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Turning a Blind Eye on Human Rights Abuse

by Oui Sat Oct 13th, 2018 at 02:17:44 AM EST

In aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi regime, the Vision 2030 wealth fund may be in for some delay. Let's see who are those persons led by $$$ signs in their eyes instead of the human rights issues of monarchs and dictators in the Middle East. Oil wealth and elites are not by definition the kindest of persons with empathy for critical voices in their kingdom. Fighting the Shia in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain and the ugly war in Yemen. Getting away with it by cozying up to the major suppliers of sophisticated war machines supplied by the US, UK, France and on a smaller scale by a few others. Even The Netherlands supplied once again lethal tools used in the war in Yemen.  On the wrong side of history, yet getting away with it due to impunity by breaches of International Law and the Geneva Conventions. The 21st century has turned just as ugly as the 20th century proved to be. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the 9/11 attacks, the western war machine has gained a lot more speed. No protests on the horizon that endure beyond one or two weeks. Am surprised the black clouds gathered at all over the Arabian desert. Crown Prince Salman is truly writing history as another Arab leader with qualities of a potentate ruler. Some of us were not fooled ...

Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals

The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, said he would not be attending, and the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC have withdrawn as media sponsors.

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What A Joke He Is!

by Oui Fri Oct 12th, 2018 at 03:40:29 AM EST

A fortnight ago Trump said King Salman depended fully on military protection from the American military might or he would be overthrown in  matter of two weeks.

Crown Prince Salman of 33 years old brutally assassinates a Saudi citizen, working as a journalist for The Washington Post with children who are US citizens ... and what is Trump's phony comment today?

Trump warns halting Saudi arms sales would hurt economy | Defense News - today |
In rebuttal to Trump, bin Salman says Saudi won't pay US for kingdom's security

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Salman Hit Squad Murdered Khashoggi, Brother

by Oui Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 06:33:46 PM EST

Changed title of diary, earlier version:

Missing VIPs - Media Remains Silent

[Update-1] Added latest news in comments below ...

No need to poison dissidents or "scumbags".

And Trump ally Crown Prince Salman is uneasy about criticism on his new policy to extract "tax" on the very wealthy by extraordinary means ...

Saudi journalist disappears from consulate in Turkey | UPI |
Washington Post prints empty column for Saudi writer missing in Turkey

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The Hague On the Roll - ICJ Ruling

by Oui Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 06:05:06 PM EST

After the threat to the ICC located in the city of The Hague by John Bolton recently, another top court has ruled against the United States of America. No "Invasion Act" yet conceived to kidnap the judges of the International Court of Justice located in the Peace Palace funded by Andrew Carnegie over 100 years ago.

UN court orders US to ditch Iran sanctions | DW |

The United Nations' top court ordered the United States to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods to Iran.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling is a blow to the Trump administration, which withdrew from the 2015 international nuclear accord in May and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The ICJ unanimously ruled that Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities."

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Nobel Prize Medicine - It's Personal

by Oui Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 01:13:54 PM EST

Thank you doctor Allison for your dedication and excellent work ... the basic science is now used in cancer treatment I need to lengthen the years I have left to live. I'm almost through the first six months of chemotherapy and will build further resistance with immunotherapy. I'm doing fine and still manage to do all my activities although in close harmony with my energy level and being aware of the needs of my physical well being.

Furthermore great appreciation for the Dutch healthcare insurance where no one is excluded and my treatment started in a matter of weeks after all tests were performed.

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Iran Avenges Terror Attack Hitting Targets in SW Syria

by Oui Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:46:09 PM EST

The United States of America protecting an enclave of the Islamic State in the Euphrates Velley to fight another battle against the Syrian Army, Russians and the Iranians or their proxies.

Yesterday Iran retaliated with a barrage of six ballistic missiles fired from western Iran ...

Iran fires missiles into Syria in retaliation for military parade attack | France24 - today |

Iran launched a missile attack into eastern Syria targeting militants it blamed for a recent attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, the country's Revolutionary Guards revealed Monday.

"The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the Revolution," said a statement posted on the official website of the Revolutionary Guards.

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Dark World Behind Boy's Network US Judges

by Oui Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:38:57 AM EST

Damn ... it was so obvious but on behalf of one's own career everyone remained silent. Until the #MeToo movement started to open a necessary debate ...

Court Employees Ready To Come Forward About Brett Kavanaugh, But Fear Retaliation  The Hill - 9 hrs ago |

Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump's pick for the SCOTUS seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he's increasingly surrounded by controversy. After a woman who says Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school came forward to share her story, an attorney is sharing a letter he says he sent to Senators in July, letting them know that federal court employees also have concerns.

Multiple court employees approached attorney Cyrus Sanai, he says, to share concerns and stories before the confirmation of Kavanaugh. In a July letter, Sanai informed senators Chuck Grassley and Diane Feinstein that these individuals wanted to share their concerns, but were afraid of retaliation.

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Choir Boy Brett Shows His Belligerent Side

by Oui Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 08:34:16 AM EST

In all of his earlier testimonies, Trump's pick Kavanaugh managed his composure as a SC nominee. When under pressure from testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who alleged an assault by Mr Kavanaugh 36 years ago had "drastically" affected her life, he returned mad as hell that in such a late stage he could be upended by a woman. That's life Brett. A Supreme Court Justice appointment is a life sentence.

Oh btw Cat, do YOU like beer? Ever had a few too many or can't remember where you were the night before? Passed out on top of a half clad girl or young woman? Consent or no consent or was she intoxicated too? Worked my ass off for academic honors, top of my class, kept a calendar of my activities in 1982, put a fictional entry in my yearbook, helped many women throughout my career, am loved by my mom and dad. Even the US president loves this type of guy to put him on the highest court of law in the exceptional United States of America. Wow, wow!

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UNGA: US vs. Egypt or a Bully vs. Diplomacy

by Oui Tue Sep 25th, 2018 at 09:17:07 PM EST

I refuse to give the US president a podium for his ugly rhetoric today at the United Nations. By contrast, I listened to the speech given by Egypt's president al-Sisi - a contrast of night and day or black and white.

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Game Changer R2P: Russia to Deliver S-300

by Oui Tue Sep 25th, 2018 at 08:27:32 AM EST

See my diary one week ago - Fucking Israelis Stirring Up Big Trouble.

Israelis have been left out of the loop by the Americans in the war effort in Syria. The diplomatic effort is now in the hands of three major players Turkey, Russia and Iran.

Here's what happened in the last 24 hours above Latakia ...

Russia Reports Il-20M "Coot-A" Electronic Intelligence Aircraft Lost in Syria During Israeli Air Strike Near Latakia | The Aviationist |

A Russian military Ilyushin Il-20M Coot-A spyplane has been reported as "down" at approximately 2300 local time (2000 GMT) on Monday Sept. 17, in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian coast. There were 14 crewmembers on board the aircraft according to multiple reports.

What happened after the Russian Ministry of Defense investigated the incident and loss of Russian lives ...

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Murder Inc. - Hatred of the American State

by Oui Mon Sep 24th, 2018 at 07:07:31 PM EST

I have never forgotten the ten thousands killed at the hands of rightwing military trained and led by US special forces in Central and South America. Murderers finding refuge inside the US.

Killing leftist oriented International journalists with impunity - US led guerilla warfare in Central America - the Fort Bragg death squads. The ugly business still exists to extend US Imperialism across the globe. We have endured these tactics in Afghanistan - Iraq - Libya - Syria and will continue in de future. Do not allow any US president or Ambassador to the UN lecture the world on Human Rights. A very BIG abuser is settled right in Washington DC.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Iran - 'look into the mirror'
Iran: Terror Strikes IRGC Forces In Parade

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Iran: Terror Strikes IRGC Forces In Parade

by Oui Sat Sep 22nd, 2018 at 11:30:30 PM EST

Attack happened on day the Arab community celebrated Saudi National Day. Last year I was in the UAE.

Ahvaz National Resistance claims deadly attack on military parade in Iran | The National - UAE |

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday.

The death toll of 25 was expected to rise after gunmen attacked the parade in Khuzestan province on Saturday. More than 60 people were injured in the attack.

Almost half of the victims were members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp, state news agencies reported, making it one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.

President Hassan Rouhani warned of a "crushing response".

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Perfect Storm - May's Humiliation @SalzburgEU

by Oui Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 05:50:40 AM EST

Frank’s excellent front page story how May’s breakfast in Salzburg was a primary stumbling block …

The Guardian puts the boot in

No sugarcoating from her (former) 27 EU colleagues. Time has run out. To save her party, May's destroying Great Britain and looking into the abyss ...

The Papers

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Caesar Trump: Building His Enduring Fort In Poland

by Oui Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 11:08:01 AM EST

Poland's new tactic for getting a U.S. military base? Pitch it as Fort Trump | Chicago Tribune |

US considering building 'Fort Trump' in Poland | Politico EU |

Poland's proposal for a permanent American base on its soil is controversial at NATO. Some allies view the idea as overly provocative toward Russia, and a potential violation of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, an agreement intended to ease tensions that seems to prohibit the "permanent stationing of substantial combat forces" in Central and Eastern European countries. Poland has urged the U.S. to regard that provision as "moot" in light of Russia's recent military aggression in Ukraine.

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Money Talks ... The Arab World

by Oui Tue Sep 18th, 2018 at 10:30:27 PM EST

Imran Khan's visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE will start a new era | Gulf News |

Dubai: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is being widely praised for his drastic steps, including the austerity measures he took within one month of coming into power.

His first official visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is even more commendable for it will largely be focused on the financial bailout plan for his country in addition to mending ties that saw a downward trend in recent years due to blunders committed by his predecessors.

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Fucking Israelis Stirring Up Big Trouble [Update]

by Oui Tue Sep 18th, 2018 at 09:44:48 AM EST

[Update-1] To be added soon ...

3D Reconstruction of Il-20 Downing in Syria, Released by Russian MoD

After report by Russian MoD on investigation Israeli strike on Latakia, president Putin will take appropriate measures …

Russia Capable of Denying Israel Access to Syrian Airspace | Sputnik News |
S-300 missile system: Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences | BBC News |

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Follow-up diary to - Syrian Civil War - Endgame In Idlib?

Israelis have been left out of the loop by the Americans in the war effort in Syria. The diplomatic effort is now in the hands of three major players Turkey, Russia and Iran.

Here what happened in the last 24 hours above Latakia ...

Russia Reports Il-20M "Coot-A" Electronic Intelligence Aircraft Lost in Syria During Israeli Air Strike Near Latakia | The Aviationist |

A Russian military Ilyushin Il-20M Coot-A spyplane has been reported as "down" at approximately 2300 local time (2000 GMT) on Monday Sept. 17, in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian coast. There were 14 crewmembers on board the aircraft according to multiple reports.

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PM May @BBC: My Deal or No Deal

by Oui Mon Sep 17th, 2018 at 06:31:24 PM EST

[Update-1] My follow-up diary: Perfect Storm - May's Humiliation @SalzburgEU.

Impersonating the Iron Lady ...

Inside No 10: Deal or No Deal? | BBC Panorama |

The Brexit deadline is looming - just weeks left to get a deal, just months until the country is due to leave the European Union. The stakes are high for Britain, and at the centre of it all is the prime minister. Theresa May has to strike a deal with the EU and convince the public and MPs that her plan is the best plan. The only alternative, the government say, is no deal at all. But many disagree - and her own party, the opposition and the country are divided. So what does the prime minister's plan really mean, and what else could we do?

At a crucial time for the country, Panorama has been inside Downing Street with Theresa May as she seeks to navigate Britain's negotiations with the EU.

Below is how foreign media covered PM May's interview ...


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Syrian Civil War - Endgame In Idlib? [Update]

by Oui Fri Sep 14th, 2018 at 06:54:05 PM EST

Will the West accept defeat in their attempt to overthrow Bashar Assad?
Will the Atlantic Alliance and NATO concede the intrusion of Russia/China/Iran in their backyard?

Will Netanyahu's rightwing government keep quiet in the coming weeks or intervene in Syrian politics?

[Update] See my new diary - Fucking Israelis Stirring Up Big Trouble

Will Germany's Merkel show military muscle to play the game with the "Big Boys" to keep her chance for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council?
Will Russia especially and Syria use the Idlib Battle for a lethal blow to the foreign jihadists holed up with no place to go?
Will Turkey manage to keep the border shut for Syrian civilians in the fear of letting terrorists into their country?
The US, UK, France and NATO allies are ready to make a devastating bombing campaign over Syria. Germany is willing to do their part although 75% of its citizens are opposed to intervene militarily.

One thing is guaranteed, lots of PROPAGANDA coming your way the coming days and weeks about the END GAME in Syria.

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Europe's Four Freedoms - [Update]

by Oui Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 08:41:51 AM EST

Big update with Opinion piece in The Guardian by Bernie Sanders - a man speaking his mind and from the heart!

The political urgency to "conquer" the former satellite states of the Soviet bloc of nations is coming home to bite the EU in its behind. The corruption in these states prevents real steps to close the gap to democracy, human rights and Europe's Four Freedoms principle. No leadership but ordinary politicians who belief in winning the next election as a priority above a vision for a future of the next generation. Just take a view on thousand years of "belonging" to the Christian European family [?] and where there is abuse of LGBT citizens.

Visionaries from the history of European integration

    "In all our future efforts we shall have to keep in mind that mankind cannot give concrete shape to all the potentialities with which Nature and History have endowed it, if it does not live in harmony with its time. The single market which we will institute for the first time represents one of the essential elements for achieving great developments in production. These developments are necessary and are possible, but only if we unite ... In these days when the first supranational institutions of Europe are being established, we are conscious of the beginning of the great European revolution of our time: the revolution which, on our Continent, aims in substituting unity in freedom and in diversity for tragic national rivalries, the revolution which tends to stop the decay of our civilization and to initiate a new Renaissance."
    [Jean Monnet - 1957]

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Brexit Negotiations Ending In Divorce Talks

by Oui Wed Sep 12th, 2018 at 05:53:07 PM EST

EU Commission president SAVAGES Theresa May's Brexit plan in State of the Union speech | Daily Star |

In an apparent attack on the Leave movement, Juncker said member states of the EU should "say 'no' to unhealthy nationalism" which is "riddled with poison and deceit".

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