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June 06, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-043

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

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Other issues:

"More complicated story" = They lie.

> The IDF’s meticulous preparations to conquer the territories had already begun early in the 1960s. They were, in part, the product of the short and bitter Israeli experience in the conquest — and subsequent evacuation — of the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip in the Sinai War of 1956.

It’s against this background that we should understand the document titled “Proposal to Organize the Military Government,” written by IDF head of operations, Col. Elad Peled, in June 1961, and presented to Chief of Staff Tzvi Tzur. Six years before the Six-Day War, the proposal consisted of detailed initial planning for the forces that would be needed to rule in what would become the occupied territories.

Two years later, in August 1963, the IDF’s General Staff Branch (afterward the Operations Branch), which was then headed by Yitzhak Rabin, drew up a widely circulated directive regarding the organization of the military government in the territories. This order sheds light, in its words, on Israel’s “expected directions of expansion,” which in the assessment of the security personnel would be the focus of the next war. These territories included the West Bank, Sinai, the Syrian Heights and Damascus, and southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. <

Uighurs:

MoA had two pieces about the ever changing testimony of Uighur 'witnesses':

Now others are catching up on the phenomenon:

Ben Mauk @benmauk - 13:23 utc · May 27, 2021

Sayragul Sauytbay makes some wild claims in her new book on surviving a reeducation camp in Xinjiang. The claims don't at all accord with those she made at her extradition trial in Kazakhstan, which I attended. Call me incredulous. I'm upset the claims are now being amplified.
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Liberty:

Fun:

Use as open thread ...

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Peru-- Bolivia's Kawsachun News tweet around midnight June 8,9th:

"Pedro Castillo addresses supporters gathered outside his campaign office in Lima for the third straight night. Crowds are celebrating what looks to be an unstoppable victory. Castillo asks that they "be vigilant of democracy" during these key hours."

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 9 2021 11:34 utc | 201

Biden disliked Putin before it was cool

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/09/biden-russia-putin-love-story-492195

WTF

That, at this moment, is the main headline at Politico.

Did the editors at Politico struggle for a headline?

Posted by: librul | Jun 9 2021 11:42 utc | 202

Posted by: librul | Jun 9 2021 11:42 utc | 202

thanks Librul. appreciate your perspective, info and links.

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 9 2021 12:50 utc | 203

@ 201 migueljose. Thanks for the updates on Peru.

Posted by: Thirsty | Jun 9 2021 13:21 utc | 204

Ridiculous for U.S. to repeatedly hype up “lab leak” conspiracy

U.S. President Joe Biden recently made a statement ordering the intelligence community to look into whether COVID-19 emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident. He also pressed China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.

This "full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence" was already made. It's the WHO report.

Again, the USA is not the authority here. It doesn't have the right to dictate which is and which isn't an international investigation, and which is and which isn't access to all relevant data and evidence.

Evidence is evidence, the USG want it or not. The USA is not the Ministry of Truth.

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The true story behind that criminal article by the NYT:

Vaccine tourism exposes moral outrage of America’s hoarding

Posted by: vk | Jun 9 2021 14:50 utc | 205

Four Summits and a Funeral for the Outlaw US Empire's hegemonic ambitions when they're all done. Here's Global Times's reasoning:

"The majority of US' allies are benefiting from China's cooperation far more than their strategic fears about China's rise, and their interests determine that they will keep a distance from the US' comprehensive containment strategy against China. Washington will never be able to transform its hegemonic ambitions into the realization that most of its allies will endure the losses to fight with the US."

Pepe Escobar shares that sentiment:

"China, the rising economic superpower, hails from the Global South, and is a leader in the G20. For all their internal troubles, EU players in the G7 – Germany, France and Italy – cannot afford to antagonize Beijing in economic, trade and investment terms.

"A G7 rebooted as a Sinophobic crusade will have no takers – not even Japan; not even the special guests at Cornwall: tech powerhouse South Korea, and India and South Africa (both BRICS members), offered the dangling carrot of a possible extended membership....

"In a nutshell: Germany wants to keep expanding as a global trading power by using its large industrial base, while the Anglo-Saxons have completely ditched their industrial base to embrace non-productive financialization. And China for its part wants to trade with the whole planet. Guess who’s the odd player out.

"Considering the G7 as a de facto gathering of the hegemon with its minions, it will also be quite a treat to watch the semantics. What degree of “existential threat” will be ascribed to Beijing – especially because for the interests behind the hologram “Biden” the real priority is the Indo-Pacific?

"These interests could not give a damn about a EU yearning for more strategic autonomy. Washington always announces its diktats without having bothered to consult Brussels.

"So this is what this Triple X of summits – G7, NATO and EU-US – will be all about: the hegemon pulling all stops to contain/harass the emergence of a rising power by enlisting its satrapies to “fight” and thus preserve the 'rules-based international order' it designed over seven decades ago."

Then we have Lavrov's comments at the Primakov Readings International Forum where even the Russian transcript isn't yet complete as it lacks the Q&A. But we do have this summarizing report:

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against high expectations about the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden, scheduled for 16 June in Geneva."

His expectations are seconded:

"Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cautioned against having any inflated expectations from the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden, set for 16 June, emphasising that the two countries disagree on so many things that 'there is no reason to expect any progress in reaching [an] understanding'."

Lavrov seems to be doubtful that the Outlaw US Empire is capable of conducting an "honest conversation" given the level of relations since the Georgia gambit's failure in 2008. But Lavrov isn't completely pessimistic as these words of his from the Primakov Readings suggest:

"For Russia, an important advantage is that these principles allow us to ensure the predictability and sustainability of our foreign policy. This is especially important in the conditions when the whole world system is going through a very contradictory stage of its development, is in a state of increased turbulence. But, as Chinese wisdom says, this moment offers great opportunities that are important to seize for the development of cooperation for the benefit of all the peoples of the world. We see positive trends strengthening. First of all, I would mention in this series the strengthening of new centers of economic and political influence, democratization of interstate relations in general. This process, by the way, was 'predicted' back in the mid-1990s by Evgeny Maksimovich in his concept of forming a multipolar world.

"Russia will actively contribute to the continuation of peaceful changes in the direction of polycentricity, based on the collective leadership of leading states in solving global problems. But we are realists and cannot ignore the stubborn, I would even say, aggressive reluctance of our Western colleagues to recognize this objective reality as it is. We cannot ignore the desire of the collective West to secure a privileged position on the world stage, no matter what it takes. The results of the upcoming G7 summits, NATO and in the US-EU format will be an indicator of the state of minds in the leading countries of the West."

Oh, I forgot that Xi and Putin will have their own Summit after Putin meets with Biden; so, that should be 5 Summits, not 4.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 15:52 utc | 206

karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 15:52 utc | 206

Summits? That means a lot of mountains to climb.
Thanks for the updates.
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Since Biden will be meeting Zelensky after the G7, will that be just a speed-bump?

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 9 2021 16:10 utc | 207

nod, bliken & eric schmidt are on a tour trying to connect the blue dot, trump's old attempt resurfacing, in hopes of replacing the bri. this in their marvellous covert plan will hinge primarily on taiwan. hoping china won't notice & if she should that she doesn't really mean what she says when she says taiwan is not for grabs. nod & blinken & whomsoever is the puppet master believes all the world is a refection of themselves: never saying what they believe or mean.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Jun 9 2021 16:29 utc | 208

U$A’s administrations by weaponizing the US$ and payment networks, has opened a Pandora’s box. The EU wants strategic autonomy and its politicians are convinced that a European payments system is a question of sovereignty. “More than 30 of Europe’s largest banks and credit card processors are trying to create a payments giant capable of shattering a US-dominated “oligopoly”.”

Why Europe’s banks want to end US dominance in payments

Our sanctions, restrictions and hegemonic ambitions are reducing our markets, opportunities, and destroying our credibility. American corporations will be limited in their potential as many regions start pursuing their alternatives and trading in their respective national currencies. We will see fragmentation of markets. What will happen to valuations of U$A’s multinationals?

Posted by: Max | Jun 9 2021 16:47 utc | 209

John Cleary @198--

Seems there are some Oxford students who are unaware of the crime they've committed, and that includes the writer of the linked op/ed.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 17:00 utc | 210

Western financial investment in China, and The big question I'm sure I share with psychohistorian is China's ability to keep those parasites under control;
Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 7 2021 17:39 utc | 123

I wonder, maybe China's idea is to use the investment interests of western finance as an insurance policy* against rash US politicians. As regards their ability to keep them under control - I am quite sure they wouldn't be doing it unless they had all scenarios rigorously covered.

* That statement has two potential meanings; of course I meant both of them, according to the scenario! In the more benign scenario, vested interests of the finance companies will naturally lead to their lobbying in the US against any extreme moves against China which threaten those interests; if the worst comes to the worst, in the more extreme scenario (war, blockades, confiscation of assets, and the like) it gives China corresponding assets on which China can lean and/or confiscate.

Posted by: BM | Jun 9 2021 17:15 utc | 211

"For Russia, an important advantage is that these principles allow us to ensure the predictability and sustainability of our foreign policy. This is especially important in the conditions when the whole world system is going through a very contradictory stage of its development, is in a state of increased turbulence. But, as Chinese wisdom says, this moment offers great opportunities that are important to seize for the development of cooperation for the benefit of all the peoples of the world. We see positive trends strengthening. First of all, I would mention in this series the strengthening of new centers of economic and political influence, democratization of interstate relations in general. This process, by the way, was 'predicted' back in the mid-1990s by Evgeny Maksimovich in his concept of forming a multipolar world."

The first sentence is meaningless. The second sentence is a platitude, all the worse because it is not obvious the world is objectively more turbulent. Ten percent more? The third sentence is a piety, pretending the "peoples" of the world are running thing in the first place. The US claims it is helping the peoples of the world too. Actually, I'm pretty sure Putin spends a lot of time talking about how he's benefiting Russia, not the world. The so-called positive development of new centers confuses them with democratization. Yeltsin was a democratizer too. Majority rule in interstate relations might count as real democratization but Lavrov isn't referring to anything real. It's just empty phrases. The reference to a Yeltsin-era thinker emphasizes the roots in Yeltin's era.

"Russia will actively contribute to the continuation of peaceful changes in the direction of polycentricity, based on the collective leadership of leading states in solving global problems. But we are realists and cannot ignore the stubborn, I would even say, aggressive reluctance of our Western colleagues to recognize this objective reality as it is. We cannot ignore the desire of the collective West to secure a privileged position on the world stage, no matter what it takes. The results of the upcoming G7 summits, NATO and in the US-EU format will be an indicator of the state of minds in the leading countries of the West."

Polycentricity implies un-peaceful changes, as the different centers try to go in different directions, inevitably clashing. Collective leadership is not polycentricity but the opposite. Leadership *is* a privileged position on the world stage, not the opposite. There is no leadership in solving global problems on the part of Russia, much less Russia and China together. There is no equality of equals in the collective leadership, because there is no such material equality. Lavrov is simply deniying objective reality, prattling as if wishes were things. Collective leadership is a hierarchy. There is no peaceful dissolution of hierarchy in states.

If Lavrov actually believes any of this drivel, he's truly stupid. The insistence by the larger part of the commentariat here that Lavrov is minimally competent is amazing. Lavrov is as morally and intellectually bankrupt as his progenitors (ultimately, Yeltsin.)

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 9 2021 17:33 utc | 212

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 17:00 utc | 210

The way I read it, that article seems a peculiarly bigotted and rather stupid rant on the students' supposed rationale. Regardless of the more detailed views of the students in question which I wouldn't pretend to know, the queen can well be regarded as a potent symbol of the worst excesses of colonialism, and of the racism, the exploitational legal system, the establishment dishonesty, and the exceptionalism of the elites that caused colonialism to be the extreme oppression that it was (and still is, in its after-effects).

Posted by: BM | Jun 9 2021 17:40 utc | 213

@ Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 9 2021 17:33 utc | 212

This is bourgeois nationalist deviation.

The only factor that made unipolarity somewhat sustainable for three decades was the fact the USA ultimately could pay the proverbial bill for the Western alliance, i.e. it could keep its provinces happy.

Multipolarity wasn't born suddenly out of some evil minds from China and Russia, but precisely because the unipolar world order is inherently unstable (i.e. not peaceful). Unless, of course, you consider the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the series of coups and color revolution in Latin American,Eastern Europe and SE Asia, the annihilation of Libya and Yugoslavia and the attempted destruction of Syria "peaceful" - that would be on par of calling the century of colonization and genocide "the Century of Peace" (1815-1914). That is fetishism of Geopolitics, a purely bourgeois view of History, one where peace can only be achieved through unconditional hegemony of Liberalism.

The unipolar world order is crumbling precisely because the USA cannot "pay the bill" anymore. If it could, everybody would be happy with the hegemony of the USA, which would become essentially the global sugar daddy, instead of the really existing global cop/exploiter.

Posted by: vk | Jun 9 2021 17:54 utc | 214

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 15:52 utc | 206

An extremely quick look at the Q&A part, new IMO the brief mention to the fact that the judge of the Malaysian airplane downed over the Donbass in 2014 has dropped definitely the request to the USA to supply satellite imagery of the event, imagery that supposedly exists but the USA is reluctant to supply.

The rest is basically the general Lavrov line that somehow could be summarized by his statement that the present historical reality is based on the outcome of WWII and therefore collective decisions have to be taken by the UN and not by the so called rules based order, a too obvious maneuver to bypass the UN. There are questions about arms control, Merkel performance, cybersecurity and the coming summit, warning not to expect a lot from it.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 9 2021 18:22 utc | 215

BM @211 & 213--

Thanks for your replies! Yes, I thought the further opening might serve as a hedge as you suggest, but China has been saying since before Trump that it would eventually further open its financial markets. One thing's certain, those entities entering or expanding their presence in China won't be able to lobby/bribe as they're accustomed. Both Hudson and Keen have warned China about Neoliberal parasites, so IMO China will act wisely.

The context I'm relating the student's actions to was provided by John Cleary earlier in the thread, @185 or so. But it's clear the writer didn't bother to ask the students for their reasons and just speculated. Further context relates to John's concerns about Craig Murray's predicament and actions by UK courts against him and Assange that he's posted about over that past several weeks.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 18:30 utc | 216

Paco @215--

Thanks for your reply! I read the gist of Lavrov's MH-17 news in one of the summarizing news items. IMO, the refusal to disclose that evidence is an admission of guilt; otherwise, why withhold it? Putin teamed up with Gazprom's Miller to inaugurate the initial operations at the gigantic Amur Gas Processing Plant that will refine the raw gas piped through Power of Siberia prior to its transit into China. I watched a few videos related to its construction and am very impressed at the magnitude of the 6-year project. I also noted that the old Soviet habit of having the state-owned company provide socio-cultural infrastructure for the company town is being utilized in a way that greatly outclasses what was done during the Soviet Age.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 18:46 utc | 217

An update on Brazil's Car Wash Scandal provided by Kit Klarenberg who entitles his essay, "Will Congressional quest for answers on Brazil’s Operation Lava Jato reveal it to be yet another CIA coup in the Americas?" He begins:

"The lawmakers concluded, 'We are particularly concerned that the income produced from the enforcement of important US legislation dedicated to fighting corruption, could have ended up going to ends not entirely consistent with democracy, rule of law, equal justice under the law, and due process – not to mention Brazilian legal and constitutional requirements.'

"That Washington was involved in Lava Jato, which saw more than 1,000 warrants issued, 429 people indicted and 159 convicted, and numerous high-profile business leaders and politicians – most notoriously Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president between 2003 and 2010 – jailed, had been clear since 2016, when US federal courts levied record fines against state energy company Petrobras."

Yes, it was a very overt use of "Lawfare" as a Hybrid War tool to get former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva discredited and ousted from politics and get Bolsonaro elected president despite all the corruption pointed at him. But it appears the Lawfare outcome will be reversed, provided Lula stays alive. Many here have criticized Glenn Greenwald, but it was his bold, courageous writings that upended the situation and set Brazil on its current path at regaining its independence.

Yet as Kit points out at the end of his essay, the Outlaw US Empire will continue to use Lawfare as a tool to destabilize other nations:

"Seemingly undeterred by the operation’s unceremonious unravelling, at a June 3 White House press conference a nameless 'senior administration official' revealed that 'components of the intelligence community,' including the director of national intelligence and CIA, would be fundamental in 'establishing the fight against corruption as a core US national security interest.'

"'We’re just going to be looking at all of the tools in our disposal to make sure that we identify corruption where it’s happening and take appropriate policy responses,' the official said."

Unfortunately for us citizens of the Empire, the federal government will not address the great amounts of corruption that exist under its nose--precisely because it wants its own cut.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 19:23 utc | 218

Belarus still under attack by EU that refuses to accept the facts of what occurred. What does one do with an organization like the EUP and its manipulator?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 20:36 utc | 219

Paco@215 expresses Lavrov's position as "the present historical reality is based on the outcome of WWII and therefore collective decisions have to be taken by the UN and not by the so called rules based order, a too obvious maneuver to bypass the UN." This seems to be accurate in regards to Lavrov. But the present historical reality is based on the fall of the USSR, the Dengist de facto alliance with the US (invasion of Vietnam, cooperation in the merciless siege of Korea,) and the continued economic decline of capitalism *worldwide* resulting in not one but two depressions in the last two decades. And despite the delusions of social democrats who love China for reforming capitalism, capitalism has no long term future. Lavrov is either a liar or a fool. Russia is not a continuator of the USSR, that is Putin's swindle. Putin is merely Yeltsinism sober. Lavrov is also either a liar or a fool for thinking that the UN is a cure all. The UN was never about collective leadership and was written so that those states that could, could do what they want, regardless.

After WWII, it was widely deemed a bipolar world, not a unipolar world. After the fall of the USSR, US triumphalism deemed it a unipolar world...but the idea that this was ever "tolerable" because somehow the US was paying its bills, supporting the provinces is ludicrous. Even the more refined imperialism of the US, which eschewed formal colonies, has never delivered the goods. The apologists for the US always pretended there was a Third World that failed because of its own moral and cultural inferiority, not because that's the kind of world imperialism makes. As to deviations? If Lavrov had anything to do with the left in any way at all, he would be at best a Kautskyan deviationist, who advocates the cooperation of imperialist states in a reformed ultraimperialism that will bring a peaceful world (that will supposedly slowly turn socialist as education reforms the souls of the filthy masses or some such garbage.) If there is any bourgeois nationalist deviation, though, it's not Lavrov's. Lavrov is a bourgeois nationalist, doing bourgeois nationalism is on target, not a miss. Since China is still a workers' state, the Dengist capitulations can be argued to be genuine bourgeois nationalist deviation.

Another way of putting it, I think, would be to say that no, the BRI will *not* restore the world general rate of profit by restoring labor productivity on a wider, deeper basis. Nor will any Chinese initiative in Africa (as policy is currently conducted) ever do as much good for the people of Africa as socialist assistance to, say, Angola, where defeat spelled the end of apartheid. (The theory it was all moral suasion from the god-like Mandela and godly Tutu did it was nonsense.)

The US dominates world finance. In those terms, this is not a multipolar planet, and it's not that close despite the decay of the US.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 9 2021 20:39 utc | 220

MH17

Although it is a page of case examples for a commercial venture in "Disaster Victim Identification" it gives a little bit of context to the two missing/unidentified passengers.

· 6,000+ UHR body parts or fragments
· 500+ reference samples from relatives
· A very large number of personal effects belonging to the UHR′s
I assume UHR must mean Unidentified Human Remains (maybe I completely glossed over it but I don't think this page defined the abbreviation). I'll use it with that meaning.

"Unfortunately two of the victims are still unaccounted for at the time of writing, and another identification effort is underway. The other 296 victims were identified by DNA using Bonaparte by November 2014."
So if I understand this correctly it seems that they have some UHR that belong to a single individual that could be one of two remaining missing passengers, meaning that one passenger is still missing entirely without any UHR at all.

I've seen it said that both of those two passengers are/were Dutch but not seen their names in any cursory search.

Anyone know their specifics?

It does seem slightly peculiar that one body is entirely missing, being only one rather than several means both that they've actually done a pretty good job finding UHR and that the single missing one becomes all the more noticeable.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 9 2021 21:11 utc | 221

Letting it sink in it doesn't make much difference if it's one or two and perhaps by "another identification effort is underway" they simply mean they're still searching for any trace at all for both of them?

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 9 2021 21:20 utc | 222

Kanton Island or Canton Island, part of the Republic of Kiribati, is again part of great power rivalry:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/kiribati-china-runway/13333720

The "Canton Island Incident" where US marines seized the island, took down the Union Jack and ran up the Stars and Stripes, expelled the British resident and his local wife in 1940-41. The incident remains an official secret in London and Washington, the files are sealed. FDR knew the British were too 'busy' in 1940 to do anything other than protest. The island became a Pan Am seaplane base. Later a landing strip was built.

This wasn't the first time shots were fired between British and US warships.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanton_Island [ apologies for quoting this unreliable source]

The incident or the earlier incident does not appear in the 'Instances of Use of US armed Forces Abroad, 1798 - 2020,' Congressional Research Service.

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R42738

his list is instructive.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 9 2021 22:04 utc | 223

This is 2016. The man says he was manipulating coronavirus and spike protein in a lab looking to create “killers”. Broadcast on C-Span. Is it allowed to post this here?

https://rumble.com/vi8qwj-fauci-funded-daszak-describes-colleagues-in-china-manipulating-viruses-into.html

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 9 2021 22:32 utc | 224

Ukrainian government becomes even more deranged. "Speaking about his own attitude to the Ukrainian bill on indigenous peoples:

"It is an obvious fact that the people who joined the Russian state with these territories were calling themselves Russians. Therefore, to speak about Russians as a non-indigenous people is not simply incorrect, but funny and stupid," Putin said. "This does not correspond to history at all."

I wonder which one of Biden's crew thought up this one for it's a Howler!

Posted by: Karl Sanchez | Jun 9 2021 23:24 utc | 225

Wuhan virology lab head says four infection cases of COVID-19 and flu in early 2020 were not lab staff

He [Yuan Zhiming, Director of the institute's Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory] explained that the lab and the Wuhan Union Hospital of China conducted retrospective studies on 1,001 samples from patients at the hospital and found four infection cases of flu and COVID-19 in 700 samples in January 2020. The four cases were not lab staff.

Also:

In the Chinese version report, Shi Zhengli, dubbed China's "Bat Woman" from the institute, also responded to the deaths of miners in Southwest China's Yunnan Province. Shi said that she tested the samples of the miners three months after they were sick, and went to the mine seven times between 2012 and 2015 but did not find any virus resembling novel coronavirus. The miners were most likely to be infected with a fungus when cleaning bird dung, Shi said.

Shi said the matter had been clarified in an addendum to the Nature article.

Posted by: vk | Jun 9 2021 23:48 utc | 226

Did anyone see the latest jobs report and published unemployment rate for the Outlaw US Empire? Well, as usual it's just more smoke and mirrors as Shadowstats explains:

"After fifteen months of Pandemic surveying the BLS still cannot count the number of Unemployed. The BLS acknowledges continuing misclassification of some “unemployed” persons as “employed,” in the Household Survey. The count of the understated unemployed had an “upside limit” of 478,000 persons in May 2021, against 558,000 in April 2021 and 636,000 persons in March 2021. The difference would be a potential headline U.3 of 6.1% in May instead of today’s headline 5.8%. Fully adjusted for COVID-19 disruptions, based on BLS side-surveys of Pandemic impact, and with roughly six million people missing from the headline U.S. labor force, actual headline U.3 unemployment still should be well around 10%, the highest unemployment rate since before World War II. Broader May 2021 headline U.6 unemployment [including some increase in those counted as employed part-time for economic reasons as well as an increase headline discouraged workers] eased to 10.16% in May, from to 10.38% in April 2021, a roughly 0.10% (-0.10%) narrower decline than seen in the headline U.3.

"Including long-term discouraged/displaced workers, the May 2021 ShadowStats Alternate Unemployment Rate increased to 26.0%, from 25.5% in April 2021. Moving on top of the decline in U.6, while reflecting a continuing and intensifying shift from short-term discouraged (in U.6) to long-term discouraged workers (in the ShadowStats Alternate). With the Pandemic at its 15-month anniversary, the May 2021 ShadowStats Alternate Unemployment Rate rose to 26.0%, elevated by the underlying, Pandemic-driven surge in U.3 unemployment that began in March 2020."

Shadowstats Unemployment Chart

The indicators that point to a genuine recovery rather than the contrived one we keep being told is underway still don't show what they must. Yet, there are writers out there who are claiming Biden is putting an end to Neoliberalism! Nuts!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 9 2021 23:57 utc | 227

Unemployment stats have never been correct.
from Investopedia...

Despite what many people believe, the unemployment rate is not measured by calculating the number of people collecting unemployment insurance. In fact, the government comes up with this much-anticipated number each month by following a process that more closely resembles the U.S. Census. The unemployment rate is measured by a division of the Department of Labor known as the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS. This government agency conducts a monthly survey called the Current Population Survey that involves 60,000 households. These households are selected using random sampling methods designed to generate as close an approximation as possible to the larger population. . .here

Nobody answers the phone? Out looking for a job? Call the next one on the list.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 10 2021 0:09 utc | 228

@steven t johnson #212:

The reference to a Yeltsin-era thinker emphasizes the roots in Yeltin's era.

Yevgeniy Maksimovich Primakov is not “a Yeltsin-era thinker”:

1970–1977: Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
1977–1985: Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies
1985–1989: Director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
1989–1990: Chairman of the Soviet of the Union (the lower chamber of the Supreme Soviet—the Soviet parliament)
1990–1991: a member of the Presidential Council of the Soviet Union
1991–1996: Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)
1996–1998: Minister of Foreign Affairs
1998–1999: Prime Minister
2001–2011: President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Posted by: S | Jun 10 2021 1:16 utc | 229

'Truce' what truce?

I am nauseated by Australia's PM, Pastor Morrison, continuing to talk only yesterday about 'our values' 'freedom' 'rule of law' and 'fellow liberal democracies' on his way as a guest to the G7, while enabling, covering for and apologising for the ugly Zionist entity.

Meanwhile, the ethnic cleansing continues in Palestine:


While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel,
there should be no business with Israel
In Occupied Palestine
Zionism in practice
Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land
(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand)
04 June 2021 {Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG): http://www.nad.ps/ NB:The period covered by this newsletter is taken from the PMG's 24-hour sitrep ending 8am the day after the above date.}
We shall always do our best to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible [e.g. we often suspect that names of people and places that we see in the PMG sitreps could be typos; also frequently the translation into English seems rather odd ~ but as we do not speak Arabic, we have no alternative but to copy and paste these names from the PMG sitreps!] – please forgive us for any errors or omissions – Leslie and Marian.
Israeli Army attacks
leave 38 wounded
including 2 youngsters

Night peace disruption
in West Bank village

2 attacks – 1 raid –
9 taken prisoner

56 protesters wounded

Economic sabotage
Peace disruption raids: 01:20, Burin.
Palestinian missile attacks: none.
Economic sabotage: Gaza — the Israeli Navy continues to enforce an arbitrary fishing limit.
Israeli Army attack on protesters: Ramallah – 12:00, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters in Ni’lin, wounded two 17-year-old youths: Muhammad Ali Amira and Youssef Hassan Yousef Musa.
Israeli Army attack on protesters: Nablus – 12:30, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters in Beita, wounded 36 people and caused a further 73 tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Jerusalem – 13:30, Rafat village: stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters – 14 wounded: Jerusalem – 19:15, Israeli Occupation forces, firing rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at fans and participants in the Jerusalem Marathon, wounded 14 people and caused 26 tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Ramallah – 13:40, Israeli Occupation forces fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters in Bil'in village, causing a number of tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Ramallah – 18:00, eastern entrance to Sinjil: stun grenades and tear gas canisters fired at protesters.
Israeli Army – armed robbery: Jenin – the Israeli Army seized possession of a bulldozer, owned by a resident in Yabad: Zahran Shayeb Atatreh.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Qalqiliya – 13:20, Israeli Occupation forces fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters in Kafr Qaddoum, causing a number of tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Qalqiliya – 16:05, Eyal crossing: stun grenades and tear gas canisters fired at protesters.
Israeli Army rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters – 4 wounded: Nablus – 14:25, Israeli Occupation forces fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding four people and causing 10 tear gas casualties.
Israeli Army stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Hebron – 14:05, Bab al-Zawiya neighbourhood: stun grenades and tear gas grenades fired towards protesters.
Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Nablus – 01:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided the village of Burin, taking prisoner one person.
Restrictions of movement (13): 11:00-13:35, tightened procedures at Tayasir checkpoint - 15:40, tightened procedures at the Einav checkpoint - 12:05, entrance to Azun - 14:10, tightened procedures at the Huwara checkpoint - 06:15, northern entrance to Jericho - 11:55, Aqbat Hasna - 12:05-13:40, western entrance to Husan village - 20:00-22:05, western entrance to Beit Fajjar - Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing closed - al-Mantar-Karni crossing closed - al-Shujaiyeh crossing (Nahal Oz) closed - Sufa crossing closed - al-Awda Port closed.
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Posted by: Paul | Jun 10 2021 2:19 utc | 230

@229 Paul

Leslie Bravery with the tales of Cowardice - many thanks.

I always look for the positive and it's hard to find here, but if there is any it must lie in the moral degradation of the soldiers of the IDF. It is precisely this, I think, that makes them so afraid - which in turn fuels their cruelty. And all of this is driven by their commanders, while everyone holding so tightly to correctness of position is now very lost and bewildered. They exercise cruelty and anger against the weaker, and quail in the face of the stronger.

There would be little positive in the fact that they are in fact destroying themselves as beings, except that they have made themselves defeated already. And the Resistance knows it.

Nasrallah has repeatedly spoken to this - that Israel cannot fight because its soldiers are terrified. And that fear is now the greatest vulnerability that the Resistance plays on continually.

Nasrallah's speech of May 25 has been translated by Resistance News, and Saker has a transcript:

Nasrallah: Gaza’s victory paves the way for the total Liberation of Palestine (full speech)

He looks weakened from his illness, but I trust this is temporary. His mind is not weakened. The message we hear increasingly now is of the time when the Israelis will take their second passports and their suitcases already packed, and flee back to some other hapless countries - presumably to cry victimhood there. And every atrocity committed in these days will add to the weakness of their case as they flee.

I am increasingly convinced that they would have moved to Crimea if that path had not been foreclosed to them forever.

But it also becomes clear that this flight is exactly what the Israelis will do, as Nasrallah has begun to illustrate in increasing detail. Unlike the people of a land who stay to fight for it, as the Palestinians, the Israelis are in an artificial possession of a place they have no moral tenure in at all, an occupation held only by the security of their violence, which is now crumbling fearsomely. They will flee.

And thus the matter of Israel will become resolved. I see now how possible this all is, and how the Resistance has long gamed all the details and scenarios. Israel will be forced to end itself and to evacuate its inhabitants. I could not have dreamed it but Nasrallah says it and I believe him. It makes complete sense that this will happen.

And in the words of MLK: "How long? Not long."

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 10 2021 3:08 utc | 231

The script so far....

NIH had to outsource coronavirus gof to Wuhan cuz it's a dangerous op banned in USA.
The sloppy chicoms mess it up [sic]


If you believe this crap I've a bridge to sell.

Please dont tell me Fort Detrick, Port down and all those hundreds of threat reduction bio weapon labs littering within and without USA are too queasy to do virus weaponisation !

Even if they wanted to outsource , there'r always their NATO pardners.
For example...
Highly controversial gof work on H5N1, H7N9 were contracted out to the Dutch and Jp. The scientists even publicised their work which cause a hue and cry ! [1]

So why did the ptb allowed NIH to do joint research gof with their declared 'enemy' China ?
It screams...SET UP.

Those who didnt see it initially should get it by now with 20/20 hindsight.
sobs are milking it for all its worth.

They planted a CIA in Wuhan ! [2]

[1]
https://eclinik.net/heres-the-proof-flu-virus-was-deliberately-weaponized-for-widest-transmission/

[2]
https://spitfirelist.com/news/peter-daszaks-ecohealth-alliance-largest-funders-are-pentagon-usaid-state-department-cia/

Posted by: denk | Jun 10 2021 3:54 utc | 232

What we have is 166 Bantustans but no universal suffrage and they call that 'democracy.'

From two former Israeli ambassadors to apartheid South Africa:

This reality reminds us of a story that former Ambassador Avi Primor described in his autobiography about a trip that he took with then-Minister of Defense Ariel Sharon to South Africa in the early 1980s. During the visit, Sharon expressed great interest in South Africa’s bantustan project. Even a cursory look at the map of the West Bank leaves little doubt regarding where Sharon received his inspiration. The West Bank today consists of 165 “enclaves” – that is, Palestinian communities encircled by territory taken over by the settlement enterprise. In 2005, with the removal of settlements from Gaza and the beginning of the siege, Gaza became simply another enclave – a bloc of territory without autonomy, surrounded largely by Israel and thus effectively controlled by Israel as well.

https://www.groundup.org.za/article/israeli-ambassadors-compare-israel-south-africa/


The bantustans of South Africa under the apartheid regime and the map of the occupied Palestinian territories today are predicated on the same idea of concentrating the “undesirable” population in as small an area as possible, in a series of non-contiguous enclaves. By gradually driving these populations from their land and concentrating them into dense and fractured pockets, both South Africa then and Israel today worked to thwart political autonomy and true democracy.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 10 2021 4:03 utc | 233

Grieved @230--

I believe you'll find this item interesting as it touches on the aspect of fleeing. This interview Crooke cites in his latest is also very relevant.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 10 2021 5:21 utc | 234

@ karlof1 with all the pertinent comments....thanks


@ Grieved/karlof1 with the aspect of fleeing Occupied Palestine......I won't post the text from the local community listserve but it recently contained a request for housing for some family moving from Occupied Palestine....not what they called it.....not data but close.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 10 2021 5:56 utc | 235

Posted by Grieved @ 230

Thanks for your reply Sheikh Nasrallah's speech and your encouraging comments, exactly the same thoughts occurred to me.

I presume the former ambassadors are sincere in condemning Apartheid Zionism. Many will now attempt to distance themselves from it because it is obviously is in terminal decline as are its grubby sponsors. Yes, the Zionist project is totally artificial will not last. By contrast the Palestinian people are rooted to their own land. They will prevail and redeem their birthright and property.

Interesting you mention the religious dimension. The importance of the holy places, ALL holy places has been known for some time by all.

Here is a review of a new book, I have already found a new secret treaty I didn't know about:

" Agreement between France, Russia, Great Britain and Italy, April 26, 1915" Article 12 [in French and English] is interesting,

"Italy declares that she associates herself with the declaration made by France, Great Britain and Russia to the effect that Arabia and the Moslem Holy Places in Arabia shall be left under the authority of an independent Moslem Power."

https://johnmenadue.com/newtons-private-ryan-and-the-contradictions-of-war/

If only the parties were prepared to honour their words instead of using them as a springboard for more brigandry and deception.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 10 2021 7:05 utc | 236

Another death from AstraZenica vaccine in Australia:

"A 52-year-old NSW woman has died from blood clots after being given the AstraZeneca vaccine, a tragedy the federal government believes rules out any prospect of the age limit for the vaccine being lowered.
In its weekly vaccination update released on Thursday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration announced the woman was among four cases over the past week who developed thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), the rare blood-clotting triggered by the immune system’s response to the AstraZeneca vaccine."

https://www.tga.gov.au/periodic/covid-19-vaccine-weekly-safety-report-10-06-2021

What Big Pharma don't acknowledge is all pharmesuticals have side effects. Beware of them all.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 10 2021 8:15 utc | 237

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 9 2021 20:39 utc | 220

But the present historical reality is based on the fall of the USSR, the Dengist de facto alliance with the US ….

Correct, but that is a de facto situation not a de jure one. The fall of the USSR did not imply the signing of any document or legislation unlike WWII, nor did it generate new institutions like the UN, Nurenberg Tribunal, Bretton Woods, etc. etc. And that is due to a fact that you mention in your well informed post, the US was swept by triumphalism, they could not believe their eyes when Gorbachev gave the whole shop away without asking for anything in return, it was all words, like the GDR not becoming part or NATO or the alliance moving one inch to the east, and that is why Lavrov goes back to the only legal base for international law, the outcome of WWII since declaring victory in a Cold War by the US was just that, words, not solid documents.

Russia is not a continuator of the USSR

Correct again, there is no way Russia and the USSR could be compared, population, army, economy, area of influence, etc, but legally Russia inherited the responsibilities and obligations of the USSR so technically she is a continuator, a diminished one no question about it.

After the fall of the USSR, US triumphalism deemed it a unipolar world...but the idea that this was ever "tolerable" because somehow the US was paying its bills, supporting the provinces is ludicrous.

Correct again, but the US “paying the bills” was in quotation marks and easily understood as irony, no colonizing power pays any bills, to the contrary, the colonies are the ones that pay the bills.

The apologists for the US always pretended there was a Third World that failed because of its own moral and cultural inferiority, not because that's the kind of world imperialism makes.

Could not agree more to that, it confirms the previous point, imperialism does not pay any bill, it collects and crushes the lemon to the last drop.

In any case your post is really interesting and as usual worth pondering, it is quite helpful to listen to different points of views expressed with a solid base.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 10 2021 10:20 utc | 238

karlof1 | Jun 10 2021 5:21 utc | 233

Thanks for the link to Crookes article. (Why Did 72% of Israelis Want Attack on Gaza to Continue? May 31, 2021)

Both of the links @ 233 were very interesting, but I found the most interesting concept to be at the end of the Crooke designated article.
The two people were discussing ways to have separated states within the same areas, and not getting into an "Apartheid v Democracy v armed suppression" scenario.

Which is the creation of two "conjoined" states. Several "versions" were mentioned, ie. Yugoslavia et al.

One that place they did not think of was Vanuatu, when it was an English-French "Condominium". Where your Representive, Government, centres of social life and laws were dictated by the language that you spoke (local Hebridean languages were mostly excluded, as you might expect).

There had been a previous attempt by the French and English to solve a problem of cohabitation in 1887 (see below). Althought this was based on language spoken, or on the Islands with a majority of one or another linguistic groups, there was also a division by religion into Protestant OR Catholic. The locals did not get much say in the political set-up, and even less in the religious part.

As it was set up just after WWI, the period was one of "empire building" and Territorial expansion by the "Powers" in the Pacific. (France, UK, Germany, even the US got in there somewhere.) WWII changed the face of the zones of Influence to include the US and the "cargo-cult" in Vanuatu. But that does not apply to the Condominium, which continued until independence in July 30, 1980 when the "New Hebrides" became Vanuatu.

After the second world war, the original problem of land ownership came back. Quote: After the war, local political initiatives originated in concern over land ownership. At that time more than one-third of the New Hebrides continued to be owned by foreigners.

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OK. It seems to me that such system, although probably not viable in the long run (many years), could at least be the basis for an equitable separation of the two peoples now in Israel. Language use is a definitive separator. One grief that the Palestinians have is that they are under Military law, which very rarely, if ever, gives an equitable ruling. (99% of childeren accused of throwing stones are condemned, often without either lawyers or family present, and where the language used is Hebrew. 7 year old kids are "judged" under this system.) Israeli-Palestinians face a different biaised court for civil actions, where they simply do not win either. (Sheik Jarrah still to come, no bets on who the "Judgement" will favour)

I would not yet propose a new "order" for Israel, but a dual system of Governence IS possible, with different courts and means. Sticking points would be overall Parliamental authority based on mutual discussion and choices. Where the "mutual" part would come from is a question, as it would require "good faith" from the two groups. .....and land "ownwership" would have to be resolved. Which brings up the theft of Palestinian lands and property.

****
Addition to earlier info; To protect the interests of the mainly British missionaries and mainly French planters, the British and French governments established rudimentary political control with a Joint Naval Commission in 1887.

This arrangement was succeeded in 1906 by an Anglo-French condominium, under which resident commissioners in the capital, Port-Vila, retained responsibility over their own nationals and jointly ruled the indigenous people.

Link for Info on Vanuatu; https://www.britannica.com/place/Vanuatu/Government-and-society.

I am leaving out the bit about it being a tax-haven at the moment!

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 10 2021 10:39 utc | 239

karlof1 @ 199:

The Treason Act 1795 does not refer to the Queen of Great Britain at the time because she (Queen Charlotte) was only the Queen Consort of King George III and therefore did not have the power or authority to open Parliament or to attend its sessions.

The acts that you mention @ 197 up to 1901 refer to Queen Victoria who was the reigning Queen at the time and who had the same powers and authority that King George III had. Her husband held the position of Prince Consort up until his death in December 1861. Victoria never married again and died after 39 years of widowhood in 1901.

Posted by: Jen | Jun 10 2021 11:08 utc | 240

Dr. Fauci: "Attacks On Me Are Attacks On Science"

let me fix that:

G-d Fauci: Believe in Me. Attacks on Me are attacks on G-d Science.

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/dr-faucis-preposterous-lie-attacks-me-are-attacks-science

Posted by: librul | Jun 10 2021 12:44 utc | 241

Keiko Fujimori Seeks Annulment of 200,000 Votes

"The losing candidate in Sunday’s presidential election in Peru, Keiko Fujimori, has begun the process to appeal for the annulment of 802 voting stations, which her campaign says is equivalent to 200,000 votes.

In particular, Fujimori’s team will go after the votes obtained by her rival in the center and south of the country and in areas where teacher Pedro Castillo obtained a high number of votes. "

Posted by: arby | Jun 10 2021 14:06 utc | 242

Paco@237 Thanks for the kind words. The emphasis on the de jure aspect of Lavrov/Russia UN worship is a point. But I can't help but feel that exalting the UN post-WWII is not just too much like calling for a return to New Testament Christianity. De jure the UN after WWII gave the veto to Taiwan. De jure the UN after WWII permitted the formation of other international organizations like the OAS or NATO. De jure the equality of nations was quite ambiguous in regards to the newly independent states, which is why the formation of the state of Israel was so easily accomplished. De jure the permanent members of the Security Council are superior to the common states, a contradiction in the principle of the equal sovereignty to be sure, but there from the beginning. De jure the democratization of interstate relations is forbidden by the lesser status of the General Assembly, even as Lavrov calls for a compact with US imperialism is the goal. That of course is my view.

The thing about de jure, I think, is that the UN Security Council is set up to block any international law that doesn't get the agreement of the permanent members, regardless of the people (or even---especially?---other non-permanent members of the Security Council) the powers can go ahead and do their thing with their own organizations, like OAS (or today like WTO,) that is, the rules of the road. The UN does not have exclusive authority, never did, not even de jure.

Not so personal a view, but possibly even the majority view is that even solid documents are still words. Still, I suppose verbal agreements are worth the paper they're written on too?

You're right that I missed any irony in the phrase "paying the bills." In my defense, the so-called Soviet "empire" did actually tend to subsidize its alleged provinces (especially after the first years when reparations for the devastation were being exacted.) Putin recently tried to equate the USSR and the US as imperialist overreach, something I commented on recently.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 10 2021 14:14 utc | 243

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