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19.03.2023 - 12:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

Curveball: How US was duped by Iraqi fantasist looking to topple Saddam

(15 Feb 2011)

Since the fall of Baghdad, Curveball’s identity had been sought throughout Iraq and Europe. He was finally outed in late 2007 as the main source for Powell’s speech, but has tried to keep a low profile ever since, refusing — under the orders of the BND — the approaches of the few reporters who had tracked him downto Karlsruhe.

The only other time Curveball has agreed to be interviewed was in late 2007, when he told CNN that he had been set up as a fall guy by the BND and had never breathed a word to them about WMD.

19.03.2023 - 12:00 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

16.03.2023 - 13:55 [ ifpnews.com ]

UAE halts purchase of Israeli defense shields following Iran-Saudi deal

(March 13, 2023)

”Until we make sure that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a government that he controls, we will not be able to do common things, “said UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

16.03.2023 - 08:46 [ Ynetnews.com ]

No White House visit for Israel’s Netanyahu as U.S. concern rises

Analysis: Washington sends clear message to Israeli leader; ‚If you pursue objectionable policies, there’s no entitlement to the Oval Office sit-down,‘ says expert

12.03.2023 - 19:19 [ theHill.com ]

US calls Iran’s prisoner swap claim a ‘cruel lie’

“Unfortunately, Iranian officials will not hesitate to make things up, and the latest cruel claim will cause more heartache for the families of Siamak Namazi, Emad Shargi and Morad Tahbaz,” the council said, naming the three Americans known to be held by Tehran on widely disputed espionage charges.

11.03.2023 - 15:32 [ theHill.com ]

China-brokered Iran-Saudi deal raises red flags for US

The deal also comes as Saudi Arabia is demanding certain security guarantees, a steady flow of arms shipments and assistance with its civilian nuclear program in order to normalize relations with Israel, a major U.S. ally, the White House confirmed on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. was “informed” about the Saudi Arabia-Iran talks but played no role in them.

11.03.2023 - 14:42 [ Oilprice.com ]

U.S. And EU Look To Launch Trade Talks On Critical Minerals

The United States and the European Union could launch talks on critical materials trade when U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the White House on Friday.

11.03.2023 - 14:05 [ Scharfenstein / Nitter ]

Von der Leyens Krisenbesuch bei Joe Biden: Scheitert sie, scheitert Europa

10.03.2023 - 20:45 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Saudi Arabia asks US for nuclear help, stoking fears of Iran arms race

(09.03.2023)

Saudi Arabia is reportedly asking for US help to develop its civilian nuclear programme, raising fears that the kingdom may seek to develop a nuclear weapon and accelerate an arms race with Iran.

Saudi officials want US support to enrich uranium and develop their own fuel production system, while Washington is in return seeking a normalisation with another Middle East ally, Israel, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal.

10.03.2023 - 19:56 [ Josh Rogin / Nitter ]

Saudi Clown Prince MBS (Mr Bone Saw) reportedly wants US security guarantees, nuclear power and advanced weapons in exchange for ending hostilities with Israel. They can call the deal Extortion for Peace.

10.03.2023 - 19:53 [ New York Times ]

Saudi Arabia Offers Its Price to Normalize Relations With Israel

(March 9, 2023)

Saudi Arabia is seeking security guarantees from the United States, help with developing a civilian nuclear program and fewer restrictions on U.S. arms sales as its price for normalizing relations with Israel, people familiar with the exchanges say.(…)

A normalization deal would also fulfill one of the most cherished goals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, capping what he considers a legacy of increasing Israel’s security against its archenemy, Iran.

10.03.2023 - 19:08 [ Noga Tarnopolsky נגה טרנופולסקי نوغا ترنوبولسكي / Nitter ]

Lapid: „Netanyahu briefed that I’m to blame for the Saudi-Iran deal. Its delusional. During our time in govt we signed the Saudi aviation agreement, the tripartite security deal with Egypt & the accord on direct flights during Hajj. Pres Biden flew directly from Tel Aviv to KSA…

(today)

10.03.2023 - 18:50 [ CNN ]

Archrivals Iran and Saudia Arabia agree to end years of hostilities in deal mediated by China

They also plan to reimplement a security pact signed 22 years ago under which both parties agreed to cooperate on terrorism, drug-smuggling and money-laundering, as well as reviving a trade and technology deal from 1998.

Friday’s announcement is also a diplomatic victory for China in a Gulf region that has long been considered part of the US’ domain of influence. It comes as the Biden administration tries to notch its own win in the Middle East by trying to broker a normalization pact between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

10.03.2023 - 17:59 [ ORF.at ]

Diplomatischer Coup: Teheran und Riad wollen Eiszeit beenden

Nach jahrelanger Eiszeit, die im Nahen Osten die Spannungen gefährlich erhöht hat, wollen der Iran und Saudi-Arabien die diplomatischen Beziehungen wieder aufnehmen. Der Deal kam offenbar unter Vermittlung Chinas zustande. Gelingt die Annäherung, wäre das für Peking ein wichtiger Erfolg als geopolitischer Player vis-a-vis den USA.

10.03.2023 - 08:38 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran dedicated to multilateral nuclear talks, diplomacy: Foreign Ministry

(06.03.2023)

Kanaani was referring to the nuclear negotiations that started in April 2021 to revive the 2015 nuclear deal but the talks came to a standstill in the summer of 2022 as the Biden administration is refusing to lift the sanctions imposed during Donald Trump’s presidency.

10.03.2023 - 08:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

IAEA chief holds ‘constructive’ talks in Iran after uranium enrichment findings

(04.03.2023)

The two-day visit by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, comes as the Vienna-based organisation seeks greater cooperation with Iran over its nuclear activities.

“By having a constructive discussion … and having good agreements, like I am sure we are going to have, we are going to be paving the way for important agreements,” Grossi told a news conference on Saturday alongside the head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation, Mohammad Eslami.

01.03.2023 - 20:22 [ Jacob N. Kornbluh / Nitter ]

Inbox: J Street calls on the Biden admin to decline meetings with Israeli finance minister Smotrich on his visit to U.S. following his comments about wiping out the Palestinian village of Huwara. They suggest the remarks are also ground for re-examining the approval of his visa

01.03.2023 - 20:19 [ J Street / Nitter ]

LIVE NOW: J Street President @JeremyBenAmi and Chief of Staff Adina Vogel Ayalon discuss the crisis and escalation in Israel and the West Bank and reflect on what we saw on our latest Congressional Delegation to the region.

01.03.2023 - 19:12 [ PBS.org ]

WATCH LIVE: State Department holds news briefing as demonstrators hold ‘Day of Disruption’ in Israel

Netanyahu and his government, made up of ultranationalists, have branded the protesters anarchists, while stopping short of condemning a West Bank settler mob that torched a Palestinian town earlier this week.

The legal overhaul has sparked an unprecedented uproar, with weeks of mass protests, criticism from legal experts and rare demonstrations by army reservists who have pledged to disobey orders under what they say will be a dictatorship after the overhaul passes.

01.03.2023 - 15:12 [ Haaretz.com / Nitter ]

Following Sunday’s deadly settler riot in the West Bank village, MK Zvika Fogel (from Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party), said he „looks favorably on the results“

01.03.2023 - 15:06 [ Haaretz ]

Palestinian ‚Village of Hawara Needs to Be Wiped Out‘: Israel’s Far-right Finance Minister Justifies ‚Disproportionate‘ Response to Terrorism

Israel’s Finance Minister called for the destruction of a West Bank Palestinian village on Wednesday, days after it was attacked by a mob of settlers who torched dozens of homes and reportedly killed one resident.

“The village of Hawara needs to be wiped out. I think that the State of Israel needs to do that [and] not, God forbid, private individuals,” said Bezalel Smotrich, when asked why he had “liked” a tweet by deputy Samaria Regional Council head Davidi Ben Zion calling for Hawara to be “wiped out today.”

28.02.2023 - 10:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

Dianne Feinstein statement on CIA torture report ‚cover-up‘ – full text

(March 11, 2014)

Let me say up front that I come to the Senate Floor reluctantly. Since January 15, 2014, when I was informed of the CIA’s search of this committee’s network, I have been trying to resolve this dispute in a discreet and respectful way. I have not commented in response to media requests for additional information on this matter. However, the increasing amount of inaccurate information circulating now cannot be allowed to stand unanswered.

The origin of this study: The CIA’s detention and interrogation program began operations in 2002, though it was not until September 2006, that Members of the Intelligence Committee, other than the Chairman and Vice Chairman, were briefed. In fact, we were briefed by then-CIA Director Hayden only hours before President Bush disclosed the program to the public.

A little more than a year later, on December 6, 2007, a New York Times article revealed the troubling fact that the CIA had destroyed videotapes of some of the CIA’s first interrogations using so-called “enhanced techniques.” …

28.02.2023 - 10:03 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

C.I.A.-Affäre: Der Offenbarungseid von Dianne Feinstein – Video, Zusammenfassung, Einschätzung

(12. März 2014)

Die Rede von Senatorin Dianne Feinstein vor dem Senat der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika über die Sabotage der verfassungsmäßigen Kontrolle des Parlaments über die Central Intelligence Agency durch die Central Intelligence Agency ist vielleicht das Erbärmlichste, was ich in meinem Leben je gesehen und gehört habe. Es ist nicht nur der Offenbarungseid eines Ausnahmezustands, eines über sich selbst und die Welt verhängten Kriegsrechts des mächtigsten Imperiums auf dem Planeten, in seinem Krieg „on terror“, weltweit geführt mit seinen „Einflussgebieten“, „Alliierten“, Ablegern, schlechten Kopien und Kolonien. Es ist der Offenbarungseid seiner bis auf die Knochen korrupten, feigen, abgetakelten, unfähigen Zuträger, Mitwisser, Kollaborateure und Funktionäre.

Was Senatorin Feinstein hier zeigt, was sie da zeigt, ist so unbeschreiblich, das sogar mir die Worte fehlen um es zu beschreiben. Ich will hier den Inhalt ihres Statements nur deshalb zusammenfassen, weil ich davon ausgehe dass die ganzen Feinsteins der deutschsprachigen Presse dies alles weder hören, lesen, geschweige denn darüber berichten wollen, genauso wie deren KundInnen.

28.02.2023 - 09:51 [ New York Times ]

Doctor Describes and Denounces C.I.A. Practice of ‘Rectal Feeding’ of Prisoners

(Feb. 24, 2023)

In December 2014, the Obama administration released a 500-page summary of a classified Senate study of the C.I.A.’s so-called black site program. It revealed the agency’s practice of using “rectal rehydration” and “rectal feeding” to punish prisoners.

At the time, the C.I.A. defended it as a sound medical procedure. The group Physicians for Human Rights then condemned the practice as “sexual assault masquerading as medical treatment.”

But this week the agency declined a request for a comment on the descriptions that were attributed to the C.I.A. in open court. Nor would an agency spokeswoman respond to Dr. Crosby’s testimony that Mr. Nashiri also told her that he was sodomized with a broom stick while the C.I.A. held him in a cell, nude with his wrists shackled above his head.

10.02.2023 - 04:57 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

10.02.2023 - 04:51 [ WeAreTheMighty.com ]

Israeli Mossad is striking Iranian military centers and leaders, anywhere in the world

Aside from the biblical stories of persecution, Jews in Russia, Portugal and even Brooklyn, New York, have been the victims of anti-Jewish hate killings. Then, of course, there’s Nazi Germany.

Iran is just the latest to threaten the annihilation of the Jewish people, but this time, the Jewish people have a state of their own, a military that rivals anything in the region, and an intelligence service that is notoriously willing and able to do whatever it takes to protect the world’s Jews, especially those inside Israel.

05.02.2023 - 22:31 [ Michael Thenissen / Nitter ]

… „kein EU-Land wollte konkrete Zusagen über eine Beteiligung an dem Panzer-Paket machen. Selbst die niederländische Regierung, die wie #Polen in den Medien schon die Lieferung von #Leopard2-Panzern zugesagt hatte, wolle sich nicht festlegen“.

05.02.2023 - 22:27 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Panzer für die Ukraine: Bisher wenige Zusagen für „Leoparden“

Einem Bericht des „Spiegel“ zufolge soll sich Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz telefonisch bei seinen Amtskollegen bemüht haben, weitere Lieferzusagen zu bekommen. Noch in der vergangenen Woche aber habe bei einer Videokonferenz von Verteidigungsminister Boris Pistorius kein anderes europäisches Land konkrete Lieferzusagen machen wollen, berichtet das Magazin.

Auch die Niederlande, die öffentlich bereits die Lieferung an die Ukraine angekündigt hatten, wollte sich demnach nicht konkreter festlegen.

01.02.2023 - 02:44 [ Fox News ]

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

(14.01.2022)

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

01.02.2023 - 02:27 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Herbe Schlappe für Joe Biden: Impfpflicht scheitert vorm Supreme Court

(14.01.2022)

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

15.01.2023 - 12:41 [ theGuardian.com ]

Netanyahu is Israel’s own worst enemy. Why won’t western allies confront him?

A few have issued veiled warnings. None has imposed the sort of sanctions or boycotts levelled in the past on political extremists in other countries.

The coalition’s objectionable plans raise a broader, uncomfortable question for the US and Europe reaching beyond the too-familiar abuses and impunity of military occupation. In short, can Israel still be considered a reliable, law-abiding ally that shares a set of common values and standards with the western democracies? Maybe this is why governments are keeping stumm.

14.01.2023 - 19:06 [ Washngton Post ]

Israel braces for massive protests as far-right government targets courts

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in November elections after a year and a half on the sidelines, propelled by a bloc of once-fringe, far-right partners. In the two weeks since its inauguration, his government has embarked on a blitz of legislative initiatives, characterizing them as a “revision” to right the “imbalance among the three branches of government.”

But critics say the measures amount to a “coup d’etat” that will destroy the nation’s system of checks and balances to save Netanyahu from prosecution in three separate corruption cases and embolden his extremist religious partners to advance legislation supporting the expansion of Jewish settlement in the West Bank and the application of conservative Jewish law to public institutions.

12.01.2023 - 03:00 [ CNN ]

Opinion: Trump and now Biden, too? It’s time to reform the classification process

According to media reports, in November 2022, Biden’s personal lawyers were clearing out remaining items at his private office at his pre-presidency think tank when they located approximately 10 documents containing classification markings. The lawyers appear to have notified White House counsel, who then notified the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The documents were properly secured by the federal government the next morning. Additional reporting indicates that a second separate batch of records with classification markings were found in supplemental searches by Biden aides.

To be unequivocally clear, those documents never should have been in unauthorized locations. Period.

07.01.2023 - 19:14 [ Bloomberg ]

The Untold Story Behind Saudi Arabia’s 41-Year U.S. Debt Secret

(May 31, 2016)

The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.

It took several discreet follow-up meetings to iron out all the details, Parsky said. But at the end of months of negotiations, there remained one small, yet crucial, catch: King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud demanded the country’s Treasury purchases stay “strictly secret,” according to a diplomatic cable obtained by Bloomberg from the National Archives database.

07.01.2023 - 19:08 [ White House ]

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby, January 6. 2023

Q Thank you. I have two foreign policy questions, John. First, on — the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the administration easing tension with Saudi Arabia, and they might not go ahead with the review. Can you comment if this is actually accurate? And how far are we in the review?
 
And second, on Turkey: As you know, there’s this kind of rapprochement between Turkey and the Assad regime, with the mediation of the Russians. Do you believe that this is the right step from the administration’s point of view? And will the Kurds pay the price for this?
 
MR. KIRBY: To the second question, the answer — short answer is: No. We haven’t normalized relations with the Assad regime, and we — we wouldn’t encourage any nation-state to normalize relations with the Assad regime.
 
But we’ll see where these talks go and what actually comes out of this. I don’t want to get ahead of where they are. But we obviously don’t support normalization with Assad.
 
On — I’m sorry, your first question was?
 
Q On the Saudis. 
 
MR. KIRBY: Saudis. Thank you. The President has been consistent and clear that he wants this bilateral relationship, like any bilateral relationship we have, to be well suited to the interests of the American people and to our national security. And we’re going to continue to take a look at that relationship.
 
Look, Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner — 80-some-odd years. And — and it’s important that that strategic partnership continue, but it’s also important that it continues in a way that is completely consistent with our values and our interests. And the President wants to continue to take a look at it to make sure that that’s the case.

07.01.2023 - 19:05 [ aawsat.com ]

US Confirms Strategic Partnership with Saudi Arabia

(7 January, 2023)

The United States has once again expressed its keenness to maintain its 80-years strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia.

NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby reiterated in an interview with Al-Arabiya channel that Saudi Arabia is a „strategic partner“ of the United States, recalling that the bilateral relations date back to more than 80 years.

21.12.2022 - 06:43 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

03.12.2022 - 18:28 [ china-environment-news.net ]

Egypt, Saudi Arabia & Qatar join Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as ‘Dialogue Partners’

(September 14, 2022)

Egypt and Qatar have been granted Dialogue Partner status of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) following the admission procedure launched in September 2021 at the Dushanbe summit.

27.11.2022 - 13:53 [ Gustavo Petro, Presidente de la República de Colombia / Nitter ]

Me reuní con los voceros de Wikikeaks, para apoyar la lucha mundial por la libertad del periodista Julian Assange. Le soliciaré al presidente Biden con otros presidentes latinoamericanos que no se pongan cargos a un periodista solo por decir la verdad

(22.11.2022)

27.11.2022 - 13:25 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Kolumbianischer Präsident Petro trifft sich mit WikiLeaks und will sich für Julian Assange einsetzen: „Er hat nur die Wahrheit gesagt“

Der linke kolumbianische Präsident Gustavo Petro hat sich mit Sprechern des Wikileaks-Projekts im Präsidentenpalast Casa de Nariño getroffen. Das Treffen mit dem Chefredakteur der Enthüllungsplattform, Kristinn Hrafnsson, und dem Wikileaks-Botschafter, Joseph Farrell, dauerte etwa eine Stunde. Laut Hrafnsson hat sich der Staatschef bereit erklärt, für den Gründer von Wikileaks, Julian Assange, bei der Regierung von Joe Biden einzutreten.

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

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

20.11.2022 - 13:47 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

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

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

16.11.2022 - 09:31 [ Radio Polen - polskieradio.pl ]

Pentagon kann russischen Raketentreffer in Polen nicht bestätigen

(15.11.2022 21:32)

„Wir sind uns der Presseberichte bewusst, die behaupten, dass zwei russische Raketen in Polen nahe der ukrainischen Grenze eingeschlagen sind. Ich kann Ihnen sagen, dass wir derzeit keine Informationen haben, die diese Berichte bestätigen, und dass wir die Angelegenheit weiter prüfen“, sagte Pentagon-Sprecher Patrick Ryder bei einer Pressekonferenz.

16.11.2022 - 09:18 [ White House ]

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

(9:53 A.M. CIT)

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

14.11.2022 - 07:02 [ newagebd.net ]

Corrupting the system at every level

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

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

07.11.2022 - 07:04 [ Haaretz ]

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

(12.09.2022)

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

04.11.2022 - 06:39 [ Arsen Ostrovsky / Nitter ]

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

24.10.2022 - 19:40 [ TeenVogue.com ]

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

(18.11.2021)

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

19.10.2022 - 05:34 [ gulfif.org ]

Russia’s Double Game in the JCPOA Negotiations

(January 26, 2022)

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

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

19.10.2022 - 05:04 [ Newsweek ]

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

(26.04.2021)

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

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

06.10.2022 - 14:42 [ Haaretz ]

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

(12.09.2022)

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

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 - 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.

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.“

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)

09.09.2022 - 14:10 [ Laura Rozen / Substack ]

Israel believes Iran deal unlikely before November

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

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

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

09.09.2022 - 14:02 [ BNN Newsroom / Nitter ]

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

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

09.09.2022 - 13:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

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

(06.09.2022)

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

07.09.2022 - 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.

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)

18.08.2022 - 04:22 [ Tehran Times ]

Ball in U.S. court on nuclear deal

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

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

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

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

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

17.08.2022 - 07:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

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

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

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

16.08.2022 - 19:11 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

16.08.2022 - 05:56 [ theHill.com ]

DOJ says unsealing Trump warrant affidavit would jeopardize investigation

Federal prosecutors submitted a court filing opposing any efforts to unseal the document laying out probable cause for the search. The filing came just days after they agreed to release a copy of the warrant itself as well as a receipt listing the materials that were seized during the search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

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 - 06:11 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Die Kommandokette

(11.09.2014)

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

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

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

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

(…)

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 - 16:14 [ 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 - 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.

20.07.2022 - 14:34 [ Washington Post ]

Russia seeks to annex Ukraine’s east, south later this year, U.S. says

“First, these proxy officials will arrange sham referenda on joining Russia. Then, Russia will use those sham referenda as a basis to try to claim annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory,” Kirby told reporters during Tuesday’s White House press briefing. Kirby added that the referendums “will take place later this year, possibly in conjunction with Russia’s regional elections.”

12.07.2022 - 10:22 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudis Unwilling To Upset Putin As Biden Begs For More Crude

(Jul 03, 2022)

The world’s largest crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, continues to keep close ties with Russia while the top oil consumer, the United States, pleads with major producers—including the Kingdom—to boost supply to the market and help ease consumers’ pain at the pump. While the U.S. and its Western allies are sanctioning Moscow and banning oil imports from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden is also turning to Saudi Arabia to ask it to pump more oil as Americans pay on average $5 a gallon for gasoline.

12.07.2022 - 09:31 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden’s Quest for Saudi Oil Faces Reality-Check of Slim Capacity

The US president’s visit to a country he once vowed to isolate represents a significant thawing of relations, but the Saudis and their OPEC partners have limited spare production capacity to offer in return for this political concession. Some market watchers also question whether tapping this supply buffer would calm energy markets, or just make matters worse.

“A surge in Saudi production seems unlikely,” said Ben Cahill, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

12.07.2022 - 08:39 [ Al Jazeera ]

The Masochist in Chief: Biden, Israel and the Middle East

Israel is the only “western country” where Biden is less popular than Trump, even though his Middle East policy looks a lot like his predecessor’s – “the nuclear deal is out, the Saudis are in, and human rights are down”. And Israel is, once again, front and centre. If you thought his trip to Saudi Arabia is about Saudi Arabia or oil, think again. The main aim of his trip is to increase Israel’s security and deepen its integration in the region.

True, Biden is not the first president to spoil Israel rotten, but there is something much more bizarre about Biden’s relationship with Israel. It is sort of a sado-masochistic relationship – the greater the abuse the bigger the schmooze.

29.06.2022 - 02:32 [ Amerika21.de ]

Kolumbien: Erstes Telefonat zwischen designiertem Präsidenten Petro und US-Präsident Biden

Auch Blinken, mit dem Petro ein 20-minütiges Telefonat führte, äußerte sich via Twitter positiv zu den Gesprächen.

Unter kolumbianischen Politiker:innen und Expert:innen sorgte das schnell stattgefundene Gespräch zwischen Petro und Biden für Überraschung.

14.05.2022 - 14:02 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

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

08.05.2022 - 15:31 [ Techdirt ]

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

(14.01.2013)

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

14.04.2022 - 06:03 [ theHill.com ]

Will vaccine passports be biggest campaign issue of 2022?

(April 2, 2021)

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

26.03.2022 - 21:41 [ Reuters ]

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

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

24.02.2022 - 06:22 [ White House ]

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

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

24.02.2022 - 06:14 [ White House ]

Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.

23.02.2022 - 07:39 [ Weißes Haus ]

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

(22.02.2022)

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

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

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

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

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

21.02.2022 - 03:27 [ Weißes Haus ]

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

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

11.02.2022 - 01:48 [ CNN ]

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

(February 09, 2022)

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

11.02.2022 - 01:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

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

(Feb. 6, 2022)

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

03.02.2022 - 10:48 [ ORF.at ]

Weißes Haus ändert Wortwahl in Ukraine-Konflikt

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

14.01.2022 - 22:20 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

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

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

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

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

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

14.01.2022 - 21:13 [ Fox News ]

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

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

14.01.2022 - 20:39 [ Achse des Guten ]

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

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

14.01.2022 - 20:29 [ Tichys Einblick ]

Der nächste Rückschlag für Biden: Oberster Gerichtshof stoppt Impfpflicht

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

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

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 12:00 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

Herbe Schlappe für Joe Biden: Impfpflicht scheitert vorm Supreme Court

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

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

House GOP Leaders: No More Authoritarian Mandates

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

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

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

BIG VICTORY FOR AMERICA AT THE SUPREME COURT

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

14.01.2022 - 10:37 [ Wirtschaft / Twitter ]

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 10:10 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court puts an end to pandemic of the autocrat

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

09.01.2022 - 12:00 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Appears Skeptical of Biden’s Virus Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to be leaning on Friday toward blocking one of the White House’s main pandemic-fighting strategies, expressing skepticism that the Biden administration has the legal power to mandate that large employers require workers to be vaccinated or to undergo frequent testing.

06.01.2022 - 09:58 [ NPR.org ]

The Supreme Court to hold a hearing on Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business, about its opposition to OSHA’s vaccine and testing requirements for private employers.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing mandate.

05.01.2022 - 10:59 [ Washington Post ]

Judge grants relief to Navy SEALs who refused coronavirus vaccine, sued Biden administration

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking the Defense Department from taking action against a group of 35 Navy sailors who had refused to get a coronavirus vaccine, raising questions on how it might shape the Pentagon’s requirement that all U.S. troops get vaccinated.

03.01.2022 - 09:36 [ .healthcarefinancenews.com ]

Supreme Court to hear arguments over vaccine mandates on January 7

(23.12.2021)

About half the states in the United States, 24, have filed lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates.

01.01.2022 - 15:01 [ NBC News ]

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts stresses need for judicial independence

The current court term is loaded with highly charged cases, including a direct assault on Roe v. Wade and challenges to the Biden administration’s efforts to impose vaccine or mask-wearing and testing requirements for large employers and health care workers to control the spread of Covid. The court will hear the pandemic-related cases in a special session January 7.

Roberts did not mention any of those factors. But he said the judiciary’s power to manage its own internal affairs „insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government.“

31.12.2021 - 06:56 [ Weißes Haus ]

Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

The tone of the conversation between the two presidents was serious and substantive. They each framed their positions as they’ve done in previous calls and also as they have done publicly.

President Biden laid out two paths, two aspects of the U.S. approach that will really depend on Russia’s actions in the period ahead. One is a path of diplomacy leading toward a de-escalation of the situation, and the other is a path that’s more focused on deterrence, including serious costs and consequences should Russia choose to proceed with a further invasion of Ukraine. And those costs include economic costs, include adjustments and augmentations of NATO force posture in Allied countries, and include additional assistance to Ukraine to enable it to further defend itself and its territory, as we’ve laid out previously.

27.12.2021 - 08:02 [ Marketwatch.com ]

White House lifting omicron travel ban on South Africa and seven other southern African countries

(24.12.2021)

White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter that the decision was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Munoz said the temporary travel bans bought scientists necessary time to study the new virus variant and conclude that the current vaccinations are effective in blunting its impact.

24.12.2021 - 04:47 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on Wednesday evening that it would hold a special hearing next month to assess the legality of two initiatives at the heart of the Biden administration’s efforts to address the coronavirus in the workplace.

21.12.2021 - 14:50 [ PharmacyTimes.com ]

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Single Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19, Flu, RSV

(October 8, 2021)

Officials with the FDA have issued an emergency use authorization for PerkinElmer’s PKamp Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay, a single test that can detect and differentiate between SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

21.12.2021 - 14:18 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

21.12.2021 - 14:06 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

21.12.2021 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says

(15.12.2021)

In January 2020, the C.D.C. developed a polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., test for the virus. (…)

Problems emerged soon after the C.D.C. had begun shipping its test kits out to public health laboratories in early February. (…)

In mid-February, the agency acknowledged that the kits were flawed, and in April, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that poor manufacturing practices had resulted in contamination of the test kits.

The new paper
presents the results of the C.D.C.’s own internal investigation into the problems with the tests.

(…)

The investigation also confirmed that the test kits had been contaminated with synthetic fragments of the virus’s genetic material.

21.12.2021 - 13:19 [ Veterans Today ]

US CDC Retires PCR Test due to It may not be able to Distinguish Covid from Influenza Viruses

(16.12.2021)

«After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives»

21.12.2021 - 13:17 [ needtoknow.news ]

CDC to Withdraw PCR Test Because it Cannot Distinguish Between Covid and Flu

(July 25, 2021)

The CDC quietly announced last week that it was withdrawing its request to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus PCR Diagnostic Panel for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the name for the COVID-19 virus). It now recommends laboratories adopt a method that can detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from influenza viruses. The US has used the PCR test to report more than 34.4-million cases of the COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 610,000 deaths.

18.12.2021 - 15:00 [ Rubikon ]

Stirb langsam!

Wie britische und amerikanische Behörden mit Julian Assange umspringen, lässt nur eine Schlussfolgerung zu — sie wollen seinen Tod.

14.12.2021 - 23:00 [ Forbes.com ]

Appeals Court Refuses To Put Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers Back Into Effect

A federal appeals court upheld Monday a district court order that blocked the White House’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers—which paused the order in only 10 states and not nationwide—the latest in a string of recent setbacks President Joe Biden’s vaccine orders have faced in court.

14.12.2021 - 22:56 [ .marketwatch.com ]

Most employers say they won’t require vaccines if courts block Biden’s mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees is in limbo since a federal appeals court halted it last month.

08.12.2021 - 19:03 [ Newsweek ]

NYC Vaccine Mandate Blocked by Judge in Blow to Bill de Blasio

Patricia Finn, an attorney who describes herself on Twitter as „The Good Health Lawyer New Yotk (sic),“ launched the legal challenge against the mayor’s mandate. She regularly espouses anti-vaccination views on her social media accounts.

In one Facebook post, Finn wrote: „Please DO NOT support lockdowns for the unvaccinated. It garners support for lockdowns and punishment for whoever these bureaucrats deem ‚dangerous‘.“

07.12.2021 - 07:25 [ Associated Press / 8newsnow.com ]

Vaccine mandates on hold: Courts put a stop to sweeping requirements — for now

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden’s administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won’t have to worry about it, at least for now.

Same goes for a Jan. 4 deadline set by the administration for businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus.

01.12.2021 - 13:26 [ NationalReview.com ]

Joe Biden’s Mandates Aren’t Doing So Well in Court

Yesterday and today, federal judges in Louisiana and Missouri entered injunctions against vaccine mandates for the staff of 21 types of Medicare and Medicaid health-care providers, enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and planned to go into effect next Monday. Monday’s ruling was by Judge Matthew Schlep of the Eastern District of Missouri (a Trump appointee), and applies to ten states (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming), all of which were plaintiffs in the case.

22.11.2021 - 19:45 [ TeenVogue.com ]

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

(18.11.2021)

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

19.11.2021 - 14:56 [ Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of the great state of Florida / Twitter ]

The Florida Legislature and my administration are committed to protecting Florida jobs. Today, I signed legislation protecting the right of Floridians to earn a living and to make health decisions for themselves.

19.11.2021 - 14:51 [ CNN ]

Florida set to become first state to fine businesses over vaccine mandates, in defiance of Biden administration

(18.11.2021)

Acting mostly along party lines, the Florida House and Senate passed a package of four bills protecting workers who remain defiant against Covid-19 vaccinations. Once signed by DeSantis — which is expected in the coming days — Florida will become the first state with a law imposing fines on companies that require a Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

19.11.2021 - 06:56 [ CNBC ]

Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate to comply with court order

The White House previously told businesses to proceed with the implementation of the requirements.

17.11.2021 - 18:54 [ DailyWire.com ]

‘An Unconstitutional Invasion’: Republican Senators To Challenge Biden Vaccine Mandate: Report

Every Republican senator is expected to challenge the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate via the Congressional Review Act on Wednesday.

According to a report from Fox News, the Congressional Review Act is “ the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule.”

17.11.2021 - 18:49 [ Vern Buchanan, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

BREAKING! I just helped introduce legislation to officially invalidate President Biden’s unconstitutional, job-killing vaccine mandate. This one-size-fits-all big government power grab is an invasion of privacy and will cripple businesses across the country.

13.11.2021 - 20:11 [ NPR.org ]

10 states sue Biden administration over COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

A group of 10 states has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and its requirement that health care workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the mandate is „unconstitutional and unlawful.“

10.11.2021 - 17:01 [ USA Today ]

Professionals purposely spreading misinformation are ‚criminals,‘ Pfizer CEO says: COVID-19 updates

But Bourla has less empathy or understanding for what he said are the “small” number of people who have knowingly circulated misinformation. Those people can’t be qualified just bad people, he said, adding: “They are criminals. They have literally cost millions of lives.”

The interview was live-streamed online and the replay is available to watch here.

10.11.2021 - 16:50 [ Washington Post ]

Pfizer asks FDA for broader authorization of vaccine booster

Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a booster dose of its coronavirus vaccine for people 18 and older.

The FDA could clear the request by the end of the month, according to health officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue.

10.11.2021 - 15:57 [ theHill.com ]

Business groups sue to block Biden vaccine-or-test mandate

The American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and National Federation of Independent Business also joined the lawsuit, among other groups.

Many of the high-profile lawsuits up until this point had come from GOP-led states and conservative groups.

10.11.2021 - 15:55 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

More than half of US states are suing to stop Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

(05.11.2021)

Twenty-six states cosigned four petitions, amounting to perhaps the most sweeping legal challenge to pandemic-era safety requirements since Biden took office. Three Democrat-led states are among the 26.

10.11.2021 - 06:53 [ BGR.com ]

Biden official tells businesses to ignore court order on vaccine mandate

Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared some thoughts via his Twitter account over the weekend about a federal court temporarily pausing the implementation of the Biden vaccine mandate.