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March 04, 2024

Supreme Court Puts States Into Their Place

This is a good decision:

States can’t remove Trump from ballot, Supreme Court says - Politico, Mar 4 2024

States have no authority to remove Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday, short-circuiting efforts by his detractors to declare him disqualified over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

The justices did not weigh in on the fraught question of whether Trump engaged in an insurrection by attempting to subvert the 2020 election results or stoking the violence on Jan. 6. But the high court ruled in an unsigned opinion that only Congress, not the states, can disqualify a presidential candidate under the Constitution’s “insurrection clause.”

Having the states judge over the legitimacy of a candidate would create a chaos in which federal elections would become a states against states court race, not a way to find some common representative.

It is good to see that librul and conservative judges agreed on that.

The judgment will hopefully help to tone down the shrill voices of the democratic commentators about Donald Trump.

One may not like him, ore even despise him, but he is a legitimate choice on the ballot.

Posted by b at 16:48 UTC | Comments (145)

March 03, 2024

Palestine Open Thread 2024-068

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Ukraine Open Thread 2024-067

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The MoA Week In Review - OT 2024-066

Last week's post on Moon of Alabama:


Yanis Varoufakis @yanisvaroufakis - 2:42 UTC · Mar 3, 2024

So, the US has airdropped 0.02 meals per Gazan. Better than nothing? Maybe, if they were airdropped by an aid agency. But, a GROSS DISGRACE when airdropped by the same military that gives Israel the gigantic bombs that killed 30k of them.

Even Obama's butcher of Syria is miffed:

Robert Ford @fordrs58 - 19:36 UTC · Mar 1, 2024

i've seen Israel humiliate previous US administrations, but aside from murderous 1967 Israeli airstrike against US navy ship Liberty, now forcing USA to do airdrops of aid to Gaza as if USA is no better than Egypt & Jordan is Israel's worst humiliation of USA i've ever seen.

i should add that USA will do humanitarian aid airdrops to Gazans if the Israeli Air Force graciously agrees not to shoot down the American planes over Gaza.




Other issues:

Cont. reading: The MoA Week In Review - OT 2024-066

Posted by b at 14:16 UTC | Comments (111)

March 02, 2024

Ukraine SitRep: Retreat Continues For Lack Of Defense Lines

On February 17, after Ukrainian units in Avdeevka had started to leave their position, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, General Syrski, announced a retreat to new defense lines:

"Based on the operational situation around Avdiivka, in order to avoid encirclement and preserve the lives and health of the military, I decided to withdraw our units from the city and move to defense on more favorable lines," Syrskyi said.

He emphasized that Ukrainian soldiers had fulfilled their duty with dignity, did their best to destroy the best Russian military units and inflicted significant losses in manpower and equipment on the enemy.

"The lives of servicemen are the highest value. We will take back Avdiivka anyway," the Chief added.

As some had already predicted it turned out that the "more favorable lines" Syrski promoted did not exist.

On February 17, the same day Syrski announced the retreat, Strana already reported on the lack of new defense lines (machine translation):

Ukrainian photographers Konstantin and Vlada Liberov, who document the war, wonder around which Ukrainian city, next after Avdiivka, the Russians will try to push through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

They report this in their Instagram.

"So what is the next "fortetsia" - Pokrovsk? Or just Konstantinovka?", - write Liberov, criticizing the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine because of the lack of a second line of defense in Avdiivka.

"Where is the second line of defense? If you use the Deepstate map, "claws" around the city began to form almost a year ago. It certainly wasn't a surprise. So where's the second line of defense?" The Liberovs ask themselves.

"While the military was waiting for weapons for the Zaporozhye counteroffensive, the enemy passed through the fields, concreted trenches, built entire underground cities… Why didn't we do the same in Avdiivka? Moreover, a blind defense, the purpose of which is to deplete the enemy's forces, is like our official strategy.

Others confirmed the observation (machine translation):

Cont. reading: Ukraine SitRep: Retreat Continues For Lack Of Defense Lines

Posted by b at 16:40 UTC | Comments (368)

Prediction: Israel Will Bomb Gazans At Drop Sites For U.S. Aid

Is anyone in the White House understanding how destructive its position towards Israel is for the global reputation and standing of the United States?

The mighty U.S. is demonstrating that it is a hapless and helpless giant unable to control its west-Asian client state.

Biden authorizes aid drops into Gaza, as hostage deal remains in limbo - Washington Post, Mar 1 2024

President Biden on Friday authorized U.S. military airdrops of humanitarian aid to Gaza, reflecting his growing frustration with Israel’s military operations, the dire situation of more than 2 million Palestinians under siege inside the enclave and the failure of the United States and its negotiating partners to forge a deal between Israel and Hamas to stop the fighting.

In addition to the airdrops, which officials said would begin within days, “we’re going to insist that Israel facilitate more trucks and more routes to get more and more people the help they need,” Biden told reporters gathered in the White House for his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

“No excuses, because the truth is aid flowing to Gaza is nowhere nearly enough,” he said. “Innocent lives are on the line and children’s’ lives are on the line. … I won’t stand by, we won’t let up and we’re trying to pull out every stop we can to get more assistance in.”

How about finally stopping all aid - weapons, munitions, money, diplomatic cover - for Israel? The White House is not even considering that.

What will Israel do if and when the U.S. is dropping aid over Gaza?

It is obvious. Israel will bomb the drop sites as soon as starving Palestinians in Gaza come near to them.

As I have asserted before:

The Zionist occupation forces send food into the northern Gaza strip to then kill starving Palestinians who try to collect it.

Some readers might have thought that this was a claim too strong to make. It was not and is not as it is exactly what has been and is happening day after day:

Muhammad Shehada @muhammadshehad2 - 19:43 UTC · Mar 1, 2024

Before yesterday's "Flour Massacre", the IDF has been shooting indiscriminately for WEEKS at starved Gazans awaiting aid trucks at the exact same spot, virtually every single day!

A 🧵of some of these incidents:

Feb 28: IDF soldiers take potshots at famished desperate Gazans

Cont. reading: Prediction: Israel Will Bomb Gazans At Drop Sites For U.S. Aid

Posted by b at 14:25 UTC | Comments (231)

March 01, 2024

Lloyd Austin Doubts Protective Value Of NATO

Newsweek is lying with this headline:

NATO Will Be Drawn Into War With Russia if Ukraine Loses: Lloyd Austin

It wording leaves out the (faulty) reasoning Austin attempts to apply:

Speaking at a Republican-led House Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss his recent absence while hospitalized for complications from prostate cancer surgery, Austin predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not "stop" if Moscow wins the war in Ukraine.
"We know that if Putin is successful here, he will not stop," Austin said. "He will continue to take more aggressive action in the region. And other leaders around the world, other autocrats, will look at this and they'll be encouraged by the fact that this happened and we failed to support a democracy."

There is however no evidence, as in zero, that Russia is interested in taking even the whole of Ukraine or, moreover, anything beyond that.

Austin's logic is also faulty with regards to a different aspect.

The original claim was and is that Ukraine should enter NATO because that would protect it from being attacked by Russia.

But if Russia would, as Austin claims, attack the Baltics, i.e.beyond Ukraine, it would attack NATO member states. That claim thus puts the whole theory of a protective value of a NATO membership into question.

Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has published parts of the draft peace deal that had been negotiated in spring 2022 between Ukraine and Russia:

Document From 2022 Reveals Putin’s Punishing Terms for Peace (also here)
Draft peace deal drawn up shortly after Russia’s invasion shows Ukraine was confronted with becoming a neutered state

The agreement was not punishing, but according to Ukrainian sources, very much in favor of Ukraine. It would have been kept as a wholesome sovereign state and could even become a member of the EU. The only restriction being to not join NATO and to have some limits on the size of its armed forces. Those conditions were much better than anything Ukraine will be able to achieve in any future negotiations.

The results of those will look much different:

Cont. reading: Lloyd Austin Doubts Protective Value Of NATO

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February 29, 2024

Zionists Use Food-Baits To Attract And Kill Starving Civilians

The Zionist occupation forces send food into the northern Gaza strip to then kill starving Palestinians who try to collect it.

Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks, Israeli officials say - AP, Feb 28 2024

Aid convoys carrying food reached northern Gaza this week, Israeli officials said on Wednesday, the first major delivery in a month to the devastated, isolated area, where the UN has warned of worsening starvation among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians amid Israel’s offensive.
Across Gaza, more than 576,000 people, a quarter of the population, are a step away from famine, the UN says.

But northern Gaza in particular has been gutted by hunger. The north has largely been cut off and much of it has been levelled since Israeli ground troops invaded in late October.

Several hundred thousand Palestinians are believed to remain there, and many have been reduced to eating animal fodder to survive.
A convoy of 31 trucks carrying food entered northern Gaza on Wednesday, the Israeli military office that oversees Palestinian civilian affairs said.

The office, known by the acronym COGAT, said nearly 20 other lorries entered the north on Monday and Tuesday.

Associated Press footage showed people carrying sacks of flour from the distribution site.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the deliveries.

The UN was not involved, said a spokesman for the UN’s humanitarian co-ordination office, Eri Keneko.

The trucks were sent by the Zionists. No other organization was involved. But when people came near to the trucks to collect the food they had carried into Gaza the Zionist went berserk:

‘Massacre’: Dozens killed by Israeli fire in Gaza while collecting food aid - Al Jazeerah, Feb 29 2024

Cont. reading: Zionists Use Food-Baits To Attract And Kill Starving Civilians

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Putin's Address To The Federal Assembly

Today President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian Federal Assembly.

After taking stock on how Russia responded to recent challenges, Putin asserted that the western attempts against Russia had failed:

The so-called West, with its colonial practices and penchant for inciting ethnic conflicts around the world, not only seeks to impede our progress but also envisions a Russia that is a dependent, declining, and dying space where they can do as they please. In fact, they want to replicate in Russia what they have done in numerous other countries, including Ukraine: sowing discord in our home and weakening us from within. But they were wrong, which has become abundantly clear now that they ran up against the firm resolve and determination of our multi-ethnic people.
Together, as citizens of Russia, we will stand united in defence of our freedom and our right to a peaceful and dignified existence. We will chart our own course, to safeguard the continuity of generations, and thus the continuity of historical development, and address the challenges facing the country based on our outlook on the world, our traditions and beliefs, which we will pass down to our children.

Putin continued by reviewing the introduction of new strategic Russian weapon system which are superior to those in the West. He again offered a dialogue over limiting those:

Cont. reading: Putin's Address To The Federal Assembly

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February 28, 2024

Palestine Open Thread 2024-065

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Posted by b at 17:10 UTC | Comments (108)