Archiv: understatements of the year / decade


16.05.2022 - 19:24 [ New York Times ]

Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia

Together, the decisions by Mr. Biden, described by the officials on the condition of anonymity, will revive an open-ended American counterterrorism operation that has amounted to a slow-burn war through three administrations. The move stands in contrast to his decision last year to pull American forces from Afghanistan, saying that “it is time to end the forever war.”

26.03.2022 - 21:41 [ Reuters ]

White House says Biden is not calling for regime change in Russia

„The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,“ the official said following Biden’s speech in Warsaw.

26.03.2022 - 21:35 [ BostonGlobe.com ]

‘Potentially very dangerous’: Biden’s Warsaw speech met with mixed reactions

Politicians and pundits had mixed reactions Saturday to President Biden’s impassioned speech in Warsaw, in which he rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin and defended liberal democracy.

06.02.2022 - 05:24 [ Tenterfieldstar.com.au ]

Athletes unhappy about quarantine hotels

When fetching the food left outside her door, she took a glance at the boxes left outside other rooms in her corridor, whose doors were labelled with signs to distinguish Olympians from other people working at the Games who tested positive, such as team staff.

She concluded the athletes were getting worse food, and underlined it with a picture of food served to her team doctor, who had also tested positive and was living two floors below. He had fresh fruit, a salad and prawns with broccoli.

„I honestly don’t understand, why is there this attitude to us, the athletes?!“ she wrote.

Two days on from her criticism, Vasnetsova is still in quarantine …

09.01.2022 - 09:46 [ France24.com ]

More than 100,000 march in France against Covid vaccine requirements

The turnout was four times higher than the numbers who answered the December 18 call to protest, when 25,500 people marched across the country, according to government estimates.

09.01.2022 - 09:43 [ BBC ]

Covid: Thousands protest in France against proposed new vaccine pass

French authorities say more than 105,000 people have taken part in protests across the country against the introduction of a new coronavirus pass.

14.10.2021 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Six Months, Only One Witness: In Netanyahu’s Trial, the Wheels of Justice May Be Turning Too Slowly

The current case is just one of three that Netanyahu is facing in Jerusalem District Court on a range of corruption charges stemming from his alleged conduct as prime minister. He denies any wrongdoing.

In the case currently being heard, dubbed Case 4000, the former prime minister is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, arising from allegations that he traded favorable coverage from the Walla website for government regulatory concessions to Walla’s parent company, the Bezeq telecommunications firm.

29.09.2021 - 09:10 [ Mic.com ]

After a drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, Democratic senators want Biden to scrap the practice

It’s hard to know exactly how many civilians have been killed by drones. One analysis by Airwars, a harm monitoring group, estimated that at least 22,000 civilians have been killed based off the U.S. military’s assertion that it has conducted 100,000 airstrikes since 2001. However, the same analysis noted that the number could be as high as 48,000.

17.08.2021 - 13:33 [ Salon.com ]

The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

(May 28, 2016)

Don’t for a moment imagine that the Pentagon’s growing list of secret programs and evasive budgetary maneuvers is accidental or simply a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Much of it is remarkably purposeful. By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything. An entrenched bureaucracy is determined not to provide information that might be used to bring its sprawling budget — and so the institution itself — under control.

25.07.2021 - 09:28 [ Voice of America ]

Thousands Around Globe Protest COVID-19 Shots, Lockdowns

Tens of thousands of people protested in Australia, France, Italy and Greece on Saturday, sparking clashes with police as they railed against COVID-19 measures and government sanctions against the unvaccinated aimed at prodding more people into getting their shots.

25.07.2021 - 09:17 [ Al Jazeera ]

Thousands protest amid global anger against COVID restrictions

People take to the streets in Australia, France, Italy and the UK in protests against lockdowns and vaccine pass schemes.

14.01.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz, We’ll Take It From Here

It’s hard not to feel uncomfortable when we hear Gantz – who gave Netanyahu the government, betraying his voters and his partners – trying to look like someone worried about the future of the “Anyone But Bibi” camp and trying to serve as a strategic adviser.

20.09.2019 - 12:01 [ Harvard.edu ]

National & World Affairs: Tillerson’s exit interview

Early on, it was “pretty evident” to him that much of the department was outmoded, from management practices and some of the systems to IT, and there was no clear delegation of authority, as he was used to in the private sector, so he had a hard time understanding “how decisions are made, who’s got authority to make what decisions and who’s accountable,” he said.

20.09.2019 - 11:49 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu ‚Played Trump Using Misinformation‘ Several Times, Says Tillerson

„We later exposed it to the president so he understood, ‘You’ve been played,’” said Tillerson. “It bothers me that an ally that’s that close and important to us would do that to us.”

Tillerson criticized Trump for preferring the advice of political figures outside of his administration when it came to Israel, over the assessments of his own senior cabinet members.

20.09.2019 - 11:35 [ Politico.com ]

Tillerson: Netanyahu, Israelis ‚played‘ Trump

„They did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘We’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys,’“ Tillerson said, according to the Harvard Gazette. „We later exposed it to the president so he understood, ‘You’ve been played.’”

He cautioned that skepticism is necessary when dealing with Netanyahu, whom Tillerson called „a bit Machiavellian.“