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July 26, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-59

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other Issues:

U.S. Civil War of 2020:

Near and Present Anarchy - Susan Zahkin / The Baffler (long read)
Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul after riots - Star Tribune
Meet the Youth Liberation Front behind a militant marathon of Portland protests - Seattle Times

Boeing 737:

Boeing 737 Max Ungrounding Pushed Back Again; WSJ Sources Say Early 2021 - Naked Capitalism
Southwest says slowed delivery of Boeing 737 MAXs could slip more - Seattle Times
FAA warns engine on Boeing 737 jets could shut down mid-flight, issues emergency order directing airlines to inspect, replace critical part - Chicago Tribune
Boeing to delay 777X as demand drops for big jets: Sources - Channel New Asia

Use as open thread ...

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Posted by: arby | Jul 29 2020 14:00 utc | 192

Oh noes, without the true enemy called yanks who is now left to defend Germany from a Russian invasion that will never come?

Anybody in foreign countries who still advocates US colonialism on their soil are clearly traitors, and should be dealt with as such.

Posted by: J W | Jul 30 2020 10:48 utc | 201


I think that Trump actually believes as do millions of Americans the lie that those troops are there to protect Germany and the other countries from these goblins like Russia and China.

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 12:34 utc | 202

And here it is on RT this morning.

"“Germany pays Russia billions of dollars a year for Energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What’s that all about?” "

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 12:38 utc | 203

Finally, here it comes the confession....what was a voiced secret...Germany must avoid peace in Europe!

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jul 30 2020 12:51 utc | 204

Perfect, ha ha ha

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 13:05 utc | 205


I have a college friend in Seville. She's an American who married a Spanish guy about 20 years ago. They're both teachers. So I hear about what life in Spain is like from time to time.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 30 2020 13:15 utc | 206

Daniel Estulin advanced there will not be US lection in November...Now this...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jul 30 2020 13:34 utc | 207

@ H.Schmatz | Jul 30 2020 13:34 utc | 207

All Hail Emperor Trump!

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 30 2020 14:07 utc | 208

@ J W & arby:

One has to wonder, why would the Germans like to pay for being kept down?

While Secretary General, Ismay is also credited as having been the first person to say that the purpose of the alliance was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down," a saying that has since become a common way to quickly describe the alliance.

-- Sourced straight from his wikipedia page, no less.

Even though Trump may have little concern for the little details like who said it and in what year, you can bet he is briefed fully about the bigger picture.

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 30 2020 14:23 utc | 209


"you can bet he is briefed fully about the bigger picture."

Hmmm, I'm not so sure about that.

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 14:27 utc | 210

@ H.Schmatz

Obviously, the purpose of the EU is not to serve the European people, but to serve as an extended implementation of NATO. It is no coincidence that the headquarters of both the EU and NATO are seated in Brussels, an otherwise uninteresting city of minor significance.

The French, German and British scheming for their own marginal benefits have always been distractions on the sideline as long as the USA has been calling the shots from behind the curtain.

If unifying European peoples were the purpose, it would perhaps have been wiser to start with a Mediterranean Union and a "Hanseatic" North See/East Sea Union. Then, when these unions had become stable could a further merger have been made. Finally the British could then decide if they would like to join (that is, if by then they have not been completely reverse colonized by their former colony).

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 30 2020 14:42 utc | 211

@209 "One has to wonder, why would the Germans like to pay for being kept down?"


Posted by: dh | Jul 30 2020 14:54 utc | 212

More like bribes and arm twisting. The Empire has a pretty good grip on Europe.

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 15:13 utc | 213

"Twelve candidates, including secessionist Joshua Wong, for Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) election scheduled for September 6 have been disqualified (DQ) for failing the requirements of the elections."


Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 15:41 utc | 214

Caitlin Johnstone and the troop pullout.

"Today's Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced with a National News Conglomerate op-ed by General Hank Hammerfist. NNC: Obey.


gift to Putin

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 16:16 utc | 215

Brings to mind the goat in Jurassic Park:

US troops to be moved from Germany to Russian border: Pentagon

Although what I hear elsewhere is more than half are "coming home" (whatever that means). I suppose the Pentagon is worrying about losing face again, so comes forth with this bluster.

I think this obsession with keeping little forward bases everywhere we can is misplaced though, a leftover habit from the Indian Wars.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 30 2020 18:09 utc | 216

This is why they have forward bases--

"In Africa, the United States is Actively Trying to Rein in China"


Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 18:26 utc | 217

Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2020 18:26 utc | 216

Yeah, in a colonial/imperialist setting against badly armed "enemies" it makes some kind of sense, or it did at one time, occupation troops so to speak, keep the angry natives down while we exploit their country. And to be fair, the Chinese and Russians are doing it too now.

But against even such as Iran it will prove a big mistake. Against Iraq it was a big mistake. It didn't even work in Vietnam and AfPak either. Seems like a pattern to me.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 30 2020 18:40 utc | 218

Chas. Freeman weighs in on Pompeo's anti-Chinese campaign:

"Pompeo was not making a foreign policy speech or outlining a strategy for dealing with China. He was speaking cathartically for all those who have bought into or might buy into the China-as-universal-scapegoat basis of the Trump reelection campaign," he said."

Pompeo's Bid to Create Anti-China Alliance Backfiring on Trump, Former US Diplomat Says

About Mr. Freeman:

Chas Freeman on Picking Fights the U.S. Can Win

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 30 2020 18:52 utc | 219

On the importance of having real friends in the times to come...

Eduardo Galeano, en El Libro de los Abrazos...

In the suburbs of Havana they call the friend, my land or my blood. In Caracas, the friend is my pana, or my key: pana for bakery, the source of good bread for the hungers of the soul; and key for ...- Key, for key- Mario Benedettí tells me. And he tells me that when he lived in Buenos Aires, in times of terror, he carried five other people's keys on his key ring: five keys, from five houses, from five friends: the keys that saved him.

From the orchestrated noise, it seems that the world and more concretely the US is being attacked by a wave of leftist terror...but this is one more lie to demonize the left in times of capitalist collapse which would inevitably lead to a surge in its supporters, what the media is not telling you is that what is happening is a surge in far-right terror...

Three mosques have been evacuated in different cities of #Germany and the headquarters of the left-wing Die Linke party in Berlin following several bomb threats by the neo-Nazi organization Combat 18.

The threats were signed by Combat 18, an organization considered to be the armed wing of the neo-Nazi Blood and Honor network, born in the United Kingdom and operating in various countries. The leader of Die Linke has stated that "extreme right-wing terrorism also threatens us".

After the eviction and the subsequent investigation, the police have not found any bombs in the different locations. This same month there have been other bomb threats in the mosques of Cologne, Iserlohn, Freimann and Pasing.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jul 30 2020 22:56 utc | 220

The carrot and the stck.
"Australian miners Rio Tinto and Fortescue post record iron ore shipments as China industrial recovery continues
Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group have seen a surge in iron ore shipments to China, as infrastructure and property construction drive demand for steel
Rio Tinto says demand from China has absorbed the additional iron ore diverted from weaker steel markets in Europe and Asia"
"China’s purchases of iron ore from India rocketed to an eight-year high in the first half of 2020, fueled by supply shocks at major producers and record steel output at the world’s largest steelmaker.

Shipments of the raw material from India more than doubled to 20 million tons in the six months through June from a year earlier, according to China’s customs data. It was also the highest since the South Asian country shipped out 27.8 million tons in the first half of 2012."
Australia’s spot as China’s top source for iron ore under threat as new mega ports open door for Brazil and Africa
Chinamax ships used by Brazilian mining giant Vale, as well as miners in Africa, can carry half again as much cargo as normal ore ships
"With the China-Australia political standoff progressing, this is certainly not the right time to expect businesses on the two sides to continue their cooperation as nothing has happened.

We have noticed that some in Australia have been touting the iron ore industry as the country's trump card in trade with China since bilateral ties soured. They claim that Australia's iron ore exports to China are essentially untouchable due to China's reliance on Australian supplies.

Against the backdrop of Australia's continuous political provocations, it is nothing but fanciful to expect the Chinese side to make efforts to prevent deteriorating relations from spilling over into the trade area. Restraint on the political level would be a welcome move under the current circumstances."

Very much a win win strategy for China. Offloading foreign currency to build infrastructure and no doubt build a strategic reserve of raw materials. On one side oz politicians are enthusiastic about carrying out orders from the US, but on the other side, they know that domestically, they are dead politicians walking if they destroy our trade with China which equals destroying our economy.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 30 2020 23:33 utc | 221

Flynn Update: Order To Dismiss Case "Vacated"; Case Will Be Reheard In August

Wow. Just wow.

They are really out to get this guy.

Maybe more will now grok what I've been saying for two years or more: Manafort, Flynn, and Wikileaks/Assange were targeted as part of the 2016 scam election of 2016.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 30 2020 23:39 utc | 222

Robert Willmann @SST with a full analysis: A rehearing is granted by the court of appeals in the Michael Flynn mandamus action

Willmann has provided great analysis throughout the case and has also remarked about how unusual Judge Sullivan's behavior has been. This point is especially important:

The order granting a rehearing en banc adds that: "The parties should be prepared to address whether there are 'no other adequate means to attain the relief' desired. Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Court for D.C., 542 U.S. 67, 380 (2004)". This telegraphs that an issue for the rehearing involves one of the parts or elements of a mandamus action. When Flynn filed it in the court of appeals, we discussed here on SST the parts of a petition for a writ of mandamus [1]. One of the three elements in the mandamus doctrine in federal court is: "the petitioner must have no other adequate means to attain the relief he desires". It was pointed out here that Judge Sullivan had not yet ruled on the motion to dismiss when the application for the writ of mandamus was filed, and that he theoretically might grant the motion to dismiss, which can produce a debate about whether the mandamus action is premature. Flynn might get the relief he desires if Sullivan grants the motion to dismiss, without a mandamus order from the court of appeals directing that he do so.

The problem with that kind of technical argument is that if the mandamus is denied and the case goes back to the trial court, Sullivan could deny the motion to dismiss, and then deny Flynn's pending request to withdraw his guilty plea and any other pending issues he has raised, and proceed to a sentencing hearing. This would cause new, unnecessary litigation in the court of appeals, through another petition for a writ of mandamus and possibly also a regular direct appeal if the sentencing of Flynn takes place.

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I think most observers would agree that Judge Sullivan has shown that he's biased against Flynn. So I'd expect Sullivan to do exactly what Willmann has described: deny the requests and move to sentencing.

While Flynn could appeal, it's my understanding that Appeals Courts are reluctant to overturn trial courts. And Flynn might have to spend some time in jail as he's awaiting the appeal.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 31 2020 0:13 utc | 223

Below is a posting from Xinhuanet that reads like China is talking stronger

BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Some politicians in the United States have intensified efforts to slander the Communist Party of China (CPC), fabricating lies that the CPC is meddling in U.S. elections and calling for an anti-China alliance diplomatically, economically and technologically. Such McCarthyist paranoia is unreasonable and preposterous.

From the very first day it established diplomatic relations with China, the United States knew it was dealing with a socialist country led by the CPC. Over the past decades, both countries have benefited from cooperation.

The CPC strives for the well-being of the Chinese people and the progress of humanity. Under its leadership, China has never invaded any country or interfered with other countries' internal affairs in its quest for development and national rejuvenation. China has no interest or intention to meddle in the U.S. elections.

Regrettably, the current U.S. policy toward China is based on strategic misjudgments of China and the CPC. Spearheaded by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, some ignorant and prejudiced politicians seem to believe every Chinese investment is politically driven, every Chinese student is a spy and every cooperation initiative comes with a hidden agenda. They incite hatred against China and the CPC under the guise of so-called "democracy" and "freedom," only to serve U.S. hegemony and seek political gains for themselves.

What is even more ridiculous, these politicians attempt to drive a wedge between the CPC and the Chinese people, in disregard of the broad public support for the CPC's governance. An Edelman Trust Barometer trust and credibility survey showed that a whopping 95 percent of the Chinese people trust the Chinese government, ranking the top among all countries surveyed. The same study placed the United States second to last, with only 48 percent of its citizens trusting the U.S. government.

The anti-China policy the politicians advocate deteriorates bilateral ties, harms the long-term fundamental interests of the two peoples, and even jeopardizes world peace and stability.

It is high time for all peace-loving countries and people to denounce the insanity of a few U.S. politicians, whose remarks to instigate ideological hatred and confrontation only belong to the historical dustbin.

Given that a US Senate committee just voted to allow US citizens to sue China over Covid-19 loss shows that the bulling insanity continues. This is in spite of some committee members noting that it could make the US liable for being sued for damages.....but the fetid bullying continues anyway for local public consumption and redirection of guilt.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2020 3:44 utc | 224

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2020 3:44 utc | 224

"What is even more ridiculous, these politicians attempt to drive a wedge between the CPC and the Chinese people...."

Simple Eng a "civil war and regime change.."

Posted by: JC | Jul 31 2020 4:00 utc | 225

psychohistorian 224

China has its red lines that few seem to understand. Current US political belief is that with pressure China will capitulate - as outlined in the rand corp hallucination.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 31 2020 4:01 utc | 226

US GDP a record -32.9% in the second quarter and Germany -10.1%, while China 3.2% GDP and Huawei shipped more smartphone the last 3 mths beating Samsung.

Remember the familiar statement China never invent anything, they cheat, they lied? SCMP's China basher Published: 7:56pm, 17 Jul, 2020, "Is China’s second quarter GDP as rosy as it seems?"

Posted by: JC | Jul 31 2020 4:22 utc | 227

Yank bank making a reliable puppet its head.
"Right-wing former Brazilian minister elected to board of World Bank"

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 31 2020 6:17 utc | 228

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