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15:48 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Protests in Iran make restoring the JCPOA more urgent than ever

If the idea of withdrawing from the JCPOA was always bad, it is even more detrimental now considering the political shifts in Tehran. The moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani which sought better relations with the West has been wholly discredited by Trump’s aggressive policies. The hardliners who now dominate the whole political landscape in Iran have always been skeptical of the JCPOA.

Moreover, an influential faction within the hardline camp sees the JCPOA as irrelevant at best and constraining Iran’s security options at worst. According to this line of thinking, Iran has already weathered the storm of the U.S. sanctions. Following on from that, what Iran needs now is not to get sanctions lifted, but rather to further immunize Iran from them by seeking closer ties with Russia and China. Iran notably has become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Security Organization.

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

15:35 [ NationalInterest.org ]

To Support Iranians, Abandon the JCPOA

(October 5, 2022)

Though official numbers are unknown, opposition groups have reported 300 deaths and 15,000 arrests in the protests. With ubiquitous chants of “death to Khamenei” (referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei) and “death to the dictator,” Iranians have made their intentions clear: they are fighting for a complete overthrow of the ruling theocracy and will not be satisfied with meaningless “reforms” that preserve the illegitimate regime.

15:29 [ Brookings ]

Will protests in Iran end the Islamic Republic?

Suzanne Maloney, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, speaks with David Dollar about what the continuing demonstrations in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini could mean for regime stability, plus Iran’s economic situation, the prospects of Iran returning to some form of a nuclear deal with the West, and what it would take for the U.S. and Iran to have a better relationship.

15:00 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

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

(3. August 2021)

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

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

(…)

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

14:42 [ Haaretz ]

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

(12.09.2022)

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

05.10.2022 - 13:19 [ @DLFNachrichten / Nitter ]

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Habeck wirft mehreren Staaten – darunter den USA – vor, überhöhte Preise für Erdgas zu verlangen. Er spricht von „Mondpreisen“. #Energiekrise

04.10.2022 - 19:55 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

„Verzwicktes Problem“: Europol erwägt Schwachstellennutzung, um Verschlüsselung zu brechen

Seit mindestens sieben Jahren suchen die EU-Mitgliedstaaten nach Wegen, um ihren Strafverfolgungsbehörden Zugang zu verschlüsselten Inhalten zu ermöglichen.

04.10.2022 - 19:53 [ Heise.de ]

Quantencomputer in Deutschland

(2021)

Seit Januar 2021 kann sich auch Deutschland mit einem ersten funktionsfähigen Quantencomputer brüsten. Doch zumindest seine Produktion fand noch im Ausland statt: Fast ein Jahr dauerte der Bau des IBM Q System One in den USA. Dabei war der Zeitaufwand für den physischen Aufbau mit einer Dauer von knapp zwei Monaten recht überschaubar. Das Gros der Arbeitszeit nahm, wie bei Quantencomputern üblich, die Kalibrierung der Qubits ein, um Fehlerraten zu verringern und Kohärenzzeiten möglichst zu verlängern. Zudem wurde die tatsächliche Installation des Systems in Ehningen durch die Coronapandemie erschwert.

04.10.2022 - 19:42 [ IBM.com ]

What Angela Merkel and IBM’s CEO have in common…

(October 2, 2019)

Instead, the German government’s backing for Quantum Computing research sealed between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ginni Rometty (IBM CEO) indicates that both are excited about the latest technology and how it can improve the world we live in. Ultimately solving problems that seemed completely impossible just a few years ago – also from Europe.

The goal for Merkel and Germany? To catch up with China and the USA in the global technology race.

04.10.2022 - 17:21 [ AssangeDefense.org ]

DC rally: Hands off Assange!

On October 8, 2022, supporters of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in England will join hands to form a human chain surrounding Parliament in London. In solidarity, US-based supporters will hold a rally at the Department of Justice in Washington DC, calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop the charges against Assange.

03.10.2022 - 16:24 [ ORF.at ]

Ex-General Petraeus: So würde die NATO auf A-Bombe reagieren

Er habe zwar nicht kürzlich mit dem US-Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan gesprochen, aber die USA hätten Russland über mehrere Kanäle ihre starke Antwort auf einen möglichen Einsatz taktischer Atomwaffen mitgeteilt.

03.10.2022 - 16:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die “Warlord AG” Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23.06.2010)

Der Präsident der Republik USA, Barack Obama, zitiert seinen Afghanistan-Kommandeur Stanley McChrystal erst nach Washington, um ihn dort zu feuern. Angeblich geht es um harsche Worte gegen die zivile Regierung im „Rolling Stone“. Am gleichen Tag erscheint ein Bericht des Kongress-Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten, welcher unter der Überschrift „Die Warlord AG“ minutiös belegt, dass die Militärs des von den USA angeführten Nordatlantikpaktes jeden einzelnen Versorgungstransport in ihre Besatzungszone von Kriegsfürsten bewachen lassen, Milizen finanzieren und dass diese Gelder eine „signifikante potentielle Quelle für die Finanzierung der Taliban“ darstellen.

Dann stellt sich der Präsident in die mittwöchentliche Abendsonne – sein Generalstabschef Michael Mullen darf am Rande stehen – und verkündet die Degradierung seines bisherigen Militärdiktators David Petraeus vom Chef des Zentralkommandos zum Nachfolger seines bisherigen Untergebenen McChrystals in Afghanistan.

03.10.2022 - 15:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Petraeus: US would destroy Russia’s troops if Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Petraeus said that he had not spoken to national security adviser Jake Sullivan on the likely US response to nuclear escalation from Russia, which administration officials have said has been repeatedly communicated to Moscow.

03.10.2022 - 15:50 [ theHill.com ]

Petraeus predicts US would lead NATO response to ‘take out’ Russian forces if Putin uses nuclear weapon

(02.10.2022)

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Petraeus told co-anchor Jonathan Karl that western powers have to take Russia’s nuclear weapons threats seriously, noting National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s recent remarks that US officials have warned the Moscow of “catastrophic consequences” if the Kremlin deploys nuclear weapons.

03.10.2022 - 15:42 [ theHill.com ]

Biden adviser: US in private talks with Russia over nuclear weapons to avoid public ‘tit for tat’

(25.09.2022)

Sullivan on Sunday said the U.S. has been in contact with senior Russian officials “frequently” over the last few months, and as recently as in the last few days — despite worries since the start of the war that the U.S. was struggling to get in touch with Moscow.

02.10.2022 - 14:32 [ ChinaDaily.com.cn ]

China thwarts proposal on legitimizing AUKUS’s nuclear submarine deal at IAEA meeting: envoy

In September 2021, the U.S., the UK and Australia established the AUKUS alliance, under which the U.S. and the UK will assist Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines. China and many other countries have repeatedly expressed concerns over the transfer of nuclear weapon materials involved in the trilateral pact.

02.10.2022 - 14:08 [ China Radio International ]

China vereitelt Vorschlag über Legitimierung des Geschäfts mit den Atom-U-Booten von AUKUS bei der IAEO

Auf der Generalkonferenz der Internationalen Atomenergie-Organisation (IAEO) in dieser Woche schlugen die Vereinigten Staaten, das Vereinigte Königreich und Australien einen Änderungsantrag zu einer IAEO-Sicherheitsresolution vor, um ihr U-Boot-Geschäft im Rahmen des Vertrags über die Nichtverbreitung von Kernwaffen (NVV) zu legitimieren, zogen ihn aber später nach Chinas Widerstand zurück.

02.10.2022 - 13:47 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Abgeordnete in Taiwan: China verärgert über deutsche Delegation

Kurz nach der Ankunft der sechs Bundestagsabgeordneten in Taipeh protestierte die chinesische Regierung in Peking. Ein Außenamtssprecher drängte die deutschen Parlamentarier, sich an den „Ein-China-Grundsatz“ zu halten und ihre Interaktionen mit den „separatistischen Unabhängigkeitskräften“ in Taiwan „sofort einzustellen“. Sie sollten keine „falschen Signale“ senden.

30.09.2022 - 07:53 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nord-Stream-Lecks: Putin spricht von „internationalem Terrorismus“

Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin hat die mutmaßliche Sabotage an den Nord-Stream-Gaspipelines als einen „Akt des internationalen Terrorismus“ angeprangert. In einem Telefongespräch mit dem türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan habe Putin seine Meinung „über diesen beispiellosen Sabotageakt, in Wirklichkeit ein Akt des internationalen Terrorismus“ dargelegt, wie der Kreml mitteilte.

27.09.2022 - 01:10 [ Erich Moechel / fm4.ORF.at ]

In Brüssel hat das Match um Data-Mining begonnen

Alle nur denkbaren Plattformen für Möglichkeiten zur interpersonellen Kommunikation sollen verpflichtet werden, nicht nur weite Teile ihres Datenverkehrs auf Vorrat zu speichern, sondern auch Daten zu erheben – etwa von persönlichen Chats – die bisher nicht gespeichert wurden. Diese auf Vorrat gespeicherten, zu riesigen Volumina aggregierten Daten sollen dann in einem neu zu errichtenden „EU Centre“ mit Data-Mining und KI-Anwendungen – beides gehört organisch zusammen – auf sogenannte „Kinderpornographie“ durchsucht werden. Tatsächlich wird diese Centre, das obendrein auf dem Gelände von Europol in Den Haag angesiedelt werden soll, ein europäisches Kompetenzzentrum für Überwachung mit Methoden aus dem Komplex Big-Data, Data-Mining und sogenannter „Künstlicher Intelligenz“. Diese Verordnung sollt noch im Herbst im EU-Parlament auftauchen.

26.09.2022 - 18:33 [ Rosa Luxemburg / Leipziger Volkszeitung / marxists.org ]

Peace Utopias

(May, 6/8 1911)

During these fifteen years we had this: in 1895 the war between Japan and China, which is the prelude to the East Asiatic period of imperialism; in 1898 the war between Spain and the United States; in 1899-1902 the British Boer War in South Africa; in 1900 the campaign of the European powers in China; in 1904 the Russo-Japanese War; in 1904-07 the German Herero War in Africa; and then there was also the military intervention of Russia in 1908 in Persia, at the present moment the military intervention of France in Morocco, without mentioning the incessant colonial skirmishes in Asia and in Africa. Hence the bare facts alone show that for fifteen years hardly a year has gone by without some war activity. (…)

Only were one suddenly to lose sight of all these happenings and manoeuvres, and to transfer oneself back to the blissful times of the European concert of powers, could one say, for instance, that for forty years we have had uninterrupted peace. This conception, which considers only events on the European continent, does not notice that the very reason why we have had no war in Europe for decades is the fact that international antagonisms have grown infinitely beyond the narrow confines of the European continent, and that European problems and interests are now fought out on the world seas and in the by-corners of Europe.

Hence the “United States of Europe” is an idea which runs directly counter both economically and politically to the course of development, and which takes absolutely no account of the events of the last quarter of a century.

That an idea so little in accord with the tendency of development can fundamentally offer no progressive solution in spite of all radical disguises is confirmed also by the fate of the slogan of the “United States of Europe.” Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril,” the “dark continent,” against the “inferior races,” in short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.

And now if we, as Social Democrats, were to try to fill this old skin with fresh and apparently revolutionary wine, then it must be said that the advantages would not be on our side but on that of the bourgeoisie. Things have their own objective logic. And the solution of the European union within the capitalist social order can objectively, in the economic sense, mean only a tariff war with America, and in the political sense only a colonial race war. The Chinese campaign of the united European regiments, with the World Field Marshal Waldersee at the head, and the gospel of the Hun as our standard – that is the actual and not the fantastic, the only possible expression of the “European State Federation” in the present social order.

26.09.2022 - 17:57 [ Rosa Luxemburg / Leipziger Volkszeitung / marxists.org ]

Friedensutopien

(6./8. Mai 1911)

Nur wenn man plötzlich all diese Vorgänge und Verschiebungen aus den Augen verliert und sich in die seligen Zeiten des europäischen Konzerts zurückversetzt, kann man z. B. davon reden, das wir seit 40 Jahren einen ununterbrochenen Frieden haben. Dieser Standpunkt, für den nur die Vorgänge auf dem europäischen Kontinent existieren, bemerkt gar nicht, das wir gerade deshalb seit Jahrzehnten keinen Krieg in Europa haben, weil die internationalen Gegensätze über die engen Schranken des europäischen Kontinents ins ungemessene hinausgewachsen sind, weil europäische Fragen und Interessen jetzt auf dem Weltmeer und nicht in dem europäischen Krähwinkel ausgefochten werden. Die „Vereinigten Staaten Europas“ sind also eine Idee, die sowohl wirtschaftlich wie politisch dem Gang der Entwicklung direkt zuwiderläuft, von den Vorgängen des letzten Vierteljahrhunderts gar keine Notiz nimmt. (..)

Und jedes Mal, wo bürgerliche Politiker die Idee des Europäertums, des Zusammenschlusses europäischer Staaten auf den Schild erhoben, da war es mit einer offenen oder stillschweigenden Spitze gegen die „gelbe Gefahr“, gegen den „schwarzen Weltteil“, gegen die „minderwertigen Rassen“, kurz, es war stets eine imperialistische Mißgeburt. (…)

Die Idee der europäischen Kulturgemeinschaft ist der Gedankenwelt des klassenbewußten Proletariats völlig fremd. Nicht die europäische Solidarität, sondern die internationale Solidarität, die sämtliche Weltteile, Rassen und Völker umfaßt, ist der Grundpfeiler des Sozialismus im Marxschen Sinne. Jede Teilsolidarität aber ist nicht eine Stufe zur Verwirklichung der echten Internationalität, sondern ihr Gegensatz, ihr Feind, eine Zweideutigkeit, unter der der Pferdefuß des nationalen Antagonismus hervorguckt.

Ebenso wie wir stets den Pangermanismus, den Panslawismus, den Panamerikanismus als reaktionäre Ideen bekämpfen, ebenso haben wir mit der Idee des Paneuropäertums nicht das geringste zu schaffen.

26.09.2022 - 17:34 [ CNN ]

US warnings against Putin’s nuclear threats mark a sobering moment for the world

That the United States should be forced to warn Russia publicly, and in more strident terms privately, not to use nuclear weapons is a mark of how dangerous the battle for Ukraine has become — and how much more risky it might get.

26.09.2022 - 17:14 [ Yahoo.com ]

U.S. warns Putin of ‚catastrophic‘ consequences if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine

„If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively,“ Sullivan told NBC’s „Meet the Press“ program.

Sullivan did not describe the nature of the planned U.S. response in his comments on Sunday but said the United States has privately to Moscow „spelled out in greater detail exactly what that would mean.“

25.09.2022 - 17:35 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

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

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

25.09.2022 - 17:26 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

Covert Military Information Operations and the New NDAA: The Law of the Gray Zone Evolves

(December 10, 2019)

Section 1631(b) expressly affirms that the Defense Department can conduct “military operations” in the information environment, “including clandestine operations,” for certain purposes. I’ll have more to say about that reference to “clandestine” below. First, let’s note the broad list of purposes.

The military’s role comes into play in three scenarios. First, defense of the United States itself. Second, defense of allies. Third, defense of the “interests” of the United States. The statute notably does not clarify what nature or degree of threats to these objects count, and so the invitation can only be described as quite broad.

25.09.2022 - 17:00 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

(September 19, 2022)

The measure, known as Section 1631, allows the military to carry out clandestine psychological operations without crossing what the CIA has claimed as its covert authority, alleviating some of the friction that had hindered such operations previously.

“Combatant commanders got really excited,” recalled the first defense official. “They were very eager to utilize these new authorities. The defense contractors were equally eager to land lucrative classified contracts to enable clandestine influence operations.”

25.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

After Congress passed Section 1631 allowing the military to conduct covert online propaganda, the Pentagon created droves of accounts spreading fake news against designated enemies, including one claiming Iran was harvesting organs in Afghanistan

(20.09.2022)

25.09.2022 - 15:12 [ theHill.com ]

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

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

25.09.2022 - 14:59 [ CNN ]

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

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

24.09.2022 - 12:33 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Italian Far-right Leader Shared Values with Likud

(12.08.2022)

Italy’s far-right leader Giorgia Meloni called on Wednesday Fascism “history” and highlighting her party’s links to Israel’s Likud and conservative factions. In her video, Meloni emphasized her party’s “shared values and experience” with Israel’s Likud party, US Republicans and British Conservatives. The “Italian conservatives” she leads are “a bastion of freedom and defense of Western values,” she said, highlighting her “Christian and family values.”

22.09.2022 - 18:30 [ financebuzz.com ]

U.S. Net Worth Statistics: The State of Wealth in 2022

For the fourth quarter of 2019, total wealth in the U.S. was $111.04 trillion.

22.09.2022 - 16:45 [ AZfamily.com ]

How the latest Fed rate hike will affect your credit card bill

Collectively, Americans have nearly $900 billion dollars in credit card debt, and if you carry a balance, your bill is about to get more expensive, as the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate for the fifth time this year. Currently, the average interest rate on a new credit card offer is more than 21%, according to LendingTree’s Matt Schulz. “You can expect that average to go up to over 22% in the next couple of months because banks don’t tend to waste a lot of time on raising rates when the Fed does,” Schulz said.

22.09.2022 - 16:28 [ ORF.at ]

Angst vor Schulden: US-Zinssprung mit weltweiten Folgen

Das Hauptproblem: Die hohen Zinssätze treiben den US-Dollar in die Höhe – zum Nachteil anderer Länder. Denn nicht nur Importe werden teurer, sondern auch die Bedienung von Krediten. Die straffe Geldpolitik der US-Notenbank bekommen daher vor allem einkommensschwächere Länder zu spüren, die sich während der Pandemie hoch verschuldet und ihre Kredite in US-Dollar aufgenommen haben – selbst aber keine Dollars verdienen.

21.09.2022 - 21:12 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden Before the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Putin’s own words make his true purpose unmistakable. Just before he invaded, Putin asserted — and I quote — Ukraine was “created by Russia” and never had, quote, “real statehood.”

And now we see attacks on schools, railway stations, hospitals, wa- — on centers of Ukrainian history and culture.

In the past, even more horrifying evidence of Russia’s atrocity and war crimes: mass graves uncovered in Izyum; bodies, according to those that excavated those bodies, showing signs of torture.

This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe, that should not — that should make your blood run cold.

21.09.2022 - 21:10 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UN General Assembly – live: Biden condemns Kremlin’s ‘overt nuclear threats against Europe’ in speech to UNGA

Mr Biden’s speech comes a day after Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists as his forces struggle to regain their footing after a series of Ukrainian victories on the battlefield.

Russia’s war in Ukraine dominated the first day of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as world leaders gathered for the summit in person after three years in New York.

19.09.2022 - 15:57 [ ZDF ]

Präsident Biden: Corona-Pandemie ist vorbei

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

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

19.09.2022 - 15:33 [ US Supreme Court ]

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

(13.01.2022)

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

(…)

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

19.09.2022 - 15:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

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

(13.01.2022)

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

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

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

19.09.2022 - 13:45 [ CBS News ]

President Joe Biden: The 2022 60 Minutes Interview

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

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

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

19.09.2022 - 13:42 [ CNN ]

Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’

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

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

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

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

(June 17, 2022)

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

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

15.09.2022 - 15:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Asiatischer Staatenbund: Iran rückt mit Russland und China zusammen

(heute)

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

15.09.2022 - 14:52 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

NATO gegen SCO: die gewollte, neue Block-Konfrontation

(17. August 2007)

Die schmierigste Rolle in dieser Angelegenheit spielt der iranische Ministerpräsident Ahmadinejad. Er drängelt sich der SCO auf, er will auch mit dabei sein, um im Falle einer Konfrontation mit den US- und NATO-Militärs alle mit reinzuziehen.

Dabei hat er der Bush-Regierung und ihren Verbündeten bisher nichts als in die Hände gespielt. Die Äusserung, der „Raketenschild“ in Polen bedrohe letztendlich auch ihn, gab der US-Regierung Recht in einer Legende, die selbst hierzulande niemand glaubt: dass das Waffensystem in Polen wegen dem Iran errichtet wird.
Nun dieses Geschwafel von Ahmadinejad, das Raketensystem bedrohe einen „großen Teil des asiatischen Kontinents“ (5). Das ist der beste Beweis, dass die US-Regierung mehr Feinde im US-Parlament als an der iranischen Regierung hat.

DIE ROLLE DEUTSCHLANDS…

…ist dabei so erbärmlich, dass es mit Worten schwer zu beschreiben ist. Gegen die eigenen Interessen, wie die blöden Dackel, laufen wir einer pausbäckigen Witzfigur im Kanzleramt hinterher, mittenrein in einen neuen, globalen Krieg bisher nicht vorstellbaren Ausmasses und behalten dabei ständig die Börsenkurse im Auge.

Was die Absichten der Neocons im Weissen Haus sind, haben sie immer deutlich gemacht: Krieg, Krieg, Krieg. Etwas Anderes interessiert sie nicht, etwas Anderes wollen sie nicht, etwas Anderes können sie nicht.
Die deutschen Neocons – gut verteilt über alle Parteien – versuchen ihr bestes den Anweisungen Folge zu leisten und die Deutschen in jeden Abgrund mit hinein zu quatschen, so sinnlos und absurd er auch ist.

Wir sind de facto Kolonialmacht am Hindukusch. Was hätten Sie jemandem an den Kopf geworfen, der Ihnen das vor 8 Jahren prophezeit hätte?

Diese militärische Endkonfrontation mit der uneinholbar aufstrebenden Wirtschaftsmacht China, dieser „Weltkrieg um Wohlstand“, wie es das NATO-Blatt Nr.1, der „Spiegel“ genannt hat, ist das Ziel der Kriegspolitik die uns seit dem 11.September 2001 aufgedrückt werden soll.
Die quasi automatische Verknüpfung von innerer und äusserer Kriegführung, die Transformation der westlichen Republiken und Demokratien in faschistische Polizeistaaten, ist dabei unabdingbarer Begleiteffekt, um kommende Armutsrevolten, Bürgerrechtsbewegungen, demokratische, legislative Kontrolle und vor allem die Verfassungen loszuwerden oder uneingeschränkt „neutralisieren“ zu können.

15.09.2022 - 13:38 [ More Perfect Union / Nitter ]

BNSF, the railroad owned by Warren Buffett, has sent this letter to Congress urging them to pass legislation that would force rail workers to adopt a contract that contains ZERO paid or unpaid sick days. In the letter, BNSF continues to lie about its sick leave policy

15.09.2022 - 13:15 [ CNN ]

Railroad strike averted after marathon talks reach tentative deal

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

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

14.09.2022 - 18:14 [ Haaretz ]

Prosecution in Netanyahu Trial Admits: We Don’t Know Where Our Star Witness Is

The prosecutor in the “lavish gifts” corruption trial of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the court Tuesday that although the prosecution doesn’t know the whereabouts of James Packer, an Australian businessman who gave Netanyahu gifts, it has no intention of forgoing the testimony of the state’s key witness.

n response to a question from the head of the panel of judges that is hearing the case in Jerusalem, Alon Gildin said: “The prosecution hasn’t given up on anyone.”

14.09.2022 - 16:42 [ Maximillian Alvarez / Nitter ]

On Friday, the US could see its 1st major rail strike and/or lockout since the 90s. MSM has *finally* taken an interest in covering this story but seldom from the workers‘ side. Here’s a thread of our @TheRealNews coverage this year on the long-brewing crisis in the rail industry

14.09.2022 - 16:30 [ Railroad Workers United ]

Welcome to Railroad Workers United

Railroad Workers United is an inter-union, cross-craft solidarity „caucus“ of railroad workers, and their supporters, from all crafts, all carriers, and all unions across North America. We urge union railroaders to continue being active in their craft union AND to join RWU in building solidarity and strength among all rail workers. We work with union rank & file railroad workers, but we welcome yet-to-be organized rail workers as well. In addition, we actively work with other labor and community organizations on issues of mutual concern. We do not accept managers or those who oppose our principles.

14.09.2022 - 16:23 [ theRealNews.com ]

Railroad workers are being ground to dust. Who will help them?

(May 5, 2022)

Jeff Kurtz: Okay, thank you, Max. I’d like the viewers to imagine that their life is a scorecard, because that’s exactly what these workers are facing. They start off with a score of 30 points that they can never exceed that 30 points. They will get four points allocated back to their score. Say they get down to 20 points. If they work 14 days in a row, they will get four points allocated back to their score. But the points that you can lose are really dramatic. So, I mean, you could lose points for an incident. You could lose 15 points for an incident.

There are specific incidents. If you don’t show up for work for whatever reason. We had a gentleman that was in a car wreck, and it wasn’t his fault. He was about a mile from his terminal and his car was totaled. And the supervisor that came out there told him, she said, you’re not going to work. She said, you could be hurt, and we don’t know it. So they, what we call marked this guy off. They marked him off the job. Well, he initially was saddled with a 15 point deduction for not showing up to work. And eventually, I think that the local supervisor protested this, so they only docked him three points.

But this is exactly what’s going on. I heard of a case where a worker, his mother died while he was en route, and the railroad pulled him off the train, and then they tried to dock him points for it. And the stories just go on and on and on. And Max, what you alluded to as far as things getting worse when people aren’t watching, that’s exactly what’s happening.

14.09.2022 - 15:37 [ theHill.com ]

Congress prepares to act on rail strike amid fears of ‘economic catastrophe’

More than 115,000 rail workers will be legally allowed to strike on Friday.

13.09.2022 - 10:30 [ Haaretz ]

How Mossad Chief Got Arnon Milchan to Boost Music Career of Oligarch’s Daughter

(13.02.2019)

On a summer evening about a decade ago, an unusual group entered the spacious Israeli beach house home of Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. His guest at his home in Beit Yanai, to which he had made a special trip from his home in Los Angeles especially for the meeting, was Meir Dagan, the director at the time of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency.

Also in attendance was a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin and the oligarch’s young daughter. They were joined by several others as well.

(…)

While he was head of the Mossad, Dagan viewed the development of close ties with Russia, with Putin and with his close circle of associates as a strategic goal, and he accompanied the Israeli prime ministers under whom he served — Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Netanyahu — in their meetings with the president of Russia.

13.09.2022 - 10:04 [ Haaretz ]

Not Just Gifts: Aide Testifies Milchan Gave Cash to Netanyahus

Hadas Klein, personal assistant to Arnon Milchan, testified on Monday that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested and received 3,000 shekels (about $900) in cash from tycoon Arnon Milchan, and that she bought his wife Sara a gift for 15,000 shekels with Milchan’s funds, also in cash. These details do not appear in the indictment, and it is the first time a claim has been presented that Netanyahu received cash from Milchan.

13.09.2022 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

13.09.2022 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

12.09.2022 - 15:50 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

12.09.2022 - 15:45 [ JNS.org ]

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

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

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

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

(11.09.2022)

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

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

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

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

12.09.2022 - 14:53 [ Tehran Times / Nitter ]

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

(09.09.2022)

12.09.2022 - 14:44 [ Yahoo.com ]

Exclusive: IAEA found uranium traces at two sites Iran barred it from, sources say

(19.02.2021)

U.S. intelligence agencies and the IAEA believe Iran had a secret, coordinated nuclear weapons programme that it halted in 2003, which Iran denies. The 2015 nuclear deal effectively drew a line under that past, but Iran is still required to explain evidence of undeclared past activities or material to the IAEA.

12.09.2022 - 14:39 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: IAEA found uranium traces at two sites Iran barred it from, sources say

(19.02.2021)

The U.N. nuclear watchdog found uranium particles at two Iranian sites it inspected after months of stonewalling, diplomats say, (…)

Although the sites where the material was found are believed to have been inactive for nearly two decades, opponents of the nuclear deal, such as Israel, say evidence of undeclared nuclear activities shows that Iran has not been acting in good faith.

(…)

A senior Iranian official said: “We have nothing to hide. That is why we allowed the inspectors to visit those sites.”

Iran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to lift sanctions reimposed by Trump, or it will halt snap IAEA inspections under the deal, which lifted sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

11.09.2022 - 14:50 [ Techspot.com ]

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

(August 15, 2022)

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

(…)

The Nine Eyes countries include:

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

(…)

The 14 Eyes surveillance countries include:

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

10.09.2022 - 17:20 [ theIntercept.com ]

An Especially Cold Winter: How Trump Helped Cause the European Natural Gas Crisis

These claims that Iran could rapidly step in to solve Europe’s woes are somewhat overstated. Although Iran does have massive natural gas reserves, the necessary pipeline and shipping infrastructure simply does not exist at present for exporting gas to Europe. To put it simply, there is no flip of a switch that can rapidly turn on supplies to Europe and help them cope with the winter ahead.

09.09.2022 - 14:23 [ LostinEU.eu ]

Es geht (auch) um Gas

(10. Mai 2018)

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

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

09.09.2022 - 14:10 [ Laura Rozen / Substack ]

Israel believes Iran deal unlikely before November

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

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

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

09.09.2022 - 14:02 [ BNN Newsroom / Nitter ]

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

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

09.09.2022 - 13:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

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

(06.09.2022)

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

09.09.2022 - 11:45 [ Fox News ]

Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan admits double life as Israeli spy

(April 6, 2016)

In a far-reaching interview aired Monday with Israel’s Channel 2 TV’s flagship investigative program „Uvda,“ Milchan detailed a series of clandestine affairs in which he was involved and particularly how he helped purchase technologies Israel allegedly needed to operate nuclear bombs.

„I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,“ said Milchan, who ran a successful fertilizer company in Israel before making it big in Hollywood.

09.09.2022 - 11:26 [ ,Times of Israel ]

At Netanyahu trial, defense asserts assistance to billionaire Milchan was legitimate

(06.09.2022)

In a 2013 interview with the Hebrew media, Milchan acknowledged that he had worked for the Israel Bureau of Scientific Relations, which worked to secure scientific and technical know-how for secret defense programs.

That interview led US authorities to grant him merely a one-year visa extension instead of the 10-year visas he had previously received. Milchan sought Netanyahu’s help in obtaining a new 10-year visa, and the former prime minister arranged for the Hollywood mogul to speak directly to then-US secretary of state John Kerry on the issue.

07.09.2022 - 19:25 [ SpectatorWorld.com ]

How the Saudis embarrassed Biden over oil prices

If the United States and Iran successfully wrap up their nuclear negotiations, Tehran will be free once again to sell its crude legally. According to one energy analyst, Iran could put 1 to 2 million barrels per day on the market rather quickly, which means an abundance of supply and lower returns (not to mention more competition) for the Saudis. While the nuclear talks have again hit a standstill over last-minute disputes, Riyadh doesn’t want to see oil drop to $65 a barrel and is therefore signaling to the market that adjustments will be made in the event Iran is able to return as a full player. Frankly, OPEC has gotten used to $100 a barrel crude, and it has no intention of going back to the days when supply vastly outstripped demand.

07.09.2022 - 10:01 [ IranIntl.com ]

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

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

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

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

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

(29. August 2014)

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

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

Im Original:

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

Analyse und Anmerkungen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

07.09.2022 - 08:12 [ Reuters ]

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

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

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

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

07.09.2022 - 07:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

USA stufen Russland nicht als Terrorstaat ein

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

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

DER TERRORKRIEG

(10. April 2015)

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

Michael Moore in „Fahrenheit 9/11“, 2004

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

06.09.2022 - 09:17 [ Mehr News Agency ]

If sanctions lifted, Iran can meet Europe’s energy needs

Referring to the energy crisis in Europe, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that if JCPOA negotiations are successful and unilateral sanctions against the country are lifted, Iran can meet most of Europe’s needs.

06.09.2022 - 08:10 [ MDR AKTUELL / Nitter ]

Iran will Gas nach Europa liefern. Außenamtssprecher Kanaani: „Wir haben bekanntlich die notwendigen Gas-Reserven und das Potenzial.“ Voraussetzung sei aber, dass USA die Wirtschafts-Sanktionen aufhöben und Wiener Atomabkommen wieder in Kraft trete.

03.09.2022 - 20:22 [ Haaretz ]

Amid Tensions With U.S., Israel | Iran Installs Civil Defense Systems in Dozens of Cities

„These days, depending on the strength of countries, the form of battles has become more complicated,” said Farahi, adding that hybrid forms of warfare including cyber, biological and radioactive attacks, have replaced classical wars.

He did not name the countries that could threaten Iran.

03.09.2022 - 20:16 [ Haaretz ]

Turkish Warship Docks at Israeli Port for NATO Drill

A U.S. missile destroyer ship, the USS Forrest Sherman, also docked at the northern port about as an hour earlier as part of a NATO drill

03.09.2022 - 20:11 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The Israeli call for action against Iran is coming from inside the house

In a surprising turn of events, the call for more aggressive action against an Iran deal is coming from inside the house, or at least the Prime Minister’s Office.

Lapid briefed foreign journalists last Thursday that Israel successfully convinced the US to insist on certain points in the Iran deal, contributing to Washington’s “no” response to much of Tehran’s latest demands.

03.09.2022 - 20:08 [ Benjamin Weinthal / Nitter ]

Eilmeldung: Über 5.000 ehemalige hochrangige israelische Offiziere schreiben einen Brief an Biden, in dem sie ihn auffordern, kein neues Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zu unterzeichnen. Ich habe zu diesem @FoxNews Bericht beigetragen.

(01.09.2022)

02.09.2022 - 19:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Energy price inflation: how the UK and EU could fight it

Is there international action that can be taken now?

It appears increasingly likely that some forms of coordinated international action will be taken, mirroring responses to the global financial crisis, the eurozone debt crisis and the Covid pandemic.

The former Italian prime minister Mario Draghi floated the idea of “a cartel of buyers” at a meeting with the US president, Joe Biden, in May. This would involve large oil consumers working together to negotiate prices.

02.09.2022 - 19:22 [ CNBC ]

An Iran nuclear deal revival could dramatically alter oil prices — if it happens

But so far, it seems there are a few remaining sticking points that are proving fairly difficult to resolve. The main issue of contention between the Iranian and Western camps is an ongoing investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency — the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog — into unexplained traces of uranium found at Iranian facilities in the early 2000s. Tehran wants the investigation closed before they’ll accept any deal; the IAEA and U.S. and European governments are so far refusing.

02.09.2022 - 19:15 [ CNBC ]

G-7 nations back plan to cap Russian oil prices in a bid to drain the Kremlin’s war chest

Energy analysts have been highly skeptical about the integrity of the proposal, however, warning the policy could backfire if key consumers such as China and India are not involved.

Oil prices were higher on the news.

01.09.2022 - 16:53 [ Iranintl.com ]

Iran Says Europe Needs A Nuclear Deal ‚Not To Freeze‘ This Winter

Once the deal is restored the United States will lift oil export sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump when he withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. It will also remove international banking restrictions also imposed as part of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Tehran.

But what Iranian media presents as ‘Europe’s freezing winter” has almost nothing to do with Tehran’s crude oil exports, except generally helping to bring down oil prices. Europe’s need to replace Russian gas is a specific issue on its own that Iran cannot help with at all.

01.09.2022 - 16:50 [ Wall Street Journal ]

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

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

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

30.08.2022 - 20:16 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

30.08.2022 - 18:13 [ Yahoo.com ]

Could China’s Yuan replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s dominant currency? Here’s how the Asian nation’s trade supremacy is rapidly boosting its reserve status

Meanwhile, the Chinese Yuan has already become a de facto reserve currency in Russia. Russian leadership turned to China after facing sanctions from the West due to its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Now, 17% of Russia’s foreign reserves are denominated in yuan. The yuan is also the third most demanded currency on The Moscow Exchange.

As these partnerships become stronger, the yuan’s status as a reserve currency could be further entrenched.

30.08.2022 - 17:57 [ CNN ]

China’s yuan slid to the weakest in two years as hawkish Fed signals more rate hikes

Another driver is from the government’s side, as Chinese authorities were tolerant of a „gradually“ weaker yuan, which can benefit exporters by making the price of their goods more competitive.

30.08.2022 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

Death in Navy SEAL Training Exposes a Culture of Brutality, Cheating and Drugs

An often heard unofficial adage in the SEALs holds that, “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”

During BUD/S, he said, the “enemy” to be outfoxed is the course itself.

“No one can do everything the instructors ask, so you have to learn how to cheat to get through,” he said. “Everyone knows it happens. The point is to learn how to not get caught.”

“Basically, you are selecting for guys who are willing to cheat,” he added.

29.08.2022 - 14:17 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran, a major oil and natural gas supplier, can help stabilize volatile market: Atlantic Council

As fuel prices skyrocket following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Iran as another major supplier of oil and natural gas is poised to play an important role, the Atlantic Council said in a commentary on March 3.

29.08.2022 - 12:32 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

GT Voice: US irresponsible monetary policy catalyst for de-dollarization push

Statistics showed China had surpassed the US to become the largest trading nation in the world from 2013. The US has lost its leadership role in international trade, and now the motivation of avoiding the risk of exchange rate fluctuations is likely to be the catalyst of de-dollarization in the world. In light of the US‘ irresponsible monetary policy, a de-dollarization push will likely be the beginning of the disintegration of Washington’s dollar hegemony.

29.08.2022 - 12:21 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

US‘ old warships sailing through Taiwan Straits can’t deter PLA at all, only confirms US‘ hostility toward China’s reunification

The US Navy has conducted similar actions many times in the past with the aim to implement so-called „freedom of navigation“ in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, while as long as the US vessels follow the rules of „innocent passage“ to keep low profile and pose no harm, turn off weapons and fire-control radar system, and bring no actual threat to China’s security, the PLA would just follow and monitor, said experts, noting that there is no big difference this time as the US also doesn’t want to put its old warships in danger.

29.08.2022 - 12:15 [ ORF.at ]

US-Kriegsschiffe in Taiwan-Straße: China sieht „Provokation“

China hat die Fahrt zweier US-Kriegsschiffe durch die Straße von Taiwan als „Provokation“ bezeichnet. Die Aktion ziele auf „eine absichtliche Sabotage des regionalen Friedens und der Stabilität“ ab, sagte heute ein Sprecher des Pekinger Außenministeriums.

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

28.08.2022 - 14:39 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

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

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

28.08.2022 - 14:29 [ Washington Post ]

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

(27.08.2022)

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

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

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

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

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

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

28.08.2022 - 14:09 [ CNN ]

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

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

28.08.2022 - 13:30 [ ORF.at ]

Neue Kämpfe in Libyen: Mindestens 23 Tote

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

28.08.2022 - 12:55 [ ArcticToday.com ]

A sweeping US Senate bill aims to address key Arctic issues

(August 4, 2022)

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

28.08.2022 - 12:24 [ ORF.at ]

USA und NATO wollen Präsenz am Nordpol stärken

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

28.08.2022 - 12:16 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

China, US’ initial deal on audit cooperation a significant step, but not a ‘once-for-all’ antidote: analysts

China and the US have reached a long-stalled agreement on the year-long audit dispute for listed companies, based on the principles of equality and reciprocity and abiding by each other’s laws, the Chinese securities regulator announced on Friday, marking a significant breakthrough in bilateral auditing cooperation that partially helps to clear delisting clouds hanging over 280 Chinese companies listed in the US.

28.08.2022 - 12:00 [ CNN ]

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait, in first transit since Pelosi trip

The guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville were on Sunday making the voyage „through waters where high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law,“ the US 7th Fleet in Japan said in a statement.

It said the transit was „ongoing“ and that there had been „no interference from foreign military forces so far.“

26.08.2022 - 09:55 [ theTexan.news ]

Uvalde Class Action Lawsuit to be Filed Against Law Enforcement Agencies, Gun Manufacturer

He then listed off Uvalde ISD, its police chief Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde Police Department, the Uvalde County Sheriff, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol as the law enforcement subjects of the impending suit.

26.08.2022 - 09:51 [ APnews.com ]

Uvalde school police chief fired for response to shooting

In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s board of trustees fired Arredondo during a meeting also attended by parents and survivors of the May 24 massacre. Arredondo, who was not present, is the first officer to lose his job following one of the deadliest classroom shootings in U.S. history.

25.08.2022 - 16:31 [ CNN ]

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

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

24.08.2022 - 16:35 [ Vienna.at ]

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

(22.08.2022)

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

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

22.08.2022 - 07:03 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden discusses nuclear deal with leaders of UK, Germany, France

„In addition, they discussed ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the need to strengthen support for partners in the Middle East region and joint efforts to deter and constrain Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,“ the White House said.

22.08.2022 - 05:32 [ RT.com ]

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

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

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

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

(29. August 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19.08.2022 - 22:30 [ Axios.com ]

CIA sued over alleged spying on journalists, lawyers over Assange visit

Why it matters: The suit argues the agency violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

The big picture: The four plaintiffs, all U.S. citizens, are comprised of two journalists, Charles Glass and John Goetz, and two lawyers, Margaret Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, who used to represent Assange, according to Reuters.

19.08.2022 - 08:17 [ UnlimitedHangout.com ]

RNA for Moderna’s Omicron Booster Manufactured by CIA-Linked Company

The firm only acquired its first commercial manufacturing plant in March 2021, located in Boston, MA and purchased from Sanofi, followed shortly thereafter by the acquisition of another separate plant located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Makeovers were announced for the plants, but little is publicly known about their progress. Prior to the acquisitions, the company had been subleasing a Bay area facility in Fremont, California. Reporters were puzzled at the time as to why a company with roughly 700 employees at the time had acquired a total of 599,00 square feet of manufacturing space after having only emerged from stealth less than 6 months prior.

In April 2021, National Resilience acquired Ology Bioservices Inc., which had received a $37 million contract from the US military the previous November to develop an advanced anti-COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment. This acquisition also provided National Resilience with its first Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory and the ability to manufacture cell and gene therapies, live viral vaccines and vectors and oncolytic viruses.

Despite being in the earliest stages of developing its “revolutionary” manufacturing capabilities, National Resilience entered into a partnership with the Government of Canada in July of last year.

18.08.2022 - 04:58 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Italian Far-right Leader Shared Values with Likud

(12.08.2022)

Italy’s far-right leader Giorgia Meloni called on Wednesday Fascism “history” and highlighting her party’s links to Israel’s Likud and conservative factions. In her video, Meloni emphasized her party’s “shared values and experience” with Israel’s Likud party, US Republicans and British Conservatives. The “Italian conservatives” she leads are “a bastion of freedom and defense of Western values,” she said, highlighting her “Christian and family values.”

18.08.2022 - 04:22 [ Tehran Times ]

Ball in U.S. court on nuclear deal

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

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

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

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

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

18.08.2022 - 02:50 [ @PeoplesParty_US / Nitter ]

“The mask is completely lifting on the empire right now and more and more people are seeing it but they have nowhere to go in the two party system… The fear is that someone like you steps out and gives people hope.” – @MaxBlumenthal on #Dore24

18.08.2022 - 02:18 [ the Jimmy Dore Show / Rumble ]

Dems Have A Sad Over Liz Cheney’s Primary Loss! Moderna Trashes 30M Vax Doses! W/ Jackson Hinkle

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18.08.2022 - 01:54 [ Jackson Hinkle / Nitter ]

I’ve been permanently demonetized & suspended (twice) by YouTube, permanently banned from PayPal/Venmo, permanently banned from Twitch, lost my merch stores on Represent & Teezily, & now I’m being warned by Discord that my entire server might get nuked. So much for free speech.

18.08.2022 - 01:29 [ Yahoo.com ]

Could a third-party candidate win the White House in 2024? Paleologos on the poll

(July 28, 2022)

Voters on both sides of the aisle–especially those in the middle–are all screaming loudly. Sixty-nine percent of independents would like to see three or more parties in the United States. Among registered voters who said they would vote for former President Donald Trump in 2024, 49% would still like to see three or more parties. Among registered voters who said they would vote for President Joe Biden in 2024, 67% would like 3 or more parties.

17.08.2022 - 18:44 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Das “Framing” kommender Antikriegs- und Sozialproteste als “verfassungsfeindliche Aktivitäten” läuft auf Hochtouren

Nicht nur links- und rechtsradikaler Protest, sondern auch der zu erwartende Protest von anderen, die man vorsorglich „Verfassungsfeinde“ nennt, soll in einer Sonderauswertung erfasst werden. Das Projekt wird mit dem Hinweis auf „russische Propaganda- und Spionage-Aktivitäten“ eingeleitet und verpackt.

17.08.2022 - 18:08 [ 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.

17.08.2022 - 07:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

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

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

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

16.08.2022 - 19:11 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

16.08.2022 - 18:39 [ Dan Cooper / Nitter ]

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

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

Warum das Atomabkommen für den Iran von Anfang an wertlos war

(14.Mai 2018)

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

16.08.2022 - 18:08 [ Producer @CNN ]

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

15.08.2022 - 08:46 [ @PeoplesParty_US / Nitter ]

How dare they put their countries so close to our military bases!

15.08.2022 - 08:23 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

US keeps provoking tensions in Straits with lawmakers‘ sneaky visit, to face ‚firm countermeasures‘

Just 12 days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island of Taiwan, a delegation of US lawmakers made a sudden visit to the island on Sunday, further proving that the US is the one that makes repeated provocations and keeps tensions from easing, said Chinese experts.

They stressed that China will definitely impose sanctions on the visiting lawmakers as a countermeasure, as the country has always been firmly opposed to any collusion between the US and Taiwan secessionists.

15.08.2022 - 08:11 [ ORF.at ]

US-Delegation in Taiwan: China verärgert

Chinas Verärgerung über den Besuch der US-Delegation äußerte sich in einem Kommentar, den die amtliche Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua veröffentlichte. In dem Beitrag mit dem Titel „US-Politiker sollten aufhören, bei der Taiwan-Frage mit dem Feuer zu spielen“ wurden die fünf Parlamentarier als „Opportunisten“ geschmäht, die Taiwan aus eigennützigen Motiven hinsichtlich der Kongresszwischenwahlen im November besuchten.

14.08.2022 - 22:32 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

The organized US left in its current incarnation poses little threat to entrenched power, and often functions as its shield. This is a private source of humiliation to many activists, prompting them to overcompensate by ritually abusing heretics and performative radicalism.

There is also the professional left element which reacts with open glee as the security state runs wild on MAGA, the same way many of them celebrated deaths of unvaccinated right-wing septuagenarians with Covid. The culture wars define their shared identity & trump any principle.

14.08.2022 - 21:49 [ Haaretz ]

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

6:45 pm IDT

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

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

14.08.2022 - 21:20 [ Fox News ]

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

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

13.08.2022 - 18:22 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. special envoy for Iran discusses the prospects for reviving a nuclear deal

European, Iranian and American negotiators flew to Vienna last weekend to see if they could once and for all come to an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. The Biden administration has been negotiating to reenter a nuclear deal from which the Trump administration withdrew. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley, the chief negotiator, joins Nick Schifrin to discuss.

13.08.2022 - 17:49 [ JDRucker.com ]

Discreetly Deleted From CDC Website: “mRNA and the Spike Protein Do Not Last Long in the Body”

How many Americans took the Covid-19 jabs because they believed people like Anthony Fauci or organizations like the CDC when they said the spike proteins didn’t stay in the bodies of the injected? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions?

If reports that the spike proteins last indefinitely weren’t ignored by corporate media and suppressed by Big Tech, would more Americans have opted out of taking the “vaccines”? Absolutely.

Now, the CDC has discreetly removed from their website the important claim they’ve made from the beginning that spike proteins, whether injected directly into the body through J&J jabs or created by the body through the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA jabs, do not last long in the body.

13.08.2022 - 06:22 [ ORF.at ]

Chinesische Konzerne ziehen sich von New Yorker Börse zurück

Der Lebensversicherer China Life, die Ölriesen Sinopec und PetroChina, der Alukonzern Chalco sowie der Chemiekonzern Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical kündigten gestern Anträge für ein Delisting ihrer US-Hinterlegungsscheine (ADS) noch im August an.

10.08.2022 - 11:55 [ Fox News ]

GOP Rep. Banks says Trump ‚fired up‘ after FBI raid, ‚made up his mind‘ on 2024: ‚Going to like his decision‘

As for Trump’s plans with regard to a 2024 White House run, Banks said the former president told the group that he „has made up his mind.“

„He said we are going to like his decision and it is only a matter of time before he will make that decision known,“ Banks told Fox News, adding that Trump „enjoyed encouragement“ from RSC members Tuesday to „get the decision out sooner rather than later.“

10.08.2022 - 11:16 [ Fox News ]

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

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

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

10.08.2022 - 11:11 [ New York Times ]

Representative Scott Perry says the F.B.I. seized his cellphone.

“My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents and friends. None of this is the government’s business,” Mr. Perry said. “As with President Trump last night, D.O.J. chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys. These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every citizen.”

(…)

It was not immediately clear why the F.B.I. had seized Mr. Perry’s phone. A spokeswoman for the congressman did not respond right away to a follow-up question, and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

09.08.2022 - 15:17 [ Newsweek ]

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

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

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

09.08.2022 - 15:07 [ NewYorker.com ]

Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals

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

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

09.08.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

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

08.08.2022 - 19:51 [ ORF.at ]

Atomgespräche beendet: Hauptstädte müssen „Ja oder Nein sagen“

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

08.08.2022 - 12:51 [ ORF.at ]

Guterres: Risiko einer nuklearen Konfrontation wieder präsent

Die Atomstaaten sollten sich verpflichten, diese Waffen nicht erstmalig einzusetzen, sagte Guterres heute in Tokio vor dem Hintergrund der Hiroshima-Friedensgedenkfeier am Wochenende zum 77. Jahrestag des ersten Atombombenabwurfs.

Auch jegliche Angriffe auf ein Atomkraftwerk seien „selbstmörderisch“, sagte er mit Blick auf Berichte über den erneuten russischen Beschuss des größten europäischen AKW Saporischschja in der Ukraine.

08.08.2022 - 12:43 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Secessionists must not spoil the word ‚peace‘: Global Times editorial

The current situation is entirely caused by Pelosi and American politicians. China has made the utmost diplomatic efforts before, repeatedly warning the US of the seriousness and danger of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. However, the US turned a deaf ear, went its own way, and even deliberately ignored China’s emphasis – „Those who play with fire will perish by it“ – as no more than an often-used metaphor. Now they are manipulating the public opinion by complaining maliciously about China’s „overreaction,“ doesn’t the move come from their previous serious underestimation of China’s determination and will?

It is both ironic and absurd that the key points of Washington’s current accusations against China are only appropriate for the US itself, as if the US thinks of these wordings when looking in the mirror.

08.08.2022 - 12:29 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Östliches Regionalkommando setzt gemeinsame Übungen im Gewässer und Luftraum um die Taiwan-Insel fort

Das östliche Regionalkommando der chinesischen Volksbefreiungsarmee (VBA) hat am Montag die gemeinsamen Übungen im Gewässer und Luftraum um die Insel Taiwan fortgesetzt.

Schwerpunktmäßig werden U-Boot-Abwehr- und maritime Angriffseinsätze geübt.

08.08.2022 - 12:28 [ ORF.at ]

„Kampfübungen“ rund um Taiwan: China setzt Manöver überraschend fort

Über der vorgelagerten taiwanischen Insel Kinmen, die nur zwei Kilometer von der chinesischen Küste entfernt liegt, sei am Sonntagabend auch wieder eine chinesische Drohne entdeckt worden, berichtete das Verteidigungsministerium in Taipeh. Seit den 50er Jahren hatte es keinen chinesischen Überflug der Insel mehr gegeben.

In anderen Seegebieten im Norden im Golf von Bohai und im Gelben Meer sowie im Süden im Südchinesischen Meer vor der Küste der Provinz Guangdong sind diese Woche auch weitere Manöver geplant.

07.08.2022 - 12:05 [ theHill.com ]

Five signs progressives are in danger of losing influence

Left-wing Democrats have suffered major losses at the ballot box, seen endorsements from their biggest stars lose their oomph and are still struggling to find a suitable successor to lead their movement in the future.

07.08.2022 - 11:01 [ theHill.com ]

Frustrated grassroots leaders say they need even more from White House

Leaders of Democratic grassroots groups say they’re frustrated with the pace of action from the White House and Congress and argue more needs to be done to make an impact with voters before the midterm elections in November.

07.08.2022 - 07:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

Bernie doesn’t even pretend any more to have anything resembling a left-wing foreign policy or any minimal divergence from the neocon-driven Dem Party’s foreign policy dogma. Opposing NATO expansion was long a mainstream liberal view. Now only Hawley & Paul will get near it:

07.08.2022 - 07:24 [ GrandTheftWorld.com ]

Bernie Turns Pro-War & Votes To Expand NATO

The United States Senate has voted 95-1-1 to approve the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, further engorging the ever-growing “defensive” alliance – this despite the fact that NATO was formed as a pact among nations to protect one another from the Soviet Union, a country that hasn’t existed for more than 30 years. Even onetime peace activist Bernie Sanders voted in favor, showing that the Vermont Senator has essentially given up any semblance of independence and is a good Democrat who will never cross the party leadership on substantive matters.

07.08.2022 - 07:16 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

Dick Cheney — who liberals said went to war for Halliburton profits, *stole the 2000 election from Al Gore*, and created a lawless, imperial presidency — is an American patriot who believes in democracy and the rule of law! A faction which believes that is rotted.

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

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

(11.09.2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minuten später erfolgt der Einschlag im Pentagon.

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

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

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

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

Do The Orders Still Stand?

(Monday, September 12, 2011)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

07.08.2022 - 06:04 [ news.Yahoo.com ]

Dick Cheney calls Trump greatest threat US ever faced in campaign ad for daughter Liz

„In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” the ex-vice president and former Republican leader said in the ad released this week, sternly looking directly into the camera.

“He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him,” said Mr Cheney, who added that he believed most Republicans knew deep down that Mr Trump’s conspiracies about the 2020 election were baseless

07.08.2022 - 05:47 [ Newsweek ]

Dick Cheney Ad Blasting Donald Trump Video Watched Over 6M Times Online

video of former Vice President Dick Cheney claiming no individual has ever been „a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump“ has gone viral on social media.

The video was posted twice on the Twitter page of Representative Liz Cheney, his daughter, who is locked in a Republican primary battle with a pro-Trump rival.

07.08.2022 - 05:28 [ Blomberg ]

China Relationship Is Casualty of Truss-Sunak Battle to Lead UK

Britain’s next prime minister is guaranteed to be a China hawk no matter who wins.

06.08.2022 - 20:50 [ Haaretz ]

Witness in Netanyahu Trial Says She Is Still Being Harassed, Asks for Help

Klein was the personal assistant to billionaires Arnon Milchan and James Packer. She is testifying at the trial in Case 1000 – the lavish gifts affair – in which Netanyahu is charged with fraud and breach of trust during the time he served as prime minister. In her testimony, Klein told how Milchan and Packer sent expensive cigars and champagne to Netanyahu and his wife Sara for years through her, at the Netanyahus’ request. Her cross-examination by Amit Hadas, Netanyahu’s lawyer, will continue on September 6, after the end of the courts summer recess.

06.08.2022 - 20:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

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

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

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

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

(29. August 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06.08.2022 - 19:53 [ Christopher Miller, World and national security reporter @politico / Nitter ]

President Zelensky urges @StateDept to designate Russia a terror state. “Formal legal recognition of Russia as a terrorist state, in particular, recognition by the US Department of State, is need not as a political gesture but as an effective defense of the free world.”

(31.07.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:47 [ @creativelytired / Nitter ]

For one thing if it were labeled terrorism then Biden could arguably use the still in effect 2001 AUMF to commit US forces to Ukraine without the US having to declare war.

(08.04.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:25 [ @tvtoront / Nitter ]

In response to a decision of the Russian Federation to recognize „Azov“ as a „terrorist organization“, the regiment itself called on the US State Department and authorized bodies of other states to recognize the Russian Federation as a terrorist state.

(02.08.2022)

05.08.2022 - 13:51 [ Washington Post ]

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

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

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

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

05.08.2022 - 13:34 [ News.cn ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

05.08.2022 - 06:46 [ ZDF ]

Äußerungen zu Taiwan : China legt Protest gegen Baerbock ein

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

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

05.08.2022 - 06:34 [ Fort Hays State University ]

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

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

(…)

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

(…)

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

05.08.2022 - 04:55 [ theHill.com ]

White House declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The Biden administration on Thursday officially declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that’s aimed at freeing up emergency funding and improving distribution of vaccines and treatments.

04.08.2022 - 22:43 [ EarthEmpaths / Rumble.com ]

The Coming War with China | John Pilger

The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s most recent film – his 60th documentary and arguably his most prescient. Completed in the month Donald Trump was elected US President, the film investigates the manufacture of a ‘threat’ and the beckoning of a nuclear confrontation.

04.08.2022 - 22:39 [ IMDB.com ]

The Coming War on China

(2016)

From award winning journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war.

04.08.2022 - 21:55 [ theAmericanConservative.com ]

America’s Coming War with China

(Jun 8, 2021)

Given the rise in anti-Chinese sentiment spawned by the off-shoring of America’s production base to China, the impact of COVID-19, and hyperbolic rhetoric in Washington regarding China’s alleged malevolent aspirations, any number of observers of American politics might easily conclude that Washington is on the precipice of blundering into another war—this time with China. After all, a similar climate of deep-seated paranoia and military hysteria steered the world’s great powers blindly into war in 1914.

04.08.2022 - 21:33 [ John Menadue ]

The US lectures us about a ‘rules based international order’ but ignores rules when it suits – think Diego Garcia

– In 2017 the UN General Assembly voted by a large majority(94-15) to refer the request for an advisory opinion on Diego Garcia to the International Court if Justice.
– In September 2018, 13 of the 14 judges of the ICJ concluded that the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia were illegally separated from Mauritius.
– In May 2019 the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly(116-6) to endorse the Court’s opinion that the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, belonged to Mauritius. Apart from the US and the UK only four countries AUSTRALIA, Hungary, Israel and the Maldives voted in favour of the British neo-colonial claim.
– In November 2019, Britain refused to abide by the ICJ opinion and for the US to leave Chagos/Diego Garcia.
– In 2020 the UN published a map showing Chagos/Diego Garcia as part of Mauritius.

Despite all this, the US sits tight on its key military base of Diego Garcia which is thousands of kilometres from its mainland. In contrast, China’s building of islands in the South China Sea is adjacent to its own territory.

04.08.2022 - 21:18 [ John Menadue ]

Canberra wants a new arms race in Asia

(Jul 22, 2022)

On his first visit to Washington, Australia’s new Defence Minister Richard Marles has warned the region is facing a military build-up “at a rate unseen since World War II” and is part of an “intensification of major power competition”.

What to do when we see a dangerous escalation? Well, escalate some more! Bring in as much military hardware as you can! Arm to the teeth, that’s what I take Marles to say. Not only does the United States need to commit even more military resources to the region, he urges, Australia itself must take “greater responsibility for its own security,” including enlarging its defence capabilities. “This will include capabilities such as longer-range strike weapons, cyber capabilities and area denial systems tailored to a broader range of threats.”

04.08.2022 - 20:44 [ CovertActionMagazine.com ]

UNCLOAKED: Canada’s “Jekyll-and-Hyde” Masquerade as Nation that Supposedly Supports Pacifism and Progressive Principles

The only solution at this time is for American and Canadian peace activists to link up to challenge the military-industrial complex in both countries.

Detailed plans are needed to convert the U.S. and Canadian economies away from militarism and retrain workers and engineers who currently work in the defense sectors.

Restrictions on lobbying and foreign military sales should also be an urgent policy demand along with abolishing NORAD and NATO.

04.08.2022 - 20:14 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

China reagiert auf Erklärung der G7- und EU-Außenminister

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

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

04.08.2022 - 19:37 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Die Welt brennt und die USA zündeln weiter

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

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

02.08.2022 - 19:49 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Umstrittener Besuch: US-Politikerin Pelosi in Taiwan gelandet

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

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

Erklärung des chinesischen Außenministeriums zum Besuch von Pelosi in Taiwan

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

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

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

(2 hours ago)

02.08.2022 - 16:59 [ Reuters ]

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

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

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

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

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

(29. August 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02.08.2022 - 16:14 [ FCNL (Quakers) / Nitter ]

Congress has not approved the use of military force in Somalia. Yet the Biden admin. has justified sending troops there under the outdated 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Our endless wars won’t end until this AUMF comes off the books.

(18.07.2022 / no specific date)

02.08.2022 - 15:35 [ DefenseOne.com ]

House’s ‘Irregular Warfare’ Provision Risks Unintended War

Under both 127e and 1202, the use of proxy forces must support “authorized” U.S. military operations. The Defense Department has cited two sources of authority for engaging in combat through and with 127e proxies: the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF—the authority for the United States’s endless “war on terror”—and the president’s constitutional prerogative to engage in “self-defense,” defined expansively by executive branch lawyers.

The Defense Department could cite similar authorities for the use of 1202 proxies. Although no AUMF was designed to counter Iran, North Korea, Russia, or China, the executive branch believes it has the authority to engage these countries militarily.

02.08.2022 - 15:04 [ ndtv.com ]

A Kabul Safe House – How CIA Identified, Killed Al Qaeda Chief Zawahiri

Zawahiri had been in hiding for years and the operation to locate and kill him was the result of „careful patient and persistent“ work by the counter-terrorism and intelligence community, a senior administration official told reporters.

Until the US announcement, Zawahiri had been rumored variously to be in Pakistan’s tribal area or inside Afghanistan.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official provided the following details on the operation:

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

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

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

02.08.2022 - 06:24 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

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

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

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

02.08.2022 - 05:04 [ StraitsTimes.com ]

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

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

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

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

02.08.2022 - 04:37 [ New York Times ]

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

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

01.08.2022 - 19:15 [ theHill.com ]

11 races we’re watching in Tuesday’s primaries

Voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington will decide Senate, House and gubernatorial nominees, along with a key secretary of state’s race and a ballot measure on abortion.

The races feature everything from a proxy battle between Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence to an incumbent-on-incumbent primary to lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump fighting for their political lives.

Here are 11 races we’ll be watching:

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

China warnt USA erneut vor Pelosi-Besuch in Taiwan

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

01.08.2022 - 17:32 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

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

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

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

01.08.2022 - 17:19 [ CNN ]

Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese and US officials say

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan as part of her tour of Asia, according to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, despite warnings from Biden administration officials, who are worried about China’s response to such a high-profile visit.

31.07.2022 - 17:17 [ America First Legal ]

AFL LAWSUIT REVEALS DAMNING CDC DOCUMENTS PROVING GOVERNMENT COLLUSION WITH BIG TECH TO CENSOR FREE SPEECH AND PROMOTE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PROPAGANDA

Last July, then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the White House was working with social media companies to identify “misinformation.” Specifically, she said, “we’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives, dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media. And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies.”

AFL immediately submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health to uncover the degree to which the CDC and the White House have been censoring content that it has deemed “disinformation” or “misinformation.” Predictably, the Biden Administration obstructed and delayed complying with their legal obligation to provide such information, and AFL sued the CDC to compel their release.

Today, after a year of work, AFL has obtained its first damning release of documents.

31.07.2022 - 17:12 [ TKP,at ]

Dokumente beweisen: US-Regierung nutzt Big Tech zur Zensur

Am Mittwoch gab die NGO Organisation America First Legal (AFL) bekannt, dass sie dank einer Klage gegen die Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an die Dokumente gelangt sei. Der erste Versuch, an die Dokumente über den „Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)“ über das Weiße Haus an die Dokumente zu kommen, war gescheitert.

AFL interpretiert die Dokumente nicht nur als Beweis für eine Koordinierung zwischen den privaten Konzernen und der Regierung. Es habe sich um geheime Absprachen gehandelt, um die Zensur auf den Internetplattformen zu koordinieren.

Spätestens ab Dezember 2020 und mindestens bis Juni 2021 kommunizierte die CDC mit Google, Facebook und Twitter. Die „Zusammenarbeit“ ging so weit, dass Beiträge von einzelnen Nutzern als Beispiele vorgelegt wurden, um festzuhalten, was zensiert werden muss.