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    Germany professes sovereignty!

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    For her part, Merkel said that the EU upholds independence in its foreign relations. The world today faces many problems and challenges, which all the more call for Germany-China and EU-China cooperation to address together, she said.

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    The way that China makes its own country "more secure" is a harbinger of things to come in the outer world.

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    Good PR to keep the exports going.

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    Zero mainstream coverage today of the foiled, U.S. backed plot to assassinate Belarus president Lukashenko



    By Gilbert Doctorow

    Gilbert Doctorow is a professional Russia watcher going back to 1965. For twenty-five years he worked for US and European multinationals in marketing and general management with regional responsibility. In the year 2000, he closed his corporate career as General Director in Russia and the CIS for a UK based multinational.

    This very situation seems to have arisen over the weekend, when news broke in Moscow over the arrest of two conspirators plotting a coup d’état in Minsk, to be carried out by the Belarus armed forces tentatively during the 9 May parade celebrating victory over fascist Germany in the Second World War.


    Other leading English-speaking papers such as The Guardian and The Financial Times have front page reports on Alexei Navalny’s near death condition in a prison camp but not a word about Belarus. Ditto the Frankfurter Allgemeine and Le Figaro. Curious, n’est-ce pas? Warum? Let’s look into the story in its full dimension.


    Last night’s News of the Week program hosted by Dimitry Kiselyov, Russia’s top manager of state news programming, began with a 20 minute report on the extraordinary arrest of two conspirators plotting armed rebellion entailing the murder of Lukashenko and his family, abolition of the post of President, installation of a Committee of Concord such as previously had been headed by the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.


    But these were not empty allegations. The arrests followed on a meeting by the two conspirators with Belarus military officers held in a downtown Moscow restaurant which was filmed from start to finish by the Russian state security agency, the FSB. Lengthy segments of recordings from their meeting and discussion of their treasonous plans were aired on the Kiselyov program. Moreover, the accused are not some unknown pawns such as the British presented to the world press when they released their accusations against Russia over the Skripal poisoning. No, one of the two arrested was the former press secretary of Lukashenko, a person who would have had all the contacts necessary to organize such a rebellion. The other plotter has dual US-Belarus citizenship and was well known as a fighter against Lukashenko’s rule.


    The two were turned over to the Belarus KGB for interrogation in Minsk. Surely further information about the links of the plotters to Ukraine, to Poland and to the United States will come out in the next few days.


    What we have here is “very likely” (to use current Anglo-American political jargon) involvement of the United States in yet another regime change operation. The revolution from below in Belarus led by Tikhanovskaya with support from Poland and Lithuania failed. The anti-Lukashenko street demonstrations led to nothing. And now Plan B, a putsch from above, was being organized to achieve the objective of removing Lukashenko both politically and physically. We have not seen such openly murderous plans with “likely” U.S. backing since John Kennedy’s days when the assassination of Fidel Castro was the hot game in D.C.


    On the same “very likely” logic, I permit myself to take this all back to the door of the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Policy designate Victoria Nuland. The links to Warsaw and Kiev that appear present are all in line with what she was doing to precipitate the Maidan in 2013 and violent overthrow of the sitting President in Kiev amidst attempts to murder him as he made his escape to Russian territory in February 2014.


    From all of the foregoing, it looks as though U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s pledge several weeks ago that the US would no longer pursue “orange revolutions” was either an out and out lie or made without his knowing that control of foreign policy no longer is in his hands, but is being carried out by his nominal subordinate, Mme Nuland. No wonder that the U.S. has ordered “stop the presses” on this story until it can put together some plausible response.


    In the meantime, the same news program delivered the Kremlin’s response to the Czech action over the weekend to expel 18 diplomats from the Russian embassy in Prague over allegations that Russia was involved in blowing up an arms depot near the capital back in 2014, an event which previously the Czech authorities had blamed on the owners-managers of the depot. Per the Kremlin, these new and absurd Czech charges of Russia’s nefarious activities were agreed with Washington to direct attention away from the pending story about U.S. involvement in plans to murder the Belarus head of state.


    Are we headed to World War III? If the war machinery today were like what existed in August 1914, the answer would be unquestionably yes. It is our good fortune that until someone on either side of the East-West divide pushes the Red Button, there are ways back from the abyss. However, we are still heading in the wrong direction, towards the abyss, and the United States is the prime mover.

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    Interesting.

    I have seen no third party conformation of what went down in Belarus.



    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    No wonder that the U.S. has ordered “stop the presses” on this story until it can put together some plausible response.
    Is that even possible anymore ?

    There is a turning up of the heat over at the Sea of Azoz.

    All in all there does seem to be something nefarious going on on the third floor down in Soggy Bottoms. Blinken I may be having second thoughts about.

    WW111 ? No way, this is no longer 1914, in fact very far from it.


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    Iran has taken air superiority from U.S., says CENTCOM

    April 21, 2021 - 22:38

    "TEHRAN — “For the first time since the Korean War, we are operating without complete air superiority,” Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie acknowledged on Tuesday.
    The Marine Corps general in charge of the U.S. CENTCOM made the acknowledgment in a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

    McKenzie said that Iran is extensively using small and medium-sized drones for surveillance and attack.

    He added, “What we have found is that, particularly against Iran, they do not like their activities to be exposed.”

    On June 20, 2019, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a United States RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz.

    The U.S. has been flying surveillance drones in the West Asia region for many years to spy on Iran."


    Iran has taken air superiority from U.S., says CENTCOM - Tehran Times

    And page 5 here:

    https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/A...K-20210421.pdf
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    I think that's what is referred to as a "bluff".

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    China Will Lead The World In Nuclear Energy, Along With All Other Energy Sources, Sooner Than You Think

    China now leads the world in total energy production and also produces almost twice the amount of electricity that the United States does, 4.4 trillion kWh versus 7.5 trillion kWh per year, respectively.

    With over a third of China’s population still being energy poor or in abject poverty, this will grow even more.

    And a lot of it will come from nuclear.

    As of this month, China has 49 nuclear reactors in operation with a capacity of 47.5 GW, third only to the United States and France. And 17 under construction with a capacity of 18.5 GW. None have been shut down. Nuclear provides only 2% of China’s electrical power now, but the country intends nuclear to eventually surpass all other sources.

    China Will Lead The World In Nuclear Energy, Along With All Other Energy Sources, Sooner Than You Think

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    Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State48

    April 29, 2021 in Uncategorized by craig | View Comments


    "The forthright branding of Israel as an apartheid state by Human Rights Watch could be a watershed moment in mainstream acceptance of what Israel has become. Human Rights Watch is not an outlier or left wing organisation. It is very much a part of the establishment in the United States and is not generally associated with hard hitting criticism that conflicts with the promoted interests of the American state. Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch CEO who has been in power longer than Putin, is a darling of the New York liberal and Democratic Party Establishment."

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2021/04/human-rights-watch-confirms-israel-is-an-apartheid-state/


    https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/04/27/...id-persecution

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    "The forthright branding of Israel as an apartheid state by Human Rights Watch could be a watershed moment in mainstream acceptance of what Israel has become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Not sure who the chinky fuckers could kill
    Due to a technical disruption, allegedy caused by multiple sonic sound waves emanating from the Bermuda Triangle, parts of a Chinese space rocket landed in the Canberra parliament vacinity.

    The parliament gift shop owner and manager SEVEN NEWS interviewed subsequently, a Mrs Woohoo, confirmed no goods of indigenous Australians origin were damaged. Asked how she protected them she replied, "We haven't stocked any for years. Customers prefer Asian nicknacks."

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    Russian Armed Forces Cathedral held an Easter Liturgy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State48

    US rejects Human Rights Watch’s accusation of Israeli ‘apartheid’
    State Department says it ‘is not the view of this administration that Israel’s actions constitute apartheid’ after critical report by top rights group
    29 April 2021

    The United States on Wednesday voiced disagreement with Human Rights Watch’s allegation that Israel is committing “apartheid” against the Palestinians but said it was committed to condemning abuses.

    “It is not the view of this administration that Israel’s actions constitute apartheid,” a State Department spokesperson said.

    e spokesperson renewed a call on both Israel and the Palestinians to “refrain from unilateral actions that exacerbate tensions” including settlement activity and incitement to violence.

    Human Rights Watch in a report Tuesday said that Israel is “committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” saying Israel had an “overarching” policy to “maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians.”

    Israel, which is facing an investigation at the International Criminal Court opposed by the United States, denounced the report and accused the New York-based group of having an anti-Israel agenda.

    Israel’s ambassador to the United States said the report was full of “lies and fabrication” that were “bordering on anti-Semitic.”

    Human Rights Watch “is known to have a long-standing anti-Israel agenda,” the Foreign Ministry said. “The fictional claims that HRW concocted are both preposterous and false.”

    Israel has long adamantly denied apartheid accusations, saying its Arab minority enjoys full civil rights, as well as the term “occupation” to describe its activities in the West Bank and Gaza. It views Gaza, from which it withdrew soldiers and settlers in 2005, as a hostile entity ruled by the Islamic terror group Hamas, and it considers the West Bank to be disputed territory subject to peace negotiations — which collapsed more than a decade ago.

    In Gaza, an Israeli blockade imposed after the Hamas terror group seized power has largely confined 2 million Palestinians to the coastal strip and decimated the economy. Israel imposes heavy restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, as does neighboring Egypt, maintaining that a blockade is necessary to prevent the entry of weapons that could be turned upon residents of Israel’s south. Israel and Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, have fought several large-scale and many smaller battles in the past decade-plus.

    Israel also points to the existence of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank under the Oslo Accords.

    The agreements reached in the 1990s were intended to be temporary, pending a historic peace accord that would establish a Palestinian state in most of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the 1967 Six Day War — lands that are home to nearly 5 million Palestinians and which the Palestinians want for a future state. But a peace agreement appears farther out of reach than at any point in the last three decades.

    US rejects Human Rights Watch's accusation of Israeli 'apartheid' | The Times of Israel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    US rejects Human Rights Watch’s accusation of Israeli ‘apartheid’
    State Department says it ‘is not the view of this administration that Israel’s actions constitute apartheid’ after critical report by top rights group
    Has OFAC Issued sanctions on "Human Rights Watch", travel ban, asset confiscation, unlimited detention on a Caribbean island and deportations of all involved?

    Office of Foreign Assets Control - Sanctions Programs and Information


    "The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United​ States."

    Office of Foreign Assets Control - Sanctions Programs and Information | U.S. Department of the Treasury

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Has OFAC Issued sanctions on "Human Rights Watch", travel ban, asset confiscation, unlimited detention on a Caribbean island and deportations of all involved?
    You don't know the answer?
    If you think they should then say so instead of asking a stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    You don't know the answer?
    No, do you?

    There is a page where all its sanctions are listed.

    Sanctions Programs and Country Information | U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Human Rights Watch are not listed, which prompted the question. There are some posters here who are helpful, others who aren't.

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    ^ you are more than dumb.
    The list includes those who are sanctioned and therefore by automata those who are not sanctioned are excluded from the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    The list includes those who are sanctioned
    How often is the list updated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    How often is the list updated?
    Ask them

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    Results of the 2020 Chinese Census have been released

    Key highlights:



    Population has grown by 5.4% from 1.340B to 1.412B. Its population was 10M higher than projected, entirely due to Guangdong (which has 126M, not 115M). This is obviously a case of internal migrants not being tracked.



    North-East China (Dongbei), as expected, is in the throes of severe depopulation. Heilongjiang, which borders Russia, falls from 38.2M in 2010 to 31.9M now. For comparison, this is a faster rate of decline than what the Russian Far East experienced in the 1990s. This is the region from where the neocons and East European Russophobes were telling you that the Chinese would mount their demographic takeover of Siberia from. Meanwhile, Jilin with 24.1M people now has fewer people than North Korea which is creeping up to 26M.

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    Do they still have the 1 child policy?
    Or will they open their gates for foreign teenagers like (please no names here) in order not to wait so long for new prodigy young people prepared for any action?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Or will they open their gates for foreign teenagers like (please no names here) in order not to wait so long for new prodigy young people prepared for any action?
    AHAHAHAHA!



    Oh, your delivery.

    It just hits the funny bone every time.


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    ^It seems that the opening of the gates at the Southern border of the (please no names here) is well under control of the VP (who hasn't visited it yet - obviously no need).

    Similarly, the VP who was recently named also as the chair of National Space Council will not be needed to visit the Space either...

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