Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
April 07, 2021

Open Thread 2021-026

News & views ...

Posted by b on April 7, 2021 at 16:27 UTC | Permalink

next page »

Hi.. Nice to read all the wonderful comments in all the threads.. Good day to everyone..

Posted by: R | Apr 7 2021 16:34 utc | 1

Wonder if MoA is writing on events that happened in Jordan?

Posted by: Jose Garcia | Apr 7 2021 16:39 utc | 2

that is a good way to start a new profile R! i look forward to everything else you have to say, if you do say something!

craig murrays latest - The Game Has Changed

Posted by: james | Apr 7 2021 16:40 utc | 3

Hola todos barflies...

Whether reported so in the 'press' the conflict between Israel/Iran has broken into open warfare; the winds and fog of wars gathers apace in Ukraine; China/Us playing with fire vis a vis Taiwan.

Who or what is Archduke Ferdinand for WWIII?

Posted by: gottlieb | Apr 7 2021 17:26 utc | 4

The project of Scottish independence is doomed from the start if they going to have an "independent" central bank. No country whose money supply is dependent on borrowing fiat currency from such an entity is independent. Likewise if it keeps Sterling as its currency, it might as well not bother with "independence". Probably, if the new Scottish government's treasury issues its own debt-free currency, it will "flourish like the green bay tree" otherwise, as I have already said, they might as well stay part of that wreck called the UK.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Apr 7 2021 17:30 utc | 5

Color me skeptical:

EXCLUSIVE: US agrees to staged withdrawal of forces from Iraq, says negotiator

They may have good intentions, but many obstacles will be thrown in their way.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 7 2021 17:31 utc | 6

@ 6; You are wise to be skeptical, The empire usually, never includes their contractors as part of such "agreements".

Beware the words, advice, training and support....

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 7 2021 17:41 utc | 7

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 7 2021 17:41 utc | 7

"Beware the words, advice, training and support...."

Yes. We do like those advice, training and support missions.

It will be difficult to continue to plunder Syria without our various enclaves around Iraq, and I don't see any signs we are intending to leave Syria alone yet. Al Tanf I suppose we can still supply through Jordan, as long as Jordan stays stable.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 7 2021 17:56 utc | 8

@gottlieb 4

Indeed worrisome. The spat between Iran and Israel has come out in the open. No longer denying or secret night raids. Except that I don't think Israel has it in them to attack Iran directly. They know they are facing a formidable foe, even with Uncle Shmuel behind them. An all out war will see Israel destroyed, Iron dome or not. Use of nukes is not an option either. Too close to home. Besides Russia and China will not allow it. It will be shot down before it gets off the ground.

After 2006 war, Israel has resorted to covert rather than overt warfare. It is the only way they can get away with it and not be defeated. If Hezbollah of 2006 could stop them on their tracks, a war with Iran will be a forgone conclusion. Not to mention, it will unite the Muslim world instantly in the event of an actual war. Plus, Israel is more worried about Hezbollah than Iran. No response time.

There will be no winners in this. But I am sure millions would love to see Israel be put in its place. Iran is the only country in the ME that can actually pull it off, although I am sure they are not hot for the idea.

I have said many times in these forums. We will see a global war in our lifetime. The signs are everywhere.

Posted by: Alpi | Apr 7 2021 17:58 utc | 9

Are there any recorded cases of someone with a high blood level of Vitamin D (I'm thinking greater than 60 ng/mL) developing a serious case of covid? I'm unaware of any.

Posted by: lysias | Apr 7 2021 18:22 utc | 10

Wait for Iranian official statements and then wait some more because so far the story is all Israeli narrative (and pushing "war" one way or the other) with the NYT and the US serving as messengers (ie.: highly suspicious).

Just because something looks like a trap doesn't mean it isn't one ;)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 7 2021 18:24 utc | 11

Maybe Israel can't use its nukes close to home, like against Iran. But what about threatening to use them against Europe, Russia, and/or the U.S.? Samson Option.

Posted by: lysias | Apr 7 2021 18:27 utc | 12

The way Erdogan treated Ursula it would be funny if it wasn’t characteristic of his views toward women in general and the EU.

As for the EUCO president who left her standing there looking for a chair he must be the biggest moron of all times.

Unfortunately he is the EUCO president which means that EU is in big trouble

Posted by: DG | Apr 7 2021 18:52 utc | 13

Pepe Escobar has a good piece on Ukraine:
Ukraine redux: war, Russophobia and Pipelineistan

I tend to agree that the US would gladly destroy Ukraine by throwing it into the gear wheels if this would jam up relations between Germany and Russia. To hinder such a relationship ever forming, was after all one of the founding reasons for NATO.

Escobar links to a great piece by Rostislav Ischenko, who describes the internal dynamics of Ukraine at present - which are forcing the country into escalation. I didn't realize that Donbass has been firing back at Ukrop shelling - this is a ticking clock of morale destruction for Ukraine, which will have to escalate soon purely to prevent its own retreat in panic:
Ukraine – Zelensky, the war and the propaganda trap

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 7 2021 19:10 utc | 14

lysias @ 10 i saw numbers on Vit D. blood levels not long ago on a Spanish report think it was from Cuba? the cut off was 0 at 40 ng/ml if I remember right.. can't find the source yet.. I think they measured 100 persons not infected in households with one or more persons infected. <=working on finding again that source.

I have said many times in these forums. We will see a global war in our lifetime. The signs are everywhere. by: Alpi @ 9 <= you might be right copyright, patent, license and all other forms of monopoly powers in private hands or in privately controlled corporations and other entities often pushes the nation state into more war.

Without a nation state to make the monopoly law ( which is a government gift to a private party like a land grant) There is little benefit to private persons seeking monopoly power. If the nation state were doing its job <=monitoring economic space to prevent monopoly powers to surface <= Oligarch and corporate wealth would dissipate and self distribute into the hands of the deplorable governed. Its monopoly power that takes the wealth from those who are the governed and concentrates it in the hands of so few. Its the nation state that generates those monopoly powers by the laws it generates to govern by.

When the Oligarch lacks the funds to bribe the leaders of the nation state and to support the MSM "war is good propaganda", the leaders of the nation state will redirect their attentions from defending and improving the Oligarch and its corporations; to defending and improving the lot the lot of those who are the governed. The political system is an interface between the two powers (the Oligarch and the governed). Government responds to those with the most power, Oligarch vs governed. W/o monopoly power few, private caches of massive amounts of wealth will accumulate, and accumulated wealth created slowly dissipate.

There is nothing about monopoly power in private hands that serves the needs or wants of those who are the governed. When 1% of a nation owns (monopoly power) 99% of the wealth of that nation <=something is wrong; the right of self determination has been infringed. The nation state system clearly does not serve those who are the governed.

Posted by: snake | Apr 7 2021 19:12 utc | 15

Sunny Runny Burger @11 "Just because something looks like a trap doesn't mean it isn't one ;)"

Good one!

Posted by: spudski | Apr 7 2021 19:16 utc | 16

Recent article (March 2021) by Nobel prize who invented the antiparasitary that could work as a useful treatment; includes details about the politics behind, the conflict of interests etc.

Posted by: Mina | Apr 7 2021 19:48 utc | 17

Re #6
What is the phrase? "Not agreement capable"?

Posted by: c | Apr 7 2021 19:56 utc | 18

Maybe NATO will help.

Opposition politician calls situation in Ukrainian hospitals catastrophic

Posted by: arby | Apr 7 2021 20:01 utc | 19

Posted by: c | Apr 7 2021 19:56 utc | 18

Yes, all the good will in the world won't help you, if you don't have any real control. And as it is, of course, we don't even bring good will to the table.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 7 2021 20:03 utc | 20

Thank you Spudski :)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 7 2021 20:08 utc | 21

Whether reported so in the 'press' the conflict between Israel/Iran has broken into open warfare

Iran has remained untouched---
SA would be in ruins in 15 minutes.
But I have been wrong before.

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Apr 7 2021 20:35 utc | 22

vlad9vt is a Ukrainian youtuber living in Kiev. He is mostly creating very interesting videos about ancient megaliths, but he also made new video with photos from Ukraine the last 100 years:

Vintage Ukrainian photos and pictures

There are good people on both sides in the present conflict.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 7 2021 20:37 utc | 23

@3 james

The Scottish people had a referendum and voted to stay as part of the UK. Craig Murray may want to stage a Beer Hall Putsch, but there aren't enough forces of tyranny to overthrow democracy here.

Posted by: TJ | Apr 7 2021 20:44 utc | 24

Greenland's opposition party wins election. Bad news for hopeful rare earth miners.
The provable mineral deposits are enormous.

I am coming around to the idea that certain unscrupulous 'globalists' have concluded there are too many people and not enough resources in the world for their liking.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 7 2021 20:46 utc | 25

to lysias #10. Sorry, I don't do links, but you can easily find this interview and transcription with Dr. Ryan Cole, a man with impressive credentials, BTW, at It posted today so should be near the top of the page. He has much interesting to say about vita D. I think he would at the least say that there have been no servious cases of covid in peeps w/ high vita D levels, but check it out for yourself.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Apr 7 2021 20:53 utc | 26

to Mina #17. Speaking of ivermectin, I will recommend to you the same interview I mentioned to lysias. Dr. Cole mentions a number of studies of ivermectin usage. I'm going to need to take some link lessons. Meanwhile:

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Apr 7 2021 20:58 utc | 27

Iran has returned to positive growth. Sanctions have failed. Newsweek is warning about how sanctions can damage the dollar. The elite are starting to 'get it'.

Posted by: Eighthman | Apr 7 2021 21:04 utc | 28

Thanks, i ve read the Dr Cole interview transcript (the youtube video had been removed). It is good too.
A question: if someone has covid without symptoms, but a sudden loss hearing, and has a normal blood test taken, do they see immediately the presence of a virus (and hopefully then look for covid antibodies), or they would not notice it in the normal blood tests taken when looking for what is wrong?
I know of two cases of 50 y old ppl who got sudden hearing loss in the last few months, but (supposedly) haven't had covid (except for one who had burn-out a few months before the sudden hearing loss).

Posted by: Mina | Apr 7 2021 21:14 utc | 29

Hello guys ! Some of you are IT specialist.. I'm unfortunatly just retired B747 A&P Mechanics.

Does somebody have advice on Lindell "absolute" proof

Mike interviews leading cyber security experts who have audited the machines and the results.

All confirm that the machines are connected to the Internet, send and receive data in real time, and show with certainty that the electronic votes have been manipulated via remote servers.

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 7 2021 21:18 utc | 30

Martin Sieff at Strategic Culture writes of the intellectual bankruptcy of the Blinken Biden clown cart.
"However, Beijing should not fear the Longer Telegram for its most crucial and salient characteristic is that is delusional, worthless nonsense. The global unified alliance of the United States and the nations of Europe and Asia against Big Bad China is never going to happen. The United States in the Golden Age of Joe Biden (and Kamala Harris) is too chaotic, too confused, too divided and its leaders too ludicrous to ever bring it about.

"The Longer Telegram is a misshaped Frankenstein baby born of the inbred Washington Deep State Establishment. America’s insane 18 main (of course there are hundreds of others) so-called “intelligence ” agencies (an obvious oxymoron but let that pass) are embracing it. So are the bipartisan performing baboons of Congress and their multiple thousands of staffers and so of course are the enormous defense contractor corporations from whom all greenback blessings ultimately flow.

"Most revealing of all, the Longer Telegram reflects the intellectual, moral and emotional bankruptcy of what passes for “thought” inside the Washington Beltway."

It is a good solid slammer of the cellophane thinking of the US presidential administration.

Ron Klain, the current White House Chief of Staff is an abject failure who seems to set his decrepit President up for one mumble stumble after another.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 7 2021 21:47 utc | 31

@24 TJ

There is plenty of evidence out there that the indyref was corrupt. There are also similarities between the indyref and the 2019 GE.


Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Apr 7 2021 22:28 utc | 32

Bernard F.: I wouldn't want to call myself an IT specialist but I'm "eccentric" lol and that's better :D (throw some salt around as you read this).

I used to know a thing or two and I have not read (seen?) the link so against my better judgement here's a brief superficial answer/rant (explanation at the end).

Proof is a strong word and computer security is nowhere close to it. Computers need strong physical security both on the outside and the inside and almost none have any. They need that security all the way down to at least gate level ie. each transistor anywhere in the machine, and maybe more like being sure there isn't any clever hi-jinks going on with things like the technology of the material doping used for constructing them.

(Give me unlimited bit-flips and I rule the world: that's the hard truth).

This is extreme, mostly because no one who cares also has enough money, time, and energy unless it is to weaken rather than to secure systems (because that is almost instantly profitable and much easier). People can't be blamed for only being able to do whatever it is they do (OT: it is nice though that at least Debian GNU/Linux (I think) are trying to do proven/validated reproducible builds (compiling) of everything they offer, even though this is very far from what I'm talking about it is needed as well and a huge and difficult task).

Same goes for proof of custody, the true ability of any security approaches and systems and so on, the true validity of any mathematical underpinnings (does the NSA still employ more mathematicians than anyone else?). One could rant for days.

Absolute proof is a joke, for anything. You choose who or what to trust or you choose to trust no one including yourself and try to glimpse reality.

Now separately: are they right? Most likely. But can I/they/anyone prove it? Not really the way things are and if things improved a lot they still couldn't.

Which means it is nice that it is the wrong question :)

Because it should not be for them to prove something was done instead it should be for those who say the systems are safe to show why (this is not the same as proving a negative) so in a sense with the absence of any such evidence one could/should/would correctly argue that it was always "proven" they weren't.

(My explanation: my life has become too short for me to try to do or respond to all the nonsense floating around in "computer security" except for on rare occasions)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 7 2021 22:34 utc | 33

@32 Some Random Passerby

From the link you provided -

To conclude that the Scottish referendum was very likely rigged

I prefer beyond reasonable doubt in a Court, and yes if there had been rigging of the vote then numerous crimes would have been committed and could be prosecuted, yet no cases have been brought let alone convictions obtained.

Posted by: TJ | Apr 7 2021 22:40 utc | 34

I skipped the word "anything" in "…too short for me to do ___ or respond…".

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 7 2021 22:41 utc | 35

Poland - AGAIN!

Of course Ukraine zombie Zelensky iSS SSuportive. Here is a map to place the great game in this sector. I have reservations when I see the Galician SS brigades teaming up with Polands SS brigades. That old European fascism is not going away and then sinister morons like Steve Bannon traipse about egging them on and put in place strong webs of infrastructure to enable their dominance. Bannon and the Mercers are a curse on our earth.

Here is Martin Sieff reporting at Strategic Culture on the role of Poland and its alarming idiocy to make war for its USSA friends.

Can Poland’s leaders never learn? In 1939, they made World War II and their own destruction by the Nazis inevitable by refusing the only thing that could have saved them — a military alliance with the Soviet Union as well as the West that Moscow was ready to offer. Today, they are eagerly urging the West towards a nuclear confrontation with Russia that would destroy Washington, New York, London and Paris.

Yet their own army is as much a joke today as it was in 1939.

As my friend, retired senior Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong has documented on this platform, Poland’s political and military chiefs — ludicrously eager to impress Washington and urge the United States into some disastrous confrontation with Russia — have eagerly offered their supposedly elite units to attack the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

These two reports are worth reading in conjunction. Patric Armstrong (24 February 2021) points out in his appropriately titled "Lab Rats to the Front":

NATO contemplates Kaliningrad: “We think through those plans all the time, and… if that would ever come to fruition, we’d be ready to execute.” It would be “a multi-domain, very timely and effective capability”. “The best Polish military units, numbering 30,000 soldiers, should take part in the quick offensive“. Multi-domain, best Polish; in the imaginations of the strategists of Laputa, the Russians passively await the blow. But now we must leave the empyrean realms of pure thought and float down to earth; there we find that “The largest headquarters military exercises Winter 2020 in Poland ended with the complete defeat of Polish troops: on the fifth day of the virtual conflict, the enemy reached the banks of the Vistula and surrounded Warsaw“.

So they aggravate Belarus instead or as an amended plan of belligerence.

Now Patrick Armstrong is not a fan of gender equity in the forces and has issues where militaries are 'weakened' by woke ideas. But he is ok on issues of the boondoggle of the Military Industrial Complex and produces excellent assessments like this:

"Lots of money spent, little to show for it. Weapons seem to have been designed to produce cost over-runs, not victories. The US Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, long over due and over budget still has “problems getting jets off the deck and issues with the landing systems“; problems indeed for an aircraft carrier. “[T]he F-35 currently has 871 software and hardware ‘deficiencies’.” The years-long and stunningly expensive super destroyer program has fizzled out: three built without the weapon they were originally designed around. Brand-new military equipment unuseable in Germany. Engine troubles in the UK’s new warships. AEGIS ships that don’t know where they are: HNoMS Helge Ingstad, USS Lake Champlain, USS John McCain, USS Fitzgerald; or maybe it’s only bad seamanship. German aircraft not ready. USAF bombers ageing out. Cost over-runs in Germany. USAF training ranges inadequate. A third of the RAF’s fighters unfit to fly. F-35 not very ready. Crumbling skin on F-22. NATO air defence is inadequate (video this). “Only five of the U.S. Army’s 15 armored brigade combat teams are maintained at full readiness levels“. Where is the money going? Into woke projects like tanks with solar power? (Bit of a heat signature, but more money can be squandered fixing that.)"

If you can tolerate a dive into the rabbit hole you can chase after every one of the multitude of links in Armstrong's reports. His bio: Patrick Armstrong was an analyst in the Canadian Department of National Defence specialising in the USSR/Russia from 1984 and a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1993-1996. He retired in 2008 and has been writing on Russia and related subjects on the Net ever since. I am off to take a peek at his other reports (rants?)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 7 2021 23:03 utc | 36

Norwegian @ 23; Thanks for the video. Nice cultural journey. Loved the music.

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 7 2021 23:10 utc | 37

Washingtonpost article by David Ingnatius is interesting
Is anyone can comment which organization position is reflected in this article? Is cia?
Is king fish sleeping out Samuel hand?

Posted by: Arata | Apr 7 2021 23:15 utc | 38

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 7 2021 21:18 utc | 30

RE voting machines and computers in elections:

Disclosure: it's been 20 years, but I used to be considered a Unix wizard (claim of authority), and I have always considered the idea of entrusting our elections to computers to be a really bad idea, unless you like insecure elections, which I believe our politicians here do. It is a lot of work to make software robust and secure, and as SRB says almost nobody does it. If you do do it, it's usually a thankless task. And even if you do, there is still the microcode and embedded code and thousands of people hacking away at things every day. If you really want security then you also need stability. The big computer companies hate stability, stability means commodification of their really expensive products.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 7 2021 23:17 utc | 39

foolisholdman #5

I imagine if the Scottish people implement an 'unauthorised' independence declaration, the immediate response would be occupation by British Forces to 'protect the majority of people who support Great Britain and the United Kingdom'.

The englanders government of either party will simply allege election irregularities, national self defence, Russians, Chinese, Iranians, etc etc. I recall that the englanders invaded and/or destroyed Ireland, India, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and so on...

These englanders governments are brutal, colonising trash and deperately i need of spurious diversion and indoctrination ploys or triggers and they will brutally crush the Scottish people. Just ask an Irishman etc,.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 7 2021 23:27 utc | 40

@ Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 7 2021 23:03 utc | 36

Seems a ww2 redux to me.
This time Ukraine is the bait.

Russia will allow Uraine the firts blow.
The fact that they are being so obvious makes it appear a bluff.
I would suspect this means they are planning something in Syria.

I suspect that Russia is fairly content with how things are progressing in Ukraine so far. If Ukraine asked Russia for assistance, they would receive it.

Posted by: jared | Apr 7 2021 23:55 utc | 41

Recently, a Russian Sinologist made a very interesting analysis of the internal Chinese situation - the threat of a color revolution, the intention to create an alliance with Russia, the meaning of China's statements on Crimea, plans for Taiwan etc. Just made a translation, recommended for reading.

Posted by: alaff | Apr 8 2021 0:07 utc | 42

@ alaff

>In reality, Xi Jinping never had anything to do with the lockdown [in China], with the problems that arose due to the fault of his political opponents. As a result of these lockdowns, he completely removed the leadership of Hubei province, Wuhan city and all those who were related to Hubei province and the Komsomol throughout 2020.

Yeah, I don't think this is quite correct. The Chinese central government removed the previous Wuhan state government because they failed to take care of the problem early on (detection and locking down) and letting it become an outbreak. And after Wuhan lockdown, there were many more lockdowns thorough the year, like the one in Beijing and Xinjiang, and now the China-Myanmar border towns.

I think the most damning evidence of this article would be China recognizing Crimea as Russia, let's see if it becomes true though.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 8 2021 0:38 utc | 43

Patrick Armstrong compiles an extraordinary outline of the Navalny BS and the treasonous behavior of the Navalny organisation. It is worth a close examination and is interwoven with extensive links for those seeking supportive sources.

Bitcoin gets a mention but as an aside to a section on the video of treasonouse discussions between the UK embassy representative and Navalny's political party representative:

The video also reveals the degree to which the FSB is following Navalny’s organisation. Everyone assumed that it was, of course, but it appears that the surveillance team was waiting in the restaurant. So that gives away another part of the FSB’s modus operandi. For all we know, the restaurant was a favourite place of the Navalny organisation; not any more: they won’t be going there again.

Note how good the sound recording is. That would presumably reveal something about the technology and trade-craft the FSB possesses. I’m sure that, to those who know these things, other details of trade-craft and equipment were revealed as well.

It is an easy deduction that the FSB has more information that it has not revealed: for example whether Ashurkov’s pitch resulted in a sale. (Note that Navalny’s organisation receives a certain amount of funds via the anonymous Bitcoin). Neither has it revealed any other videos of similar sales pitches that one must assume it has. One can only assume that the FSB already has a good case and can trace the money.

But can anyone trace the money when it is bitcoin money. Where did the cash come from to purchase any existing bitcoin? Off some pallet in Iraq, a poppy field in Afghanistan, a face powder or tea trader in Columbia? Bitcoin has had an amazing growth in value over its brief existence. It has an extraordinary veil of secrecy surrounding its origin, its human designers and its means of growth. Its $ price escalates inexorably. It seems to be beyond Ponzi. It seems to be used as a security service weapon. Is that its origin? Is this list interesting?

Australia had experience of early CIA investment thieves in the form of the Nugan Hand Bank and more recently In-Q-Tel.

Perhaps Bitcoin is their new international mechanism that serves as both laundry and generator of funds plus it gives investor/speculators a slice of the action to keep the dust cloud swirling..

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 0:40 utc | 44

@ 24 tg... i have a soft spot for scottish independence.... the last hold out of british imperialism is hard to shake though... the tough part will be scotland figuring our financial independence, so we are right back to the conversation psychohistorian likes to have...

as for corruption, i can't think of a more corrupt gov't then the uk gov't, especially as exampled in the treatment of assange.. so, i figure scotland would be far better off without all of the appendages that come with being considered chattel to the uk's malefic control...

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 0:42 utc | 45

@ uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 0:40 utc | 44 who wrote
Perhaps Bitcoin is their new international mechanism that serves as both laundry and generator of funds plus it gives investor/speculators a slice of the action to keep the dust cloud swirling..

That may not have been the original intention of bitcoin or other digital currencies but tuplibit ponzi schemes are meant for abuse and empire is adept at getting out in front of parades and leading them their way.

@ alaff | Apr 8 2021 0:07 utc | 42 with the english textualization of Russian Sinologist Nikolai Vavilov program speech...thanks

I have written here before that China/Russia are currently linked at the hip and was criticized for that characterization but it seems to be confirmed by Nikolai Vavilov. Exactly how it is structured/specified around military support of Russia/Crimea and China/Taiwan is unknown but Nikolai Vavilov intimates it exists and I tend to believe him. This is what major nations do at times of global alliances against adversaries.

I just hope that when the trigger is pulled on this build-up of global alliances that the result is a dull thud rather than a conflagration.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 8 2021 0:57 utc | 46

Lamentable attitude by the French, persecuting one of its own citizens for a cheap shot at China:

Le Monde owes an apology for accusing Chinese state media of creating a fake French journalist to speak the truth about Xinjiang: scholar

Actually, Laurène Beaumond is a pseudonym because she has been under great pressure about losing potential job opportunities. Outspoken people in France who speak in favor of China are either attacked or criticized by the mainstream public opinion, and those objective voices about China have been disappearing, the Chinese expert said.

Freedom of speech seems to be a concept more theoretical than real in the Western Civilization.


Told you so:

There's No Way US Could Enforce Global Minimum Corporate Tax on Rest of the World, Prof Believes

Like I said then, even if it could, it wouldn't matter, as tax havens would still exist.


You may be a Jew, but you're not the right kind of Jew:

Jewish journalist accuses Jewish union leader of anti-Semitism in argument about school teaching

There's only one thing a Jew hates more than an Anti-Semite: a socialist/communist.


Xi, Merkel agree on significance of China-Germany cooperation, strategic independence of EU

Maybe be too little, too late, as Merkel is on her way out and the Greens will possibly be the majority party after the next general elections.


Wuhan emerges like a phoenix after a 76-day lockdown:

Wuhan gets stronger


“Wipe out China!” US-funded Uyghur activists train as gun-toting foot soldiers for empire


Hunger and homelessness are creeping up in the USA:

Moth-Eaten Eviction Moratorium Leaves Hundreds of Thousands Without a Roof


Communist Party of Vietnam is in unable to renovate its leaders, fight corruption within its ranks. Risk of collapse a la USSR ahead?

Pan Jin'e: What conventions will Vietnam's new "Quadrage" break?


Best for last:

[White paper] Poverty Alleviation: China’s Experience and Contribution

Posted by: vk | Apr 8 2021 0:58 utc | 47

@ vk

So now China is actually saying the Communist Party of Vietnam is gonna collapse first.

That's...interesting to say the least.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 8 2021 1:03 utc | 48

Arata #38

Is anyone can comment which organization position is reflected in this article? Is cia?

Is king fish sleeping out Samuel hand?

Thank you. How about this take:

If the WAPO is blaming the family feuding then the CIA planted the story with one of its faithful stenographers on WAPO staff. David Ignatius reports: "Tuesday’s order by Jordan’s public prosecutor banning the media from discussing his case seems just the latest example of Arab royalty’s social-media panic. If it continues, it could signal a transformation of Jordan’s soft but generally benign autocracy into something more sinister."

This action by the Jordanian authorities might be a very sane method of shutting down an orchestrated color revolution funded by the only suspect - CIA. All the more so since its first coup plot failed.

Here is David Ignatus again: "Whatever conspiratorial talk may be buzzing around Amman now, the biggest potential danger to Abdullah is himself — if he listens to voices telling him to muzzle dissent, crush potential rivals and wreck the foundations of modern Jordan’s stability. Only a very unwise monarch would choose that course."

You see? Ignatius is preparing the thread to continue bashing Jordan's King for weeks ahead. I guess Ignatius will collect his bonus payment from the Institute for Statecraft with a side tip from Integrity Initiative when he later hints at self inflicted uprising or a 'Russian connection'.

He also goes to peculiar lengths to weaken or denigrate the Jordanian Security chief: "Another wild card: Jordan’s current intelligence chief, Ahmed Husni (like all his predecessors known by the Ottoman honorific, “Pasha”), is a Circassian who has served in the post less than two years. Some Jordanians contrast his tough demeanor with the gentle style of his predecessor, Adnan al-Jundi. The new pasha is loyal to Abdullah, perhaps to a fault."

Now this is the Intelligence Chief that foiled the plot to murder Jordan's King and hence stymied the CIA in its further attempt to destabilise the middle east in favor of Israel. And Ignatius is used by the CIA to identify him as 'on their list of enemies'.

But there is one more pathetic little scribble from stenographer Ignatius that fails the test: "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is perhaps the best example of a reform-minded royal who subverted his dreams for his kingdom by listening to courtiers’ talk of alleged plots against him on social media — by Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, among others. Uneasy lies the head . . ."

Note how that sentence is structured - best example of a reform minded royal - Khashoggi... oops forgot to mention the reform minded use of a bone saw to hack Khashoggi to pieces. You see Ignatius relies on the short memory of USAians and runs a sentence or two that hedges his credibility but essentially crafts the Saudi bin Salman as an exemplar of modernism 'reform minded'.

Methinks Ignatius is a dirt cheap propagandist.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 1:12 utc | 49

ooops my #44

here is the link to the Patrick Armstrong piece on Navalny.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 1:15 utc | 50

@ Arata | Apr 7 2021 23:15 utc | 38.. it is an irrelevant article, no matter who backs it up.. thanks for pointing it out. .. typical wapo garbage..

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 1:19 utc | 51

@ TJ | Apr 7 2021 22:40 utc | 34.. no cases against sturgeon yet either, but it certainly looks obvious, unless one reads the garbage from the guardian and other uk centric rags, in which case she is clean as the queens whistle... speaking of which she certainly looks like she is doing the work for her too!

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 1:23 utc | 52

jared #41

I suspect that Russia is fairly content with how things are progressing in Ukraine so far. If Ukraine asked Russia for assistance, they would receive it.

I doubt that Russia is content with how things are progressing.

The western Ukraine province, homeland to fascism and the Galician SS brigade of yore has succeeded in dominating the many other regions in Ukraine including the Russian language common among 90% of Ukrainians. That is not an element of content.

Ukraine massed armaments are an immediate threat not only to Russia but to Ukrainian people that just want peace and a chance to improve their severely impoverished circumstance. If the massed army is disbanded the Galician SS brigade will come for Zelensky and every one of his parliament and every one of his supporters. That means these armed to the teeth killers will come to every province in Ukraine looking for cheap and unarmed civilians who they deem to have stolen their grandeur by preventing their glorious win against those russian occupiers of the eastern provinces. And the USA will support them (and call it a civil war as in Syria) as the USA is now naked proto fascist state hiding behind a veil of woke sincerity and caring.

When considering the desire of the vast majority of Ukrainian civilians to rebuild their meager economy, remember that oligarchs ALWAYS accumulate the wealth and NEVER redistribute it.

So on that premise I have some doubt that Russia would allow itself to even consider the concept of being 'content' or even free to come to the aid of Ukranians beyond the two eastern districts/provinces on its border and that any attempt to intervene with a protective force would be immediately stymied by a gas attack false flag (as in Douma, Syria). And that circumstance would avalanche into a Stoltenberg initiated NATO response.

I seriously fear for the people in Ukraine as they have been led by the USA into a death trap and the Galician SS will be happy to be the executioner. I hope I am completely wrong. I hope for a statesperson in the west to stand up and call a halt to the NATO murderous lunacy.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 2:09 utc | 53

Here is an example of the how the five eyes media narrative control works in Australia.

Michael West, the publisher is a form of 'critical thinking polemicist' in the bunya nut republic that has succumbed to the dominant hate China syndrome but pretends otherwise. Do read this as it sets out the method by which Australian academic institutions are suborned by its 'intelligence service'. Plus it reveals how West has hedged his commentary in his opening headline with a 'hate China' trope:

"China is provoking every country in its region. But that is no reason to cut off all contact, including scientific engagement, especially if we want to avoid war. [my emphasis]

Self censorship or hedging ones critical commentary with a throw away line like "China is provoking every country in its region" is so transparently disingenuous that it is pathetic. (Shades of Democracy Now!)

From the main story authored by Brian Toohey:

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, aided and abetted by the nation’s universities, is attacking core scholarly values that stress the importance of sharing research without government censorship.

The “Group of Eight”, the body that represents the leading research universities, made a contradictory submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) last December.

The submission begins by boasting that the Go8 has a beneficial working relationship with Australia’s security agencies and that it was instrumental in implementing the University Foreign Interference Taskforce guidelines. These are seen as an “exemplar by the Five Eyes Plus group of nations and their leading research-intensive universities”, the submission notes.

However, the Go8’s submission also goes on to acknowledge that international collaboration, “known as research without borders”, is the foundation of most of the world’s major research breakthroughs.

As I say, do read this as the main story is a sound critique but Michael West replay indicates another Integrity Initiative recipient of $$.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 2:45 utc | 54

Over the last three days, I have had conversations with two US Citizens, about
the present confrontation between The Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

Both have been drinking from the MSM milk and are totally brain washed, repeating at nauseam that Russia will devour poor little Ukraine in its quest for more territory.

Both are intelligent University graduates with plenty of experience. Both are past retirement age.

It appears that the MSM have carefully left out both Zelensky's presidential decree number 117/2021 dated 24 March 2021 and the subsequent Rada legislative approval
on the designation of Russia as the ENEMY and the intention to force the
recuperation of the Donetsk and Lugansk territories as well as the return of Crimea to Ukraine's fold.

The hiding of this information has an obvious aim. The plan is, if hostilities do start, the plan is to accuse Russia of "unprovoked"aggression in order to milk the event as fully as possible.

Tighten NATO's ties, stop NS2, prevent the adoption of the Russian vaccines in the EU, bog the Russian Federation in yet another front of unending hostilities, this time closer to home, impose more sanctions and drain the Russian economy.

What is truly frightening is that all this is superimposed on some vast NATO military "exercises" close to Ukraine and Poland, i.e. a bid to mass troops and equipment ready to jump into action without showing the hidden cards.

I am sure the Russians must be aware of the intricate danger that this endeavour represents to the well being of Russia and the World at large, as this portends War on a grand scale.

L'heure est grave.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by: CarkD | Apr 8 2021 3:08 utc | 55

Covid19 update from India. After lying low till February, cases have started going up. The second surge is unpredictable as it has affected those who have taken AZ vaccine also. Even the medical community is affected. It appears only thing which works is natural immunity. Modi government is of course pushing vaccination without giving option of choosing between AZ / covaxin so it is very difficult to determine the efficacy of either of these vaccines.

Posted by: R M Rao | Apr 8 2021 3:58 utc | 56

Give Poland Lwow (Lviv), Hungary transcarpathia; allow a fascist rump state neutralized without a military in the area between Kiew and Lwow, and give the rest of the country to Russia so they can begin rebuilding it.

Posted by: exiled off mainstree | Apr 8 2021 4:43 utc | 57

alaff #42

Recently, a Russian Sinologist made a very interesting analysis of the internal Chinese situation - the threat of a color revolution, the intention to create an alliance with Russia, the meaning of China's statements on Crimea, plans for Taiwan etc. Just made a translation, recommended for reading.

I smell a rat.
The name of this Russian Sinologist and publicist [is] Nikolai Vavilov analyzed Sino-Russian relations and, in particular, the internal Chinese situation.

I am not convinced of his Komsomol element in his conspiracy tale and will need cited references to give that any more than passing thought.

I am convinced he made a blunder when discussing the China visit to Crimea he suddenly started taliking 'Ukraine' instead of Crimea. Clumsy error and not a translate fault. Rather a confusion in his presentation. Not credible.

Lets see what trails are left on the internet from this lad before we make any reliance on his 'intelligence of the internal Chinese circumstance and capacity'. I welcome your contribution with supportive links and names.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 4:47 utc | 58

alaff #42

Nikolai Vavilov publicist is unheard of.

Nikolai Vavilov 1887-1943 scientist did exist but he is out of date to commenting on China today.

Over to you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 4:57 utc | 59

@ alaff #42
Tying recognition of Crimea to the Taiwan question seems a bit fanciful. A more straightforward explanation is that the Chinese investors into Ukraine's Motor Sich (a Ukrainian maker of aircraft engines including military jet engines) were stripped of their majority ownership and sanctioned (presumably at the behest of the US), so this was a kind of warning.

Chinese investors claim $3.5b compensation from Ukraine over Motor Sich deal

... they saw no prospect of any fair resolution in the Ukrainian legal environment.

Ruling: The court seized the property and 100% of shares of Motor Sich JSC announced March 20, then the announcement by Russia of a delegation of Chinese to Crimea, which may or may not have been as advertised.

This .ua article The first Chinese warning. How businessmen from China appeared in Crimea and what does Motor Sich have to do with it does make the connection as a possible far-off occurrence. It appears the pain/pressure was very carefully calibrated by the Chinese:

It will be much worse when Beijing begins to impose retaliatory sanctions against our farmers who export corn to China, or against metallurgists who send ore to China. Then we will lose many billions of dollars that no one will reimburse.

Ukraine cannot apply sanctions against China. At least, it would look ridiculous - given the size of our economies, "Bondarenko told Strana.

Posted by: bill baly | Apr 8 2021 5:15 utc | 60's-ruling-party

Pretty big news for S. Korea, hopefully Moon can stay on, I like his politics of trying to maintain dialog with North Korea.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 8 2021 5:17 utc | 61

Posted by: R M Rao | Apr 8 2021 3:58 utc | 56

Thanks for the update from India. New Zealand has announced today that ALL arrivals from India, including NZ citizens and resident visa holders will be suspended until the end of this month. Until now arrivals were required to test OK 72 hours before departure. This was not working as many arrivals tested positive despite pre departure tests.

There are no direct flights so arrivals must transit through UAE or KSA. It is suspected these countries are spreading the virus to transiting passengers.

Banning returning citizens from particular countries will become routine soon. New Zealand has led the world on eradication so far. Australia claims this title but can't compete with NZ statistically. I think it has something to do with national cohesion and trust in government institutions. After the Iraq war lies, who could trust the Australian government again?

Posted by: Paul | Apr 8 2021 5:27 utc | 62

Below are two quotes from a Xinhuanet posting about a conversation on Wednesday between Xi from China and Merkel from Germany

BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged Germany and the European Union (EU) to make joint efforts with China to protect and promote the healthy and stable development of their cooperation, so as to bring more certainty and stability to the volatile world.

Xi made the remarks in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Chinese president stressed that he and Merkel have communicated for several times last year, which has played an important leading role for the development of China-Germany and China-EU relations.

Enhancing China-Germany and China-EU cooperation could produce major results with significance, he said.

Xi pointed out that China-Germany pragmatic cooperation, despite of disturbance generated by the COVID-19 pandemic among other issues, has made progress while maintaining stability, with China being Germany's largest global trading partner for the fifth consecutive year, which demonstrates the resilience and potential of their cooperation.

Xi said he hopes that both sides will promote their cooperation in various fields in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win, in order to help inject confidence and impetus to the China-EU cooperation and the revitalization of the world economy.
For her part, Merkel said that the EU upholds independence in its foreign relations. The world today faces many problems and challenges, which all the more call for Germany-China and EU-China cooperation to address together, she said.

Strengthening EU-China dialogue and cooperation is not only in the interests of both sides, but also beneficial to the world, she said, adding that Germany is willing to play a positive role in this regard.

The German side attaches importance to China's 14th Five-Year Plan, expecting it to bring new and important opportunities for Germany-China and EU-China cooperation, Merkel said.

Germany is willing to work with China to prepare for a new round of Germany-China inter-governmental consultations, resume personnel exchanges at an early date, and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such fields as the fight against COVID-19, climate change and biodiversity, Merkel said, adding that Germany hopes to maintain communication with China on issues such as fair distribution and mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccines.

The chancellor added that her country stands ready to contribute to the success of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held this year in Kunming, China.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 8 2021 5:31 utc | 63

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 4:57 utc | 59

Here you have a machine translation of one comment in a forum, an answer to a user question about who this Vavilov is, since Nikolay Ivanovich Vavilov the geneticist is a world renowned scientist deeply intertwined with the Lysenko affair and one of the big mistakes of Stalinism that cost the USSR to fall behind in genetics for ideological reasons

Another whistle with a claim to know-it-all. In his opuses he emphasizes that he predicts future political events.
He tries to explain all political processes in China by a tough internal party struggle. At the very beginning of the epidemic in China, he predicted massive riots and the overthrow of Xi Jinping.
In general, I do not recommend

Posted by: Paco | Apr 8 2021 5:39 utc | 64

The bigger is better, for Sam:
A week ago, Iran said 800 sanctions to be lifted, in order Sam to join JCPOA.
Robert Malley said Sam is ready to lift 900 sanctions.
NYT said, yesterday, Sam is ready to lift 1600 sanctions..
Conclusion, best proof for the math theorem: 1600 > 900 > 800!

Posted by: arata | Apr 8 2021 6:03 utc | 65

@ james | Apr 8 2021 1:19 utc | 51

typical wapo garbage

That is it.
But some garbage are peculiar. The question is:Who is under, inner, and behind this garbage? David Ignatius is the advertiser.

Posted by: arata | Apr 8 2021 6:13 utc | 66

People generally seem to struggle to differentiate between "total war" where a nation mobilizes all it's resources and "limited war" where it fight's for a limited political goal with only a faction of it's resources and that are usually also limited in time ans space. All limited wars could potentially escalate into a total war - that's why everybody has to be prepared for that scenario - yet almost all wars since World War II had been limited wars.

So the Israeli-Iranian conflict/war has taken the next step on the escalation ladder. That doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a total war anytime soon. It means that both the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean have now turned into a "hot" war zone.

That's bad for Iran since most of it's trade routes are sea-bound. On the other hand, the Gulf had been a region of high tensions and occasional skirmishes already before.

The Eastern Mediterranean on the other hand had been relatively quiet for decades. For Israel, which is surrounded on three sides by more or less hostile Arab states, the sea lane to the USA and Europe is it's economic life line. The worst case scenario would be Hisbollah developing what in Western military lingo is dubbed "anti access/area denial"-capabilities at sea (limpet mines, drones, cruise missiles etc.).

With the Israelis having escalates the conflict to a "hot" sea war they are now in increasingly deep trouble.

Posted by: m | Apr 8 2021 6:43 utc | 67

Paco #64

Thank you. I shall pour you a fine lebanese Arak to suit the occasion.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 6:58 utc | 68

Saw this on ZH this morning, an article by Escobar about a new book being publishes in German, on 9/11 and the financial trails:

Escobar: Bombshell Book In Germany Revives 9/11 As A Business Model

Should make interessting reading.

Posted by: Fran | Apr 8 2021 7:09 utc | 69

Alexander Mercouris sees Zelensky as isolated, with NATO making zero offer to send an invasive force, and declining to fast track Ukraine membership. Zelensky frantically phoning his 'western allies' for a rescue and simultaneously blocking numerous options for talks and offering unacceptable options for talks.

Germany and France firmly sitting on their finger, USA stirring the pot frantically. No news on what perfidious albion is up to.

Forty Minutes of Alexander reading the entrails.....

This will drag on until Ukraine elections or whatever. I trust Zelensky will become a martyr sooner rather than later as that may let the people decide. Assuming all the ballot boxes can be defused in time.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 7:35 utc | 70

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 6:58 utc | 68

Enjoy the Lebanese arak. I can't tell the difference from Greek Ouzo. Being as we are at the bar and the sun is over the yard arm I'll have a fine Russian Baltika 9 Strong 8.0 Alc/vol beer. Followed by a toast to our host, b, with an excellent German Jaegermeister chaser. Cheers.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 8 2021 7:41 utc | 71

So missiles in Dasmascus, troop buildup in Ukraine, tit for tat water crossing in Taiwan.

Yeah, this is the Obama years.

Oh right, we need another Ferguson, which might happen very soon after the Chauvin trial, regardless of outcome.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 8 2021 8:46 utc | 72

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 8 2021 6:58 utc | 68

Cheers, I imagine Arak is what in Madrid is called a "palomita" or little dove, anise with ice and a bit of water, transparency is lost and replaced by a cloud of relaxing pleasure.

Talking clouds and transparency, lookya here, Hunter dixit:

"The Biden name is synonymous with democracy and transparency, and that's why I said it was gold to them."

I wonder who reads books written by ghosts to describe tasteless decadence, no De Sade or Limonov, that's for sure. I've looked for the name of the book in English, "The Executioner, history of a sadist" by Limonov, but cannot find it, Probably it has not been translated, they love porn in the USA but the prudery does not go away. That book is true decadence, but with class, and it is about the New York beau monde.

Posted by: Paco | Apr 8 2021 9:29 utc | 73

Posted by : Smith @ 72
Another anti- semitic attack.The Khazar missiles are their way of celebrating the Deir Yassin massacre, which, BTW, has been almost sanitised away by a Google search. Only Deir Yassin deniers and propagandists now inhabit that space. Here goes the link with one of the few remaining:

For the record, take note of the dates, the Deir Yassin massacre was OUTSIDE the area 'allotted' to the Khazar's [worlds premier Semitic impersonators] and BEFORE the British army's withdrawal.
There is no record of the "Arab Armies' clashing with the British army. So much for the bogus claim of defending agains Arab aggression! Debunked.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 8 2021 9:34 utc | 74

Ref India
The SA variant is roaming. My friend in Sanaa has lost four colleagues at the university in just one week.

Posted by: Mina | Apr 8 2021 9:47 utc | 75

Who is under, inner, and behind this garbage? David Ignatius is the advertiser.

Posted by: arata | Apr 8 2021 6:13 utc | 66

Ignatius is known to be PR flack for CIA. In this case, the “man” behind the curtain is probably KSA - because Iran, you know.

BTW - really good analysis of the Jordanian situation: Ambassador Bhadrakumar - Coup attempt in Jordan leaves a trail.

Posted by: phiw13 | Apr 8 2021 10:00 utc | 76

EU Commission was "Anchoraged" in Istanbul

Yesterday Ursula von der Leyen left without a seat at Erdoğan meeting.

Erdoğan is Turkey's Presidend and Charles Michel is president of the European council [council of EU Chefs of 27 States]

Ursula von der Leyen is NOT a Chief of State, not even elected ! Was nominated at "managing" the EU Commission [27000 unelected bureaucrates]. Why would EU be represented by 2 heads with the same protocol levels?

"without a chair during a meeting of the EU’s two presidents and Turkey’s leader"

"2 presidents and a leader" is this not a little arrogant?

So, as in Anchorage (Blinken), as in Moskow (Borrell), "you're not qualified to talk to us from a position of strength"

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 8 2021 10:01 utc | 77

@Bernard F. | Apr 8 2021 10:01 utc | 77

EU Commission was "Anchoraged" in Istanbul

Interesting observation, I agree!

These unelected non-entities need to be put in their place, i.e. without a chair. Regardless of what one thinks of Erdogan, he is someone who understands power. This message to "EU" was epic and enjoyable.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 10:44 utc | 78

Fallout from Brexit. I'm not sure how serious this is but it appears for the past 6 days, protests from loyalists are growing in Northern Ireland.

Posted by: Ian2 | Apr 8 2021 11:16 utc | 79

Erdogan understands power, are you kidding?? Under Erdogan the list of Turkeys enemies is becoming longer and longer. He might understand Turkish domestic politics but he certainly doesn't understand how the world outside of Turkey works.

That meeting wasn't a success for Turkey unless you consider humiliating others for it's own sake a success. (The same applies to the Lavrov-Borrell-meeting, which had been a debacle for Russia.)

Posted by: m | Apr 8 2021 11:46 utc | 80

Here's some back story to get a handle on South America and their future trajectory toward BRI as we approach Sunday's elections in Ecuador which will accelerate things.

99% of Ecuadorians know the U.S. empire is a mafia which has a loan shark branch that utilizes agencies such as the IMF, World Bank etc. They find politicians who take the loans and, bingo! The public is on the hook and can't get off while the politician one percenters take their bribes and get rich and buy stuff in Miami. Ecuadorians elected Correa in 2007 because they were getting squeezed by the loan sharks and their economy had been hurting bad. Eric Toussaint details how it works.

"Between 1990 and July 2007, the World Bank (IBRD) paid 1.44 billion dollars to Ecuador while over the same period, the Ecuadorian government paid back to that same institution 2.51 billion dollars. In other words, over the period 1990-July 2007, the World Bank made a profit of 1.07 billion dollars on the backs of the people of Ecuador. The World Bank has been repaid many times over.

"The World Bank has been repaid many times over"

By 30 November 2007, Ecuador’s total public debt towards the World Bank Group reached 704.4 million dollars.

Had Ecuador decided, in 2008, to repudiate its entire debt towards the World Bank (i.e. 704.4 million dollars), as recommended by the Debt Audit Commission (see below), that decision would have enabled the country to save over a billion dollars (adding the interest no longer to be paid to the capital to be refunded). Such a sum would have enabled the funding of breakfast and lunch for 1.28 million schoolchildren, [1] for 15 years. Or the amount saved would have covered five years of health insurance for the country’s poor and destitute populations."

Correa did what economist Michael Hudson politely advocates: Correa gave the middle finger to the banksters.

Along with loan sharking another mafia component of domination and control is to incorporate the thugs into the power chain of command. This is the heart and soul of Plan Colombia: pour money and arms AND training into the police and military and you will "own" them... (until they disobey or embarrass you--Noriega, Sadaam Hussein, Honduras' Juan Orlando Rodriguez etc.) This is where you can see Biden constantly exposing himself as he gets to play out his fantasy psycho-dramas of being mr. Macho, Rambo, the Big Guy, blah blah blah.

Mafias specialize in cheating. They sell drugs, run prostitution rings, sell arms, traffic humans, all because the profit is very high and they know how to minimize risk because they bribe and intimidate and kill. Ecuadorians know the War on Drugs is a lie, a fairy tale made for Netflix watching Americans. Addiction is a powerful drive and well run mafia's know how to operate outside the legal framework of governments while at the same time work with them. Banksters know about it. Cops know about it. But they won't talk about it. Ecuadorians know about both aspects because they have suffered from sharing a border with Colombia, a murderous narco state who depends on and is deeply integrated into the U.S. mafia.

China's BRI is an alernative model, IMO and its already growing in South America. If Arauz isn't killed or derailed I look for Ecuador to pursue a similar path as Bolivia: immediate and clear statements asserting sovereignty, a plan to regain economic health by refusing IMF/World Bank etc loan/bribe offers/threats, accelerated economic ties with BRI countries, strong support for ALBA, the alliance of resistance nations in Latin America. The elites in Colombia and Peru will fight back along with Ecuadorian one percenters but I don't think they are organized enough to win. Like Bolivia and Venezuela, I think the peons are going to take power. again! Miami will get an influx of spoiled rich kids. again!

Posted by: migueljose | Apr 8 2021 12:39 utc | 81

@m | Apr 8 2021 11:46 utc | 80

I am not kidding, no. Erdogan uses the language of power. Whether this is to his benefit in the long run is a different question. The message was clear in this case, he deals with people in power, and von der Leyen is not one of them.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 12:53 utc | 82

Google translation:

"We hope that common sense will prevail in Washington."

Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev on the crisis in relations with the United States and ways out of it">">

Posted by: Mao | Apr 8 2021 13:36 utc | 83

It's not fair! Stop the game!

Bitcoin is a ‘Chinese financial weapon’ that threatens the US dollar – billionaire Peter Thiel

“Even though I'm a pro-crypto, pro-Bitcoin maximalist person, I do wonder whether if at this point Bitcoin should also be thought of in part as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.” says @Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel.

The Americans spoiled their billionaires too much. It's time for someone to re-educate them.


Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

Some American ideologue: "guys, guys, we know the USG is all-in on Taiwan. It's just... we need to Mainland China to know that more and better".

Translation: Taiwan is fucked and there's nothing we can do about it.


Labour cries foul over union poll showing Tories on track to take Hartlepool

Let's do a liberal coup to topple Jeremy Corbyn (a guy that lost the 2017 GE by less than 3,000 votes because liberal members sabotaged his campaign) and do another one to purge Labour from its socialist elements. Also, let's put a completely artificial, MSM fabricated leader in his place, in complete disregard for the unions, which are the soul of the party.

Result: nobody knows who Sir Keir Starmer is; some months ago a Labour report came out concluding the "Red Wall" is lost for good; now they're gonna lose Hartlepool.

Posted by: vk | Apr 8 2021 13:44 utc | 84

Space is no longer just an adventure, it's an economy.

This comment is from Mike Greenley, chief executive officer at MDA (the company behind the Canada-arm.) In this interview, Greenley discusses the return of MDA to the public markets and to Canada. Interestingly, the company chose to go public in Canada (TSX) and not the US. He outlines the company’s future plans for growth in space and push towards moon colonization.

What of barflies make of the space ecomony?

Posted by: Quasi Retired anonym | Apr 8 2021 14:01 utc | 85

Another EU success... The countries who pre-empted the Rolls vaccine (Pfizer) than are already travelling with their passport as a precious Ausweiss; while the 3rd world (including the EU) will take months before they can travel. And when they will, the large numbers who got cheaper vaccines will get sick out of the blue, while the Rolls owners do not.
By the way, how did the US and Israel know that some stuff quickly developed in a small German company was better than the ones that were in development in their own companies?

Posted by: Mina | Apr 8 2021 14:08 utc | 86

Two major arguments against Scottish Independence during the last referendum were the matter of currency, and most of all the fact that leaving the UK would place them outside the EU with no guarantee of being taken back in.

If they can resolve the currency issue, I suspect that the EU would be happy to welcome them in as a dig at the UK.

Posted by: Malchik Ralf | Apr 8 2021 14:55 utc | 87

@Mina | Apr 8 2021 14:08 utc | 86

This is all Science Fiction policy. The crime only works as long as people accept their freedom to be robbed.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 14:57 utc | 88

Merkel: school marm or head of state?

Merkel Demands Putin Reduce Russian Troops Near Ukraine In Phone Call

No call for talks or de-escalation on both sides because Western leaders dare not do anything that suggests that Donbas is merely an internal Ukranian matter.

Zelensky announced that he will visit Ukrainian troops. Merkel is silent about that.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2021 15:08 utc | 89

Merkel: school marm or head of state?

Merkel Demands Putin Reduce Russian Troops Near Ukraine In Phone Call

No call for talks or de-escalation on both sides because Western leaders dare not do anything that suggests that Donbas is merely an internal Ukranian matter.

Zelensky announced that he will visit Ukrainian troops. Merkel is silent about that.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2021 15:08 utc | 90

@ arata | Apr 8 2021 6:13 utc | 66 my thinking is along similar lines to @ phiw13 | Apr 8 2021 10:00 utc | 76

the wapo article is mostly a fluff piece... take a look at the article @ phiw13 left which is better... i also shared this indian punchline article on a previous thread..

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 15:13 utc | 91

@ Malchik Ralf | Apr 8 2021 14:55 utc | 87... yes... the currency issue is of upmost importance for scotland.. at this point i don't see how they get out from under the yoke of the central bank system where usa continues to control... this is another reason to hope china, russia and etc figure a way out..

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 15:15 utc | 92

I am considering starting a new Bookmark folder on my Firefox browser:

Not the Onion!

In fact, I just did.
(as a subfolder of Politics, of course)

It will become bloated, over bloated, quite quickly
don't you think? Welcome to planet Earth.

Here is my first entry into the Not the Onion! subfolder.

Nancy gets the prize for making the first deposit into my Not the Onion!

Nancy Pelosi Claims Border Situation Has Improved Under Biden

Posted by: librul | Apr 8 2021 15:50 utc | 93

@Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2021 15:08 utc | 90
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrived in Donbass after the aggravation of the situation on the contact line between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. This was reported by the press service of the president’s office.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 15:53 utc | 94

correction @90: isn't merely


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2021 16:02 utc | 95

correction @90: isn't merely


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2021 16:02 utc | 96

This is an incredible article coming from Bandow, who poses as being geopolitically literate. You'd never know from reading it that:

1. The Imperialist States of America has been frantically trying to block the NordStream II pipeline from Russia to Germany, so far with a total lack of success.

2. That the so called government of Ukraine is completely at the mercy of out and out Nazis of various groups, and that 3000 Pravii Sektor Nazis actually stormed and trashed the Verkhovna Rada, the so called Ukraine parliament, on 16 March.

3. That the Zelensky regime then virtually declared war on Russia, calling the conflict one between Ukraine and Russia, stated its plan to recapture not just the Donbass Republics but Crimea, and exited from the Minsk agreement that had stopped the conflict in early 2015 (at which point the so called Ukraine army was in rout).

4. That, emboldened by Amerikastani statements of "support" and hundreds of tons of weaponry landing by the day, the Ukranazis have shifted enormous forces to the Donbass border and begun shelling and rocketing civilians as well as the Donbass armies' troops.

5. That in response the Donetsk People’s Republic has introduced conscription and both Republics are actively preparing to face a Ukranazi offensive.

6. That any such offensive, if it threatens the existence of the DPR and LPR (as it probably will, the Ukranazis having something like a 7:1 manpower advantage as well as total control of the air) will compel the Putinist regime to abandon what long ago became a counterproductive policy of "restraint " and intervene.

7. That said intervention has been repeatedly warned about by Russia, and Mr Lavrov has said that it will result in "grave consequences" for Ukrainian statehood, whatever that means.

8. That by encouraging the Ukranazis to attack with false promises of assistance, the Imperialist States makes said Russian intervention inevitable.

9. And if said Russian intervention is then claimed to be a Russian "invasion " in the Westernaganda (as it will), Amerikastan can finally find something that will compel Germany to abandon NordStream II and buy Amerikastani shale oil LNG instead.

10. That Ukranazistan is a shambolic dystopia now, after seven years of "freedom", and that everything that can be looted has been looted, so that Amerikastan can sacrifice it without a qualm.

I can't understand why Bandow failed to mention even one of these points, because they are all extremely well known to anyone who knows anything about the state of affairs in Ukranazistan at all.


If Russia is compelled to invade Ukranazistan, it will be the perfect excuse for Amerikastan to

1. Abandon the dystopic looted hellhole that seven years of "freedom" has made of Ukraine, and palm it off to Russia with a statement equivalent to "you broke it, you own it."*

2. Make the EU close off trade with Russia, including but not limited to NordStream II, and buy overpriced Amerikastani LNG instead.

3. Interrupt China's Belt And Road Initiative, which intends to stretch from the French coast to Beijing and points east.

*I have said this before, but in 2014 Russia could have invaded, overthrown the Nazi coup regime with relative ease (no NATO in Ukraine then and the Ukrainian army was in no shape to fight), reinstated Yanukovych, and withdrawn. Now if Russia invades, it will be much harder going. And if Russia wants to do the job properly, the Nazi coup regime and its puppet Zelensky will need to be destroyed. And then the resulting wreck will have to be taken over by Russia at least in the interim.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 8 2021 16:03 utc | 97

merkel sure looks like a puppet for the usa and west 24/7... after her, they have the green party in germany which seems bought and paid for by the usa or west as well.

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2021 16:11 utc | 98

Posted by: m | Apr 8 2021 11:46 utc | 80

Erdogan knows that the EU is a declining entity so he is reacting accordingly.

Recently China did the same thing.

In Moscow, Borrell thought that he is living in the past when Europe subjugated the world and can tell non-europeans what to do. He was told that this time is long gone, and where to go.

Lots of shocks are coming for euro supremacists, that is for sure.

The desire to rule the world, and the memory of it, as opposed to the long term decline will ultimately cause mental craziness and hysteria among euro supremacist elites.

Posted by: Passer by | Apr 8 2021 16:14 utc | 99

@Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 8 2021 16:03 utc | 97

Nice FUD, except for the Freudian slips.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 8 2021 16:20 utc | 100

next page »

The comments to this entry are closed.