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30.11.2022 - 07:24 [ DefenseOne.com ]

Why the US Won’t Give Patriot Interceptors to Ukraine

(March 10, 2022)

“There’s no discussion about putting a Patriot battery in Ukraine. In order to do that you have to put U.S. troops with it to operate it,” a senior defense official said Thursday.

30.11.2022 - 07:01 [ Visegrád 24 / Nitter ]

Asked about Poland’s idea to send German Patriot systems to Ukraine, Germany’s Defence Minister Lambrecht said the air defense system can only be transferred to Ukraine if all members approve. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg says that it isn’t the case & it’s Germany’s choice

(25.11.2022)

30.11.2022 - 05:57 [ Reuters ]

German warplanes patrolling skies over Poland, air force says

(March 1, 2022)

„Safeguarding the skies over Poland,“ the air force said on Twitter, above a picture of a starting fighter jet, without giving details.

A military spokesperson told Reuters the Eurofighter jets were flying missions out of Germany over Poland, a country that suffered severely under Nazi Germany in the last century.

30.11.2022 - 05:17 [ Independentsentinel.com ]

Ukraine Fired the Missile Into Poland – No Formal Investigation to Follow

(16.11.2022)

There will not be a referral for an investigation, Duda said.

30.11.2022 - 05:07 [ Fox News ]

Stoltenberg says no NATO Article 4 until investigation in Poland missile ‚explosion‘ completed

(November 16, 2022)

„I spoke with [President Andrzej Duda] last night, we agreed on the importance of awaiting the outcome of the investigation,“ Stoltenberg told reporters. „We don’t have the final outcome on that, we have no indication that this was a deliberate attack.“

29.11.2022 - 19:38 [ 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

29.11.2022 - 19:04 [ APNews.com ]

Russian army chief in Syria meets Kurds over Turkey tensions

Siamand Ali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, confirmed to The Associated Press that Lt. Gen. Alexander Chaiko met Sunday with Kurdish commander Mazloum Abdi in northeast Syria, adding that he has no details about what they discussed.

29.11.2022 - 18:40 [ Ragıp Soylu / Nitter ]

Turkey ‚gives Russia time to broker a deal‘ on Syria’s Tal Rifaat: Reports • Russian officials are trying to convince Damascus and YPG militants to withdraw from the northern Syrian city of Tal Rifaat to prevent a Turkish ground offensive

28.11.2022 - 22:37 [ Tess Summers / Nitter ]

„Covid infection levels across China have broken previous records“. No, testing has broken records. It’s amazingly disappeared in all countries that don’t test all the time. Proof that the tests were always about control over people, not disease.

28.11.2022 - 06:34 [ CDC.gov ]

Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)

(April 4, 2020)

In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID–19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g., the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed.” In these instances, certifiers should
use their best clinical judgement in determining if a COVID–19 infection was likely. However, please note that testing for COVID–19 should be conducted whenever possible.

(…)

When a death is due to COVID–19, it is likely the UCOD and thus, it should be reported on the lowest line used in Part I of the death certificate. Ideally, testing for COVID–19 should be conducted, but it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate without this confirmation if the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty.

28.11.2022 - 05:35 [ World Socialist Website ]

The disastrous implications of lifting Zero-COVID in China

(18.11.2022)

Despite the immense significance of China’s Zero-COVID policy, which for over two years has saved millions of lives and proven that elimination is possible, the nationalist basis of this policy has always rendered it unviable in the long term. Just as “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is a nationalist delusion, maintaining Zero-COVID in a single country is impossible. By lifting this policy, Chinese society now directly confronts “COVID with imperialist characteristics.”

For more than two years, US imperialism has exerted unrelenting pressure on China to lift its Zero-COVID policy, as part of its broader efforts to militarily encircle and subjugate the country. Countless columns have been published denouncing China’s public health policies for their impact on corporate profits, demanding they be scrapped no matter what the cost in human lives.

28.11.2022 - 05:06 [ Bloomberg ]

China Protests Spread to Multiple Cities as Anger Builds Against Covid Zero

(today)

– China sees widespread protests against Covid curbs
– Public anger focuses on deadly fire in Xinjiang
– Censors scrub social media of mentions of unrest
– Chinese stocks and yuan slump amid investor concern

28.11.2022 - 05:04 [ Bloomberg ]

China’s Exit From Covid Zero Seen Stretching Beyond 2023

(November 23, 2022)

– Reopening could see 5.8 million in ICU: Bloomberg Intelligence
– ‘No way an uncontrolled wave of infections can be managed’

28.11.2022 - 04:12 [ CNN ]

Protests erupt across China in unprecedented challenge to Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy

The campus protests continued on Sunday. At Tsinghua University, another elite university in Beijing, hundreds of students gathered on a square to protest against zero-Covid and censorship.

Videos and images circulating on social media show students holding up sheets of white paper and shouting: “Democracy and rule of law! Freedom of expression!”

28.11.2022 - 04:04 [ @whyyoutouzhele / Nitter.net ]

重庆超人哥 视频1 今天一名身背超人背包的男子在重庆某小区门口, 怒骂防疫人员是走狗,抨击天价胡萝卜 期间金句频出,周围市民连连叫好 “世界上只有一种病,就是不自由和穷,我们现在全占了。我们现在还在为一个小感冒折腾” „市政府错了,就只能一直错下去,不然就必须有人负责。“

(24.11.2022)

28.11.2022 - 03:58 [ CNN ]

China’s Urumqi to ease Covid lockdown amid public anger over deadly fire

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, local government officials promised they would ease lockdown measures in neighborhoods categorized as “low risk” by authorities “in stages.”

Residents in these areas will be allowed to leave their buildings in staggered periods of a day, but they won’t be allowed to leave their residential compounds until all compounds in the neighborhood are categorized as “low risk” areas.

28.11.2022 - 03:44 [ Last World News Channel / Rumble.com ]

Now-censored videos appear to show China’s zero-Covid measures delaying response to deadly fire

(25.11.2022)

At least ten people are dead and nine others injured after a fire at a residential building in China’s Xinjiang Region, according to the local fire department’s statement. The lockdown measures appeared to delay firefighters from getting through to the scene, based on videos circulating on social media reviewed by CNN. CNN’s Selina Wang reports.

27.11.2022 - 15:57 [ Freedom of the Press Foundation ]

The extradition of Julian Assange must be condemned by all who believe in press freedom1

(June 17, 2022)

There is some historical irony in the fact that this extradition announcement falls during the anniversary of the Pentagon Papers trial, which began with the Times publication of stories based on the legendary leak on June 13, 1971, and continued through the seminal Supreme Court opinion rejecting prior restraint on June 30, 1971.

In the months and years following that debacle, whistleblower (and FPF co-founder) Daniel Ellsberg became the first journalistic source to be charged under the Espionage Act. What many do not know is that the Nixon administration attempted to prosecute Times reporter Neil Sheehan for receiving the Pentagon Papers as well — under a very similar legal theory the Justice Department is using against Assange.

27.11.2022 - 14:37 [ WikiLeaks / Nitter ]

12 years ago tomorrow WikiLeaks began publishing #Cablegate – 50 years of the 175 year sentence faced by Julian Assange relate solely to this publication #Cablegate12 #FreeAssangeNOW

26.11.2022 - 09:38 [ DefenseOne.com ]

Why the US Won’t Give Patriot Interceptors to Ukraine

(March 10, 2022)

“There’s no discussion about putting a Patriot battery in Ukraine. In order to do that you have to put U.S. troops with it to operate it,” a senior defense official said Thursday.

26.11.2022 - 08:47 [ CNN ]

These are the missile defense systems the US sent to Poland

(March 10, 2022 )he Patriot air defense missile system – Patriot stands for “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept of Target” – is designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft and cruise missiles.

24.11.2022 - 16:39 [ @wikileaks / Nitter ]

Julian Assange speaking in 2011: „The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war“

(18 Aug 2021)

24.11.2022 - 12:05 [ @Hromadske / Nitter ]

The Biden administration is concerned that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine if its troops continue to lose ground. They are trying to prepare allies for such an event. However, the US has no intelligence data to suggest that the use of chemical weapons is imminent.

24.11.2022 - 11:57 [ Politico.com ]

U.S. concerned Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine

The U.S. does not have any intelligence to suggest such an attack in Ukraine is imminent, the people said. In fact, many DoD officials believe the fighting will stall during the winter months, with neither side able to take much ground.

But in the case of continued battlefield losses, or a complete collapse of the Russian army, some top officials working on the issue have determined that Moscow might resort to employing chemical weapons — including those the country has been associated with using in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

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.

24.11.2022 - 10:51 [ Meta - fb.com ]

Meta’s Adversarial Threat Report, Third Quarter 2022

This quarterly threat report includes our findings about three networks we took down in the United States, China and Russia. The latter two we originally reported on September 27, 2022.

The US network — linked to individuals associated with the US military — operated across many internet services and focused on Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

24.11.2022 - 10:41 [ theHill.com ]

Meta links phony accounts to people ‘associated with the US military’

It marks a rare instance of the Silicon Valley-based company tying an influence campaign to the U.S. rather than a foreign nation.

Meta said that the people behind the operation “attempted to conceal their identities,” but the company’s investigation “found links to individuals associated with the US military.”

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 - 14:49 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

23.11.2022 - 14:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

‚Israel, Russia to coordinate in air, sea, and electromagnetic arena‘

(October 27, 2015)

In Russia, Eisenkot met with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov – the first time chiefs of staff from Russia and Israel held a direct meeting in Moscow. Eisenkot also participated in part of the meeting held between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Afterward, the two sides agreed to set up a joint working group led by the deputy chiefs of staff from each country.

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 - 15:10 [ 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 - 13:28 [ Kyiv Independent ]

Media: Polish prosecutors won’t allow Ukraine to join investigation of Przewodow blast

Earlier on Nov. 18, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukrainian experts were already working on the explosion site and added that he was grateful to Poland for giving them access.

According to Rzeczpospolita sources, however, Ukrainian investigators didn’t perform any procedural activities on the site because it’s against the law — they were just able to see the place.

22.11.2022 - 13:20 [ DefenseNews.com ]

Poland accepts Germany’s Patriot offer after fatal missile strike

Following the conversation, Błaszczak tweeted that “the German Defence Minister has confirmed her willingness to place Patriot launchers near the border” with Ukraine, and that the number of launchers, their variant, and time of delivery, among others, were to be further discussed by both allies.

Lambrecht has also offered to send the country’s Eurofighter Typhoon jets to help secure the Polish airspace.

21.11.2022 - 11:55 [ jarek2 / Nitter ]

Everyone has it and no one wants to publish it

21.11.2022 - 11:45 [ @FlippinCoin / Nitter ]

For sure someone has the radar tracks of this hit.

(18.11.2022)

21.11.2022 - 11:23 [ @FlippinCoin / Nitter ]

3/ @TrentTelenko Furthermore, this is the only agricultural processing site in a region of 25 sq km, cursory evidence that supports an intentional targeting of Poland behind the facade of Russia’s biggest missile barrage into Ukraine so far, with the intention of a false flag???

21.11.2022 - 11:07 [ @TrentTelenko / Nitter ]

So that photo all but rules out the „nearby Ukrainian 5V55K missile launch“ narrative. The crater is too small and there is no fragmentation damage on the tractor and cart consistent with a „5Zh93“ warhead in airburst or impact modes.

20.11.2022 - 17:56 [ Ynetnews.com ]

‚Override Law‘ would be ‘fatal blow’ to Israel’s democracy, legal experts warn

Members of the likely upcoming coalition government under Benjamin Netanyahu are said to be in favor of a proposal that would enable a 61-Knesset-member majority to overrule the Supreme Court and cancel its decisions. Netanyahu, who was initially reluctant to include the controversial override clause in coalition negotiations, agreed to do so following pressure from his allies in the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and Religious Zionist parties.

20.11.2022 - 16:04 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s national security adviser praises Iran protests

Israel’s National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata on Sunday addressed the ongoing protests in Iran during a security conference in Bahrain’s capital Manama.

Speaking directly to Iranian women in Farsi, he said that „women’s lives are important.“

20.11.2022 - 15:53 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Religious and Far-right Parties Demand Law to Legitimize Gender Segregation

In exchange for joining the coalition, the far-right Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism parties have demanded legislation that gender separation at public events will not be considered discrimination. Likud has not yet decided whether to grant the demand.

20.11.2022 - 15:41 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Top Ben Gvir Aide: Legal Adviser for Group that Donates to Rabin Assassin and Jewish Terrorists

Chanamel Dorfman, the adviser who racist Otzma Yehudit chairman MK Itamar Ben Gvir (Religious Zionism) has described as his “right-hand man” helped establish an organization that donates money to incarcerated Jewish terrorists and extremists, among them prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir, Channel 13 revealed Thursday.

20.11.2022 - 15:36 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Islamist Ra’am Will ‘Leave Door Open to Dialogue’ With Incoming Far-right Coalition

(15.11.2022)

The Islamist Ra’am party stressed on Sunday that although it sits in the opposition, it will not necessarily vote in line with the bloc that opposes incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will keep the channels of communications open with the next far-right and racist coalition, specifically when it comes to matters that concern Arab-Palestinian communities in Israel.

20.11.2022 - 14:42 [ @FlippinCoin / Nitter ]

We will have to wait for what the Ukrainian investigators find & are *allowed* to report. They need to demonstrate the kind of navigation kit on that missile.

That will answer essentially every question that is left hanging, & if my observations are valid, w/o a trajectory.

20.11.2022 - 13:47 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

US and Poland have been in contact with Ukraine over missile incident

On Wednesday, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said: “We have full confidence in the Polish government’s investigation of this explosion, and they’ve been conducting that investigation in a professional and deliberate manner, and so we won’t get ahead of their work. And we’re going to stay in close touch with our Polish counterparts, as well as with our NATO allies and other valued partners”. He added that regardless of the final results of the investigation, the ultimate blame for the incident lies with Russia.

19.11.2022 - 16:15 [ Flippin Coin / Nitter ]

The bottom line is this: the navigation electronics will determine who the missile came from. It is that simple.

19.11.2022 - 16:07 [ Thomas C. Theiner / Nitter ]

Here is a photo of Poland’s RAT-31DL FADR radar at Łabunie. This radar is 40 km from Przewodów, where the missiles exploded. That radar is barely 10 years old and has a 11×7 m antenna. It is one of the best radars NATO has. And it feeds directly into the Polish Air Force’s

(16.11.2022)

19.11.2022 - 15:47 [ Reuters ]

Ukrainian experts at Poland blast site, talks under way on Kyiv’s role in probe

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter that Ukrainian experts were already working at the site, but did not mention Kyiv’s demand to take part in the investigation.

„I am grateful to the Polish side for granting (the experts) access. We will continue our cooperation in an open and constructive manner, as closest friends do,“ he said.

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.

19.11.2022 - 15:11 [ Talouselama.fi ]

Naton lentokone seurasi tutkalla Puolaan päätynyttä ohjusta – yksityiskohtia ei kerrottu

(16.11.2022)

Nato kertoo, että Puolan ilmatilassa lentänyt puolustusliiton lentokone seurasi ohjusta tutkalla. Sen rata on siis tiedossa. Julkisuuteen yksityiskohtia ei ole kerrottu.

19.11.2022 - 15:08 [ Tuomas Malinen / Nitter ]

A Finnish newspaper, @talouselama , reports that a #NATO plane tracked the missile that hit #Poland recording its trajectory, but no details have been made public. Why? @jensstoltenberg @POTUS

(17.11.2022)

19.11.2022 - 14:48 [ aa.com.tr ]

US sending 2 Patriot missile batteries to Poland: Statement

(09.03.2022)

„At the direction of the Secretary of Defense and at the invitation of our Polish allies, General Wolters, Commander of US European Command, has directed US Army Europe and Africa to reposition two Patriot Batteries to Poland,“ United States European Command (EUCOM) spokesman Capt. Adam Miller said in a statement.

„This defensive deployment is being conducted proactively to counter any potential threat to US and Allied forces and NATO territory,“ said the statement, adding the missiles „will in no way support any offensive operations.”

19.11.2022 - 14:27 [ Drawing Dead / Nitter ]

„The PAC-3 system can defend against ballistic missiles of all types, however it is less effective against aircraft and air-to surface missiles. This is why it is deployed alongside the Patriot PAC-2 launchers with long-range missiles.“

(May 21, 2022)

19.11.2022 - 14:19 [ Military-Today.com ]

Patriot PAC-2 – Long-range air defense and anti-ballistic missile system

The PAC-2 missile has a range of about 160 km.

19.11.2022 - 14:05 [ marva washington / Nitter ]

so poland =Nato has no air defense?

19.11.2022 - 13:57 [ Flippin Coin / Nitter ]

S300 warheads are different for AD & ground. AD uses fragmentation & proximity fuse: it means the tires you see in the photo would have been shredded & there would be no crater. It’s a huge hole, so if not a cruise, a ground-attack S300. Only Russia uses those.

(Nov 16)

(…)

19.11.2022 - 13:47 [ Espreso.tv ]

Only missile converted from S-300 to ballistic one could cause destruction like in Poland – Oleksiy Hetman

(17 November, 2022)

„If we assume that the rocket completely deteriorated and lost electronic control, then if it fell to the ground, it would also not have been able to explode. The missile does not explode from detonation, it explodes from the command of electronic equipment located inside. The Russians turned such S-300 missiles into ballistic missiles with a regular charge instead of metal balls and cubes. Such a missile can fall to the ground and explode. This missile has been processed from an anti-aircraft missile to a ballistic one. In Ukraine, such processed missiles were not made,“ Hetman stressed.

19.11.2022 - 13:38 [ DefenceView.in ]

Does Russia really using S-300 air defence System Against Ukraine to Hit Ground Targets?

(July 27, 2022)

There are documents on cases of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles used by the Russian military for ground attack tests in the air defense systems. Combat training. Even the Belarusian Army has practiced using the S-300 system to attack fixed targets on the ground.

(..)

The Russian Army has long tested the S-300 surface-to-air missile system’s ability to kill ground targets. The missiles, when launched on a ballistic trajectory, can reportedly be used to attack command centers, radar stations, and hangars up to 120 kilometers away, according to the Russian military.

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.

18.11.2022 - 11:09 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

There’s now an entire new industry, aligned with Dems, to pressure Big Tech to censor. Think tanks and self-proclaimed „disinformation experts“ funded by Omidyar, Soros and the US/UK Security State use benign-sounding names to glorify ideological censorship as neutral expertise.

(06.09.2022)

17.11.2022 - 10:05 [ Michael Butter, Professor of American Literary and Cultural History, University of Tübingen / Yahoo.com ]

There’s a conspiracy theory that the CIA invented the term ‚conspiracy theory‘ – here’s why

(March 16, 2020)

One may find the CIA’s attempt to influence public opinion problematic. But there is not a single sentence in the document that indicates the CIA intended to weaponise, let alone introduce the term “conspiracy theory” to disqualify criticism. In fact, “conspiracy theory” in the singular is never used in the document. “Conspiracy theories” in the plural is only used once, matter-of-factly in the third paragraph:

Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organisation, for example, by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us.

17.11.2022 - 08:00 [ BBC ]

Ukraine war: Kyiv not to blame for Poland missile – Zelensky

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he had „no doubts“ that Ukraine was not to blame for the missile strike that killed two people in Poland on Tuesday.

Mr Zelensky said he had received assurances from his top commanders that „it wasn’t our missile“.

16.11.2022 - 20:00 [ RT.com ]

No-fly zone over Ukraine not on the table – Germany

Christian Thiels, Germany’s defense ministry spokesman, said Berlin had proposed to help Poland to patrol its airspace. According to the official, German Eurofighter jets could be deployed as early as “tomorrow.”

This statement came after Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said he was not ruling out a discussion within NATO about the closure of Ukrainian airspace.

16.11.2022 - 18:53 [ New York Times ]

Russia-Ukraine War: NATO and Poland Say Deadly Blast Was Likely Unintentional

Poland’s president said on Wednesday that a Ukrainian air defense missile had most likely caused a deadly explosion in his country a day earlier, calling it an “unfortunate accident” and easing fears that his country and its NATO allies could be drawn into a direct conflict with Russia.

President Andrzej Duda said early indications suggested that Ukrainian efforts to counter a barrage of roughly 100 Russian missiles had been the cause of the blast on Tuesday — not a direct attack on his country.

16.11.2022 - 10:04 [ RT.com ]

Russia denies striking Poland with missiles

Officials from the Baltic states blamed Russia and claimed that Poland should invoke NATO’s Article 5 in retaliation. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky accused Russia of “terrorism” and said NATO needed to “act” against this “attack on collective security.”

16.11.2022 - 10:01 [ The Kyiv Independent / Nitter ]

NATO to send air defense systems to Slovakia. Germany and the Netherlands will deliver MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 air defense systems to Slovakia. Prior, Slovak Defense Minister said that his country would transfer the Soviet-made S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine.

(19.03.2022)

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 - 08:41 [ TVPworld.com ]

Poland and Germany to train Ukrainian troops

“Now we know for sure that the mission will operate in Poland, Germany and any other country willing to take up this responsibility,” Mr Rau said.

Last month, the EU Council agreed to set up the Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine). According to the European Council’s website, “the aim of the mission is to contribute to enhancing the military capability of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations, in order to allow Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect civilians.”

15.11.2022 - 08:31 [ RT.com ]

EU members to train Ukrainian military

Training will take place in Poland and Germany, according to Borrell, who noted that “there are a lot of countries willing to participate” in this mission.

15.11.2022 - 08:21 [ Bali Times ]

G20 Host Indonesia Says Putin May Seek to Join Summit Virtually

Russian President Vladimir Putin will join next week’s G20 leaders summit “if the situation is possible”, his Indonesian counterpart and the meeting’s host said on Tuesday, adding that Putin could attend virtually instead.

Joko Widodo, who is this year’s chair of the bloc of major economies, said Putin during a phone conversation last week had not ruled out attending the summit in Bali, and would join if possible.

14.11.2022 - 13:24 [ Nobelprize.org ]

Harold Pinter – Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics

(2005)

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror – for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us – the dignity of man.

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.

14.11.2022 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s New Proposed Civics Curriculum Favors Loyalty to State Over Equal Rights

Israel’s new junior high school civics curriculum highlights Jewish aspects of Israel and the power of the government while reducing the focus on civil and human rights, the status of the Arab minority, judicial oversight, equal rights and other components of democracy.

According to sources in the Education Ministry, the curriculum, which was formulated over the past year by five members of the curriculum committee (all Jews, and three are religiously observant), is expected to serve as a basis for a new high school civics program in the future. It is pending final approval.

14.11.2022 - 07:02 [ newagebd.net ]

Corrupting the system at every level

‘JULIAN is fighting for his survival and he’s going through hell, that’s the best way to put it,’ Stella Assange says when I ask how he’s doing.

The wife of the world’s most famous political prisoner is speaking to Declassified as part of her relentless battle to save her husband’s life.

12.11.2022 - 13:46 [ MultiPolarista.com ]

Corruption exposed: US meddled in Ecuador’s election, using Julian Assange as bargaining chip

Ecuador’s former energy minister testified that the US government conspired with a right-wing political party to run a disinformation campaign against the leftist Correísta movement of ex President Rafael Correa.

He said that US “federal agents” pledged to help “influence” the 2017 presidential elections and support the candidacy of conservative millionaire banker Guillermo Lasso in exchange for the promise to turn over journalist Julian Assange, who had been given asylum by Correa and was stuck living for years in Ecuador’s embassy in London.

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.

12.11.2022 - 07:00 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Zelensky discusses situation on battlefield with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

“Had a phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Informed about the course of hostilities, new RF’s strikes on civilians. Thanked for Germany’s great contribution to the defense of our sky & borders. Supported the continuation of the grain initiative and agreed positions on the eve of G2,” the head of state said.

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.

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

08.11.2022 - 03:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Intercepting the Internet

(29.April 1999)

European commission documents obtained this week reveal plans to require manufacturers and operators to build in „interception interfaces“ to the Internet and all future digital communications systems. The plans, drafted by a US-led international organisation of police and security agencies, will be proposed to EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers at the end of May.

(…)

The plans require the installation of a network of tapping centres throughout Europe, operating almost instantly across all national boundaries, providing access to every kind of communications including the net and satellites. A German tapping centre could intercept Internet messages in Britain, or a British detective could listen to Dutch phone calls. There could even be several tapping centres listening in at once.

07.11.2022 - 08:07 [ theHindu.com ]

Russia becomes India’s top oil supplier in October

On being asked if India faces a moral conflict due to import from Russia amid the latter’s conflict with Ukraine, he had stated: „Absolutely none. There is no moral conflict. We don’t buy from X or Y. We buy whatever is available. Government does not buy, it’s the oil companies which do the buying.“

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 - 06:46 [ Politico.eu ]

Russia obstructs Iran nuclear deal as the Kremlin frets over its oil income

(March 5, 2022)

Hopes had been high that international negotiators from the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and the EU would be able to secure a deal with Tehran on Saturday to put strict limits on Iran’s atomic work in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

Such a deal would bring significant volumes of Iranian crude oil back to global energy markets in the months ahead, and that could spell trouble for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

07.11.2022 - 06:35 [ theCradle.co ]

Iran admits to drone delivery to Russia ‘before the war’

(05.11.2022)

The minister added that Tehran’s ties with Putin are based on neighborliness and common interests, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

The Iranian diplomat maintained that during a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, they agreed that Kyiv would hand over evidence of the use of those Iranian drones in the conflict. “If it is confirmed that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will not be indifferent to this issue,” Abdollahian stressed.

05.11.2022 - 12:37 [ Cristian Terhes, Member of the European Parliament representing Romania and the Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party (PNTCD) / Nitter ]

The lockdown abusers and their enablers now call for an AMNESTY, but without confessing the damage they’ve done and asking for forgiveness. I don’t want revenge, just justice at the fullest extent of the law! Do not vote into public offices any Freedom deniers and their parties!

05.11.2022 - 12:14 [ CrisisMagazine.com ]

Pandemic Amnesty? Not So Fast

It is simply wrong for people to publicly advocate for segregation and unemployment of a group of people because they don’t want a medicine that is fifteen minutes old.

It is simply wrong to whip your children up into a frenzy about something you have only heard about on the mainstream news to the point where they are yelling at strangers less than two meters away.

It is simply wrong to uninvite family members from Christmas because they didn’t take the same medicine you did.

It is simply wrong to close churches—you know, those places you go to when death is near—because you think death is near!

It is simply wrong to close the borders for years on end and completely ruin businesses that rely on tourism.

It is simply wrong to demonize every dissenting opinion in the pursuit of scientific and medical answers. Something about the scientific method requiring dissenting opinions and contrary evidence to buttress claims comes to mind…

I could go on and on.

05.11.2022 - 12:10 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty

(31.10.2022)

We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. Los Angeles County closed its beaches in summer 2020. Ex post facto, this makes no more sense than my family’s masked hiking trips. But we need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too. Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high. And I certainly don’t need to dissect and rehash that time for the rest of my days.

Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.

04.11.2022 - 07:50 [ theCradle.co ]

Saudi Arabia quells dissent inside the United States: Report

According to a report released by the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR), during the first half of 2022, Saudi Arabia executed 120 people, a number higher than that of 2020 and 2021 combined. The kingdom is on its way to surpassing the record of 186 executions set in 2019.

Most of the executions carried out this year took place on 12 March, when Saudi officials killed 81 detainees on charges of “terrorism-related activities.”

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 - 07:10 [ Haaretz ]

‚Welcome Back!‘: Hungary’s Orban first to congratulate Netanyahu

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.

04.11.2022 - 06:27 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

04.11.2022 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy congratulates Netanyahu on winning elections

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on winning the Israeli elections.

04.11.2022 - 06:14 [ Axios ]

Netanyahu assured Putin „I will be back soon“ after losing election

(Oct 13, 2021)

Days after being ousted as prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu passed a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin promising a quick comeback, a source close to Netanyahu and a European diplomat told me.

Why it matters: Netanyahu and Putin had a close relationship that grew even closer after Russia began its military involvement in Syria in 2015.

03.11.2022 - 04:27 [ UN.org ]

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the announcement from the Russian Federation on its resumed participation in the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative to facilitate the safe navigation for exports of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizer from Ukraine. He is grateful for the diplomatic efforts of Türkiye, and thanks the UN Coordinator, Amir Abdulla, and his team for their work to keep this vital food supply line open.

The Secretary-General continues his engagement with all actors towards the renewal and full implementation of the Initiative, and he also remains committed to removing the remaining obstacles to the exports of Russian food and fertilizer.

03.11.2022 - 04:25 [ UN.org ]

UN chief warmly welcomes Russia decision to end suspension from Ukraine grain deal

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday issued a statement warmly welcoming Russia’s decision to resume its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly ten million metric tonnes of vital foodstuffs to be shipped from Ukraine.

03.11.2022 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

It’s Time to Bring Russia and Ukraine to the Negotiating Table

Ukraine would continue to receive arms and economic support from the West and work toward membership in the European Union, but it would formally embrace the neutral status that it adopted after separation from the Soviet Union in 1991. Earlier in the war, Mr. Zelensky himself suggested that Ukrainian neutrality could be part of a peace deal with Russia.

Second — the harder part — Moscow and Kyiv would need to arrive at a territorial settlement. A reasonable starting point for negotiations would be to aim for a Russian withdrawal to the “line of contact” that existed before Russia’s invasion began in February.

03.11.2022 - 03:52 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

As the election fog clears, Netanyahu poised to ride a hungry, far-right tiger

Conflicting priorities to maximize the performance of their own anchor slates and also strengthen the market shares of their allied factions—with which they would aspire to craft ruling coalitions—were the source of schizophrenic messaging by Likud and Yesh Atid, which left voters to choose in whom to place their trust. Those decisions shaped the current playing field.

03.11.2022 - 02:58 [ Siemtje Möller / AtlanticCouncil.org ]

German defense state secretary: What ‘Zeitenwende’ really means

I am a child of the post-Cold War order. Peace and prosperity in a united Europe were my reality, but those certainties no longer exist. A radical rethinking has begun, as we realize that there is no natural law protecting freedom. Europe’s systemic rivals will openly challenge the rules-based international order and our ways of life.

In Germany, we coined a term for these strategic challenges of the future that concern us all: Zeitenwende—a turning point. As I travel to Washington this week to meet with US defense officials and others, here’s what the United States should know about this term and this pivotal moment in time for Germany.

02.11.2022 - 09:55 [ Haaretz ]

Kahanism Won. Israel Is Now Closing in on a Right-wing, Religious, Authoritarian Revolution

In recent years, Israel has become terrifyingly more extreme. Everything we were warned about is happening right before our eyes.

02.11.2022 - 00:49 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Exit Polls: Netanyahu Secures Razor-thin Majority, Shock Triumph for Far Right

According to Kan 11 public television, the exit polls show:

– Likud: 30 seats
– Yesh Atid: 22 seats
– Religious Zionism: 15 seats
– National Unity Party: 13 seats
– Shas: 10 seats
– United Torah Judaism: 7 seats
– Labor: 5 seats
– Yisrael Beitenu: 5 seats
– The United Arab List: 5 seats
– Meretz: 4 seats
– Hadash-Ta’al: 4 seats
– Habayit Hayehudi: Under electoral threshold
– Balad: Under electoral threshold

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.

31.10.2022 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Will Israel Fall to the Far Right Without a Whimper?

In his desperation to vacuum up every last vote on the right, to establish a government pliant enough to interfere with, if not quash, his criminal trial, Netanyahu engineered a political path to bring the far right in from the cold. He has diligently mentored their fortunes, even hosting Ben-Gvir at his home in Caesarea.

31.10.2022 - 07:55 [ g2.com ]

What Is DNS Security? Why It Matters for Your Business

(02.09.2022)

In 2022 and beyond, the industry and society have matured, and we’re now focusing on security suites and infrastructure unification, as well as managing cyber risks. The opportunities and driving factors of one decade do not take the place of those in the one before it.

Instead, they broaden the perspective and emphasize well-known ideas in new ways. One such example is DNS – although its roots can be traced back to 1966, DNS security must be a part of every robust cybersecurity strategy today.

29.10.2022 - 19:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Intercepting the Internet

(29.April 1999)

European commission documents obtained this week reveal plans to require manufacturers and operators to build in „interception interfaces“ to the Internet and all future digital communications systems. The plans, drafted by a US-led international organisation of police and security agencies, will be proposed to EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers at the end of May.

(…)

The plans require the installation of a network of tapping centres throughout Europe, operating almost instantly across all national boundaries, providing access to every kind of communications including the net and satellites. A German tapping centre could intercept Internet messages in Britain, or a British detective could listen to Dutch phone calls. There could even be several tapping centres listening in at once.

29.10.2022 - 03:54 [ Washington Post ]

Israel election: A far-right politician moves closer to power

For decades, Ben Gvir was a political untouchable. His roots in the overtly racist Kach party — founded by a radical American rabbi, Meir Kahane, and banned by Israel — put him beyond the fringe of even the most right-wing parties. That changed last year when then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had lost his governing coalition and was desperate for a few more parliamentary votes, invited Ben Gvir into his alliance.

Netanyahu downplayed his maneuver, largely dismissing Ben Gvir as a backbencher who wouldn’t play a major role in government.

What a difference a year makes.

29.10.2022 - 03:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Former army chief says Ben Gvir could spark ‘civil war’

Ben Gvir – leader of the Religious Zionism party and who the Israeli army refused to draft due to his extremist activities and views – is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Polls have credited his bloc with up to 14 seats in Israel’s parliament, which would make it the third-largest faction.

Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu recently said that if he were to regain his position as the Israeli premier, Ben Gvir would be a minister in his government.

29.10.2022 - 01:46 [ i24news.tv ]

Israeli military chiefs condemn assault of troops by leftist activists

Israel’s military chief of staff condemned an assault on Israeli troops in the West Bank by left-wing activists, including an off-duty soldier.

The incident took place earlier on Friday near the Hebron Mount in the West Bank and saw left-wing Israelis, Palestinians, and one off-duty Israeli soldier clash with and hurl stones at Israeli troops posted at the site.

Israel’s Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi condemned the attack, saying it represented „a very serious incident.“

29.10.2022 - 01:21 [ UN.org ]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese

9. In recent years, a number of reputable scholars and organizations have concluded that systemic and widespread discriminatory Israeli policies and practices against the Palestinians amount to the crime of apartheid under international law. While the international community has not fully acted upon it, the concept that Israeli occupation meets the legal threshold of apartheid is gaining traction. This may help overcome a certain tendency to scrutinize Israeli violations, often individual and
decontextualized, under specific bodies of international law rather than the very system through which Israel rules over the Palestinians.

10. At the same time, if considered alone and not as part of a holistic examination of the experience of the Palestinian people as a whole, the apartheid framework presents some limitations:

(a) First, with few exceptions, the scope of recent reports on Israeli apartheid is primarily “territorial” and excludes the experience of Palestinian refugees. The recognition of Israeli apartheid must address the experience of the Palestinian people in its entirety and in their unity as a people, including those who were displaced, denationalized and dispossessed in 1947–1949 (many of whom live in the occupied Palestinian territory);

(b) Second, a focus on Israeli apartheid alone misses the inherent illegality of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation is illegal because it has proven not to be temporary, is deliberately administered against the best interests of the occupied population and has resulted in the annexation of occupied territory, breaching most obligations imposed on the occupying Power. Its illegality also stems from its systematic violation of at least three peremptory norms of international law: the prohibition on the acquisition of territory through the use of force; the prohibition on imposing regimes of alien subjugation, domination and exploitation, including racial discrimination and apartheid; and the obligation of States to respect the right of peoples to self-determination. By the same token, Israeli occupation constitutes an unjustified use of force and an act of aggression.9 Such an occupation is unequivocally prohibited under international law and contrary to the values, purposes and principles of the United Nations as enshrined in its Charter;

(c) Third, the apartheid framework does not address the “root causes” of the web of racially discriminatory laws, orders and policies that have regulated daily life in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1967 and Israeli animus (intention) in seizing land while subjugating and displacing its indigenous people and replacing them with its nationals. This is the hallmark of settler-colonialism, and a war crime
under the Rome Statute.

11. In essence, the limitations of the apartheid framework as currently applied bypass the critical issue of the recognition of the Palestinian people’s fundamental right to determine their political, social and economic status and develop as a people, free from foreign occupation, rule and exploitation. Dismantling the Israeli apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territory in particular, while necessary, will not
automatically address the question of Israeli domination over the Palestinians, restore permanent sovereignty over the lands Israel occupies and the natural resources therein, nor, on its own, fulfil Palestinian political aspirations.

29.10.2022 - 00:58 [ Times of Israel ]

UN commission says it will investigate ‘apartheid’ charges against Israel

Israel has adamantly denied apartheid accusations, saying its Arab minority enjoys full civil rights, while most Palestinians, who live outside Israel’s sovereign territory, are subject to Palestinian Authority rule under the Oslo Accords.

It also bristles at the term “occupation” to describe its activities in the West Bank and Gaza. It views Gaza, from which it withdrew soldiers and settlers in 2005, as a hostile entity ruled by the Islamic terror group Hamas, and it considers the West Bank to be disputed territory subject to peace negotiations — which collapsed nearly a decade ago.

29.10.2022 - 00:45 [ United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem and Israel ]

Commission of Inquiry finds that the Israeli occupation is unlawful under international law

New York (20 October 2022) — There are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is now unlawful under international law due to its permanence and the Israeli Government’s de-facto annexation policies, according to the first report to the General Assembly issued today by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

Underlining that under international humanitarian law the occupation of territory in wartime is a temporary situation and does not deprive the occupied Power of its statehood nor its sovereignty, the three-person Commission called on the General Assembly to request an urgent Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of Israel’s continued refusal to end its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

“Recent statements by the Secretary-General and numerous member States have clearly indicated that any attempt at unilateral annexation of a State’s territory by another State is a violation of international law and is null and void; 143 member States including Israel last week voted in favour of a General Assembly resolution reaffirming this”, stated Navi Pillay, Chair of the Commission. “Unless universally applied, including to the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, this core principle of the United Nations Charter will become meaningless”, she added.

28.10.2022 - 23:40 [ Commondreams.org ]

Amnesty Says ICC Israel Probe Should Include ‚Crime Against Humanity of Apartheid‘

(October 25, 2022)

Calling for the International Criminal Court to open a new investigation into possible war crimes by Israeli military forces in Gaza in August, Amnesty International on Tuesday said the court must also include Israel’s illegal apartheid policies against the Occupied Palestinian Territories in its probe.

The organization’s call centered on the three-day offensive launched by Israel between August 5-8 in the Gaza Strip, with advocates saying its research suggests three specific attacks could amount to war crimes.

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.

27.10.2022 - 19:49 [ RT.com ]

The US has nothing left to offer the world – Putin

The US no longer has a model which is inspiring to the rest of the world and instead is maintaining its global dominance by throwing its weight around, Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted on Thursday. He added that Washington elites were now even bullying supposed allies who dissent from their neoliberal worldview.

The Russian leader voiced his opinion that „liberal democracy“ has changed beyond recognition and has transformed from a vehicle to promote freedom of speech and expression, to demanding the ‘cancelation’ of anyone with a different perspective.

27.10.2022 - 19:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Putin’s deluded rant to the world: War-mongerer says ‚western domination is over‘, calls for a ’new world order‘ and warns we have entered the most dangerous decade since WW2

– Putin laid out his thoughts on foreign policy in a rambling speech in Moscow and accused West of fanning flames of war in Ukraine
– Also accused West of rejecting his peace plan and stoking tensions over Taiwan and said area is part of China
– Blamed westerners for causing global food crisis, in what appeared to be an appeal to allies in China and Africa
– It is the latest in series of bitter speeches Putin has given since invading Ukraine on February 24 this y

27.10.2022 - 11:09 [ RFI.fr ]

Macron, Scholz play down tensions in ‚friendly‘, ‚constructive‘ meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a „friendly“ and „constructive“ conversation over lunch Wednesday, Paris and Berlin said, after the relationship suffered some bruising in recent weeks over a number of issues including energy and defence.

26.10.2022 - 07:50 [ Biorxiv.org ]

Endonuclease fingerprint indicates a synthetic origin of SARS-CoV-2

(20.10.2022)

The goal of this paper is to address the question whether SARS-CoV-2 originated from an animal-to-human spillover or from experiments performed in a laboratory. In the latter scenario, it is possible that evidence exists for manipulation of the viral genome by common laboratory techniques. SARS-CoV-2 is a large RNA virus. To create infectious versions of CoVs, the entire 30kb RNA genome is reconstructed in DNA by in vitro genome assembly (IVGA). IVGA has been used to create reverse genetic systems for modified and chimeric RNA viruses for more than 20 years (Yount et al, 2000). Most importantly, IVGA methods can leave genetic fingerprints, and we find those fingerprints in the genome of SARS-CoV-2.

26.10.2022 - 06:16 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The lockdown files: Rishi Sunak on what we weren’t told

(27 August 2022)

Lockdown – closing schools and much of the economy while sending the police after people who sat on park benches – was the most draconian policy introduced in peacetime. No. 10 wanted to present it as ‘following the science’ rather than a political decision, and this had implications for the wiring of government decision-making. It meant elevating Sage, a sprawling group of scientific advisers, into a committee that had the power to decide whether the country would lock down or not. There was no socioeconomic equivalent to Sage; no forum where other questions would be asked.

So whoever wrote the minutes for the Sage meetings – condensing its discussions into guidance for government – would set the policy of the nation. No one, not even cabinet members, would know how these decisions were reached.

26.10.2022 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak is just the start. The great lockdown scandal is about to unravel

(25.08.2022)

For some time, I’ve been trying to persuade Rishi Sunak to go on the record about what really happened in lockdown. Only a handful of people really know what took place then, because most ministers – including members of the Cabinet – were kept in the dark. Government was often reduced to a “quad” of ministers deciding on Britain’s future and the then chancellor of the exchequer was one of them. I’d heard rumours that Sunak was horrified at much of what he saw, but was keeping quiet. In which case, lessons would never be learnt.

His speaking out now confirms much of what many suspected. That the culture of fear, seen in the Orwellian advertising campaign that sought to terrify the country, applied inside Government.

25.10.2022 - 19:05 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

Why are Europe’s gas prices falling?

In preparation for this winter, European countries have been rapidly filling their gas storage facilities with liquified natural gas (LNG) imported by ship from Qatar, the US and elsewhere. Those facilities are now reported to be virtually full. The latest phenomenon is LNG ships queuing off European coasts waiting to unload their cargoes – and being kept waiting because there is a shortage of storage space and facilities to unload. There are believed to be around 50 such ships currently at sea off Europe.

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 - 19:40 [ TeenVogue.com ]

What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House

(18.11.2021)

An exiled Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Ghorbanifar claimed to have contacts with a moderate faction inside Iran, and further alleged that weapons sales would improve that faction’s standing. Ghorbanifar collaborated with Israel, which proved to be an important intermediary. While Israel was no ally of Iran, it was also no ally of Iraq, and the ongoing war between the two countries kept them both distracted. Israel began selling U.S.-made weapons to Iran in 1981, even after the U.S. State Department began an effort to end arm sales, known as Operation Staunch, in 1983.

24.10.2022 - 19:33 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

24.10.2022 - 19:28 [ Jerusalem Post ]

‚Israel, Russia to coordinate in air, sea, and electromagnetic arena‘

(October 27, 2015)

In Russia, Eisenkot met with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov – the first time chiefs of staff from Russia and Israel held a direct meeting in Moscow. Eisenkot also participated in part of the meeting held between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Afterward, the two sides agreed to set up a joint working group led by the deputy chiefs of staff from each country.

24.10.2022 - 19:15 [ Haaretz ]

WATCH NOW: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to Haaretz: ‘Isn’t It Time for [Israel] to Choose Sides? The Democratic World, or Russian Terror?’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Haaretz Democracy Conference on Monday, saying that Moscow’s military cooperation with Tehran will likely result in Russia assisting Iran with the development of its nuclear program.

In the prerecorded video message, the Ukrainian leader said that Iran’s sale of suicide drones and provision of military instructors to Russian forces operating in his country would not have been possible without Israel’s decision to stay neutral in the conflict.

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“.

24.10.2022 - 07:44 [ Washington Post ]

As missiles strike Ukraine, Israel won’t sell its vaunted air defense

(12.10.2022)

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense, which boasts a 90 percent success rate against rockets fired against it, will stay out of Ukraine’s reach, experts said, as Jerusalem seeks to maintain strategic relations with Russia in Syria and other hot spots.

Israel’s Defense and Foreign ministries and the prime minister’s office uniformly declined to comment Wednesday on long-standing requests from Ukraine and its supporters for it to give, sell or loan Ukraine the system, including calls made since Monday’s barrage.

24.10.2022 - 07:24 [ Haaretz ]

There Is a Place for Ben-Gvir in Netanyahu’s Cabinet, Former PM Says

The extreme-right MK Itamar Ben-Gvir would be a minister in a government formed by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister said on Sunday evening.

When asked in a Channel 14 interview whether the Religious Zionism party member has a place in the cabinet if the right-wing-religious bloc receives 61 Knesset seats, Netanyahu responded „Yes, certainly.“

24.10.2022 - 06:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain warns Russia against escalating the war in Ukraine after false ‘dirty bomb’ claim

Ben Wallace refutes General Sergei Shoigu’s allegations that the UK is helping Kyiv gather nuclear material to use on the battlefield

24.10.2022 - 05:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Destined for Downing Street? Rishi Sunak could be named PM TODAY after Boris Johnson pulls out of Tory leadership contest and Penny Mordaunt well short of the 100 supporters she needs ahead of 2pm deadline

– Rishi Sunak, who launched his bid yesterday morning, has received public backing of more than 150 Tory MPs
– As of last night, 155 MPs said they are backing Mr Sunak, while 25 had spoken out in support of Ms Mordaunt
– A further 54 who were hoping Mr Johnson would return are yet to publicly reveal to whom they will now back
– Mr Johnson earlier said he had in fact reached the ‚very high hurdle of 102 nominations‘ as he bowed out
– Ms Mordaunt’s team, though, believe his decision to pull himself from the race will ‚propel her over the line‘

23.10.2022 - 10:17 [ Nils Melzer / versobooks.com ]

The Trial of Julian Assange – A Story of Persecution

When Ecuador finally turned him over to Britain in 2019, the US immediately demanded his extradition and threatened him with 175 years in prison. Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, initially declined to get involved. Only when he visited Assange in prison and researched the facts did he begin to see through the deception and recognize the case for what it really was: the story of a political persecution.

Melzer’s findings are explosive: in all four states involved, Assange has faced grave and systematic due process violations, judicial bias, and manipulated evidence. He has been exposed to constant surveillance, defamation and threats. Melzer also gathered consolidated medical evidence proving that Assange has suffered prolonged psychological torture. Melzer’s compelling investigation shows how—through secrecy, impunity and, crucially, public indifference—unchecked power risks annihilating Western democracy and the rule of law. The case of Julian Assange sets a chilling precedent: for when telling the truth has become a crime, we will all be living in a tyranny.

22.10.2022 - 19:58 [ gzeromedia.com ]

Israel, Iran, and the metastasizing war in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the war, the close US ally has tried to walk a fine line: supporting Ukraine in principle but without antagonizing Putin in ways that might upset Israel’s relationship with Russia. After all, the Israelis have long had a quiet understanding with the Kremlin over Syria, where Russia controls much of the airspace and has for years allowed Israel to conduct airstrikes on Iranian targets.

But now, with Russia openly using Iranian kit to bombard Ukrainian cities, Israel faces renewed pressure to send Kyiv its renowned advanced missile defense systems – particularly the Iron Dome. But Israel’s considerations are complicated.

20.10.2022 - 17:29 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Iran has declared war on Britain and the West

Following Putin’s visit to Tehran in July, Iran offered to assist Russia with avoiding those sanctions by using its so-called “dark” fleet of oil tankers.

In return, Moscow agreed an arms deal with Iran, including the purchase of 2,400 Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones.

These Iranian kamikaze drones are now at the forefront of Vladimir Putin’s attempts to wreak havoc against Ukraine, with their participation all the more important because the Russian military is running low on stockpiles of its conventional missiles. Nor is Iran’s involvement likely to be confined to providing drones.

20.10.2022 - 17:20 [ Foaad Haghighi / Nitter ]

Despite familiar denials of wrong-doing, under a deal agreed in Moscow earlier this month with senior officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Tehran has promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles as well.

20.10.2022 - 16:44 [ @EMASOH_AGENOR - A maritime security initiative led by 9 European countries in the Strait of Hormuz / Nitter ]

🇮🇹 Ambassador to 🇰🇼 Carlo Baldocci was welcomed by RDML Costantino onboard flagship of @EMASOH_AGENOR in port of Kuwait City, where he was briefed about the #European mission in the Gulf. Naval diplomacy is important in order to promote #inclusive dialogue with regional partners.

(13.10.2022)

20.10.2022 - 15:21 [ APnews.com ]

Ukraine accuses Iran of violating UN ban on drone transfers

A letter from Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and members of the U.N. Security Council was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a closed council meeting late Wednesday requested by Britain, France and the United States on Iran’s sale of hundreds of drones to Russia.

The three Western countries strongly back Ukraine’s contention that the drones were transferred to Russia and violate a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal between Iran and six key nations — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear activities and preventing the country from developing a nuclear weapon.

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.

19.10.2022 - 05:34 [ gulfif.org ]

Russia’s Double Game in the JCPOA Negotiations

(January 26, 2022)

However, the Russo-Iranian dispute did not end there. Instead, unrest over Ulyanov’s comments led to the voicing of broader concerns over Russia’s “domineering policy” vis-à-vis Iran. The Kremlin’s central role in the Vienna talks has touched off widespread jabs in Iranian mainstream and social media. Given Iran’s refusal to sit one-on-one with the U.S. side, Ulyanov’s release of a photo of a December 29 meeting between Russian and U.S. diplomats concerning the Iran nuclear deal, intensified the criticism.

Pro-government conservative newspapers within Iran downplayed criticisms of the Russian negotiators, which they described as psychological warfare initiated by the U.S. and Israel.

19.10.2022 - 05:04 [ Newsweek ]

Mohammed Javad Zarif Says Russia Wants to Stop U.S., Iran Nuclear Deal in Leaked Interview

(26.04.2021)

The release of the comments by Zarif set off a firestorm in Iran, where officials carefully mind their words amid a cut-throat political environment that includes the powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, ultimately overseen by the country’s supreme leader. Zarif has been suggested as a possible candidate for Iran’s June 18 presidential election, as well.

Zarif’s comments might complicate talks in Vienna aimed at bringing Tehran and the U.S. back into compliance with Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

19.10.2022 - 03:53 [ Reuters ]

Iran agrees to ship missiles, more drones to Russia

Iran has promised to provide Russia with surface to surface missiles, in addition to more drones, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters, a move that is likely to infuriate the United States and other Western powers.

A deal was agreed on Oct. 6 when Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two senior officials from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and an official from the Supreme National Security Council visited Moscow for talks with Russia about the delivery of the weapons.

19.10.2022 - 03:48 [ Kian Sharifi / Nitter ]

Iran’s MFA spox on Tuesday again denied that Tehran is „sending arms… to Russia to be used in the Ukraine war“. Iran has for months been denying supplying drones to Russia *to use against Ukraine*. That’s not a denial of arms sales to Russia.

18.10.2022 - 19:25 [ Reuters ]

Iran says it has not provided Russia with drones for use in Ukraine

(17.10.2022)

„The published news about Iran providing Russia with drones has political ambitions and it’s circulated by western sources. We have not provided weaponry to any side of the countries at war,“ said Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani during a weekly press conference.

18.10.2022 - 18:53 [ Moscow Times ]

Iran to Bolster Weapons Aid to Russia for Use in Ukraine: Reports

Iran is planning to aid Moscow’s war in Ukraine by sending more weapons to Moscow, according to anonymous U.S. and Western security officials, the Washington Post reported.

The planned weapons delivery from Tehran could include two types of surface-to-surface missiles, officials said, adding to the Iranian attack drones reportedly supplied to Moscow back in August.

18.10.2022 - 07:24 [ L VINCENT ANDERSON / Nitter ]

Iran drones Pt.2 – “Claims of Iran providing Russia with drones is circulated by western sources. We have not provided weaponry to any side of the countries at war,” Iran FM Nasser Kanaani. EU’s Borrell said they would look for “concrete evidence.” Nice; that would really help

18.10.2022 - 07:14 [ BBC ]

Ukraine war: US says Iranian drones breach sanctions

„It is our belief that these UAVs that were transferred from Iran to Russia and used by Russia in Ukraine are among the weapons that would remain embargoed under 2231,“ said Vedant Patel of the state department.

18.10.2022 - 07:01 [ en.topwar.ru ]

Arestovich: Russia’s use of drones is aimed at ensuring that we use up our entire supply of anti-aircraft missiles

(today)

In a number of cases, strikes were carried out using Geran-2 loitering ammunition.

Commenting on the situation, Arestovich said that the Russian troops „picked up the key to the Ukrainian air defense.“

According to Arestovich, the massive use of drones by Russia is aimed at ensuring that Ukraine shoots off its entire stock of anti-aircraft missiles. At the same time, an adviser in Zelensky’s office claims that Russia “ordered about 2400 more drones from Iran.”

18.10.2022 - 06:52 [ en.topwar.ru ]

Enemy targets in Odessa have been hit in the morning with the use of drones „Geran-2“

(25.09.022)

Strikes continued with the use of loitering ammunition at enemy military facilities in Odessa. According to the latest data, the new strikes were carried out using Geran-2 strike drones, which are called an exact copy of Iranian Shahed-136 drones.

18.10.2022 - 06:41 [ Ari Blaff / Yahoo.com ]

Ukrainian, EU Officials Suspect Iranian Involvement as Kamikaze Drones Wreak Havoc on Kyiv

(17.10.2022)

A wave of “suicide drone” attacks inundated Kyiv in recent days, killing an unknown number of Ukrainian civilians. Ukrainian and European Union officials believe the Russian strikes were carried out using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones, though Iran denies any involvement or role in supplying such drones to Russia.

17.10.2022 - 16:52 [ Zero Hedge ]

NATO Kicks Off Nuclear War Games On Monday

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has begun its annual military drills in preparation for nuclear war on Monday. American B-52 bombers will be joined by advanced aircraft from other alliance members as they simulate a war of annihilation with Russia.

The war games, dubbed „Steadfast Noon,“ are scheduled to run through the end of October. Belgium is hosting the exercises which will take place over the North Sea and the United Kingdom.

17.10.2022 - 16:16 [ Bloomberg ]

Russia and NATO Are Both Holding Nuclear Drills Despite Rising Tensions

(13.10.2022)

Moscow and NATO are both proceeding with nuclear exercises, even as tensions escalate over President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use “all means available” — including atomic weapons — to defend land he claims to be Russian.

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.

16.10.2022 - 17:20 [ @AZgeopolitics / Nitter ]

NBC journalist-„Putin is not yet winning the war in Ukraine“ Lukashenko-„As for the Ukrainian conflict as you say Putin is not winning at the moment,but in this moment you don’t win too,50 states are now at war with Russia on the teritory of Ukraine,you don’t win either“

(15.10.2022)

16.10.2022 - 16:55 [ NBC News ]

Watch in full: NBC News exclusive interview with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

In his exclusive interview with the close ally of Vladimir Putin, NBC News’ Keir Simmons asked President Lukashenko about the war in Ukraine, mass graves, the Russian leader’s state of mind, and the possibility that nuclear weapons could be used.

16.10.2022 - 07:16 [ Tass.com ]

Solution to Ukraine conflict may be found within a week, it depends on US, UK – Lukashenko

(15.10.2022)

The Ukraine conflict may be resolved within a week, and that depends on the United States and the United Kingdom, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with NBC, excerpts of which were quoted by BelTA news agency on Saturday.

„It all depends on the US and the UK. If tomorrow you realize that we need to sit down at the negotiating table and find a solution, believe me, we will find a solution within a week,“ Lukashenko said.

15.10.2022 - 19:24 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Nitter ]

In 2019, we wanted to borrow money to fund public, regional, green investment that would pay for itself. Truss and Kwarteng want to borrow money to pay for uncapped bankers‘ bonuses. This government have crashed the economy. We would have transformed it.

(12.10.2022)

15.10.2022 - 18:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]