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November 25, 2021

'Democracy' Circus

The Biden administration has invited 110 'participants' to its 'Summit for Democracy' which is to take place virtually on December 9 and 10.

The use of 'participants' was necessary as not all 'participants' are recognized international states. Biden wanted to piss off China. He therefore invited Taiwan which is not recognized as a state by the United Nations nor by the U.S.

Source: Axios - bigger

The Biden administration did not invite Hungary, a democratic NATO and EU member, where, according to polls, the opposition is poised to win next years election. Poland, which is governed more illiberal than Hungary is invited. Likewise the Ukraine even as the Zelensky government has put the opposition leader under house arrest and has shut down opposition TV stations and newspapers.

Turkey, also a NATO member, was left off the list. Turkey's president Erdogan may be autocratic but so is prime minister Modi of India which is invited.

Singapore, a democracy and somewhat U.S. ally, is not on the list. This is likely because its prime minister had rejected to take part in Biden's proposed 'coalition of democracies' as a cold war style entity aimed against China.

U.S. 'enemies' like Russia, Venezuela and Iran are of course not invited even while they regularly have free elections.

The event is thus what it could be expected to be. It is not about democracy but a propaganda show which is supposed to demonstrate strong 'U.S. leadership' where none exists.

The propaganda is not even aimed at a foreign public. It is supposed to assure the U.S. that it still has the credentials it claims to have.

The system has become so weak that it sees a need to assure itself.

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Like the recent debate here about what is 'left' and what is 'right' we can now split hairs on what is or isn't a 'democracy'. We can be sure the ethnically cleansed bandit state will be invited A.K.A. "the ONLY 'democracy in the middle east." What a joke.

Posted by: Paaul | Nov 25 2021 18:07 utc | 1

“The system has become so weak that it sees a need to assure itself.”

perfectly said, living here for nearly 50 years one will fully feels the system is getting weaker and weaker by the day. This trajectory is becoming much more visible and faster post pandemic, and post Afghanistan economy.

Posted by: Kooshy | Nov 25 2021 18:14 utc | 2

The aimless thrashing around of the trapped titan continues ...

Posted by: Bemildred | Nov 25 2021 18:16 utc | 3

who's paying for the endccp(.com) campaign by the way ?
saw a few US stores twitter pics with this "end ccp now!" thing, sounds desperate...

Posted by: rototo | Nov 25 2021 18:17 utc | 4

So murica is throwing a pity party for itself? It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Posted by: norb | Nov 25 2021 18:20 utc | 5

"Democracy" means that the Demos - the people, The hoi polloi is in control of the state. There ain't no such thing, anywhere. Except maybe Switzerland, I'm not sure about them. The reason I say that is, that almost all the sources of information that the people need to have to control the state, are owned/controlled by a very few people. The few channels (such as this one) they do not control are under increasing threat.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Nov 25 2021 18:34 utc | 6

Apart from elections to a sleepy echo chamber, in what way is the EU a democracy?

Posted by: Dim sim | Nov 25 2021 18:44 utc | 7

Where's the Pinata? I want a wack.

Posted by: so | Nov 25 2021 18:44 utc | 8

KleptOchlarchy + Vassal Dependencies Jamboree.

CHE are Honorable Guests since they Host the Bank of International Settlements and otherwise don't get involved with or openly disdain Murican Geopolitics.

Note: All Invitees also happen to be bound to the PetroUSD Scheme...

Posted by: IronForge | Nov 25 2021 18:47 utc | 9

Whenever I hear the word Democracy I head for the air-raid shelter.

Posted by: Jezza | Nov 25 2021 18:50 utc | 10

As former US president Jimmy Carter has correctly pointed out, "America has no functioning democracy" and the US is an "oligarchy with unlimited political bribery". Not only that, but it continuously seeks to push its corrupt model of so-called "democracy" onto the rest of the world as a vector - its spiked protein so to speak - for subversion and control.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Nov 25 2021 18:55 utc | 11

And Bolivia wasn't invited, why, exactly? They don't even have their propaganda ducks in a row with that one yet.

Posted by: Cesare | Nov 25 2021 19:02 utc | 12

Will there even be a summit? The way things seem to be going it looks like Europe will flare up before then. What about that supposed talk between Biden and Putin? Is that still on or on hold as the white house claims? Also noted the US been placed on a list of backsliding democracies so they really have zero credibility.

Posted by: Amber | Nov 25 2021 19:03 utc | 13

Such a blatant attempt to rebuild the legitimacy of "Humanitarian Intervention" and the "White Man's Burden" rebranded as the proselytizing mission of the "Democracies", which have to lead the rest of the world into the oligarchic, sorry democratic, nirvana. If the Yankee saviour cannot convince (bully and manipulate) the others to the One path, if it cannot free (invade and dominate) them to push them to the ONE path, then they must be separated, cordoned off and undermined as the Beast that threatens the One path.

Russia has already worked out how to exist without the Yankee and the West, as has Iran, and the Yankee and the West are far too dependent on a China that is strong enough to stand up for itself. There will be no cordon sanitaire, more a cordon insane to keep China, Russia, Iran and others (e.g. ASEAN) safe from the delusional and unpredictable Yankee. It will take a long time for the Yankee (and his Western barons and vassals) to accept the new reality which forces itself in ever more as time passes.

In the meantime there will be many therapy and intervention sessions with a group of thoughtful, empathetic but tough friends, all named carefully so as not to hurt the feelings of the Yankee. Just like this "Summit for Democracy" where the friends understand the real function of the meeting while the Yankee and his delusional barons do not. Some of the vassals get it, but don't like being kicked under the table.

Posted by: Roger | Nov 25 2021 19:03 utc | 14

anyone see the movie Mean Girls?

Posted by: ld | Nov 25 2021 19:08 utc | 15

This is a joke´and a step forward in laughing and provocation at the people, due the current state of affairs in "The West".

In Estonia parliamentarians who do not show a "Covid Pass" will not be able to vote in parliament.

In Letonia people not owning a "Covid Pass" are submitted to a full apartheid state which makes for them impossible to work, to buy, to study, even to go out...

In Austria, people not owning a "Covid Pass" at February 2022, will be fined with 4000$...

In Australia, starting with indigenous people, those who test positive plus their contacts are being brought into internment facilities so called "quarantine camps" by the army, against their will, nobody knows what happens there....
This eventhough "vaccinated people" are able to get infection and spreading it to others, what clearly shows that stopping the infection is not the goal here...

Here some Australian aboriginal people asking for help to the internacional community...of peoples, of course..

All this when ammount and seriousness of side effects, plus the usual packing due to the flu season, is what is packing the hospitals right now, when in Israel they, already not having finished with the innoculation of the 3rd dose, are already talking about the 4th, when the EU is proposing the renewimg the "Covid Pass" every 9 months with no end, to dosses, in sight...

They need to use this neolanguage and theatrical performances so that they can delay the people´s awakening and understanding of what is going on here and why the number of doses will be unending, since what we are assisting here is at the birth of the pharma-dollar in sustitution of the old petro-dollar...Follow the money...

A sel fullfilling prophecy. Systemic collapse and the pandemic simulation

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 19:10 utc | 16

@Posted by: Cesare | Nov 25 2021 19:02 utc | 12

You need your "Yankee propagandist crap conversion to English" book dear fellow. The book will show you that "Democracy" means "the rule by a capitalist elite that understands that the Yankee is the true Boss (and the European barons the sub-bosses)". Bolivia went to actual real democracy, a government ruling for the benefit of the masses - so naive!

There are of course the embarrassing friends of the Yankee, which practice medieval totalitarianism or dictatorship, who are left off the invite list with no comment from the caged and tamed media. The Yankee of course does not fully understand that many invitees are there just for the publicity, free food and drinks, and bribes (and lack of a kicking if they don't turn up). The bully that so wants to be known as an enlightened friend and leader.

Posted by: Roger | Nov 25 2021 19:13 utc | 17

Looks to me like a map of the frontlines of World War 3.

Evidently the US needs to check the loyalty of its allies before the fighting begins.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Nov 25 2021 19:13 utc | 18

Courtier countries attending this summons to bend the knee to the vain Emperor at this "Summit for Democracy" are like the courtiers in Hans Christian Andersen's parable "The Emperor's New Clothes" going along with the pretense. What fine democracy you wear!

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Nov 25 2021 19:18 utc | 19

When I look at the State Dept website b linked to ("Summit for Democracy"), I keep asking myself what kind of mental state you need to be in to produce certain statements. Saying that "[...] the ability to acknowledge its imperfections and confront them openly and transparently [...]" is one of Democracy's unique strengths (in obvious self-reference) is exactly the kind of deranged rhetoric that reinforces other people's belief about your non-agreement-capability.

Is this really about self-assurance? I just see bored people high on their own drugs looking for partners to circle jerk with. Simply what happens when a certain class of people has no real problems to deal with and no consequences to fear. Who is this summit supposed to impress?

Posted by: pachinko | Nov 25 2021 19:26 utc | 20

Masters of the Universe
Rulers of the Earth
We decide who lives or dies
which laws and lies are birthed

No one would love them
if not for their nukes
the blackmail the sanctions
and CIA spooks
the stealing and lying
the torture the spying
the starving and dying
and flag falsifying
they are vulgar and crass
and bold as brass
and expect everybody
to kiss their ass
the exceptional nation
whose main occupation
is forced subjugation
and world domination
don't dare to point out
their crimes or hypocricy
or they may decide
to send in the democracy

Until the great fall
that ends the Cabal
we must put up our fronts
and bow to these l....ovely folks

Posted by: ld | Nov 25 2021 19:28 utc | 21

@Posted by: Petri Krohn | Nov 25 2021 19:13 utc | 18

They are finding that the list of allies is much shorter than they had hoped as many are just as concerned with keeping good relations with China as they are with the US. ASEAN, especially Vietnam has already delivered that message. The same for Central Asia. The base will always be the UK and the white settler colonies (with the exception of a recalcitrant New Zealand). The next level is Japan plus most of Europe and South Korea (although SK has been pulling at the leash a bit lately).

Beyond that, everyone is up for grabs with China and Russia making great inroads in EurAsia and Africa. Slowly but surely the multi-century dominance of Western Europe (the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, England) and its greatest settler colony (the US) will recede back into the homeland and peripheral areas (Central and South America, Eastern Europe and North Africa). It will be a long and painful process, hopefully not too painful.

At trend GDP growth rates, by 2035 China by itself will be larger than Europe and the white settler colonies combined (PPP). Then add in ASEAN, Central Asia, Russia and Iran and it will be obvious how the economic and geopolitical centre of the world has changed.

Posted by: Roger | Nov 25 2021 19:29 utc | 22

US’s Pre 911 economy of tax and spend has became post 911 economy of print and spend, this like in most third world countries has further divided the wealth distribution between the haves and not haves and easier for the haves to buy the votes and effectively kill whatever was of US’s perceived democracy.

Posted by: kooshy | Nov 25 2021 19:30 utc | 23

You said it all b, nothing to add. Pathetic.

Posted by: gottlieb | Nov 25 2021 19:30 utc | 24

In a way it is a bit sad, as the map only shows the countries that are still listening to the US.

(Although some of the South American counties must be still trying to find a way to get out of the invitation. "A sudden illness of the children, a Surprise visit from an Aunt and Uncle, lost the car keys"?)

Posted by: Stonebird | Nov 25 2021 19:33 utc | 25

b has a talent for stating the truth short and sweet. the convention is not about Democracy but weakened American imperialism.

Posted by: Mathew | Nov 25 2021 19:35 utc | 26

"Democracy Summit" - A lame but hypocritical attempt to re-assert American, and therefore Biden's, so-called "leadership" in the world.

Too many Western "elites" are still full of themselves - head in the sand and pee on their pants. Comical, dangerous, sad human trash...

Posted by: d dan | Nov 25 2021 19:42 utc | 27

Turkey has not been invited because it is currently undergoing a "color revolution" by taking advantage of its currency crisis....

That we all will follow should be at this point clear.

Hence all those still in power fullfill with the requierements, even when impossing war and tiranny on their own people, so that to keep their well payed posts...For how long? That is the question...
Tom Luongo thinks that we could be reaching "Pick Davos"..

Thus, hold on, create close little communities to resist, and flood the streets.

The other day an Australian member of parliament stated that at 100.000 people on the streets determined to change things, no police force is able to stop them....

Then, take into account that some police forces and military are on our side, as has been witnessed in Austria...

Recall here that, stated by president Duque of Colombia on TV, none of the Young Global Leaders of Davos, like Macron or Jacinda Arden, are "vaccinated"...Duque estates that is due they are not on the age risk...

But, then why is that the EMA just approved "vaccination" for our children from 5-11 years old with Pfizer?

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 19:48 utc | 28

Over the past week or so I've posted several comments related to the massive lack of credibility possessed by the Outlaw US Empire to hold any sort of discussion about democracy. This infographic I repost as it's based on several recent polls related to this anticipated propaganda event. Even the NY Times published an article based on those polls's findings--honestly!

I'll add Kosovo to the list of non-state entities invited. But when looking at the infographic, it becomes very clear that the Outlaw US Empire has zero business in chairing any sort of discussion about democracy. IMO, China and Russia know more about what democracy genuinely entails than those considered leaders within the Outlaw US Empire. Another source who spells it out in graphic detail is Michael Hudson in his many interviews since Obama failed to enforce the law he was charged with doing and let the Banksters continue their crime wave. Now that's direct evidence of Authoritarian rule that Biden also had a hand in overseeing.

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 25 2021 19:52 utc | 29

If the Iraq rep is going to extol the virtues of Gunbarrel Democracy, Russia and China will probably regret being deprived of the chance to soak up some nostalgia.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 25 2021 20:12 utc | 30

@ Posted by: kooshy | Nov 25 2021 19:30 utc | 23

Small correction: It is spend and tax (spend and print) instead of tax and spend (print and spend) because if nothing was spent then taxation (printing) would not be necessary. Ideally, it would be print to spend and then tax gambling (real estate, bonds, stocks, derivatives, swaps, and other landlord dealings where they make money from simply having money) so that productive/innovative workers/companies no longer bear the brunt of taxation/debt deflation. But, I was not invited to this conference so I guess this is not democracy.

Posted by: HCNorth | Nov 25 2021 20:15 utc | 31

B. You assume that Biden approved the plan, or remembers approving the plan.

The real question at this stage is who are the different sets of planners and what are the agendas of those who control access to the presidential pen

Sign here... Biden- "what's it say?
Don't worry, you'll have forgotten by tomorrow.

Biden- "OK..

Posted by: Les7 | Nov 25 2021 20:20 utc | 32

Americans can share with their fellow democracies how to do an Iowa caucus.

Posted by: dave constable | Nov 25 2021 20:33 utc | 33

Certainly correct, B, but your own definition of 'democracy' does seem a bit deficient. From what you have written, one must conclude that it is enough to hold regular elections whose outcome is not pre-programmed. This is very formal and says nothing about the reality of life of the respective population.

Posted by: Pnyx | Nov 25 2021 20:36 utc | 34

A vassal roll call... Cute.

Posted by: A.L. | Nov 25 2021 20:42 utc | 35

I am sure that these world leaders are creaming their pants as they eagerly anticipate America's Summit for Oligarchy.

This confab promises to be a star-studded cast of American-approved rulers and wannabe rulers the world over.

Hopefully, President Juan Guaidó, the USA’s beloved Regime Change Asset for Venezuela, will make a guest appearance.

Biden will invite representatives of Guaidó to the Summit for Democracy

The festivities at this summit should truly be an inspiring and dignified affair, almost rivaling this recent speech by President Guaidó:

Ladies and gentlemen, Venezuela's self-proclaimed "Interim President"

Sadly, there’s no word yet if Donald Trump and his Stop the Steal activists will be invited to this Summit in order to pay homage to Joe Biden’s own democratic legitimacy.

Posted by: ak74 | Nov 25 2021 20:56 utc | 36

@ A.L. | Nov 25 2021 20:42 utc | 35 who wrote
A vassal roll call... Cute.

Some of us barflies have been waiting for this more obvious circling of the wagons phase for quite some time. Glad to see it happening.

What will be the final "score"?

And then what? More sanctions? Full on trade war?

Will the elite use an economic crash as part of their strategy to keep us 99% compliant? least to them behind the curtain....

Will us bottom feeders ever get to know about the politics going on behind this lipstick application to our shit show?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 25 2021 21:03 utc | 37

The China Olympics are probably the main target of this Wag the Dog event....who are the ongoing "producers" of this Wag The Dog world we are living?

Go long China....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 25 2021 21:12 utc | 38

One of the States on b's list, the Solomon Islands, had a 36 hour lockdown so now they are burning things down - like houses - and calling for the Government to resign.
That's what we all need, active Democracy. Where if you don't like the Government you've got, you change it.

Posted by: Stonebird | Nov 25 2021 21:24 utc | 39


Inhabitants of The Salomon Islands have just set the government facilities on fire, disobeying a decree on 36 hours lockdown, claiming for the resignation of the Prime Minister.

The army has been sent in response.

Also, it have been days that the Guadalupe islanders are also in the same fight to oposse Macron´s dictatorial mandates.
They have also been sent the French army to crush them...

Too much for a "Democracy Summit"...

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 21:27 utc | 40

rototo | Nov 25 2021 18:17 utc |@4

The site is registered to some hidden entity in Toronto, Canada.
One can look it up at Whois
Seems to be an Internet company located there, called Tucows

Posted by: HossCara | Nov 25 2021 21:33 utc | 41

In the same line with the developments in "The West", a more than significant event.

What we should expect will be the coming months, and to confirm they are in a full scape forward with no backpedaling in sight.

An emirati general accused of tortures and repression in his country has been positioned as Interpol Director...

Guess we can expect now your usual "jihadis" being unleashed on us...

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 21:40 utc | 42

Les7 @32--

Hudson has a good name for them--The Donors: those who supply the monies for elections, much of which they get indirectly from the federal government. Hudson also tells us who the "planners" are--the central banks; and in the specific case of the Outlaw US Empire, it's the collective known as Wall Street. Not too long ago there was an excellent investigative article published that empirically proved the Outlaw US Empire to be an Oligarchy, not a democracy, which I'd link to if I could find it again. Much is written about the previous era when the federal government was clearly an Oligarchy--The Gilded Age. Then there's Lincoln's formula for determining if a nation's democratic or not--is the government Of the People, For the People and By the People. Earlier this year we had a discussion about that metric as it applies to China and Russia where we determined that both were far more democratic than the Outlaw US Empire. From the polling, close to a majority of Imperial citizen responses were in the negative as to the democratic credentials of the USA--and those responses were bipartisan.

In Hudson's latest interview, he puts forth the idea that we all need to self-identify as wage earners and as such have a great many interests in common--far more than the contrived Divide and Rule issues employed to defeat solidarity. That means combining what are deemed to be conflicting Classes and thus eradicating one of the longstanding Divide and Rule mechanisms. Then there's a very large class of people who are debtors that includes most of the wage earners--and debtors alone would be a very large constituency, more than enough to take power away from the Donors.

So as psychohistorian continually intones, it's the private financial system that has most everyone hostage; yet, it's us hostages that lack the solidarity required to gain our freedom. And this is a Global Problem, not just one relegated to Five Eyes nations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 25 2021 21:41 utc | 43

re: The Solomons, in Melanesia
. . .from the Guardian:

The protesters were demanding the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare step down. Many of the protesters come from Malaita province, the most populous province in the country whose provincial government has had tense relations with the central government for years.
The tensions between the provincial and national government intensified in 2019 when Sogavare announced that Solomon Islands would switch its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China, to the chagrin of Malaita premier Daniel Suidani.

So I suspect the US is behind this 'democratic' move, burning down buildings etc.
..and from Australia...
Australian Defence Force personnel and federal police will be deployed to Solomon Islands as the Pacific Island nation faces a second day of rioting. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 23 members of the Australian Federal Police's Specialist Response Group would be deployed "immediately".

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 25 2021 22:04 utc | 44

psychohistorian @ 37, 38

True. The circling of the wagons have been going on for some time. They're just surrounding themselves with another circle of expendables who have no agency on their foreign policies.

SSDD, another step in the "us and them" brainwashing to manufacture consent.

NZ has just lifted its interest rates and eventually the tide will go out and we'll see who's not wearing any underwear. And i doubt its China and Russia.

Re Winter Olympics, I'm sure something have been cooked up Sochi-style and I'm sure the Chinese knows about it and are planning to counter it. In all probability however China will probably just cop it on the chin and the anglos will surely gloat about it with the EU poodles in tow.

What China need is time for which it'll trade space and even "face" for. Unfortunately it'll be interpreted as weakness as with any schoolyard bully who does not look at the long game.

Stonebird @ 39 & Black bread @ 40

Re Solomon Islands, its kicked off by the Taiwanese supporters against the Solomon Islands govt who had switched diplomatic relationship to China a while back. The Chinatown is getting burnt. Stay classy Taiwan!

Posted by: A.L. | Nov 25 2021 22:09 utc | 45

In the current news, the US president is involved with Iran concerning the JCPOA, an international treaty which according to the Constitution is due Senate advice and consent. But of course that won't happen, given that presidents act autocratically in a very similar manner to other national leaders in countries the US calls 'autocratic.'

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 25 2021 22:10 utc | 46

I went to a dreadfully boring, terribly stuffy cocktail, but it was worth it to see that my neighbour had not been invited.

Posted by: Leuk | Nov 25 2021 22:31 utc | 47

@Posted by: A.L. | Nov 25 2021 22:09 utc | 45

In this case, if it is against vaccine mandates, they are right, eventhough the Taiwanese could be giving support to overthrow the pro-Chinese government to take advantage.

What governments who wish not being taken advantage to be overthrown have to do, is not turning on their own people

What we should do is to show how pro-US governments, when and where they see fit, fuel protests against unconstitutional mandates they then imposse on their own people at home.

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 22:32 utc | 48

El emperador desnudo desfilará en la pasarela de la moda democrática luciendo sus mejores galas

Posted by: Frasco | Nov 25 2021 22:33 utc | 49

Apparently Denmark is democratic, while Greenland isn't.

Posted by: Jonas | Nov 25 2021 22:43 utc | 50

It's just a futile attempt by the Democrats at raising their chances in the upcoming midterm elections. But, don't expect any changes when the Republicans take control of Congress and eventually the White House. The Cold War against China will dramatically ramp up.

Posted by: Ian2 | Nov 25 2021 22:45 utc | 51

@43 Karlof1

Thanks for the response. I have followed Hudson for years... the problem is that the banks are not the only actor, they are one of many. They do not gain from a show of circling the wagons.

As @38, says, it's probably about the Olympics, and a deeper economic war with China. The Bank oligarchy has as much or more invested in China than in the US. The big 5 were recently given huge access to China's credit market.

The military/tech types think they can win a confrontation. For the banks, it's lose-lose.

Is this a deep state gamble behind which a few Chinese leaders are offered seats at the table in exchange for backing off the pressure they have put on big tech players?

Posted by: Les7 | Nov 25 2021 22:50 utc | 52

the Empire Burlesque continues, disguised as a meeting of 'democracies'

to karlof at #43:
"...Not too long ago there was an excellent investigative article published that empirically proved the Outlaw US Empire to be an Oligarchy, not a democracy, which I'd link to if I could find it again.."

I believe that was a Princeton study, was it not? might want to search for it that way.

yes the US has long been an Oligarchy domestically, and a global spanning Empire internationally. Chomsky, C. Johnson, Hudson et. al. have covered that many times. Have you seen Hudson's 3 videos on YouTube: Global Financial Empire 1, #2 and #3

I think they should invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia to spice things up...lmao......& Venezuela which has about the most democratic and diverse elections on the planet; I believe there were at least 11-15 parties in the last election this month. certainly a more 'diverse' lot than the oligarchic tweedle-dee tweedle-dum of demorats and repukelicans.

Posted by: michaelj72 | Nov 25 2021 22:58 utc | 53

I had a quick look at this "Summit for Democracy" over at the US State Department website and discovered that the "participants" may not necessarily be limited to heads of state or heads of government of the 110 invited nations.

...Q: What is the Summit for Democracy?

The Summit for Democracy is a flagship presidential initiative that illustrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to putting democracy and human rights at the heart of U.S. foreign policy.
President Biden will convene a broad and diverse group of world leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector at a virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9 and 10, 2021.  The Summit focuses on three themes:  strengthening democracy and countering authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.

The U.S. government views the Summit as an opportunity to listen, learn, and speak about the challenges facing democracy within the United States and abroad.

Participating governments—including the United States—will pledge to support domestic and international commitments in our shared push to bolster democracy from local to global levels.

Civil society, private sector partners, and philanthropic organizations from around the world will be engaged in the Summit ...

...Q: Who will be involved?

Well-functioning democracy relies on the participation of many actors, both inside and outside of government, committed to transparency, accountability, pluralism, equity, and rule of law. Through the Summit for Democracy and its associated side events, the United States seeks to bring together representatives of many sectors critical to democratic health. These include:
- Governments
- Members of the private sector
- Human rights defenders, advocates, and civil society organizations
- Members of the media
- Influential individuals in politics, arts, culture, and sports, including emerging leaders from the next generation, and
- Multilateral institutions charged with democracy and human rights advancement ...

We can probably expect the Usual Suspects (like tech zillionaire philanthropist types and members of the British Royal family) to attend this virtual Summit ... MoA barflies can speculate on who might appear ... for once I sort of wish this was not going to be a virtual Summit but one where all the elites turn up in their private jets at an exclusive ski resort town somewhere in Switzerland so someone could sound an alpenhorn and set off an avalanche that would leave all these people stranded while the local townsfolk are rescued.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 25 2021 23:01 utc | 54

Posted by: Jen | Nov 25 2021 23:01 utc | 54
Good catch Jen. My guess: look for young-ish, pretty, poster kids like Cuba's CIA boy Yunior Garcia, Hong Kong rioters, Taiwan eye candy, xinjiang thugs with their make overs... lots of visually appealing, under 40, Disney-like "heroes". If you can stomach it, watch for how the cameras and media pros do their (black) magic.

Posted by: migueljose | Nov 25 2021 23:27 utc | 55

@Posted by: Jen | Nov 25 2021 23:01 utc | 54

"..the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to putting democracy and human rights ...

..The Summit focuses on three themes:  strengthening democracy and countering authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights...

...The U.S. government views the Summit as an opportunity to listen, learn, and speak about the challenges facing democracy within the United States and abroad..."

Someone should inform the Biden Administration and its adláteres that they are all currently jumping over the international legislation we gave us after the past great war, allegedly, against fascism, and which formed the basis for our always imperfect "democracies"...

"What does the Nuremerg Code mean today? [...] it means that when there is no voluntary consent, or the consent given is the result of pressure, coercion, or threat, a crime worthy of the Nazis is being perpetrated." @esCesarVidal

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 23:29 utc | 56

The pet media of the gibbering globetrotting genocidal Gujarati gangster government of Narendrabhai Damodardasbhai Modi is crowing about being invited, not mentioning that Pakistan is also invited, or that it will be a useless sham.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Nov 25 2021 23:32 utc | 57

@ Black bread... posts 16 - 28- 40... can you take your ongoing focus on covid to the open threads? thanks..

Posted by: james | Nov 25 2021 23:43 utc | 58

@Posted by: Jen | Nov 25 2021 23:01 utc | 54

I am seeing the Biden administration seeks to invite "Members of the media" to the "Summit for Democracy"...

Wondering what of democracy has that the "fourth power" is today totally on Bill Gates´payroll...One guess they should be looking for any media who is not here...

Podcast on "Saint Bill", although it is in Spanish, since it is an unending enumeration of all those media, and the ammounts received, under Gates´payement, to spread hatred against those who resist the currently being impossed technosanitary dictatorship, it will be easy to understand for you all...May be you can recognize your country´s media there too...

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 25 2021 23:53 utc | 59

"If the US invites high-level Taiwan official to participate in the meeting, "PLA fighter jets will fly over the island"" (Global Times)

That seems pretty serious.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 26 2021 0:03 utc | 60

If this were about democracy, the topics of discussion should be on domestic governance: for example, dealing with inequality, racism, systematic (even if unintended?) oppression, social justice, special challenges of controlling covid in democratic societies, etc.

If it were about foreign policy, you know it’s not really about democracies. In that realm, democratic values manifest itself as national sovereignty.

Posted by: Allen | Nov 26 2021 0:07 utc | 61

Everything America is FAKE - Fake Government/2fer1 Parties; a bunch of bought & paid Whores run by Shadow Pimps. Fake Money; ain't worth Jacksh*t and if your Vassal State is holding it/US debt then your country is in Potemkin Never-Never Land. Oh Great Unwashed, herd together those treasonous grifter piker politicians who've sold your Sovereignty to Uncle Satan, CULL. Fake TITS, Ass Cheeks, Faces. Fake NEWS, 3rd rate Yes Men lacking moral fibre

Posted by: WTFUD | Nov 26 2021 0:13 utc | 62

@Posted by: james | Nov 25 2021 23:43 utc | 58

But, why, never was "democracy" in the West more menaced and clearly under ovethrow intend than under Covid "measures", it seems totally on-topic, unless you pretend that we do perform here, in the same line that they do in the Biden Adminsitration and those of its adláteres, and obviate this clear transgesion of "Western democratic values" we are witnessing everywhere in all ofo ur countries...

Posted by: Black bread | Nov 26 2021 0:23 utc | 63

As Black Beard points out, PLEASE READ Fabio Vighi's article on: :A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy....." Vighi is an Italian philosopher that lives in the UK. He "hits the nail on its head" in articulating the immense fraud, and theft in the US Financial System. Vighi's perspective uses the Swiss Alarm System that details key aspects of the near financial collapse of Western Banks, 08-09 and the continued skullduggery of Western Finance.

Posted by: Rubicon | Nov 26 2021 0:25 utc | 64

old men making plans. the weather and the fires and the plagues have their plans too. they don't exactly control popular will, the price of bread, how many refugees will show up on which borders, when the water will run out, the price of oil, etc.

"the youngs lions roar and will be satisfied." yeah, not with President Trumpbiden's finger on the national Rittenhouse hunting rifle.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Nov 26 2021 0:40 utc | 65

Regarding India, which is more democratic, the several hundred million 'untouchable' dalit castes or a couple hundred million Muslims who are are increasingly marginalized?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 26 2021 1:01 utc | 66

@ WG 60
re: PLA fighter jets will fly over the island [Taiwan]

China should have a good read on Taiwan's radio frequencies etc. from previous "invasions" to exercise a cyber attack to ground all Taiwan defenses. It's a good time for China to grab a Taiwan-claimed island at the same time.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 26 2021 1:06 utc | 67

@ Black bread | Nov 26 2021 0:23 utc | 63.. i kind of expected this response from you.. clearly your focus on this is all pervading and er must be subjected to it on this and whatever other thread you deem relevant to your cause or obsession - whatever it is... i will skip your posts here forward..

Posted by: james | Nov 26 2021 1:26 utc | 68

Please let me indulge in a little bit of quasi-prophecy ---

1) China will announce that if Taiwanese official attend the 'democracy' orgy, PLA fighter jets will fly over Taiwan.

2) PLA fighter jets will fly over Taiwan, and get shot down.

3) The PLA will utilize rocket power to decapitate the Taiwanese regime, and surgically destroy all highways, tunnels, and other transportation and communication systems that the regime might require to govern the island.

4) The US regime would confiscate Chinese container vessels.

5) Walmart, Amazon, etc. would soon close up for good.

6) Russia would soon sell food to China via Crimea shipping, but cease selling oil to the US.

7) The US regime would declare martial law.

8) ...

Posted by: blues | Nov 26 2021 1:43 utc | 69

The sweet smell of USA democracy:

"In an audacious attack on free speech, journalists and writers based in the United States have now been banned by the U.S. federal authorities from publishing articles with Strategic Culture Foundation........If U.S.-based writers defy the ban, they have been threatened with astronomical financial penalties of over $300,000. The prohibition has only emerged in recent weeks. It follows earlier moves by the U.S. State Department and the Treasury Department accusing SCF of being an agent of Russian foreign intelligence."

Now this website might be run by someone from the RF, or even sponsored by the Government, but that does not take away from the fact that a whole spectrum is coverede by the contributions, from real left (no wokism please) to the right, so it cannot be faulted to push any particular line.
To then threaten voices from the USA by the USA just shredded my irony meter....actually not.

Posted by: peter m. | Nov 26 2021 1:43 utc | 70

The strings holding up the emperor’s bikini are reaching their use-by date. The invites must be endorphin induced on this whitest of holidays.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Nov 26 2021 2:00 utc | 71

@68 james

Do you understand what you're missing? Nothing in these posts of Black Bread has been about covid - just as none of the authoritarian oppression by governments referenced in those posts have been about covid.

Are you willfully missing the forest for the trees? It's not about covid, we discuss matters of virology in the open threads.

This is about oppression, plain and simple. It's happening in all countries, including yours. If you choose to ignore it, I guess that's your choice. But it could be about anything. It happens to be lockdown under color of pandemic - nothing to do with science, medicine or virus. Pure government overreach - and citizen push-back against it, which I personally take a great survival interest in.

For myself I find all the posts by Black Bread in this thread intensely on point, and relevant to b's article. We're talking about false democracy and the circling of wagons as the established forces are threatened by spontaneous human actions. I trust Black Bread will continue here, in this very thread.


I urge you to reconsider your position - to my mind, you are being illogical and I think willfully under-informed. I urge you to sharpen your own focus on the events happening all around us that are of the most disturbing nature to countless citizens of countless countries.

A vast human surge of resistance to the corporate and institutional taking of freedom is happening.

Can you not see this?


Your choices of course are yours, but at the very least, please do not ask commenters to leave a thread because you misinterpret what they're talking about. One must be very certain of one's ground to do such a thing - this is the only reason that, as a colleague, I'm challenging you to review your certainty and your ground.

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 26 2021 2:10 utc | 72

All I had to see is the map to know: any international body or summit that has both India and Pakistan will never make any joint decision on security matters. I may be wrong now but I don't think so

Posted by: Peltast | Nov 26 2021 2:16 utc | 73

@ 72 grieved... i am not surprised by how you frame it here either given your focus on same... go look @ 16 and tell me it isn't about this all consuming focus on covid this and covid that... i don't believe you are being honest with me or yourself here grieved...

Posted by: james | Nov 26 2021 2:27 utc | 74

"The strings holding up the emperor’s bikini are reaching their use-by date."

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Nov 26 2021 2:00 utc | 71

I just threw up in my mouth a little with that visual.

Posted by: One Too Many | Nov 26 2021 2:27 utc | 75

B says, "The propaganda is not even aimed at a foreign public. It is supposed to assure the U.S. that it still has the credentials it claims to have. The system has become so weak that it sees a need to assure itself."

<=Clearly American nationalism is incompatible with USA internationalism.

Biden et. al. don't get it? But of course; Biden is the USA. America is different though the
USA does not often understand those it governs it says its governance is about democracy?

What makes America different, is beneath its masters, lay the greatest nation on earth.

The USA and its corporate and foreign sponsors spend their time dividing Americans and extracting wealth from the pockets of Americans, while many Americans spend their time fixing what the USA broke.

The USA uses its democracy to establish mandates, at its elected level, but Americans practice a blended culture-controlled set of behaviors we Americans recognize as our unique place in the world.

as b says. "The propaganda is ..suppose. to assure the U.S. that it still has the credentials it claims to have. The system has become so weak that it sees a need to assure itself."

I don't think Americans are looking for assurance from any foreign activity..

Posted by: snake | Nov 26 2021 2:50 utc | 76

If democracy is about rule by the demos or the people, then wouldn’t a good judgement about the democratic bona fides of a country be how well the outcomes match the desires of the people?

In other words, it’s not about formal elections; it’s about the policies and actions the govt takes match what the people want it to do. In that vein, it’s been clear for many years that the US govt does what the .1% want and not what the 99% want ... on issue after issue, domestic, taxes, healthcare, foreign policy, etc. this is true across the board.

I wonder if someone could do a study rating countries on how well their policies match their citizens’ desires .., wouldn’t that be the truest test of democratic governance than formal voting procedures etc.?

Posted by: Caliman | Nov 26 2021 3:05 utc | 77

Hi, my name is Mitt Romney and I am here to tell you that corporations are people, my quickly people have forgot that "by the people" has been, legally as Obama would say, perverted to serve the top of our top/bottom Western world.

Those corporations, backed by the global private finance system, have bought themselves a number of nation's political people/systems and are proceeding to plunder the world to show how Alpha they are......Might-Makes-Right through whatever means.

The sham of democracy in the West that has the collective money system being private has forced the world into this obfuscatory path of confronting the public finance centered nations of our world......its more like the West has Dumbocracy now given the bastardization of the term.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 26 2021 3:21 utc | 78

@ Caliman 77
re: I wonder if someone could do a study rating countries on how well their policies match their citizens’ desires

Unfortunately there is no established method of determining citizens’ desires. Other countries have referendums, some states have them, but can anyone imagine the US having a referendum on any important issues? Never happen. Who wants another war? Who wants health care like every other modern country? Who wants any limitations on abortion? . . .Polls don't work, as I described in a previous posting about a manipulated poll on war defending Taiwan.

Any system to determine citizen opinions smacks of democracy, which is governance by the people. We don't get a crack at that. What we get is only a new definition of democracy, elections. Whom do we elect for the most part?...Established bought-and-paid-for congress-critters, that's who. Or hacks who pretend to be presidents. It's our choice: Hillary or Trump or Joe Numbnuts. Hah. . . The joke's on us.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 26 2021 3:22 utc | 79

Jonas @50

Thought the same thing. US govt knows shit about political world geography.

Posted by: Ivor Ulfsson | Nov 26 2021 3:23 utc | 80

Don #79 -

Yeah, the poll would have to ask simple, direct questions of interest to the public concerned. For example things like should all citizens have a right to healthcare paid for by the state; or like should higher income people pay increasingly high income taxes, etc.. As long as the questions would be simple but relevant to people’s lives, the important democratic test would be how well the state meets the desires of the public. I doubt the western so called democracies would do very well.

Posted by: Caliman | Nov 26 2021 3:44 utc | 81

Caitlin Johnstone

Any time you see the US empire picking on a smaller nation just search that nation’s name plus “Belt and Road Initiative” and you’ll usually find a connection

Civil war in Ethopia [1]
Solomon island is burning,
FUS forcing MCC, SOFA, IPS down Sri Lanka, Nepal's throat. [2]

tip of an iceberg


what's MCC ?

iNDO Pacific strategy ?

Promoting Democracy in South Asia
Yeah right...I've a bridge to sell !

Posted by: denk | Nov 26 2021 3:48 utc | 82

@ Caliman 81
Re: Yeah, the poll would have to ask. . .
Sorry, as I said, polls by organizations with an agenda don't work. Referenda by the government are needed (but will never be granted). The government will NEVER cede authority over us. Democracy will never be granted.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 26 2021 3:52 utc | 83

breaking news. . .
Joe Biden is spending Thanksgiving at the private equity billionaire David Rubenstein's Nantucket mansion.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 26 2021 4:03 utc | 84

@74 james

#16 is about the Covid Pass, and nothing other than this - this is the armband, the yellow star or whatever it was they wore in Nazi Germany. Nothing to do with the excuse for the oppression, everything to do with the oppression itself.

If you don't see this as a threat to liberties that completely transcends the excuse given for it, then I regret that we have nothing in common to discuss here. I'm sad that you think this is referring to the details of a viral infection, when it has nothing to do with that.

I'm sorry in general that you take the attitude you do. I will be happy to agree to disagree with you on this. But I hope you can understand that your personal view is not a cause to disparage someone else's or to ask for it to be removed from a thread.

I suspect I'm not the only person who thinks these matters of civil liberties pertain to this article by b and this thread. Maybe I'm wrong. I'd like to see some support for your point of view that says this is merely an obsession with the coronavirus, and nothing more significant than that. I haven't seen it yet - although I'm not really counting.


I will repeat, in the hope he sees it, my hope that Black Bread continues in this same vein in this thread as he has been. I believe it pertains most crucially.

I wish you well, old friend. I believe I will see you on the other side of this - I live in hope that there is a side beyond this.

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 26 2021 4:21 utc | 85

Grieved | @ 72
Thank You
And thank you Black Bread

Posted by: ld | Nov 26 2021 4:48 utc | 86

@ grieved... as i read the article - it is lipstick on a pig - usa democracy bullshit.. that's the pig.. b highlights it on the bottom - "The system has become so weak that it sees a need to assure itself." the reason for b's article - top line - "The Biden administration has invited 110 'participants' to its 'Summit for Democracy' which is to take place virtually on December 9 and 10." but apparently this is enough of a reason to talk about covid and etc!!

now, i am sure one can turn this article into a story about how covid and democracy don't mix!! or how the covid passport is taking away democracy.. i have never disagreed with that, but does that mean i want to yammer on about covid passports and etc. 24- 7 on every thread?? last time it was okay on open threads and typically it gets discussed on those threads... now, as i understand it some folks here would like to talk about it on this thread too... have i got that right??

yes - we are indeed seeing the process here differently... if you and others want to talk about covid, i am sure there will be a way to justify on most any thread, as you know - covid, the passports and etc. etc. are impacting everyone's life - so lets talk about it on every thread.... sorry - i am not down with that.. i will be skipping over those who want to bring it onto every thread, as they have on this one.. i thought pointing it out might alter things, but clearly it is just helping some dig their heels in further... it reminds me of how circe turned every thread into a focus on trump.. if that is what you'd like to do - you will have some good support for this.. so much for staying ''on topic''... cheers...

Posted by: james | Nov 26 2021 5:01 utc | 87

16 is about the Covid Pass, and nothing other than this - this is the armband, the yellow star or whatever it was they wore in Nazi Germany. Nothing to do with the excuse for the oppression, everything to do with the oppression itself.
Posted by Grieved @ 85

Nazi Germany is a perfect comparison.

Floating the idea of 'let them starve' recieved a lot of traffic. That should tell you everything about the extent they are going with this.

James, you are one of my favourite posters here but you have a blind spot on this. You are still thinking of this as 'virus' talk. when it is the beginning of overt fascism.

Posted by: ld | Nov 26 2021 5:06 utc | 88

Re: Solomon Islands riots.
I haven't been following this mess because the 'News' stories were very confusing and didn't make sense.

This morning (Sco Mo's Nemesis) revealed a story which began to make sense. As has been mentioned above, the Solomon govt has switched its friendly relationship with Taiwan to an even friendlier relationship with Belt & Road Super Sponsor, China. The new friendship comes complete with financial assistance to upgrade Solomon Island's trade and transport infrastructure.

You don't need a crystal ball to deduce that the US of Assholery is less than delighted with this hair-raising turn of events. So AmeriKKKa has undoubtedly made Solomon Islands the target of it's tr-raditional fall-back Foreign Policy gambit: "Let's do SOMETHING - even if it's STUPID!"

Luckily, the broadcast began with a leisurely camera-stroll along a street in Honiara which, Cohen-cidentally?, caught sight of a large, blue on white "Israeli" Flag outside a shopfront. I'd find it hard to believe that "Israelis" are in Honiara to provide humanitarian aid to people with the wrong colored skin. It'd be much easier to believe that they're in Honiara to provide aid as, or to, CIA assholes.

ABC concluded the report with a brief studio panel discussion on the troubles in Honiara. It subtly invited viewers to ponder how much sense it would make for pro-Taiwan Solomon Islanders to destroy Solomon Island's infrastructure to send a short term political message to the government?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 26 2021 5:28 utc | 89

They dont call Oz uncle sham's asia deputy for nuthin.
Canberra treated South Pac like its private fief.

It had previously bullied Solomon island and Vanuatu to drop HUawei 5g and undersea cable deals.

This Solomon caper is classic Five liars MO...

fOMENT Unrest, cry foul, intervene under R2P

Wash, rinse and recycle/

Works like a charm since 1776

Posted by: denk | Nov 26 2021 5:50 utc | 90

@ ld | Nov 26 2021 5:06 utc | 88 - thanks!.. the virus led to the fascism, but do we talk about it on every thread? that's all.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Nov 26 2021 5:51 utc | 91

Long long long time reader, first time posting….
Solomon Islands is a US funded anti China mischief, as others stated.
The New York Times had a Solomons piece online 15 minutes following the late afternoon Morrison announcement that Australia was sending #73 Aust Federal Police, 43 armed defence force personnel, a patrol boat and at least five Department of Foreign Affairs personnel to the Solomons.
The alacrity of the NYT is reminiscent of those “here’s one I prepped earlier” cooking/tv shows.
The “tells” in the NYT piece?:

>”The United States sees the Solomon Islands, and other Pacific nations, as crucial in preventing China from asserting influence in the region.
China has been investing heavily in the Pacific, to the alarm of US officials.
In 2019, a Chinese company signed an agreement to lease one of the islands, but the agreement was subsequently ruled illegal by the attorney general of the Solomon Islands.
“>Malaita’s premier, Daniel Suidani, has been a vocal critic of that decision by the prime minister, and Malaita continues to maintain a relationship with and receive support from Taiwan — in contravention to the central government’s position, said Mihai Sora, a research fellow at the Lowy Institute and a former Australian diplomat stationed in the Solomon Islands.

And this:

The US denies geopolitical motives are behind a massive aid increase to the Solomon Islands' Malaita province
Fri 16 Oct 2020
The United States has pledged $US25 million ($35 million) in aid for a Solomon Islands province that has demanded an independence referendum over the national Government's China policy, sparking concerns aid funding has been used in geopolitical "tussles".
Malaita province has been in a bitter dispute with the central Government since 2019, when the Solomon Islands ended a 36-year diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and established official relations with Beijing.
The sizeable nature of the aid pledge has worried Pacific experts, who are concerned the US and China are playing geopolitical games.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Nov 26 2021 6:14 utc | 92

A nice little color revolution has just taken place in the Soloman Islands with Australia now taking control of the place for the anglosphere. Anti China riots seemed to be the problem.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Nov 26 2021 6:39 utc | 93

there is a fun play on words in Russian. Democracy can become
"dermocracy." dermo means s$&t in Russian. From what I have heard, this is a sentiment held by a fair amount of the populace regarding the term democracy.
The Bidet can hold his Dermocracy summit. I will scat away.

Posted by: lex talionis | Nov 26 2021 6:50 utc | 94

Democratic Republic of Congo
Dominican Republic
Sao Tome and Principe

These are not, by any stretch of the imagination, democratic countries. Most of them hold elections in which only the ruling party has any chance of winning due to the disqualification or disenfranchisement of the opposition. In addition, many countries, like Zambia, seem to have been included as a reward for electing a pro-US neoliberal government recently. In addition, of course, a lot of these countries are insignificant in size and authority (and therefore easily controlled by plutocrats).

I realise that this is a propaganda exercise, but do the Western propagandists not see just how easy it is to discredit such exercises in any territory where any remote access to free media exists?

Posted by: MFB | Nov 26 2021 7:39 utc | 95

From the Summit for Democracy website:
“Leaders will be encouraged to announce specific actions and commitments to meaningful internal reforms and international initiatives that advance the Summit’s goals.

1. Defending against authoritarianism
2. Addressing and fighting corruption
3. Promoting respect for human rights”

1. You countries which are not here better take heed or we will bomb you and we will bomb you s’more.
2. Xi, your anti-corruption drive is working too well. Knock it off or we will bomb you.
3. We respect all of our prison population. We have never bombed Assange or Peltier.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Nov 26 2021 8:38 utc | 96


Basically its the FUKUS led whites vs rest of the world.

Sri Lanka staved off Pompass's imperial diktat, [1]

But u cant put a 'good man' down for long, Colombo is under immense pressure to accept BIden's gift pack, MCC + SOFA + IPS.

Beware of pale faced bearing gift

But can the LankANS STand their ground this time ?

Coincidentally, a strange spat spring up bet Colombo/Beijing over an alleged batch of 'toxic fertiliser' from China.
MInd you,
Sri Lanka HAD lots of problem with INdia for over seventy years, but very good relation with China.
Why now ?

Its getting curiouser and curiouser.


Posted by: denk | Nov 26 2021 8:46 utc | 97

Rozhin posted today a short article about Fidel Castro, I was delighted with his viewpoint that runs parallel to the great epic legend of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar El Cid Campeador who is credited as a victor on a battle after his death. According to Cassad the empire cannot defeat Castro even after his demise and then my delight goes to sorrow when I realize that Spain instead of feeling pride and solidarity with our Latin American brothers and sisters sides with the empire, minuscule and dead while alive politicians whose only concern is their careers, their paychecks, perks and well being. Some are dead while alive, others after death keep on living. ¡¡¡¡Que viva Fidel!!! while the democracy circus keeps on rolling. Yunior, Guaidó and Tikhanovskaya will provide some corpses to that funeral.

Posted by: Paco | Nov 26 2021 8:55 utc | 98

Meanwhile in a small country not deemed worth of inviting: "it is all OK to postpone your elections, as long as you put our clown in the top post" – Lebanon. Source: the cradle.

At this point the whole thing is way beyond mediocre.

Posted by: phiw13 | Nov 26 2021 8:59 utc | 99

Re Solomon Islands

An interesting development. Thanks to those who have brought this to our attention.

How should we interpret prime minister Sogavare's request made to Australia for police assistance? It seems counter-intuitive at first for him to do so in the same breath as denouncing foreign influence targeting the island's new relationship with China.

On a second look, it could be a clever way to pull the rug under UKUS narrative building. By capitalizing on an existing security treaty with Australia, the Solomon Island's government has forced the latter's open involvement in the conflict. The fact that these are police forces sent to bring security to the capital will place them in obvious opposition to the rioters. In other words, it will be harder to sell the classic narrative of valiant democracy militants vs a repressive regime.

Posted by: robin | Nov 26 2021 8:59 utc | 100

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