Have any of the Presidents of France taken advantage of its co-princeship of Andorra in a significant way?

The Principality of Andorra is quite interesting, because it is a monarchy headed by two persons, including the President of France (who is basically elected at will of foreigners).

My question is, have any of the Presidents of France used his capacity as a Co-Prince of Andorra to his or to France's advantage in a significant way? For example, joining Andorra in France's war, significant treaty or trade agreement?

Andorra is a parliamentary democracy, so the monarchs' power are very limited. Neither of the Co-Princeps have the power to determine the foreign relations of Andorra, or to determine trade or treaty obligations. With respect to international relations, Article 44 of the constitution states that:

  1. The Coprínceps are the symbol and guarantee of the permanence and continuity of Andorra as well as of its independence and the maintenance of the spirit of parity in the traditional balanced relation with the neighbouring States. They proclaim the consent of the Andorran State to honour its international obligations in accordance with the Constitution.

(Their power is limited to proclaiming that Andorra will not be a scrub).

The constitution of Andorra grants the coprinceps the powers to:

  1. The Coprínceps may perform the following acts of their free will: a) The combined exercise of the prerogative of grace. b) The creation and structuring of the services considered to be necessary for the performing of their institutional functions, the appointment of the holders of these services and their accreditation to all effects. c) The appointment of the members of the Consell Superior de la Justícia, in accordance with article 89.2 of the Constitution. d) The appointment of the members of the Tribunal Constitucional, in accordance with article 96.1 of the Constitution. e) The requirement of a preliminary judgment of unconstitutionality of the laws. f) The requirement of a judgment about the unconstitutionality of international treaties, prior to their ratification. g) The lodging of conflict before the Tribunal Constitucional in relation to their constitutional functions, under the provisions of articles 98 and 103 of the Constitution. h) The granting of the agreement for the adoption of the text of an international treaty, in accordance with the provisions of article 66, before its parliamentary approval.
  2. The acts derived from articles 45 and 46 are exercised by the Coprínceps personally, except for the faculties provided for in letters e), f), g), and h) of this article, which may be performed by delegation.

I haven't found any evidence that either of the princes has exercised the powers granted under the constitution, however there was one action in 1993

In 2009, French president Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to abdicate as Andorran Co-prince if the principality did not change its banking laws to eliminate its longstanding status as a tax haven.

Respected Historical Figures Who Were Actually Terrible People

Nobody's perfect, but some people aren't even close. This includes some of the most beloved figures in all of history — they look great at first glance, but a closer look reveals the deeply flawed, kinda terrible people they really were. These folks from history were downright awful.

Global Ignorance

Trade, travel, war, and other interactions between nations and regions is an integral part of human history, from the Silk Road to the Triangle Trade to containerization. In fact, in today's globalized world there is only a small handful of countries that are self-sufficient, ie can support their own population with everything they need without needing to trade for it, so geography has always been something that people would (or should) be aware of, simply by virtue of the fact it's A) very difficult not to, and B) just seems a bit rude not getting to know your neighbors. Thus, when TV wants to show that a person is an idiot, they almost inevitably show them making a geographic mistake, such as mistaking a continent for a country, or the inability to find a given location on a map.

This can be done with a character, to demonstrate his or her status as The Ditz, or with real people as part of a Selective Stupidity feature.

Alternatively, it can be used to depict a character as being a short-sighted nationalist, usually a resident of The United States, particularly by Europeans who frequently use this trope as shorthand for stupid Americans who know nothing of the world beyond the continental forty-eight states. It's not without its merits, though: a variety of studies have found that American students are among the least geographically literate in the world. (And yes: for the record, America is one of those self-sufficient countries, probably not by coincidence.)

In a variation, a character insists on using the old names for countries that have reformed or gained independence, such as Rhodesia (a former British territory in Southern Africa now known as Zimbabwe), Formosa (Taiwan), or Ceylon (Sri Lanka). In this case, the character is oblivious to the changing political climes, and has no interest in staying current. If he knows the modern names, but refuses to acknowledge them, he's probably a Quintessential British Gentleman who wants to harken back to the glory days of the empire.

A third possiblity use is to show a character as being out of touch rather than stupid by using the old names for countries that no longer exist but did exist in their lifetime, like Yugoslavia or the Soviet Union. Unlike the above example, these characters are unlikely to be making a statement and are simply old, or otherwise haven't had any reason to check a map in the past decade. A common side effect for anyone from the Soviet Bloc who Slept Through the Apocalypse of its disintegration.

Of course there are greater and lesser degrees of this trope, and it can be used in subtly different ways. Not knowing the name of the capital of the country a character is currently in almost certainly is showing how the character is genuinely stupid, while being unable to name all of the former Yugoslavian republics note Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia Kosovo is an interesting addition, though, as only 97 of the 193 United Nations members recognise its independence is unlikely to be saying a character is dumb unless its being asked by The Smart Guy to demean a character. However this can backfire as the 'genius' character demands another name&mdashthe capital of Belarus note Minsk &mdashand ends up stumping themselves.

Often a character who isn't characterized as being either The Smart Guy or The Ditz will make understandable but amusing slips along these lines to cement their position in the intellectual hierarchy particularly if they have been being a bit too smart recently. A good example would be thinking Thai people are from Taiwan which is wrong, but not completely stupid either.

Can overlap with Eskimos Aren't Real, if the character refuses to believe that a country actually exists.

5 Ways Technology Has Changed the Communication Field

Technology is now the most important communication tool for organizations. Technology has transformed how organizations conduct public relations and marketing, including how they interact with the media and stakeholders. Graduates with a master’s degree in communication gain skills to guide and perfect an organization’s use of communication technology to better achieve goals.

1. Traditional Media vs New Media
The rapid development and adoption of new technology has changed the face of communication through traditional media. The word of the day, according to the Newspaper Association of America, is innovation. Professional journalists in print and broadcast media have had to compete with amateur publishers for readers’ limited attention spans. Media organizations that fail to keep current on communication technology may find themselves swallowed up by other more agile organizations that can. Web-based and mobile apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are often the first places readers go when they want breaking news. Respondents to Reuters Institute’s 2015 Digital News Report indicated how individuals consume news:

  • 11% paid for news online
  • 26% accessed it through a smartphone
  • 32% shared news stories through email and social media

2. Traditional Marketing Communication vs Digital Marketing Communication
The technology revolution has dramatically altered marketing as well. Companies can no longer rely on traditional advertising to generate revenue. This trend has resulted in a number of developments in marketing communication:

  • Native advertising, which is driving customers to a website by embedding a sponsored link within a news feed, which offers value-add content
  • Retargeting ads, which are “sticky ads” that follow users around as they visit other sites
  • Customer relationship management automation, which allows users to build drip-style email marketing campaigns based on user triggers
  • Big data, which has enabled marketers to collect vast amounts of data about their audiences so they can predict what they might do next
  • The need to carefully craft a messaging strategy that addresses all stakeholders according to their specific needs

3. Public Relations in a Digital World
Social media has made public relations (PR) more challenging, but it has also broadened an organization’s accessibility. Public relations managers must be diligent in the way that communication is used. In the past, high-ranking officials in an organization may have left most communication outside of the business to a PR representative. Now each time senior managers interact with stakeholders, the media and the public, they are vulnerable to misrepresentation. With the proliferation of smart devices and real-time reporting, PR professionals have to educate and monitor everyone in an organization. They must also develop crisis communication plans when embarrassing and negative news goes viral over social media.

4. Devices for Communication Technology
The growing abundance of technological devices means that virtually every person in the company has a computer at home and a mobile phone in their pockets. It is also commonplace for employees to bring their mobile devices to work or to conduct work off of them from their home. This practice puts organizations at risk for data breaches. Even the federal government is adopting this approach, called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). The idea that employees might be doing work on their personal devices means that communications (and IT) professionals must consider how sensitive work-related data might be used by employees both on and off the clock.

5. Communication in the Workplace
The accessibility that non-technical professionals have to devices and applications raises a question regarding how businesses practice organizational communication outside their walls. The Institute for PR (IPR) sees this as an excellent opportunity for communication professionals to “think outside the firewall.” In other words, communication professionals should consider the merits of making content available outside of their organization’s private servers. Allowing employees to access digital files and work email outside of a business firewall might increase productivity.

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Notable Corporate Tax Rate Changes in 2020

Ten countries have made changes to their statutory corporate income tax rates in 2020. Micronesia was the only country to increase its top corporate tax rate, introducing a progressive corporate income tax system with a top rate of 30 percent, nine percentage points higher than the previous flat corporate tax of 21 percent.

Nine countries across five continents—Armenia, Belgium, Colombia, France, French Polynesia, Greenland, Monaco, Togo, and Zimbabwe—reduced their corporate tax rates in 2020. The tax rate reductions ranged from one percentage point in Colombia, French Polynesia, and Togo to 5.3 percentage points in Greenland.

North America

South America

(a) France has further corporate tax rate reductions scheduled, resulting in a rate of 25 percent (plus 3.3 percent social surcharge, equaling a combined rate of 25.83 percent) by 2022.

(b) Monaco has further corporate tax rate reductions scheduled, resulting in a rate of 25 percent by 2022.

(c) Micronesia implemented a progressive corporate income tax with a top rate of 30 percent.

(d) Colombia’s 2018/2019 tax reform introduced measures to reduce the corporate income tax rate further, to 31 percent in 2021, and 30 percent from 2022 onwards.

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Relations between the United States and China, although somewhat strong and complex in the past, began to deteriorate in the 21st century. The United States criticized China on multiple occasions of human rights issues, including the mass detaining of Uyghurs and Kazakhs in Xinjiang or the cultural assimilation of Mongols and Tibetans. China had criticized the United States on human rights in return also, aiming to spread political and social discord in the United States following the election and inauguration of Joe Biden (including reportedly showing a video to its population of armed protestors storming the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021). Meanwhile, prior president Donald Trump, who launched a trade war against China, banned American companies from selling equipment to Chinese investors, increased visa restrictions on students and scholars coming into the United States from China, and named the country a "currency manipulator". During the Trump administration, political observers started to warn that "a new cold war is emerging" between the two countries, and that it could have disastrous effects if not contained.

Following an unsuccessful and heated summit in Anchorage, Alaska in March 2021, where each side threw out accusations and denounced each other over social media. China's policies regarding human rights, cyber espionage, increasingly militaristic actions in the South China Sea, and protests in Hong Kong and Taiwan were points of discussion by the American side, while the Chinese side countered that the United States "does not have the qualification. to speak to China from a position of strength", that it should not serve as a herald in world affairs, and that its power is growing and will soon be unmatched.

During his election campaign, Biden emphasized repairing fractured American alliances, which many had seen as damaged under the Trump administration, and returning the United States to a "position of trusted leadership" among world democracies. He also pledged to combat challenges from both Russia and China. After the Alaska summit, his administration met with American allies in Asia while imposing sanctions on senior Chinese officials, some who had met with American officials in Anchorage. He met with Yoshihide Suga of Japan, Narendra Modi of India, and Scott Morrison of Australia to discuss an alliance called "the Quad", a loose bloc of countries specifically made to counter China. Outraged, government officials in China condemned the Quad and called it a "Cold-War mentality", and began to seek ways in turn to counter a world that was now closing in on them.

Desperate to not appear weak, China turned to Russia and North Korea. The three countries had enjoyed close relations and supported each other on various global issues. North Korea had secretly begun to rebuild nuclear facilities that were demolished and reinstated its nuclear program, much to the dismay of the international community. Russia, on the other hand, openly interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election to support Donald Trump and create discord amongst the American population. On August 1, the three countries signed a secret agreement in Archangelsk, that they would unite in a common cause against Western hegemony. All three countries were becoming increasingly militaristic, making a demand to Washington withdrawal its overseas military from Asian territory within a period of three months, and they would be guaranteed peace and "stronger influence than ever". The United States, however, refused the demands, standing by their Asian allies against the triple alliance.

After their demands were similarly rejected by other Asian allies of the United States, China and Russia abruptly cut off ties with America in September, as well as with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous member states of the European Union. China refused to continue manufacturing American products, and laid millions of workers off from their duties in October. Throughout the latter half of 2021, several terrorist attacks occurred in the United States in New York City, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, Japan in Osaka and Fukkuoka, South Korea in Seoul, United Kingdom in Liverpool and Edinburgh, and Ukraine in Kiev. The attacks were mainly car and backpack bombings, but some were also mass-shootings. Some attacks materialized in the form of cyber attacks against power grids and espionage. In total, about 500 people died as a result of these attacks. Investigations, including the interrogation of Mikhail Voronin, a Russian ultra-nationalist who evaded capture for a month before being caught by European intelligence agencies, revealed that the perpetrators were indeed Chinese, Russian, and Korean, while some were also Nepalese, Bhutanese, Kyrgyzstani, and even domestic, but were recruited in some fashion by Chinese, Russian, or North Korean officials or were otherwise inspired by their values.

In a state of the union address on New Year Day, 2022, Biden declared that all parties responsible for the attacks, if they continue, would "witness retaliation unlike the world has ever seen before". Meanwhile, the European Union, already becoming fractured by internal opposition, nevertheless declared full support of the United States and their allies in East Asia against China and Russia, calling China and Russia "barbaric" and "war--mongers". Both sides declared solidarity with each other, and readied themselves for war.

Addressing the World’s Grave Disorders and Maladies

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Baha’u’llah, in his Tablets to the kings and rulers of the world, also addressed the British Empire’s Queen Victoria—and that message differs in character from the rest. In it Baha’u’llah praises the Queen for abolishing the English slave trade, and for her country’s representative form of gover

nment. In his message he offered counsel as to how humanity can finally realize peace:

[caption align="alignright"] Queen Victoria[/caption]

O ye the elected representatives of the people in every land! Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which profiteth mankind and bettereth the condition thereof, if ye be of them that scan heedfully. Regard the world as the human body which, though at its creation whole and perfect, hath been afflicted, through various causes, with grave disorders and maladies. Not for one day did it gain ease, nay its sickness waxed more severe, as it fell under the treatment of ignorant physicians, who gave full rein to their personal desires and have erred grievously. And if, at one time, through the care of an able physician, a member of that body was healed, the rest remained afflicted as before. Thus informeth you the All-Knowing, the All- Wise. We behold it, in this day, at the mercy of rulers so drunk with pride that they cannot discern clearly their own best advantage, much less recognize a Revelation so bewildering and challenging as this. And whenever any one of them hath striven to improve its condition, his motive hath been his own gain, whether confessedly so or not and the unworthiness of this motive hath limited his power to heal or cure. That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith. This can in no wise be achieved except through the power of a skilled, an all-powerful and inspired Physician. This, verily, is the truth, and all else naught but error. – Baha’u’llah, Summons of the Lord of Hosts, paragraphs 174-176.

Queen Victoria reportedly commented, “‘If this is of God, it will endure if not, it can do no harm.’” – quoted in Shoghi Effendi’s The Promised Day is Come, p. 65.

Baha’u’llah also sent a message to the rulers of the American republics collectively, exhorting them to defend the cause of justice. Like the message to Queen Victoria, it also reads differently from the messages to the other rulers:

Hearken ye, O Rulers of America and the Presidents of the Republics therein, unto that which the Dove is warbling on the Branch of Eternity. . . . Adorn ye the temple of dominion with the ornament of justice and of the fear of God, and its head with the crown of the remembrance of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens. Thus counseleth you He Who is the Dayspring of Names, as bidden by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. The Promised One hath appeared in this glorified Station, whereat all beings, both seen and unseen, have rejoiced. Take ye advantage of the Day of God.

Verily, to meet Him is better for you than all that whereon the sun shineth, could ye but know it. O concourse of rulers! . . . Bind ye the broken with the hands of justice, and crush the oppressor who flourisheth with the rod of the commandments of your Lord, the Ordainer, the All-Wise. – Baha’u’llah, The Most Holy Book, p. 52.

Have any of the Presidents of France taken advantage of its co-princeship of Andorra in a significant way? - History

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

(Sorry for not posting the last two days. There was a private emergency which had to be taken care of. - b.)

  • May 20 - Note To Greenwald - The 'Russian' Pipeline Is A Germany Need
    - How to turn Nord Stream 2 into a win for Ukraine - The Hill
    - Decision not to slap sanctions on Nord Stream 2 to speed up launch of project, says Fitch - TASS
    - Klare Mehrheit für Fertigstellung von Nord Stream 2 - Ost-Ausschuss
     > Despite U.S. pressure 75% of all Germans support the finishing of the pipeline.

The hypocrites will condemn the first plane incident while forgetting about the second and third:

    - NYT
    > American military leaders pushed for a first-use nuclear strike on China, accepting the risk that the Soviet Union would retaliate in kind on behalf of its ally and millions of people would die, dozens of pages from a classified 1966 study of the confrontation show. The government censored those pages when it declassified the study for public release. < (2016) - Peter Lee

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@93 Better be careful what you say about Elon Musk. He could be Chairman of the Crypto Currency Reserve one day. Not that he really wants that kind of responsibility.

Posted by: dh | May 24 2021 1:38 utc | 101

Lithuania has decided to foreclose its economic future to forward the idiotic and false Outlaw US Empire policy against China. What will it do now that it's alienated all its neighbors? The editor provides China's outlook: . Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2021 17:53 utc | 39

I actually do not understand the details. Is China one of the alienated neighbors? Are there troubles on Lithuanian-Latvian border? More seriously, Lithuania, although much smaller than it was a the time of Vytautas, has an important place on the global scene. I recall when Bush Jr. felt an urgent need to have a photo-op of a very important meeting, and for the want of anything better, state visit of the President of Lithuania was arranged on a week notice. The second mission, shared with Latvia, is to provide humorous foreign news for Russian-language media. Like when Trump impose sanctions on Lithuanian farm products because of a riff with France that tried to impose taxes on Twitter, Google etc. Poor Lithuanians were so proud that they did EVERYTHING America (and Trump in particular) wanted, and then. sad.

So one older achievement is to valiantly refused electricity from Belarus that would be several times cheaper (Belarus have fallen for and old trick, buy in bulk when the price is good, and they got a tad too many nuclear power stations). More recently, they imposed wider sanctions on Belarus that lead to Belarus re-routing maritime export through Russia, nixing the profitability of the national railroad and ports. Mind you, it was also the shortest route from Belarus to the sea, and Lukashenko for decades resisted Russian pressure to do exactly that.

I am mildly interested what grand Chinese projects were rejected by Lithuanians. Ukrainians nixed a major industrial project in a very insulting manner (personal sanctions against Chinese businessmen that invested), so they were treated to a nice show, a large trade delegation from China visiting Crimea. And they collected American gratitude: (1) impossible demands, like "reforming the courts" in a way that would please American -- try to do it at home, would you? (2) refusal to support a grand plan of de-occupying Donbas -- blunt notice (verbally behind the doors, and with an article in WP elaborating that such plan would indeed, be a disaster) (3) hard stop for any new credits or subsidies, on the account of not fulfilling the demands and that EU is in a better position to do that.

To summarize, Lithuania is not doing great, but better than Ukraine, getting subsidies and remittances from EU. Ukrainians get remittances, but they are largely locked out from better jobs. On the higher end, Poland has a shortage of medical personnel because they seek more decent wages in Spain etc., so it substitutes with Ukrainians, and I guess Ukraine would have hard time getting replacements from anywhere.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 24 2021 1:38 utc | 102

Laurent Guyénot makes a compelling case that both Kennedys were assassinated by Mossad:

Robert would have become president, and then reopen the investigation into his brother's murder.

A generation later, JFK's son, John F. Kennedy, Jr, who was also undoubtedly heading toward the presidency or at least high politics, died when his small plane suddenly nose-dived into the ocean. The chain of potential justice has been successively cut off.

The Mossad fingerprints are all over Robert's death and also Oswald's. And the Israeli connection is conspicuously absent from the decades of conspiracy investigations that seem to have been deliberately led to the CIA - Michael Collins Piper being the notable exception who linked to Israel.

Dimona was the principal reason, says Guyénot, and shows that Lyndon Johnson put paid to all opposition to Dimona coming from the US.

I am not a student of this affair, but I've never seen much made of the fact that JFK was already embarked upon issuing US currency directly - the USA Note rather than the Federal Reserve Note that we call dollars today. This was canceled under Johnson, of course.

Presidents don't get to issue greenbacks. We had already seen how that worked out for Lincoln.

Not a student of this, as I say. But I tend to see the world's power pyramid with debt-issuers at the top, and all the other factions on lower steps. So, Dimona, yes, the main incentive for Israel, and all the lesser motivations that caused rejoicing in many other groups - but the money control at the top, in my view, is the force that gives the nod to these various factions and approves the hit.

Posted by: Grieved | May 24 2021 1:39 utc | 103

I continue to be troubled by the Western Covid response of new vaccines.

Unless you haven't read Big Pharma bragging, they are projecting revenues of $100 billion this year with $20+ projected by Pfizer alone. Given my jaded economics view of the industry and Western governments owned by the financial elite, it is not beyond my belief that this controlled taking advantage of a health care crisis is conscious war criminal behavior just like the ongoing (since at least 2008) loading of the US Treasury with debt while the profits go to private finance elite.

Back to further financialization of the Health Care world. I never saw the 1973 movie Soylent Green but below is the last Wiki line about the movie that resonates with my perspective of the Western brainwashed becoming a new income stream for Big Health just like wars are income streams for the MIC

While being taken away, Thorn shouts out to the surrounding crowd, "Soylent Green is people!"

When you go to a poker game, look around and can't see who the sucker of the evening is, take a hint, its you

Its time to shoot the TV folks and end other brainwashing inputs that make it so you can't see how the world really works. private finance barbarism which is currently in a civilization war with China's not barbarism/public finance approach.

With Grieved's friendly update.
The shit show Narrative will continue until it doesn't..

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 24 2021 1:48 utc | 104

8 billion people divided and held incommunicado in 1 of 256 cells is a problem? Denial of open and free communication between and within the Oligarch owned system of nation states gives Oligarch a resistance free path to manipulating the people in one nation state against the people in another nation state.. war is a function of the nation state maneuver executed by invisible oligarchs. This seems to be a very dangerous situation to us all?

Posted by: snake | May 24 2021 1:58 utc | 105

Look, I get that you're the resident China shill. But the appropriate response to constant anti-China propaganda is not to just blindly accept a pro-Chinese narrative. When you're unironically, and uncritically, citing a Chinese state media piece praising the invasion and annexation of Tibet as a 'liberation', you're just being a tool, in a pretty literal sense. As for the piece itself, it's basically straight out of the 19th century European colonialist playbook. "But we built infrastructure for the backwards savages!"

"when you have Karl Marx, you don't need sociology. Marx is worth more than the entire field."

Said no actual literate Marxist ever. Holy fuck, talk about arrogance.

Also, it's pretty cute that you still think China is concerned with Marx. The modern Chinese most likely to know any Marx are the ones who get throw in prison for trying to organize labor.

"You know what they say about empires that start to bring up the glories of the past too much in order to solve their problems of the present."

I'm sorry, but is this seriously coming from a guy who constantly fellates a country that is always harping on about its supposed 5,000 years of unbroken cultural lineage?

Posted by: Ben | May 24 2021 2:04 utc | 106

Taiwan is now is failing hard at Covid containment, thanks to loose quarantine protocols and deliberate suppression of testing by charlatans known as the DPP.

So much for the West's go-to golden standard of "liberal democracy doesn't have to suck at handling Covid".

Posted by: J W | May 24 2021 2:15 utc | 107

@4VK Why Myanmar's Civil War Won't Be Like Syria's.

That article disturbs me as the underlying tone set by the author is disappointment that Myanmar won't descend into complete bloody chaos like Syria. It's a good illustration of what the west wants and what China cannot allow to happen.

Elaborating on the author's reasoning. The Karen group is foundational to any insurgency, but the Karen group is very unpopular across most the country. They are the remnants of Christian Colonialism and forced conversion, rape and ethnic cleansing committed by the Anglos. They will never get much support and will be easily isolated. As usual the west sides and supports religious extremists, but that won't fly in most of the near Chinese abroad.

Any support the west gives to Myanmar's insurgent groups, China can outdo many times over. None of Myanmar's neighbors are onboard for creating the kind of instability that can blowback on them. Not even India.

In short, with Myanmar's current government backed by China and Russia, there will be no civil war. The limited insurgencies will be ground down rather easily.

Posted by: Bin | May 24 2021 2:40 utc | 108

Tunisian president to seize control of the country from the elected government @ MOA 105 <=oligarch control of the nation state system expressed for real in Tunisia?

Posted by: snake | May 24 2021 3:12 utc | 109

#james | May 23 2021 15:55 utc | 10

I guess you've heard me prattle on too many times about refusing to give a brass razoo to the billionaire oligarchs who monopolise tech, though probably not in relation to spotify. Spotify is another monopolistic, parasitic corporation that doesn't need any of my limited assets, so after the post upthread pointing out that "The Hot Rats Sessions" were available on spotify, I visited a few of my favourite yarr indexing sites.
I dunno how you feel about yarr activities as a professional musician while I concede that there are many musicians whose works I don't rip, Frank Zappa is definitely not one of them, even though he was a great musician & composer. Firstly because he is dead and in any decent society would be out of copyright, but secondly because he was an arsehole bandleader whose treatment of other musos left much to be desired.
Anyway there is a complete mp3 version of "The Hot Rats Sessions" all over the usenet & even better a complete lossless audio (flac) version available as a torrent meta-file or a magnet link on most public torrent indexes. The flac version is still strongly seeded. When I test d/l'd it average speed was 1.3MB/sec and it should be better than that for a while as I like to put back.
Up to you bloke, just to let you know it is there.

Posted by: Debsisdead | May 24 2021 3:17 utc | 110

Strange news of the fatherland. knowing what is going on in Germany right now is helpful to understanding the strange goings on in the USAi and its dreams of eternal empire. It ain't clear sailing yet for NS2!

An excerpt to tease your attention:

If your country is part of an international empire, the domestic politics of the country that rules yours are your domestic politics too. Whoever speaks of the Europe of the EU must therefore also speak of Germany. Currently it is widely believed that after the German federal elections of 24 September this year, Europe will enter a post-Merkel era. The truth is not so simple.

In October 2018, following two devastating defeats in state elections in Hesse and Bavaria, Angela Merkel resigned as president of her party, the CDU, and announced that she would not seek re-election as Chancellor in 2021. She would, however, serve out her fourth term, to which she had been officially appointed only seven months earlier. Putting together a coalition government had taken no less than six months following the September 2017 federal election, in which the CDU and its Bavarian sidekick, the CSU, had scored the worst result in their history, at 32.9 percent (2013: 41.5 percent). (Merkel’s record as party leader is nothing short of dismal, having lost votes each time she ran. How she could nevertheless remain Chancellor for 16 years will have to be explained elsewhere.) In the subsequent contest for the CDU presidency, the party’s general secretary, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, appointed by Merkel only in February 2018, narrowly prevailed over two competitors. After little more than a year, however, when Merkel publicly dressed her down for a lack of leadership, Kramp-Karrenbauer resigned and declared that she would not run for Chancellor in 2021 either. A few months later, when von der Leyen went to Brussels, Kramp-Karrenbauer got Merkel to appoint her minister of defense. The next contest for the party presidency, the second in Merkel’s fourth term, had to take place under Corona restrictions it took a long time and was won in January 2021 by Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of the largest federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). To prevent the comeback of an old foe of hers, Friedrich Merz, Merkel allegedly supported Laschet behind the scenes.

While Laschet – a less-than-charismatic Christian-Democratic middle-of-the-roader and lifelong Merkel loyalist – considered the party presidency to be a ticket to the CDU/CSU candidacy for Chancellor, it took three months for this to be settled. As CDU/CSU politics go, the joint candidate is picked by the two party presidents when they feel the time has come, under four eyes no formal procedure provided. Thus Laschet needed the agreement of Markus Söder, Prime Minister of Bavaria, who didn’t keep it a secret that he believed himself the far better choice. In the background, again, there was Merkel, in the unprecedented position of a sitting Chancellor watching the presidents of her two parties pick her would-be successor in something like a semi-public cock-fight. After some dramatic toing-and-froing, Laschet prevailed, once more supported by Merkel, apparently in exchange for his state’s backing for the federal government imposing a ‘hard’ Covid-19 lockdown on the entire country.

. There will also be differences on the Eastern flank of the EU, where Baerbock, following the United States, will support Ukrainian accession to NATO and the EU, and finance EU extension in the West Balkans. That she will also cancel North Stream 2 will be a point of contention in a Baerbock/Scholz government. Laschet will be more inclined towards France and seek some accommodation with Russia, on trade as well as security he will also hesitate to be too strongly identified with the US on Eastern Europe and Ukraine. But then, he will be reminded by his Foreign Minister, Baerbock, as well as his own party that Germany’s national security depends on the American nuclear umbrella, which the French cannot and in any case will not replace. (my emphasis)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 24 2021 3:19 utc | 111

Try reading Parenti, M. (2003). Friendly feudalism: The Tibet myth, New Political Science 25(4), 579-590. You will understand that Chinese communism was the best thing that happened to 99% of the Tibetan population. The Dalia Lama was the head of a rotten, medieval exploitative religious oligarchy with the rest as their serfs.

The words of Xi Xinping in 2015, to the 28th group study session of the Political Bureau:

"Marxist political economy is an important component of Marxism, and required learning for our efforts to uphold and develop Marxism . Our commitment to upholding the basic components and methodology of Marxist political economy does not imply a rejection of the economic theories of other countries … At the same time, however, we must cast a discerning eye on the economic theories of other countries, particularly those of the West, making sure that we separate the wheat from the chaff … economics … does not exist in a vacuum, and therefore cannot be separated from social and political issues … For Marxist political economy to remain vital, it must evolve with the times. Practice is the source of theory."

Xi has instigated a new focus on political theory and the basis of the party, including reigning in any private sector actors too big for their boots, or threatening the welfare of the Chinese state and its people. I have the pleasure to live in relatively free Canada, but I don't see much upside for China without the CCP - with all of its shortcomings. Being a vassal of the West would be a much worse experience.

Ad hominems have no place here, its one of the few places where we can actually have a generally open discussion without such BS.

Posted by: Roger | May 24 2021 4:16 utc | 112

RealClearPolitics (aggregator of polls, opinion + some invited investigations) yesterday:

Why Is Biden Giving U.S. Vaccine Tech to China? Gordon Chang, Gatestone Institute
How Joe Biden Can Win a Nobel Peace Prize Thomas Friedman, New York Times
Inside the Democrats' Betrayal of Israel Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Three consecutive titles. Now would Democrats commit long overdue "Betrayal of Israel" and lift all embargoes on health related tech and supplies, perhaps it would be a good idea to give Biden a Nobel Peace prize. But that is quite a string of hypotheticals.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 24 2021 4:42 utc | 113

Ad hominems have no place here, its one of the few places where we can actually have a generally open discussion without such BS.
Posted by: Roger | May 24 2021 4:16 utc | 112

Yep. Reader comments are important to me. If some people are making comments others don't agree with, that's OK. The offended people are free to make a 'better' comment. Comments compete on their merits. Always have, always will.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | May 24 2021 4:50 utc | 114

No one has asked but the most fascinating suspect in Dealey Plaza that fateful day was
Lamar Hunt.

Yes, that Lamar Hunt. The Lamar Hunt Trophy is in honor of that very guy.

He was the son of H.L. Hunt the billionaire oilman who had his main offices
in Dealey Plaza. Lamar Hunt was in his thirties at the time (31)
and flew to Mexico minutes after the shooting (this is a matter of record).

Lamar was escorting two men around Dealey Plaza that day. One was arrested
coming out of a building, arrested because he was reported/fingered as suspicious, someone that didn't belong there.
The guy said he was looking for a phone booth to call his mother. This was James Braden
a known mafia hit man (who, by the way, was in the vicinity of the hotel where RFK
was assassinated). Braden was detained and then released. The other person, that had
arrived with Braden, checked out of his hotel minutes after the assassination and was gone.

Posted by: librul | May 24 2021 5:00 utc | 115

ZH has a fire hose of 3 new stories up supporting the BS that Covid came out of the Wuhan lab, one with a Fauci link, another unsubstantiated claim by By Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management and then a WSJ claim of Covid sickness at the lab. only skimmed

I can only conjecture that the extra pressure is for some imminent reason this week. if a lie is BIG enough and told OFTEN enough, unfortunately many will believe the lie in the face of contrary information.

Another interesting week coming I suspect. the shit show Narrative continues until it doesn't

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 24 2021 5:57 utc | 116

Posted by: Debsisdead | May 24 2021 3:17 utc | 110 - and James

I think usenet is basically populated by pirated bittorrent files. There's just no way that many audio/video files could make it to a direct upload/download site like that. It's gotta be crowdsourced to begin with, then someone curates it and puts it on usenet.

I will say to both you and James that growing up my dad had a nice "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" 22x38" poster suspended by white plastic human thumbs in our front room and it attracted a lot of attention from my young friends along with the similarly sized Coneheads poster. Never really did a deep dive into Zappa or Mothers of Invention, but I did just check and all of it's on Tidal (I subscribe) in so-called "Master" format, which is only important to audio nerds like myself. I suppose that's better than using bittorrent or usenet to outright pirate it, and I'll be giving it a listen this week as my consulting work permits.

Posted by: _K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:00 utc | 117

Posted by: Grieved | May 24 2021 1:39 utc | 103

Skiming through the JFK chapter of Guyenot's book, 'From Yahweh to Zion' it is obviously a number of compelling 'reasons' JFK and his brother were despised by the Zionists.

First was their father Joe Kennedy. Out with the Swiss Army Knife of words, again.

Dimona also figured large. This was also covered by Seymour Hirsh in, 'The Sampson Option., Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy.' Note, Hersh writes in the introduction, he refused to travel to the Bandit State because of the wall to wall censorship imposed on ALL journalists.

Importantly, JFK visited a Palestinian refugee camp in 1956 and 'expressed sympathy' for the Palestinians. The Zionists worst fears were his proposals to have them registered a Foreign Agents.

KFK also advocated UN resolution 194, The Right of Return.

Posted by: Paul | May 24 2021 6:01 utc | 118

Posted by: Ben | May 24 2021 2:04 utc | 106

I get you, but you're missing the point. What vk is doing is providing the barflies with the "other side" of the story - a similar mission to what b attempts do do with regard to Syria and Russia, but for China - in "week in review" format. I respect him for that and I appreciate someone aggregating the contrary narrative in one place as he often does with his posts.

You and others can critique his interpretation of "Marxism" all you want, but for the most part he makes good points which is why he gets mostly limited or personally critical feedback rather than criticism of the contents of the articles he links. MOSTLY is emphasized.

Look, us in the West are swimming in Atlantacist/NATO/corporate capitalist propaganda. We're supposed to believe that life in China (or Russia or Iran or Venezuela - brutal U.S. sanctions on those places almost never mentioned in either the rightist or "leftist" corporate media) is simply miserable and the equivalent of the USSR or North Korea.

That you're so viscerally fragile when ONE MoA regular routinely shows us the other side of the propaganda coin concerns me way more about you than it does about vk. At least I know where he's coming from.

Posted by: K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:06 utc | 119

From the pre-Iron Dome era we know how much damage the barrage of self-made rockets from Gaza can cause. It takes roughly 100 missiles in order to kill one Israeli civilian. The Iron Dome system according to Israeli sources has a propability of 85-90% to successfully intercept a rocket. So with Iron Dome the numbe of rockets required to kill an Israeli rises to 850-900.

The Gazans have launched ca. 4.400 rockets in the recent conflict. Without Iron Dome that would have killed ca. 44 people in Israel. Actually killed were 12. This amounts to a success rate of 73% for Iron Dome [1-(12/44)].

The tactic of firing rockets in volleys of 100+ rockets did reduce the effectivenes of Iron Dome by 10-15%.

[By comparison, Hisbollah with it`s 150.000+ rockets could kill somewhere in the range of 1.500 Israeli civilians.]

Posted by: m | May 24 2021 6:08 utc | 120

James, really digging this "Hot Rat Sessions" - thanks! Love the first few piano tracks.

You ever listened to Chilly Gonzales? He's a lot of fun, and I don't normally seek out piano! In fact I think you're both Canadian.

Posted by: _K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:13 utc | 121

Posted by: Paul | May 24 2021 6:01 utc | 118 - and others on the JFK thing

I think it was the detente he intended to enter into with the USSR in addition to a few other things.

For one, he wasn't murdered in Dallas, TX for no reason. That was the city where big oil co-joined with the newly powerful "intelligence" community of the Dulles and Bush families. The depletion allowance was a big deal and JFK was one of, if not the, first to suggest he might end it.

Then there was the Cuba situation.

Finally there was the infamous quote about rendering the CIA into a thousand shards and it blowing into the wind or something of that nature.

He managed to piss off and threaten all the main powers that be, including those with very high level mafia connections.

If anyone gets the chance to visit it, the museum in Dallas in the former book repository on the fifth (?) floor of that building is quite worth a visit. I thought I'd be bored as hell when my wife and her younger sister dragged me and the family there one Saturday afternoon, but it ended up being fascinating. That said, if I were a left-leaning or anti-corporate/oil president to this day I'd stay TF away from Dallas or Houston, TX save for an airfield-only visit. Well, until Iran can create the capability to murder our politicians/diplomats from the air with no repercussions (still, anyone heard from Ayatollah Mike in the last 6 months? Asking for a friend).

Posted by: _K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:21 utc | 122

Not a word about, oh, Julian Assange. Or about the fact that then Bolivia President Evo Morales' presidential plane was forced down by Amerikastani fighters in Austria because Amerikastan decided that Edward Snowden might be aboard.

Those of you on Twitter, please report this bastard for promoting violence and war:

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 24 2021 6:54 utc | 123

The Roots of Coincidence
France is was denying any discomfort with Zionism for 52 years.
but since yesterday effect of Plate tectonics are perceptible.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Sunday of the risk of “long-lasting apartheid” in Israel. The veteran politician [and high rank French official for 40 years with solid connection to French weapons trade] made the remarks in an interview with LCI TV NewsChannel, RTL radio and Le Figaro newspaper [ three major MSM]

@ James & al.
Please, enjoy a little more Roots of Coincidence

Posted by: Մասիս | May 24 2021 6:59 utc | 124

@120 m - "Iron Dome system according to Israeli sources. "

The point is not the numbers taken from the sales brochure of the system. The point is, what does the penetration of the fantasy shield do to the Israeli psyche?

Israel initiated the ceasefire, without conditions. After 11 days, it could take no more.

Israel has failed to protect itself from the indigenous population that it was oppressing. Palestine has won a victory that changes the game and changes the world.

The entire regional Resistance now knows that Palestine alone can hold the enemy in check. And all the Palestinians everywhere are completely united with only the Resistance as their leader.

Over at the Saker just now, a speech from Hezbollah acknowledges proudly that Palestine itself is now the leading edge of the struggle to remove Israel from the Middle East, and that Hezbollah yearns for the day when it joins side by side with the Palestinians to drive the oppressor from the land.

Palestine as it says could keep up this barrage against Israel for six months - just Palestine alone. And the damage from such a thing would not be measured in how few or how many individual persons were killed by those rockets. The damage would be measured by the scream of madness and defeat from the Zionist oppressor, thrown down by the indigenous populace and cast out of the land in abject fear.

Posted by: Grieved | May 24 2021 7:05 utc | 125

As barflies can see, There may be an undefined 'ceasefire' but the 100 year old ethnic cleansing project in the rest of Palestine continues:

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand)
18 May 2021

We shall always do our best to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible [e.g. we often suspect that names of people and places that we see in the PMG sitreps could be typos also frequently the translation into English seems rather odd

but as we do not speak Arabic, we have no alternative but to copy and paste these names from the PMG sitreps!] – please forgive us for any errors or omissions – Leslie and Marian.
206 projectiles
launched from Gaza

Very many
Israeli attacks

158 Israeli
ceasefire violations

21 raids including
home invasions

Night peace disruption
and/or home invasions
in 6 towns and villages
Home invasions: 09:20, Nazlet al-Sheikh Zaid - 09:20, al-Arqa - 04:00, Anabta - 03:30, Madama - 03:30, Tel.
Peace disruption raids: 14:40, Beitunya - 16:05, Um Safa village - 03:20, Bir Zeit - dawn, Bil'in - 17:40, Tura village - 18:55, Ya'bad - 19:45, Zububa - 06:30, Tubas - 18:05, Quffin - 04:00, Tulkarem - 20:00, Aqraba - 13:45, al-Azza UN refugee camp - 13:45, Aida UN refugee camp - 18:10, al-Khadr - 18:10, Janata - 20:15, Tuqu - 03:00, al-Ubeidiya - dawn, Husan - dawn, al-Ubeidiya.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Gaza enclave: From 07:00 until 07:00 the following day 206 projectiles were launched towards the Green Line from Northern Gaza, Gaza City, Central Gaza and Khan Yunis.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Gaza enclave: From 07:00 until 07:00 the following day, 206 projectiles were launched towards the Green Line from Northern Gaza, Gaza City, Central Gaza and Khan Yunis.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Northern Gaza – 53 projectiles launched towards the Green Line.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Gaza – 81 projectiles launched towards the Green Line.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Central Gaza – 17 projectiles launched towards the Green Line.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Khan Yunis – 38 projectiles launched towards the Green Line.
Ceasefire violations – Palestinian missile attacks: Khan Yunis – 17 projectiles launched towards the Green Line.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Gaza enclave – from 07:00 until 07:00 the following day, Israeli warplanes carried out 82 air strikes, launching 157 missiles onto Gaza. There were 7 killed, 50 injured, 35 homes destroyed and much damage caused.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Northern Gaza – Israeli warplanes launched 21 air strikes – 35 missiles: 16 injured and 10 homes destroyed.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Gaza – Israeli warplanes launched 17 air strikes – 27 missiles: 6 killed (including a child), 15 injured (including women and children) and 7 homes destroyed.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Central Gaza – Israeli warplanes launched 14 air strikes – 20 missiles: 11injured and 6 homes destroyed.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Khan Yunis – Israeli warplanes launched 13 air strikes – 46 missiles: 1 killed, 14 injured and 10 homes destroyed.
Ceasefire violations – air strikes: Rafah – Israeli warplanes launched 17 air strikes – 29 missiles. 3 injured and 2 homes destroyed.
Ceasefire violations – Israeli attacks: Gaza enclave: From 07:00 until 07:00 the following day, the Israeli Army and Navy pounded Central Gaza, Khan Yunis and Rafah.
Israeli Army attacks – 18 wounded: Jerusalem – Israeli Occupation forces opened fire, with live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters on protesters in Shuafat, al-Zaim, al-Jib, Beit Ijza, Qalandiya, near the villages of Qatanna and al-Issawiya, as well as in Abu Dis, al-Eizariya and at the entrances to Hizma, al-Sawahrah al-Sharqiya, Anata, the al-Ram road junction, Bab al-Amoud area and al-Wad Street in Jerusalem Old City. 18 protesters were wounded.
Israeli Army attack: Jerusalem – 18:00, Israeli Occupation forces opened fire on Palestinian motor vehicles in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood.
Israeli Army attacks – 3 killed – 72 wounded: Ramallah – Israeli forces in or near al-Bireh, Sinjil, Aboud, Ni'lin, al-Mughayer, Deir Jarir, Kafr Malik, Nabi Salih, Ein Qiniya, Ras Karkar, Kharbatha Bani Harith, Beit Sira, al-Jalazoun refugee camp, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, killing 3 people, Muhammad Mahmoud Hamid (24), Adham Fayez Al-Kashef (20) and Islam Wael Fahmy Barnat, and wounding 72. There were many tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 4 wounded: Jenin – Israeli troops, manning the Jalamah and Dotan checkpoints and at the southern entrance to Silat al-Dahr, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 4 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 7 wounded: Tulkarem – Israeli forces, manning the Einav checkpoint and troops in Tulkarem, Quffin, Zit and at the entrance to Beit Lid, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 7 and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 8 wounded: Qalqiliya – Israeli Occupation forces, at the entrances to Azun, Hajjah, and Kafr Qaddum as well as near Jayus, Hablat and at the Eyal crossing, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 8 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 33 wounded: Nablus – Israeli Army positions, near the Huwara checkpoint, the intersection of Osirin and Sarra villages and near the entrances to Qusra, Beta, Jama'in, Naqoura, Deir Sharaf, Burin, Madama, Asirah al-Qibliya, Yutma, al-Labban al-Sharqiya, Odla, al-Sawiyah and the village of Tal, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 33 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks: Salfit – Israeli troops, near the entrances to Deir Istiya, Qarawat Bani Hassan, al-Zawiya and the northern entrance to Salfit, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters. There were several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 18 wounded: Bethlehem – Israeli forces, present at Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, the Aida refugee camp, northern entrance to Tuqu', western entrance to Beit Fajar, Um Rakba area of al-Khadr and entrance to Husan, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 18 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army attacks – 1 killed: Hebron – morning, Israeli Occupation forces, positioned in the Old City, opened fire on and killed a resident: Islam Fayyad Zahida (32).
Israeli Army attacks – 30 wounded: Hebron – the Israeli Army, positioned in the Bab al-Zawiya area of Hebron and in the Old City, as well as near the entrances to Beit Ummar, Bani Naim, Tarqumiya, Khurasa village, the al-Aroub refugee camp and on Halhul Bridge, fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 30 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Economic sabotage: Gaza — the Israeli Navy continues to enforce an arbitrary fishing limit.
Home invasion: Jenin – 09:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided the villages of Nazlet al-Sheikh Zaid and al-Arqa, and invaded a house.
Home invasion – boy (aged 15) abducted : Tulkarem – 04:00, Israeli troops raided Anabta and abducted 15-year-old Muhammad Salam Wajih Rasheed.
Home invasions: Nablus – 03:30, Israeli forces raided Madama and Tel villages and invaded a number of homes.
Israeli police and settlers' mosque violation: 23:00, Israeli Occupation police invaded the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, filming the Mosque and its facilities.
Israeli Army – 7 wounded – rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Tubas – Israeli Occupation forces, manning the Tayasir checkpoint and in the village of Atouf, fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 7 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army – 5 wounded – rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Jericho – Israeli forces, at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho, as well as outside the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp, fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards protesters, wounding 5 people and causing several tear gas casualties.
Occupation settler violence: Jerusalem – 18:00, Israeli settlers stoned a family home, on the outskirts of the village of Beit Ijza.
Occupation road casualties: Bethlehem – 16:40, an Israeli settler drove his motor vehicle over and hospitalised a 19-year-old Abdullah Saqr Saad, near Khalet Iskarya.
Raid: Ramallah – 14:40, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Beitunya.
Raid: Ramallah – 16:05, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Um Safa village.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 03:20, Israeli troops raided Bir Zeit, taking prisoner one person.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – dawn, the Israeli Army raided Bil'in village, taking prisoner one person.
Raid: Jenin – 17:40, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Tura village.
Raid: Jenin – 18:55, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Ya'bad.
Raid: Jenin – 19:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Zububa village.
Raid: Tubas – 06:30, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Tubas.
Raid: Tulkarem – 18:05, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Quffin.
Raid: Tulkarem – 04:0 Israeli troops raided Tulkarem.
Raid: Nablus – 20:00, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Aqraba.
Raid – UN refugee camps: Bethlehem – 13:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the al-Azza and Aida UN refugee camps in Bethlehem.
Raid: Bethlehem – 18:10, Israeli forces raided and patrolled al-Khadr and Janata.
Raid – 2 abductions: Bethlehem – 20:15, Israeli troops raided Tuqu and abducted two 16-year-old youths: Muhammad Khaled Nasrallah and Sind Talal Al-Amor.
Raid: Bethlehem – 03:00, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled al-Ubeidiya.
Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – dawn, the Israeli Army raided Husan village, taking prisoner two people.
Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces raided al-Ubeidiya, taking prisoner twopeople.
Restrictions of movement (14): 11:30, entrance to Turmusaya- 11:20, tightened procedures at Huwara - 12:00, tightened procedures at Kifl Haris - 12:50, entrance to al-Zawiya - 11:25-12:30, al-Nashash road junction - 14:10, entrance to al-Walaja village - midnight, entrance to Marah Mualla - 09:15, entrance to the Fahs area, south of Hebron - 18:45, entrance to Sa'ir - Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing closed - al-Mantar-Karni crossing closed - al-Shujaiyeh crossing (Nahal Oz) closed - Sufa crossing closed - al-Awda Port closed.
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Posted by: Paul | May 24 2021 8:02 utc | 126

Thank you, what a timely tale.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 24 2021 8:10 utc | 127

We have a saying in Spanish, Quien con niños se acuesta mojado amanece literally, sleep with children and you'll wake up wet, the equivalent in English, If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas does not apply in this case since I'm talking about very young guys whose apparent success goes up high, very high into their psyche, just to find out that the higher you fly the harder you fall. A 22 year old kid, comfortably living in Warsaw and traveling all around following the ersatz president Juanita Guaidikha Tikhanovskaya, all expenses paid, trained in Kiev during the Maidan, and in Donbass during the civil war consequence of the Maidan, and now we have all of the virtue signaling bureaucrats in Europe and the US, lead by the incombustible VonDerLeyen, excuse me while I wipe my mouth, shamelessly exposing their amnesia and solid faith in their right to do as they please while the rest of the world has to do as they demand. Talk decadence, not a better face for it than that poor lady that nobody voted for.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 8:20 utc | 128

The hypocrites. "il faut rendre à César".

All these guys are amateurs.
Or just plain old copycats.
We, the French, have invented the whole concept, with legal justification. Another great success of the National School of Administration

October 22, 1956, during which the French army captured a plane of the company Air Atlas-Air Maroc in which five leaders of the National Liberation Front (FLN) were. The five leaders of the Algerian National Liberation Front were supposed to travel from Morocco to Tunisia on the personal plane of the Sultan of Morocco.
"unfortunately", at the last moment, they had to change planes". "Coincidentally", this plane of the Moroccan company was registered in France and therefore "legally" the French authorities forced it to land in Algeria (a French department at the time). On the ground, as "wanted terrorist", they were arrested.
more in

Chance or/and necessity? Ten years after, Mehdi Ben Barka, disappear in Paris (a joint operation of Moroccan and French secret service). Was tortured to death and corpse supposed dissolved with acid (a Jamal Khashoggi's precurssor)

Are Belarus the organizers or the victims?
if report correct: the bomb threat was given at the right time. And the pilot took the decision to land in Minsk. The accompaniment by the Belarusian fighter is purely technical, it is not the hijacking itself.

If organizers: "Chapeau bas!"

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 8:58 utc | 129

ZH has a fire hose of 3 new stories up supporting the BS that Covid came out of the Wuhan lab, one with a Fauci link, another unsubstantiated claim by By Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management and then a WSJ claim of Covid sickness at the lab. only skimmed

I can only conjecture that the extra pressure is for some imminent reason this week. if a lie is BIG enough and told OFTEN enough, unfortunately many will believe the lie in the face of contrary information.

Thank you, I see the BIG issue for the USAi empire as being the concrete alliance between China and Russia including Iran. That simply cannot be tolerated by empire. It goes against a doctrine that is as old as the Chinese socialist revolution. Every dirty trick and connivance through the cold war years has been reduced to ashes in two presidential terms

Obummer and then Trump have totally f#cked it up.

Hubris uber alles is perhaps the best motto for these two d!ckhead presidents.

Blaming China for the virus and then splitting their alliance is exactly how these lame brains think.
Expect torrential downpours of BS in the weeks to come.

I guess the Russia/China response will be request the USAi to produce sound refutation that it did not arise from any of the dozens of university or military labs in the USA. Lets start with that paper from November 9, 2015 in Nature Medicine and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where resides the interesting Boyd L. Yount Jr.

I am sure there are many other suggestions out there.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 24 2021 9:26 utc | 130

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 8:58 utc | 129

One must not forget the case of Itavia Flight 870, that was shot down in 1980 because of a suspicion that Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi was traveling in the same airspace at the time.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 24 2021 9:33 utc | 131

Agreed. Value each other mostly, sometimes bag one another as deemed necessary. Have a quiet drink occasionally and bury the hatchet. Its a worthy bar.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 24 2021 9:34 utc | 132

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 8:58 utc | 129

Merci for this information.

Posted by: Paul | May 24 2021 9:46 utc | 133

Recent events can't be simplified into either but to complement the notion of the

Does anyone have any strong opinions on whether the rig/flare/fire visible from Haifa (Tamar I suppose? Is this a mistake?) was only doing a flare or not? A 100% flare can be very spectacular, the images I've seen could easily have been that and also be uncommon enough for people to be surprised and take notice (and pictures).

I'm puzzled because as I understand it (and of course I can be wrong) the rig was supposed to have been shut down before the hostilities, roughly five days before the flare or fire.

As for it being a successful attack I would have thought it would have made more sense (maximal destruction) to move backwards from shore so that (at least briefly) an uninterrupted flow added to the damage at each point. That would also make sense considering it would go in order of more or less starting closest to Gaza. With the peculiar pipeline path chosen (to avoid Hezbollah rather than Hamas?) the actual pumping rig up north "near"* Haifa would be last.

* Only about a third closer than any other point of the coast since it's far out in the sea.

Also if it was a successful attack I'm guessing there would have been both more noise and more signal.

RT article "Meet the outspoken Rabbi who says Israel is a monster that should be removed from the map" featuring Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss from Neturei Karta explaining why "Israel" and zionism (anywhere) is a blasphemy.

To all the jazzheads there is "Life on Earth" (7:34 YouTube), starts with drums, then piano and double bass do a wonderful thing before the trumpets join. Very lovely. This page has lots of information about them.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 24 2021 10:15 utc | 134

. but secondly because he[Zappa] was an arsehole bandleader whose treatment of other musos left much to be desired

And no doubt that's based on your favourite anecdote. Did you interview Ike Willis, or George Duke, or Ruth Underwood, or any of the 100 or so recording artists who worked with him over the years? No, I didn't think so.

And nevermind he's revered by millions of fans the world over for his prolific output of the highest quality music, and also renowned for giving 110% at pretty much every concert he did. And he did many.

So what's your gripe? Did he try to feel up your girlfriend the last time you all had dinner together?

Posted by: john | May 24 2021 10:30 utc | 135

. but secondly because he[Zappa] was an arsehole bandleader whose treatment of other musos left much to be desired

And no doubt that's based on your favourite anecdote? Did you interview Ike Willis, or George Duke, or Ruth Underwood, or any of the 100 or so recording artists who worked with him? No, I didn't think so.

And nevermind he's revered by millions of fans the world over for his prolific output of the highest quality music, and also renowned for giving 110% at pretty much every concert he did. And he did many.

Posted by: john | May 24 2021 11:02 utc | 136

The hatred goes on,
isnt it Russia it is Belarus that the regime-change crowd are focused on to wreck.

The ridiculous and dangerous propanda then, the MIG jets are framed in the western MSM like they were threatening the civilian airpline but it was just an escorting typical move.
Tthe controlling of the plane of possible bombs are framed at hostage taking!

As usual it the baltic nationalists that whine the most.

Posted by: Zanon | May 24 2021 11:09 utc | 137

@ Paul, "100 year old ethnic cleansing project in the rest of Palestine continues", but
Tectonic plates still moving, collapse of an edifice of complacency

Posted by: Մասիս | May 24 2021 11:11 utc | 138

I saw the same lineup at the Village Vanguard in January 2020, yeah, back when live music was still accessible, and as you say, very lovely. exquisite.

Posted by: john | May 24 2021 11:11 utc | 139

A 22 year old kid, comfortably living in Warsaw and traveling all around following the ersatz president Juanita Guaidikha Tikhanovskaya, all expenses paid, trained in Kiev during the Maidan, and in Donbass during the civil war consequence of the Maidan, and now we have all of the virtue signaling bureaucrats in Europe and the US, lead by the incombustible VonDerLeyen, excuse me while I wipe my mouth, shamelessly exposing their amnesia and solid faith in their right to do as they please while the rest of the world has to do as they demand.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 8:20 utc | 128

Yes, nothing is more dangerous than great un-earned success. People lose their minds.

The habit of trifling with people to get your way will get you in the end too. The habit of lying will take over your life. Just look at the US government. Just look at Trump. This is one of Putin's great strengths, he is not bullshitting anybody. Most of all, he is not bullshitting himself.

I too have sympathy for young people who get involved with politics and have no idea what is really going on. The young are at the mercy of the old, and the old are often hard masters.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 24 2021 11:32 utc | 140

Posted by: Grieved | May 24 2021 1:39 utc | 103

Starter's reading list (a must list IMO for every American) for you in order to understand the Kennedy assassination (no, Israel had nothing to do with it):

James W. Douglass - JFK and the Unspeakable

David Talbot - Devil's Chessboard

James DiEugenio - Destiny Betrayed/ The JFK Assassination

Mark Lane - Rush to Judgement

Peter Dale Scott - Deep Politics and the Death of JFK

For more literature go to Our Hidden History which is a treasure trove of all things US Deep State politics from Heroin Trade in the Golden Triangle to Vietnam to JFK, to Watergate, Iran-Contra etc.

Posted by: vato | May 24 2021 11:41 utc | 141

@Hoarsewhisperer | May 24 2021 4:50 utc | 114

Posted by: Norwegian | May 24 2021 11:50 utc | 142

The Kennedys: I don't want to engage with the many theories of who did it, but I want to say that what I remember of John Kennedy, he reminds me of Trump, but with better taste. Bobby was a different matter. They were all very wealthy scions of organized crime (bootleggers) just like Trump, and had the usual entitled attitude one sees in the rich. He was nevertheless, like Trump, an improvement on the usual soulless corporate/old-money controlled suit-droids just because he shook thing up. A populist, who squeaked by to get into office. He was the first Pres. to get the full media treatment too, Camelot and all that.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 24 2021 12:00 utc | 143

Posted by: Bemildred | May 24 2021 11:32 utc | 139

Actually I was wrong, Protasyevich is 26, his partner in crime Putilo is 22, interviewed by the "woke" Dud' in an office of the "Belarus House" in downtown Warsaw, at the beginning of the interview Putilo openly admits being paid by the Polish government and "others". There are rumours that Protasyevich fought with the radical batallion Azov in Donbass, plus there is a picure of him kicking a fallen Lenin statue in Kiev during the Maidan that ended in a coup and brought great ruin to the once richest USSR republic, Ukraine.

Here the link to the interview, English subtitles available.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 12:15 utc | 144

@Posted by: _K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:21 utc | 122

"He managed to piss off and threaten all the main powers that be, including those with very high level mafia connections."

A veritable rogues gallery of likely suspects, providing layers of cover for the actual top of the hierarchy on this plot.

"If anyone gets the chance to visit it, the museum in Dallas in the former book repository on the fifth (?) floor of that building is quite worth a visit."

Done that. I remember my wife and I were approaching the entrance to the museum stairs as two ladies were exiting. One was very tearful
and I thought to myself, "What is your problem, lady, get a grip". I found out myself in a few short minutes. It grabbed me.

Later on, I was standing over the manhole in the sidewalk a few feet from the kill shot (someone had taped a big X in the road
to mark the spot). The road is steeper there than I had realized from photographs and there is a slight S-curve to the road. While I was standing there a car passed over the X and (I wasn't looking for it and was taken by surprise) the slight pivot of the car going into the S-curved exposed the rear passenger seat from my vantage point. The manhole is directly above a drain opening in the sidewalk
that makes a perfect bunker-like opening for a shooter. Not saying a shooter had been there, but I was taken aback at
what I had unexpectedly seen.

Posted by: librul | May 24 2021 12:23 utc | 145

If barflies are going to do JFK here is the simplest explanation. Really simple. There is a reason there are massive constellation of factoids that never entirely align.

Simple. He retired. Was not killed. In poor health. Big surge in patriotic crapola after his reported death. Wanted to spend more time with his boyfriend, Lem Billings.

The idea that someone from his background, who married into Jackie’s family, who filled his cabinet with creeps, the idea this was a man of the people is laughable. If you think the retirement hypothesis is laughable please stand back a moment and look at the g-d hero worship of this syphilitic rich kid. Rich kid who never did one thing but be rich.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 24 2021 12:53 utc | 146

The hypocrites. "Il est plus grand mort que vivant"
@ Petri #131, Ragheadthefiendlyterrorist, Bemildred, Zanon & Paco

Yes, hijacking and "Guet-apens"(ambush) are popular in different way.

I think the young guy was just "Navalnyed".
Not only is airplane in common. Zero credibility and "dead or alive" usefull.
And well scheduled.

1/ why was Roman Protasevich a so-called "well-known opposition activist and blogger" flying over Belarus?
you don't need to be too much an ATC to know that. On the straight route from Athens to Vilnius is Belarus.
2/ Why a guy with international financial support is flying Ryanair flight #FR4978, a cheap one? short of cash? He said his girl friend, he was affraid of something. Why not flying Lot via WSW or Lufthansa via FRA?
3/ When and where was this alleged bomb threat received. How does il came? Who checked? Athens,Vilnius,Minsk or Ryannair CHO in Dublin ? Fly over Belarus was just 20mn.
4/ According to Ted Perton and published flightradar24 map, the B737 was very close to the border when diverted
and closer to Vilnius
so: not authorized to flight into Lithuania airspace (Bomb scare)? Pilot decision (clearance)?
5/ Everybody EU+NATO jumping into the band-wagon! Ursula,Emmanuel, Jens.
And meeting at a summit on Monday 24 May and tomorrow Tuesday in Brussels, where the Heads of State and Government of the EU-27 will discuss "possible sanctions" against Belarus.

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 12:59 utc | 147

I think your assessment of the Palestinian victory is totally correct.
I hope b dedicates a post to it. But Ibn Riad's analysis is sufficient.

Posted by: Prof | May 24 2021 13:00 utc | 148

This is an interesting piece about Saudi Arabia. Are they really executing their own soldiers who refuse to fight Yemen? Wow!(if true). Bring on civil war there, let Turkey enter the fray and run the Holy Cities with collective Muslim authority. An improvement.

Posted by: Eighthman | May 24 2021 14:13 utc | 149

Perhaps this has already been posted but it is telling what the west want, they are not even hiding it anymore:

EU Parliament report says regime change needed in Russia, recommends Brussels launch propaganda TV channel to help it happen

There is also a clear naivete in nations like Russia, Belarus, they do not seem to undersand how hell bent west, nato, eu are in regime change in their nations. They need to expose and push back much harder because obviously west are set for war.
Living in the west one could read every day atleast 5 big separate anti-russian articles, anyone realize that the outcome of such propaganda in the end is war.

Russia are now also dragged in the newest attack, and Belarus will face more isolation, sanctions, how on earth does that produce anything but continued hostilities? How dumb are the west?

Posted by: Zanon | May 24 2021 14:14 utc | 150

Taiwan's new COVID-19 cases skyrocket, blames WHO for its own failures:

As I've already linked here before, the Mainland confirmed Taiwan has been refusing to receive any Chinese vaccines - which have been offered in quantity. They want Western vaccines. But the West doesn't have those vaccines. As a result, Taiwan has vaccinated less than 1% of its population.

I've also once posted by "theory" on Taiwan here, based on the progression of The Diplomat (a heavily pro-Taiwan magazine) articles about its alleged "success" in containing the pandemic (articles about the pandemic are not paywalled). Long story short, it seems the official propaganda - that Taiwan is the most successful "country" to contain the pandemic - is 100% false. Most likely Taiwan is simply not testing its people (this info was later confirmed by official Mainland sources) and is letting the cases to be swept under the carpet. Those 300-500 daily cases are most likely 1,200-3,000 daily cases, based on an extrapolation of the threshold Western and other Third World countries usually can handle before the whole thing leaks to the press.

Taiwan's situation is critical. It is possible we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of Kaishekist Taiwan.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Strait:

It took 25 days to reach 200 million shots, another 16 to reach 300 million and only nine to achieve 400 million on May 15.

Then, in just seven days another 100 million-plus shots were administered, with a record 17.1 million given on May 20.

An NHC official said previously that China had the capacity to do 20 million shots a day.

After the newest port cities outbreak, the CPC called the Chinese people up for their laziness and accommodation with the situation. It then instructed the regional governments to ramp up their vaccination programs. It worked.

Sometimes, the government has to tell its own people of their own shortcomings in order to do what is needed and what is right. It's no crime and no shame to recognize your own weaknesses and errors - as long as you use the lesson to correct them.

The Chinese people had the magnanimity to recognize their government was right on the vaccination issue and they were in the wrong. They lined up to be vaccinated the very next day. The government made its part by making the vaccines available as easily as they could. Win-win.

And, in the country nobody cares (except Kaishekist Taiwan and South Korea):

The IOC will insist on having the Olympics there for its own survival as an institution, not because they care about the Japanese people.

The Japanese government will insist on having the Olympics because they don't want the embarrassment of having it cancelled while witnessing the Winter Olympics of 2022 being a success in China (its mortal enemy).

It's a myth capitalism doesn't have its own version of the Politburo. It has, and it gathers in secret, and is made up of the owners of the big corporations and their vassals from the governments and military. Don't fool yourself: the next thing you're gonna buy is being decided right now by some corporate bureaucrats in some 50-store building in New York.

"I've read it, it's a complete lie," Yuan said when he was asked by the Global Times on Monday morning about the WSJ story, which was published on Sunday titled "Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on COVID-19 Origin".

The story, citing an unpublished report that was issued during the final days of the Trump administration, said several researchers at the lab became sick in the autumn of 2019 with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.

"Those claims are groundless. The lab has not been aware of this situation [sick researchers in autumn 2019], and I don't even know where such information came from," the Chinese researcher told the Global Times.

Has it become a tradition later POTUSes shitting on the whole dining room before leaving?

This headline is very disingenuous, as it makes its seems to the average reader of the Asia Times (a First Worlder Westerner, probably an American) that China is enforcing classic neoliberal reforms.

When you read the article, things become clearer:

During the past several months the regulators have, among other measures:

- forced Ant Financial, the country’s largest consumer payments and lending franchise, to become a bank holding company subject to stringent reserve requirements
- allowed Huarong Asset Management, a distressed-debt manager that is majority-owned by the Ministry of Finance, to go to the brink of reorganization with likely losses for bondholders
- shut down internet platforms offering high-interest loans to Chinese students
- fined or suspended major rating agencies for having assigned top credit ratings to bond issuers that then defaulted shortly after the ratings had been assigned
- encouraged corporations to issue equity instead of debt
- ordered real estate companies to report off-balance-sheet loans taken out through special purpose vehicles and
- told local government financing vehicles (LGFV’s) to restructure, rather than expect a central government bailout, if they can’t meet debt-service obligations.

These are clearly localized, not systemic, policies. There are no interest rates rise, there are no privatizations.

Of course, David P. Goldman takes a page from the NYT's textbook and buried the truth at the bottom of the article:

Is China over-leveraged? Goldman Sachs economists argued in a March 19 report that it isn’t. “Policy normalization began in China in the second half of 2020, and we expect the monetary policy stance to remain neutral for 2021,” Kenneth Ho and Chakki Ting wrote in a client report.

“We expect Total Social Financing to grow in line with nominal GDP, and we are forecasting non-financial debt/GDP to drop moderately to 282% by the end of this year,” they added. “We believe China aims to maintain a long-term path of steady leverage and rising per capita income.”

So, that means China is simply reverting the emergency policies from the pandemic. Which was the intended path from the very beginning. They're not "tackling inflation" because there's no inflation crisis to "be tackled".

Communist China, from a French point of view:

Wikipedia says Jacques Cheminade is a "conspiracy theorist". Does any French here know if that's true?

Either way, he tells the truth in this interview.

Looks like the Western MSM changed Protasyevich's description to "activist", after initially calling him "journalist". Evidently, Protasyevich is not - and never was - a journalist. His description as a journalist must have caused revolt among the journalists of the Western MSM, forcing its editors to tone down their propaganda a little bit.

Even cockroaches have self-respect, it seems.

Posted by: vk | May 24 2021 14:18 utc | 151

Another curious fact regarding a possible Israeli connection to the JFK assassination: the 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty.

Why did Israel think they could get away with it?

Why did they get away with it?

Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 24 2021 14:27 utc | 152

Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 24 2021 14:27 utc | 152

That was 4 years after the killing. Fucking hell, just read the books I've listed.
There are many more astute researchers like Gaeton Fonzi, Mort Sahl (!!),Michael Parenti etc. Have you even studied the Church Committee, Pike, the House Select Committee on Assassinations etc? What was that all about?!
Israel had nowhere near the influence nor the means to do such an act on American soil in ཻ.
Just read who ran the Warren Commission, wo bought the Zapruder film and disclosed it for 13 fucking years,etc.

Can't believe people are that stupid to really think Kennedy retired or other kooky theories.

Posted by: vato | May 24 2021 14:42 utc | 153

Where are we now: COVID after 1+ year

I ran across some old Excel sheets I had created in the March/April 2020 time frame - this prompted me to take a look at where we are at globally vs. the early estimates.

Here is a graph of the top 83 nations' COVID performance to date (basically all nations above world average) graphed as # of reported cases per reported death (all based on Worldmeter data). The 2nd line (red) is the number of tests per reported case.

The purpose of these 2 data points is as follows:

1) Is there a significant difference in cases vs. deaths?
2) Did testing - both as a proxy of "national effort" and also as an indicator of better COVID detection - matter in terms of reported deaths vs. cases?

Note that the global average of deaths vs. cases = 48.17 but the average of the top 83 = 53.05. Or in other words, the 84 through ROW nations don't really affect anything.

Also note: US is the un-named graph point right after the UK

This is interesting: by and large - the "1 death per 50 cases" doesn't vary dramatically across the top 83 COVID nations.
Yes, there are spikes but these will be more interesting after looking at this graph:
COVID deaths per 1M population

The 2 graphs are in the exact same order: i.e. most deaths per 1M population in descending order.

The big spikes tend to be really small nations: Andorra and what not, although the Netherlands is the largest notable exception (92 cases per death).

Now comparing vs. 1+ year ago:
The model I created from early reports in March 2020 documented the then death rate of 1 death per 67 confirmed cases (approximately).
I speculated, then, that overall cases would be double that of confirmed.

So the good news: death rate improved somewhat vs early reports, but not dramatically at all. Lockdowns, travel bans, mask wearing, Vitamin whatever, HCQ, Ivermectin, Azythromycin, medical learning etc at best improved death rates by about 20%. The actual "improvement" is certainly lower because the death rate in late April 2020 was certainly not counting at least a few deaths from multi-week/multi-month COVID - and it is certainly likely that at least some COVID deaths were not being reported due to relative lack of testing.

=1) There is not a single Asian nation in the top 83. Not India, not Philippines, nobody. Kyrgyzstan is #104 (265/1M), Nepal is #108 (221/1M), Kazakhstan is #110 (215/1M) and the Phillipines is #117 (180/1M). Ditto Africa.

2) The nations that were at the forefront of COVID: Italy, Spain, Belgium, France - they were surpassed by Eastern Europe.
Italy is now #13, Belgium #10, France #22, Spain #20.
Hungary is now #1 in the world in COVID deaths per 100K with most of the ex-Warsaw Pact and Yugoslavia following it.

3) Italy had 551 deaths per 1M population in late April - they're at 2074 now.
The US had 327, Germany 106 in late April 2020, the US is now at 1816 and Germany at 1047.
UK was 596 in late April 2020, they're at 1873 now.
Spain was 584 in late April 2020, they're now at 1702.

Or put another way: if Germany is the gold standard of societal/government COVID handling - they had more deaths since late April 2020 than Spain. And pretty close to Sweden. (Sweden went from 449 deaths per 1M in late April 2020 to 1415)

The US in particular: the US has a higher case to death ratio than almost all of its peers in the top 30. The exceptions are places like Montenegro, Slovenia, Andorra and Czekia, with France a little behind. Does this mean the US did enough testing compared to other nations? Hard to say but very clear that testing wasn't any sort of proxy for overall COVID performance. The UK tested nearly 1M more per 1M population than the US but has a worse death number. Gibraltar had nearly 6M more tests per 1M population and is #4 on the death list, with Czekia being #3 on deaths and over 2.1M tests per 1M population.

I suspect what ultimately will be shown to have mattered is:
1) Demographics of population. Older populations - i.e. Europe - suffered more because older people are the most affected (60+)
2) Density of population. It is 100% clear that dense cities/nations are able to spread COVID rapidly. Not dense nations, not so much.
3) Relative isolation. Island nations or countries that havfe no tourism/trade to speak of did just fine.
4) Ethnicity: Asian seems to matter. Africa - has done well but most of Africa is young, relatively isolated and not dense.

But in any case, time will tell.

What will be particularly interesting is what the future impact will be.

We already know that COVID killed a lot of people that were very sick. Diabetics, cancer, emphysema etc etc.
This means death rates for the next 2? 5? years will be lower?
Health care spending will fall, because fewer old/sick people?
Accelerated consolidation of small businesses into large, because of capital reserves and government subsidies?

Posted by: c1ue | May 24 2021 14:58 utc | 154

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 12:59 utc | 147

RE the young man being "Navalny'ed", I don't have a feel for it. Is this person really important? Why would Lukashenko elevate a punk this way? Did Russia put in a word? Mainly I feel it is contrived, not by accident, and that fits what you say, but there are a lot of people on the "Western" side dumb enough too, as others have pointed out. The EU parliament has been a useless behavioral sink for a long time, like the US Congress.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 24 2021 15:01 utc | 155

=1) There is not a single Asian nation in the top 83 [Covid-19 deaths/millon]. Not India, not Philippines, nobody. Kyrgyzstan is #104 (265/1M), Nepal is #108 (221/1M), Kazakhstan is #110 (215/1M) and the Phillipines is #117 (180/1M). Ditto Africa.
Posted by: c1ue | May 24 2021 14:58 utc | 154

"Top 83" are countries above world average. In Asia there are 10 of them
1 Armenia 1,480
2 Georgia 1,165
3 Lebanon 1,129
4 Iran 949
5 Jordan 912
6 Israel 687
7 Palestine 666
8 Turkey 543
10 Azerbaijan 476

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 24 2021 15:29 utc | 156

Posted by: snake | May 24 2021 15:38 utc | 157

Interestingly he and one other anti-Belarusian activist were in Greece for a meeting with Greece prime minister, what did they do there? What did they plot?

Apparently he have worked with the neo-nazi brigade Azov in Ukraine
"He worked in the Azov Battalion press service"

Posted by: Zanon | May 24 2021 15:40 utc | 158

@Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 24 2021 14:27 utc | 152

the 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty.

Why did Israel think they could get away with it?

Why did they get away with it?

In August of 64 LBJ was able to take the US involvement in
someone else's war
to a whole new level
through an incident that didn't happen the way we (the US) said it did.
In other words, a false-flag.

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident worked in LBJ's favor and led to a disaster for
this country and many others.

LBJ remembered his lesson from the Gulf of Tonkin - a success -
and tried it again in 1967 with the USS Liberty.
The false-flag was supposed to bring more US military involvement in Zisrael's war(s).

Posted by: librul | May 24 2021 15:49 utc | 159

The transcript of Lavrov's interview with Argumenty i Fakty in English is still not 100% complete however, machine translation from the original Russian gives us this:

"To find a way out of the impasse, the authorities in Kiev must decide whether they want the return of Donbass to the Ukrainian state. If so, the only way to do so is a clear and consistent implementation of the Complex of Measures. Let me remind you that this document is approved in the UN Security Council resolution and thus is mandatory for implementation by the parties to the conflict, that is, Kiev, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk."

That is then followed by this disclosure:

"The question: Russia's chief negotiator on Donbass D.N. Kozak surprised by the proposal to conduct these negotiations publicly, 'so that it is clear who takes which side.' You can't immediately remember other such examples in the history of diplomacy. How do you think such publicity can affect the negotiations? Why are they usually conducted face-to-face rather than in a debate format, for example?

"S.V. Lavrov: Ensuring the confidential nature of negotiations is a common practice in diplomacy, the key to their success. But this rule works only when all parties act in good faith, aimed at achieving concrete results.

"Unfortunately, the behavior of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks in the Contact Group between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk with the assistance of the OSCE and Russia shows the opposite. This is in no small part the case with the discussions of the political advisers of the Normandy Four. This is the reason for the proposal of D.N. Kozak mentioned by you."

IMO, this is an excellent ploy to expose the reality to the world which will of course be declined by Kiev, which Lavrov follows with further explanation and example. The remainder of the interview is very wide ranging and detailed as usual. I expect the English transcript to be completed later today for those unable to machine translate the Russian. The discussion about Belarus and Turkey are well worth reading once the transcript is ready.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 15:50 utc | 160

So, this is a get down hard on Roman Protasevich thread?

Interesting---- must have gotten some comrades riled.

For an authoritarian to take such steps, points out something?

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | May 24 2021 15:55 utc | 161

One would think that after all the videos taken exposing Outlaw US Empire police lies about their murdering suspects, particularly blacks, that they'd stop the killing and lying. But as this article relates that isn't the case whatsoever. Plus, the worsening human rights situation due to the epidemic of gun violence continues to spiral out-of-control as 12 died and 50 were injured over the past weekend--more than justifying China's telling the Outlaw US Empire it must solve its own internal problems before it can credibly lecture other nations about human rights.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:01 utc | 162

How does severe illness from Covid track with the incidence of diabetes in a given country.

Percentage leaders of diabetes in a population:

#1 China
#2 India
#3 US of A
#6 Brazil

The so-called Indian Covid Variant is scary (if headlines are to be believed) because it is found in a population with
a high level of diabetes. It isn't the variant that is the problem, it is the diabetes.

Posted by: librul | May 24 2021 16:02 utc | 163

@Piotr Berman #156
Are you seriously trying to tell me that Arab nations are Asian?
Jews/Israelis are Asian?
Georgia is as far from Asian as can be. They're pasty white and they're Christian.
Azeri's are also not even remotely Asian. They're darker than Georgians but are both Muslim and Turkic.
None of the nations you note are ethnically, culturally or linguistically Asian.
And to be 100% clear: I am not necessarily focusing on the racial aspect per se. There is a very clear racial line in COVID results, but that could just as easily be a geographic one due to say, a common coronavirus variant or some other environmental factor at play.
Nonetheless, your grasp of what I noted is a complete FAIL.

Posted by: c1ue | May 24 2021 16:07 utc | 164

Global Times has an excellent editorial about the Ryan Air incident that poses some excellent questions.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:08 utc | 165

Another Biden admin diplomatic gaff related to China that was turned inside out by BigLie Media which prompted China to publish the truth:

"When Austin became US defense secretary, China sent a congratulatory letter through military diplomatic channels, in which China expressed a positive wish to communicate with the US, manage risks and challenges and develop military-to-military relations, the source revealed, adding that China also proposed that the two countries' defense chiefs hold talks at a proper time, indicating an explicit sign that China had sought to develop military relations and enhance strategic communication.

"However, the US turned a blind eye to China's goodwill and sincerity, disregarded diplomatic protocol and international common practice and did not respond to China's congratulatory letter, but then requested to talk to another Chinese military leader in the Central Military Commission, which is a move deemed unprofessional and unfriendly, the source said."

The Outlaw US Empire needs to learn it MUST treat China and Russia with respect as peers, but it seems incapable of doing that.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:15 utc | 166

@ 36 john.. thanks! i am enjoying it right now. kinda cool hearing electric bass and keyboards on it.. that is a twist!

@37 farm ecologist.. thanks! i don't support spotify, but i have a friend who sent me a couple of tracks.. not sure how he is getting them.. will have to ask.. i have yet to listen.. he sent them only a few minutes ago. the henry kaiser track john shared is enjoyable..

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 16:25 utc | 167

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | May 24 2021 16:32 utc | 168

@ 110 debs. thanks. i feel the same way as your about spotify.. it sickens me that of all the people that are stupid enough to support this platform, musicians would fall into this too. spotify, apple music and etc. etc. it is very lame on the part of musicians in particular to support this crap.. i have this conversation with some of my younger musician friends and even an older one - all who pay spotify and apple. the older friend says it is for his research purposes. the younger ones don't really have an answer for it. thanks debs.. i see it the same as you.. i have refused to share any of my music on these platforms as a result..

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 16:34 utc | 169

@ _K_C_ | May 24 2021 6:00 utc | 117.. thanks. i am just catching up to the comments now! i haven't gotten involved in the pirated access to stuff.. i did take that link that debs shared on 'nomadland', but otherwise i don't look for stuff in this way..

i think my 2 favourite zappa recordings are the grand wazoo and hot rats.. the grand wazoo is more jazzy i suppose. i have seen zappa live only once and it was probably the most brilliant outstanding concert i have ever been to. and i have seen a lot of live music. maybe it is unfair to stereotype like that, but zappa was a bit of a genius on some level.. his personal life was a different matter.

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 16:40 utc | 170

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:08 utc | 165

Rozhin, that is ColonelCassad just posted, first: Belarus diplomatic relations broken with Latvia, the ambassador called to the FM in Belarus and asked to leave within 24 hours due to the insult to the Belarus flag, it was substituted by the Zmagarskiy flag during an international sports event.

Concerning the GT editorial, the pilot took the decision to land in Minsk after consulting with the company. So it looks like Luka planed it really well, with deniability included since I think it was planned to show the lords of the universe that their abusive methods can be employed against them.

Thanks por posting the link to the AyF interview, its almost fully translated, the Belarus incident is not in it but the previous one is, that is the assassination attempt and the subsequent decree to transfer power to the security council in case of Lukashenko's death.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 16:43 utc | 171

"By pushing for regime change in Russia, the EU Parliament has revealed how irrelevant & unreliable it is for the future of Europe":

"The EU applauds itself for having apparently “deterred the Kremlin regime” in Ukraine and proclaims it should now take the fight to Russia, by 'containing President Putin’s war against the people of Russia'.

"How can unelected officials in Brussels and Strasbourg liberate the Russian people from the clutches of their own government, you may wonder? Well, they are advised to impose external governance on the country by demanding 'conditionality in its relations with Russia by including in any dialogue or agreement with Russia measures aimed at protecting human rights and the holding of free elections.' In short, do what we say or else."

I don't know to laugh or cry at the idiocy and don't blame Lavrov for his serious consideration that relations be terminated. All the EUP accomplishes is ensuring its own irrelevance. It seems some parts of Europe are determined to discover what it's like to be a mere appendage of Eurasia.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:47 utc | 172

@ Մասիս | May 24 2021 6:59 utc | 124. thanks! i don't care for that track, but it is interesting to see lyle mays playing guitar.. here's a cool line up playing my namesake - one of his hits he wrote for james taylor. christian mcbride does a solo shortly after the head which is great. all of these players are top notch!

@ Sunny Runny Burger | May 24 2021 10:15 utc | 134.. thanks.. will check out soon.. checking now.. i love joey barons drumming and knew it was him off the top. nice track. i have never listened that much to dave douglas, but i did a gig one time during a jazz fest in victoria with a sax trio and joe lovano walked in on our gig. this was about 30 or more years ago. it made our sax player nervous! i didn't really care. i have heard joe play a lot and seen him live maybe only once. it's a nice track!

@ 135/ 136 john. i read the barry miles bio on zappa. zappa apparently didn't care for his take, but i think on a personal level zappa might not have been perfect! regardless, i mostly just like to focus on his music and leave that aside.

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 16:55 utc | 173

Thanks for your reply and additional info. I see Lithuania is also in on the event, then there's the EUP idiocy I note @172. Of course, they're all acting under orders from the Outlaw US Empire. IMO, the Baltic states are doomed if they persist--they'll die economically if trade ceases with Russia and Belarus.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:58 utc | 174

karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:15 utc | 166

By the speed that the UK is already proposing "sanctions" on the Russian NSII for a supposed hi-jacking in Belarus, suggests that not only is it a set up, but that the FCO are probably behind it. Or is this the "plan B" that Biden was referring to when he retired some of the sanctions on some Germans involved?

One other thing is that it does take the spotlight off Israel. The ongoing arrests of 1願 west Bank Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs, the occupying of Al Aqsa compound (and expulsion of Muslim worshippers and invasion of Israel's religious nuts) have sunk out of the news. The Zionist youth mobs are only slightly troubled, of course.

Lavrov and Chinese "going clean" about negotiations, is nice. At least for us. But I doubt that it will be reported any differently in the MSM, as it might not gel with their pre-conceived opinions-as-news.

The UAE (Abu Dhabi) are organising "tourist" visits to Socotra for Israel. It is not their island. Yemenis, whose island it is, are forbidden. There are now also UAE and several other new military bases on a biologically insecure island, a crown jewel of the world's natural heritage.

Posted by: Stonebird | May 24 2021 16:59 utc | 175

Rather a long thread, but here's another:
Curious. This link to a story about GMO mosquitos in brazil from a few years ago is blocked. Apparently Neo Journal is still blocked. I wonder what their particular sin was.
My intention was to post the link relative to the recent release of GMO mosquitos in florida. The residents were opposed, but Mr. Gates had his way - and so much for “democracy.”

Posted by: Miss Lacy | May 24 2021 17:06 utc | 176

Posted by: Miss Lacy | May 24 2021 17:14 utc | 177

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 16:58 utc | 174

We are hostages of the empire's decline, the Brussels theater is completely absurd, the UK left the Union leaving behind a truly disrupting Trojan horse, that is Poland plus the Baltics. It doesn't look good at all, sovereignty is lost and rendered to a captive and undemocratic institution, the EU parliament and the Commission. Take Spain, with empire military bases about whose dealings I find out in the foreign press if at all, military exercises with Morocco in Spanish territorial waters without even a warning, providing Morocco with all sorts of modern weaponry in exchange for friendly ties with Israel while our planes and ships are used to poke the bear in the Baltic and Black Sea. The whole thing is just ridiculous, but as long as our politicians, and I mean mainly European ones, are captive of all the perks that go with the Brussels theater we're on the road to nowhere.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 17:15 utc | 178

Thanks for your reply! I seriously doubt Russia's much worried about the UK as this report reveals although, perhaps Cameron thought they'd be employed against UK citizens so the defects wouldn't matter.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 17:22 utc | 179

. i mostly just like to focus on his music and leave that aside.

Agreed, but I don't believe that a bandleader of Frank's stature could have achieved what he achieved by being an asshole with his musicians, and numerous interviews with many of them attest to this, as well as those with his wife and mother of their four children. He was a workaholic and a perfectionist, who for the most part played his own music. With his wicked sense of humour I'd say he qualified as a benevolent dictator. and filling a slot in any of his bands was generally considered a privilege and an honour.

Posted by: john | May 24 2021 17:43 utc | 180

@Miss Lacy | May 24 2021 17:14 utc | 177
The whole thing is a massive crime against humanity. We may have different reasons for saying so, but the fact that a massive crime against humanity has been ongoing for over a year is clear.

The guilty must be punished in a court of law, or else they will take it to the next level.

I have made some private research on what happened in my company (relatively large by our standards, partly government owned). It is clear the whole thing was prepared in writing within the company several days before they "suddenly discovered" the 'virus' on March 11, 2020. I know personally the person who supposedly was affected and causing 500 people to be barred from work, I communicated with him 3 hours before, no sign of anything. We worked together in the same room the whole week before. The whole thing is a gigantic lie, and 14+ months later we are STILL not allowed back to work. I will never trust those people again, they belong in prison.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 24 2021 17:49 utc | 181

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 16:55 utc | 173

thanks for that link, I'm familiar with that tune but I was not aware that it was named James. Excellent version, delighted with the bass part. Music, the healer.

Posted by: Paco | May 24 2021 17:54 utc | 182

Posted by: vk | May 24 2021 14:18 utc | 151

Sorry vk, but there is no such thing as Kaishekist Taiwan, especially today with DPP in charge.

Long story short, no Han Taiwanese (to differentiate from Native Taiwan Aborigine) likes the Chiangs and other RoC refugees that come from mainland. Both Chiang suppressed the political aspiration of the Han Taiwanese, but the Younger Chiang groomed and picked Lee Teng-Hui, a benshengren (Han Taiwanese), as his successor to appease them. While Lee Teng-Hui was a KMT member even until his death, his politics and political proteges are later would become part of the DPP. The DPP politic is simple: hate everything mainland-related things. Again they have no love for the Chiangs whom they view as a mainlander oppressor.

Yes whatever regime in Taiwan will collapse, but that is definitely not have any legacy related to Chiang Kai-Shek.

Posted by: Hangar | May 24 2021 18:13 utc | 183

In fact, the so called "Kaishekist" KMT are more "pro-reunification" than the DPP will ever be. The KMT would not in the right mind to demonize PRC in every damn second for every bad things happened in Taiwan. They firmly believe in One China while the DPPs are a bunch of separatist who almost plunged their island into nuclear waste by trying to acquire recognition from the US.

Posted by: Hangar | May 24 2021 18:16 utc | 184

Thanks for your reply, and condolences for the dilemma you face in the EU it's almost as bad as those in Occupied Palestine. Here Alastair Crooke provides his assessment of what just occurred in Palestine, and it's rather similar to Patrick Armstrong's I linked to yesterday. Someone on this thread implied that Hezbollah's missiles were of the same quality as Hamas's, but that isn't true whatsoever as Hezbollah's are more potent, accurate and longer ranged. And Hamas's rockets will continue to improve as will their drone capability. Crooke however notes the most severe outcomes, which are two-fold:

"But why should this time different from previous episodes? What has changed? In a word: the woke revolution – a 'new Democratic normal'. With America and parts of Europe now viewing their own histories of settlement, ethnic cleansing and colonialism as toxic aberrations that should be redeemed, it has become possible to say things today in the U.S. about Israel long thought, but held hitherto in pectore that earlier would have brought heaven and earth crashing down upon the career of anyone uttering them. No more."

"The last reason why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be same again is that the collective eruption across historical Palestine has unified and mobilised the Palestinian people – under Hamas’ military leadership. The latter are perceived as the only force capable of protecting Al-Aqsa mosque – threatened by settler attempts to seize it or burn it – a real threat with the potential to inflame Muslims across the globe."

The settler invasion, genocide and occupation of Palestine as I've written is now certainly doomed to fail sooner rather than later--perhaps by 2030. Crooke provides another key hint:

"Israelis face a new reality: Hamas is not ‘over there’, but is everywhere around them and furthermore, they also know that the possibility of the (likely) coming Right-wing coalition in Israel acquiescing to this new paradigm is zero." [My Emphasis]

It's all or nothing for the Zionists, and the growing realization is that nothing will be the outcome. Thus, there's no future for a significant percentage of the settlers, and they'll likely go back whence they came. That will combine with the escalating apathy within the IDF. As the reasonable exit, the fanatics will remain and ignite the next battle, which will produce a worse outcome for the settlers. Eventually a point will be reached where only fanatics remain and the war will likely escalate as that faction lashes out at Hezbollah, Iran and Syria, which will seal their doom.

The only political solution is One State of Palestine, but the Zionists will never agree to that, although their Anglo-backed partners may well come to that realization--but will they have the courage to force their will on those they've allowed to run wild for a century and arm with nukes? Will Wokeism have one positive outcome?

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 18:17 utc | 185

Posted by: karlof1 | May 24 2021 17:22 utc | 179

The UK ordered 589 of them in 2014 ! Looks like a "Warhammer - maxi destructor" about two inches high, photoshopped into a Welsh background, and as about as useful.
At this rate, with the delays to aircraft carriers, aircraft, ships, submarines and tanks, the war that the UK had planned for in 2021 will now be organised for in eight years time in 2029. Added to the reservists called up will be the "retirees" army taken from Chelsea OAP barracks as the only ones who remember how to use the material.

PS, with shaking hands to compensate for the shaky turrets.

Posted by: Stonebird | May 24 2021 18:23 utc | 186

@164 Perhaps you need to look at a map of Asia.

Posted by: dh | May 24 2021 18:27 utc | 187

Posted by: Norwegian | May 24 2021 17:49 utc | 181

The whole thing is a gigantic lie, and 14+ months later we are STILL not allowed back to work.

You should get a job stocking shelves at a grocery store if you are that much addicted to having an employer.

Posted by: jinn | May 24 2021 18:38 utc | 188

jinn | May 24 2021 18:38 utc | 188

You will probably find many ex-employers stocking shelves in grocery stores nowadays.

Posted by: Stonebird | May 24 2021 19:02 utc | 189

Mr. Մասիս | May 24 2021 11:11 utc | 138

Israelis never ever had wanted a Palestinian state.

Oslo Accords, and the Camp David Accords before them, were political and diplomatic screens to delay and delay and delay and create and create and create facts-on-the-ground.

They have reached a dead-end they have killed the Palestinian State with the help of the Judeo-Christians of the United State but they are now looking - together with the Americans - at the Forever with Islam.

Once can debate if the United States will survive the Forever War with Islam, but Israel will not.

Posted by: fyi | May 24 2021 19:03 utc | 190

@ 180 john. that's a good way to put it. hard to know how a band leader can affect others.. it is a difficult role to play no matter what.. typically some fall in line and others, not so much. he did an amazing amount of great work regardless of the broken eggs he might have had to crack along the way.

@ 182 paco.. i bought the pat metheny song book he put out about 20 years ago - metheny songbook - with about 173 songs in it.. it comes with some great notes on how the songs were arrived at and typically lyle mays had a huge role in many of the songs.. although i play drums, i dabble on piano - write songs on piano, and like reading thru these songbooks for ideas towards my own compositions.. i have ran thru about 8 brazilian songbooks since covid - ivan lins, djavan, gilberto gil, dorival caymmi and marcos valle - a few of them have 2 songbooks out. it is a great exercise in understanding more on harmony, especially how these well known brazilan songwriters approach it. maybe i need to invest in more drum books, lol! i am working thru a few gavin harrison drum books that are awesome. he is the drummer with a band called porcupine.. i don't know if they are still going, but he has written a couple of great drum books that are challenging to work thru.. i know have to work! it has been fun blabbing music!

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 19:05 utc | 191

Posted by: james | May 24 2021 19:06 utc | 192

@jinn | May 24 2021 18:38 utc | 188

So you are defending the crime, good to know.

This is the first pandemic in history where the virus has not been isolated, can't be reliably detected, has a 99% survival rate and the vaccine doesn't stop you getting it or passing it on.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 24 2021 19:10 utc | 193

Kooky is good enough to describe what I proposed above. How would you describe those who have been busy chasing their tails for 58 years? Do you think you’ve caught your tail yet?

Posted by: Oldhippie | May 24 2021 19:26 utc | 194

So you are defending the crime, good to know.
What crime are you referring to?
I live in the USA where any worker can be fired from any job for
just about any reason. The worker is not even entitled to an explanation.

It sounds to me that you are claiming that being forced into a paid vacation is a crime. I am truly curious what you think the legal basis for your claim is.

Posted by: jinn | May 24 2021 19:44 utc | 195

Always found this dude looks shady. HEC + ENA in the 60'= Not a son of working-class familie.
Even with link to Larouche since 1974 became a high rank career officer in the Directorate of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry. NOT A "PROLETAIRE"
And founding so-called European Workers Party and the president of the French section of the Schiller Institute. NOT A WORKER's PARTY!

Every 4 years campaigning to "Président de la République". When he obtained 500 endorsements from mayors, he score less than 100,000 votes (0.25% to 0,30% of the votes) nationwide.

A kind of Navalny, but funny. Zéro credibility

Posted by: Rêver | May 24 2021 19:46 utc | 196

It seems the Russians have been testing in Syria one of the weapons Putin unveiled March 1, one that we have heard little about since then, but now it seems to have stopped all drone attacks on Russian bases:

The Russian military laser complex "Peresvet" was first tested in Syria. According to the information publication Bulgarian Military, the period of testing of the Russian military laser in the Middle East is not named, however, apparently, the Russian laser complex was used, and probably continues to be used at the moment, against attacks by jihadists, Israeli missiles and Turkish drones, providing mainly the protection of the Russian military airbase "Khmeimim".

"The Russian laser complex" Peresvet "has successfully passed all state and combat tests in Syria. Peresvet is already in service with the Russian army and continues to evolve and renew itself as Moscow continues to use it in Syria. Information about this laser system is minimal. According to some experts, these weapons consume so much energy that their mobility is questionable. Many experts suggest that Russia will use it primarily to guard military bases around the world, providing protection against unmanned aerial vehicles. ", - reports the "Bulgarian Military" edition.

Earlier, the news agency also cited information that the Russian complex "Peresvet" was delivered to Syria for testing, however, these data were not confirmed by any facts. Nevertheless, today Syria is indeed an effective environment for testing the latest Russian weapons, and taking into account the fact that recently drone attacks on Russian military bases have been completely stopped, it is obvious that Peresvet has demonstrated very high efficiency.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 24 2021 20:15 utc | 197

"Asia" is a monolith that would take years of deconstructing to get your story straight. Arbitrary boundary-drawing over the millenia has done little to sort it all out.

Another serious question is whether Russia is intrinsically eastern or western?

I associate questions pertaining to the Logos (which has become Christ, as the Word made flesh) as for all intents and purposes western.

The fact that Russia is a resurgent Christian nation, I would have to say it belongs to the west.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 24 2021 20:25 utc | 198

Marxism is a total system. In other words, the Science par excellence.

Every other study or sub-science falls under or relates itself as inferior to Marxism as system.

Now, do I adhere to this system of thought? Negative.

I keep saying this, but to fully understand Marxism, you have to first understand Hegelianism, and then you can know that Marx misconstrued Hegel or said "Bahhhh!" to him foresaking the full understanding of Hegel.



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Looking Back on the Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 Years Later

Friday, October 19, 2012 / By: Bruce W. MacDonald

Fifty years ago this month, world attention was fixed on a U.S.-Soviet confrontation over the placement of Soviet nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba, probably the most dangerous and perhaps the most studied moment of the Cold War. This iconic crisis has left us a legacy of lessons and insights for the future, many only recognized in recent years as previously classified materials have become available.

President Kennedy signs Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval quarantine of Cuba (Wikimedia)

The crucial role of diplomacy in peacefully resolving this historic test of Cold War wills is described here by Bruce W. MacDonald, senior adviser to the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Program with the U.S. Institute of Peace&rsquos Office of Special Initiatives. In this capacity, MacDonald developed and leads instruction of 21st Century Issues in Strategic Arms Control and Nonproliferation, a series of courses for USIP&rsquos Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, and advises on issues related to nuclear, space, and cyber strategy and policy as well as missile defense, arms control and nonproliferation. Earlier, he was senior director of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, a bipartisan body headed by former Defense Secretaries William Perry and James Schlesinger. MacDonald has also served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Security Council, the staff of the House Armed Services Committee and the State Department&rsquos Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

What was the Cuban Missile Crisis all about?

Based on what we now know&mdashas more and more previously closely-held information from both sides has become available&mdashwe can see that the United States and the USSR were coming from quite different perspectives. In the fall of 1962, the Soviet Union, led by Premier Nikita Khrushchev, saw itself in an increasingly precarious strategic situation. Facing a wide and still growing U.S. advantage in nuclear weapons, especially those that could strike the Soviet homeland, and ringed by many U.S. nuclear bomber bases within allied countries around the USSR&rsquos perimeter, the Politburo in Moscow believed it needed to take a dramatic step. That perception was reinforced by the failed invasion of Cuban exiles at Cuba&rsquos Bay of Pigs, reinforcing Soviet views that the United States would invade the USSR&rsquos one ally in the Western Hemisphere. So Khrushchev decided to position medium-range nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba, increasing the threat to the United States and thus strengthening the Soviet ability to deter American actions&mdashsuch as invading Cuba&mdashthat worried Soviet leaders.

President John Kennedy considered such a new threat intolerable and outrageous, as well as a complete surprise. The Soviets conducted their missile deployments in secret and lied to the U.S. government about them the missiles were only discovered by U.S. intelligence after the deployment process was well underway. From an American perspective, in the early 1960s the Soviets and their proxies were pushing forward on all fronts&mdashBerlin, Southeast Asia, Africa and Cuba&mdashto advance their own area of control and spheres of influence, while the United States had foresworn any effort to &ldquoroll back&rdquo communism. As it became clear that Fidel Castro, who had seized power in Cuba in 1959, was a Communist and a Soviet ally, the impression in the United States was that the Soviets were pressing forward across the globe and trying to outflank America in the Western Hemisphere. Consequently, Kennedy ordered a U.S. &ldquoquarantine&rdquo of Cuba before additional, longer-range Soviet missiles could be shipped to Cuba. Both countries substantially raised their nuclear-alert levels, and the world quickly moved toward the precipice of all-out nuclear war.

What made the crisis really dangerous?

Both sides had much at stake. The United States suddenly faced a significant escalation of the nuclear threat from the USSR, and the American public would expect and demand Washington to take action. In addition, many countries relied on the United States for security guarantees if the United States took no action to so direct a threat to its own homeland, that could undercut belief that Washington would honor its security commitments to others. The Soviet Union, having made this move, was very reluctant to back down, both for its own global reasons and because doing so could undercut Castro. With so much at stake, and nuclear weapons at the core of the controversy, all-out nuclear war became a real possibility&mdashby design or by miscalculation. The Cuban missile crisis was the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war.

How close did we come to nuclear war?

We&rsquoll never really know, but the indications were ominous. During the crisis, the United States raised its nuclear war footing to the highest level it has ever been (DEFCON 2), one step below &ldquonuclear war is imminent.&rdquo U.S. nuclear-armed bombers were placed on airborne alert, and some of the Soviet missiles and bombers in Cuba were not under the direct control of senior leadership in Moscow and thus could have been launched by less cautious military officers. It would not have taken much of a misunderstanding or misinterpreted command to trigger at least an isolated use of nuclear weapons, which could then have ignited a full nuclear exchange. Some participants in the crisis believed they might not ever see their loved ones again.

What were the key elements in resolving the crisis?

There were several, which are also common to resolving other crises and conflict situations today.

  • The first: Buy time to give diplomacy a chance to work, which entails refraining from the direct use of force but not taking that option off the table. Kennedy&rsquos decision to impose a &ldquoquarantine,&rdquo (an actual &ldquoblockade&rdquo could have been considered an act of war) of Cuba meant that a number of days would pass before additional Soviet ships with more missiles would approach the island and a confrontation between U.S. and Soviet naval forces could occur. Kennedy ruled against military advice to use conventional weapons to bomb the missile sites at this stage, a move that would have caused Russian and Cuban casualties and further escalated the crisis. The quarantine Kennedy chose was an option that demonstrated U.S. resolve but created space for intense bilateral diplomacy to find solutions to the crisis before those additional missile-carrying Soviet ships would arrive at Cuba. High-level, high-intensity diplomacy, both formal and informal, could and did proceed.
  • The second element was the willingness of each side to allow the other a face-saving way out of the crisis. For the United States, the Soviet missiles had to be removed. For the Soviet Union, something had to be done to provide at least the appearance of addressing both the U.S.-Soviet strategic imbalance and concerns about a U.S. invasion of Cuba. In the solution reached, the Soviets removed the missiles already deployed in Cuba, and Soviet ships under sail with missile cargoes returned to Soviet ports. In return, the United States agreed to remove a squadron of already obsolete medium-range Jupiter missiles based in Turkey as long as that part of the deal was kept secret. In addition, the United States publicly pledged it would not invade Cuba. The compromise was not painless: Cuba was not happy with only a U.S. pledge on paper not to invade, and Turkey had believed that the Jupiter missiles improved their security. Both the Soviet Union and the United States recognized that much larger issues were at stake and managed their allies&rsquo concerns in other ways. Thus, both sides emerged from the crisis with their core concerns intact, though public perception at the time saw the United States as the greater winner.
  • The third part was the ability of senior leadership to communicate either directly with one another or through trusted emissaries. Reducing the chances for misunderstanding and miscalculation is essential to successful diplomacy and peacemaking&mdashespecially at the strategic level&mdashand both sides were ably served by the work of individuals trusted by their own country and respected by the other, like U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (the president&rsquos brother) and Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador in Washington.
  • The fourth, and somewhat surprising, element was the willingness of top leadership on both sides, at last, to come to grips with the devastating consequences of a nuclear war. Senior civilian leadership in Washington and Moscow realized that a way had to be found to avoid nuclear war, which resulted in compromises that under lesser pressures may not have been politically feasible. While all recognized that nuclear war would be devastating, this was probably the first time that leaders had to look at the monster of nuclear war straight in the eye&mdashand they both feared what they saw.

What was the aftermath of the crisis?

The Cuban missile crisis both directly and indirectly led to a number of improvements in the international strategic environment, including agreements to begin to restrain the competition in nuclear arms. One of the first results was the establishment of the Washington-Moscow &ldquohotline&rdquo less than seven months after the crisis, giving leaders of both countries a direct link during crises and thereby reducing chances for misunderstanding. This hotline continues in operation to this day.

In addition, the following year the United States and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to ban above-ground nuclear testing. While this pact was also driven by increasing worldwide concerns over radioactive nuclear fallout in milk and other food supplies, a desire to reduce nuclear threats was the overriding factor. Over the following few years, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), designed to halt the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries, was negotiated and signed, and the United States and Soviet Union took their first direct steps in nuclear arms control, starting with diplomatic discussions and then a summit in Glassboro, New Jersey, in 1967. Late 1969 saw the beginning of negotiations that led to the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. The outcome was also a shot in the arm for U.S. diplomacy more generally and reinforced the notion that effective diplomacy has a central role to play in U.S. security policy.

What lessons from the crisis are relevant today, and how might those lessons influence nuclear peacemaking in the years ahead?

One is the need to avoid major strategic surprise. Where a country&rsquos vital national interests are concerned, strategic surprise can be destabilizing and lead to rushed and possibly unwise decisions by the surprised party. Second is the need to identify one&rsquos own core interests that need to be protected and one&rsquos objectives in interactions with an opponent, along with the need to convey as much clarity on them as possible with one&rsquos opponent. Third, it is essential that each party in a nuclear interaction put itself in the shoes of its opponent and ask why that country is behaving the way that it is. As successful as the missile crisis outcome was, more than one scholar has noted the failure of Kennedy and his senior advisers to ponder more fully why the Soviet Union was introducing the missiles to Cuba in the first place. This does not mean that the Soviet Union should have been allowed to do so, but understanding where the Soviets were coming from would have added clarity in choosing among Washington&rsquos diplomatic and military options. Clearly, the Soviets also had not thought through how the Americans would react if their clandestine scheme came to light. Further, each party needs to emerge from a high-stakes confrontation with a face-saving outcome. A confrontation can come to be seen as an end in itself, without recognition that other issues in the future will be indirectly influenced by the outcome of a current crisis. Knowing that the other side is not bent on absolute triumph and humiliation of the adversary improves the chances for win-win outcomes in the future.

In major-power confrontations, a strong military posture is essential for a country and can favorably influence diplomacy, as the American fleet did in this case. But it should always be used in support of diplomatic and political goals, and resorts to actual armed action should generally be considered as a later-stage instrument to be drawn upon only as necessary. Premature recourse to what are now called &ldquokinetic&rdquo operations can spark premature escalation and poor decision making. Skillful diplomacy can also make military issues easier to resolve when military steps are required, such as winning agreement by allies and others to assist. The tendency in a complex crisis to take the seemingly easy way out with a quick turn to military force should be avoided, and time allowed to give diplomacy a chance. As Winston Churchill, who understood better than most that under extreme circumstances war can be necessary, observed late in his life, &ldquoto jaw-jaw always is better than to war-war.&rdquo