Archiv: USA


16.05.2022 - 19:38 [ 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.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ 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 ).

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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.

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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.

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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.

16.05.2022 - 17:37 [ dokmz.com ]

Akten zur Iran-Contra-Affäre veröffentlicht

(26.11.2011)

Am 25.11.1986 hatte Präsident Ronald Reagan zunächst die heimliche Lieferung von Waffen an den verfeindeten Iran dementiert und später dann den Umfang der Lieferung als „höchstens eine Flugzeugladung“ kleingeredet, obwohl es sich um 1500 Panzer- und Luftabwehrraketen handelte. Der Deal beinhaltete u.a. die Aufschiebung der Freilassung der 52 US-Geiseln, was Präsident Carter den Wahlkampf sabotiert hatte. Der finanzielle Anteil der iranischen Gegenleistung wurde am Kongress vorbei zur Finanzierung der Contras in Nicaragua verwendet, um die dortige Regierung zu stürzen. Die Contras, ursprünglich Regierungstruppen einer gestürzten Diktatur, waren von der CIA ausgebildet und mit Waffen versorgt worden, mit denen sie zur Destabilisierung Terrorismus gegen die Zivilbevölkerung verübten. Die CIA tolerierte sogar die Eigenfinanzierung der Contras durch Drogenschmuggel in die USA.

16.05.2022 - 17:23 [ DW.com ]

Die Iran-Contra-Affäre

(20.07.2009)

Die USA hatten Waffen an den Iran verkauft und mit einem Teil der Erträge die nikaraguanischen „Contras“ bei ihrem Bemühen unterstützt, die linken Sandinisten in ihrer Heimat zu stürzen. Gleichzeitig versuchte Washington mit dieser Strategie, amerikanische Geiseln freizukaufen, die im Libanon verschwunden waren. Israel war als Mittler eingeschaltet, das freilich auch auf eigene Initiative bereits Waffengeschäfte mit Teheran aufgenommen hatte.

15.05.2022 - 13:44 [ Rep. Debbie Dingell, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Nitter.net ]

This is indefensible. We need a full, transparent, and independent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and these disturbing attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Those responsible for these actions must be held accountable.

15.05.2022 - 13:38 [ Rep. Andy Levin, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / nitter.net ]

Live coverage of Israeli officers attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?

(13.05.2022)

15.05.2022 - 13:18 [ theGuardian.com ]

Shireen Abu Aqleh: ‘Cold-blooded’ killing and funeral chaos leave West Bank in turmoil

World criticism mounts over the shooting of Al Jazeera journalist as dispute over chain of events grows

14.05.2022 - 16:59 [ ORF.at ]

Tote Journalistin: UNO-Sicherheitsrat fordert Untersuchung

Nach dem Tod einer Journalistin im Westjordanland hat der UNO-Sicherheitsrat eine Aufarbeitung des Falles gefordert. „Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrates forderten eine sofortige, gründliche, transparente, faire und unparteiische Untersuchung ihrer Tötung und betonten die Notwendigkeit, Rechenschaft abzulegen“, hieß es in einer Mitteilung des mächstigsten UNO-Gremiums.

14.05.2022 - 14:02 [ Haaretz ]

Biden: Israel Police Actions at Abu Alkeh’s Funeral ‚Must Be Investigated‘

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was „deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh,“ adding „every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.“

Blinken’s rebuke came shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden said „I don’t know all the detail, but I know it has to be investigated“ when asked about Israeli forces‘ action at the funeral.

14.05.2022 - 13:55 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Ayman Mohyeldin On The Killing Of Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

(12.05.2022)

Ayman Mohyeldin remembers his friend and colleague, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed today reporting on an Israeli military raid in the West Bank.

14.05.2022 - 13:50 [ ITV News / Youtube ]

Israeli police beat mourners at Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral | ITV News

Israeli police attacked a funeral procession for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, beating mourners with batons and causing them to almost drop the coffin.

Thousands of mourners, some hoisting Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” attended the funeral for the Palestinian-American reporter, who witnesses say was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank.

The mourners tried to march with the coffin on foot out of a hospital to a Catholic church in the nearby Old City.

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

08.05.2022 - 16:20 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

(September 15, 2013)

In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolf Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system, following prescribed conduct with respect to that system, while remaining blind to the moral consequences of what the system was doing — or at least compartmentalizing and ignoring those consequences.

08.05.2022 - 16:09 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Die Macht steht immer auf der Seite der Macht

(Erstellt: 20.01.2013Aktualisiert: 17.01.2019)

In einer Welt, in der die Architekten der Finanzkrise regelmäßig im Weißen Haus zu Abend essen“, schreibt Lawrence Lessig, Jura-Professor in Harvard und Autor der Zeitschrift The Nation, „in einer solchen Welt erscheint es lächerlich, dass Aaron Swartz ein Schwerverbrecher gewesen sein soll.“ Doch den 26 Jahre alten Internetaktivisten Aaron Swartz erwartete tatsächlich ein Prozess, der mit einer drakonischen Höchststrafe von 35 Jahren Gefängnis hätte enden können, dazu eine Geldstrafe in Millionenhöhe. Sein Vergehen: Er hat über das Netzwerk einer Universität mehr als vier Millionen wissenschaftliche Artikel heruntergeladen, die kostenpflichtig waren.

08.05.2022 - 15:31 [ Techdirt ]

Why Did The Secret Service Take Over Aaron Swartz’s Case Two Days Before He Was Arrested

(14.01.2013)

The same filing shows that MIT allowed all of this to happen despite no warrant, court order, or subpoena — just handing over all sorts of info.

08.05.2022 - 15:12 [ Harvard Magazine ]

RSS Creator Aaron Swartz Dead at 26

(14.01.2013)

Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old computer genius, activist, and technology innovator known as a hero of the open-access movement—which promotes use of the Internet to provide free and easy access to the world’s knowledge—committed suicide last Friday in New York City, according to authorities and various media outlets. He was a Safra fellow studying ethics at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society in July 2011 when a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading five million articles and documents—nearly the entire library, according to Insidehighered.com.

03.05.2022 - 12:41 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Regierung gibt ihre Einheiten zur psychischen Manipulation der Bevölkerung bekannt

(14.September 2017)

Analyse zur Bekanntgabe des gemeinsamen Arbeitskreises „PsyOps“ von Bundesnachrichtendienst und (dem Bundesamt für) Verfassungsschutz.

03.05.2022 - 11:36 [ RepublicWorld.com ]

Putin can declare formal war on Ukraine by May 9 for full mobilisation of forces: US

The declaration of war, according to a CNN report, would allow the full mobilisation of Russia’s reserve forces as they attempt to conquer eastern and southern Ukraine.

01.05.2022 - 18:31 [ businessinsider.com ]

Blinken says a sovereign Ukraine will last longer than Putin in vote of confidence for Zelenskyy

„The bottom line is this. We don’t how the rest of this war will unfold, but we do know that a sovereign, independent Ukraine will be around a lot longer than Vladimir Putin is on the scene. And our support for Ukraine going forward will continue and it will continue until we see final success.“

01.05.2022 - 18:28 [ Theresa Fallon / Twitter ]

US Defense Secretary Austin replied to question on how US defined goals for success in #Ukraine. He replied that Washington wants to see “Ukraine remain a sovereign country, a democratic country, able to protect its sovereign territory.”

(25.04.2022)

01.05.2022 - 17:26 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

US military instructors train Ukrainian soldiers in Germany, other European countries – Pentagon

American instructors are training the Ukrainian military in Germany and other European countries as part of providing assistance to the Ukrainian army, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing on Friday.

„This new training effort in Germany and at other locations in Europe is in direct support of recent U.S. security assistance packages that are designed to help Ukraine,“ he said.

01.05.2022 - 11:01 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15. April 2018)

Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

Putins Rolle dabei ist ähnlich dem eines der vielen Monarchen vor und im Ersten Weltkrieg. Und seine Funktion, wie der „prorussischen“, also der pro-regierungs-russischen Lobby insgesamt, ist es, in verdeckter Dialektik mit ihren spiegelbildlichen „proamerikanischen“ bzw „proeuropäischen“ Pendants in der U.S.-Hegemonie die jeweilige innere Opposition, gerade die fortschrittliche und pazifistische, in Verbindung mit dem jeweils anderen Blockgegner zu bringen, sie von diesem absorbieren zu lassen und so im Inneren erst zu diskreditieren und letztlich neutralisieren zu können.

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Es sollten sich grade politisch links stehende bzw progressive Kräfte in der U.S.-Hegemonie dreimal überlegen, ob sie eine unreflektierte „prorussische“ Position adaptieren und es dann sein lassen. Umgekehrt ist allen Dissidenten in der Russischen Föderation und deren Macht- und Einflussbereich dringend zu raten, von allen vermeintlich guten Freunden aus dem „Westen“ den weitestmöglichen Abstand zu nehmen.

27.04.2022 - 13:27 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

Disband NATO to End the War in Ukraine

To end the war in Ukraine, stand with its people, avert escalation and future wars, and create a more peaceful and collaborative world, we support getting to the origins and heart of the conflict and taking these actions when we are in government:

1. Disband NATO and its military bases
2. Recognize the UN as the global security authority
3. Disband permanent membership and veto power on the UN Security Council
4. Recognize Ukraine as an independent and militarily neutral country

5. End all wars of aggression, regime-change wars and resource wars
6. Ban funding and arming Nazis
7. Ban Congress and government officials from war profiteering and insider trading
8. Cut the US military budget in half and invest those resources into guaranteeing jobs, health care, housing and college at home

27.04.2022 - 13:22 [ Reuters ]

Moderate Democrats fear infighting could hand Congress to Republicans

Rising inflation and voter exhaustion over the COVID-19 pandemic have created stiff political headwinds for Democrats, who control the White House, Senate and the House.

Independent analysts and historic patterns favor Republicans‘ changes of regaining control of at least one chamber of Congress in November, which would all but kill Biden’s domestic agenda. The Senate is split 50-50 while Democrats hold a narrow 222-212 House majority.

26.04.2022 - 10:50 [ Verteidigungsministerium / Twitter ]

Deutschland wird Gepard-Flugabwehrpanzer liefern, das verkündete Ministerin Lambrecht soeben in Ramstein. Mehr als 30 Nationen stimmen sich hier auf der Konferenz über die Unterstützung für die 🇺🇦 ab. Unsere Stärke in #NATO und EU ist unsere Geschlossenheit.

26.04.2022 - 09:59 [ Pfeifhase, ich hasse alle Menschen gleich / Twitter ]

Kein einziges Land hat westliche #panzer geliefert also panzer aus westlicher Produktion, dass wird einen Grund haben. Seid ihr von der Presse alle bescheuert Oder was ist bei euch kaputt? #Waffenlieferungen #SPD #Marder

26.04.2022 - 09:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Krieg gegen die Ukraine: Wer liefert welche Waffen?

Die Liste von Staaten, die längst schweres Gerät liefern oder dies zumindest angekündigt haben, wird immer länger: Auch Frankreich und die Niederlande gehören zu diesem Kreis nun dazu. Der französische Präsident Emmanuel Macron hatte kürzlich angekündigt, die Haubitze „Caesar“ zur Verfügung zu stellen.

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Auch die Niederlande wollen liefern: mit der Panzerhaubitze 2000 eine Waffe aus deutscher Herstellung übrigens.

Deutlich umfangreicher noch ist das Angebot aus den USA: Es umfasst neben Haubitzen auch Hubschrauber russischer Bauart und gepanzerte Mannschaftstransporter. Außerdem haben die USA eine eigens auf die ukrainischen Bedürfnisse zugeschnittene Drohne mit dem Namen „Phoenix Ghost“ entwickelt.

Schon länger bekannt ist, dass auch vermeintlich kleinere NATO-Partner wie Estland, Litauen und die Slowakei schwere Waffen in die Ukraine geschickt haben. Tschechien und Polen sollen Schützenpanzer sowjetischer Bauart, den T-72, geliefert haben – auch, wenn es dafür keine offizielle Bestätigung gibt.

26.04.2022 - 08:42 [ Tagesschau.de ]

USA wollen in Ramstein zu Ukraine beraten

Zu den Teilnehmern gehören Bundesverteidigungsministerin Christine Lambrecht (SPD) und Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg. Insgesamt haben nach Pentagon-Angaben Verteidigungsminister und Generalstabschefs aus 20 Ländern zugesagt.

25.04.2022 - 13:42 [ Pfeifhase, ich hasse alle Menschen gleich / Twitter ]

Ich antworte mir selbst.nach kurzer Recherche überflogen. gerade keine Zeit, hat kein Land westliche #Panzer in die #Ukraine️ geliefert. #Waffenlieferungen

#SPD #Scholz

25.04.2022 - 13:02 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Over 20 states to take part in consultative meeting in Germany to assess Ukrainian military’s needs – media

More than 20 countries have expressed their desire to take part in a consultative meeting to be held at Ramstein Air Base in Germany next week, during which the issues of long-term military assistance that Western countries can provide to the Ukrainian army will be discussed, Washington Post reports, citing Pentagon Speaker John Kirby.

25.04.2022 - 12:54 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

US-Verteidigungsminister lädt nach Ramstein ein – und keiner fragt, wo da unsere Souveränität bleibt

Der Umgang mit solchen Vorgängen, der Umgang mit der Begrenzung und Beschädigung unserer Souveränität ist in den letzten 30 Jahren nicht besser, sondern schlechter geworden.

24.04.2022 - 09:36 [ ABC News ]

Ukraine leader Zelenskyy says he will meet Sunday in Kyiv with US defense secretary Austin, secretary of state Blinken

Ukraine leader Zelenskyy says he will meet Sunday in Kyiv with US defense secretary Austin, secretary of state Blinken.

23.04.2022 - 13:27 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

The WashPost’s Doxxing of @LibsOfTikTok Reveals Who Corporate Journalists See as Their Targets

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23.04.2022 - 13:24 [ thePostMillennial.com ]

German government funds ‚research‘ project that doxxed Libs of Tik Tok

(19.04.2022)

Brown is working on an ongoing project with support from Prototype Fund, an organization that provides financial support to Brown’s so-called „Hatespeech-Tracker.“ Protoype Fund is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Travis Robert Brown’s Hassreden-Tracker is composed of his existing tools, such as cancel-culture, which Travis uses to track, stalk, dox, and harass those he has a personal vendetta against. You can see the hundreds of lists he’s created here.

23.04.2022 - 12:22 [ Bors Reitschuster ]

Ausspionieren und Denunzieren von Regierungskritikern mit Steuergeldern

Der in Berlin ansässige Travis Brown veröffentlichte den Angaben zufolge am 11.2.2022 eine Feindesliste von angeblich „rechten“ Twitter-Konten. Auf der stehen führende konservative und liberale Intellektuelle wie Sam Harris, Bret und Eric Weinstein, Peter Boghossian und Heather Heying, so die „Freie Welt“: „Jüdische Mitbürger wie Blogger Scott Alexander, Homosexuelle wie Autor Douglas Murray und Antifa-Experte Andy Ngo sowie schwarze Mitbürger wie Rapper Zuby wurden auch an Browns Internet-Pranger gestellt.“

Nach eigenen Angaben hat Travis Brown mit seinem Hassreden-Tracker 35 Millionen gelöschte Tweets archiviert. In einem Tweet vom 4.4.2022 gab er an: „Wir tracken 18 Mio. Konten, die mit rechtsextremen Netzwerken zu tun haben.“ Dazu schreibt die „Freie Welt“: Wenn Sam Harris und Eric Weinstein als „rechtsextrem“ gelten, ist es kein Wunder, dass Brown 18 Mio. Menschen im Visier hat.

22.04.2022 - 08:41 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

#JulianAssange’s experience shows that those who expose so-called „atrocities“ of other countries are „heroes,“ and those who expose scandals of the U.S. are „criminals,“ says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

22.04.2022 - 08:31 [ Amnesty.org.uk ]

UK: Home Secretary agreeing to Assange extradition would threaten media freedom

If the Home Secretary certifies the US request to extradite Julian Assange it will violate the prohibition against torture and set an alarming precedent for publishers and journalists around the world, Amnesty International said today, following the Westminster Magistrates’ Court decision this morning to issue an order to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States.

The case will now be sent to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who will decide whether to certify the US request by 18 May.

22.04.2022 - 08:18 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Amnesty International: ‚If the Home Secretary certifies the US request to extradite Julian Assange it will violate the prohibition against torture and set an alarming precedent for publishers and journalists around the world‘ @amnesty #FreeAssangeNOW

21.04.2022 - 19:34 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Sie weinen, aber sie nehmen: “Polnische Teilung” der Ukraine in vollem Gang

(11.Mai 2014)

Die Menschen sowohl im Osten, wie auch im Westen der Ukraine werden in der bereits seit Jahren explizit von der Berliner Nomenklatura systematisch betriebenen Spaltung und damit Zerstörung des (nach Russland) größten Flächenstaates Osteuropas lediglich benutzt. Der Öffentlichkeit, gerade der in einem der reichsten und einflussreichsten Länder auf dem Planeten, nämlich Deutschland – wird eine Konfrontation vorgegaukelt, die so nicht existiert. Dienen soll diese inszenierte Dialektik zweier sich bekriegender Seiten ausschließlich den imperialen Zwecken der seit bald dreizehn Jahren weltweit wie ein Krebsgeschwür wuchernden Kriegsgewinnlern, feudalen Finanzmogulen, Spionage-Apparaten, Kontrollbehörden, etc. Deren Interesse bedient ein Zerfall, eine Zerstörung der Ukraine, als Dynamo für ein Fortsetzen des bald dreizehnjährigen Krieges „on terror“, mit dem nun nichtfiktiven, sehr realen Feind Russland, China, bzw umgekehrt dem „Westen“.

Denken wir nur ein paar Monate zurück: Deutsche Soldaten gefangen genommen von „Pro-Russen“ in der Ukraine? Gefahr eines „Weltkrieges“? Zerfall der Ukraine?

Nehmen wir an, ich hätte letzten September, so um den 11., eine entsprechende Prognose abgegeben. Wie, meinen Sie, wäre ich genannt worden?

21.04.2022 - 18:48 [ KawsachunNews.com ]

Chilean and US authorities silent on Gonzalo Lira

Chilean-American citizen Gonzalo Lira López is still missing in Ukraine after publicly opposing the Zelensky government. The journalist, writer, filmmaker and vlogger resides in Kharkov and has not been heard of since Friday, April 15th.

Kawsachun News has been following developments and Chilean sources closely, however, there have been no official declarations from the Chilean Foreign Ministry nor the U.S. State Department or White House on matter.

21.04.2022 - 18:37 [ Elynitthria.net ]

Wo ist Gonzalo Lira????

Der ukrainische Geheimdienst SBU hatte schon vor etwa 4 Wochen versucht, ihn zu kidnappen!

Am Sonntag hätte Gonzalo in George Galloways MOAT auftreten sollen, war aber nicht erreichbar.

Ich werde diese Links nicht teilen, aber der ukrainische NAZI-Abschaum von Azov prahlt seit heute morgen damit, ihn ermordet zu haben. Liefert aber keine Beweise, noch gibt es Hoffnung!

21.04.2022 - 18:29 [ Heavy.com ]

Gonzalo Lira Reported Missing in Ukraine

(Apr 18, 2022)

Lira ran a YouTube channel with 143,000 subscribers, which he used to share his viewpoints on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His social media accounts had become controversial in recent weeks. Lira’s last tweets were critical of Ukraine and multiple media outlets. In a pinned tweet, he listed journalists that he claimed were victims of the “Zelensky regime” and wrote, “If you haven’t heard from me in 12 hours or more, put my name on this list.”

21.04.2022 - 06:08 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15. April 2018)

Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

Putins Rolle dabei ist ähnlich dem eines der vielen Monarchen vor und im Ersten Weltkrieg. Und seine Funktion, wie der „prorussischen“, also der pro-regierungs-russischen Lobby insgesamt, ist es, in verdeckter Dialektik mit ihren spiegelbildlichen „proamerikanischen“ bzw „proeuropäischen“ Pendants in der U.S.-Hegemonie die jeweilige innere Opposition, gerade die fortschrittliche und pazifistische, in Verbindung mit dem jeweils anderen Blockgegner zu bringen, sie von diesem absorbieren zu lassen und so im Inneren erst zu diskreditieren und letztlich neutralisieren zu können.

(…)

Es sollten sich grade politisch links stehende bzw progressive Kräfte in der U.S.-Hegemonie dreimal überlegen, ob sie eine unreflektierte „prorussische“ Position adaptieren und es dann sein lassen. Umgekehrt ist allen Dissidenten in der Russischen Föderation und deren Macht- und Einflussbereich dringend zu raten, von allen vermeintlich guten Freunden aus dem „Westen“ den weitestmöglichen Abstand zu nehmen.

20.04.2022 - 20:57 [ Zarah Sultana MP / Twitter ]

Julian Assange exposed US crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. That’s why the US wants to punish him and send a message to all journalists: Expose the truth and you’ll be made to regret it. Priti Patel must stand-up for freedom of speech and refuse his extradition.

20.04.2022 - 07:24 [ CNN ]

What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn’t really know

But the risk, both current US officials and defense analysts say, is that in the long term, some of those weapons may wind up in the hands of other militaries and militias that the US did not intend to arm.

„We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero,“ said one source briefed on US intelligence. „It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.“

20.04.2022 - 07:14 [ Johannes Lichdi / Twitter ]

haben eigentlich die amerikaner & briten ihre neuesten panzer und kampfflugzeuge an die #ukraine geliefert?

@Team_Stollberg
@peterhense
@MartinWaltherDD
@StefanScharf_DD

19.04.2022 - 21:17 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Zaluzhny, Chair of US Joint Chiefs of Staff speak on difficult situation in eastern, southern Ukraine, where heavy battles going on

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny shared with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley information about the difficult situation in eastern and southern Ukraine, where heavy fighting is taking place.

„I have had a conversation with my American counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley. I have shared the information on the situation in the East and South of Ukraine, where the heavy battles are going on,“ Zaluzhny said in his Telegram channel.

17.04.2022 - 22:35 [ Sky News / Twitter ]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Karachi to protest against the removal of former Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. Imran Khan has accused the US of being behind his downfall because he asked Russia for economic help.

14.04.2022 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli-U.S. Billionaire Saban Donates $1 Million to AIPAC’s Super PAC

Long-term AIPAC supporter Haim Saban is the biggest individual donor to the super PAC since its establishment late last year. His contribution came weeks before the pro-Israel lobby’s traditional PAC endorsed Republican election deniers

14.04.2022 - 06:12 [ CNN ]

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022

(March 27, 2022)

Democrats point to the pandemic and stuck supply chains for the current inflation woes, blaming corporations for pocketing profits while Americans pay the price at the pump.

14.04.2022 - 06:03 [ theHill.com ]

Will vaccine passports be biggest campaign issue of 2022?

(April 2, 2021)

A growing number of the Republican Party’s most conservative members have seized on the passport proposals and expected guidance from the White House, blasting them as an example of government overreach that would isolate Americans who choose not to get vaccinated and violate the privacy of those who do.

14.04.2022 - 04:29 [ Jim Banks / Twitter ]

Iranian MPs should know… once the GOP takes back the House we will do everything in our power to overturn Biden’s restoration of JCPOA and reimpose max pressure sanctions.

11.04.2022 - 11:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

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

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

11.04.2022 - 11:10 [ Rep. Barbara Lee, Mitglied des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

NEW: A national survey from @UMDPublicPolicy found that majorities of Democrats AND Republicans favor repealing the 2001 #AUMF. That authorization has been abused for years. It is far past time Congressional war powers be restored.

(31.03.2022)

11.04.2022 - 11:03 [ 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.

10.04.2022 - 23:41 [ Junge Welt ]

USA gegen Julian Assange: Jedes Mittel recht

Dabei geht es einerseits laut der Aussagen geschützter Zeugen um eine Person, die für die Sicherheitsabteilung der Firma Las Vegas Sands gearbeitet hat. In dieser Position soll sie Mittelsmann für die Weiterleitung der Informationen zwischen UC Global und der CIA gewesen sein. Zudem verlangt das Gericht die Identität der Besitzer von IP-Adressen zu erfahren, die von den USA aus auf den Server im UC Global Hauptquartier in Spanien zugegriffen haben. Zum derzeitigen Zustand Assanges erklärte Martínez, der den Inhaftierten vor dem Interview am 27. März in Belmarsh besucht hatte: »Er ist geistig und körperlich sehr schwach. Um es deutlich zu sagen, er ist am Ende.«

10.04.2022 - 11:24 [ anews.com.tr ]

Zelensky reiterates embargo demands for Russian oil and gas

„Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom does not have time to wait. When tyranny launches aggression against everything that keeps peace in Europe, action must be taken immediately. It is necessary to act in a principled fashion,“ he said.

„And the oil embargo should be the first step. At the level of all democracies, the whole civilized world. Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop pointless violence.“

10.04.2022 - 10:15 [ Al Jazeera ]

Pakistan: Key players behind PM Imran Khan’s removal

The brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif – who has been disqualified from ever again running for office and is currently in exile in Britain – Shehbaz is the main candidate to replace Khan.

10.04.2022 - 10:11 [ Washington Post ]

Why Pakistan’s Leader Is Facing the Risk of Ouster

(April 8, 2022)

Pakistan’s military has outsized power for a country conceived as a democracy. There have been three successful military coups. When Khan became prime minister, it was only the second time since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 that a civilian administration had transferred power to another. Even when elected governments have ruled, the military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has played a forceful role.

(…)

Khan, who has been critical of the U.S. while seeking better relations with Russia and China, has said he would continue to pursue an “independent” foreign policy. His opponents have vowed to improve ties with the U.S. and Europe if they win.

10.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Hindustan Times ]

Imran Khan attempted to sack Pakistan army chief Gen Bajwa: Report

According to BBC Urdu, “two uninvited guests” reached the Prime Minister’s House, which was blanketed in extraordinary security, by helicopter on Saturday night and met Khan in private for about 15 minutes. An hour before this meeting, Khan had ordered the removal of a senior official who was at the meeting, the report said.

However, an official notification was not issued by the defence ministry for dismissing this senior official and appointing his successor, “thus thwarting the Prime Minister’s House’s attempt at a ‘revolutionary’ change”, the report said

10.04.2022 - 09:52 [ thePrint.in ]

US asked Pakistan not to proceed with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia: Qureshi

Qureshi talked major foreign policy issues, especially the alleged regime change being plotted by the US in Pakistan.

“Today Pakistan is standing at a historic juncture and the people need to decide whether they want to live in an independent state or become slaves [to the West],” the 65-year-old politician said, acknowledging that today might be his last day as the foreign minister of Pakistan.

09.04.2022 - 06:07 [ CNN ]

READ: Ketanji Brown Jackson’s remarks at the White House after her Supreme Court confirmation

As you may have heard, during the confirmation process, I had the distinct honor of having 95 personal meetings with 97 sitting senators. (Laughter.) And we had substantive and engaging conversations about my approach to judging and about the role of judges in the constitutional system we all love.
As a brief aside, I will note that these are subjects about which I care deeply. I have dedicated my career to public service because I love this country and our Constitution and the rights that make us free.

05.04.2022 - 19:59 [ Antiwar.com ]

US Weapons Makers See Longer-Term Benefits of War in Ukraine

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and other companies will profit from arming Ukraine and Europe’s increased military spending

03.04.2022 - 05:59 [ IndiaToday.in ]

US warns India against buying discounted oil from Russia

The United States said India should not increase its oil imports from Russia and it could expose New Delhi to a „great risk“. Reports said the US might be looking to slap sanctions on the purchase of Russian oil.

02.04.2022 - 18:03 [ circleid.com ]

The Danger of Weaponising the DNS in the Ukraine Russia Conflict and Good News

(March 12, 2022)

As a member of ICANN’s At Large community, having once served as an At Large Advisory Committee member, I watched with great interest the “politicization” of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Management of the DNS has often been touted as a purely technical administration by the United States of America’s Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Far from being a technical task, DNS design and administration implicate public interest concerns such as trademark disputes, infrastructure stability and security, resource allocation and security

01.04.2022 - 06:41 [ Reuters ]

U.S. bars ex-spies from becoming ‚mercenaries,‘ following Reuters series

(March 16, 2022)

“We don’t want our best trained intel officers going straight into the hands of foreign governments for the sake of money,“ Castro said. „This discourages intelligence mercenaries and protects our national interest.“

The UAE spying operation, called Project Raven, hacked into Facebook and Google accounts and thousands of Apple iPhones, targeting activists that human rights groups say were later arrested and tortured

01.04.2022 - 06:16 [ theRecord.media ]

Intelligence community gears up for surveillance powers renewal

(today)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently started convening an informal team of representatives from a handful of relevant spy agencies to study, and potentially plot a course for, the reauthorization of the sweeping warrantless program allowed under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, two sources familiar with the effort told The Record. The powers are due to sunset in December 2023 unless lawmakers act.

Congress last extended the life of the surveillance powers — which allow the federal government to collect the emails and electronic communications of foreign intelligence targets from U.S. companies like Google, but also incidentally vacuum up the personal data of Americans — in early 2018.

30.03.2022 - 16:45 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Russian, US officials to attend meeting in China on Afghan situation, amid China’s efforts to mediate heated issues

While the third Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries is scheduled in China’s Anhui Province on Wednesday and Thursday, China will also host a Troika Plus meeting there with Russia, the US and Pakistan over the Afghan situation. Observers said that against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, the upcoming meetings on Afghanistan will help congregate the stake-holding parties to help Afghanistan despite their grudges, which showcases China’s efforts to promote regional stability and its capability to mediate heated issues.

29.03.2022 - 05:49 [ Alliance for Natural Health ]

The WHO pandemic treaty: a backdoor to global governance?

(23 February 2022)

If the pandemic treaty were to come into effect in 2024, you can guarantee even higher global health surveillance using real-time sequencing for both diagnostics and epidemiology. This would be based on ever-more portable technologies with increasingly rapid turnaround times.

But don’t just think mRNA injections or intranasals. Or gene editing technologies based on CRISPR for diagnostics. Think CRISPR to enhance the immune response will likely see an entry. This is a facet of transhumanism, as is digital surveillance.

28.03.2022 - 18:44 [ Süddeutsche ]

Warme Worte in der Wüste

Fast hat es ausgesehen wie eine gymnastische Übung: Sechs zumeist ältere Herren in einer Reihe, die sich mit verschränkten Armen an den Händen fassen. Doch diese Formation, die am Montag von sechs leibhaftigen Außenministern auf einem Podium in der israelischen Negev-Wüste gebildet wurde, war als politische Botschaft gedacht.

28.03.2022 - 18:34 [ ]

Summit to Become Regular Forum, Unity Will ‚Deter Iran,‘ Israel’s Lapid Says

Decrying terror and envisioning peace, the foreign ministers of Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates seek to counter Iran through ’new regional architecture‘

28.03.2022 - 08:08 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

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

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

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

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

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

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

(…)

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

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

27.03.2022 - 14:11 [ Haaretz ]

Egypt to Join Summit With Blinken, FMs of UAE, Bahrain and Morocco in Israel

Egypt will be joining a historic summit of Middle Eastern foreign ministers in Israel next week, alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the senior diplomats of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

27.03.2022 - 14:02 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken tries to calm allies ahead of Iran nuke deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday tried to soothe the fears of Israel and its Gulf Arab allies ahead of the possible renewal of global powers’ international nuclear deal with Iran.

Blinken made the comments shortly before joining his counterparts from Israel and four Arab countries at a special gathering where the Iranian nuclear deal was expected to top the agenda.

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.

26.03.2022 - 21:29 [ CNN ]

Biden says Putin ‚cannot remain in power‘

The line was not in Biden’s prepared remarks, a separate White House official said.

But his remark was already reverberating as Biden departed Poland to return home to Washington after his last-minute trip to attend snap summits in Brussels and to reassure allies along NATO’s eastern edge.

26.03.2022 - 20:59 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Should Punish Saudi Arabia for Backing Russia

Riyadh could make a difference in oil markets but has chosen to side with fellow authoritarians rather than the United States.

26.03.2022 - 19:06 [ theHill.com ]

Biden meets with top Ukrainian officials in Poland

Kuleba and Reznikov were in a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

The president dropped by for about 40 minutes of the meeting and was seated at a long conference table between Blinken and Austin, with Ukrainian and American flags behind them.

26.03.2022 - 12:02 [ theAsianIndependent.co.uk ]

US will introduce new UNSC resolution to strengthen sanctions on N.Korea: Envoy

(today)

It was however, not immediately clear when the US plans to introduce the new UNSC resolution

26.03.2022 - 10:36 [ Olivia Dalton / Twitter ]

During today’s #UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches, @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime.

26.03.2022 - 10:18 [ Reuters ]

U.S. urges China and Russia to send strong message to North Korea after missile launch

(25.03.2022)

China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more „provocations“ after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing this week, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said on Friday.

24.03.2022 - 20:59 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15. April 2018)

Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

Putins Rolle dabei ist ähnlich dem eines der vielen Monarchen vor und im Ersten Weltkrieg. Und seine Funktion, wie der „prorussischen“, also der pro-regierungs-russischen Lobby insgesamt, ist es, in verdeckter Dialektik mit ihren spiegelbildlichen „proamerikanischen“ bzw „proeuropäischen“ Pendants in der U.S.-Hegemonie die jeweilige innere Opposition, gerade die fortschrittliche und pazifistische, in Verbindung mit dem jeweils anderen Blockgegner zu bringen, sie von diesem absorbieren zu lassen und so im Inneren erst zu diskreditieren und letztlich neutralisieren zu können.

24.03.2022 - 20:44 [ Wall Street Journal / Youtube ]

‚NATO Has Never, Never Been More United Than It Is Today:‘ Biden Remarks From Brussels | WSJ

Watch live coverage of a news conference with President Biden from Brussels.

24.03.2022 - 20:38 [ New York Times ]

‘I raised the possibility’ of ejecting Russia from the G20, Biden says after two summits and ahead of a third.

President Biden said that Russia should be removed from the G20 group of industrialized and developing nations because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, but said that if the member nations do not agree to the measure, then Ukraine should be allowed to participate in the group’s meetings in the future.

24.03.2022 - 13:35 [ Reuters ]

No indication of imminent Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine -U.S. defense official

(22.03.2022)

The U.S. official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, shared Biden’s assessment but added: „There’s no indication that there’s something imminent in that regard right now.“

24.03.2022 - 12:43 [ Washington Post ]

Biden holds emergency NATO talks in Europe as Ukraine war hits one month

In a flurry of meetings, Biden and major allies are expected to announce plans to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy, new sanctions and more military deployments to Eastern Europe — even as divisions emerge about how to deter Moscow. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden will also discuss “potential contingencies” in the event of a Russian cyberattack or chemical weapons.

23.03.2022 - 14:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden warns of chemical warfare threat as he leaves for Europe

When asked what he will say to European leaders, Biden said he will say it face-to-face when he arrives.

“All I have to say, I’m going to say it when I get there,” Biden said, adding that he will be “happy to talk to you guys when I get back,” referring to reporters.

20.03.2022 - 12:36 [ ZDF ]

Syriens Machthaber Assad besucht die Emirate

Erstmals seit Beginn des Bürgerkriegs in Syrien vor elf Jahren hat Präsident Baschar al-Assad wieder eine Auslandsreise in ein arabisches Land unternommen. Assad traf am Freitag zu einem Besuch in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten ein, wie die staatliche syrische Nachrichtenagentur Sana am späten Freitagabend meldete.

Demnach führte Assad dort Gespräche mit dem Kronprinzen Abu Dhabis und faktischen Herrscher des Golfstaats, Scheich Mohammed bin Sajid Al Nahjan, sowie mit Scheich Mohammed bin Raschid al-Maktum, dem Emir von Dubai.

20.03.2022 - 11:52 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Syria’s Assad Makes Surprise Visit to the U.A.E. as Arab Ties Warm

(19.03.2022)

Arab countries are trying to re-engage with the Syrian president, who has been sanctioned by the U.S. since 2011

19.03.2022 - 10:03 [ White House ]

Biden Jr. Call with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The conversation focused on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. President Biden outlined the views of the United States and our Allies and partners on this crisis. President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia. He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians.

19.03.2022 - 10:02 [ Xinhua ]

Xi has candid, in-depth exchange of views with Biden

Xi stressed that he and President Biden share the view that China and the U.S. need to respect each other, coexist in peace and avoid confrontation, and that the two sides should increase communication and dialogue at all levels and in all fields.

President Biden has just reiterated that the U.S. does not seek to have a new Cold War with China, to change China’s system, or to revitalize alliances against China, and that the U.S. does not support „Taiwan independence“ or intend to seek a conflict with China, Xi said. „I take these remarks very seriously.“

19.03.2022 - 09:50 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Videogespräch zwischen Xi Jinping und Joe Biden

Xi betonte, er und Präsident Biden stimmten darin überein, dass China und die Vereinigten Staaten einander respektieren, friedlich koexistieren und Konfrontationen vermeiden sollten. Zudem sollten beide Seiten die Kommunikation und den Dialog auf allen Ebenen und in allen Bereichen verstärken. Auf die Aussagen von Biden, dass die USA keinen „neuen kalten Krieg“ anstrebten, das chinesische System nicht verändern wollten, sich China nicht durch die Stärkung von Allianzen entgegenstellen wollten, die „Unabhängigkeit Taiwans“ nicht unterstützten und nicht die Absicht zum Konflikt mit China hätten, lege er großen Wert.

19.03.2022 - 09:50 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden warnt Xi vor Hilfe für Russland

US-Präsident Joe Biden im Videogespräch mit Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping. | AFP
US-Präsident Joe Biden im Videogespräch mit Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping. | AFP
Krieg gegen die Ukraine Biden warnt Xi vor Hilfe für Russland
Stand: 18.03.2022 21:45 Uhr

In einem Videotelefonat hat US-Präsident Biden Chinas Präsident Xi eindringlich davor gewarnt, Russland im Krieg gegen die Ukraine zu unterstützen. Andernfalls drohten Konsequenzen. Xi wiederum plädierte für Gespräche zwischen NATO und Russland.

15.03.2022 - 14:19 [ Bloomberg ]

Russia Says U.S. Guaranteed Sanctions Won’t Impede Iran Business

The U.S. has given Russia “written guarantees” that sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine won’t affect its nuclear supply agreements with Iran, clearing the way for a resumption of talks to revive the 2015 atomic accord. Oil prices fell.

14.03.2022 - 11:14 [ ORF.at ]

Treffen zwischen USA und China in Rom begonnen

US-Präsident Joe Bidens Nationaler Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan und der oberste chinesische Außenpolitiker Yang Jiechi sind in Rom zu Beratungen über den Ukraine-Krieg zusammengekommen. Wie die italienische Nachrichtenagentur Ansa meldete, begannen die Gespräche heute Vormittag.

12.03.2022 - 16:59 [ WDR / Youtube ]

Kosovokrieg: Die Lügen der NATO (1999) | WDR

(May 17, 2015)

Es war ein sogenannter „humanitärer Kriegseinsatz“, das Eingreifen der NATO in den Kosovo-Krieg. MONITOR zeigte, dass die US-Luftwaffe dabei wohl Splitterbomben eingesetzt hat. Bomben, die auch Zivilisten trafen. Humanitär geht anders!

12.03.2022 - 16:43 [ Researchgate.net ]

Democracy and propaganda – NATO’s war in Kosovo

(June 2008)

Although democratic theorists recognize an independent media as central to the proper functioning of democratic institutions, democratic governments often exploit their citizens‘ faith in that independence to generate popular support or at least acquiescence for government policies. This article uses the examples of Operation Horseshoe and the fighting at Račak and Rugovo during the Kosovo conflict of 1998 and 1999 to illustrate how democratic governments in the US and Germany attempted to manipulate public perceptions of the Kosovo conflict to justify the 1999 war. The study reviews over 100 newspaper articles, found in the Lexis-Nexis database, and numerous scholarly articles to trace the development of these specific narratives. The article shows the construction of two illusions: the illusion of multiple sources and the illusion of independent confirmation. In the end, these `truths‘ and frameworks filter into scholarship, as many scholars begin to base their interpretations on these `facts‘.

12.03.2022 - 16:34 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq

(Dec 5, 2018)

As the media memorializes George H.W. Bush, we look at the lasting impact of his 1991 invasion of Iraq and the propaganda campaign that encouraged it. Although the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the U.S. war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in Iraq. A largely forgotten aspect of Bush Sr.’s war on Iraq is the vast domestic propaganda effort before the invasion began. We look at the way U.S. media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John “Rick” MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine and the author of the book “Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War.”

11.03.2022 - 20:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Russia-Ukraine latest news: Biden warns of ‘World War III’ if Nato directly confronts Russia

“Direct confrontation between Nato and Russia is World War III – something we must strive to prevent,“ Mr Biden added.

However, he vowed that Russia would pay a „severe price“ if it used chemical weapons in Ukraine.

It comes as Kyiv warned that Belarus could join Russia’s invasion as early as this evening after Russian fighter jets fired at Belarus from Ukrainian air space in an apparent ‘false flag’ attack to involve Minsk in the conflict.

11.03.2022 - 19:46 [ Pentagon ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing, March 9, 2022

Q: Is there any concern that Russia’s actually doing this because they’re planning some sort of chem-biological attack?

MR. KIRBY: Yes, Court. I mean, again, not being perfectly inside the minds of the Russians. We have seen one of their playbooks is to accuse the other that which you are doing or what you plan to do. And to create a narrative that of victimhood and blaming somebody else for something that you’re in fact going to do. I have no evidence of that. I’m not suggesting that that’s in the offing right now.

I have no intelligence and indicators that, that type of weaponry is in Ukraine and being planned to be used. So, I want to be clear, but it is a piece of the Russian playbook to blame others for that which you are about to do or you are considering doing. They’ve done that plenty of times before.

11.03.2022 - 19:37 [ CBS News ]

Russia calls U.N. meeting alleging U.S. „military biological activities“ in Ukraine — U.S. calls it „false flag effort“

Russia hastily called a Friday morning U.N. Security Council meeting late on Thursday evening to discuss in open debate what it called „the military biological activities of the US on the territory of Ukraine“ — leading the Biden administration to immediately denounce it as a „false flag effort.“

In a comment sent to CBS News, Olivia Dalton, spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said, „We’re not going to let Russia gaslight the world or use the UN Security Council as a venue for promoting their disinformation.“

09.03.2022 - 16:16 [ Yahoo.com ]

UPDATE 5-Do not sabotage Iran deal with new conditions, West tells Russia

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is due back in Vienna on Wednesday after unexpectedly returning to Tehran on Monday for consultations, an Iranian and a European official said.

09.03.2022 - 15:14 [ Asia Times ]

Khan duels with EU on Russia-Ukraine ‘neutrality’

Many analysts attribute Pakistan’s “neutrality” in the Ukrainian crisis to the country’s growing military and economic dependence on China, which is an ally of Russia. Beijing has refused to refer to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as an “invasion” and blamed the US and West for precipitating the crisis.

08.03.2022 - 19:59 [ ORF.at ]

Selenski-Partei: Sicherheitsgarantien statt NATO-Beitritt

Zudem müsse Russland zweifelsfrei bestätigen, dass es die ukrainische Staatlichkeit anerkenne „und garantieren, dass es unseren Staat nicht bedrohen wird“. Seit 2019 ist das Ziel des NATO-Beitritts in der ukrainischen Verfassung festgelegt. Russland fordert, dass die Ukraine darauf verzichtet und sich für neutral erklärt.

07.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Researchgate.net ]

The „Snipers‘ Massacre“ on the Maidan in Ukraine

(September 2015)

Conference: Annual Meeting of American Political Science AssociationAt: San Francisco

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support, with the exception of videos of the massacre. The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.” This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing. It uses a theory of rational choice and a Weberian theory of instrumental rationality to examine actions of major actors both from the Yanukovych government, specifically various police and security forces, and the Maidan opposition, specifically its far right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre. The paper analyzes a large amount of evidence from different publicly available sources concerning this massacre and killings of specifics protestors. Qualitative content analysis includes the following data: about 1,500 videos and recordings of live internet and TV broadcasts from mass media and social media in different countries (some 150 Gigabytes) , news reports and social media posts by more than 100 journalists covering the massacre from Kyiv, some 5,000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of publicly available radio intercepts of snipers and commanders from the special Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Internal Troops, and Maidan massacre trial recordings. This study also employs field research on site of the massacre, eyewitness reports by both Maidan protesters and government special units commanders, statements by both former and current government officials, estimates of approximate ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used, and types of wounds among both protesters and the police. This study establishes a precise timeline for various events of the massacre, the locations of both the shooters and the government snipers, and the specific timeline and locations of nearly 50 protesters’ deaths. It also briefly analyzes other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan.” This study includes two video appendixes. This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

07.03.2022 - 12:52 [ BBC ]

False flags: What are they and when have they been used?

(18 February 2022)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine intensifies, Britain and the US suspect Russia of planning „false flag“ attacks to create an excuse for an invasion.

Russian-backed separatists have already accused Ukraine’s military of a series of highly dubious attacks and are now calling for civilians in the occupied areas to leave.

07.03.2022 - 12:00 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Libyen-Krieg: Neue Sitzung der Schwachmächte im UNO-Sicherheitsrat

(22. März 2011)

Am 19.März, dem Tag des Angriffs von Frankreich, Großbritannien, Kanada, Italien und den USA auf Libyen, wurde in Moskau eine der erbärmlichsten Erklärungen in der russischen Geschichte veröffentlicht (Angriffskrieg gegen Libyen beginnt: Ticker). Das russische Außenministerium von Sergei Lawrow:

“In Moskau bedauern wir diese bewaffnete Intervention im Rahmen der UN Resolution 1973, die hastig beschlossen wurde.”

Die Weltöffentlichkeit konstatiert: Russlands Staatsführung ist ein Haufen Tölpel, dem – wenn er schon nicht lesen kann und deshalb nicht weiss was vor sich geht – selbst das Wort „Veto“ mit einem einfachen Armhochhalten schon zu viel ist. Das Gleiche gilt für die Atomschwachmacht China, deren leseunkundige kommunistische Staatspartei immerhin 1.3 Milliarden Menschen herumkommandiert. In der Parteizeitung „People´s Daily“ redete man sich heute nun selbst in ein Gewissen, was man nicht hat (1):

„Die blutgetränkten Gewitter, denen Irak seit acht Jahren unterzogen wurde und das unaussprechliche Leiden seines Volkes sind ein Spiegel und eine Warnung. Die militärischen Attacken auf Libyen, folgend den Kriegen in Afghanisten und Irak, sind das das dritte Mal, dass einige Länder bewaffnete Aktionen gegen souveräne Staaten gestartet haben. Es sollte augenscheinlich sein, dass jedes Mal, wenn militärische Mittel benutzt werden um Krisen zu begegnen, dies ein Schlag gegen die Charta der Vereinten Nationen und die Regeln der internationalen Beziehungen sind.“

Die Weltöffentlichkeit versteht: früher hiess es in China „Bombardiert das Hauptquartier“, letzten Freitag hiess es „Bombardiert Libyen“ und heute wieder anders herum. Mal sehen, zu was sich Chinas Staatsführung am Donnerstag entscheidet. Vielleicht der Einfachheit halber zu „Bombardiert irgendwas“.

07.03.2022 - 11:55 [ UN.org ]

Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya, Authorizing ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Civilians, by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions

(17 March 2011)

Adopting resolution 1973 (2011) by a vote of 10 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russian Federation), the Council authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory — requesting them to immediately inform the Secretary-General of such measures.

06.03.2022 - 13:48 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15. April 2018)

Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

Putins Rolle dabei ist ähnlich dem eines der vielen Monarchen vor und im Ersten Weltkrieg. Und seine Funktion, wie der „prorussischen“, also der pro-regierungs-russischen Lobby insgesamt, ist es, in verdeckter Dialektik mit ihren spiegelbildlichen „proamerikanischen“ bzw „proeuropäischen“ Pendants in der U.S.-Hegemonie die jeweilige innere Opposition, gerade die fortschrittliche und pazifistische, in Verbindung mit dem jeweils anderen Blockgegner zu bringen, sie von diesem absorbieren zu lassen und so im Inneren erst zu diskreditieren und letztlich neutralisieren zu können.

05.03.2022 - 12:30 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Alle wissen, wie der Krieg gegen und in der Ukraine beendet werden kann

Heute findet die dritte Verhandlungsrunde zwischen den Regierungsstellen der Russischen Föderation und der Ukraine statt. Dazu ein paar Klarstellungen, weder kurz, noch schmerzlos.

Ich spare mir zu Anfang die Erklärungen und setze diese unter die konkreten kurzfristigen und langfristigen Maßnahmen und Bedingungen, mit denen zunächst der Angriffskrieg der russischen Regierung unter Kommando Präsident Putins gegen die Ukraine und dann langfristig der Krieg in der Ukraine insgesamt beendet werden kann.

03.03.2022 - 14:54 [ NBC News ]

Mayo Clinic fires 700 workers who failed to comply with Covid vaccine mandate

(Jan. 5, 2022)

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Around 700 workers at the medical center have been fired over their vaccination status.

03.03.2022 - 14:21 [ LA Times ]

Nearly 500 L.A. Unified employees lose their jobs for failing to get COVID-19 vaccine

Dec. 8, 2021 12:21 PM PT

Nearly 500 Los Angeles school district employees have lost their jobs for failing to meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, officials announced on Tuesday.

03.03.2022 - 14:19 [ ABC News ]

Nearly 1,500 NYC municipal workers fired for not being vaccinated against COVID

(February 15, 2022)

The 1,428 employees who were on unpaid leave for more than three months lost their jobs.

Data provided by City Hall Monday shows the majority of employees who were fired worked in the Department of Education, which saw 914 people let go. The Housing Authority terminated 101 workers.

Also fired were 36 New York Police Department workers and 25 FDNY employees.

01.03.2022 - 09:52 [ Norbert Häring ]

Digitale Impfpasskontrollen werden Dauereinrichtung: In Deutschland, USA, Kanada und der ganzen Welt

Die Impfnachweisinitiative VCI, zu der unter anderem Microsoft, Salesforce und Oracle gehören, hat bereits betächtliche Fortschritte zur Erreichung ihres Ziels gemacht, den Code für einen weltweit interoperablen, digitalen Immunitätsnachweis bereitzustellen. Nach einem Bericht des Magazins Forbes hat bereits die Hälfte der US-Bundesstaaten die SMART Health Card der VCI eingeführt oder steht kurz davor.

Neben Flugreisen wird ein Immunitätsnachweis bei vielen Veranstaltungen verlangt, in den USA zunehmend ausschließlich digital. Auch im Bundesland Berlin wird nur noch die digitale Variante des Impfnachweises anerkannt, ebenso in manchen europäischen Ländern.

27.02.2022 - 09:24 [ Tagesschau.de ]

SWIFT-Ausschluss einiger russischer Banken

Als Reaktion auf die russische Großoffensive in der Ukraine haben Deutschland, die USA, Frankreich, Kanada, Italien, Großbritannien und die EU-Kommission gemeinsam weitere Finanzsanktionen gegen Russland beschlossen. So werden all die russischen Banken, die bereits von der internationalen Gemeinschaft sanktioniert sind, vom internationalen Zahlungssystem SWIFT ausgeschlossen, teilte Regierungssprecher Steffen Hebestreit mit.

Soweit erforderlich, sollen weitere russische Banken dazukommen.

27.02.2022 - 09:16 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures: 26 February 2022

Specifically, we commit to undertake the following measures:

First, we commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.

Second, we commit to imposing restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions.

Third, we commit to acting against the people and entities who facilitate the war in Ukraine and the harmful activities of the Russian government. Specifically, we commit to taking measures to limit the sale of citizenship—so called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of our countries and gain access to our financial systems.

Fourth, we commit to launching this coming week a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of our financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within our jurisdictions. As a part of this effort we are committed to employing sanctions and other financial and enforcement measures on additional Russian officials and elites close to the Russian government, as well as their families, and their enablers to identify and freeze the assets they hold in our jurisdictions. We will also engage other governments and work to detect and disrupt the movement of ill-gotten gains, and to deny these individuals the ability to hide their assets in jurisdictions across the world.

Finally, we will step up or coordination against disinformation and other forms of hybrid warfare.

26.02.2022 - 15:24 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

US-backed Middle East states cozy up to Russia during Ukraine invasion

A few months later, the Ukrainian government asked the U.S. government to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Because the Iron Dome is a joint U.S.-Israeli project, the sale also required permission from the Israeli government, which Israel reportedly refused to grant.

That refusal was not based on any concern with whether the sale was a good idea for Eastern Europe, but on Israel’s desire to maintain a good relationship with Russia, according to the Times of Israel. Russia, which has forces stationed in Syria, gives Israel tacit permission to intervene in the Syrian civil war.

24.02.2022 - 20:46 [ News.cn ]

China opposes any act of inciting war: FM spokesperson

In response to the U.S. State Department spokesperson’s remarks on Ukraine, Hua said the United States is not qualified to tell China what to do on the issue of respecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

„Even today, we are still facing the real threat from the United States and its so-called allies wantonly interfering in China’s internal affairs and undermining China’s sovereignty and security on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan issues,“ she said.

24.02.2022 - 18:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s what the climate is producing toward any American who is even slightly off-key or mildly questioning the unified script. If you think this is healthy, I think you ought to re-consider that.

24.02.2022 - 06:22 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden on Phone Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

He asked me to call on the leaders of the world to speak out clearly against President Putin’s flagrant aggression, and to stand with the people of Ukraine. Tomorrow, I will be meeting with the Leaders of the G7, and the United States and our Allies and partners will be imposing severe sanctions on Russia.

23.02.2022 - 07:39 [ Weißes Haus ]

FACT SHEET: Securing a Made in America Supply Chain for Critical Minerals

(22.02.2022)

As the world transitions to a clean energy economy, global demand for these critical minerals is set to skyrocket by 400-600 percent over the next several decades, and, for minerals such as lithium and graphite used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, demand will increase by even more—as much as 4,000 percent. The U.S. is increasingly dependent on foreign sources for many of the processed versions of these minerals. Globally, China controls most of the market for processing and refining for cobalt, lithium, rare earths and other critical minerals.

23.02.2022 - 07:34 [ AsiaTimes.com ]

China takes rare earth aim at Raytheon and Lockheed

Early this month, Washington approved a deal for the two firms to provide maintenance services to Taiwan’s missile defense systems worth US$100 million. The latest round of Chinese sanctions marks its third salvo, with previous punitive measures imposed in 2019 and 2020.

State media said without Chinese rare earth minerals, the two US firms’ production would be seriously disrupted.

21.02.2022 - 04:01 [ Mikhail Ulyanov, Representative of Russia Flag of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna / Twitter ]

In my view the deal will be finalised by the end of February.

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

‘Turned diplomacy into a religion’: Israel officials said to lash Biden on Iran deal

As reports swirl of an imminent new Iran nuclear deal, Israeli officials on Sunday lashed out at Washington, according to a TV report.

“The Biden administration has turned diplomacy into a religion, and the agreement the US will sign with Tehran is meaningless,” officials quoted by Channel 13 news said.

21.02.2022 - 03:27 [ Weißes Haus ]

Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France today. They discussed ongoing diplomacy and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s military buildup on the borders of Ukraine.

18.02.2022 - 09:30 [ Logan Ratick / Twitter ]

Members of Congress attending the Munich Security Congress this weekend.

14 Senators (8 D’s, 6 R’s)

Democrat Reps. (not on this list) also attending: Speaker Pelosi, Adam Smith, Schiff, Deutch, Lee, McCollum, Himes, Keating, Maloney, Swalwell, Gallego, Moulton, Khanna, Kim

18.02.2022 - 09:22 [ The Recount / Twitter ]

VP Kamala Harris on the way to the Munich Security Conference, where she will meet with NATO’s president on Friday and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend for the first time.

18.02.2022 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Pelosi Headed to Israel With Iran, Ukraine on the Agenda

(Feb. 14, 2022)

Pelosi will head the congressional delegation set to visit the Knesset on Wednesday, over two years since her last official visit to Jerusalem, with the Iran talks in Vienna sure to be on the agenda. She will be accompanied by key lawmakers related to foreign relations, appropriations and intelligence — including Reps. Adam Schiff, Ted Deutch, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna and Andy Kim.

18.02.2022 - 08:42 [ tass.com ]

US Secretary of State views JCPOA as example of Russian-US security cooperation

GENEVA, January 21. /TASS/. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an example of cooperation between Russia and the US on security issues, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said following the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

„I should mention as well that the foreign minister and I had an opportunity to discuss Iran, an example of how the US and Russia can work together on security issues of shared concern,“ the US diplomat noted.

18.02.2022 - 07:42 [ CBC.ca ]

Moe, Kenney, 16 U.S. governors sign letter calling for Trudeau, Biden to end vaccination mandate for truckers

The letter was sent Wednesday morning.

„We are writing to request that you immediately reinstate the vaccine and quarantine exemptions available to cross-border truck drivers. We understand the vital importance of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to encourage eligible individuals to get vaccinated,“ it said.

The letter was signed by 16 U.S. Republican governors, some from border states like Montana, North Dakota and Alaska, some from southern states like Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama.

18.02.2022 - 07:40 [ NationalPost.com ]

Two Canadian premiers urge Trudeau and Biden to end vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, joined by 16 American governors, have written to President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanding the end of vaccination mandates for cross-border truckers.

18.02.2022 - 07:35 [ Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta / Twitter ]

Three weeks ago I drafted this joint letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden opposing the pointless trucker vaccine mandate, and began contacting US Governors for their support. Both governments need to end this disruptive policy.

17.02.2022 - 17:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚These are serious ethical issues‘: James O’Keefe demands answers after FDA executive officer is caught on Project Veritas hidden camera admitting Biden will force an ANNUAL Covid shot that would be a ‚recurring fountain of revenue‘ for drug firms

– FDA executive Christopher Cole was secretly recorded by a Project Veritas undercover employee posing as his date during a series of dinner meetings
– He was caught on camera dishing out his thoughts about vaccine mandates, saying he believed they would be become annual requirements
– He also suggested that the Biden administration had financial incentives for pushing the vaccine, saying they’re a ‚recurring‘ source of income
– During a follow-up Project Veritas interview, Cole said he’d been tricked during a ‚hack job‘ investigation and that his comments were taken out of context
– He said his office was not involved in the approval of vaccines
– Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe is now demanding the FDA answer to the allegations that its officials are motivated by the ‚fountain of revenue‘ it receives from pharmaceutical companies
– O’Keefe told Sean Hannity Wednesday night: ‚There are serious ethical issues‘

17.02.2022 - 17:44 [ TKP.at ]

FDA-Beamter vor versteckter Kamera: Politik plant jährliche Covid-Impfung

Die Aussagen sind verstörend, überraschen aber möglicherweise gar nicht so sehr: „Die Arzneimittelhersteller, die Lebensmittelhersteller, die Impfstoffhersteller. Sie zahlen uns also Hunderte von Millionen Dollar pro Jahr, um die Gutachter einzustellen und zu behalten, die ihre Produkte genehmigen“, so Cole im zweiten Teil des Videos.

Coles Aufgabe in der FDA sei es, den Behörden ein Rahmenwerk für Sicherheit und Effektivität zu bieten.

17.02.2022 - 16:37 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die “Neurussland”-Falle

(28. June 2014)

So wie ich das sehe, spult sich hier folgendes Drehbuch ab:

– Contras und Doppelagenten auf beiden Seiten, sowohl den divergierenden Milizen des Putsch-Regimes, als auch bei den Separatisten und Aufständischen (von denen 99 % überhaupt keine Ahnung haben wozu sie benutzt werden und was da eigentlich vor sich geht), sorgen mit immer neuen Angriffen dafür, dass Verhandlungen und Waffenruhen immer wieder scheitern,

– die mittlerweile aus dem Westen aufgerüstete ukrainische Armee greift schließlich mit allem was sie hat den Osten an und richtet ein Blutbad an,

– Russland „kann gar nicht anders“ und marschiert ein.

Da fällt mir ein: Was macht der Bundesnachrichtendienst so? Hallo Chausseestraße. Geht´s euch gut?

11.02.2022 - 10:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

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

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

11.02.2022 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

New fight in Congress over war powers with US troops in Eastern Europe

The contours for a congressional authorization are murky at best. One could argue that portions of the 2001 AUMF serve as justification for the U.S. raid last week in Syria against an ISIS leader. But ISIS didn’t even exist when Congress approved that AUMF to invade Afghanistan and take on al Qaeda following 9/11. Many Democrats – and some Republicans – suggest that multiple presidential administrations have abused AUMF’s for decades now. They say the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, Trump and even Biden have leaned on these older AUMFs as a crutch when they need to act overseas.

11.02.2022 - 09:07 [ NBC News ]

Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave, says sending troops to evacuate would be ‚world war‘

“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly,” he said.

Holt asked Biden what scenario could prompt him to send troops to rescue Americans fleeing the country. Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.”

11.02.2022 - 09:05 [ New Yprk Times ]

Biden Warns U.S. Won’t Send Troops to Rescue Americans in Ukraine

“American citizens should leave, should leave now,” the president said in an NBC interview, adding that rescues in a conflict zone during a Russian invasion would risk “world war.”

11.02.2022 - 04:14 [ Fox News ]

CNN analyst calls to ’slash the tires‘ of the Canadian trucker convoy

„The convoy protest, applauded by right-wing media as a ‘freedom protest,’ is an economic and security issue now. The Ambassador Bridge link constitutes 28% of annual trade movement between US and Canada. Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks,“ Kayyem wrote.

11.02.2022 - 04:02 [ CNN ]

Access to three US-Canada border crossings cut off by trucker protest blockades

Access to three border crossings in Michigan, North Dakota and Montana have been cut off by truckers and like-minded demonstrators on the Canadian side of the border who are protesting Covid-related restrictions.

11.02.2022 - 01:48 [ CNN ]

Appeals court refuses to reinstate federal employee vaccine mandate while it reviews case

(February 09, 2022)

A federal appeals court said Wednesday it would not reinstate President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees while it reviews a lower court’s order putting the requirement on hold — potentially setting the stage for the case to go to the Supreme Court.

11.02.2022 - 01:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Judges Weigh More Biden Vaccine-Mandate Cases After Supreme Court Rulings

(Feb. 6, 2022)

Several lower courts considering challenges to the administration’s other Covid-19 vaccine requirements.

11.02.2022 - 01:28 [ New York Times ]

Covid Updates: Several States Move to End Some Mask Mandates

Connecticut will permit students and staff members to stop wearing masks in schools by no later than Feb. 28, after Gov. Ned Lamont recommended Monday that the statewide mask mandate end on that date.

His remarks came after a move by New Jersey officials earlier Monday to lift that state’s mask mandate for schools.

The governors of Delaware and Oregon also made announcements on Monday about relaxing mask mandates at the end of March. And California officials said that state’s universal mask mandate for indoor public places would be lifted next week.

10.02.2022 - 17:42 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Wie die Berechnung der Opferzahlen weltweit zustande kommt

(15. April 2020)

Am 4. April gab das C.D.C. einen „Leitfaden für die Zertifizierung von Todesfällen aufgrund der Coronavirus-Krankheit 2019 (COVID-19)“ („Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)“) heraus. In diesem heißt es wörtlich:

„In Fällen, in denen eine definitive Diagnose von COVID-19 nicht gestellt werden kann, dies jedoch verdächtigt wird oder wahrscheinlich ist (z.B. wenn die Umstände innerhalb eines vernünftigen Maßes an Sicherheit überzeugend sind), ist es akzeptabel, COVID-19 auf einem Totenschein als „vermutet“ oder „mutmaßlich“ zu melden.“

Original:

„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.”

Und im letzten Teil, sowohl als kongeniale Selbstbegründung als auch äußerst pragmatische Handlungsanweisung:

„Wenn ein Todesfall auf COVID-19 zurückzuführen ist, ist er wahrscheinlich die zugrunde liegende Todesursache („UCOD“) und sollte daher in der untersten Zeile in Teil I des Totenscheins angegeben werden. Im Idealfall sollte auf COVID-19 getestet werden, aber es ist akzeptabel, COVID-19 ohne diese Bestätigung auf einer Sterbeurkunde zu melden, wenn die Umstände mit einem vernünftigen Maß an Sicherheit überzeugend sind.“

Original:

„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.“

(…)

Wo nahm nun aber das Statistik- und Medienkarussell der „Corona-Toten“ oder gar „vermuteten Corona-Toten“ seinen Anfang, dass der berühmten „mehrheitsfähigen“ Rotte des Homo Sapiens dermaßen den Kopf verdrehte, dass sie sich gleich die ganze Demokratie rausschleudern ließen?

Am 20. März hatte die Weltgesundheitsbehörde W.H.O. einen „Interims-Leitfaden“ herausgegeben. Original-Titel: „Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus“. In diesem legte die W.H.O. drei Kategorien von Krankheitsfällen fest:

Verdachtsfälle („suspect case“)
vermutete Fälle („probable case“)
bestätigte Fälle („confirmed case“)

Als „Verdachtsfälle“ definierte die W.H.O.. neben vielen anderen hochinteressanten Parametern, u.a. alle Personen mit „akuter Atemwegserkrankung“, die mit „einem bestätigten oder vermuteten Fall“ in Kontakt gewesen waren – bis zu vierzehn Tage vor dem Auftreten von Symptomen.

Und als „vermutete Fälle“ definierte die W.H.O alle Fälle, in denen Testergebnisse nicht schlüssig waren, sowie alle „Verdachtsfälle“ die nicht getestet wurden.

Das kann man schon als genial bezeichnen.

Und dann wies die W.H.O. alle Gesundheitsbehörden weltweit an, „vermutete und bestätigte Fälle“ an sie zu melden.

10.02.2022 - 17:30 [ Boris Reitschuster ]

Die verquere Aussagelogik der RKI-Zahlen

(heute)

Hinzu kommt, dass das CDC zur Dokumentation von Covid als Todesursache inzwischen eine eigene Leitlinie herausgegeben hat, in der die Durchführung eines Covid-Tests vor Dokumentation von Covid als Todesursache empfohlen wird, aber nicht als notwendig erachtet wird. Diese Vorgehensweise bietet eine mögliche Erklärung für die in den USA prozentual fast doppelt so hohen Covid-Todeszahlen im Vergleich zu Deutschland.

Das RKI hingegen behauptet nicht, Corona als sichere Todesursache angeben zu können; es wird der bekannte Ausdruck „mit und an Corona verstorben“ verwendet. Dennoch werden auch hier alle verstorbenen coronapositiven Patienten in einen Zahlentopf geworfen…

08.02.2022 - 20:49 [ NationalPost.com ]

FIRST READING: Military tells Ottawa to find someone else to evict the truckers

Despite the Ottawa Police briefly raising the possibility of a military intervention to clear a stubborn holdout of Freedom Convoy truckers blockading their downtown, the Canadian Armed Forces have been quick to say they will be doing no such thing. A spokesperson for the Minister of Defence told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, “The Canadian Armed Forces are not involved in law enforcement in this situation, and there are no plans for such CAF involvement.”

08.02.2022 - 20:44 [ CBC.ca ]

Removing trucks could be almost ‚impossible,‘ say heavy towing experts

CBC spoke to multiple towing companies across Ontario and while many weren’t willing to be interviewed, several sources told CBC that the companies contracted by the City of Ottawa were refusing to tow trucks involved with the demonstration.

08.02.2022 - 20:39 [ RadioGenova / Twitter ]

US, traffic paralyzed from Detroit to Windsor tonight. US – Canada border blocked by Canadian truckers after the Ambassador Bridge. Over 25% of all merchandise trade between the US and Canada passes through this border.

07.02.2022 - 07:46 [ Democrcacy Now ]

Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult”

(26.01.2005)

„There’s a lot of anxiety inside the — you know, our professional military and our intelligence people. Many of them respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as much as anybody here, and individual freedom. So, they do — there’s a tremendous sense of fear. These are punitive people. One of the ways — one of the things that you could say is, the amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease. It does say something about how fragile our Democracy is. „

06.02.2022 - 18:31 [ ORF.at ]

Afrika plant kontinentale Gesundheitsorganisation

Einen entsprechenden Entwurf billigten die Staats- und Regierungschefs der Afrikanischen Union (AU) an diesem Wochenende auf ihrem Gipfeltreffen in Äthiopiens Haupstadt Addis Abeba.

Basis soll die vor fünf Jahren gegründete panafrikanische Gesundheitsorganisation Africa CDC sein, gab deren Leiter John Nkengasong heute bekannt.

04.02.2022 - 08:54 [ El Pais ]

Pentagon says documents published by EL PAÍS show US is willing to negotiate with Russia

Kirby mentioned the documents in his opening remarks ahead of a news conference at the Department of Defense. “We did not make this document public, but now that it is, it confirms to the entire world what we’ve always been saying: there is no daylight between our public statements and our private discussions,” he said.

04.02.2022 - 08:45 [ El Pais ]

US offered disarmament measures to Russia in exchange for deescalation of military threat in Ukraine

(02 Feb 2022)

The United States and NATO reject signing a bilateral agreement on security in Europe with Russia and also closing the door on the future incorporation of Ukraine into the Atlantic Alliance. Those were two of the main demands presented by Moscow to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine at a moment of maximum tension between Russia and the West and that threatened Euro-Atlantic security. By contrast, both Washington and the Alliance offer Putin negotiations on disarmament agreements and trust-building measures in different forums – such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, and the NATO-Russia Council – the success of which are conditioned on the start of a deescalation of the Russian military threat to Ukraine.

04.02.2022 - 08:24 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. intel suggests Russia is plotting false flag attack in Ukraine as pretext for invasion

(Feb 3, 2022)

The plan for the fake attack on Russian territory or Russian-speaking people was revealed in declassified intelligence shared with Ukrainian officials and European allies in recent days. It is the latest allegation by the U.S. and Britain that Russia is plotting to use a false pretext to go to war against Ukraine.

The White House in December accused Russia of developing a “false-flag” operation to create pretext for an invasion.

04.02.2022 - 08:20 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

(Jan 14, 2022,)

Friday morning, multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a “massive cyber attack” launched by an unknown actor, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The affected websites were taken offline and hackers reportedly left messages warning the Ukrainian public to “prepare for the worst.” Ukrainian officials noted Russia has a “long record” of cyberattacks against the country.

04.02.2022 - 07:54 [ New York Post ]

US officials step away from Iran nuclear talks after pushing for tougher stance

(January 25, 2022)

Richard Nephew, the State Department’s deputy special envoy for Iran who pushed for a tougher approach, has not been part of the talks in Vienna since early December, Wall Street Journal reported Monday. A State Department spokesman told Reuters late Monday that Nephew was no longer in the envoy role, though he was still at the department.

Two other unidentified team members have stepped back from the dialogue because they also sought a tougher stance toward Iran, according to the Journal.

04.02.2022 - 07:48 [ Antiwar.com ]

Top Senate Democrat Slams Biden Administration for Negotiating With Iran to Revive the JCPOA

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the influential chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, slammed President Biden’s plans for reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Menendez said the administration was “clinging” to the deal for “nostalgia’s sake” in a rebuke to the US’s indirect negotiations with Iran. “At this point, we seriously have to ask what exactly are we trying to salvage?” he said.

03.02.2022 - 18:20 [ BBC ]

Biden questions if US midterm elections will be ‚legit‘

(20 January)

„I’m not saying it’s going to be legit,“ Mr Biden said when asked about the possibility of fraud in the forthcoming elections that will decide the balance of power in Washington.

„The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed,“ the Democratic president continued.

Members of his own party quickly pushed back against the suggestion.

03.02.2022 - 17:59 [ Record-Bee.com ]

Biden drags Democrats down

(February 3, 2022)

Most of us see President Joe Biden’s falling job approval rating as a measure of his declining popularity. But for every candidate, Democrat or Republican, running for the House or Senate this year, Biden’s numbers mean political life or death. That is because the president’s job approval rating is an extraordinarily important factor in the upcoming midterm elections.

03.02.2022 - 17:53 [ WashingtonExaminer.com ]

WATCH: NBC poll suggests a midterm election shellacking for Biden and Democrats

(January 24, 2022)

With President Joe Biden’s first year behind him and the approaching midterm elections coming into clearer focus, an NBC News poll offered a dismal outlook for Democrats while suggesting Biden’s lost political identity paves the way for a shellacking in November.

NBC’s Chuck Todd discussed the most recent poll numbers on Meet the Press on Sunday, saying that just 5% feel Biden has done better than expected, with 36% believing his tenure in office has gone worse than expected.

03.02.2022 - 17:34 [ theHill.com ]

US raid in Syria resulted in multiple deaths, including civilians, residents say

„U.S. Special Operations forces under the control of U.S. Central Command conducted a counterterrorism mission this evening in northwest Syria. The mission was successful. There were no U.S. casualties. More information will be provided as it becomes available,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

03.02.2022 - 10:48 [ ORF.at ]

Weißes Haus ändert Wortwahl in Ukraine-Konflikt

Psaki erklärte weiter, die US-Regierung habe auch gesagt, dass Putin jederzeit in die Ukraine einmarschieren könnte. Das sei zutreffend. Auf Nachfrage betonte die Sprecherin, sie habe die Wendung, wonach aus US-Sicht eine Invasion unmittelbar bevorstehe, seit mehr als einer Woche nicht mehr benutzt.

02.02.2022 - 03:12 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Die “Neurussland”-Falle

(28. June 2014)

Die Situation nach dem Putsch vom 22. Februar in Kiew haben die Meisten heute bereits vergessen.

Eine winzige Truppe von ein paar Tausend Personen hatte, mit enormer finanzieller Unterstützung durch Kapitalisten im In- und Ausland und nackter Gewalt von eingekauften Schlägern und Söldnern, zuerst die „Sicherheitskräfte“ des Präsidenten und dann ihn selbst verjagt. Ohne Schutz vor den nun willkürlich in der Hauptstadt marodierenden Maidan-Milizen, die sich vor der Rada aufgebaut haben und deren Anführer in dieser sitzen, sind sämtliche nachfolgenden „Beschlüsse“ des Parlaments ein Witz. Keiner kann die „Wahl“ von Milizenführer Turtschinow zum „Parlamentspräsidenten“ (22. Febuar) und dann gleich zum „Präsidenten“ (25. Februar) ernst nehmen; von der Wahl des „Übergangspremierministers“ Jazenjuk direkt auf dem Maidan-Platz ganz zu schweigen, dem die belagerte Rada dann noch eine lächerliche nachträgliche Legitimation hinterher warf.

Die reguläre Ordnung im Staat ist zu diesem Zeitpunkt überall am Zusammenbrechen oder bereits erodiert. Die finanzielle Situation des neuen Putsch-Regimes, des gesamten Staates, ist katastrophal. Große Teile des Sicherheitsapparates stehen gegen das Regime, vor allem im Militär. Im Putsch-Regime selbst gibt es schwerste Differenzen, angefangen vom blitzschnell in der Versenkung verschwindenden Wladimir Klitschko über seine Todfeindin Julia Timoschenko, den mit internationalen imperialistischen Bünden und Konsortien eng verwobenen Jazenjuk, die grobschlächtigen Massenmörder aus den verschiedenen Gruppen des „Rechten Sektors“, usw, usw. Hinzu kommt die sehr reale Gefahr, dass die Bergwerker und Fabrikarbeiter der Industriegebiete in der Ostukraine dem neuen Regime schlicht den Saft abdrehen, ein einziger Streik würde genügen (von den Möglichkeiten der eigentlichen Herrscher des Landes, den Oligarchen, die Geschicke der Ukraine zu beeinflussen einmal ganz zu schweigen).

Mit einem Wort: die Lage des neuen, vom Westblock mit brutaler Skrupellosigkeit in Kiew eingesetzten rechtsradikalen Putsch-Regimes ist Ende Februar katastrophal.

Nun aber naht dessen Rettung – aus Moskau.

02.02.2022 - 02:29 [ Secretary Antony Blinken / Twitter ]

In my conversation today with Foreign Minister Lavrov, I emphasized the willingness of the United States, together with Allies and partners, to continue discussions of mutual security concerns.

01.02.2022 - 03:14 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Is an Arm of Israel’s Government

In 2019 NSO agreed to reconnect the Pegasus system in Saudi Arabia, in the context of Netanyahu’s contacts regarding the Abraham Accords. Until the accords were announced, Israel gave NSO a permit to sell Pegasus to almost all of the countries that signed the agreements.

01.02.2022 - 03:00 [ New York Times ]

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The F.B.I. had bought a version of Pegasus, NSO’s premier spying tool. For nearly a decade, the Israeli firm had been selling its surveillance software on a subscription basis to law-enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, promising that it could do what no one else — not a private company, not even a state intelligence service — could do: consistently and reliably crack the encrypted communications of any iPhone or Android smartphone.

01.02.2022 - 02:28 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. Secretly Bought Israeli Spyware and Explored Hacking U.S. Phones

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The Times found that sales of Pegasus played a critical role in securing the support of Arab nations in Israel’s campaign against Iran and negotiating the Abraham Accords, the 2020 diplomatic agreements, signed at a Trump White House ceremony, that normalized relations between Israel and some of its longtime Arab adversaries.

The U.S. had also moved to acquire Pegasus, The Times found. The F.B.I., in a deal never previously reported, bought the spyware in 2019, despite multiple reports that it had been used against activists and political opponents in other countries. It also spent two years discussing whether to deploy a newer product, called Phantom, inside the United States.

01.02.2022 - 02:10 [ Haaretz ]

Why Biden’s Team Suddenly Sounds Optimistic on Iran

White House Middle East coordinator Brett McGurk expressed the Biden administration’s most optimistic statement yet concerning the talks last Thursday, saying that the parties were “in the ballpark of a possible deal” on returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement. However, he noted that he did not want to place odds on it and that the U.S. was prepared for talks to …

24.01.2022 - 04:40 [ BMedia / Twitter ]

USA – Washington D.C. [Jan 23, 2022] Massive manifestation „Defeat the mandates“, against vax mandates & passports!

#wewillALLbethere #NoVaccinePassports #NoGreenPass #NoAlPaseSanitario #PassaporteSanitárioNÃO #NonAuPassVaccinal #GeenQR #DefeatTheMandates #Washingto

24.01.2022 - 03:26 [ BMedia / Twitter ]

USA – California – Santa Monica [Jan 22, 2022]

World Wide Rally for #Freedom
No vax mandates & passports!

#wewillALLbethere #WorldwideDemonstration #worldwiderallyforfreedom #NoVaccinePassports #NoGreenPass #NoAlPaseSanitario #PassaporteSanitárioNÃO #GeenQR #Manifs22janvier

20.01.2022 - 08:21 [ Werner Rügemer / Nachdenkseiten ]

Impfwahn – wie die Bevölkerung noch kränker wird

1984 ernannte Reagan Dr. Anthony Fauci zum Direktor des NIAID. Seitdem ohne Unterbrechung bis heute nimmt Fauci diese Stellung ein. Mithilfe der Pharma-Konzerne, der Elite-Universitäten und später der privaten Stiftungen wie der Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) und mithilfe aller Regierungen – ob Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, Biden – baute der oberste Staats- und Konzernvirologe der USA ein weltweites Netzwerk aus. Es wurde führend bei der Pandemie-Politik des Westens.

19.01.2022 - 19:33 [ Tichys Einblick ]

Die Corona-Politik der Wahrheitsleugner zerstört das Staatsvertrauen

Ehrlichkeit, Transparenz und strikte Faktenorientierung sind die Voraussetzung für Vertrauen. Die Politik zerschlägt derzeit das Vertrauen der Bürger wie mit einem Vorschlaghammer im Porzellanladen

19.01.2022 - 19:15 [ Gregor Amelung / Reitschuster.de ]

Brisant: Gravierende Mängel in der Zulassungsstudie von BioNTech/Pfizer

Indem man die anderen Zeugen und das Indizien-Material wie Fotos und Emails ignorierte, wurde aus den in Texas festgestellten Mängeln die lokale „Schlamperei“ (ntv, t-online, Focus, RND) eines „Subunternehmens“ (Spiegel, ntv, t-online, Tagesspiegel, RND) von Pfizer/BioNTech. Auf die Effektivität und die Sicherheit des Vikzins wirke sich die texanische Nebengeschichte nach Ansicht von „Experten“ nicht aus.

Beim kollektiven Weichspülen übersahen die großen Medien allerdings eine Quelle in Thackers Bericht – vermutlich, weil man in den Redaktionen dachte, hier ginge es eh nur um Kritik an der US-Zulassungsbehörde FDA und damit um „Ausland“. Liest man allerdings in die Quelle hinein, sieht die Sache schon deutlich anderes aus.

17.01.2022 - 14:59 [ thePost;illennial.com ]

BREAKING: After outcry, FBI admits ‘the Jewish community was targeted’ in synagogue hostage taking

The FBI released a new statement Sunday night, attempting to walk back their previous comments that the hostage taking at a Texas synagogue, on the Jewish Sabbath, during services „…was not specifically related to the Jewish community.“
In the new statement, the FBI said, „This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.“

17.01.2022 - 14:49 [ Fox News ]

‚Corrupt‘ FBI should be ‚eliminated‘ for statement on Texas synagogue hostage taker: Critics

The suspected hostage taker died at the scene. The hostages were released without injury.

The FBI was ripped on social media for the statement that the hostage taker had no direct demands related to the Jewish community, including calling for the FBI to be „defunded and eliminated.“

17.01.2022 - 06:00 [ Radio Utopie ]

Gelder für illegales Spionage-Netzwerk von US-Militär abgezweigt

(15. March 2010)

Bergdahl war im Juni 2009 in Afghanistan verschwunden und tauchte dann in recht mittelmässigen psychologischen Operationen der „Taliban“ als Geiseldarsteller in Videos auf. Immer wieder wurde in den Videos die jahrelang verschwundene Wissenschaftlierin Aafia Siddiqui erwähnt und in Zusammenhang gebracht. Siddiqui, eine in den USA ausgebildete Wissenschaftlerin, war mit ihren Kindern im März 2003 in Pakistan verschleppt worden und tauchte erst am 18.Juli 2008 mit einer Schusswunde im US-Stützpunkt Bagram wieder auf. Bagram enthält ein berüchtigtes Geheimgefängnis für „Verdächtige“. Angeblich war die Frau am 17.Juni auf der Strasse durch afghanische Polizei verhaftet worden, hatte einen Tag später US-Soldaten überwältigt, ihnen die Waffe entrissen und auf sie geschossen ohne sie zu treffen. Daraufhin sei sie selbst durch US-Kugeln schwer verletzt worden, etc.

Mittlerweile ist Aafia Siddiqui in New York zu 60 Jahren Haft verurteilt worden – aber nicht wegen irgendwelcher terroristischer Aktivitäten, wegen denen sie jahrelang offensichtlich in Geheimgefängnissen verschwand, sondern wegen „versuchten Mordes“ an den Soldaten die sie fast erschossen; und dies obwohl ein FBI-Beamter ausgesagt hatte, dass die auf der Tatwaffe gefundenen Fingerabdrücke nicht von ihr stammten. Der Fall Siddiqui hat weltweit grosse Empröung ausgelöst, besonders in Pakistan. Millionen verlangen die Freilassung der Wissenschaftlerin und Heimkehr nach Pakistan.

17.01.2022 - 05:50 [ abc7chicago.com ]

FBI identifies hostage-taker at Colleyville, Texas synagogue

Two law enforcement officials told CNN earlier Saturday that investigators believe the hostage taker may have been motivated by a desire to release Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence at a facility in Texas. She was convicted in 2010 on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on US officers in Afghanistan.

„We do believe from our engaging with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community, but we’ll continue to work to find motive,“ DeSarno said.

15.01.2022 - 00:01 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

There’s no legitimate authorization for our war operations in either Iraq or Syria. There’s no clear mission and no endgame. More important, there’s no moral justification for our continuing presence. End the wars. Stop the bombings. Bring home the troops.

14.01.2022 - 22:20 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

The Supreme Court blocked President Biden‘s OSHA mandate, which was blatantly and egregiously unconstitutional. The principle is simple: The president is not a king with the power to do whatever he wants regardless of the law and the facts.

14.01.2022 - 22:19 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Democrats control both the House and Senate, along with the entire Executive Branch, and they *still* insist that it’s radically unfair — even fascist! — to make them approve laws through Congress before they get to impose them. „Democracy“ means: we rule by executive decree

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

MSNBC’s Joy Reid rants against Supreme Court for striking down Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Right-wing ideologues‘

MSNBC host Joy Reid was infuriated Thursday over the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, launching a rant against what she called „right-wing ideologues“ occupying six of the court’s nine seats.

During a segment of her show „The ReidOut,“ Reid declared she no longer had faith in the court, calling it a „Christian nationalist version“ of what it used to be, and suggested the justices should each have their own „right-wing talk radio shows.“

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

The frightening philosophy driving the Supreme Court’s new vaccine mandate rulings

At current pace, sometime in late April we will pass a grim milestone: 1 million Americans dead from covid-19. If we get lucky and the omicron wave abates, that millionth death may not come until later in the spring, or the summer. But it will come, and soon.

Keep that in mind as you consider the latest news from the Supreme Court. On Thursday, by a 6-to-3 vote along party lines (and no, I won’t pretend the justices have no relevant party affiliations), they struck down the Biden administration’s mandate that large employers were supposed to require that their employees either be vaccinated or receive regular tests for covid-19.

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

To be clear, the legal resistance on display at the Supreme Court is not about vaccine efficacy or the idiosyncratic nuances of administrative law. It is to support Republican efforts everywhere to damage President Biden politically at the cost of suffering and death for millions of Americans.

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

14.01.2022 - 21:13 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court saves Americans from Biden COVID vaccine mandate—but the fight is not over

As we have stated for months, the federal government doesn’t get to be your nanny, and it shouldn’t get to be your doctor. It has used this COVID-19 emergency to commandeer too many liberties that are solely afforded to sovereign states and free Americans. History has taught us that once a government takes rights from its citizens, they are almost never recovered. States must be vigilant and always ready to challenge a federal government that is growing too fast and too powerful.

14.01.2022 - 20:39 [ Achse des Guten ]

US-Gericht stoppt Bidens Impfpflicht für Firmen – Auch Maskenpflichten fallen durch das Urteil.

Damit müssten Firmen mit mehr als 100 Angestellten zunächst nun doch nicht dafür sorgen, dass ihre Mitarbeiter entweder vollständig geimpft seien oder regelmäßig getestet würden. Auch eine Pflicht zum Tragen von Masken sei damit fürs Erste gestoppt.

14.01.2022 - 20:29 [ Tichys Einblick ]

Der nächste Rückschlag für Biden: Oberster Gerichtshof stoppt Impfpflicht

Der Oberste Gerichtshof der Vereinigten Staaten hat die von der Regierung Präsident Bidens angeordnete Impfpflicht in größeren Unternehmen gestoppt.

14.01.2022 - 12:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England ‚WILL scrap Covid passes and WFH at the end of the month’ because they are ‚hard to justify‘ now that Omicron is subsiding — with masks on trains and in shops the only curb left

Currently, people in England need to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow to enter large events and nightclubs.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper: ‚There was always a very high threshold for the policy and it looks increasingly likely in a couple of weeks that threshold won’t be met. The way cases are going it will be hard to justify renewing.‘

14.01.2022 - 12:00 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Herbe Schlappe für Joe Biden: Impfpflicht scheitert vorm Supreme Court

Die Regelung für Unternehmen wurde als wichtiges Druckmittel der Regierung gesehen, Angestellte angesichts der aufwendigen und regelmäßigen Tests zu einer Immunisierung zu bewegen, um die Impfquote in den USA zu steigern. Dort sind bislang lediglich 62,7 Prozent der Gesamtbevölkerung vollständig gegen das Coronavirus geimpft. Von den knapp 208 Millionen Geimpften haben nur rund 77 Millionen, oder 37 Prozent, zusätzlich eine Auffrischungsimpfung bekommen.

14.01.2022 - 11:47 [ Kevin McCarthy - RepublicanLeader.gov ]

House GOP Leaders: No More Authoritarian Mandates

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Biden administration’s unlawful vaccine mandate:

“President Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful and not based on science. They deny workers their livelihood, divide our society, and diminish liberty. They are bad policies that undermine public confidence in the vaccines and compound the President’s failure to fulfill his promise to ‘crush the virus.’

14.01.2022 - 11:34 [ Senator Mike Braun / Twitter ]

BIG VICTORY FOR AMERICA AT THE SUPREME COURT

Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employees has been struck down, with help from our objection in the Senate which was referenced in the majority opinion.

14.01.2022 - 10:37 [ Wirtschaft / Twitter ]

Schwere Schlappe für US Präsident Biden: Oberster Gerichtshof stoppt #COVID19-#Impfpflicht für US-Unternehmen.

14.01.2022 - 10:12 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Supreme Court blocks the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule for U.S. businesses, but allows a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for most health care workers.

14.01.2022 - 10:10 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court puts an end to pandemic of the autocrat

The American work force is now safe from the unnecessary threat of its government

12.01.2022 - 14:38 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

In this clip, @JakeTapper is absolutely right that counting all people in the hospital WITH COVID as being there FOR COVID is wildly misleading — especially since it applies to close to 50% — but it’s so striking how many arguments that were long taboo are now all being aired.

12.01.2022 - 14:29 [ Newsweek ]

Jake Tapper Rails Against ‚Misleading‘ CDC COVID Hospitalization Numbers

Tapper said: „We’re two years into this and we need the clearest picture possible if somebody is in the hospital with a broken leg and they also have asymptomatic COVID. That should not be counted as hospitalized with COVID, clearly.“

12.01.2022 - 14:23 [ DailyFly.com ]

CDC Director: 75% of COVID Deaths Among Vaccinated had Four Comorbidities

Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on vaccine mandates expected as early as this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is under increased scrutiny after recent comments about COVID-19 deaths.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky fell into controversy after a clip of her appearance on Good Morning America Friday went viral.