$ with immunity? His personal campaign chest has been well filled with $$$ thx to Wall $treet funding. Corporations are people too!

Making NATO Trump proof … Ukraine campaign not going well at all … presently largest NATO armed forces exercises in Poland and the Baltic States. Threat to Kaliningrad. A false flag attack imminent?

Trump-proof plan for NATO? Alliance looks to take over US-led efforts to arm Ukraine • FRANCE 24 •

Georgian NATO/EU led “uprising” is fizzling out.

Syrian quagmire has been left unresolved … war refugees a threat to Germany and Eastern Europe

Biden’s lovable ally and only democracy in ME has gone rogue towards a fascist state and became under Biden-Blinken’s watch a loose cannon. Became a burden and undermined the American Enterprise in Middle East and in relation to the Islamic world.

Militarization of Kaliningrad is a threat to Polish and EU security | ECPM – 24 Jan 2017 |

The geopolitical situation in East and Central Europe is rapidly changing. One of the main threats for Poland and the Baltic States is the hyper(?) militarization of the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. ECPM MEP Marek Jurek pleas for a demilitarization of Kaliningrad, together with Polish MEP Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski.

Since the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, outlined a rather isolationist policy when it comes to foreign policy it is vital that the EU and NATO take a clear and strong stance on defending the borders of countries as Poland and the Baltic States. In November of last year, this issue became more imminent as Russia deployed new state-of-the-art missiles that were used in Syria as well.

Any lingering on the issue of Russian missiles, being aimed at Eastern European countries, will only increase tension in the region. If NATO and EU Members consider it normal for Eastern European countries to be directly threatened by Russian missiles, then Eastern European security is seriously threatened. Instead of lingering we need an approach that is both inventive and courageous. A solution aimed at a demilitarization of Kaliningrad is clearly the best option. This could be reached by offering special international guarantees, confirming the sovereignty of the Russian enclave, in return. Until such an agreement has been reached the military strengthening of the north-eastern border of Poland is vital.

From the diaries …

’Ignore This Russian Red Herring’ | by Oui @BooMan - 23 Jan 2018 |

New NATO threat to Moscow and Putin - #DEFEATRUSS!A

Zelenskyy Compares Ukraine to Israel

A beacon of light protecting Western (capitalistic) values from Jungle states ...

Ukraine calls for NATO Council
meeting focused on the protection
of skies and the supplies of air
defense systems and missiles.

Soon Iran will be called out as an identical pariah state as Russia and next to adding harsher sanctions, will be a prime target for reprisal bombing raids like flattening the Gaza Strip, the Land of Palestine.

New war narrative by Zelenskyy ...

Zelenskyy I'm A Jew Too, Protect Me

"We value every life equally. We must do so. We must protect them from terror on the same level. Ukraine will request a meeting of the Ukraine - NATO Council to discuss the protection of the skies, the supply of anti-aircraft warfare, relevant systems and missiles," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a traditional address to the Ukrainian nation on April 16.

Putin orders tactical nuclear weapon drills and threatens strikes on UK military targets | France24 – 9 May 2024 |

The NATO-Russia Exercise Gap | Atlantic Council - 23 Feb 2015 |

By Ian J. Brzezinski and Nicholas Varangis

NATO Russia exercises chart 1

Kaliningrad enclave corridor danger to link Poland with Baltic states

Checking pre-position of bias …

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 11:23:36 AM EST

The Henry Jackson Society and the degeneration of British neoconservatism: Liberal interventionism, Islamophobia and the 'War on Terror' | Univ. of Bath |

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Money spend coming to fruition ...

A word of warning by Colman over 12 years ago, in 2006 >> Neocons sighted on the Thames

De Gondi International news

European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 1 July 2009

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Creeping Fascism in Western Europe

Slovakia PM Robert Fico in 'life-threatening condition' after being shot | Al Jazeera |

Slovakia prime minister taken to hospital as President Zuzana Caputova condemns `brutal and ruthless' attack.

Violence begets more violence ... the American way ..

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What we know about attempt to assassinate Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico | TASS |

  • Fico was shot after a cabinet meeting in the city of Handlova in western Slovakia. Eyewitnesses told the Plus Jeden Dennewspaper they heard four or five shots.

  • According to the newspaper, the prime minister suffered wounds to one of his limbs, the stomach and the chest. He is in very serious condition. A helicopter ambulance rushed him to a hospital.
  • bne intell reported that Fico was conscious when he arrived at the hospital, and his condition was stabilized.

  • JoJ television described the shooter as a 71 years old man.
  • Reaction from around the world

    • European politicians strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Fico. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the incident undermines European diplomacy. [wtf she is unrepentant and full of war rhetoric 😡 ]
    • The prime minister of neighboring Hungary, Viktor Orban, said he was shocked by the "heinous attack," while Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk expressed support to his Slovak counterpart.
    • The Belarusian Foreign Ministry also strongly condemned the attack on Fico.

    Assassination Attempt against Slovak Prime Minister Fico -- Orbán: 'God bless him and his country'

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    EPP leader and former German defense minister Ursula Von der Leyen willing to work with far-right after the June election to form a majority coalition ...

    Meloni-Partei, PiS und Vox: Von der Leyen könnte nach EU-Wahl mit Ultrarechten zusammenarbeiten | Tagesspiegel |

    That would include new Dutch coalition leader Geert Wilders ...

    Far-right leader Wilders strikes a deal to form new coalition in Netherlands | EuroNews - 2 hrs ago |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 07:09:46 PM EST
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    Months of unrest fueled hatred and demonized the democratically elected government of Robert Fico ... another color revolution?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 07:10:51 PM EST
    EU Leaders Silent On Robert Fico Victory

    International news headlines on Slovakia and effect NATO unity

    Robert Fico's election win in Slovakia defies European consensus with call to oppose arming Ukraine | ABC News Australia  - 2 Oct 2023 |

    Analysts consider Mr Fico, who has previously served as prime minister, to be inspired by Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has frequently clashed with the European Union.

    "We are prepared to help with the reconstruction of the state but you know our opinion on arming Ukraine," Mr Fico said.

    Slovakia is a member of the NATO military alliance, which is backing Ukraine against Russian President Vladimir Putin, but many of its people are sympathetic to Moscow's line that the West wants to annihilate it.

    Mr Fico said Slovakia had bigger problems than the Ukraine issue, including energy prices and living costs, but his party would do everything possible to start peace talks.

    Orban doubles down at an EU summit to defend engagement with Russia | El Pais |

    His controversial stance on Russia appears to have gained an ally within the EU with the addition of new Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico

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    East-West Freedom of Press Under Attack | 28 April 2018 |

    The rise of populist politics in Europe has weakened press freedom in a region where it was once most secure, according to Reporters Without Borders. China, Russia and Donald Trump also pose threats to journalists.

    Hostility toward journalists and media poses a serious threat to democracies around the world, including within Europe.

    As a region, Europe still ranks the highest on RSF's index, but its rating also dropped more than that of any other region this year.

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    UK backs 'Trump whisperer' Mark Rutte as Nato secretary-general | Telegraph - Feb 2024 |

    Dutch prime minister seen as the perfect choice to steer alliance through threats posed by Moscow ... and Washington

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 08:14:22 PM EST
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    Democracy Digest: Czechia and Slovakia No Longer Brothers in Arms | Balkan Insights - March 2024 |

    Elsewhere in the region, Hungary gears up for another fight with its allies, this time over the next NATO chief; and Polish farmers pile more pressure on government with huge protests.

    Hungary Orban and Slovaks Fico oppose Mark Rutte as NATO head

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 08:17:17 PM EST
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    28 countries supported Rutte's candidacy for post of NATO Secretary General | 3 April 2024 |

    Romania has its own candidate. Türkiye and Hungary have not yet announced their support for Rutte. [Erdogan has promised to support Rutte] Slovakia is named as the fourth country causing doubts.
    Sources within NATO report that Rutte is negotiating with these four countries regarding his vision for NATO leadership.
    Obstructionists Hungary and Slovakia will ease their opposition to Rutte if Romanian President Klaus Iohannis withdraws his candidacy, NATO circles say. Until this happens, Hungarians and Slovaks will awkwardly reject Iohannis, the only official candidate from another Eastern European country.
    Current NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly stated his intention to leave his position. However, this process is being delayed due to, among other things, the war in Ukraine. Until the fall of 2023, there were no clear contenders for the position of NATO Secretary-General.

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    Likud bill targeting NGOs that receive foreign funding is 'dead' - senior US official | TOI - June 2023 |

    PM has ordered legislation be temporarily shelved and MK behind it says he's not giving up, but Biden aide says Washington doesn't expect it to be raised again

    The bill states that any nonprofit group that engages in public advocacy two years before or after receiving a donation from a foreign government will lose 1its status as a public institution and will no longer be eligible for tax exemptions. In addition, those non-profits will be hit with a 65-percent income tax.

    If passed, the legislation would likely cripple the ability of human rights organizations to operate in Israel and the West Bank, as many of them rely on funding from foreign governments.

    Left-wing rights groups -- such as B'Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and the New Israel Fund -- have long been targeted by the Israeli right-wing and even the political center over their exposure of alleged Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians.

    Right-wing lawmakers have sought to criticize the largely left-wing organizations by highlighting their source of funding and arguing that it represents interference in Israel's internal affairs.

    Left-wing activists in turn point out that right-wing civil society groups also take funding from foreign investors. Those donors might be individuals as opposed to countries but the funds are often transferred with far less transparency, the left-wing activists maintain. Israel also funds civil society groups abroad with various political motivations.

    Such Knesset legislation has been proposed in the past but, amid pushback from abroad, has never been approved.

    Egypt: Civil Society "Foreign Funding" Case Remains Unclosed | 30 Aug 2023 |

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    Roots of Robert Fico's shooting lie in Slovakia's bitter divides | Politico |

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    ... a long flight, nearly a full domestic flight, no encounters USAF F-35s

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Beijing for China visit

    Putin to pay state visit to China, 'bilateral strategic ties to be further improved'

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 11:30:23 PM EST
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    Am glad to be living outside the Washington DC bubble of disinformation, aggression and indoctrination. Closing off most of the right-wing rhetoric and xenophobic tropes coming from Dutch corporate media and partes connected to the new coalition of Wilders I. Planet Earth living on bought time ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 11:21:41 PM EST

    DW pulp fiction, 15 May 2024, A/V 00:42:25

    Mind the Undercapacity Gap! Poor Anton developed pneumonia, and CHINA didn't "send" enough antibotics to Germany to cure him. Soooo Chan Yuwei, 52, Taiwanese soldier or fortune and migrant worker (tour guide) in Japan, traveled six months ago from his Taipei fight club to Ukraine's front fight PUTIN! "The Ukrainian flag, if you survive," says Chan, gesturing to International Legion gear on display, "is a souvenir. If you die, it's draped over the casket."

    by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 10:01:50 AM EST
    FEAR INC. to the 4th power ... unbelievable $hit this.

    Germany making it dependent on China ... better choice would be expansionist and warmongering United States? Long live pure [cut-throat] capitalism.

    Trade im- and export volume mainland China and Taiwan

    WIESBADEN - With a foreign trade volume of 253.1 billion euros, the People's Republic of China was Germany's most important trading partner in 2023 for the eighth year running. However, the volume of foreign trade with China was only 0.7 billion euros higher than the foreign trade volume with the United States (252.3 billion euros). In 2022, the difference was 50.1 billion euros. In 2023, German trade in goods with China declined significantly, however, by 15.5% compared with 2022, while trade with the United States grew slightly by 1.1%. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the Netherlands was Germany's third most important trading partner after China and the United States, as in previous years, with exports and imports having a combined value of 214.8 billion euros (-5.5%).

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    Cargo throughput at Dutch seaports recovered in 2021 | CBS Statistics |

    As Dutch saying goes ... when Germany sneezes, the Dutch catch a cold.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 01:25:58 PM EST
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    Trends in Dutch-German trade

    #RhineRiver supply route for shipping ... damn coal shipments. Rotterdam to Rührgebiet

    Wrecked railroads, Coal mines, power plants and factories being rebuilt and rehabilitated in Germany after World War II

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 01:26:36 PM EST
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    WH Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby | May 17, 2024, A/V (EN), 00:56:45
    Q @ 00:09:40: What was your reaction to seeing Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi exchanging hugs?
    KIRBY: Exchanging hugs? Well, that's nice for them. Look. You have two countries here—leaders of two countries—that are clearly acting in various ways around the world um uh inimical to our national security interests, to the interest of many of our allies and partners. No surprise that these two leaders continue to try to develop this burgeoning relationship, but they're also two leaders that do not have a long history of working together um and officials in both governments that aren't necessarily all that trustful of the other. What they have in common is a desire to challenge the international rules-based order, challenge the network of alliances and partnerships that the United States enjoys, which President Biden has strengthened in his time in office, and to try to look for ways to bolster each other's um national security interests as well. So we didn't see anything coming out of this meeting that we were necessarily surprised by. I wouldn't go so far as to say, we weren't concerned about this relationship and where it's going. Of course, we are watching it closely, but I'd leave it that.
    Q: Did you think that was a purposeful show of public display to send any kind of message to the U.S. or otherwise?
    KIRBY: Oh, man, I'm not good at talking about personal, human bodily affection, one way or the other. So I think, I'll leave it to these two gents to talk about why they thought it was good to hug one another. I'll just tell you that- that- uh- we take seriously that the challenges that both countries represent, and we take seriously this burgeoning relationship betwee the two of them. That said, in Ukraine specifically, we have not seen President Xi rush to the effort to assist the Russian armed forces and provide lethal capabilities.
    Background Press Call by National Economic Advisor Lael Brainard and Senior Administration Officials on President Biden's Actions to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China's Unfair Trade Practices, 13 May
    With this announcement, the President is taking important enforcement action to raise tariffs in key sectors under Section 301 of our trade laws that will make sure that historic investments in jobs spurred by President Biden's actions are not undercut by a flood of unfairly underpriced exports from China in areas like EVs, batteries, vital medical equipment, steel and aluminum, semiconductors, and solar.

    China is using the same playbook it has before to power its own growth at the expense of others by continuing to invest despite excess Chinese capacity and flooding global markets with exports that are underpriced due to unfair practices.

    China is simply too big to play by its own rules.

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    Sullivan clashes with Del Toro over whether Navy secretary is prioritizing climate change over shipbuilding


    It's not just money that's keeping the United States from ramping up ship production. The industry is facing myriad problems, including a shortage of trained shipbuilders, supply chain issues, constantly changing requirements, and contractors who are more concerned about shareholders [damn capitalism] than increasing capacity.

    "There are a lot of challenges in the shipbuilding industry, and they actually date back to the 1980s, when we gave up on commercial shipbuilding in this country and lost so much of the talent in the shipbuilding industry," Del Toro said. "That was compounded tremendously by COVID China fugitive lab virus. And the enormous challenges that we have with regards to blue-collar labor in this workforce that actually impacts across all programs because the industry and even the Navy and its public shipyards simply don't have the people that are necessary to work in our shipyards."

    Del Toro said there has been a "greening" of the workforce, which used to be comprised of blue-collar workers with decades of experience and now is made up of younger workers who have plenty of other job options that often are less arduous and pay better. "We provided $100 million of resources to the shipyard so they can provide $5,000 bonuses to their shipyard workers for the first year if they stay in place and another $5,000 if they stay in place throughout the construction of the ship itself," Del Toro said. 

    The U.S. Navy's logistics force is not sized to meet the demands of great power war.

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    L'Ukraine recrute des mercenaires colombiens face au manque de combattants | 8 Feb 2024 |

    Professional soldiers from Colombia bolster the ranks of volunteers from around the world who have answered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call for foreign fighters to join his nation's war with Russia. (AP News)

    Desde ahora puedes aplicar hablando sólo español, no es necesario hablar inglés y/o ucraniano. Esto también afecta a aquellos candidatos sin experiencia militar previa puesto que tenemos instructores que hablan español.

    Professional Soldiers From Colombia Volunteer in Ukraine | Voice of America |

    Ukraine's ranks are depleted by two years of war. As it battles the Russian war machine, Ukraine is welcoming hardened fighters from one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

    Professional soldiers from Colombia bolster the ranks of volunteers from around the world who have answered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call for foreign fighters to join his nation's war with Russia.

    Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin recruiting a battalion of convicts ...

    Inmates describe visits by Yevgeny Prigozhin, reported head of the Wagner group, who is said to offer pardons for those who enlist | The Guardian - 20 Sept 2022 |

    The Russian military took over the scheme in February 2023, initially offering the same incentives as Prigozhin.

    Now, new conditions for prisoners redress that balance and are far stricter. Russian Ministry of Defence offer enlistments for a year, not six months, as it was for previous prisoners. And when her husband's time is up, he won't get a pardon and won't be able to go home immediately as the contract "will be automatically extended".

    Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan :: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria | Jan 2013 |

    All faced "execution by sword" for murder, rape or drug smuggling

    Romanticized in films, the working class employed to fight for French imperialism.

    La Légion étrangère

    As French law forbade foreigners from joining the regular army during World War I, these enlistments had to be in the Foreign Legion.

    Those willing to serve for France included, amongst others, Italians, Russian expatriates, East European Jews who had fled to France in the 1890s, nationals of neutral countries, members of minorities of the Habsburg Empire, and allegedly even 800 Germans and Austrians. Their motives included a love for France and its political system and the wish to participate in a war that was anticipated to be short, but in some cases also the need to avoid unemployment.

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