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July 01, 2021

Open Thread 2021-050

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Who would have imagined then that Bagram, built by the soviets, would some day be occupied by the USA for 20 years, to leave just like the builders.

Here a clip from the Russian film Devyataya Rota, the ninth company, it’s supposed to be Bagram airbase with a warm welcome to the newcomers.

https://youtu.be/uqJziglPkZQ

Posted by: Paco | Jul 2 2021 14:17 utc | 101

After the meeting with William J. Burns (CIA), Brazilian president Jair Messias Bolsonaro has come to public declaring that, if Lula is elected in 2022, there will be "social convulsion".

Let the military coup/color revolution begin.

Posted by: vk | Jul 2 2021 14:30 utc | 102

look at https://thegrayzone.com and make up your own mind

We don't have to pick sides. MoA aired his grievances, he did not ask us to pick sides. Grayzone's coverage of Mordor's belligerent antics in Latin America is outstanding. They are good at documenting their sources, MoA says that they leave out how they found those sources. But their writing is still good. MoA's is excellent at how he chooses his references which is why I read his writing. The lazy people in the MSM take the easy path and let the govt do it for them with 'anonymous govt officials'. They are the real criminals.

Max Blumenthal was arrested in DC covering the takeover of the Venezuelan Embassy by the Guaido delegation. As far as I am concerned, he is one of the good guys, especially compared to the State Media goons on FOX and CNN.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 2 2021 14:40 utc | 103

On his press conference with the Bahrein FM Lavrov remarked that ISIS is under control in Irak and Syria but... seems like the yihadi express is running to Afghanistan, and it would not be surprising that the US goes away but leaves behind his selected "freedom fighters", Stallone could come back and go for Rocky X.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 2 2021 14:51 utc | 104

Chairman Mao ‘sees prosperous China’ at gala as 1.4 billion people’s embracing of CPC shocks world

"Write this down: we will never do to Mao Zedong what Khrushchev did to Stalin at the twentieth Congress of the CPSU." - Deng Xiaoping, 1980

Posted by: vk | Jul 2 2021 15:06 utc | 105

The rage in Canada about the treatment of first nations people is long overdue. Catholic churches are being burned and desecrated and statues of the former prime minister McDonald and of Queen Elizabeth are being torn down. But I'm quite sure the statues of Samuel Champlain will be left standing. The founder of Quebec did something the British and Spanish colonizers never did. He befriended the native people and treated them with dignity and respect. He even encouraged French men (but not women) to go and live with the first nations people. Champlain tried hard to keep the Jesuits out of New France and succeeded for a long time, knowing they would be deadly to the natives. Eventually he was worn down by the political power of the catholic church and the threats to withhold financing for the French colony unless the Jesuits were allowed in. There's a good biography of the founder of Quebec titled "Champlain's Dream." The best way for the Canadian government to make amends to the first nations people would be to stop the building of all pipelines on their land.

Posted by: Chas | Jul 2 2021 15:32 utc | 106

just getting back to the thread about the heat wave...

"On Sunday, [Lytton, Alberta] set a record for top temperature in Canada at 116 degrees. The following day, it broke it again with 118 degrees. On Tuesday, the record went up to 121 degrees."

and now the entire town is gone. they had about 15 minutes to evacuate and now it's nothing but ash.

see also: old people in BC were dropping like flies after days of 40C+ temperatures. as shitty as it was i kept thinking of "liberated" people in iraq that had these temperatures months on end with no electricity or water. could be worse, i guess?

Posted by: the pair | Jul 2 2021 15:46 utc | 107

@109 "He even encouraged French men (but not women) to go and live with the first nations people."

I don't think the early trappers and voyageurs needed much encouragement to take first nation wives.

Posted by: dh | Jul 2 2021 16:08 utc | 108

@ John Cleary (# 91) & Peter AU1 (# 92),

Australia regularly hails its history of being involved in every major American & British conflicts over the past century. Australia is a SUZERAINTY of the Financial Empire and a member of SIX Eyes. What happens to Australia’s administrators who don’t follow the Empire’s orders? Aren’t they overthrown?

“Arrogance is a defining characteristic of factional thugs... there is no longer any intellectual integrity in the factions”
– Kevin Rudd

However, the conclusion that it is not a single individual but a RING (Owners/Group/Network) driving the global empire’s plans stand. This power hierarchy includes, OWNERS, financiers, lawyers, business elites, media ...

"The true equation is 'democracy' = government by world financiers...The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or what is most important of all, the banker of the backer. Enthroned above all, in a manner without parallel in all past, is the veiled prophet of finance, swaying all men living by a sort of magic, and delivering oracles in a language not understanded [sic] of the people."
--- J.R.R. Tolkien, Candour Magazine, 13 July 1956, p. 12

Posted by: Max | Jul 2 2021 16:14 utc | 109

Oops... Fixed the link in (#112)

This networks includes, OWNERS, financiers, lawyers, business elites,...

Posted by: Max | Jul 2 2021 16:18 utc | 110

John Cleary 95

why do you want me to find a legal basis? Howard considered the US the sheriff of the world and Australia the deputy sheriff.
Do your own research to see if there is a legal basis for that.

From wikipedia
"The Republic of Nicaragua v. The United States of America (1986)[2] was a case where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held that the U.S. had violated international law by supporting the Contras in their rebellion against the Sandinistas and by mining Nicaragua's harbors. The case was decided in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States with the awarding of reparations to Nicaragua.

The Court had 15 final decisions upon which it voted. The Court found in its verdict that the United States was "in breach of its obligations under customary international law not to use force against another State", "not to intervene in its affairs", "not to violate its sovereignty", "not to interrupt peaceful maritime commerce", and "in breach of its obligations under Article XIX of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Parties signed at Managua on 21 January 1956." In Statement 9, the Court stated that while the U.S. encouraged human rights violations by the Contras by the manual entitled Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare, this did not make such acts attributable to the U.S.[3]

The United States refused to participate in the proceedings, arguing that the ICJ lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. The U.S. also blocked enforcement of the judgment by the United Nations Security Council and thereby prevented Nicaragua from obtaining any compensation.[4] Nicaragua, under the later, post-FSLN government of Violeta Chamorro, withdrew the complaint from the court in September 1992 following a repeal of the law which had required the country to seek compensation.[5]"

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 16:40 utc | 111

John Cleary

Legalities are functional to a certain extent if it concerns normal stuff like somebody pinching teevees or whatever but when it comes to government stuff, national interest is the trump card that over rides all else (judges take into consideration "national interest") and then there are gag orders which males for secret trials or court cases.

Why ask for legalities when there is no law?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 16:52 utc | 112

Hang on, I was wrong in that last sentence. The is actually a law that covers this. The law of force.
Yep, looks like it was legal as Iraq was successfully destroyed.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 16:56 utc | 113

Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 16:40 utc | 114

John Cleary 95

why do you want me to find a legal basis? Howard considered the US the sheriff of the world and Australia the deputy sheriff.
Do your own research to see if there is a legal basis for that.


Well, I'd have thought that was obvious. Perhaps not.
The legal basis for Howard's action was the royal prerogative.
I assume you know that the Treason Felony Act also rules in Australia?

Or don't you?

It sounds like you do not, since you characterize the royal personage as "ceremonial".

I can understand a position that she has no power. But then you have to explain where the power comes from. That's why I asked you the question.

All I got in return was handwaving. And now you want me to do the research for your handwaving.

Sorry. You make a claim, you back it up.

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 2 2021 17:09 utc | 114

John Cleary "The legal basis for Howard's action was the royal prerogative.
I assume you know that the Treason Felony Act also rules in Australia?"

Spell that out a bit more for me in case I am misunderstanding you. The royal prerogative and how you think it does or does not apply in Australia.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 17:21 utc | 115

This is just from wikipedia but I take it that is is reasonably accurate.

In the case of Australia, the royal prerogative is vested specifically in the Governor-General of Australia for military affairs, rather than the monarch, and is defined by the Constitution of Australia.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 17:32 utc | 116

@ Peter AU1 (# 119),

Hope this article helps in furthering the understanding of Australia’s control system.

The British-American coup that ended Australian independence by John Pilger

Australia is under close surveillance by the Empire with the help of its intelligence agencies, political and business elites. Any of its PM asserting country’s autonomy is sacked by the archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, and invites a coupmaster. So much for being a democracy.

“Australians had served every British imperial adventure since the Boxer rebellion was crushed in China… the names of leading figures in both main parties, including a future prime minister and foreign minister, served as Washington’s informants during the Whitlam years… the CIA had infiltrated the Australian political and trade union elite and referred to the governor-general of Australia, Sir John Kerr, as “our man Kerr”. Kerr was not only the Queen’s man, he had longstanding ties to Anglo-American intelligence… “We knew MI6 was bugging cabinet meetings for the Americans.” …

On 11 November – the day Whitlam was to inform parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia – he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The “Whitlam problem” was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.”

Posted by: Max | Jul 2 2021 18:00 utc | 117

John Cleary "The legal basis for Howard's action was the royal prerogative.
I assume you know that the Treason Felony Act also rules in Australia?"

Spell that out a bit more for me in case I am misunderstanding you. The royal prerogative and how you think it does or does not apply in Australia.


The TFA is law at the STATE level. Each state (apart from Western Australia and I guess Northern Territory) passed this law during the reign of Queen Victoria.


The Governor General and Queen Elizabeth are both actors in Australian politics.


This is just from wikipedia but I take it that is is reasonably accurate.

In the case of Australia, the royal prerogative is vested specifically in the Governor-General of Australia for military affairs, rather than the monarch, and is defined by the Constitution of Australia.

Are you now saying that Howard invaded Iraq on the say so of the Governor General? And that therefore the Monarch is ceremonial?

Seems like we are back to Gough Whitlam. Do you believe Kerr made that decision without reference to his boss?

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 2 2021 18:02 utc | 118

Max

Snap!

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 2 2021 18:04 utc | 119

John Cleary

What the fuck are you on about. Your very first question on this subject I thought contained a large amount of irony and answered in a light hearted manner.

What point are you trying to make? You mentioned treason in relation to Howard but do not say why you think it is or is not the case.

Put your thoughts on the subject up or fuck off. At the moment, you a looking something of a nutter with scrambled thoughts.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 18:25 utc | 120

Bye bye Peter

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 2 2021 18:46 utc | 121

bye bye and good riddance John. You have shown your colours.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 18:54 utc | 122

@96 Well Justin doesn't approve of church burning. And he's had a haircut so watch out...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-churches-arson-attacks-1.6088237

Posted by: dh | Jul 2 2021 20:05 utc | 123

50 years ago
King Snake
stopped crawling.
In Paris.


Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown

Now, not anymore alone.
From Abélard & Héloise to Achille Zavata, hundred of people of interest there

https://pere-lachaise.com/tombes-et-celebrites-au-pere-lachaise/

Posted by: Rêver | Jul 2 2021 20:56 utc | 124

Looks like health care workers have in oz to make the choice between blood clots or Pfizers side effects.

This link was put up in the other thread. Study commissioned by the US CDC and published in the new England journal of medicine.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2104983
"Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) resulted in a pregnancy loss and 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth (mostly among participants with vaccination in the third trimester). Adverse neonatal outcomes included preterm birth (in 9.4%) and small size for gestational age (in 3.2%); no neonatal deaths were reported."

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/support-for-mandatory-vaccination-of-residential-aged-care-workers
National Cabinet endorsed the decision of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all residential aged care workers by mid-September 2021, when they are required to have at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A fee of $80 per staff member, per dose, for going off-site for vaccination; and
Paid sick leave if unwell after vaccination and the staff member has no other leave entitlements – a day’s paid leave (at a rate of $185).

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 2 2021 21:34 utc | 125

Walter @101--

Your way with words is exceptional! I hope you've been keeping up with Matthew Ehret's articles at Strategic-Culture. His latest effort published yesterday provides a few facts I wasn't aware of--Eleanor's refusal to have an autopsy performed on FDR and this commentary by Prouty I somehow have never read. IMO, Prouty's revelations are far more important than Ehret's article, and are deserving of copy/pasting here en toto, but I'll limit myself to this last, not so new, revelation:

"In 1953, in a toast before the New York Press Club, John Swinton, former Chief of Staff of the New York Times and the "Dean of his Profession" stated: (part extracted)

"'If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of journalists is to destroy the truth; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell this country and this race for their daily bread. We are the tools and vessels for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.'"

That's one hell of a confession that should grace the frontispiece of every Journalism text and be the topic of the first lecture for those starting 9th Grade--waiting for College is far too late. As for the question of FDR being assassinated, the Brits and their US Fascist allies sure had motive. The link at the bottom of Prouty's essay goes to a short list of other commentary he wrote that all barflies will want to read.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 2 2021 22:54 utc | 126

In the UK there is some optimism that July 19th will be freedom day:

Freedom at last! Boris is set to lift almost ALL legal Covid restrictions on July 19 under new plan revealed next week... but warns a few 'extra precautions' may need to stay in place.

This is, of course, another Johnson lie. What will happen is that there will be a month or two of relative freedom but by September/October the government will be seeking to lock down again for the winter months:

"Cabinet Office minister Penny Mordaunt said yesterday: 'If it's a choice between having the economy locked down and wearing a face mask to go into a shop, people will wear a mask. But I hope we won't have to do that.'

"Miss Mordaunt acknowledged some restrictions could return this winter. She told Times Radio she believed that people 'will be up for' social distancing again if it meant keeping the economy open.

"A blueprint for the plans include bringing back face masks, social distancing, working from home and limits on indoor gather if winter outbreaks lead to a big rise in infections and puts pressure on the NHS,..."

What the government is really planning is to keep the lockdowns going for the next five years:

"Contingency winter plans ‘could see masks and social distancing for the next five years’

"A draft blueprint drawn up by health officials could see masks and social distancing continue in England for the next five years, according to reports.

Under these contingency plans, ministers would be able to pick which restrictions might be needed for the winter months in the event of future outbreaks,..."

Source: Covid UK news – live: Merkel offers travel hope to Britons as Delta variant cases soar four-fold in a month (The Independent)"

This is utter madness but will continue until' people stand up and say enough is enough. The longer this goes on the more difficult it will ever be to return to normal.

This is what is in store for us if allow this to continue:

Pseudopandemic

It is time for the left and b to re-examine their position on the plandemic.

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 2 2021 22:56 utc | 127

Mint Press's Alan MacLeod has a long and hard hitting take down of Saagar Enjeti, Krystal Ball's side kick and right wing populist (except he's rich). I went through a 6 month period watching their show "Rising" and was sort of hooked at their schtick in which they argue that the right wing and left wing working class have a lot in common and that the elites in both U.S. political parties are the enemy. MacLeod did a thorough dig into Enjeti's past: the Hudson Institute, total neo-con, Republican elites, China haters. I'd like to see more digging into the young "right wing populists" who appear on the show. They pose as "woke righties" but the audience is Sandernistas. Now, it just comes off as fake. Seems like Ayn Rand groupies-- wannabe super intellects who are very ambitious and looking for themes that have some buzz; in this case their target is the discouraged spoiled American lefties who apparently are buying it. Kind of weird that Krystal Ball stays with him but they have a niche and a money stream...

https://www.mintpressnews.com/saagar-enjeti-pseudo-populist-mainlining-neocon-ideas-progressive-politics/277833/

Posted by: migueljose | Jul 2 2021 23:24 utc | 128

fyi


https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/donald-rumsfeld-death-absolute-monster-critics-reflect-his-legacy
'An absolute monster': Rumsfeld critics reflect on his life and death
The only regret opponents have is that the former secretary of defence was never 'brought to justice for his horrific crimes.'


....."Rumsfeld gave the orders that resulted in the abuse and torture of hundreds of prisoners in US custody in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. This should be at the top of every obituary," said Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, just after the death was announced....

....."Donald Rumsfeld was an absolute monster. My deep condolences to his victims in Iraq and Afghanistan because they did not have the opportunity to see him brought to justice for his horrific crimes," Ali Abunimah, author and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, said of his passing..."

"...It is estimated that the war on terror resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, but the true number may never be known, as Rumsfeld directed the US military to not compile or release body counts....."


The fact is, the american press and others always underestimated the actual death figures of Rumsfeld's most terrible and unforgivable war. Here is a likely more accurate estimate, by Nicolas J.S. Davies from Consortium News:

https://archive.is/7whVC
How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars? – Part One: Iraq

".....IBC has now updated its death count for the period up to June 2006 to 52,209, reducing its ratio to violent deaths in the 2006 Lancet study to 11.5:1. If we apply the method of JFP’s Iraqi Death Estimator from July 2007 to the present using that updated ratio, and add it to ORB’s estimate of 1.03 million killed by June 2007, we can arrive at a current estimate of the total number of Iraqis killed since 2003. This cannot possibly be as accurate as a comprehensive new mortality study.But, in my judgment, this is the most accurate estimate we can make based on what we do know.

That gives us an estimate of 2.38 million Iraqis killed since 2003, as a result of the criminal American and British invasion of Iraq....."

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jul 2 2021 23:48 utc | 129

A long time ago I trusted Wikipedia. A long time ago.
Was that a mistake or was there a time when it could actually be trusted?

Posted by: librul | Jul 2 2021 23:57 utc | 130

@133 Probably all part of a natural process. I think a lot of us had high hopes for wiki at one time. Google was great at first too. Heck some of us even joined Facebook.

Posted by: dh | Jul 3 2021 0:10 utc | 131

@134 I was probably a little harsh there. Wiki is OK for some things. Google is a money making racket but I use it. Facebook is fine if you are the friendly type (I'm not) or you have something to promote (I don't). I do like Messenger.

Posted by: dh | Jul 3 2021 0:32 utc | 132

dh librul

non political stuff I often find it has a good summary of all the bits and pieces of information I can find elsewhere.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 0:37 utc | 133

Confucius sez

Its rude not to return a favor.....

I said so long ago,
Dont get mad, get even.

Two can play at this game.

China backs Argentina claim over the Malvina.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1456466/Falkland-Islands-news-China-Argentina-Chinese-sovereignty-United-Nations-UN

Posted by: denk | Jul 3 2021 3:12 utc | 134

Mina #103

Thank you for the list of herbals. I can suggest one drop of teatree oil added to a bottle for nasal spray to keep the airway in good order. This is found on the chemist shelves for regular air travellers to assist with cleansing and a prophylactic.

On the imperfect vaccine concept I found this contribution from our erstwhile mathematicians: https://phys.org/news/2014-11-vaccines-imperfect-math-effects-disease.html This seems to suggest it is going to be a long haul.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 3 2021 3:26 utc | 135

ADKC #130

Thank you for that peek into the englander circumstance. If that is the outcome for five years then capitalism is kaput, the small community economies will be in ruins and the obstruction to adopting medications and promoting vaccines will reverse.

There is a growing body of evidence indicating the single minded (western brand) vaccine approach is inadequate for the task.

The englanders have a clapped out capitalism that is unfit for the people's purpose and might likely revert to an earlier model or even a transformational model. While China demonstrates calm and managed growth with its 'mixed economy' model and year after year exhibits the emergence of a successful modern scientific society, the west will be mired in inadequacy and fumbling ineptitude.

The times are certainly changing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 3 2021 4:18 utc | 136

Max #120

On 11 November – the day Whitlam was to inform parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia – he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The “Whitlam problem” was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.”

Thank you. Even when that scabby little queen of the englanders is formally advised of the malfeasance of her governor and governor general on other significant issues, she does nothing. She pretends innocence as she hides behind the westminster shield. She is the head of the snake, the sine qua non of global capitalist hegemony. Her minions in Oz mostly continue on their way totally careless about their state, consuming their daily soma and aghast that any one would consider this queen to be lower than a blacksnakes belly.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 3 2021 5:14 utc | 137

Max 120

Had missed your reply until I saw uncle tungsten's comment and went back to read it.

I had looked at that some time ago, Pilger plus others. That is how Australia operates.
Most Australians watch tv reality shows and believe Australia is an independent sovereign country.

Those pricks are traitors to the Australian people but loyal to the monarch who according to our constitution is or head of state. The monarch is basically a rubber stamp for the schemes cooked up by the slimy shit that call themselves or are royalists.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 5:25 utc | 138

MSM censorship by omission:

https://fair.org/home/key-assange-witness-recants-with-zero-corporate-media-coverage/


Short Palestine doco, even a cook book with the name of Palestine on the cover is hard to publish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-97MmEumeA

Israel's war on truth:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56608.htm

Posted by: Paul | Jul 3 2021 7:45 utc | 139

Pic of Russia's directed energy weapon
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5ZvxfIbSYEk/maxresdefault.jpg

A lot of wheels under it as Hoarsewhisperer some time ago. Nuclear reactor for power. Russia now fields many types of small reactors for power generation.

OSCE were have problems with drone falling out of the sky in Ukraine with fried electronics. Small time stuff.
In trump's first missile attack on the airfield in Syria, less than a third of the Tomahawks launched crossed the coast. Tomahawks have inertial navigation, sat positioning from time to time to correct drift. With inertial navigation, jamming simply means they will have a larger scattering near the target area. No sam missiles were launched.

Russia has made huge technical breakthroughs with with its new strategic weapons systems. No doubt they have made the same breakthroughs in the field of directed energy and fielded a combat capable - all weather - directed energy weapon..

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 7:49 utc | 140

Peter AU1 #143

That directed energy gadget looks about right to stash in a container and move about away from prying eyes.

I agree with your assessment of the vanishing Tomahawks. I guess that concentrated the minds of the USA monkeys on the launch ships as they would have seen the blank spaces on radar. They might be needed again in the next month or two as the new Israel PM struts his stuff.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 3 2021 8:16 utc | 141

‘Idiotic’: Fury in Ukraine after female soldiers made to march in heels

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/03/idiotic-fury-in-ukraine-after-female-soldiers-made-to-march-in-heels

Wonderful. Some great fotos too!

What daft fools run the Ukraine

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 3 2021 9:07 utc | 142

@Rêver | Jul 2 2021 20:56 utc | 127

50 years ago
King Snake stopped crawling.
In Paris.

Thank you, he was a great poet.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 3 2021 9:39 utc | 143

Tide is changing
A Syrian man who has been a refugee in the Netherlands since 2014 should be jailed for 27 years for his role in the killing of a Syrian army officer, the Dutch public prosecution service said on Friday. Ahmad al K has also been charged with leading a terrorist organisation, hence the severity of the sentencing demand. Al K fled to the Netherlands after deserting Assad’s army but is now suspected of having a leadership role in a group allied to Jabhat al-Nusra in between the two events. Key to the trial is a nine-minute video which was shown in court and which depicts how the injured soldier was taken to the banks of the Euphrates river by jeep and shot at least 26 times. Al K told the court that he was been forced into joining the killing and had deliberately missed the victim. But the public prosecution department says the video evidence shows he hit the soldier at least once. Al K was arrested in Kapelle in Zeeland in 2019, after his name turned up in a German investigation. The arrest was a shock in the locality as Al K was known as a friendly man who played football at the local club and went to the village church. Resistance against Assad’s regime is legitimate, ‘but not in the way this happened,’ the Telegraaf quoted the prosecutor as telling the court. ‘The motive here was revenge because he … served in Assad’s army, which Ahmad al-K had been part of not so long before.

Posted by: Tom2 | Jul 3 2021 11:47 utc | 144

@Posted by: Paul | Jul 3 2021 7:45 utc | 142

"Israel's war on truth"

On June 8th, 1967 the IDF tried to sink the USS Liberty as a false flag
against Egypt.

The IDF torpedoes appear not to have been up to the job.

This begs the question whether the US, with it's
"special, unbreakable, relationship with Israel"
later supplied Israel with new and improved torpedoes.


Posted by: librul | Jul 3 2021 12:52 utc | 145

Peter AU 1

Thank you for re-posting the NEJM article. It appeared at the end of a rather contentious thread.

Kindly note that of the 127 study participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester 104 experienced spontaneous abortion. That is an 82% rate of spontaneous abortion. It was more, much more, than disingenuous of the researchers who found this result to confound the numbers by including 700 third trimester vaccinees when calculating their percentages. By definition a result similar to a spontaneous abortion that occurs in third trimester will be called a stillbirth. Of those study participants who had the possibility of a spontaneous abortion 82% did have a spontaneous abortion.

The researchers who found this result and most commenters on the previous thread found these numbers completely unremarkable. Am I really the only one who finds this rather important?


Posted by: oldhippie | Jul 3 2021 16:04 utc | 146

Does hasbara sink and bury comments by posting a lengthy post, or numerous posts, soon after
an observation about Zioisrael?

Posted by: librul | Jul 3 2021 16:33 utc | 147

oldhippie wrote:

Kindly note that of the 127 study participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester 104 experienced spontaneous abortion.
______________________________________________________
I don't know where you got that from?? There were a little under 3000 women in the study that got the first dose of the vaccine while they had been pregnant less than 6 mos. That would make 104 spontaneous abortions in that group about 3.5% of the the women.

Quoting from the report:
"Receipt of a first dose of vaccine meeting registry-eligibility criteria was reported by 92 participants (2.3%) during the periconception period, by 1132 (28.6%) in the first trimester of pregnancy, by 1714 (43.3%) in the second trimester, and by 1019 (25.7%) in the third trimester"

The report notes that this is very preliminary. A complete picture won't be known until maybe 6 mos down the road.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 3 2021 17:27 utc | 149

jinn @ 149

I got that by reading. And reading again. And again. Yes, I know about the 3000 odd original group.

Cannot help you with reading comprehension.

It is not that hard to read most published medical papers. Many seem very afraid of them. No reason for that. There does seem to be a cohort that simply does not wish to know much, another cohort dedicated to dissimulation.

It ain’t preliminary for the fetus that expired. It is quite permanent.

And plainly no one cares. Be happy with what MSM force feeds you.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jul 3 2021 18:27 utc | 150

Oldhippie wrote

Yes, I know about the 3000 odd original group.
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So how did you manage to turn the roughly 3000 into your number of 127?
You claim there were only 127 study participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester.

The report says nothing about 127 study participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester - that is something you made up.

What it does say:

"Receipt of a first dose of vaccine meeting registry-eligibility criteria was reported by 92 participants (2.3%) during the periconception period, by 1132 (28.6%) in the first trimester of pregnancy, by 1714 (43.3%) in the second trimester, and by 1019 (25.7%) in the third trimester"

Please quote where the report even vaguely suggests the number is anything different than the 92+1132+1714 = 2938

Posted by: jinn | Jul 3 2021 18:46 utc | 151

It ain’t preliminary for the fetus that expired. It is quite permanent.

And plainly no one cares. Be happy with what MSM force feeds you.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jul 3 2021 18:27 utc | 150

A certain percentage of pregnancy is naturally prematurely terminated. I tried to look up stats and they were higher, either because of good health and young age of the volunteers, or because of something messed up in statistics I have seen. If you have reason to believe that the percentage of miscarriages was abnormally high in the vaccination study, let us know.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 3 2021 19:23 utc | 152

Clarification: miscarriage percentage statistics for "general population" were higher than 3%, more like 8% for the youngest group and higher for older ones, than for the vaccination study.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 3 2021 19:25 utc | 153

oldhippie 146

Have sent a link of that, plus a link to the Swiss report to my daughter. I am hoping she will look at it shortly as that sort of thing is in her line of work, also we are getting close to a point of mandatory vaccinations for health workers which for her would mean either the mRNA or the Austra Zenica though the government are currently recommending Austra Zenica for over sixties and Pfizer for under sixties.

If there is anything interesting in the feedback from my daughter I will post it here.
When this covid stuff kicked off, I sent her the Jack Ma report on what China had found with the disease. At that time there hospital had cancelled all elective procedure and were on standby in case the government hospital was swamped by covid patients. At that time my daughter, a nurse, Said they had been told nothing about the disease, what PPE and other preparation they needed. She passed the Jack Ma report around to all the other nurses at that hospital so they had a reasonable knowledge of covid.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 19:55 utc | 154

As I have previously noted in these pages my wife is formerly an editor for JAMA. She knows how to read a medical paper. She reads this one exactly as I do. Her take on this is those who can’t see 104 and 127 have not read the paper at all, are the type who want someone else to do the work and will accept what they are told. Or they are plain stupid. Or they are playing games.

I vote for playing games. It is never possible to accurately assess intent or motive. There is also black and white on a page.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jul 3 2021 20:14 utc | 155

where would we be without our wives??

Posted by: james | Jul 3 2021 20:21 utc | 156

@ migueljose | Jul 2 2021 23:24 utc | 128... that was an insightful article.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Jul 3 2021 20:27 utc | 157

I mostly looked at the stats of those vaccinated in the third trimester. I will have to read it again for the stats on the other stages of pregnancy, but what I have seen to date in that pregnancy report, plus the Swiss report on the "coincidental" deaths give a pretty good picture of these rushed out mRNA vaccines.

What is JAMA? Its obviously a medical publication but I cant find an 'About' page there.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 20:51 utc | 158

Re: The Grayzone

I agree that Norton and Blumenthal can be arrogant tools who have no qualms ripping off ideas from other journalists/analysts. But Aaron Maté and their guest columnists seem above board.

Posted by: Antibody | Jul 3 2021 20:59 utc | 159

New National Security Strategy published in Russia, basically all the statements of Lavrov and Putin as of late concerning the west have been institutionalized.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 3 2021 21:11 utc | 160

Piotr Berman wrote:

Clarification: miscarriage percentage statistics for "general population" were higher than 3%
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If you read the report it states:

"Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) resulted in a pregnancy loss and 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth"


Eventually all 3958 participants will have a completed pregnancy one way or another. When completed, the percentage of lost pregnancies will likely be much higher than 3%. Over time, the percentage can only grow higher.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 3 2021 21:15 utc | 161

To add to jinn's comment, the losses in completed pregnancy's of women vaccinated in their third trimester stand at close to 14% loss rate.
It will be interesting to see if that study continues until all pregnancies (those vaccinated in first and second trimester) in that study have been completed or if it will be shut down.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 21:26 utc | 162

oldhippie says:

those who can’t see 104 and 127 have not read the paper at all, are the type who want someone else to do the work and will accept what they are told.
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All you have to do is quote where in the report it says 127 was the number of study participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester as you claim. You have provided zero evidence for that claim.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2104983
I already quoted twice where the study clearly and definitively contradicts your claim.

The report states:
"Receipt of a first dose of vaccine meeting registry-eligibility criteria was reported by 92 participants (2.3%) during the periconception period, by 1132 (28.6%) in the first trimester of pregnancy, by 1714 (43.3%) in the second trimester, and by 1019 (25.7%) in the third trimester"

There is no place in the report where it says there were only 127 participants who were vaccinated in first or second trimester as you claim.

This is not a difficult report to read it is plain English.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2104983

Posted by: jinn | Jul 3 2021 21:31 utc | 163

Posted by Librul @145

Israel's war on truth is a full spectrum dominance thing, so I guess we'll have to wait for the liberation of Palestine to find out about the torpedoes and other things. We can then examine the records in the Reichstag, eh I mean the Knesset.

I notice that anonymous anti truth website, PropOrNot, purports that the USS Liberty Veterans Blog is a 'Russian disinformation' site!

PropOrNot looks like a backyard hasbara outfit to me. See how much 'Russian disinformation is present for yourself:

https://www.usslibertyveterans.org

Posted by: Paul | Jul 3 2021 22:29 utc | 164

Austraia's secret courts and witness K.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-04/court-document-witness-k-bernard-collaery-cleared-public-release/100263168
"But his notoriety has grown since he was charged with conspiracy to reveal classified information about alleged Australian espionage in East Timor, with his former lawyer Bernard Collaery.

It has been a long, curious and partly secret prosecution involving the discovery of key evidence in a handbag, the international courts in the Hague and the unwelcome exposure of alleged Australian espionage in East Timor."

When Witness K entered his plea and was sentenced to a three-month suspended sentence, it was the first time he had stepped foot in the court — despite multiple sessions in the lead up as lawyers fought over how secret the case should be, and what facts would be agreed."

"But three psychiatric reports to the court gave perhaps the best insight into the man, who had suffered episodes of depression and anxiety since he was sent to Vietnam when still a teenager, and was more recently diagnosed with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder."
................

'National interest' rules.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 22:45 utc | 165

Paco @160--

Thanks much for your notification!! However, I can't find it anywhere as no article reporting it links to it as usual--GRRRRR!!!!!!!! Maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow. Oh, I did learn its's 44 pages long!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 3 2021 23:24 utc | 166

I found this remarkable utoob summary of the Russian science and technology developments behind their five more or less successful Venus landers of the 1970's and 1980's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEmlOjKmL68

This site may be worth the occasional view.


The Russian technological application for these extraordinary events is truly worth considering in todays context. No surprise that we see directed energy defence systems as well as hypersonic projectiles. Considering they are now in a common ground with China and other hugely competent and intelligent peoples on this planet, one might conclude that we live in interesting times. May we all live in peace and direct our intellect to fruitful pursuits.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 3 2021 23:50 utc | 167

John Cleary #142

‘Idiotic’: Fury in Ukraine after female soldiers made to march in heels

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/03/idiotic-fury-in-ukraine-after-female-soldiers-made-to-march-in-heels

Wonderful. Some great fotos too!

What daft fools run the Ukraine

C'est la guerre, and I guess there are many Russian jokes regarding the Ukraine. Irish jokes probably pale in comparison.

I might suggest an opener.... What is the difference between the Ukrainian Chernobyl reactor and a Ukrainian Buk missile?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 4 2021 0:42 utc | 168

@168 The soldiers in high-heels could be a misguided attempt to enlist feminist support in the US. Ukraine is a little behind the times. They haven't quite figured out the new transgender rules.

Posted by: dh | Jul 4 2021 1:02 utc | 169

fyi

further to rumsfeld's death - torture approved and endorsed over several years by rumsfeld. Ramona Wadi puts this in the context of US imperialism


https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2021/07/03/rumsfeld-legacy-torture-in-us-imperialist-history/

Rumsfeld’s Legacy of torture in U.S. imperialist history

"Fellow U.S. war criminals have eulogized the former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld upon news of his death.....

...Rumsfeld legacy is mostly tied to his role in the “enhanced interrogation techniques” – the U.S. euphemism for torture – against Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib. Although by no means the only place where detainees were tortured – Guantanamo and Bagram are two other detention centres linked to widespread torture and human rights violations – the media focus on Abu Ghraib’s torture provided an insight into the U.S. government’s penchant for torture, all in the name of democracy....

....In 2004, it became public knowledge that Rumsfeld himself had approved the use of torture against detainees. As global outrage ensued, former President Bush sought to isolate the perpetrators from the decision-makers, thus ensuring impunity for the political war mongers...."

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jul 4 2021 1:18 utc | 170

where would we be without our wives??

Posted by: james | Jul 3 2021 20:21 utc | 156

Well, not near Los Angeles, for sure.

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Boy I am sure glad I stay out of these COVID arguments.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 1:25 utc | 171

Mark one down for Walter, he called it:

Engineers who visited the site of the Surfside town condo collapse or reviewed photos of debris have determined a possible reason behind the wreckage, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

According to specialists, critical sections near the base of the building appear to not have been steel reinforced in the amount required by the project’s original design drawings.

Engineers Reportedly Point at Possible Structural Flaws Behind Condo Collapse in Florida

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 1:44 utc | 172

@ 169 dh... lol...

@ bemildred... that's funny too.. yeah the covid conversations are like watching or participating in all star wrestling.. not for the faint of heart..

Posted by: james | Jul 4 2021 2:04 utc | 173

A very hard read here folks.


https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/07/03/5-3-turkic-superstate-in-caucasus-central-asia-under-nato-tutelage/


5 + 3: Turkic superstate in Caucasus, Central Asia under NATO tutelage

The foreign minister of Kyrgyzstan, Ruslan Kazakbaev, was in the capital of Azerbaijan on July 2, where he proposed a strategic partnership between the two nations, both members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace military program and of the soon-to-be-expanding Turkic Council. (Russia also touts a strategic partnership with Azerbaijan.)

In April Kyrgyzstan was involved in a deadly border clash with Tajikistan and at the time the Turkic Council met and announced, “The Turkic Council will continue to maintain close contact with brotherly Kyrgyzstan, a founding member of the Turkic Council.”

The Turkic Council, the embodiment of present-day pan-Turkism/pan-Turanism, currently consists of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and has made overtures to countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Hungary, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. It is a Turkish initiative or, more accurately since the Shusha Declaration of June 15, that of the Turco-Azeri “one nation, two states” pan-Turkic entity.

Turkey’s defense minister, Hulusi Akar, recently visited Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

In the visit of the Kyrgyz foreign minister to Baku on July 2, he proposed, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, an alliance that many observers have anticipated since the dissolution of the Soviet Union thirty years ago: the consolidation of a bloc from the Black Sea to the Chinese border, one under Turkish and as such NATO domination (although neither would be a formal partner). In his words: “We propose the establishment of a cooperation platform between Central Asian and Southern Caucasus countries in 5+3 format [Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan + Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia]. We propose to make the dialogue between Central Asian and south Caucasian countries more active.”

All eight countries are former Soviet republics. All eight are members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace. Four – Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – are also members of the moribund Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is increasingly resembling the Robert Louis Stevenson story aptly titled The Suicide Club.

The immediate effects of such an organization would be the culmination of Russia’s quarantine in former Soviet space (once Belarus is dispensed with), Turkish-dominated oil, natural gas, railroad and mineral transport corridors, the opening up of the Caspian Sea Basin to the West and the diminution of Iranian and Russian influence in that region. That enterprise was adumbrated, and heartily endorsed, by Zbigniew Brzezinski in regard to the neo-Ottoman geopolitical blueprint of now former Turkish foreign and prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in his 2012 volume Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power. (Page 136*)

But behind those objectives, as the Shusha Declaration of Turkey and Azerbaijan foreshadows, is a military-security bloc dominated by Turkey and supported by NATO.

If the new Bucharest Nine format (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia), the realization of the century-old Intermariam project to cordon Russia off from Europe, is the vertical line, the proposed 5 +3 bloc will be the horizontal one in the West’s pincer movement.


*On the international scene, the increasingly modern and basically secular Turkey of today is beginning to attain a regional preeminence geographically derived from its imperial Ottoman past. Turkey’s new foreign policy, shaped by its geopolitically minded Foreign Minister (Ahmet Davutoğlo, the author of the concept of “Strategic Depth”), is premised on the notion that Turkey is a regional leader in the areas once part of the Ottoman Empire, including the Levant, North Africa, and Mesopotamia….Davutoğlo’s plan posits that Turkey should exploit its current socioeconomic dynamism – in 2010 it ranked as the world’s seventeenth-largest economy – to rebuild relationships that existed historically but faded during the twentieth century because of Kemalist concentration on internal secularization and inculcation of a specifically Turkish nationalism. (2012)

Posted by: daffyDuct | Jul 4 2021 3:31 utc | 174


Israeli Border Police Blocked Ahmad's Car, Shot Him Point-blank – Then Drove Off
After a night out, Ahmad ‘Abdu got into his car in a town near Ramallah, where Border Police ambushed him and shot him dead. His family says the cops mistook him for his uncle
Israeli Border Police blocked Ahmad's car, shot him point-blank – then drove off - Haaretz.com

By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac
Jul 02, 2021
Not for a long time has there been a liquidation like this in the occupied territories. An assassination in cold blood – an execution without a trial, exactly like a hit by a crime organization. But the organization that carried out this hit operates in the name of the State of Israel: It's was the Border Police’s Special Anti-Terror Unit.
The footage of the security cameras on the street leaves no room for doubt: Ahmad ‘Abdu gets into his parked car, a blue MG, in a tranquil, affluent residential neighborhood of the town of El Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah. It’s 4:37 A.M. and the street is deserted. He starts the car, turns on the lights. Suddenly a gray Volkswagen Caddy appears. Three uniformed Yamam officers emerge from it and open fire at ‘Abdu’s car. The flashes of fire are visible in the darkness. ‘Abdu tries to open the door but falls over, bleeding profusely. The troops pull him out of the car, perhaps so as to verify the kill, dragging him a few meters down the road. They then leave the blood-drenched body where it is and quickly depart.
The event occurred in the predawn of May 25 in El Bireh’s Umm al-Sharayet neighborhood. ‘Abdu, a young man of 25 from the nearby Al-Amari refugee camp, had returned from a night out with friends. They dropped him off next to his car, which he had parked beneath a tin shack outside the Al-Kiswani apartment building; his uncle, Mohammed Abu Arab, lives on the basement floor.


Here is another recent video example thanks to Xymphora, a fifteen year old boy is shot:

https://twitter.com/dianabuttu/status/1411296682877325316

An Army Like no other -video :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dMbYwT_y1U

Perhaps, unlike normal countries where it is the other way around, it is an army with a country. An army with lots of fifth columns around the world.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 4 2021 4:34 utc | 175

Posted by: daffyDuct | Jul 4 2021 3:31 utc | 174

RE neo-Ottoman Turkic alliance: I've been watching that for a while, and the main comment I have is that the Russians don't seem worried about it, unlike the Intermarium and three seas stuff which they complain about from time to time. Like now. I find that curious. Mostly it sounds like Neocon groupthink. Maybe both sides are trying to court Erdogan. Hard to say.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 4:44 utc | 176

Biden orders the CIA to investigate russian goverment involvment in the recent multi country ransomware-attack. Some barflies have have suggested that he will try to win russia over to be able to concentrate on confronting China. I don't see that happening.

https://www.reuters.com/technology/biden-says-uncertain-who-is-behind-latest-ransomware-attack-2021-07-03/

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Jul 4 2021 5:16 utc | 177

daffyDuct

As I see it, Erdogans wannabe Turkic empire is separate to NATO/US. he can and has been playing Russia against the US and US against Russia. Russia seems content with that as it iod a block that is separate from NATO although they are NATO members. A massive culture gap between conservative or traditional muslim of Erdogans Turkic group and woke Europe.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 4 2021 5:41 utc | 178

Peter AU1 #165

'National interest' rules.

Thank you for that report. Perhaps we could take that as 'Crown interest rules'.

thegenerator.news carries a mighty interesting report by Geoff Ebbs on the allegations of a multibillion dollar theft of helium by a mysterious interference in a contract between East Timor and Australia. Given that this contract was agreed to by the parties without the clause cited, then one is left with the impression that Crown Law in Australia may have been 'advised' by an irresistible request to insert the additional paragraph. The Crown may have conveyed that requirement via the Governor General in Australia.

See: https://thegenerator.news/witness-x-may-have-evidence-of-multi-billion-dollar-mining-theft/


Speaking on ABC Radio last week, former head of the Department of Prime Minister’s legal section, Ian Cunliffe told Geraldine Doogue that both Australia and East Timor have been robbed of more than $3billion in revenue from the helium extracted in the Timor Sea.

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/east-timor,-collaery-and-witness-k/13384906

That deal is the subject of international hearings into Australia’s bugging of East Timor offices during negotiations designed to give Australia a negotiating advantage. Cunliffe said that it has not been widely reported that the contract was changed, without the knowledge of either government, by persons unknown, to give the helium to the exploration companies Woodside and Conoco-Phillips.

As this grubby affair unfolds there may well be a case where the scabrous queen of the englanders picked the pockets of Australians and Timorese. The East Timorese are the newest and one of the poorest nations on our planet. It was bad enough that the Australians pinched their petroleum resources but if queenie was among the jackals then that is truly a treacherous low act.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 4 2021 6:36 utc | 179

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 3 2021 23:24 utc | 166

The kremlin.ru site published a pdf file with uneditable text, which means they are not in a rush to get it translated even by machine translation. Here a link where the long document appears as text so machine translation of selected paragraphs can be done.

It is long, but clearly the old language of "partners" is fading if not gone completely.

http://prezident.org/articles/ukaz-prezidenta-rf-400-ot-2-iyulja-2021-goda-03-07-2021.html

Here a couple of paragraphs machine translated:

II. Russia in the modern world: trends and opportunities

6. The modern world is going through a period of transformation. The increase in the number of centers of world economic and political development, the strengthening of the positions of the new global and regional leading countries lead to a change in the structure of the world order, the formation of new architecture, rules and principles of the world order

7. The desire of Western countries to preserve their hegemony, the crisis of modern models and instruments of economic development, increased imbalances in the development of states, an increase in the level of social inequality, the desire of transnational corporations to limit the role of states are accompanied by an exacerbation of internal political problems, an increase in interstate contradictions, a weakening of the influence of international institutions and a decrease in efficiency global security systems.

///

16.In the conditions of stagnation and recession of the world's leading economies, declining stability of the global monetary and financial system, aggravated struggle for access to markets and resources, the practice of using tools of unfair competition, protectionist measures and sanctions, including in the financial and trade spheres, is becoming more widespread. ... In order to gain advantages, a number of states exert open political and economic pressure on Russia and its partners. The increased attention of the world community to the problems of climate change and the preservation of a favorable environment is used as an excuse to restrict the access of Russian companies to export markets, restrain the development of Russian industry, establish control over transport routes, and hinder Russia's development of the Arctic.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 4 2021 7:35 utc | 180

uncle tungsten "to give the helium to the exploration companies Woodside and Conoco-Phillips."

Downer,the foreign minister that oversaw and used information gained from the bugging, spent time as a 'consultant' to Woodside, and then was appointed Australia's ambassador to UK, also involved in the Steele dossier. I guess this prick will have his grubby fingers in a lot of other crap as well.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 4 2021 8:04 utc | 181

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 3 2021 23:24 utc | 166

Names are named, no more partner BS:

87. Traditional Russian spiritual, moral, cultural and historical values ​​are being actively attacked by the United States and its allies, as well as by transnational corporations, foreign non-profit non-governmental, religious, extremist and terrorist organizations. They have an informational and psychological impact on individual, group and public consciousness by spreading social and moral attitudes that are contrary to the traditions, convictions and beliefs of the peoples of the Russian Federation.

88. Information and psychological sabotage and the "westernization" of culture increase the threat of the Russian Federation losing its cultural sovereignty. Attempts to falsify Russian and world history, distort the historical truth and destroy historical memory, incite interethnic and interfaith conflicts, weaken the state-forming people, have become more frequent.

89. Traditional for Russia confessions, culture, Russian as the state language of the Russian Federation are being discredited.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 4 2021 8:16 utc | 182

karlof1 | Jul 2 2021 22:54 utc | 126

2 things wish to add--re Stalin and Roosevelt interview in Parade...when read that 1986 [my poor recall says earlier] Parade interview, it was startling how well the new data aligned with other data, e.g. the rumored heated arguments between FDR and Churchill regarding colonies and colonial empires.

Even another example...assassinations generally and particularly the assassination of Rasputin in Moscow during WW1 was later being admitted by the Brit agents involved. Allegedly Rasputin was urging the Tsarina to urge the absent Tsar [at the front] to end Russia's participation, but from British point of view, that would take pressure off the German military facing East and allow it to add to its Western front. And remarkably for the 1980s, Parade's exposure of Elliot R's 1st-person data seemed totally ignored by MSM as if it were silly talk.

Now I raise another item...Your mention of the "special relationship" meme between US and UK is of particular interest because I could only ever posit one source for it that made sense... The Brit Admiralty had by 1934 Szilard's secret data that atomic energy could be released thru a hypothetical neutron chain reaction. The US had no knowledge of it until the Alexander Sachs [a Wall Street friend of FDR} disclosed it personally to FDR [via Szilard's Einstein letter] who told his aide "Pa"" Watson to get on it.

Imagine that!. A weapon of true singularity, total overwhelm, could be made by the US... a gift from Churchill's seniors... to their proxy US who had only to bow low to get it...creating the "special relationship"? What else would have that power and could not be refused?

IMO, that alone would account for the power of the mysterious "special relationship".

It is the 1st time I share my thoughts on this and welcome any feedback.

Posted by: chu teh | Jul 4 2021 8:26 utc | 183

@ Peter AU1 | Jul 3 2021 20:51 utc | 158
JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association

Posted by: awaiting approval | Jul 4 2021 8:57 utc | 184

Posted by: chu teh | Jul 4 2021 8:26 utc | 183

Anglo saxons have been masters of narratives, I call it the “Titanic” syndrome. Let us imagine for a moment that the Titanic was built by the germans, or french, or spanish, if that would be the case we would be reminded every day about the jerrybuilt monster that went to the bottom of the sea in its maiden voyage. But no, we have Hollywood, and there is a continuos dripping drama about the tea spoon found, the restaurant’s last menu, the handkerchief that some old spinster was supposed to give to some bridegroom, and an endless story of trivialities that not only hide the complete failure of the project and its odious class divide, but instead of it enhance the anglo culture and asks for reverence and recognition.

Applying an inverse narrative to the above, the image of Rasputin has been so darkened that simply pronouncing the word makes anybody cringe by the sound of it. Very suspicious, an inverse Titanic. I’m not a cinephile but I recommend the 2011 movie of Rasputin with Gerard Depardieu as the main character, it is available in French and Russian. The english conspiracy to kill him is supported in that film, it is worth watching, Depardieu himself is bigger than any screen.

One more thing, karma is a b*tch, the brits had Rasputin,now they have Putin, ras is a suffix equivalent to dis-, and put' is path or way, so we could translate Rasputin as astray, someone that has lost his path, while Putin would be the contrary, someone on his track, on his path to show the finger to the empire.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 4 2021 9:19 utc | 185

Posted by: Paco | Jul 4 2021 9:19 utc | 185

Ooops, that was prefix not suffix.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 4 2021 9:29 utc | 186

Got convinced to get vaxxed, in the end. If only to keep (some) freedom of movement. But if I wasn't living in a highly densely populated country and near travel hubs, i wouldn't. Let's keep fingers crossed for the rest.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 4 2021 9:44 utc | 187

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 4 2021 8:04 utc | 181 & Uncle T

I am compelled to weigh in on Lord Downer of Baghdad and other Australian war criminal Australian ex foreign ministers, like Julie, [James Hardie - asbestosis] Bishop.

Once Australian politics was boring. Now they are at the heart of geopolitical manipulations. Look at Lord Downer of Baghdad and the loathsome Julie Bishop going public on 7.30 Report provoking China following Trump's repudiating the US national debt to China over the Virus. How orchestrated.

Their choreographed performance has cost Australia billions.

On Downer, there is nothing more odious to the Australian ear than a confected upper class English accent as blurted out by Lord Downer. How was he ever pre selected and elected?

It screams out: born to rule.

Even their 'great helmsman', Menzies, spoke like an Australian.

Is there a bunyip aristocracy in Australia? Sad.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 4 2021 9:45 utc | 188

Paul "Is there a bunyip aristocracy in Australia?"

Royalists I guess they could be called.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 4 2021 10:45 utc | 189

Jörgen Hassler #177

Biden orders the CIA to investigate russian goverment involvment in the recent multi country ransomware-attack. Some barflies have have suggested that he will try to win russia over to be able to concentrate on confronting China. I don't see that happening.

Thank you and I wholeheartedly agree. Biden is the perfect president for a nation that has lost its mind. On the one hand there are voices in his ear that preach of the separation of China from Russia and are deranged at the thought that their past years of insane behavior have cemented the China/Russia partnership - all their own doing. On the other hand are the other voices in Biden's ear that preach violence and aggression toward both China and Russia and anyone else regardless.

So this troll president of the mindless USAi factions jerks around like a marionette at the end of psychotic strings. It will continue, and there is no way forward to a better voice/outcome as the congress, media and military driven by their neocon masters will now remain in abject contention. There is a time in the turning of tides where the ocean sets up agitated small waves called shingles and the sea is agitated and dithering and there is no current to flow ~ this is that time for the USA.

The USA has lost its mind. We will be lucky if we survive this time unscathed.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 4 2021 11:08 utc | 190

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 4 2021 0:42 utc | 168

Careful uncle. If i'd not had my Irish passport as a backup I'd not be around today. No Irish jokes!

ps what is the difference between Chernobyl an a BUK missile?

:)

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 4 2021 12:08 utc | 191

Posted by: John Cleary | Jul 4 2021 12:08 utc | 191

Chernobyl was an accident.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 12:11 utc | 192

Got convinced to get vaxxed, in the end. If only to keep (some) freedom of movement. But if I wasn't living in a highly densely populated country and near travel hubs, i wouldn't. Let's keep fingers crossed for the rest.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 4 2021 9:44 utc | 187

Don't worry, the odds are still pretty good. My wife had two of the Pfizer shots, I'm still self-sequestering, as she does most of the shopping (she likes it, I don't). She felt "off" for a while, moody, but seems pretty OK now. I will probably come around too, eventually. I prefer to wait until the yelling stops.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 12:20 utc | 193

Posted by: chu teh | Jul 4 2021 8:26 utc | 183

I think the problem was the Germans were already working on it. The British and US elites generally don't like each other, as only family can. But either one would choose subjection to the other before acknowledging taking orders from "elsewhere". The US had the capability at that time to beat the Germans, the UK did not. Plenty of Uranium for one thing. Economy intact. FDR, while helping the Russians and UK, made damn sure they ended the war deep in debt and economically devastated. Russia, unfortunately for that plan, ended the war still a mighty tiger, so we got the cold war instead.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 12:38 utc | 194

Off topic - Saker website just became huge shit show with his latest "anti-vaxx" questionnaire.

2 things strike me particularly - he is really immature in dealing with confronting opinions (logically and technically explained flawlessly), if he is running intelligence/analysis website he should use it more instead of emotions.

Second, and more importantly, for years he's been giving hints of "controlled opposition" vibe, meaning he is attracting like minded readers but pushing agenda that is opposite of it. Stopped following it year or more so when some of his "analysis" had bad stench up to a heaven and he blocked all questioning comments.

Posted by: Abe | Jul 4 2021 13:21 utc | 195

For those interested, i found out that the J&J is almost identical to the Sputnik, so that gives some options.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 4 2021 14:18 utc | 196

@uncle tungsten #167

It’s a simple overview of the Soviet Venus exploration program, except that it doesn’t mention one of its pinnacles: the publishing in 1989 of the Venus Surface Atlas. Read the story of its creation in Oleg Rzhiga’s “How the first map of Venus was created” (Elementy reprint from Nauka i Zhizn, 2008, 11 — machine translation). You can see some pages from the atlas here. The data used for its preparation was handed to U.S. scientists to help in the 1990–1992 surface mapping phase of the Magellan mission.

Posted by: S | Jul 4 2021 14:33 utc | 197

@Mina #196:

For those interested, i found out that the J&J is almost identical to the Sputnik, so that gives some options.

Sputnik V is not “almost identical” to J&J’s vaccine. The only thing in common is that both are adenovirus vector vaccines. That’s where the similarities end. Sputnik V has a much higher efficacy and far fewer adverse effects. The higher efficacy is due to the fact that J&J’s vaccine is one-shot (Ad26), while Sputnik V is two-shot (Ad26 and Ad5). I don’t know the reason for fewer adverse effects of Sputnik V.

Posted by: S | Jul 4 2021 14:46 utc | 198

Posted by: Abe | Jul 4 2021 13:21 utc | 195

RE: Saker, yeah, he got annoying after a while. Same for Orlov. Now I tend to avoid. I can't say they bother me though, happy to let them be.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 4 2021 15:05 utc | 199

Sputnik light is also Ad26 only and it seems to work well.
So what is the difference if both are viral vectors using Ad26?

Posted by: Mina | Jul 4 2021 15:49 utc | 200

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