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25.11.2022 - 08:55 [ BeijingBulletin.com ]

VP Harris‘ visit is signal to China of US support for South China Sea

During a visit to the Philippines, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will demonstrate America’s commitment to defending its treaties by flying to an island province facing the disputed South China Sea.

This week, Harris met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for talks aimed at reinforcing Washington’s oldest treaty alliance in Asia and strengthening economic ties.

25.11.2022 - 07:25 [ theHill.com ]

Biden mulls 2024 plans as Democrats weigh generational shift

For Biden, coming off a stronger-than-expected midterm result for Democrats is sure to factor heavily in the decision, along with the potential for a rematch against former President Trump. And while the White House has insisted for months Biden plans to run again, the president has left the door open to making a final decision after discussing with family during the holidays.

24.11.2022 - 11:50 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

23.11.2022 - 15:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Biden administration sticks to ‚vague‘ wording on Saudi ties after immunity decision

US will continue to review its relationship with Saudi Arabia despite the administration saying the crown prince has immunity from Khashoggi lawsuit

23.11.2022 - 14:15 [ ORF.at ]

EU-Parlament stuft Russland als Terrorunterstützer ein

Der ukrainische Präsident Wolodymyr Selenskyj begrüßte die Entscheidung. „Russland muss auf allen Ebenen isoliert und verantwortlich gemacht werden, um die seit Langem betriebene Politik des Terrorismus in der Ukraine und auf dem ganzen Globus zu beenden“, schrieb Selenskyj auf Twitter.

22.11.2022 - 20:37 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

22.11.2022 - 20:25 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

22.11.2022 - 20:17 [ Pakistan Economic Net / Twitter ]

Oil rises after Saudis deny report of OPEC+ supply increase

22.11.2022 - 20:08 [ @echoreflection / Nitter ]

„late last night, the Biden administration quietly gave Saudi Arabia’s Prime Minister, Mohammed bin Salman, immunity from a lawsuit for the murder of Khashoggi, who had criticized the crown prince’s policies“

22.11.2022 - 20:03 [ thePostMillennial.com ]

Saudis may boost oil production after Biden admin shields crown prince from punishment in death of Jamal Khashoggi

A production increase of up to 500,000 barrels a day is now under discussion for OPEC’s December 4 meeting, delegates said.

22.11.2022 - 15:13 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die “Authorization For Use of Military Force” vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Hier dessen gerade einmal 60 Worte und keinerlei zeitliche oder räumliche Einschränkung enthaltende Wirkungstext, beschlossen am 14.09.2001 von beiden Kammern des Kongresses, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat:

„Dass der Präsident autorisiert ist, alle notwendige und geeignete Gewalt gegen diejenigen Nationen, Organisationen, oder Personen anzuwenden, die er bestimmt als diejenigen, welche die terroristischen Angriffe, die sich am 11. September ereigneten, geplant, autorisiert, begangen, oder unterstützt haben, oder solche Organisationen oder Personen beherbergt haben, um jede zukünftigen Akte von internationalen Terrorismus gegen die Vereinigten Staaten durch solche Nationen, Organisationen oder Personen zu verhindern.“

Im Original:

„That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

Analyse und Anmerkungen:

Auch wenn z.B. für die Eroberung des Irak eine eigene Kriegsvollmacht, eine „Authorization for Use of Military Force“ in 2002 erlassen wurde, war die A.U.M.F. vom 14.09.2001 auch im Irak-Krieg, als einem durch die U.S.-Regierung selbst so formulierten Sieg im „war on terror“, Kern von dessen Legitimation.

Wie jeder lesen kann, tauchen in der A.U.M.F. vom 14. September 2001 die Begriffe „Al Kaida“ (al qaida, Al Qaeda, etc, etc) und „Osama Bin Laden“ nicht auf. Deren Verantwortung für die Attentate vom 11. September erklärte der damalige Präsident George Bush Junior erst am 20. September in seiner Rede vor dem Kongress. (DIE CHRONIKEN VON KUNDUZ (II): “…und die Nacht fiel auf eine andere Welt”)

Nach Einschätzung einer ganzen Reihe hochrangiger Terrorexperten gab es zu diesem Zeitpunkt keine internationale Organisation „Al Kaida“. Eine kriminelle Organisation dieses Namens hatte das Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) unter Direktor Robert Mueller erst im Frühjahr 2001 in einem Gerichtsverfahren attestieren lassen, unter Berufung auf Aussagen des U.S.-Informanten und Betrügers Jamal al-Fadl (Dschamal al-Fadl), der dafür von den U.S.-Behörden eine enorme Summe Geld kassierte.

Die A.U.M.F. vom 14. September 2001 gab und gibt dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten die Ermächtigung selbst zu bestimmen, wer für die Attentate des 11. Septembers direkt oder indirekt verantwortlich und entsprechend militärischer Gewalt der U.S.-Streitkräfte ausgesetzt werden soll.

Es handelt sich bei der A.U.M.F aus 2001 also um eine Ermächtigung zur perpetuierten Kriegführung bzw eines perpetuierten Krieges ohne festgelegten, bzw nach Ermessen des Präsidenten wechselnden und / oder austauschbaren Gegner.

Barack Obama selbst verwendete den Schlüsselbegriff “perpetual war” sowohl am 23. Mai 2013 in Fort McNair, als er ein Ende des Terrorkrieges in Aussicht stellte (“Dieser Krieg, wie alle Kriege, muss enden”), als auch bei seiner von Niemand verstandenen Rede am 19. Juni 2013 in Berlin.

22.11.2022 - 15:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

22.11.2022 - 14:59 [ RT.com ]

NATO assembly urges members to declare Russia ‘terrorist regime’

The resolution made a series of requests to NATO members, asking them to “state clearly that the Russian state under the current regime is a terrorist one,” and to “increase military, intelligence, financial, training and humanitarian support to Ukraine,” including by “accelerating” arms shipments.

The NATO bloc must “sustain this support for as long as it takes for Ukraine to prevail,” the resolution added, also asking that any existing restrictions on the “forward deployment” of Western forces along Russian borders be declared “null and void.”

22.11.2022 - 14:24 [ Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Vorsitzende Verteidigungsausschuss, Mitglied FDP-Bundesvorstand / ]

1/2 Auf der parl. Versammlung der #NATO in Madrid bestätigen mir die Vertreter der #USA im Ausschuss für Verteidigung und Sicherheit, dass die USA kein Problem damit haben, wenn Deutschland Panzer an UKR liefern würde. Im Gegenteil. Von dt. „Alleingang“ kann nicht die Rede sein.

19.11.2022 - 15:42 [ jarek2 / Nitter ]

As I say, we Poles knew best because our radar is much more accurate than the Americans‘ Avacs. The Ukrainians also have the trajectories of this projectile recorded. Everyone has the same knowledge but Biden, although he knew the least, communicated it.

18.11.2022 - 12:02 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

18.11.2022 - 11:47 [ @CertsVA 7h / Nitter ]

all those endless wars for profit that she just sat back and abdicated power to the executive branch to run wild with.

pelosi even admitted on tv that she knew „WMDs in Iraq“ was a lie prior to the invasion and chose not to stop and impeach bush.

17.11.2022 - 11:38 [ Archive.org ]

Operation Northwoods

(March 13, 1962)

c. Commence large scale United States military operations.
3. A „Remember the Maine“ incident could be arranged in several forms:
a. We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba.
b. We could blow up a drone (unmanned) vessel anywhere in the Cuban waters. We could arrange to cause such incident in the vicinity of Havana or Santiago as a spectacular result of Cuban attack from the air or sea, or both. The presence of Cuban planes or ships merely investigating the intent of the vessel could be fairly compelling evidence that the ship was taken under attack. The nearness to Havana or Santiago would add credibility especially to those people that might have heard the blast or have seen the fire. The US could follow up with an air/sea rescue operation covered by US fighters to „evacuate“ remaining members of the non-existent crew. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.
4. We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.

The terror campaign could be pointed at refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans en route to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized. Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots, the arrest of Cuban agents and the release of prepared documents substantiating Cuban involvement, also would be helpful in projecting the idea of an irresponsible government.

17.11.2022 - 11:18 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

17.11.2022 - 11:09 [ PublicIntelligence.net ]

Operation Northwoods

(March 9, 2010)

Operation Northwoods was a plan circulated in the U.S. government in 1962 to stage false flag terrorist attacks inside the U.S. and abroad to provoke “military intervention in Cuba”. The plan called for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other operatives to commit genuine acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of the Operation Northwoods plan was to “develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.” The document was signed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzer and reportedly presented to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13, 1962.

The previously Top Secret document was originally made public on November 18, 1997, by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, a U.S. federal agency overseeing the release of government records related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

17.11.2022 - 10:38 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Wie John F. Kennedy erschossen wurde: Sehen Sie genau hin

(19.11.2013)

Vor 50 Jahren filmte Abraham Zapruder die Ermordung des Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Bizarrerweise haben in Deutschland die Meisten diese Aufnahmen bis heute nie gesehen. So ging es den U.S.-Amerikanern noch bis 1975, elfeinhalb Jahre nach dem Attentat.

Zapruder, heute bei Wikipedia der arme Mann mit dem Albtraum, hatte nach dem Attentat sofort erkannt, was sein Film wert war. Noch am Abend der Ermordung John F. Kennedys, am 22. November 1963, saß er in einem Interview beim TV-Sender WFAA, nahm sich einen Anwalt und ließ alle interessierten Journalisten seinen Film in einer geschlossenen Vorführung ein einziges Mal ansehen, um ihn meistbietend zu verkaufen. Sofort nach der Filmvorführung trat der Journalist Dan Rather, nach eigener Aussage noch vor allen anderen, vor die Kamera und erklärte, der Zapruder-Film habe gezeigt, wie der Kopf des Präsidenten durch einen von hinten erfolgten Schuss „violently“ (heftig) nach vorne geschleudert worden sei (die Aussage Rathers ist zwischen viel Werbung noch in Teil 5 der Doku „50 Jahre Kennedy-Attentat – Geheimnisse einer amerikanischen Dynastie“ in der VOX Mediathek zusehen).

Danach kaufte das Time Life Magazin von Abraham Zapruder alle Rechte an dessen Film und ließ diesen im Archiv verschwinden. Seit dem Mord an John F. Kennedy waren gerade einmal zwei Tage vergangen.

Bis 1969 wurde die Filmaufnahmen von der Ermordung des U.S.-Präsidenten unter Verschluss gehalten. Dann erzwang der Staatswalt Jim Garrison im Rahmen eines Gerichtsverfahrens vom Time Life Magazine die Herausgabe des Zapruder-Films und war so in der Lage, die Aufnahmen von Kennedy-Attentat wenigstens den Geschworenen zu zeigen. Der Öffentlichkeit wurden die Aufnahmen erst am 6. März 1975 zugänglich gemacht, durch Ausstrahlung im TV Sender ABC (Kino oder Fernsehsender waren damals die einzige Möglichkeit Filmaufnahmen effektiv zu verbreiten).

(…)

Hier nun der Zapruder-Film. Sehen Sie genau hin. Damit fing und fängt alles an.

17.11.2022 - 10:14 [ Central Intelligence Agency / Archive.org ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active, however, addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with liaison and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to answer and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

16.11.2022 - 09:43 [ associated press ]

Poland: Russian-made missile fell on our country, killing 2

That assessment and Biden’s comments at the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia contradict information earlier Tuesday from a senior U.S. intelligence official who told the AP that Russian missiles crossed into Poland.

16.11.2022 - 09:18 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Explosion and Loss of Life in Eastern Poland

(9:53 A.M. CIT)

Q Mr. President, is it too early to say whether this missile was fired from Russia?

THE PRESIDENT: There is preliminary information that contests that. I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate. But it is — I — it’s unlikely, in the minds of the trajectory, that it was fired from Russia. But we’ll see. We’ll see.

Q Mr. President, has Poland suggested invoking Article 4 or 5 from NATO, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: The consensus is we’re going to probably have a meeting of the — of the — of the ambassadors. So that’s — it looks like we’re going to go do next.

Thank you.

15.11.2022 - 07:38 [ Xinhua ]

Staatsoberhäupter von China und USA müssen bilaterale Beziehungen in richtige Richtung lenken: Xi

Ein Staatsmann sollte darüber nachdenken und wissen, wohin er sein Land führen wolle. Er sollte auch darüber nachdenken und wissen, wie er mit anderen Ländern und der ganzen Welt auskommen könne, fügte Xi hinzu.

Xi betonte, in dieser Zeit und in diesem Zeitalter würden sich große Veränderungen in einer Weise vollziehen, wie es sie nie zuvor gegeben habe, und sagte, die Menschheit stehe vor noch nie dagewesenen Herausforderungen.

„Die Welt ist an einem Scheideweg angelangt. Wie soll es von hier aus weitergehen? Diese Frage beschäftigt nicht nur uns, sondern auch alle anderen Länder“, sagte Xi. Die Welt erwarte, dass China und die USA ihre Beziehungen in Zukunft richtig handhaben.

Xi wies darauf hin, dass sein Treffen mit Biden die Aufmerksamkeit der Weltöffentlichkeit auf sich gezogen habe, und sagte, dass beide Seiten mit allen Ländern zusammenarbeiten sollten, um dem Weltfrieden mehr Hoffnung zu geben, das Vertrauen in die globale Stabilität zu stärken und der gemeinsamen Entwicklung einen stärkeren Impuls zu verleihen.

14.11.2022 - 08:39 [ Bloomberg ]

Key Takeaways From Asean Meeting Before Xi-Biden Summit at G-20

This is the first gathering of leaders ahead of President Joe Biden’s first in-person meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week at the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia. It will be followed by the leaders’ meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Bangkok.

12.11.2022 - 09:26 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Saudi Arabia is the biggest beneficiary of the war in Ukraine

(16 May 2022)

Cracks in the resolve began to show up immediately. Amid calls for more solar, wind and nuclear power, the UK government started to double down on domestic oil and gas production, and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, flew to Saudi Arabia to ask the regime to increase its oil output.

11.11.2022 - 08:18 [ Worldwide Exchange / Nitter ]

„The chances of getting NOPEC passed are actually declining,“ says @rbccm Global Head of Commodity Strategy @CroftHelima. „Democrats were really driving for this. I don’t really sense a lot of Republican enthusiasm.“ #Election2022 #Midterms2022 #OPEC

11.11.2022 - 08:09 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

10.11.2022 - 00:27 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden says he plans to run again, to make it final in early 2023

Biden, a Democrat who turns 80 this month, has faced questions on whether he will seek a second term.

„Our intention is to run again, that’s been our intention,“ Biden told reporters at the White House. „This is ultimately a family decision.“

He said his family wanted him to run and he did not feel rushed to make a final decision. He said he would do so unrelated to any announcement from his 2020 rival, Republican former President Donald Trump, who is expected to run as well.

08.11.2022 - 06:22 [ stearthinktank.com ]

Five Eyes, Six Eyes, Europe’s Eyes? Europe-Five Eyes Cooperation in the Face of China

(Mar 27, 2021)

In the short term, Europe may be able to shrug off the illegality of its data-sharing practices under the GDPR, and please privacy advocates with adequacy reviews, but in the long term the violation of Europe’s own data privacy crownpiece is sure to harm its international credibility.

08.11.2022 - 06:12 [ Techspot.com ]

A Surveillance Primer: 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, 14 Eyes

(August 15, 2022)

The Five Eyes (FVEY) surveillance alliance includes the following countries:
– Australia
– Canada
– New Zealand
– United Kingdom
– United States

(…)

The Nine Eyes countries include:

– 5 Eyes countries +
– Denmark
– France
– Netherlands
– Norway

(…)

The 14 Eyes surveillance countries include:

– 9 Eyes countries +
– Germany
– Belgium
– Italy
– Sweden
– Spain

07.11.2022 - 07:48 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudi Arabia Reiterates Commitment To China, Regardless Of U.S. Concerns

(Nov 01, 2022)

Saudi Arabia’s strategic pivot effectively marks the end of the 1945 core agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that defined their relationship up until extremely recently.

07.11.2022 - 07:42 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

Riyadh crosses the Rubicon toward Russia

(October 11, 2022)

This decision stands in stark contrast to the careful, muted responses of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi to Putin’s accelerating aggression in Eastern Europe and mounting threats to unleash nuclear war on the continent. Apart from buying Russian oil (at major discounts, most recently about $25 below Brent prices), neither the Chinese nor the Indians have offered Putin much in the way of diplomatic cover, military materiel or other direct substantive support since the earliest weeks of the illegal Russian invasion.

07.11.2022 - 07:04 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

(12.09.2022)

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

07.11.2022 - 06:07 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.11.2022 - 06:06 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

07.11.2022 - 06:05 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

07.11.2022 - 05:11 [ PollTracker / Nitter ]

2024 National Democratic Primary Poll, Without Biden: Harris 25% Clinton 17%

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07.11.2022 - 04:04 [ theHill.com ]

White House raises eyebrows with midterm strategy

One strategist dubbed the decision to keep Biden out of the hot spots as the “do no harm” strategy. It’s a reminder that Biden is energizing GOP voters, and that his faltering poll numbers are a drag on many Democratic candidates.

06.11.2022 - 10:53 [ USA Today ]

The political universe of Pennsylvania: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama pay visits

The Oz-Fetterman race could decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate; Pennsylvania will also go a long way toward determining the presidential winner in 2024, just as it fueled the victories of Obama, Trump, and Biden.

05.11.2022 - 11:55 [ shz.de / Nitter ]

Kurz vor den Kongresswahlen in den #USA hat Präsident #JoeBiden die Wähler davor gewarnt, dass die #Demokratie im Land auf dem Spiel stehe. #Midterms

(03.11.2022)

05.11.2022 - 11:14 [ CNN ]

Three presidents descend on Pennsylvania in a major day for one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests

For President Joe Biden, who will hold a rare joint appearance with former President Barack Obama in Philadelphia meant to boost the Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Pennsylvania will amount to a political stress test in his home state, where he’s traveled 20 times since taking office.

For former President Donald Trump, who rallies outside of Pittsburgh in the city of Latrobe, a win by his hand-selected candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz could prove his own enduring viability in a commonwealth he lost by a narrow margin in 2020.

05.11.2022 - 10:58 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump news – live: Trump aides leak possible date for 2024 presidential campaign announcement

After Donald Trump told a rally crowd in Sioux City, Iowa, that he is likelier than ever to run for president in 2024, multiple outlets are now reporting that his aides are homing in on 14 November as a date to announce a new campaign.

“In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again,” Mr Trump told the rally crowd last night. “Get ready, that’s all I’m telling you – very soon. Get ready.”

05.11.2022 - 10:48 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Trump team eyes Nov. 14 announcement

Why it matters: Trump and his top advisers have been signaling for weeks that a 2024 announcement is imminent. But those discussions have reached the point that allies are blocking off days in their calendars for the week after the midterms — and preparing to travel.

What we’re hearing: With polls pointing toward a good night for Republicans on Tuesday, Trump plans to surf the GOP’s expected post-midterm euphoria to build momentum for his own effort to retake the White House.

04.11.2022 - 07:39 [ jewishinsider.com ]

Biden’s Saudi recalibration a potential setback to prospects for Saudi-Israel normalization

(October 21, 2022)

Schneider is a co-chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, as well as a lead sponsor of the DEFEND Act, which seeks to promote the creation of an integrated Middle East air-defense infrastructure, potentially including both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), also an Abraham Accords Caucus co-chair and lead DEFEND Act sponsor, raised concerns that the White House was “disrupting… momentum” toward integrated air defense by postponing a United States-Gulf Coordination Council meeting focused on the issue following the oil production cut announcement.

04.11.2022 - 06:39 [ Arsen Ostrovsky / Nitter ]

Curious, why President #Biden has not yet congratulated Benjamin #Netanyahu on #Israel elections win? Host of other world leaders have done so and it took Biden less than 1hr to congratulate Lula earlier this week.

03.11.2022 - 03:18 [ Prof Emeritus C Omowale Simmons / Nitter ]

US Troops are on the ground in Ukraine „as trainers“. That’s exactly how we began in Vietnam. The force that stopped the war was continuous protest by US & global citizens, including protest by US soldiers against the war; but not Congress.

03.11.2022 - 03:14 [ Hon. Allen J Cannon For NJCD1 / Nitter ]

Not one mention of US troops in Ukraine.

So why did they send those billions again? #VoterEducationNeverEnds.

02.11.2022 - 10:44 [ Legal Tribune Online ]

Beistands-Beschluss der Nato von 2001: Bünd­nis­fall ohne Ende

(07.09.2021)

Heute, zwanzig Jahre später, ist der Nato-Bündnisfall immer noch in Kraft. Zumindest wurde er nicht aufgehoben. „Die Ausrufung des Bündnisfalls ist ein Ausdruck der Solidarität“, erklärte das Verteidigungsministerium auf Anfrage. „Eine formale Beendigung erfolgt entsprechend nicht.“

02.11.2022 - 10:32 [ Pentagon - defense.gov ]

Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing

Q: So up until this point, there haven’t been any U.S. troops inside of Ukraine, and now we do have U.S. troops inside Ukraine —

(CROSSTALK)

GEN. RYDER: — I would — yeah, that’s — that’s not — we’ve had U.S. forces serving at the embassy as part of the — the Defense Attaché Office, which is where these guys are assigned. So we’ve been very clear there are no combat forces in Ukraine, no U.S. forces conducting combat operations in Ukraine. These are personnel that are assigned to — to conduct security cooperation and assistance as part of the Defense Attaché Office.

Q: Right, but this would be different because they’d be working outside the U.S. embassy. I’m just wondering if people should read this as an escalation in U.S. involvement in the war?

GEN. RYDER: No, no, no, this is just responsible management of the capabilities that we’re providing to the Ukrainians. And as I mentioned, the Ukrainians are working very closely with us to provide insight and tracking of those capabilities in places where it’s not safe for U.S. personnel to go. Thank you.

Q: — if I can just follow up on that, can you clarify are these — are there U.S. troops, like U.S. Marines, security forces protecting the embassy personnel who is doing the inspections?

GEN. RYDER: We have U.S. Marines at the embassy doing normal U.S. Marine-type guard duties. But my understanding is that, to your point, these are not combat squads that are going out.

02.11.2022 - 10:32 [ wsws.org ]

Pentagon confirms deployment of active-duty military personnel in Ukraine

The fact that the massive funneling of arms into Ukraine by the US and NATO powers now requires the deployment of military personnel in Ukraine explodes the fiction that the US is not directly involved in the conflict, and is also revealing about the forces with which the US is allied.

To date, the United States has sent more than $50 billion in military and economic assistance to Ukraine. Having financed and supplied the war, the US wants to make sure it has direct control over where the weapons have ended up and how they are being used. This is part of the conflict within the American political establishment in advance of the midterm elections.

02.11.2022 - 10:31 [ theHill.com ]

Why Biden is sending US weapons experts into Ukraine

The Pentagon has not said how many weapons experts are in Ukraine or where they will operate.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Tuesday the “embassy personnel” would be “far away from any type of frontline actions.”

01.11.2022 - 10:13 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

01.11.2022 - 09:57 [ Oilprice.com ]

Deep OPEC Output Cuts Upend Biden’s Attempt To Lower Oil Prices

In an effort to combat rising prices, earlier this year President Biden began the largest drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in U.S. history.
OPEC+ undid Biden’s SPR release by making deep output cuts, starting in November.
OPEC+ interests are fundamentally different than the interests of the U.S. consumer.

28.10.2022 - 17:07 [ Rep. Susan Wild, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

OPEC’s decision to slash oil production is a slap in the face to American interests. It’s time we restore the balance in this relationship. Today, @RepCindyAxne and I urged congressional leadership to bring up the NOPEC Act to crack down on the autocrats driving up PA gas prices.

(20.10.2022)

28.10.2022 - 16:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Opec+ oil cut: The birth pangs of a new world order

Riyadh is apparently set on another course. It intends to join Brics and is increasing its cooperation with China, including through its unprecedented consideration of trading oil for yuan instead of dollars. The UAE is also making moves, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed recently visiting Moscow, and his energy minister saying Russia is irreplaceable in the oil market.

25.10.2022 - 10:04 [ jewishinsider.com/ ]

Biden’s Saudi recalibration a potential setback to prospects for Saudi-Israel normalization

(October 21, 2022)

Schneider is a co-chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, as well as a lead sponsor of the DEFEND Act, which seeks to promote the creation of an integrated Middle East air-defense infrastructure, potentially including both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), also an Abraham Accords Caucus co-chair and lead DEFEND Act sponsor, raised concerns that the White House was “disrupting… momentum” toward integrated air defense by postponing a United States-Gulf Coordination Council meeting focused on the issue following the oil production cut announcement.

25.10.2022 - 09:59 [ New York Times ]

Why OPEC Is Cutting Oil Production (and Why There’s Not Much the U.S. Can Do About It)

(Oct. 24, 2022)

If the United States follows through on its threats, the Biden administration would be a true maverick in Middle East policy, because no other administration — Republican or Democratic — has ever retaliated against Saudi Arabia in any serious manner for its oil policies.

25.10.2022 - 09:51 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

25.10.2022 - 09:44 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to rein in OPEC+ over oil output cut

(19.10.2022)

The legislation could be debated by lawmakers after the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

25.10.2022 - 09:39 [ Times of Israel ]

Before heading to US, Herzog says he’ll discuss Iran threat, Lebanon deal with Biden

Noting that he is traveling at the invitation of “my friend” Biden, Herzog says his visit will focus on regional developments, chief among them “the Iranian threat, which is destabilizing not only the Middle East, but the entire world, requiring a firm and united stand against it.”

He will also discuss the Abraham Accords, the imminent maritime border deal with Lebanon, and “our desire and hope to have more nations join the circle of regional peace.”

24.10.2022 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

(…)

Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

24.10.2022 - 07:49 [ Haaretz ]

‚Time to Take a Side‘: U.S. Lawmakers Push Israel on Aid to Ukraine

Murphy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee dedicated to the Middle East, noted that Israel is not the only country that possesses the Iron Dome missile defense system that could potentially help Ukraine.

“The United States, in fact, could move toward transferring some of our Iron Dome capabilities to Ukraine, as well. I think Israel can do much more here,” the Connecticut senator said, adding: “These drones are absolutely devastating when they hit civilian areas“.

22.10.2022 - 19:44 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Sie wissen von der Bundeswehr-Beteiligung an der Kriegsflotte im Persischen Golf, oder?

(3. August 2021)

24. Juni 2019: Der damalige U.S.-Außenminister Mike Pompeo fordert eine „globale Koalition“ gegen den Iran. passenderweise vorgetragen bei einem Blitzbesuch Pompeos in Saudi-Arabien.

4. August 2019: Ich lege mich fest und prognostiziere, dass „Bundeswehr-Marine .. noch vor Weihnachten unter Oberbefehl einer ausländischen Macht in den Persischen Golf entsandt“ wird.

(…)

20. Januar 2020: Monate vor der Ausrufung des bis heute andauernden Ausnahmezustands und bereits im Windschatten von SARS II („Coronavirus“), beschließen die Staatsführungen von Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Italien, der Niederlande, Belgien, Dänemark und Portugal in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die „European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz“ (E.M.A.S.O.H.), von der Sie und 80 Millionen Andere bis heute nie gehört haben.

19.10.2022 - 15:02 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

19.10.2022 - 14:29 [ Oilprice.com ]

NOPEC Bill Would Mean The End Of Aramco And OPEC As We Know Them

(17.10.2022)

Riyadh’s alignment with Russia definitively started during that War and was irrevocably strengthened when Moscow agreed to support then-beleaguered Saudi Arabia and OPEC in their first post-Oil Price War production announcement at the end of 2016, forming ‘OPEC+’ (‘plus’ Russia) in the process. And Saudi Arabia’s move towards the autocracies of the East, with which its own autocracy is naturally aligned, was definitively concluded with China when Beijing allowed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to save face, and probably his eventual succession to the kingship as well, by offering to privately buy in 2017 all five percent of his disastrously conceived initial public offering of Saudi Aramco. Last week’s Saudi-led shock two million barrels per day (bpd) collective crude oil production cuts shows that MbS personally has nothing but contempt for the U.S., so it is little wonder that key figures in the West Wing of the White House are taking it so personally.

19.10.2022 - 14:15 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

19.10.2022 - 05:43 [ Reuters ]

OPEC+ members endorse output cut after U.S. coercion accusation

(17.10.2022)

Khalid bin Salman on Sunday said he was „astonished“ by claims his country was „standing with Russia in its war with Ukraine“.

„It is telling that these false accusations did not come from the Ukrainian government,“ he wrote on Twitter.

16.10.2022 - 18:34 [ MorningConsult.com ]

After OPEC+ Cuts Oil Supplies, Nearly Half of U.S. Voters Support ‘NOPEC’ Bill

(October 12, 2022)

There appears to be plenty of room for persuasion on the issue: Over a third of voters said they didn’t know or had no opinion on the topic.

16.10.2022 - 18:20 [ @JavierBlas / Nitter ]

US politicians are at it again: trying to pass the „No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels“ or NOPEC Act. But let me show you a piece of history: 21 years ago, then Senator Biden (with the late Senator Specter) wrote to President Clinton urging the White House to sue OPEC

(17 Nov 2021)

The Biden-Spetcer letter explored two ways in which the two senators thought the US government could sue the cartel, one in US federal court and another one in, be prepared for it, the International Court of Justice at the Hague. The record is here:
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2000-03-30/pdf/CREC-2000-03-30.pdf

Another piece of trivia-history. In 2007, then Senator Biden was a ‚co-sponsor‘ of NOPEC legislation in the Senate (via an amendment). Despite co-sponsoring the amendment, Biden later „did not vote“ for it (abstention). The record is here:
https://www.congress.gov/110/crec/2007/06/14/CREC-2007-06-14.pdf

16.10.2022 - 17:50 [ @AZgeopolitics / Nitter ]

Jake Sullivan says Biden has no plans to meet with the Saudi crown prince at the G20 summit.

12.10.2022 - 12:44 [ UpperMichigansSource.com ]

Biden vows ‘consequences’ for Saudis after OPEC+ cuts output

“There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done, with Russia,” Biden said. “I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be — there will be consequences.”

12.10.2022 - 12:03 [ CNN ]

October 11, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

US President Joe Biden said in an exclusive CNN interview he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “rational actor” who badly miscalculated his ability to invade Ukraine. He also said he doesn’t believe Putin would use a nuclear weapon.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who addressed a meeting of the G7 on Tuesday, urged the leaders to intensify efforts to create an „air shield“ for Ukraine and to stiffen Russian sanctions.
Russia launched missile strikes on several regions of Ukraine on Tuesday, the second day of heavy bombardment aimed at the nation’s infrastructure.
At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 injured Monday in the Russian attacks, the heaviest seen in Kyiv and other cities since February.

11.10.2022 - 06:41 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Bob Menendez calls for end all cooperation with Saudi Arabia over OPEC+ oil cut

„The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,“ wrote Menendez, who represents New Jersey and serves as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

11.10.2022 - 06:37 [ CNN ]

Biden promises Ukraine ‘advanced air defense systems’ after Russian missile strikes

The White House did not specify which air defense systems Biden discussed with Zelensky, but the United States previously committed to providing Ukraine with National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems. NASAMS would be capable of engaging Russian cruise missiles.

09.10.2022 - 18:15 [ Haaretz ]

Saudi-Russian Collusion in Broad Daylight Sends a Clear Message to Biden

This is extremely rancid geopolitics on the Saudis’ and Russians’ part. The former are cynical, intent on raising the price of oil and increasing revenue. They’re also a political ingrate in their relationship with the United States. With the Russians, it’s all about creating discord between the United States and European Union in the hope that the EU will pressure Ukraine into accepting annexations by Russia and achieve a cease-fire.

The United States and the EU must now realize a strategic fact of life: They have no ally in OPEC.

09.10.2022 - 13:30 [ CommonDreams.org ]

OPEC’s Slap in the Face Shows Biden Critics Were Right About Meeting With Murderous Saudi Prince

President Joe Biden has a lot of reasons to be furious with his national security team who, against his better judgment, systematically pressured him for 18 months to do an about-face on Saudi Arabia.

The White House has reportedly been in a state of „spasm and panic“ since Wednesday, when it became clear that several of the U.S.’s Persian Gulf partners, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, were set to commit what the White House considered „a hostile act“: an extensive cut in oil production coordinated with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which will send oil prices soaring and very likely harm Democrats in the U.S. midterm elections in November.

09.10.2022 - 13:27 [ CNN ]

Inside the White House’s failed effort to dissuade OPEC from cutting oil production to avoid a ‘total disaster’

(05.10.2022)

But that effort appears to have failed, following Wednesday’s crucial meeting of OPEC+, the international cartel of oil producers that, as expected, announced a significant cut to output in an effort to raise oil prices. That in turn will likely cause US gasoline prices to rise at a precarious time for the Biden administration, just five weeks before the midterm elections.

08.10.2022 - 17:08 [ Oilprice.com ]

The OPEC+ Cut Is A Disaster For President Biden

Saudi Arabia, the country that will spearhead the production cuts (Russia is already producing at its decreased target), has put the Biden Administration between a rock and a hard place only several weeks before the midterm elections. Confronted with the prospect of rising gasoline prices, the White House needs to react swiftly if it does not want to be seen as weak.

08.10.2022 - 17:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin and the prince: fears in west as Russia and Saudi Arabia deepen ties

(05.10.2022)

Instead, Joe Biden finds himself staring down a partner in the Middle East whom he had personally visited during the summer as the extent of the supply crisis became apparent. Biden walked away empty-handed and, as a result, faces the uncomfortable prospect of taking high bowser prices to midterm elections. Perhaps more importantly for the US president, a rise in oil prices could be seen as helping fund Putin’s war effort.

07.10.2022 - 11:50 [ ORF.at ]

Biden zu Beschluss der OPEC+: Wir prüfen Alternativen

(06.10.2022)

US-Präsident Joe Biden hat enttäuscht auf die Entscheidung der Ölallianz OPEC+ reagiert, die Ölproduktion zurückzufahren. Auf die Frage, was seine Reaktion sei, sagte Biden gestern in Washington schlicht: „Enttäuschung.“

06.10.2022 - 15:42 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

06.10.2022 - 15:00 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Sie wissen von der Bundeswehr-Beteiligung an der Kriegsflotte im Persischen Golf, oder?

(3. August 2021)

24. Juni 2019: Der damalige U.S.-Außenminister Mike Pompeo fordert eine „globale Koalition“ gegen den Iran. passenderweise vorgetragen bei einem Blitzbesuch Pompeos in Saudi-Arabien.

4. August 2019: Ich lege mich fest und prognostiziere, dass „Bundeswehr-Marine .. noch vor Weihnachten unter Oberbefehl einer ausländischen Macht in den Persischen Golf entsandt“ wird.

(…)

20. Januar 2020: Monate vor der Ausrufung des bis heute andauernden Ausnahmezustands und bereits im Windschatten von SARS II („Coronavirus“), beschließen die Staatsführungen von Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Italien, der Niederlande, Belgien, Dänemark und Portugal in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die „European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz“ (E.M.A.S.O.H.), von der Sie und 80 Millionen Andere bis heute nie gehört haben.

06.10.2022 - 14:42 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

(12.09.2022)

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

25.09.2022 - 15:12 [ theHill.com ]

The seven Democrats most likely to run for president — if Biden bows out

While Harris, 57, has seen her own approval ratings fall at times during an up-and-down tenure as vice president, she remains the top non-Biden possibility for 2024.

25.09.2022 - 14:59 [ CNN ]

Democrats are warming to a Biden 2024 campaign. They’re just not sure if he’ll run.

The mood has notably shifted among top Democrats in recent months. During the depths of Biden’s political struggles in March, some party leaders from all over the country huddled in the hallways of the Hilton a few blocks from the White House for the annual Democratic National Committee meeting, according to four people involved in the conversations. Over drinks, while looking around to make sure no one overheard, they winced and grimaced and whispered…

19.09.2022 - 15:57 [ ZDF ]

Präsident Biden: Corona-Pandemie ist vorbei

„Wie Sie sehen, trägt hier niemand eine Maske. Alle scheinen in ziemlich guter Verfassung zu sein. Ich glaube also, dass sich die Situation ändert, und ich denke, dies ist ein perfektes Beispiel dafür“, sagte der US-Präsident weiter.

Bidens Äußerungen könnten innerhalb seiner eigenen Regierung für einigen Wirbel sorgen.

19.09.2022 - 15:33 [ US Supreme Court ]

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, ET AL., APPLICANTS 21A244 v. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, ET AL

(13.01.2022)

Administrative agencies are creatures of statute. They accordingly possess only the authority that Congress has provided. The Secretary has ordered 84 million Americans to either obtain a COVID–19 vaccine or undergo weekly medical testing at their own expense. This is no “everyday exercise of federal power.” In re MCP No. 165, 20 F. 4th, at 272 (Sutton, C. J., dissenting). It is instead a significant encroachment into the lives—and health—of a vast number of employees. “We expect Congress to speak clearly when authorizing an agency to exercise powers of vast economic and political significance.” Alabama Assn. of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Servs., 594
U. S. ___, ___ (2021) (per curiam) (slip op., at 6) (internal
quotation marks omitted). There can be little doubt that
OSHA’s mandate qualifies as an exercise of such authority.
The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes
the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers
the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.

(…)

The Solicitor General does not dispute that OSHA is lim-
ited to regulating “work-related dangers.” Response Brief
for OSHA in No. 21A244 etc., p. 45 (OSHA Response). She
instead argues that the risk of contracting COVID–19 qual-
ifies as such a danger. We cannot agree. Although COVID–
19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most. COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from
crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases. Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life—simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock—would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.

19.09.2022 - 15:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

US supreme court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test rules

(13.01.2022)

The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Osha) vaccine-or-test rule on US businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.

“Osha has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what Osha has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.

In dissent, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgment for that of health experts.

19.09.2022 - 13:45 [ CBS News ]

President Joe Biden: The 2022 60 Minutes Interview

Scott Pelley: Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?

President Joe Biden: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s– but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.

The car show was a reminder that gasoline prices hit a historic high last June—in part because Russia cut fuel supplies in its war on Ukraine.

19.09.2022 - 13:42 [ CNN ]

Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s – but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.

The US government still designates Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency and the World Health Organization says it remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. But the President’s comments follow other hopeful comments from global health leaders.

18.09.2022 - 15:29 [ Freedom of the Press Foundation ]

The extradition of Julian Assange must be condemned by all who believe in press freedom

(June 17, 2022)

By continuing to extradite Assange, the Biden DOJ is ignoring the dire warnings of virtually every major civil liberties and human rights organization in the country that the case will do irreparable damage to basic press freedom rights of U.S. reporters.

The prosecution, which includes 17 charges under the Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, covers events that took place more than a decade ago, but was brought only under the Trump administration — after the Obama Department of Justice reportedly considered charges but dismissed them for their dangerous First Amendment implications.

15.09.2022 - 15:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Asiatischer Staatenbund: Iran rückt mit Russland und China zusammen

(heute)

Der Iran wird Mitglied in der Shanghaier Organisation für Zusammenarbeit (SOZ). Wie der iranische Außenminister Hossein Amirabdollahian auf seiner Instagram-Seite mitteilte, unterzeichnete die Teheraner Führung ein Abkommen über einen Wechsel vom bisherigen Beobachterstatus hin zur vollständigen Mitgliedschaft.

15.09.2022 - 13:15 [ CNN ]

Railroad strike averted after marathon talks reach tentative deal

The deal gives the union members an immediate 14% raise with back pay dating back to 2020, and raises totaling 24% during the five-year life of the contract, that runs from 2020 through 2024. It also gives them cash bonuses of $1,000 a year.

Few other details of the deal have so far been made public. But the statement from Biden indicated that the major issue that had brought the country within a day of its first national rail strike in 30 years had been addressed in the unions’ favor.

13.09.2022 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Blinken Says Iran’s Demands Make Nuclear Deal ‚Unlikely‘ for Now

„What we’ve seen over the last week or so in Iran’s response to the proposal put forward by the European Union is clearly a step backward and makes prospects for an agreement in the near term, I would say, unlikely,“ Blinken said in a visit to Mexico City.

13.09.2022 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

12.09.2022 - 15:50 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lapid, on Germany Visit, Calls to Continue Fight Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

The official added that he believes that the agreement might only come to fruition after the midterm election in the United States in November. Israel is now working, mainly behind the scenes, with senators and Congress members in an attempt to persuade them to support its positions on the matter.

12.09.2022 - 15:45 [ JNS.org ]

Lapid: Israel conducting ‘successful’ campaign to thwart Iran nuke deal, but still ‘long way’ to go

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday described as “successful” his government’s diplomatic offensive against a revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. However, he conceded that there was a “long way” to go to ensure that Tehran does not benefit to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars should an accord be reached.

12.09.2022 - 15:29 [ Prime Minister of Israel / Nitter ]

PM Lapid: „I thank France, the United Kingdom, and Germany for their strong position on this matter. In recent months, we held a discreet and intensive dialogue with them, and presented them with up-to-date intelligence information about Iranian activity at nuclear sites.“

(11.09.2022)

12.09.2022 - 15:18 [ diplomatie.gouv.fr ]

Iran – Joint statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom (10 September 2022)

Our position remains clear and steadfast. Iran must fully and, without delay, cooperate in good faith with the IAEA. It is up to Iran to provide technically credible answers to the IAEA’s questions on the whereabouts of all nuclear material on its territory. The JCPoA can in no way be used to release Iran from legally binding obligations that are essential to the global non-proliferation regime.

Given Iran’s failure to conclude the deal on the table we will consult, alongside international partners, on how best to address Iran’s continued nuclear escalation and lack of cooperation with the IAEA regarding its NPT safeguards agreement.

12.09.2022 - 14:53 [ Tehran Times / Nitter ]

On Thursday, Mossad Director David Barnea concluded a “security-diplomatic” visit to Washington whose main goal was to dissuade the Biden administration from signing the JCPOA.

(09.09.2022)

11.09.2022 - 19:40 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

11.09.2022 - 14:50 [ Techspot.com ]

A Surveillance Primer: 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, 14 Eyes

(August 15, 2022)

The Five Eyes (FVEY) surveillance alliance includes the following countries:
– Australia
– Canada
– New Zealand
– United Kingdom
– United States

(…)

The Nine Eyes countries include:

– 5 Eyes countries +
– Denmark
– France
– Netherlands
– Norway

(…)

The 14 Eyes surveillance countries include:

– 9 Eyes countries +
– Germany
– Belgium
– Italy
– Sweden
– Spain

09.09.2022 - 14:23 [ LostinEU.eu ]

Es geht (auch) um Gas

(10. Mai 2018)

Im transatlantischen Machtkampf um Iran geht es nicht nur um das Atomabkommen und um neue Handelssanktionen. Eine nicht zu unterschätzende Rolle spielt – neben den lebenswichtigen Ölexporten – auch das Erdgas.

Iran gehört nämlich zu den Ländern mit den größten Gasvorkommen weltweit. Und die EU möchte davon profitieren, um sich von russischem Gas unabhängiger zu machen.

09.09.2022 - 14:10 [ Laura Rozen / Substack ]

Israel believes Iran deal unlikely before November

“In my estimation, it’s not going to happen in the very near future, not in the next few weeks,” one source, speaking not for attribution, said Sept. 6. “I think we’ll see continuation of a dialogue, very low key, until after the midterm elections.”

The assessment comes as the head of Mossad was the latest senior Israeli official to arrive for consultations in Washington this week.

However, Mossad director David Barnea has canceled earlier plans to brief the Senate Intelligence committee on Israeli objections to the Iran deal, sources said, and a committee spokesperson confirmed.

09.09.2022 - 14:02 [ BNN Newsroom / Nitter ]

Barnea has completed a series of meetings with Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and other top US national security officials.

During those meetings, he presented „sensitive intelligence“ to highlight the Islamic Republic’s lies.

09.09.2022 - 13:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Mossad chief Barnea flies to Washington to try to halt Iran nuclear deal

(06.09.2022)

Mossad Director David Barnea left on Monday for Washington DC to hold a series of meetings with top officials from the White House, CIA Director William Burns, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon and the State Department to try to halt the reportedly impending Iran nuclear deal.

07.09.2022 - 10:01 [ IranIntl.com ]

US Ready To Return To Nuclear Deal If Iran Is Ready – White House

In response to a question about the Israel’s efforts to dissuade Washington from reviving the nuclear deal in a news briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, „The US and its allies are equally preparing for scenarios with or without mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).”

“The US president will only conclude a deal that he determines is in the national security interests of the US,“ she noted, adding that the ultimate goal is to make sure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons.

07.09.2022 - 08:19 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die “Authorization For Use of Military Force” vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Hier dessen gerade einmal 60 Worte und keinerlei zeitliche oder räumliche Einschränkung enthaltende Wirkungstext, beschlossen am 14.09.2001 von beiden Kammern des Kongresses, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat:

„Dass der Präsident autorisiert ist, alle notwendige und geeignete Gewalt gegen diejenigen Nationen, Organisationen, oder Personen anzuwenden, die er bestimmt als diejenigen, welche die terroristischen Angriffe, die sich am 11. September ereigneten, geplant, autorisiert, begangen, oder unterstützt haben, oder solche Organisationen oder Personen beherbergt haben, um jede zukünftigen Akte von internationalen Terrorismus gegen die Vereinigten Staaten durch solche Nationen, Organisationen oder Personen zu verhindern.“

Im Original:

„That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

Analyse und Anmerkungen:

Auch wenn z.B. für die Eroberung des Irak eine eigene Kriegsvollmacht, eine „Authorization for Use of Military Force“ in 2002 erlassen wurde, war die A.U.M.F. vom 14.09.2001 auch im Irak-Krieg, als einem durch die U.S.-Regierung selbst so formulierten Sieg im „war on terror“, Kern von dessen Legitimation.

Wie jeder lesen kann, tauchen in der A.U.M.F. vom 14. September 2001 die Begriffe „Al Kaida“ (al qaida, Al Qaeda, etc, etc) und „Osama Bin Laden“ nicht auf. Deren Verantwortung für die Attentate vom 11. September erklärte der damalige Präsident George Bush Junior erst am 20. September in seiner Rede vor dem Kongress. (DIE CHRONIKEN VON KUNDUZ (II): “…und die Nacht fiel auf eine andere Welt”)

Nach Einschätzung einer ganzen Reihe hochrangiger Terrorexperten gab es zu diesem Zeitpunkt keine internationale Organisation „Al Kaida“. Eine kriminelle Organisation dieses Namens hatte das Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) unter Direktor Robert Mueller erst im Frühjahr 2001 in einem Gerichtsverfahren attestieren lassen, unter Berufung auf Aussagen des U.S.-Informanten und Betrügers Jamal al-Fadl (Dschamal al-Fadl), der dafür von den U.S.-Behörden eine enorme Summe Geld kassierte.

Die A.U.M.F. vom 14. September 2001 gab und gibt dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten die Ermächtigung selbst zu bestimmen, wer für die Attentate des 11. Septembers direkt oder indirekt verantwortlich und entsprechend militärischer Gewalt der U.S.-Streitkräfte ausgesetzt werden soll.

Es handelt sich bei der A.U.M.F aus 2001 also um eine Ermächtigung zur perpetuierten Kriegführung bzw eines perpetuierten Krieges ohne festgelegten, bzw nach Ermessen des Präsidenten wechselnden und / oder austauschbaren Gegner.

Barack Obama selbst verwendete den Schlüsselbegriff “perpetual war” sowohl am 23. Mai 2013 in Fort McNair, als er ein Ende des Terrorkrieges in Aussicht stellte (“Dieser Krieg, wie alle Kriege, muss enden”), als auch bei seiner von Niemand verstandenen Rede am 19. Juni 2013 in Berlin.

07.09.2022 - 08:12 [ Reuters ]

Biden will not declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism – White House

U.S. President Joe Biden has made a final decision against designating Russia as a state sponsor of terror, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

07.09.2022 - 07:42 [ BNN United States / Nitter ]

Reporters at White House asked if Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, #Biden said “No.”

07.09.2022 - 07:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

USA stufen Russland nicht als Terrorstaat ein

Die USA wollen Russland nicht als Terror unterstützenden Staat einstufen. Die Regierung in Washington halte dies nicht für den effektivsten Weg, Russland zur Verantwortung zu ziehen, sagte der Kommunikationsdirektor des Nationalen Sicherheitsrates, John Kirby. „Wir haben uns das ernsthaft angeschaut“, betonte er. Die US-Regierung habe mögliche Auswirkungen beleuchtet, auch mit externen Experten darüber gesprochen und sei zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass eine solche Einstufung eher hinderlich sein könnte – etwa für die Bemühungen von Nichtregierungsorganisationen, den Menschen in der Ukraine humanitäre Unterstützung zukommen zu lassen.

07.09.2022 - 07:33 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

DER TERRORKRIEG

(10. April 2015)

„George Orwell hat einst geschrieben, dass es keine Rolle spielt ob der Krieg nicht real ist oder ob er es ist: ein Sieg ist nicht möglich. Der Krieg ist nicht dazu da gewonnen zu werden, er ist dazu da kontinuierlich zu sein. Eine hierarchische Gesellschaft ist nur möglich auf der Basis von Armut und Ignoranz. Diese neue Version ist die Vergangenheit und keine andere Vergangenheit kann jemals existiert haben. Grundsätzlich wird der Kriegseinsatz geplant, um die Gesellschaft am Rande des Verhungerns zu halten. Der Krieg wird durch die herrschende Gruppe gegen ihre eigenen Untertanen geführt. Und sein Ziel ist nicht der Sieg über Eurasien oder Ostasien, sondern die Gesellschaftsstruktur intakt zu halten.“

Michael Moore in „Fahrenheit 9/11“, 2004

Am 14. September 2001 gab der Kongress dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die zeitlich unbegrenzte Vollmacht überall auf dem Planeten militärische Gewalt einzusetzen. Bis heute ist dieser „Blankoscheck für einen Krieg ohne Ende“ in Kraft.

01.09.2022 - 16:50 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Granholm to Europe: Tough Luck – The Energy Secretary bullies U.S. companies to reduce fuel exports.

America’s allies in Europe are desperate for alternative supplies of fuel amid the Ukraine war, and U.S. producers are happy to provide what they can. So wouldn’t you know the Biden Administration now wants to limit fuel exports.

That’s the message Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sent last week in a letter imploring seven major refiners to limit fuel exports. We obtained a copy of the letter, which the Administration didn’t release publicly.

30.08.2022 - 20:16 [ Haaretz ]

Ignore Bibi’s Bluster: Israel Must Back Biden on Iran Deal

The Netanyahu-Bennett-Lapid approach has turned Israel from a worried ally, with justified concerns, into something of a “nudnik,” or nuisance, and unnecessarily demonstrated the limits of its influence. No matter how many times Israel’s leaders reiterate, in parallel, that they held good talks in the U.S. and administration officials understood their positions, there are limits even to the patience of those ever-polite American counterparts.

28.08.2022 - 14:44 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.08.2022 - 14:39 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

28.08.2022 - 14:29 [ Washington Post ]

Fighting between U.S. troops and militias draws scrutiny to Syria role

(27.08.2022)

President Biden’s order to strike targets belonging to Iranian-backed groups reflects a decision to act — “to protect and defend the safety of our personnel, to degrade and disrupt the ongoing series of attacks against the United States and our partners, and to deter the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran-backed militia groups from conducting or supporting further attacks on United States personnel and facilities,” the president said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Since Army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla took over U.S. Central Command in April, there has been a push to ensure that Iran cannot carry out attacks against U.S. forces and assets with impunity, according to a person familiar with planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

28.08.2022 - 14:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

28.08.2022 - 14:09 [ CNN ]

At least 32 people dead following violent clashes between rival militias in Libyan capital of Tripoli

Libya has been split between warring factions since 2014, following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

28.08.2022 - 13:30 [ ORF.at ]

Neue Kämpfe in Libyen: Mindestens 23 Tote

Seit dem Sturz und gewaltsamen Tod des langjährigen Machthabers Muammar al-Gaddafi 2011 wird Libyen von Gewalt und Machtkämpfen erschüttert. Seit März kämpfen zwei rivalisierende Regierungen um die Macht. Im Mai kam es dabei nach einem gescheiterten Putschversuch in Tripolis erstmals zu schweren Kämpfen.

28.08.2022 - 12:55 [ ArcticToday.com ]

A sweeping US Senate bill aims to address key Arctic issues

(August 4, 2022)

The bill would establish a year-round presence in Arctic waters while calling for deepwater port investment. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy would be required to submit a report on establishing and maintaining a permanent presence at ports in Nome, Unalaska, Port Clarence, and potentially other deepwater ports in the American Arctic and sub-Arctic.

28.08.2022 - 12:24 [ ORF.at ]

USA und NATO wollen Präsenz am Nordpol stärken

Washington hatte am Freitag angekündigt, erstmals einen Arktissondergesandten zu ernennen, um „die amerikanischen Interessen und die Zusammenarbeit mit Verbündeten und Partnern in der Arktis“ zu fördern. Der US-Senat muss dem Vorhaben noch zustimmen.

26.08.2022 - 12:32 [ ABC News ]

US response suggests progress in renewing Iran nuclear deal

While the E.U.’s top diplomat described the text put forth earlier this month as „final,“ sources told ABC News the U.S. answer is expected to fall short of total acceptance but move negotiations forward.

25.08.2022 - 16:31 [ CNN ]

US confirms it has sent response to EU on proposal to salvage the Iran nuclear deal

He did not provide details on the response, but it is not expected that the US will accept what Iran put forward without seeking changes and further negotiations.

24.08.2022 - 16:35 [ Vienna.at ]

Wiener Atomabkommen: EU hofft auf Treffen mit dem Iran in dieser Woche

(22.08.2022)

„Ende letzter Woche war ein Treffen in Wien geplant, das jedoch nicht stattfinden konnte“, sagte Borrell ohne Angabe von Gründen. „Womöglich findet es diese Woche statt.“

Der Iran warf den USA „Verzug“ vor. „Die US-Regierung ist verantwortlich für die derzeitige Situation, und wenn sie politische Entschlossenheit zeigen würde“, könnte der Übergang zur nächsten Stufe erfolgen, erklärte der Sprecher des iranischen Außenministeriums, Nasser Kanaani.

22.08.2022 - 06:47 [ Politico.eu ]

Iran drops ‘red line’ IRGC demand for nuclear deal: Report

Tehran did not demand in its response to a proposed agreement drafted by the EU that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be removed from a U.S. list of terrorist organizations, the news agency reported late Friday, citing a senior Biden administration official. Former President Donald Trump put the Guard on the list in 2019, after pulling out of the last nuclear accord — an action that imposed numerous sanctions on the military group.

22.08.2022 - 05:32 [ RT.com ]

NATO members pushing to brand Russia a ‚terrorist state‘ tells us that the US and its allies lack self-awareness

Perennial American Russophobes from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Lindsey Graham, are now agitating members of Congress to include Russia in Washington’s list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism,’ which presently includes North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria.

20.08.2022 - 21:11 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Seit Beginn des weltweiten Terrorkrieges in 2001 herrschten in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zwei Personen als Kriegspräsidenten und „mächtigste Männer der Welt“, George Bush Junior und Barack Obama. Der Kern ihrer Legitimation für

– fast jede seit dem 14. September 2001 angeordnete militärische Aktion, Operation und Invasion, wie der Eroberung von Afghanistan (2001), Irak (2003), Libyen (2011), Luftangriffen bzw Bodenoperationen z.B. in Somalia, Jemen, Pakistan, Kenia, etc, etc, pp,

– den versuchten Aufbau einer „Totalen Informationskenntnis“ („Total Information Awareness“) über alle Menschen, Gruppen, Strömungen und Organisationen im Macht- bzw Einflussbereich der U.S.A. (also dem, was die Gesellschaft heute als „Totalüberwachung“ versteht),

– die folgende Erschaffung eines informationstechnologischen, Privatleben fressenden Frankensteins, eines weltweit vernetzten Golem der „Nationalen Sicherheit AG“ bzw dem „sicherheitsindustriellen Komplex“, der allein 800.000 Personen (Stand: 2010) Zugang zu „streng geheimen“ Informationen und damit Zugang zu praktisch allen u.a. aus Telekommunikationssystemen wie dem Internet gesammelten bzw geraubten Daten von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in ungezählten Datenbanken und Tauschbörsen der Spione, Militärs und (Geheim)Polizeien und Behörden allein in den U.S.A. gibt, samt einer bis heute nicht verifizierten Zahl assoziierter Kräfte und Stellen, z.B. in der Republik Deutschland,

– die Errichtung des Lagers Guantanamo, sowie einer unbekannten Zahl geheimer Folterkammern und Kerker auf eigenem Territorium, in Besatzungszonen und / oder in kollaborierenden Staaten, in denen Menschen willkürlich eingesperrt, gequält oder ermordet wurden,

sowie weitere offene oder klandestine Maßnahmen, wie z.B. die „Uminterpretation“ von geltendem Recht zu faktischem geheimen Kriegsrecht in ungezählten Staaten, ist ein am 14. September 2001 bei alleiniger Gegenstimme von Barbara Lee durch den Kongress gejagter und, zumindest in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, präzedenzloser Gesetzestext: die „Authorization for Use of Military Force“.

Hier dessen gerade einmal 60 Worte und keinerlei zeitliche oder räumliche Einschränkung enthaltende Wirkungstext, beschlossen am 14.09.2001 von beiden Kammern des Kongresses, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat:

20.08.2022 - 21:03 [ Reuters ]

At least 12 killed as Somalia hotel siege enters second day

(today)

At least 12 people were killed when al Qaeda-linked militants attacked a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, seizing hostages who authorities were still battling to free 24 hours later, an intelligence officer said on Saturday.

20.08.2022 - 21:00 [ Fox News ]

Biden approves sending US Special Operations troops to Somalia

(May 18, 2022)

A senior U.S. defense official has confirmed to Fox News on Monday that President Joe Biden has authorized the deployment of hundreds of Special Operations troops inside Somalia.

The decision comes alongside approval of a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of the al-Shabab terrorist group that operates inside the east African country’s borders, the official said.

18.08.2022 - 04:22 [ Tehran Times ]

Ball in U.S. court on nuclear deal

He also said that any agreement being achieved in Vienna should be passed by Parliament.

As things stand, Iran appears to have done its part and made every necessary decision needed to resuscitate the JCPOA. Therefore, it’s now the U.S.’s turn to do the same and facilitate the conclusion of the talks.

The U.S. confirmed that it has received the Iranian response via the EU and said that it will need “some time” to study it.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday, “We are still studying [the response].”

He added, “It will require some time to digest what has been provided to the EU and in turn what has been provided to us.”

17.08.2022 - 07:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

If elected, I will deport anyone who acts against the State of Israel – Ben-Gvir

“When we form the government, I will promote the Deportation Law, which will deport anyone who acts against the State of Israel or IDF soldiers,” Ben-Gvir said in the interview. “Those who throw stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers will be deported from here. Those who work against the state like [Joint List MK] Ofer Cassif will be deported. Maybe to Europe. They need working hands there.”

However, he said, the same law would not apply to Jews.

16.08.2022 - 19:11 [ Haaretz ]

Europe Needs Working Hands‘: Kahanist Leader Calls to Deport ‚Disloyal‘ Israelis

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Otzma Yehudit party head hoping to be part of Israel’s next government, declared he would support a deportation policy for anyone who works ‚against the state of Israel,‘ specifically mentioning Joint List lawmakers

16.08.2022 - 18:39 [ Dan Cooper / Nitter ]

It was the US that cheated & breached the JCPOA deliberately to impose sanctions while Iran was in full compliance. Constant US cheatings and efforts to deny Iran any economic benefits are the reasons why Iranians rightly prioritised on the principles of guarantee & verification

16.08.2022 - 18:30 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Warum das Atomabkommen für den Iran von Anfang an wertlos war

(14.Mai 2018)

Die Vetomächte im U.N.-Sicherheitsrat, Russland, China, Großbritannien, Frankreich und die Vereinigten Staaten machten am 20. Juli 2015 das gesamte internationale Atomabkommen für den Iran wertlos. Und sie wussten es.

16.08.2022 - 18:08 [ Producer @CNN ]

An adviser to the Iran negotiating team in Vienna @s_m_marandi confirmed to CNN that Iran is looking for guarantees that if a future US administration withdraws from the deal the US will “have to pay a price.”

14.08.2022 - 21:49 [ Haaretz ]

Uninvolved: These Are the 36 Palestinian Civilians Killed During Israel’s Gaza Op

6:45 pm IDT

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed as a result of the latest military escalation between Israel and Islamic Jihad, which lasted three days. They include five girls, 11 boys and four women.

Thirty were killed during Israeli strikes. Of those, 17 were civilians, among them three girls, a boy and four women. Botched launches of Palestinian rockets killed 19 non-combatants, including 12 children.

14.08.2022 - 21:20 [ Fox News ]

Critics call for Biden to ‚immediately end‘ Iran nuclear talks following attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

The attempted murder of author Salman Rushdie prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to voice criticism of the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in light of the country’s past support of a fatwa against Rushdie’s life.

10.08.2022 - 11:16 [ Fox News ]

Former Trump official Michael Caputo blasts FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid: ‚Full-blown constitutional crisis‘

„America is in a full-blown constitutional crisis. The American people have endured a slow, creeping attack on our nation. I had a front row seat in the Russia hoax, and I’ve watched it get steadily and methodically worse ever since,“ Caputo said.

„With this militant raid on President Trump’s home, we have become Russia. The FBI is the KGB. I should know. I’ve seen them both in action and I see no difference at all,“ he said.

10.08.2022 - 09:57 [ Townhall.com ]

Harvard Poll Shows Who Would Win in a Trump/Biden and Trump/Harris 2024 Matchup

(Aug 02, 2022)

In the Trump v. Biden rematch if the election were held now, 45 percent of registered voters picked Donald Trump while just 41 percent picked Joe Biden. And in the hypothetical contest between Trump and VP Harris, Trump again wins with 47 percent to Harris‘ 40 percent, who performed even worse than Biden.

And, in a blow to Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney’s select committee billed as investigating the events of January 6 and transparently geared at hurting Republicans and preventing Trump from seeking office again, more than half of registered voters — 55 percent — said the J6 committee’s hearing were not conducted fairly.

09.08.2022 - 15:17 [ Newsweek ]

Israeli Defense Minister Refutes Report That Netanyahu Urged Trump to Strike Iran After Losing Election

Benny Gantz, a retired Israeli army general and the country’s minister of defense, told a local media outlet yesterday that a New Yorker report which said Netanyahu encouraged U.S. action against Iran was likely „not what happened.“

„I don’t know of this story and I assume this is not what happened,“ Gantz said in an interview, according to the Jerusalem Post.

09.08.2022 - 15:07 [ NewYorker.com ]

Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals

The biggest fear was that Iran would provoke Trump, and, using an array of diplomatic and military channels, American officials warned the Iranians not to exploit the volatile domestic situation in the U.S. “There was a distinct concern that Iran would take advantage of this to strike at us in some way,” Adam Smith, the House Armed Services chairman, recalled.

Among those pushing the President to hit Iran before Biden’s Inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18th, the same day that Trump met with Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump. “If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him.

09.08.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Top U.S. General Warned Netanyahu: ‚You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War‘ With Iran

„Among those pushing the president to hit Iran before Biden’s inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18, the same day that Trump met with [Michael] Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump,“ wrote Baker and Glasser in an excerpt published in the New Yorker.

“If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him, according to the excerpt. The Israeli prime minister’s official Twitter account noted „the two discussed regional threats, especially the Iranian aggression“ in its readout of the meeting.

08.08.2022 - 19:51 [ ORF.at ]

Atomgespräche beendet: Hauptstädte müssen „Ja oder Nein sagen“

Die Gespräche zur Wiederherstellung des Atomabkommens zwischen dem Iran und sechs weiteren Staaten sind für beendet erklärt worden. Der Text sei fertig und werde nun vom EU-Außenbeauftragten Josep Borrell in den Hauptstädten der beteiligten Länder vorgelegt, sagte ein hoher EU-Vertreter am Montag in Wien. „Sie müssen nun Ja oder Nein sagen“, so der Diplomat.

07.08.2022 - 06:59 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

15 JAHRE TERRORKRIEG UND 11. SEPTEMBER: „Stehen die Befehle noch?“

(11.09.2016)

Trotz der laufenden Manöver ist die gesamte reguläre Kommandokette sowohl der militärischen Luftverteidigung, als auch das korrespondierende Protokoll für den Fall von Entführungen ziviler Passagiermaschinen im Inland am Tag der Attentate durch eine Kette äußerst merkwürdiger „Zufälle“ lahmgelegt:

der Leiter der Luftfahrtbehörde ist gerade einen Tag im Amt,
der „hijack coordinator“ des Militärs, Michael Canavan (immerhin ehemaliger Leiter des „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC), ist angeblich in Puerto Rico, ohne eine Vertretung bestellt zu haben,
die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon NMCC ist mit einem Captain besetzt, der leitende General hatte sich am Abend vorher „unabkömmlich“ gemeldet,
NEADS-Kommandeur General Larry Arnold lässt sich, während die Meldungen über Flugzeugentführungen eintreffen, entschuldigen, er sei in einem Meeting,
NORAD Kommandeur General Ralph Eberhart, der am Tag vor den Attentaten die Alarmstufe der informationstechnischen Systeme des Militärs InfoCon auf die niedrigste Stufe hatte setzen lassen, merkt nach eigener Aussage von allem nichts, bis er im Fernsehen nach dem Einschlag des zweiten Flugzeugs die brennenden WTC Türme sieht, telefoniert dann erstmal mit dem amtierenden Generalstabschef Myers, aber dann auch mit keinem anderen mehr, lässt die Militärmanöver weiterlaufen und setzt sich eine halbe Stunde ins Auto um ins NORAD-Operationszentrum zu fahren
und Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld ist unauffindbar.

Erst nach dem Einschlag der Flugzeuge in die WTC Zwillingstürme, nach dem Einschlag ins Pentagon, nach dem Kollaps beider Türme des World Trade Centers in New York und nachdem der Absturz eines vierten entführten Flugzeugs in Shanksville vermeldet ist, wird der Verteidigungsminister der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon betreten.

Später wird Rumsfeld vor der 9/11-Kommission seiner eigenen Regierung aussagen, er sei sich erst nach einem Telefonat mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney um 10.39 Uhr Washingtoner Zeit „der Situation bewusst“ geworden („gaining situation awareness“) – also anderthalb Stunden nach dem Einschlag des ersten Flugzeugs ins World Trade Center und nachdem bereits Milliarden von Menschen rund um die Welt die Ereignisse durch Live-Übertragungen verfolgt hatten.

Da der Präsident bei einer Schulklasse zu Besuch ist und trotz der Attentate immer weiter aus Kinderbüchern vorliest, endet die Kommandokette am Tag der Attentate bei Vizepräsident Dick Cheney in der unterirdischen Einsatzzentrale des Weißen Hauses PEOC („President´s Emergency Operations Center“).

Der Verkehrsminister (wörtlich: Transportminister, „Secretary of Transport“) Norman Mineta sitzt an diesem Morgen des 11. September zusammen mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney im „Situation Room“, also der Zentrale des PEOC Bunkers. Minetas Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission zufolge – die untenstehend in der Dokumentation als Aufzeichnung zu sehen ist – betritt mehrfach ein Mann den „Situation Room“ und berichtet Vizepräsident Dick Cheney über die Entfernung eines sich Washington nähernden Flugzeugs.

„Das Flugzeug ist 50 Meilen entfernt“, dann: „Das Flugzeug ist 30 Meilen entfernt.“ Als der Mann schließlich dem Vizepräsidenten meldet: „Das Flugzeug ist 10 Meilen entfernt“ fragt der Mann den zu diesem Zeitpunkt amtierenden Oberkommandierenden der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Dick Cheney:

„Stehen die Befehle noch?“ („Do the orders still stand?“)

Laut Mineta wendet Cheney dem Mann nun den Kopf zu und sagt:

„Natürlich stehen die Befehle noch! Haben Sie irgendetwas Gegenteiliges gehört?“

Minuten später erfolgt der Einschlag im Pentagon.

Später werden Researcher den Mann als Cheneys Militärberater Douglas Cochrane identifizieren. Auch stellt sich heraus, dass die 9/11-„Untersuchungskommission“ Cochrane vernommen, dies aber verschwiegen hatte. Bis heute wird Cochrans Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission geheim gehalten.

Die Aussage von Norman Mineta aber, dem am 11. September amtierenden Verkehrsminister, verfälscht die 9/11-„Kommission“ in ihrem Abschlussbericht und verändert die Angaben derart, dass sie zu den Angaben von Dick Cheney und der bis dahin bereits offiziell allgemein akzeptierten Tatversion der Attentate passen.

Mineta bleibt dennoch bei seiner Aussage und bestätigt diese später mehrfach.

07.08.2022 - 06:52 [ dotheordersstillstand.blogspot.com ]

Do The Orders Still Stand?

(Monday, September 12, 2011)

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was in the Presidential Emergency Operation Center with Vice President Cheney as Flight 77 approaced Washington, D.C. This plane was unidentified and flying in restricted airspace for over 45 mintues since the second tower was attacked and it was not intercepted by the Airforce. In fact, two fighters were launched but were sent out over the Atlantic searching for Russians.

On May 23, 2003 in front of the 9/11 Commission, Secretary Mineta testified:

„During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, „The plane is 50 miles out.“ „The plane is 30 miles out.“ And when it got down to „the plane is 10 miles out,“ the young man also said to the Vice President, „Do the orders still stand?“ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, „Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?“

Watch Mineta’s Testimony To The 9/11 Commmission on CSPAN:

07.08.2022 - 06:22 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.08.2022 - 06:11 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Die Kommandokette

(11.09.2014)

Wie in Teil 3 unserer Artikelreihe umschrieben, waren in den USA, auch nach dem Zusammenbruch des konkurrierenden Ostblocks und seinem sowjetischen Imperium, über Jahrzehnte umfangreichste, weit verzweigte “Sicherheits”-Strukturen aufgebaut worden, in enger Symbiose mit dem “privaten”, also internationalen kommerziellen Sektor. U.a. waren vom damaligen Präsidenten Bill Clinton am 22. Mai 1998 zwei geheime “Presidential Decision Directives” (Executive Orders) unterschrieben worden, PDD 62 und PDD 63, die teilweise direkt Empfehlungen einer vorhergehenden Präsidentenkommission „zum Schutz kritischer Infrastruktur“ umsetzten, deren Mitglieder sich praktisch aus dem gesamten Spektrum des militärischen, industriellen, geheimdienstlichen und technologischen Komplex zusammengesetzt hatten. Diese geheimen PDD 62 und PDD 63 hatten die Institution eines „Nationalen Koordinators“ geschaffen, mit den offiziellen Arbeitsfeldern Sicherheit, Schutz der Infrastruktur und Konterterrorismus („counterterrorism“).

Dieses Amt, was nach 9/11 in aller Stille wieder eingestampft wurde, trat 1998 Richard Clarke an, der bereits seit 1992 im „Nationalen Sicherheitsrat“ gesessen hatte und nun in diesem aufstieg. In 2003 schied Clarke unter nicht vollständig ersichtlichen Umständen und Gründen aus der Bush-Regierung aus. In 2004 veröffentlichte er das Buch „Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror“.

Aus Clarkes Buch fiel Michael C. Ruppert, der als ehemaliger Polizist des LAPD am 15. November 1996 vor laufender Kamera den damaligen CIA Chef John Deutch mit Anwerbeversuchen der CIA und deren Verstrickung in Drogenhandel konfrontiert hatte, folgende Zeile auf:

„Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing.“

(…)

Dass der Secret Service in der Tat die Flugbewegungen im Luftraum verfolgte, belegte kein anderer als die damalige Vizedirektorin des USSS selbst, Barbara Riggs, in einem späteren Interview zu den Ereignissen. Zitat:

„Durch Radarbeobachtung und Aktivierung einer offenen Leitung mit der FAA, war es dem Secret Service möglich Information(en) in Echtzeit über ein anderes entführtes Flugzeug zu bekommen. Wir verfolgten zwei entführte Flugzeuge wie sie sich Washington, DC, näherten und unsere Einschätzung war, dass sie das Weiße Haus zum Ziel hatten.“

Dass der älteste reguläre Geheimdienst der Vereinigten Staaten, den wir hier weiter kulant mit USSS abkürzen, exakt sieben Jahre nach dem Crash der Cesna auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses, und nach Jahrzehnten der prioritären Sicherung des Präsidenten während des Kalten Krieges, am 11. September 2001 offensichtlich doch über eigene Luftabwehrsysteme verfügte, belegt folgender Mitschnitt (Auszug aus diesem Tondokument im National Archive, 5 DCC 1927 Ops phone 5134 Position 34 1315-1415 UTC, Zeitperiode 08:15-09:15 EDT, im File ab 50.00 min):

06.08.2022 - 20:18 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Seit Beginn des weltweiten Terrorkrieges in 2001 herrschten in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zwei Personen als Kriegspräsidenten und „mächtigste Männer der Welt“, George Bush Junior und Barack Obama. Der Kern ihrer Legitimation für

– fast jede seit dem 14. September 2001 angeordnete militärische Aktion, Operation und Invasion, wie der Eroberung von Afghanistan (2001), Irak (2003), Libyen (2011), Luftangriffen bzw Bodenoperationen z.B. in Somalia, Jemen, Pakistan, Kenia, etc, etc, pp,

– den versuchten Aufbau einer „Totalen Informationskenntnis“ („Total Information Awareness“) über alle Menschen, Gruppen, Strömungen und Organisationen im Macht- bzw Einflussbereich der U.S.A. (also dem, was die Gesellschaft heute als „Totalüberwachung“ versteht),

– die folgende Erschaffung eines informationstechnologischen, Privatleben fressenden Frankensteins, eines weltweit vernetzten Golem der „Nationalen Sicherheit AG“ bzw dem „sicherheitsindustriellen Komplex“, der allein 800.000 Personen (Stand: 2010) Zugang zu „streng geheimen“ Informationen und damit Zugang zu praktisch allen u.a. aus Telekommunikationssystemen wie dem Internet gesammelten bzw geraubten Daten von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in ungezählten Datenbanken und Tauschbörsen der Spione, Militärs und (Geheim)Polizeien und Behörden allein in den U.S.A. gibt, samt einer bis heute nicht verifizierten Zahl assoziierter Kräfte und Stellen, z.B. in der Republik Deutschland,

– die Errichtung des Lagers Guantanamo, sowie einer unbekannten Zahl geheimer Folterkammern und Kerker auf eigenem Territorium, in Besatzungszonen und / oder in kollaborierenden Staaten, in denen Menschen willkürlich eingesperrt, gequält oder ermordet wurden,

sowie weitere offene oder klandestine Maßnahmen, wie z.B. die „Uminterpretation“ von geltendem Recht zu faktischem geheimen Kriegsrecht in ungezählten Staaten, ist ein am 14. September 2001 bei alleiniger Gegenstimme von Barbara Lee durch den Kongress gejagter und, zumindest in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, präzedenzloser Gesetzestext: die „Authorization for Use of Military Force“.

Hier dessen gerade einmal 60 Worte und keinerlei zeitliche oder räumliche Einschränkung enthaltende Wirkungstext, beschlossen am 14.09.2001 von beiden Kammern des Kongresses, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat:

05.08.2022 - 13:51 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S.-China crisis over Taiwan was wholly predictable

As Jeffrey Bader, President Barack Obama’s top adviser on Asia, has noted of the Biden team: Despite having criticized Trump’s foreign policy bitterly, “when it comes to the greatest foreign policy challenge facing the United States — how to deal with the rise of China — [Biden officials] have continued and mimicked Trump’s destructive approach.”

Bader added, “This has prompted glee among departed Trump officials, who proudly declare themselves innovators and the Biden administration unimaginative and dutiful implementers.”

Ryan Hass, another top Obama China expert, argued that “communication channels for managing tensions have collapsed.”

05.08.2022 - 13:34 [ News.cn ]

China decides to impose sanctions on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — In response to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s egregious provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Friday.

05.08.2022 - 06:53 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Wang Yi: China lehnt Provokationen und politisches Glücksspiel der USA in der Taiwan-Frage entschieden ab

Der chinesische Außenminister nannte die USA „den größten Zerstörer des Friedens in der Taiwan-Straße und den größten Unruhestifter der regionalen Stabilität“ und appellierte an alle Parteien, die Ursache und den Inhalt der gegenwärtigen Krise zu erkennen sowie sich gemeinsam den Risiken und Provokationen der US-Seite entgegenzustellen.

Bei einem Treffen mit dem kambodschanischen Premierminister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh hatte Wang am Mittwoch erklärt, die Provokation der USA in der Taiwan-Frage sei kein Zufall, sondern eine sorgfältig geplante Farce, die das hässliche Gesicht des Verrats offenbare.

05.08.2022 - 06:46 [ ZDF ]

Äußerungen zu Taiwan : China legt Protest gegen Baerbock ein

Angesichts der Spannungen um Taiwan hatte die Grünen-Politikerin am Montag in New York vor einer Eskalation gewarnt:

Wir akzeptieren nicht, wenn das internationale Recht gebrochen wird und ein größerer Nachbar völkerrechtswidrig seinen kleineren Nachbarn überfällt – und das gilt natürlich auch für China.

05.08.2022 - 06:34 [ Fort Hays State University ]

United States Relations with Chiang Kai-Shek, 1937-1949

Chiang was the leader of the most stable faction within China and consequently gave promise of being able to serve American interests. For this reason he was selected as the agent with whom the United States would treat with in China. During the years 1937-1949 the United States furnished Chiang Kai-shek’s government a considerable amount of material and financial aid.

(…)

Some American officials thought that Chiang was merely taking all of the American aid he could get, then conserving his forces for a future struggle with the Chinese Communists f or control of China. There is evidence to support this viewpoint.

(…)

A final effort on the part of the United States to find some effective means of supporting Chiang Kai-shek and keeping him in power came in July, 1947 when the fact finding mission to China of General Albert C. Wedemeyer was arranged. His mission also failed to bring about any concrete results in regard to assisting Chiang Kai-shek. Recommendations in Wedemeyer’s report, if followed, would have required a commitment of American troops far larger than the United States was willing to make. The American government was caught in a dilemma: a decision was necessary but the American people would not support sending large numbers of troops, Chiang would not follow American suggestions and Russia was a constant threat. Once again, America was „too late with too little“ and the mainland was lost to Chiang and Chiang’s value as America’s agent in China was destroyed.

04.08.2022 - 20:14 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3

Here is a transcript of what Nancy Pelosi’s brain said:

“In our earliest days at our founding of our country, Benjamin Franklin, our presidency, said, freedom and democracy. Freedom and democracy, one thing, security here. If we don’t have- we can’t have either, if we don’t have both.”

Of course Benjamin Franklin was neither a president of the United States nor a “presidency”, and the quote Nancy’s floundering brain was reaching for was “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” These are not difficult things to remember or articulate for someone with functioning gray matter.

This is right up there with other famous neural malfunctions by the speaker, like her “Bernie loves hearing” gibberish from last year or her bizarre “Good morning, Sunday morning” restart in the middle of an interview a couple of years ago, and it calls to mind a DC pharmacist’s casual remark in 2017 that he had filled prescriptions to treat Alzheimer’s disease for some powerful decision makers on Capitol Hill.

04.08.2022 - 19:54 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

China reagiert auf Erklärung der G7- und EU-Außenminister

Die Sprecherin des chinesischen Außenministeriums, Hua Chunying, hat am Donnerstag auf die gemeinsame Erklärung der Außenminister der G7-Gruppe und des Hohen Vertreters der EU für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik am Mittwoch reagiert.

Hua sagte, die G7-Außenminister dachten wohl, sie lebten in der Zeit der Vereinigten acht Staaten vor über 120 Jahren.

04.08.2022 - 19:37 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Die Welt brennt und die USA zündeln weiter

Zuletzt erkannte der US-Präsident Donald Trump – seiner antichinesischen Rhetorik zum Trotz – 2017 die Ein-China-Politik der Volksrepublik als auch für die USA bindende Richtlinie an.

Dies änderte sich Stück für Stück mit der Amtsübernahme von Joe Biden. Biden war der erste US-Präsident seit der Wende der US-China-Politik in den späten 1970ern, der zu seiner Amtseinführung offiziell einen Gesandten Taiwans empfing. Im letzten Jahr erklärte er dann, dass die USA Taiwan im Falle eines Angriffs Chinas militärisch beistehen würden – das war überraschend, da das offizielle Beistandsabkommen 1980 ausgelaufen ist und nie verlängert wurde. Mit Bidens Amtsübernahme setzten sich auch die Waffenlieferungen der USA nach Taiwan nahtlos fort, die bereits unter seinen Vorgängern Obama und Trump stets neue Rekordzahlen erreicht hatten.

02.08.2022 - 19:49 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Umstrittener Besuch: US-Politikerin Pelosi in Taiwan gelandet

Die Vorsitzende des US-Repräsentantenhauses, Pelosi, ist trotz chinesischer Drohungen in Taiwan gelandet. Peking warnte von einem „Spiel mit dem Feuer“ und kündigte Manöver rund um die Insel Taiwan an.

02.08.2022 - 19:34 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Erklärung des chinesischen Außenministeriums zum Besuch von Pelosi in Taiwan

Im Jahr 1979 haben sich die Vereinigten Staaten im Gemeinsamen Kommuniqué China-USA über die Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen klar dazu verpflichtet: „Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika erkennen die Regierung der Volksrepublik China als die alleinige rechtmäßige Regierung Chinas an. In diesem Zusammenhang wird das Volk der Vereinigten Staaten kulturelle, kommerzielle und andere inoffizielle Beziehungen mit dem Volk von Taiwan unterhalten.“ Der Kongress als Teil der US-Regierung ist von Natur aus verpflichtet, die Ein-China-Politik der US-Regierung strikt einzuhalten und sich jeglichen offiziellen Austauschs mit Chinas Taiwan-Region zu enthalten. China ist seit jeher gegen den Besuch von US-Kongressmitgliedern in Taiwan. Und die US-Exekutive hat die Aufgabe, einen solchen Besuch zu verhindern. Da Sprecherin Pelosi die amtierende Vorsitzende des US-Kongresses ist, stellen ihr Besuch und ihre Aktivitäten in Taiwan, in welcher Form und aus welchem Grund auch immer, eine große politische Provokation dar. China akzeptiert dies absolut nicht, und das chinesische Volk lehnt dies entschieden ab.

02.08.2022 - 19:28 [ Disclose.tv / Nitter ]

NOW – Pelosi has arrived in #Taiwan despite China’s stark warnings.

(2 hours ago)

02.08.2022 - 16:59 [ Reuters ]

Chinese warplanes take to skies, US warships on move before expected Pelosi visit to Taiwan

Chinese warplanes buzzed the line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday shortly before the expected arrival in Taipei of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a visit that has pushed friction between Washington and Beijing to a new level.

The Chinese leadership has repeatedly warned against Pelosi, a long-time critic of Beijing, making a trip to self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

02.08.2022 - 16:23 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Seit Beginn des weltweiten Terrorkrieges in 2001 herrschten in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zwei Personen als Kriegspräsidenten und „mächtigste Männer der Welt“, George Bush Junior und Barack Obama. Der Kern ihrer Legitimation für

– fast jede seit dem 14. September 2001 angeordnete militärische Aktion, Operation und Invasion, wie der Eroberung von Afghanistan (2001), Irak (2003), Libyen (2011), Luftangriffen bzw Bodenoperationen z.B. in Somalia, Jemen, Pakistan, Kenia, etc, etc, pp,

– den versuchten Aufbau einer „Totalen Informationskenntnis“ („Total Information Awareness“) über alle Menschen, Gruppen, Strömungen und Organisationen im Macht- bzw Einflussbereich der U.S.A. (also dem, was die Gesellschaft heute als „Totalüberwachung“ versteht),

– die folgende Erschaffung eines informationstechnologischen, Privatleben fressenden Frankensteins, eines weltweit vernetzten Golem der „Nationalen Sicherheit AG“ bzw dem „sicherheitsindustriellen Komplex“, der allein 800.000 Personen (Stand: 2010) Zugang zu „streng geheimen“ Informationen und damit Zugang zu praktisch allen u.a. aus Telekommunikationssystemen wie dem Internet gesammelten bzw geraubten Daten von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in ungezählten Datenbanken und Tauschbörsen der Spione, Militärs und (Geheim)Polizeien und Behörden allein in den U.S.A. gibt, samt einer bis heute nicht verifizierten Zahl assoziierter Kräfte und Stellen, z.B. in der Republik Deutschland,

– die Errichtung des Lagers Guantanamo, sowie einer unbekannten Zahl geheimer Folterkammern und Kerker auf eigenem Territorium, in Besatzungszonen und / oder in kollaborierenden Staaten, in denen Menschen willkürlich eingesperrt, gequält oder ermordet wurden,

sowie weitere offene oder klandestine Maßnahmen, wie z.B. die „Uminterpretation“ von geltendem Recht zu faktischem geheimen Kriegsrecht in ungezählten Staaten, ist ein am 14. September 2001 bei alleiniger Gegenstimme von Barbara Lee durch den Kongress gejagter und, zumindest in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, präzedenzloser Gesetzestext: die „Authorization for Use of Military Force“.

Hier dessen gerade einmal 60 Worte und keinerlei zeitliche oder räumliche Einschränkung enthaltende Wirkungstext, beschlossen am 14.09.2001 von beiden Kammern des Kongresses, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat:

02.08.2022 - 06:29 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Schifffahrtswarnung: Befahren einiger Gewässer im Südchinesischen Meer und Bohai-Meer verboten

Die chinesische maritime Behörde hat eine Schifffahrtswarnung herausgegeben, wonach von Dienstag 00:00 Uhr bis Samstag 24:00 Uhr in einigen Gewässern des Südchinesischen Meers eine militärische Übung durchgeführt wird. Daher ist ein Befahren jener Gewässer verboten. Zudem findet seit Montag 14:00 Uhr und bis Donnerstag 24:00 Uhr im Norden des Bohai-Meers eine Schießenübung mit scharfer Munition statt. Ein Einfahren in diese Gewässer ist ebenfalls verboten.

02.08.2022 - 06:24 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

PLA is not afraid to fight for defending sovereignty and security: Global Times editorial

The Chinese army has not fought a war for nearly 40 years. Such a long period of peace has been won by the joint efforts of the Party, the government, the PLA and all Chinese people. It has created basic conditions for China’s comprehensive and rapid development and is worthy of being cherished and safeguarded.

But at the same time we need to keep reminding ourselves to maintain distance and vigilance against the naive mind-set that wishes for absolute pacifism. We must avoid the situation in which people no longer know how to fight after living in peace for so long. For a major country like China, the consequence of having a relaxed mentality on national defense construction is unthinkable.

02.08.2022 - 05:04 [ StraitsTimes.com ]

China’s military marks 95th anniversary as US Speaker’s potential Taiwan visit looms

„We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,“ he said during a regular press briefing.

As to what exactly the measures will be, the world should „wait and see“, he added.

Over the weekend, various nationalistic commentators had alluded to supporting a military response.

02.08.2022 - 04:37 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Warns China Not to Turn Pelosi’s Expected Trip to Taiwan Into a ‘Crisis’

“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with longstanding U.S. policy into some sort of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” John F. Kirby, a National Security Council spokesman, told reporters. “Meanwhile,” he added, “our actions are not threatening and they break no new ground. Nothing about this potential visit — potential visit, which oh, by the way, has precedent — would change the status quo.”

01.08.2022 - 18:06 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

China warnt USA erneut vor Pelosi-Besuch in Taiwan

Zhao Lijian wies darauf hin, dass die Volksbefreiungsarmee Chinas niemals untätig zusehen werde. China werde entschlossen starke Gegenmaßnahmen ergreifen, um seine Souveränität und territoriale Integrität zu schützen. Die USA sollten sich an das Ein-China-Prinzip und die drei gemeinsamen Kommuniqués halten, die Verpflichtung von US-Präsident Joe Biden erfüllen, die „Unabhängigkeit Taiwans“ nicht zu unterstützen und keinen Pelosi-Besuch in Taiwan organisieren.

01.08.2022 - 17:32 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Chinese FM spokesperson urges Biden not to allow Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Zhao reiterated at Monday’s press conference that China has repeatedly expressed to the US its serious concerns and solemn position that it firmly opposes Pelosi’s visit to the island, as it could cause serious consequences. China also believes that the US must have been fully aware of the strong and clear message delivered by the Chinese side.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden spoke via telephone for over two hours on Thursday, during which Xi emphasized that it is the firm will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity on the Taiwan issue. „Those who play with fire will perish by it,“ Xi warned Biden.

31.07.2022 - 05:12 [ President Biden / Twitter ]

Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks. I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.

27.07.2022 - 16:26 [ Jimmy Dore / Nitter ]

Joe Biden is the cure for Trump the same way sugar cures Diabetes. Democrat voters are straight up delusional Chumps of the highest order. They’re SURE the Washington Generals are gonna win next time for sure. Absolute Chumps on purpose who love their oppressors.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]