Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
February 19, 2021

The No Change Presidency

After a month as president Joe Biden has already broken several major campaign promises.

There will be:

  • No $2,000 checks.
  • No minimum wage rises.
  • No student debt forgiveness.
  • No halting of deportations.
  • No end of the war on Yemen.
  • No return to the JCPOA.

As Alan MacLeod summarizes:

Biden began his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in June 2019 at a Manhattan hotel, telling wealthy donors that “nothing would fundamentally change” under his presidency. After one month in office, it appears as if that is one campaign promise he is likely to keep.

The U.S. will also continue its wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

We are left to guess where, not if, Biden will start another one.

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With regards to Biden's change, or lack of, here is a link to a list of "his" Executive Orders signed so far feb.20.2021. ( edit. only 31 E.O.s in this list at time of posting. 40+ orders signed todate by Biden )

Various states have signed into law,in process of signing or have intentions to sign, Bills to avert Biden's Executice Orders (E.O.s), at State level.
eg. North Dakota . HOUSE BILL no. 1164

"... would task the attorney general with reviewing the constitutionality of the president’s executive orders."

Likewise Soth Dakota :
( this last link is not available in some EU states .

Exective Order ;

More strength to the individual States of the Republic.

Posted by: Fíréan | Feb 20 2021 15:37 utc | 101

In exclusive comments made for a recently published white paper, "Biden Administration Options for and Benefits of Countering Russian Influence in Libya," Libya's Defense Minister Salah Eddine al-Namrush said: "The Russian influence in Libya is expanding well beyond military occupation. This expansion is now taking the form of political and media meddling. Our planned elections are in danger and can only be protected by a robust and activist strategy that would involve support from our allies in the free world.”

Libyan Presidential Council member Mohammed Ammari also said: “I am certain that the Wagner Group will not abide by any agreement to withdraw from Libya. The Wagner Group provides the Russian government with the power and means to influence Libyan political, military and economic policy. The Russian expansion is not only a threat to Libya but also a threat to European and American national security. Our allies in Europe and in the United States should support our efforts to remove the Wagner Group by all means possible and at the earliest opportunity.”

The paper, published by the Democracy and Rights Foundation, which is a Boston-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to promote democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, also warned that the destructive influence of Russia will threaten the future of democracy in Libya, underlining that the newly appointed presidential council has the very clear mission of forming a government and organizing elections at the end of the year.

"But early days have shown clearly that they cannot operate without the support in the east of Russian ally, warlord Khalifa Haftar. The race for influence, “turf,” money and government positions evidenced by the various warring factions are creating the ideal environment for Russia to thrive," it stated.

First of all... the "quotes" cited in the above paper are attributed to the successor to the NATO created GNC, which no one in Libya accepts as the legitimate government.
Secondly, the author of the paper is an NGO based in Boston,MA,USA and is anonymous.
Thirdly, the paper attributes Haftar's power to Russian mercenaries, ignoring the GNC's ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood power base which NATO used to topple the Ghadaffi government.
Fourthly, no where does anyone talk about restoring the River Of Water, bombed to death by NATO. Apparently, Libyans don't need water.
Fifthly, no where does anyone talk about the battle to control Libya's oil and why Haftar's embargo on the sale therof, led to Turkish intervention, which empowered the GNC to push Haftar's forces back to their base in the east part of the country.

In short, the quote abstraction cited above, takes the text out of context. The author is a CIA/NSA/MI6 troll.


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Feb 20 2021 15:43 utc | 102

Re: Yemen

From the point of view of US/civilization vs rest-of-the-world/barbarians, isn't it just rotating out KSA for UAE as the US proxy in this particular conflict area?

Biden's most recent remarks about Iran are encouraging, but offering to negotiate has been done before. The meaningful sign of rejoining JCPOA is actually doing so.

Posted by: ptb | Feb 20 2021 15:46 utc | 103

vk @Feb20 14:44 #98

'America is back' ... also observe[d] in some Roman emperors

That's an interesting historical analogy but your "apex" argument could've also been made with the slogan "Make America Great Again".

Biden is simply pretending that other countries will be partners as opposed to Trump's heavy-handed "America First". Biden is doing this because the Deep State needs European cooperation in ending NordStream II and other matters.

Just as Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for not being Bush, Biden will get European support for not being Trump. Count on it.

You fail to catch another significant change: Biden also said that the Trans-Atlantic Alliance is back. This phrasing signals an expansion of the NATO remit to include protection of non-NATO countries like Ukraine and Georgia. Look for this policy to be formalized over Biden's time in office.

This implicit policy-change comes as NATO sends a large contingent of troops to Iraq. Will NATO troops be deployed in Syria and Lebanon as well? I wouldn't be surprised.

Biden's carefully-worded statement also proscribes "multi-lateralism" with "democracy." That's Western-style oligarch-controlled democracy for anyone paying attention. This is the same bullshit we've heard from past Presidents, but most explicitly by GWBush:

  • "They hate us for our freedoms";
  • "You're either with us, or against us."

Biden-Kamala is just the 'ticket' for a cancel culture double-down on Empire.

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Biden yesterday:

"Historians will examine and write about this moment. It's an inflection point. And I believe with every ounce of my being that democracy must prevail."

Obama 5 years ago:

“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”

Democracy has been swapped out for American exceptionalism but this moment is likely to be just another "Change You Can Believe In" head fake. The same lunatics are still running the asylum.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 20 2021 15:51 utc | 104

"Sect X are not as much boogiemen as Sect Y!"

In the simple Manichean worldview that is the most sophisticated thinking the vast majority in the West can muster the poster just said Sect Y is evil and Sect X is good. What is worse is quite often that is precisely what the poster intends to say as well. Why try to draw such fine, almost imperceptible, distinctions otherwise?

I realize that there are many who are desperate to believe they can experience some relief now that the Orange Bad Man's penis is no longer deep up their rectums, and perhaps the sweet nothings that Sleepy Joe whispers is their ears really do seem to make it more bearable for them after Joe "I will not make that happen" Biden shoved his in. After four years of shrill mindless hysteria any faint hint of relief can be a psychological life preserver in the shattered maelstrom of their minds. I understand that, even if I cannot respect it.

As an aside, Trump's penis was never up your rectums. Your hysteria over that was entirely self-inflicted, with a generous assist by the Mockingbird mass media.

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 20 2021 15:53 utc | 105

@ Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 20 2021 15:51 utc | 105

You fail to catch another significant change: Biden also said that the Trans-Atlantic Alliance is back. This phrasing signals an expansion of the NATO remit to include protection of non-NATO countries like Ukraine and Georgia. Look for this policy to be formalized over Biden's time in office.

Except I didn't. Look at this:

Biden fails to pit allies against China in debut at G7, Munich events

However, Biden's calls did not gain much traction among US allies in Europe. That was clear in a joint statement following the G7 meeting, which focused on tackling the real challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery and noticeably only mentioned China once - in favorable terms.

"With the aim of supporting a fair and mutually beneficial global economic system for all people, we will engage with others, especially G20 countries including large economies such as China," the statement reads.

Which means that the hyperbole of American rhetoric is becoming more and more inversely proportional to the facts on the field. Which matches my interpretation that principles don't fill bellies.

Western liberal values are becoming more and more abstract and rhetorical concepts/devices, which, historically speaking, is a sign of secular decline of a system.

Posted by: vk | Feb 20 2021 16:18 utc | 106

Trump's basic problem is that he is American to the core: loud, ignorant, arrogant, greedy, untrustworthy, stupid, and, unforgivably, not bothering to keep those things hidden. Amerikastanis love to pretend to themselves that they are lovely people hated by "evildoers" who hate them only because they're so good. Trump was a mirror in which they saw themselves as the rest of us see them. Now they have a nice fantasy mirror in Bidet, a brain dead senile corrupt war criminal whom they can pretend to be the antithesis of Trump. They are, of course, owned by the same zionist-capitalist warmongering complex.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Feb 20 2021 16:22 utc | 107

Biswapriya Purkayast @108

Precisely. That rage of so may Americans at Trump was the rage of the ugly person at the mirror.

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 20 2021 16:31 utc | 108

@ Debsisdead | Feb 20 2021 8:54 utc | 81 quote "So WTF do so many of us still attempt to get some issue across by misrepresenting another's view?"

it's a good question debs... i don't believe it is intentional, but maybe it is... as @86 dan of steele notes - it's subtle how this works... i think if someone else is interested in understanding another persons point of view, it's possible... i wonder if the ability to intuit is a necessary part of it? not everyone is perfect in expressing themselves with words... if the person on the listening end is unable to understand the others point of view, there is a break down.... we see the communication between russia and europe right now in a similar light based on what gets said.. i think much of it though isn't about the words, so much as the intent... and intention of another person is not super easy to know even when a person like yourself are making it obvious.... so misunderstandings happen... good question debs...

Posted by: james | Feb 20 2021 16:58 utc | 109

Looking back over comments, aside from the unsurprising discovery William Gruff is a narrow-minded prude who can't grasp that not everyone is emotionally wrecked by the thought of anal sex, there are perhaps four strange ideas that keep recurring.

1)Somehow the VP matters in the US system. George H.W. Bush may have because of the left over connections with the CIA and because Reagan was a ignoramus. And Cheney did, because George W. Bush was both an ignoramus and a drunk (and still struggling even when he managed to stay dry.) The idea Harris is the puppet master is mostly chauvinism and race-baiting. If anyone is going to, ultimately, puppet master, it is Dr. Jill. You know, like Nancy Reagan when the Alzheimer's was really kicking in. Biden managing finally to get in as a kind of VP succeeding the P is something of a political outlier. So far from Biden being the natural successor, he was first beaten by Clinton, and they had a time getting him past competition from, of all people, a self-proclaimed socialist and a gay guy, to even get nominated. But he's in and not until he's comatose he's THE MAN in an elective quasi-monarchy. Whether or not he's senile or crooked or cracked or some combination thereof *doesn't matter.* It didn't matter for Nixon, Reagan, Bush or Trump, all of whom were questionable as genuine functional human beings. Actual policies and administration are very rarely initiated by presidents, who are salesmen, not thinkers, not doers, not leaders, not managers, not administrators, not original, and maybe not even competent (Truman, Reagan, George W. Bush, Trump.) It is the flesh of the kind that matters, not his mind.

2)The unspoken assumption that Biden is revealed after four weeks by people who couldn't draw conclusions about Trump after four years is remarkable, in a bad way. It is true that Biden was for a candidate remarkably honest about how he is conservative and doesn't want to really change things. I expect minimal competence in the status quo *at best.* I don't like the status quo, but it can always get worse, the way Trump made things even worse. Again, the idea that Biden is proved rotten by continuing Trump's policy is not a criticism that should be made by Trumpers. Even for them that is remarkably shameless.

3)The situation in foreign affairs is not the US is dominated by Jews, which is more cryptofascist crap, no matter how popular it is around here. *The tail does not wag the dog.* Zionism is a real force, but Christian Zionism favors Israel partly because they are pleased enough if Jews have some other country than the US. So, no, the Jews are not the great conspiracy running the show. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a forgery.

4)Propaganda is potent but it is not mind-obliterating. Despite the joy in abusing the filthy masses for being stupid, it's no good imagining all powerfl propaganda dehumanizing the masses. Look, we've all indulged in rants about fools because we're all human which means to err and also we've been paying attention. But despite lapses, you really do have to use your better judgment. That judgment should tell you that the great power of propaganda is not to render people mindless robots relentlessly implementing the program. The real potency lies in the ability to confuse. Even more, behind the apparent power of propaganda to preserve obedience to authority is not positive belief, not even confusion, but a quiet despair that nothing can be done. That the only true recourse is a quiet retreat into private lives and satisfactions. WHen people at large get the idea they can actually change things, they awaken politically. They will talk politics, real politics, and those politics will be left wing, far more left wing on average than the supposed terrors. When the people move, the squad will not be rejected as the fraud squad. That's a right wing canard devoid of meaning as well as truth. But the supposed left will be revealed as not very left, not very popular.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 20 2021 17:06 utc | 110

It is the flesh of the king that matters, not his mind. Though, curiously, if "flesh" means metaphor for doing rather than talking, this would be true of the kind as well.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 20 2021 17:08 utc | 111

Posted by: PavewayIV | Feb 19 2021 19:26 utc | 9

Blowing up Safer or reviving ISIS 2.0 are not the least of Biden's options to 'protect Israeli interests' in Yemen. I fear for them.

Iran also has a say in this and it appears they are better able to protect their 'interests' in Yemen than are the israelis.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 20 2021 18:09 utc | 112

Laguerre@37 - "Nah, there isn't the slightest chance of the Houthis moving in on Aden and the ports of the coast." Really? It took the UAE, Blackwater 2.0 and boatloads of Janjaweed to stop the Houthis last time. STC and the UAE want to end Qatari-backed Islah/MB, so MB and Saleh's leftovers will be shooting at the south, too. I guess it depends how much money and and how many mercs the UAE/US/Israel want to throw into the south. Biden is always game for covert wars - as long as the big guy gets his 10%. But maybe they'll just give up in Yemen and go home [kek]. But I'll be looking for the 'ISIS' destruction of the Safer pumping station, Marib refinery and [U.S., I guess] false flag sinking of the Safer Oil Terminal. Greta vs. Houthis - it will be brutal.

Stonebird@83 - I'm thinking Assab is pretty safe from whatever missiles the Houthis have now. Plus, it's a nice reserve base for Israel. They're never leaving there. And the Saudis are broke, but the Emirates are not doing much better. Israel needs both a Saudi and UAE human shield/early warning system between them and Iran. Saudi's are now armed up but incompetent. Adding a well-armed UAE into the mix only helps Israel in their eternal war against Iran. Not sure how F-35s are going to help either the Saudis or UAE against a wall of Iranian missiles.

john@90 - Donedeal in the most tragic possible sense of the phrase. You knew it was over when the UAE started buying land to build resorts and eco-tourist hotels. Militarization of Socotra is the final nail in the coffin. Way too fragile of an ecosystem there - they'll be crying about how to 'fix' it's corpse ten years from now. At least we have some nice National Geographic pictures of the dragon's blood trees.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Feb 20 2021 18:28 utc | 113

Stonebird@21 - Re: Ansar Allah vs. Houthi. I know how and why the MSM goes overboard to relabel Ansar Allah as 'Iranian-backed Houthis'. but Ansar Allah is used so infrequently that it sounds like some kind of terrorist organization to the english-speaking public. I'm not sure a significant fraction could even associate the name with north Yemen. At some point, it becomes useless and tiresome to hammer on linguistic PsyOps every time the subject is mentioned. My lazy excuse: People who know already don't need to be reminded; people that don't know probably don't care.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Feb 20 2021 18:45 utc | 114

VK: If you are American, do this little exercise: ask your nearest MMTer why did Biden refused to give the USD 2,000.00 checks and rise the minimum wage...

Me: Aright, all the MMT that was possible went to 1) multimillionaires and billionaires and 2) ill-fated attempts to steal the rest of the world's resources with resources that would have been better used elsewhere. How many John "Josh" Storrs Hall space piers, space stations, and asteroid mining operations could have been conducted using 11 September 2001 as a catalyst to replace Wahhabi terrorist Saudi petroleum and make America great again instead of Saudi Arabia and Israel? All we got is an increase of U.S. natural gas production from the members of the two factions of the U.S. Neoconservative Neoliberal Corporatist Demopublican Party farting. Now there is a phrase you won't hear on Fox Propaganda or Fox Plunderbund like "the Chinese Communist Party".

Posted by: William Haught | Feb 20 2021 19:13 utc | 115


Dimitri Lascaris, who placed second in the recent election for Canada’s Green leadership, was a guy who might have shaken up politics beyond his party, in fact all across the political spectrum. In addition to his green creds and strong presence, he announced himself emphatically opposed to the Empire’s foreign policy. That was a new plank for the party. But a bridge too far, apparently, even within the tiny circle of tepidly lefty Canadian Greens.

Conservatives and Liberals will continue to trade places in the PM’s office. Both follow the neolib line and suck up to whoever is in the White House.

As for the NDP, it has yet to recover from the untimely death of Jack Layton, a charismatic leader with the right stuff, who could have coaxed Canadians to spend their money and their diplomacy more wisely.

Posted by: Jay-Ottawa | Feb 20 2021 19:28 utc | 116

Jack Layton died at the age of 61 of a cancer details about which were not revealed to the public. Under the circumstances, one cannot escape the suspicion that it was a CIA murder.

Posted by: lysias | Feb 20 2021 19:42 utc | 117

You're righ MoA, why, WHY, WHY didn't I vote for Trump ? ? ?


Posted by: Christian Chuba | Feb 20 2021 21:21 utc | 118

@ 117 / 118 jay and lysias... interesting conjecture lysias - as always... thanks...

i live in b.c. aside from b.c. being willing to vote ndp, i have seen very little change in a lot of the rest of canada.. it is either blue or red and the ndp never get very far.... where i live young people are now voting green more... i see the greens as taking away from the ndp vote.. a year or 2 ago i thought it would be good if they could form a bond... but now i think it is impossible... us canucks are slow to figure out how to move forward...

Posted by: james | Feb 20 2021 21:37 utc | 119

The could change presidency is facing another test.

Israel’s biggest news outlet Ynet reported a few hours ago that in the country voluntarily making itself Pfizer’s testing ground, “75.4% of those diagnosed yesterday were under 39. Only 5.5% were over 60. “The number of critical patients dropped to 858 – the lowest since January 4. However, this number is more than double that in mid-December, just before Israel started its ‘pioneering’ experiment in mass vaccination. Ynet reports today that “In Israel 59.9% of critical patients are over 60 years old. 18.2% are aged 50 to 59. In addition, 10.8% are aged 40 to 49 and 7.5% are in their 30s. As of today, more than a third of critical patients are between 30 to 59 years old.”

The meaning of the above can hardly be denied or at least demands immediate attention. The country that leads the mass vaccination contest reports a radical shift in the nature of the pandemic. It doesn’t take a genius to suspect that there may be a correlation between the mass vaccination campaign and the growing vulnerability of younger age groups including new-born and pregnant women. The biology here is also far from being too complicated. The virus that initially preyed on the elderly and vulnerable has morphed by means of mutation and is now fit enough to attack other segments of society and particularly younger age groups.

I guess go early and go hard is to be expected in Occupied Palestine. The consequences might be interesting for Nuttyahoo's election challenge next month.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 20 2021 21:53 utc | 120

Jackrabbit #105

Democracy has been swapped out for American exceptionalism but this moment is likely to be just another "Change You Can Believe In" head fake. The same lunatics are still running the asylum.

So many asylums though!

At 78, after a prolonged illness and without recovering consciousness, Joe Biden succumbed to the Presidency.

Israel Shamir applies a broad brush to the asylum walls and wonders are revealed.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 20 2021 22:07 utc | 121

Bemildred 94

Word on social media at the time was that the Israeli woman had fallen for a Syrian man and has escaped across the border to be with him. Not allowed of course so the Israelis demanded her back. It is believed that she was exchanged for two Syrians held in Israel.

PavewayIV 114

My understanding is that the UAE have pulled almost all, if not all their forces out of mainland Yemen apart perhaps for the west coast, basically leaving it to the Saudis as their problem. I find it interesting that ISIS should suddenly appear in the Marib fight. This could be an excuse for the US to attack a valid target, ISIS, and 'accidentally' hit the infrastructure you describe. I can't see any other reason why they would want to join in at this late stage. My supposition is that one reason that the Houtis seem to have slowed is to allow anyone who wants to to escape Marib, given inter tribal negotiations neither the Houtis of the local leaders want Marib trashed.

I agree that its going to be brutal but, like the Syrians, the Houti welcome their countrymen back into the fold which is a positive sign. Only this week they accepted the surrender of another batch of their opposition. I can see them getting down to Aden. Socotra is a lost cause however you look at it.

As to Iran, the states to the west of the Gulf are only to aware of their vulnerability to virtually unstoppable Iranian short and medium range missiles. As is Iran, who is also vulnerable to low flying attack on especially its coastal infrastructure. Israel's moves could be interpreted as an attempt to reinforce their side of the MAD in the area (by moving counter strike forces out of vulnerable IAF bases) to try to balance Iran's increasing number of missiles able to reach them.

Posted by: JohninMK | Feb 20 2021 22:24 utc | 122

uncle tungsten 121

Thank you, fascinating post. Israel and the US are leading the World in their rate of vaccination using mRNA based drugs. The former seemingly concentrating on 'middle' aged people and the later on those regarded as 'old' age.

The results, unless called a third wave, over the next few months could be very interesting as the experiment plays out over large wild populations rather than in controlled trials.

Posted by: JohninMK | Feb 20 2021 22:36 utc | 123

The president of the outlaw us empire is Going Nowhere other than to losing his first engagement with a superior nation. It looks like Rafael Grossi, head of AEA has already failed even before he arrives in Tehran. Perhaps that is to be expected from the assassins accomplice.

“Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit Tehran on Saturday for discussions with senior Iranian officials in order to find a mutually agreeable solution for the IAEA to continue essential verification activities in the country,” the IAEA said in a statement.

But Grossi is unlikely to find such a solution given his track record of clumsily handling the IAEA relations with Iran. In fact, Iran is not satisfied with what Grossi has been doing over the past months.

Iran has recently criticized the Agency for failing to protect the confidentiality of information.

Gharibabadi has recently sent the IAEA a lengthy letter of complaint expressing concern about the leakage of the information that Iran provided to international inspectors in good-will.

“Disclosure of confidential information, especially regarding Iran’s nuclear activities and facilities, which has been provided to the Agency’s inspectors in good-will and as a transparency and confidence-building measure, is of serious concern,” the Iranian ambassador wrote.

Garibabadi added, “The boundaries between the principles of confidentiality and transparency have been blurred, thus misunderstood. Transparency requires States to provide the Agency with required information and cooperation regarding their nuclear activities. Nevertheless, relying on this principle, the Agency cannot and should not shoulder off its responsibility regarding the protection of the confidentiality principle, because transparency does not mean divulging confidential information. Else, it would lead to damages on the concerned State Party, either commercial or security, which may invoke the Agency's legal responsibility.”

This letter was not the first time that Iran criticized the IAEA for leaking confidential information.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 20 2021 22:48 utc | 124

Christian Chuba #119

Why didn't you vote for Trump? I can only surmise that you listened to sweet tones of the Circe siren.

Enjoy your dementia ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 20 2021 23:03 utc | 125

uncle tungsten @125--

Meanwhile, Zarif tweeted this news:

"Israel is expanding Dimona, the region's only nuclear bomb factory.






"Gravely concerned?

"Concerned? A little?

"Care to comment?

"I thought so."

Still no concrete action from Biden on eliminating sanctions on Iran as time is running out. Where I sit, 21 February begins in just under 9 hours, and already has commenced in Iran. Zarif's tweet was made 7 hours ago.

Non-performance by Biden will turn out to be worse than doing nothing.

Sputnik ran this short news item based in part on Zarif's tweet.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 20 2021 23:18 utc | 126

@ karlof1 | Feb 20 2021 23:18 utc | 127 with the quotes and link of Zarif....thanks

Yes, that is why I think much textual white noise is being created while behind the scenes some unknown but serious shit is going on.

I would rather wait until tomorrow and see where the situation is.

We already know that empire blinked in Syria
We already know that empire blinked after the Iranian attacks post Solemeni killing
Will empire blink now?
Stay tuned....the shit show continues until it doesn't

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 21 2021 0:06 utc | 127

karlof1 #127

Thank you for that gem. In the blinken of an eye the tables have turned somewhat and Zarif has played the move well. As the citizens of the EU and UK observe this new USAi presidential fool they will see he is the same as the old presidential fool. The illegal occupier of Palestine has more hostages than the Europeans care for. On top the extra NATO troops drafted in to the Iraq slaughterhouse as tribute to USAi empire they will be confronted by the fly in the ointment that is Dimona and the deadly arsenal of nukes in the middle east.

This does not look like a diplomatic victory for Xerxes Biden and I am fairly certain that neither he, or his appointees, have the mental agility to resolve their farce. Expect the bully face any minute.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 0:44 utc | 128

Certainly no change in the regulation of blatantly criminal banks.

The long and short of it is that Citigroup’s federally-insured bank, Citibank, was fined last year for doing something so egregious that its federal regulators didn’t even dare to define it in print. On October 7, when all eyes were on the vice-presidential debate that evening between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced consent decrees with Citigroup’s Citibank, and slapped it with a $400 million fine.

The OCC’s Consent Order was like nothing we have ever seen before in our 35 years of monitoring Wall Street. Harsh penalties were threatened but the actual crimes or transgressions the bank had committed were not specified.

Whatever Corbat had done or failed to do must have been very serious because the OCC reserved the right to order the firing of senior executive officers and “any and/or all members of the Board.”

But the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) wimped out and only fined Citibank $400 million! The regulators are hostage to a money churning wurlitzer of fines and just allow the criminal class to do it all again. I guess it pays for all the Xmas cheer and parties. Thanks to

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 1:19 utc | 129

No change apparent in the torture and murder of USA people who demonstrate peacefully.

This dumbass president of the USAi is incapable of changing any single persons life for the better. As we watch the Congressional Inquiry set up by Pelosi remember what happened to Elijah McClain.

Elijah McClain was brutally tortured & murdered by police in August 2019. The only people charged over his killing are community activists who organised mass peaceful demonstrations. They now face up to 48 yrs in prison for daring to call for justice. This is that shocking story…

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 1:28 utc | 130

There will be no way in the world that dumbass President Biden will change this:

As Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country’s speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the Middle Eastern nation was rapidly vaccinating its citizens against the deadly virus that turned the whole world upside down, it showed no signs of inoculating the approximately 5 million Palestinians whose land Israel occupies in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. After a global outcry ensued over the immorality of this decision, Israel ultimately promised to transfer 5,000 doses to the West Bank for medical staff. However on Monday the Palestinian Authority accused Israel of blocking the 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines Palestinian officials were attempting to send to health care workers in Gaza from entering the blockaded territory.

To Middle East scholar Juan Cole, the term to describe these events is crystal clear: medical apartheid. On this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor professor joins Robert Scheer to discuss what the coronavirus pandemic has revealed about the decades-long Mideast conflict.


Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 1:35 utc | 131

[Biden is beholden to Israel]. Here's what he says himself

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 20 2021 7:38 utc | 77

A pedant would point out that this "proof" is based on the assumption that you can give credence what a politician in general and Biden in particular is saying. Even more dubiously, linking what a politician in general and Biden in particular believed (according to the outer appearances) a week ago and what he believes now.

I recall that Obama started his foreign policy with a meta plan to bring peace to the Middle East, and one of the initial steps was so-called Settlement Freeze, and Biden was a "point man" for that, visiting Israel and berating it for not freezing. A certain echo of that idea emerged very soon after Biden inauguration: settlements were duly freezed, although in Texas.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 21 2021 3:45 utc | 132

Re: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 1:35 utc | 132

What I read by Cole during past years of Syrian conflict, suggested to me an arrogant slimey peice of shit, who isn't that far from the CIA.

Posted by: tucenz | Feb 21 2021 4:00 utc | 133

tucenz #134

Agreed, Cole is not a great stenographer, but he makes the point well in that piece.

Finian Cunningham is on the money here though.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 4:48 utc | 134

Algeria parliament dissolved and new elections are proposed: yet to be given the date.

Biden will do everything to change this and his pet mouse, Macron, will be squeaking in his ear.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has dissolved the lower house of parliament and called for snap legislative elections as activists have launched a campaign to mobilize the street again against authorities.

“I decided to dissolve the assembly and call elections to build a new institution,” Tebboune said in a televised address to the nation, without giving a date for the vote.

The five-year lower house of parliament was formed after the May 2017 election which saw allies of deposed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika winning a clear majority.

Tebboune described the dissolution of the parliament as part of reforms after voters approved amendments to the constitution aimed at giving parliament more powers in November last year.

He also announced that a government reshuffle would take place "within 48 hours at most", and ordered the release of about 60 detainees of the “Hirak” protest movement that ousted his predecessor, Bouteflika, in 2019.

The release of protesters, who have been in detention since the protests broke out on February 22, [2019] has been one of the major demands of the Hirak.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 5:04 utc | 135

The Automatic earth takes a listen to the debt rattle once again:

• Infection Down 75% After First Pfizer Shot (JPost)
• We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April (Makary)
• Democrats Don’t Believe In Returning To ‘Normal‘ (WE)
• Two Variants Have Merged Into Heavily Mutated Coronavirus (New Scientist)
• Ivermectin Reduces Length Of COVID-19 Infection (JPost)
• German Study: Laboratory Accident Most Likely Cause of COVID Pandemic (SPR)
• Johnson & Johnson Submits Its Single-Shot Covid Vaccine To WHO (RT)
• Fauci: When I Publicly Disagreed With Trump He Let Terrible Things Happen (T.)
• Pfizer-BioNTech Tried To Gouge The EU With $65 Vaccine Doses (RT)
• Covid or No Covid (Kunstler)
• Swiss To Vote In Referendum On Government’s Covid Restrictions (FT)
• China Steps Up Online Controls With New Rule For Bloggers (AP)
• The Sound and the Fury of Andrew Cuomo (New Yorker)
• The Texas Freeze is a Catastrophe of the Free Market (Galbraith)

Some of these look like clickbait so adult guidance recommended ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 5:34 utc | 136

Jerusalem Post is setting up its old game to play 'Iran the bad guy' in this report.

Note there is no mention of the IAEA doing any compliance report on the Dimona reactor or any of the nuclear processing or weapons facilities in Israel - the illegal Occupier of Palestine.

Although the sites where the material was found are believed to have been inactive for nearly two decades, opponents of the nuclear deal, such as Israel, say evidence of undeclared nuclear activities shows that Iran has not been acting in good faith.

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, declined to comment, as did the IAEA itself.

A senior Iranian official said: "We have nothing to hide. That is why we allowed the inspectors to visit those sites."

Iran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to lift sanctions reimposed by Trump, or it will halt snap IAEA inspections under the deal, which lifted sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program. Next week is also when the IAEA is expected to issue a quarterly report on Iran's nuclear activities.
Seven diplomats told Reuters the agency will use that opportunity to rebuke Iran for failing to explain to its satisfaction how the uranium particles wound up at two undeclared sites. The rebuke could come either in the quarterly report or in an additional report released the same day.

Smells like a ruse to give Biden an 'no change' escape route and set the entire 'talks' farce up for failure.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 6:00 utc | 137

uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 4:48 utc | 135
I skimmed that Scheer shit and it seemed to about jew problems in Palestine etc. A couple of fucking gatekeepers and Cole is a Bahai...

"...RS: Hi, this is Robert Scheer with another edition of Scheer Intelligence. And I feel an obligation to say the intelligence comes from my guests. In this case, I know it will be quite sharp–Juan Cole–because I’ve had him on the show before. We talked about one of his more recent books, actually my introduction to the life of Muhammad, and which I found fascinating, recommend it to anyone. And he is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He does a terrific column that I tried to run on my own Scheerpost; we ran it on Truthdig a lot, Informed Comment. I’ll actually just flat out say, I think Juan Cole is the most trustworthy source about all things related to the Mideast. And I say this having had a number of disagreements with him, both in person and in terms of his writing. But there is no single person in this country that I would trust and that I respect more on anything dealing with that region, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, whether it’s Israel, whether it’s Iran, than Juan Cole..."

Puke, puke.

That Finnian Cunningham article is powerful writing.
The US etc deserve hell.

Posted by: tucenz | Feb 21 2021 8:58 utc | 138

tucenz #139

note to self - don't ever reference robert scheer again unless drunk and in mood for a fight.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 11:16 utc | 139

Those who sighed with relief when he was elected will soon realize that Biden is just another outhouse termite. Torches, pitchforks, and guillotines -- Aisle 7.

Posted by: N30rebel | Feb 21 2021 15:26 utc | 140

@ uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 5:34 utc | 137

A lot of interesting links there. Thanks.

I found the last one by Galbraith very informative:

Posted by: gm | Feb 21 2021 19:12 utc | 141

tucenz 139, uncle tungsten 149

ScheerPost also hosts Rebecca Gordon, Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald and Mr Fish. Aren’t they worth a click?

Posted by: Jay-Ottawa | Feb 21 2021 20:15 utc | 142

re:Jay-Ottawa | Feb 21 2021 20:15 utc | 143
In my not so humble opinion Scheer damns himself with that interview introduction I quoted. The opinions of those people you mention can be found elsewhere.

Posted by: tucenz | Feb 21 2021 21:28 utc | 143

Jay-Ottawa #143

Thank you :))

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 22:11 utc | 144

Since that story broke I've been saying he should just change his slogan to:
No Hope, No Change - Biden 2020.

Posted by: UserFriendlyyy | Feb 21 2021 22:21 utc | 145

gm #142

Thank you, the automatic earth is always good for a visit, especially debt rattle.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 21 2021 22:32 utc | 146

So what do you think the ~50 executive orders within the first week in office were about? Why do you think the media hated Trump but loves Biden, despite the fact that he's obviously senile??

Posted by: NoGo | Feb 22 2021 19:03 utc | 147

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