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January 16, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-005

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Best zinger quote:

> Speaking about the possibility of holding a separate dialogue with the EU independently from the United States and NATO, one should ask the United States and NATO whether they will allow the EU to take any independent action. <

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Other issues:

Ukraine:

Russia has declared that it has no interest to go to war in Ukraine.

Meanwhile the U.S. is spewing out obvious bullshit about a Russian war on Ukraine.

Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ @caitoz - 12:19 AM · Jan 16, 2022
Remember kids: false flags are crazy conspiracy theories that only ridiculous crackpots believe in, except when they're reported as fact in anonymously-sourced stories by news outlets who've lied to you about every war.
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Repeating myself here but I expect an Ukrainian military operation against the Donbas rebels starting of February 3/4 when Putin is on his way to Beijing. Russia will watch a day or two to let everyone recognize the Ukrainian attack for what it is. It will then unleash its air force and artillery to destroy the Ukrainian military. It will be over in less than a week.

Mixed stuff:

Use as open thread ...

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Posted by b on January 16, 2022 at 14:25 UTC | Permalink

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"I expect an Ukrainian military operation against the Donbas rebels starting of February 3/4 when Putin is on his way to Beijing. Russia will watch a day or two to let everyone recognize the Ukrainian attack for what it is. It will then unleash its air force and artillery to destroy the Ukrainian military. It will be over in less than a week."

Why do you expect that? Given how shaky US support and how non-existent EU support is for Ukraine, you are suggesting they will gamble that someone will rescue them, even though that likelihood is near zero.

Frankly, I think it's much more likely that, if anything at all happens, it will the Russians generating some pretext for taking the kind of action you are suggesting. (Even the Western media can be correct on occasion when incentives to Russian behavior align with the preferred media narrative.) Putin realizes that he has a window of opportunity, albeit a very risk-laden one, and he will never have a better chance of reversing the "NATO by the back door" problem in Ukraine. You can call it a "false flag," and that might end up being correct, or you can call it something else.

Russia is the one with an incentive for action right now--not Ukraine. But Russia will want to create as much of a justification for action as possible. In the larger, strategic sense, Russia already has justification, but in the narrower, spur-of-the-moment, media-driven sense, Western "news" organizations dominate the narrative-building, and Russia, if it does act, will need to counter that as best it can, though that won't be easy.

Of course, there is always the chance that Putin will ultimately view the risk as too great, though his actions over the last months make it seem as if he feels the urgency to act.

We'll see.

Posted by: Oscar Peterson | Jan 16 2022 15:10 utc | 1

Diplomacy is the art of getting people of different interests to agree on a certain course of action. Good read.

Posted by: D0ng | Jan 16 2022 15:12 utc | 2

@Oscar Peterson | Jan 16 2022 15:10 utc | 2

Frankly, I think it's much more likely that, if anything at all happens, it will the Russians generating some pretext for taking the kind of action you are suggesting. (Even the Western media can be correct on occasion when incentives to Russian behavior align with the preferred media narrative.) Putin realizes that he has a window of opportunity, albeit a very risk-laden one, and he will never have a better chance of reversing the "NATO by the back door" problem in Ukraine. You can call it a "false flag," and that might end up being correct, or you can call it something else.

Nonsense. The Russians want security guarantees from US/Nato. The US wants to portray the US coup in Ukraine 2014 as a Ukraine/Russia conflict. Ukraine is just one part of the current issues between Russia and the US, and Ukraine is falling apart all by itself. It can be addressed by implementing the Minsk agreement, according to the UNSC resolution. Russia has no interest in starting anything with Ukraine unless US/Ukraine starts something aggressive first.

The only ones who are very eager to get something going is the failing US administration. The completely unhinged Jen Psaki is a primary exponent for this when she projects her own ideas onto Russia:

Psaki says Russia preparing false flag to invade Ukraine


Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 16 2022 15:40 utc | 3

It is widely discussed why US would malign Russia on Ukraine.
And obvious why Russia would respond as it has.
I assume US is satified with results as it is holding course.
It is clear why the clown would support the US agenda, but hard to understand why the Ukraine would support this path.
So I think that Russia may be giving time for that reality to take hold. Wake up Ukraine, do you really want to be next Iraq or Syria - that is a long term no win scenario.

Posted by: jared | Jan 16 2022 15:48 utc | 4

In support of b, I am carrying over the post I submitted on the last open thread, as it came near the end of that thread (I will also answer those who commented there as best I can here) Please, if you can, support b monetarily. If that is not presently possible, these open threads are an excellent place to forward items of interest from places we don't normally go. It's sad that when we do, we find nefarious others have got there before us - but at least we can help by pointing that out:


Posted by: imo | Jan 15 2022 8:11 utc | 148 [previous open thread]

Thanks for this on Djokovic's environmental statement, imo. Somewhat related, the new Old Calendar (if that's not a confusion of terms)for the Orthodox Christian has as its cover and reference article "Orthodoxy in Montenegro". I mention this as the situation in that small nation closely affiliated with the Serbian Orthodox Church is very similar to what happened in Ukraine, with the complication that communistic rule had usurped church property only recently being reinstated.

Conflict on this matter is still very much in play since Montenegro has rather an unique political situation and history - the president of the country on one side of the issue, parliament on the other thanks to the Constitution giving the president a five year term. He is up for re-election May of next year, and meanwhile not acting like a 'lame duck' whatsoever.

Others might wish to comment - I'm not expert by any means, but could provide the Orthodox 'take' if needed.

P.S.,the country's in NATO; Russia would rather it wasn't. Maybe on threshhold of EU, but a big maybe it seems...

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 16:08 utc | 5

Re: Opening Post and comment by Oscar Peterson | Jan 16 2022 15:10 utc | 2

These juicy tidbits are as obviously related as 2 + 2, unless you rely on Zionist, Neoconservative, Neoliberal, corporatist mathematics, of course, where the sums and products of all numbers is zero:

https://www.rt.com/russia/546143-us-train-ukraine-insurgents-reports/ and
https://www.rt.com/russia/546095-kremlin-false-flag-ukraine/

"...Earlier in the day, anonymous US officials echoed claims from Kiev that Russia had sent “operatives” into the disputed regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, to prepare a “provocation” that could trigger an “invasion....The quotes from an anonymous US official apparently dovetailed with insinuations by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan about Russia “laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for an invasion,” brought up at Thursday’s White House press briefing. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby referred to these claims at his own briefing on Friday, but then added the US assessment is that Russia hasn’t yet decided whether
to invade..."

also notice two items above in Bernard's post Other issues: Ukraine: are apparently about the same things.

The invasion by the Ukraine will probably be "justified" by a Windoze for MaleBovineManureJobsGroups 3.11 (which is running in Exceptionalist Mode) and / or Country General Protection Fault double false flag (false flagging a Russian false flag) or stated more simply, a provocation, which I think is the real (or most immediate agenda of) the training of potential future terrorist partisans.

Americastan accuses Russia of planning a false flag while doing WHAT??? RICH!!!

Posted by: William Haught | Jan 16 2022 16:23 utc | 6

Russia-EU relations regarding gas prices
The gas prices in Europe at the moment are all part of 'the mix' between Russia and the EU but, given the rightful concentration in recent weeks on the Russian ultimatum to the USA, they have kind of faded into the background.

My questions are technical and hopefully someone in the community can answer them. I understand that Gazprom prefer fixed price contracts - some have already been agreed with some EU countries. For the rest, they have chosen to go with spot prices on some kind of 'free' gas market. The problem with that approach is that when demand is sky high for gas in the East (as is currently the case) this affects the price on the spot market ie it goes up. My questions relate to this spot market: do European gas traders buy gas from Gazprom to resell at the best price they can on the European spot market? If so, at what price do they pay Gazprom? Put another way, is the gas being traded on the European spot market Gazprom gas or is it sourced from elsewhere?

Posted by: SoMuchToLearn | Jan 16 2022 16:25 utc | 7

Re: Kamala Harris
Fiddling while career burns. She has gotten this far by being a compliant finger puppet; unfortunately as someone with supposed influence and power, she now has to deliver.
The sad reality is that Kamala Harris has never been an actual politician even - negotiating with own and other party to accomplish some goal.
So she doesn't know how to set goals, doesn't know how to negotiate for them much less get anything done.
I have not been the least bit surprised at Kamala's ongoing failures - what is amusing is why anyone thought it would be any different.
The article above notes she has an enormous press corps - great, lots of people to amplify what?
Voting rights: idiotic and doomed to failure. The federal government does not have the right to dictate every single state's voting practices nor would even moderate uniformity result in anything like these morons think they would. As has been abundantly demonstrated - many red and purple states have more open practices than blue states. Furthermore, the federal attempt to take over this will directly disenfranchise the secretaries of state in every single state - voting being one of the primary functions of that position.

And the biggest joke is coming: she's extremely likely going to be the 2024 Democrat primary candidate. At the end of the day, she can always just blame Brandon for everything and shrilly proclaim her prime woke figurehead status.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 16 2022 16:25 utc | 8

By the way, regarding that $85 billion in Americastani weapons the dead weight anchors and guests on Fox Hasbara and Fox Plunderbund, and their viewership constantly crow about — did we get the answer regarding what that stuff was going to be used for 5 January 2022?

Or was it all destroyed in various parties, some of which were filmed and uploaded to Youtube.

Or are Google search results for once accurate and this is a case of stopped 24 hour clocks and clocks with either an AM or PM button that are our supposedly left wing media such as the Washington Post and FactCheck.org being correct once per day.

Or…

Posted by: William Haught | Jan 16 2022 16:36 utc | 9

Here's a general comment on my Montenegro post above.

Montenegro is a tiny country to the south of Serbia. It has a coastline on the Adriatic, its territory having expanded westward in fairly recent history, but past history links it very closely with Serbia, much as Crimea is linked to Russia historically speaking. Just from a fairly shallow overview, I would suspect that expansion, being a source of profit tourism-wise, is also a source of tension since most coastal inhabitants have Albanian (further south) roots. This ethnic mix seems to be the source of present conflict as when Montenegro was landlocked it was more of a monasticly focussed state and had the last Yugoslavian ties with Serbia when other communities had left that union. Indeed it was thought of as the rugged segment of Serbia itself, and many monasteries were mostly founded in that time, with some state leaders being also leaders in the Orthodox community.

My calendar describes peaceful protests led by the leader of that Serbian church community, Metropolitan Amfilohije, against a government ruling that involved the confiscation of church properties, during which the leaders of the protest were 'temporarily detained in police custody'. Elections for parliament were held in 1920, and the pro-western party headed by President Djukanovic was defeated. However Djukanovic is President until 2022, and his supporters now continue to protest the installment recently of a successor to Metropolitan Amfiloije,(who recently died from a pandemic related illness) - said protests involving flaming barricades and threats of violence. There is also the complication of a counter national church having arisen as in Ukraine, which is not recognized by Orthodoxy in general.

The last news article I read in Aljazeera described the new Metropolitan having to arrive to his church residence by helicopter due to the protests.

As I said, a tiny country, no more than a million inhabitants. But perhaps a microcosm of the kinds of pressures we currently discuss in larger detail. (I'm reminded to myself, that my presentation rather reverses Plato's Republic but let it stand.)

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 16:44 utc | 10

Woops, sorry. Djukanovic is president until elections in May, 2023.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 16:47 utc | 11

There will be no war between the West and Russia/China.

The West is frozen like a 'deer in the headlights'.

And that's exactly where Russia/China want it; frozen, unable to act while it slowly disintegrates economically and politically.

Russia will do nothing to upset this situation, except perhaps give the collapse a nudge - for example, by continuing to undermine the U.S. Dollar.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Jan 16 2022 16:47 utc | 12

@ Norwegian | 4

So Psaki anounces Russia planning false flag operation, would mean probability is the US is plannin%g a false, false flag operation. It seems they are struggling to get this fire started. Its amazing how much this resembles prep for ww2. As if they dusted off old playbook. Then Poland was stooge, now The Ukraine. And ironic to think Russia has been skirmishing with Poland and Lithuania over that region for some time now.

Wonder what would be Polands involvement if things get real in The Ukraine(tm).

Posted by: jared | Jan 16 2022 16:48 utc | 13

Also, elections held in 2020, not 1920, sorry again.(Senior moment).

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 16:49 utc | 14

Well I guess I better sell the remaining investments and start going short.
Need to protect remaining savings.

Ukraine was parcelled out some years ago to Poland and other helpful new ‘nato allies’ who are expecting chunks of land and automatic access for nato weapons. Ukraine was loaded up with foreign currency bonds paid extortionate rates in $, like Turkey has been. It really is not going to remain as the state it was pre or post USSR - the dumb Ukes will become refugees in their own lands and take on new passports. EU needs more arse wipers for the elderly and nannies for the babies.

These Ukrainians and PMC’s in their trenches and hostels have been sitting around for years watching porn, turning Ukrainians into prostitutes and playing endless online poker games 24/7. They are mostly bad at that. But it’s how the Empire provisions it’s mercenary proxies in this age. The real crazies will be exterminated. A way of clearing up the problem for these who created it. Let the Russians (& Chinese) do that dirty work. Even if it’s by a heavenly firestorm and some ‘consultants’ of their own.

Looks like it’s time for them to fry!

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 16 2022 16:52 utc | 15

Mainstream "news", here in the U$A, is saying Russia is the problem, with little or no discussion about NATO's expansion Eastward.

Just once, I'd love to hear ANYONE pose the question; What would be the U$ response be to a Russian base in Cuba? Which, in reality, is what happens when NATO expands Eastward, and becomes a de-facto U$ base.

Posted by: vetinLA | Jan 16 2022 16:59 utc | 16

@vetinLA #17
I don't know about a full on base but there's a non-zero chance that Russian weaponry winds up in South and/or Central America a la Cuban missile crisis.
The purpose would be precisely tit for tat, just like last time, with the added bonus of pricking the US stock market bubble in a midterm election year.
I still think this is a 3rd or 4th step - but that's why Putin/Shoigu are paid the big bucks: to make decisions and keep the other side guessing.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 16 2022 17:03 utc | 17

You might find out later this year vetinLA.

A Russian government plane was touring the Caribbean a few days ago. My guess it was carrying a mixed Military/Diplomatic team and Cuba and Venezuala were two of the destinations.

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 16 2022 17:09 utc | 18

This lovely piece of doublespeak from David Sanger, the Pentagon mouthpiece in the otherwise Langley Times:
"The F.S.B., Russia’s powerful security service, on Friday announced the arrest of hackers tied to the REvil ransomware group — a gang connected to some of the most damaging attacks against American targets, including Colonial Pipeline. The move was welcomed by the White House, but it was also a signal that Moscow could flip its cyberwarriors on or off at will."
Ah, yes, you arrest them so they must work for you...
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/16/world/europe/russia-ukraine-invasion.html

Posted by: fx | Jan 16 2022 17:31 utc | 19

I think I understand what Russia will do if she is forced to act on Ukraine (or NATOs ongoing encroachment:

Putin will formally recognise the Luhansk and Donetsk peoples republics ad perhaps extend to them membership in the CSTO and potentially the Russian Federation.

This avoids having to break any assurances Russia has made not to 'invade Ukraine' while still delivering a powerful and effective blow to demonstrate how serious Putin is.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2022 17:33 utc | 20

Funny that the 'melting pot' people don't give a rat's ass about the pots in which they originally brewed. In the USA, while a decent portion of folks are hip to what's going on, so many are stuck in a hypnotized addiction to believe whatever they're told my madmen (and women) and liars.

The 'west' is doing whatever it can to provoke Russia into kinetic action. That is the necessary first link in the chain to build new and improved iron curtains. The US government is much the same as Hollywood, and run by the same people - there hasn't been an original idea in decades.

The 'west' will continue to apply pressure until it forces Russia to act. The 'red lines' are all drawn. Russia will have no choice but to defend its interests with a military response.

Posted by: gottlieb | Jan 16 2022 17:36 utc | 21

Posted by: vetinLA | Jan 16 2022 16:59 utc | 17


What would be the U$ response be to a Russian base in Cuba?

Probably the destruction of Cuba.

While this would be a fair counter for Russia to take, it would draw far too much fire from the American Empire towards vulnerable states like Cuba and Venezuela.

(Iran perhaps, but then Putin would need to balance the relationship with Zionist israel, which he treasures far too much)

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2022 17:37 utc | 22

@17 I offered my thoughts on this on another thread. First the Cubans and/or Venezuelans would have to agree to the installation. If they do they will be told to butt out or face the consequences. If they decide to go ahead with the building stage they will lose a couple of power plants and there will be a big hole in Havana Airport main runway.

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 17:40 utc | 23

Will there be nukes in the Caribbean?

Since Cuba and Venezuela are already ostracized from empire and since a multi polar world is in their best interest, they may be open to being used as a threat to empire hegemony. I assume that protection and some sort of economic support are part of the new axis forming deals.

We need to remember that while empire makes it look like they are attacking Russia and China separately, this is a civilization war by empire to keep its lock on the levers of global finance.....they know Russia/China are locked at the hip at this time but want the zombies to see them as two bad things instead of one.

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Hey b! I got a hoot out of your last link
The Dolphin Clitoris Is Full of Surprises, Scientists Discover - Sciencealert

As someone who got a patent for an alternative bicycle saddle and sold the patent after making/selling saddles myself for 14 years, I know a bit about that part of the human anatomy.

The article describes the clitoris on a woman as pea sized and then goes on to describe how big the female dolphin's is. I don't want to get into a lot of detail here but the woman's clitoris is about 8 inches long from the crus tip of one leg of it to the other with the pea thing referred to in the article being in the middle.

If anything I would say that the Dolphin clitoris is only more exposed that that of the human female.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 16 2022 17:43 utc | 24

thanks b... i hope others contribute to moa and all b's work which also allows this community to continue...

@ dh-mtl | Jan 16 2022 16:47 utc | 13... i agree with your take fwiw...

as for russia putting nukes close to the usa, i suppose no one saw uncle tungstens link showing a nuclear sub off the east coast of usa? russia has a number of options here... usa leadership are totally fucked in the head, but don't tell them because they are unable and unwilling to see it... the msm will never let them know either..

Posted by: james | Jan 16 2022 17:44 utc | 25

@ c1ue | Jan 16 2022 16:25 utc | 9
Yes, Harris looks to be the Democratic front-runner right now, assuming Biden retires. Current polling, however, shows even the somnolent and unpopular Biden outpolling Harris, who has all the charisma of a dead flounder. Assuming he survives that long, Biden will be 81 on election day 2024 and 82 at the end of his term in 2025. Thus, if he served a second term, he would be 82-86. This might not be quite impossible, but it does seem to be a long shot, and he might become even more unpopular by 2024. Still, it seems most likely to me that Harris will fizzle in the primaries like so many other MSM-promoted candidates. The MSM always try to build up a buzz behind their candidates, like they are doing right now with the loathsome warmonger Connor Lamb for the Senate in PA, and it's gratifying to watch when their efforts are in vain.

Unfortunately, a great many of our fellow citizens remain easy to deceive. Right now, when they are beating the drums for war with Russia and recently with China, it hasn't caught fire with the public, because, first of all, the public just don't care about Ukraine and Taiwan at all.

What is needed, ideally, is someone to stand up, break through the media barrier, and ridicule the warmongers and denounce them as the traitors to the United States that they are, but I won't hold my breath. For that to happen, it would probably have to be someone prominent in the elite turning against their own class, like the Gracchi in ancient Rome. It will probably happen eventually when distributional conflict becomes direr.

Posted by: Cabe | Jan 16 2022 17:47 utc | 26

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 16:44 utc | 11

As I said, a tiny country, no more than a million inhabitants.

Ko je reko taj se vara,
Da je Crna Gora mala!
Crna Gora jest malena,
Al je časna i poštena!

:-)

Posted by: hopehely | Jan 16 2022 17:51 utc | 27

@24 "Since Cuba and Venezuela are already ostracized from empire and since a multi polar world is in their best interest, they may be open to being used as a threat to empire hegemony. I assume that protection and some sort of economic support are part of the new axis forming deals."

On the other hand they could be offered some sanctions relief if they stay out of it. An attractive proposal perhaps. It works both ways.

Posted by: dh | Jan 16 2022 17:54 utc | 28

@24psychohistorian
"Will there be nukes in the Caribbean?

That would be a breach of the Treaty of Tlatelolco.

Posted by: m | Jan 16 2022 17:54 utc | 29

With respect to my return to the previous thread, I would recommend the last page of it, some excellent links there, plus a thanks to Paul for first focus on the Djokovic 'incident' in Australia. That focus is huge down there, as you point out Paul, and the live hearing of the court deciding his fate would have been an electric moment for that sports crazy region.

There is and has been for a long time intense sports rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, especially in cricket as you point out, Paul - my several trips 'home' I was introduced into the intense World Cup scenario early '90s, after having experienced the Hadley era during the '80s when I only had a radio myself down there - got hooked on radio commentary as the advantage is you can carry on with housekeeping chores while listening; tv you can't.

My one 'live' experience of the rivalry was grabbing a bus to Eden Park with my kids and their friends in the '80s, getting a seat in the near empty stadium right next to Aussie players in the field, their faces ostentatiously daubed with white sunscreen, while a couple of Blackcaps in beige uniforms held the fort for an entire afternoon out on the pitch. Rather a relaxed situation it was; you had to be a fan.

These conflicts, I am sure, have been more important for the general public than politics or religion, that part of the world having been a backwater in past generations with little input on the international stage otherwise. These days it has caught up pretty much, as with any other off-notice region such as Montenegro.

But the Djokovic affair? Huge!

So, here we are.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 18:02 utc | 30

That WaPo piece... and two days later Harris has her next big failure. Whoa.

Posted by: fx | Jan 16 2022 18:03 utc | 31

Thanks also to hopehely - my thought on uniqueness was that monastic emphasis for the small country, rather similar to Mount Athos for Greece with respect to Yugoslavia, though even that latter unification is a recent historical one.

And Paco, thanks for the amplification of the Ukraine problem schismatically - it hasn't seemed to happen that way in Montenegro, with a uniform response to the Montenegran Orthodox vs. Serbian Orthodox by Orthodoxy at large. I'm not close to these shuffles, so others may have better info on the difference, but thanks for pointing that out. 'Divide and conquer' is my own amateur assessment.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 18:12 utc | 32

https://eukraine.substack.com/p/juggling-the-numbers-why-the-average

Juggling the numbers. Why the average salary in Ukraine is growing, while life is getting worse

by Alexey Kushch, January 11, 2022

The original article: https://focus.ua/opinions/502806-zhonglery-ciframi-pochemu-srednyaya-zarplata-v-ukraine-rastet-a-zhit-vse-huzhe

I chose to translate this article because the author does a great job at clearly explaining the socio-economic realities of Ukraine today. I also like his comparison of Ukraine with Albania, where similar processes of social stratification as a result of labor migration to EU nations are taking place. Finally, his conclusions regarding the small social basis of the post-2014 political regime are important. It brings to mind how, according to polls, only 22% of Ukrainians support a non-diplomatic (military) resolution of the conflict.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 16 2022 18:19 utc | 33

https://eukraine.substack.com/p/juggling-the-numbers-why-the-average

Juggling the numbers. Why the average salary in Ukraine is growing, while life is getting worse

by Alexey Kushch, January 11, 2022

The original article: https://focus.ua/opinions/502806-zhonglery-ciframi-pochemu-srednyaya-zarplata-v-ukraine-rastet-a-zhit-vse-huzhe

I chose to translate this article because the author does a great job at clearly explaining the socio-economic realities of Ukraine today. I also like his comparison of Ukraine with Albania, where similar processes of social stratification as a result of labor migration to EU nations are taking place. Finally, his conclusions regarding the small social basis of the post-2014 political regime are important. It brings to mind how, according to polls, only 22% of Ukrainians support a non-diplomatic (military) resolution of the conflict.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 16 2022 18:19 utc | 34

Kamala is a big zero. All we need to know about her is that she left the primaries before the first votes. She's a nothing, except perhaps for a small layer of woke upper middle class, 60 year old women in wealthy liberal cities.

More interesting is the deep crisis of bourgeois liberalism. Who are their upcoming leaders, what can they sell, what passions can they arouse? Nothing. And it's a sign of the system's breakdown, when it can no longer produce what Gramsci called "organic intellectuals," who can define reality and produce ideological hegemony and material progress. American capitalism has been in secular decline since the mid 1960s when the first trade deficits emerged and industrial profit rates began to tank, and nothing has worked to renew the system. Clinton and Obama were the last system managers of bourgeois liberalism, and they failed to renew capitalism in any way. We all know how Obama responded to the financial crisis, and Clinton deregulated Wall St, pushed through NAFTA and WTO, gutted social programs and introduced racist crime bills. As a result, the gap between material reality (class struggle and the development of productive forces) diverged even more from the lofty discourse of liberalism. The system is broken and no representative of it (Kamala, Biden, Pete, Hillary, Oprah, Michelle) can fix it. There are only two paths: socialism or barbarism, to recall Rosa on the anniversary of her martyrdom.

Posted by: Prof | Jan 16 2022 18:25 utc | 35

Hadlee, sorry, Richard Hadlee. He was beautiful to watch on my parents' color tv. Hadlee, and Braithwaite. Inia te Waiata and Kiri te Kanawa for music. Golden era! Even the racing yachts for the America's Cup were beautiful then...only the plane crash at the Antarctic mountain and the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior gave tragic links to world affairs for us sports enthusiasts.

That was then.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 18:27 utc | 36

Of course, there is always the chance that Putin will ultimately view the risk as too great, though his actions over the last months make it seem as if he feels the urgency to act.

The only ones who are very eager to get something going is the failing US administration. The completely unhinged Jen Psaki is a primary exponent for this when she projects her own ideas onto Russia

The pot is calling the kettle black.... The US trumpets world wide that it is moving commandos into Ukraine.....

While....

Trying to claim it is Russia which is doing this....

As for Putin's assessment of risks.... This is out in the open for all to see...

He thinks the current state of affairs is an existential risk to Russia...

He wants the current state of affairs rolled back to 1997.

He promulgated an ultimatum....

Said was rejected....

Now, which "cherry" does he pick???

INDY

Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 16 2022 18:33 utc | 37

Posted by: too scents | Jan 16 2022 18:19 utc | 33

Thanks for the link! The parallel to the US situation is immediate and indefensible. Words fail. Dustpan politics, writ small. The hammer sees every solution as a nail to be pounded, except in this case it is the larger nail doing the pounding.

The ghosts of the past are rattling their chains in horror.

Hold fast to the good, wherever you find it; have courage.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2022 18:57 utc | 38

Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2022 17:33 utc | 20

If they separate Donbas (+Luhansk) from Ukraine, it will be done legally. How about a referendum again? If "they" (D+L) decide to leave Ukraine who could blame them (except the NATists and US)?
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Other speculation by me only;
Then the rest of your suggestion can happen; CSTO and financial help plus protection. That would be starters, as b thinks around 3-4 feb for the Ukraine move on Donbas, and then another possible FF in Transnistria might be put into action. That would really be a mistake on the part of Zelensky, as any "landing" of Russian forces would then happen between Odessa and Moldova, and be aimed at cutting off Uke access to the Black Sea with a pincer movement from Crimea.
**

Sitting here comfortably in the warm, my heart does NOT go out to those sitting in cold and muddy trenches. Who woulda thought....

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 19:08 utc | 39

INDY

Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 16 2022 18:33 utc | 37
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INDY ????

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 16 2022 19:23 utc | 40

indy as i - i'm not dead yet, or as in independent? a lot of folks just skip over these abbreviations... they must be meaningless for a good number of people.. i had to look it up..

Posted by: james | Jan 16 2022 19:41 utc | 41

Russia/Ukraine war potential as indicated by Russian troop deployments.

I'm partial to the analysis of Michael Kofman, the director of Russian studies at Stanford, who apparently specializes in analyzing Russian military operations/formations.

He has been arguing, since April of 2021, that the nature of Russian troop movements around Ukraine have largely consisted, up to this point, of deployments into staging areas.

He estimates is that there are now 60 battalion tactical groups within 250-350km from Ukraine (these are ground troops, and does not include potential aerospace or naval forces).

He emphasizes that the units sent so far are primarily involved in prepositioning equipment and not, as of yet, sending manned formations. He argues that if the Russian military begins to send actual personnel along with logistic support (medicine, fuel, munitions) to forward deployed locations something more ominous might be afoot--but for now the preposition of equipment makes any deployment more sustainable and less expensive and gives Moscow greater freedom to select the timing of operations while retaining the element of surprise.

He also argues that nobody really knows what might happen next, except for perhaps members of the Russian national security council, who are charged with evaluating and ultimately choosing political-military options.

Posted by: Gulag | Jan 16 2022 20:21 utc | 42

BREAKING: Facebook blocks the account of the Russian military and arms control talk delegation in Vienna

I was going to add something sarcastic, but my thoughts were blocked by someone who knew better than I, what I wanted to say.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 20:22 utc | 43

@ Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 20:22 utc | 43 with the "outing" of Facebook

Let me add to the outing from The Register

Google and Facebook's top execs allegedly approved dividing ad market among themselves

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 16 2022 20:53 utc | 44

Re: m | Jan 16 2022 17:54 utc | 29 Treaty of Tlatelolco

Perhaps the Presidents of Cuba and Nicaragua can withdraw from treaties unilaterally, or they can amend their Constitutions so that the President can withdraw in certain cases, say to deal with a national security threat that has never honored its obligations, even the highest laws of its land such as treaties or serial bullies who habitually commit the supreme war crime.

Re: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2022 17:37 utc | 22 Destruction of Cuba due to Russian base

Not if they have nukes -- or at least they would even the score with insane people.

Re: Both above & others

How Americastan reacts regarding Cuba, Nicaragua, and Russia having the same "defense" capabilities as Country General Protection Fault and its hypocritical self would show the world outside NATOstan what they are dealing with.

Posted by: William Haught | Jan 16 2022 20:53 utc | 45

indy as i - i'm not dead yet, or as in independent? a lot of folks just skip over these abbreviations... they must be meaningless for a good number of people.. i had to look it up..


INDY ==== "Indiana Jones".... the real one.... the world girdling oceanographer.... not the
fictitious archaeologist...

We both taught at IU... had adventures... ate monkey brains... worked in Asia... Africa... Oceania... Caribbean... the Americas.... the Med...

You???? Looks like you need a new dictionary...

INDY


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 16 2022 20:53 utc | 46

lol... right... i need a new dic in my life, lol...

Posted by: james | Jan 16 2022 21:00 utc | 47

I'm partial to the analysis of Michael Kofman, who apparently specializes in analyzing Russian military operations/formations.

He estimates is that there are now 60 battalion tactical groups, each containing 700-900 men, within 250-350km from Ukraine (these are combined arms battle ready formations, and do not yet include potential aerospace or naval forces).

He emphasizes that the units sent so far are primarily involved in pre-positioning equipment and not, as of yet, sending manned formations. He argues that if the Russian military begins to send actual personnel along with logistic support (medicine, fuel, munitions) to forward deployed locations something more ominous might be afoot--but for now the preposition of equipment makes any deployment more sustainable and less expensive and gives Moscow greater freedom to select the timing of operations while retaining the element of surprise.

He also argues that nobody really knows what might happen next, except for perhaps members of the Russian national security council, who are charged with evaluating and ultimately choosing political-military options.

Finally, a realistic assessment.

INDY

Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jan 16 2022 21:04 utc | 48

Doctorow notes Russian success this past week in the psy-war element of the current disputes:

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2022/01/16/common-sense-and-self-preservation-go-mainstream-in-washington-dc-capitulation-to-russian-demands-becomes-discussable/

"It is astounding that none of the major Western media picked up the fact in front of their noses: that on
the pretext of an invasion they had no intention of staging, the Russians had succeeded in lining up
high level meetings with the United States and its NATO allies to discuss total revisions to the security
architecture in Europe, something which was the laugh of the town when first proposed by Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev in 2008-2009 and led to nothing back then.

I would call this the first Psy-ops success scored by Moscow. The second success was the admission
by the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the run-up to the meetings in Geneva and
Brussels that they would not send a single soldier to help defend the Ukrainians if they were invaded!"

Seen this way, NATO’s bluster on its “open door” and sovereignty ruling security frameworks etc is largely a part of the informational aspect to this “psy-war”, more directed at the western publics than the adversary itself. Similar is the supposedly “leaked” reports the CIA has taken to training an insurgency for activity post “Russian invasion”. In reality, CIA trained insurgents have been in place in the region since the 1950s, working from networks established by the OSS before the Second World War was even over, networks first created by the Nazis under Gehlen. Their purpose in the 1950s were to, as necessary, establish political control in Soviet regions in the aftermath of a nuclear war (first strike). These insurgent networks were later utilized during the Maidan events. The Russians of course know all this, but the western/NATO publics do not.

Posted by: jayc | Jan 16 2022 21:07 utc | 49

https://sputniknews.com/20220114/stoltenberg-natos-already-decided-to-make-ukraine-georgia-members-didnt-say-when-itll-occur-1092254284.html

Perhaps it is time, Cuba, Nicaragua, and God willing, for CSTO to decide to make them members and for Stanislav Vasilievich Zas to announce the obvious time of occurrence -- the exact nanosecond of Georgia and Country General Protection Fault's entries into NATO.

Posted by: William Haught | Jan 16 2022 21:17 utc | 50

#40

"I'm getting myself a wrecker and a couple of pit bulls and going INDY"

Harry Dean Stanton, Repo Man

Posted by: Gulo | Jan 16 2022 21:19 utc | 51

What to do with a nation that ignores and breaks its own laws, the treaties it signs, kills millions of innocents, and abets massive financial crimes, while lying about all of it or simply telling its BigLie Media partners to bury it all and never let any of it see the light? Should such a nation be allowed to exist amongst the vast majority who are damaged in many ways by that one nation's behavior? Shouldn't that nation at the very minimum be ostracized and put into semi-permanent time-out until it vastly alters its ways, and its public begs the world to forgive them?

Given the ongoing nature of the biggest financial crime in world history, what might happen if Russia, China, and other nations cut themselves off from SWIFT and demanded the use of their national currencies in all transactions with that Outlaw Nation? What if Syria said it's had more than enough of the Pirate Nation's plundering of its national resources, attacks its forces to drive them from its land and reclaims its natural wealth?

When will the majority of the planet say it's had more than enough crap from the Outlaw US Empire and work together to stop its illegalities and force it back within its borders?

When is enough finally enough?!?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 16 2022 21:25 utc | 52

psychohistorian | Jan 16 2022 20:53 utc | 44

But, but, Facebook and Google can't do anything wrong, their fact checkers said so.
*

Fascinating how we are being screwed all down the line.
Just been reading "Europe's Spendthrifts Are Stuck In Irreversible Debt-Traps", ZH so no link..
It seems the EU is in a worse position re; debt than the US. (I was looking for info about the reasons for the repro "bailout" mentioned in "Wall Street on Parade".) Each time I look further into the mine shaft, the mould only gets deeper, thicker and darker.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 21:30 utc | 53

@jayc #49
Thank you for the link.
The National Interest article which Doctorow references, however and to me, doesn't represent any form of American oligarchy thinking.
The person who wrote it (David Pyne) is more like Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller than a real representative of the deep state, and will get the same treatment.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 16 2022 21:34 utc | 54

Some trivia:

According to Google translate, NATO in Russian is HATO.

And, "trivia" can be singular or plural in writing and speaking.

Posted by: spudski | Jan 16 2022 21:36 utc | 55

I might exaggerate a bit, but I do no not lie. I was just trying to explain, how difficult it is to send 60 Euros, from England to a Student from Germany, who found my wife's phone on Brighton Beach, such that She Gets 60 Euros, and she did get 60 Euros...Cos she texted me, when she got it...in a happy smiley ordinary Greeting Card.

The Post office took about 20 pence.

The Banks Got Nowt...

Why did you delete that?

I was trying to help and tell the truth, as my wife and I found it.

Yes, I am old too, but we went to a gig last night in London.

The place was rammed..the band were world class.

No one was wearng masks, and no one believes in Covid anyomore in England in 2022

COVID IS OVER in ENGLAND

We will not wear Masks, and We will not Take Our Booster Jabs.

We do Like You Germans, but please STOP JABBING

Tony

Posted by: Tony_0pmoc | Jan 16 2022 21:43 utc | 56

I suggest reading this op/ed, "Russia is right: The West promised not to enlarge NATO & these promises were broken". The author's recaptulation of the arguments is excellent. His conclusion:

"In sum, Russia is right: The West promised not to enlarge NATO, and these promises were broken. NATO is wrong: It can, actually, shut the door; it just doesn’t feel like it.

"These things are, actually, not hard to grasp. Hence, what is perhaps most worrying about the currently dominant Western narratives on these issues is not even that they are incorrect but that, apparently, parts of the Western elites, intellectual and political, really believe their own nonsense. But let’s hope they are deliberately distorting the truth. Because otherwise they have started buying into their own propaganda. And if that is the case, it is very hard to see how negotiations will ever succeed. " [My Emphasis]

So, what to do when faced with a pack of bald-faced liars who insist their lies are truth and clearly aren't going to alter their views? I only see two choices: Eliminate the liars or ostracize them and completely wall them and their nations off since it's impossible to obtain anything honest or believable from them. Ultimately, it's very unfortunate that some aspects of business-as-usual continue, like the agreement between NASA and Roscosmos to continue joint ISS operations until 2030. And of course, the worst part is that Russia isn't even talking directly to those actually running the Outlaw US Empire. IMO, Either Lavrov or Putin must step outside their comfort zone and demand to talk with the genuine rulers, not their proxies, and name them.

There is the very slight possibility that all the lies and bullshit are a smokescreen for a worthy response, although the Outlaw US Empire's behavior since 1783 doesn't instill any confidence in that slimmest of potentials.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 16 2022 21:51 utc | 57

An illustration of who is getting sanctioned, and by whom. (From Valdai club, via Geroman. Twitter)

https://twitter.com/RealPepeEscobar/status/1482663145776758792/photo/1
*****

Tony_0pmoc | Jan 16 2022 21:43 utc | 56

It isn't officially "over" in France as the Gov, has just voted in Vaxx "passes" (with nearly 300 senators absent, so there would not be any dissension). I envy you.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 21:51 utc | 58

Stonebird @58--

From your Escobar twitter link, Massive Anti-French protests in Mali that are being ignored by BigLie Media.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 16 2022 21:56 utc | 59

karlof1 | Jan 16 2022 21:51 utc | 57

I am starting to think that "war, War" is the next induced panic. Covid is waning (and is finished in many countries), Climate change is not immediate or even realistic as a panic mode, as it is "based" on too long a time line.

So what is left to hide the coming financial breakdown? The financial destruction of Europe as a unit (ie. End of Euro and possibly eurozone), and the scavenging of the remains by Blackrock and others. The Banks and multiple bankruptcies and asset seizing?

***

Blackrock is one of the "deep state" orifices. Ten trillion dollars in "assets" under it's management. ie. an immortal "corporation", the owners of which are never held accountable.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 22:05 utc | 60

I can't wait for the pantsuit empire to get its black eye. Keep pushing USA while I stock up on popcorn.

Posted by: Patroklos | Jan 16 2022 22:11 utc | 61

https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1482408918965915650

The reporter used to launder Trump-Russia conspiracy theories; Russian bounties in Afghanistan; and “Hunter Biden’s laptop is Russian disinformation” has some new “very credible” news about Russia:

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 16 2022 22:14 utc | 62

karlof1 | Jan 16 2022 21:56 utc | 59

Mali has reason to get rid of the French. I recently found someone who posted a film shot during the Algerian war period. Unarmed peasants and people just walking along the roads, usually shot in the back. No "drama", just cold blooded murders.

Even after the war ended, Algerians were treated extremely badly by Police in France (From a very old account told to me by someone who lived in Paris just after the war ended.)

*****

General note, 36'000 Bedouin are being displaced by Israel. We should also include Apartheid as one of the things that still needs to be eliminated in our world.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 16 2022 22:19 utc | 63

Posted by: juliania @ 30

Re Novak Djokovic, the point that stands out to me is that natural immunity was recognised by 27 nations in the European Union plus the UK when Australia granted the visa. Australia changed 'the rules' RETROSPECTIVELY after Novak Djokovic legally entered the country on what was a valid visa.

Now talking head commentators are spinning a whole new narrative while omitting the salient retrospective point.

Novak Djokovic behaved with dignity and composure under pressure.I don't think I would have remained so calm. I would have wanted to smash some heads.

I am waiting to hear why unprecedented legal indemnity was given to the drug companies. If Novak Djokovic, for example, had the injection and suffered adverse reactions there would be no one to litigate against. Very fishy.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 16 2022 22:36 utc | 64

Where have we all seen this before? Oh yeah, I remember: The Langley Times!

Many in the commentariat called on the US to take steps that would increase the likelihood of war. In the New York Times (12/10/21), retired US Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman wrote that “the United States must support Ukraine by providing more extensive military assistance.” He argued that “the United States should consider an out-of-cycle, division-level military deployment to Eastern Europe to reassure allies and bolster the defenses of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” even while calling for a strategy that “avoids crossing into military adventurism.” He went on to say that “the United States has to be more assertive in the region.”

https://fair.org/home/hawkish-pundits-downplay-threat-of-war-ukraines-nazi-ties/

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 16 2022 22:36 utc | 65

Ukraine-NATO "non-negotiable and no promises this time"?

No matter how much I rack my brains, I see no other ending than sanctions followed by cutting the ties, Putin's word.

The new Russian weapons (as impressive as they are) won't change that. Do you see the West giving in to anything with a gun to the head?
It would be cowardly kneeling in front of the dictatorial, intimidating, arbitrary poisonners with homophobic Novitchok and the russians know that we are no COWARDS!

As I already read it here, it will then be suicide for Europe, well done, but it will also be very painful for Russia and much less for the USA, so why to play it like that?
No better option or could Russia have simply decided to reduce its exposure to an implosion of the financial boilers of the free world?

Maybe I'm wrong and we're all going to beg NATO to sign this f***g piece of paper, I would still prefer.

Posted by: Marjorie | Jan 16 2022 22:44 utc | 66

Deporting Novak Djokovic Is a Political Stunt

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2022/01/australian-open-morrison-hawke-novak-djokovic-deportation-visa

While COVID-19 overwhelms Australia’s health system, Scott Morrison’s government has spent the week trying to deport tennis star Novak Djokovic. It’s a cynical attempt to distract from a major public health disaster.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 16 2022 22:59 utc | 67

If we get through this without the four horsemen saddling up there'll be questions.

one of them will be, since the British and Russian military budgets are almost identical.. how come Russia has almost 3,000 tanks to our 250, and they can deploy a full combat brigade in 13 hours while we have just one, fully manned, battalion?

Posted by: DaveGood | Jan 16 2022 22:59 utc | 68

There will be no war between the West and Russia/China.

The West is frozen like a 'deer in the headlights'.

And that's exactly where Russia/China want it; frozen, unable to act while it slowly disintegrates economically and politically.

Russia will do nothing to upset this situation, except perhaps give the collapse a nudge - for example, by continuing to undermine the U.S. Dollar.

dh-mtl | Jan 16 2022 16:47 utc | 12: The ideal situation but no plan survives contact with the enemy.


Wonder what would be Polands involvement if things get real in The Ukraine(tm).

jared | Jan 16 2022 16:48 utc | 13: Cannon fodder

vetinLA | Jan 16 2022 16:59 utc | 16: I vaguely remember Dr. Ron Paul and friends have mentioned it.

Tony_0pmoc | Jan 16 2022 21:43 utc | 56: Good to read that the resistance is going strong.

Posted by: Ian2 | Jan 16 2022 23:30 utc | 69

@ Paul 64
Two aspects of the Djokovic saga were the most interesting:
1) how much ordinary Australians were for or against kicking Djokovic out of their country,
2) the legal basis of kicking him out once he arrived at the border with a valid visa.

I must state that I always expected Djokovic to be kicked out, the only two surprises were that the visa was issued and that he won the first court case. This is because Australia has gone to the extreme dark side (just review a few now infamous police violence videos from Australia, especially the one where a white-haired policeman literally strangles a small woman because she did not wear a mask). It is the same media and politicians who ruthlessly and incessantly lie about Covid who activated their tools of mass psychosis even before Djokovic boarded the plane, right after he twitted that he was coming to the Australian Open. There was absolutely no chance ever that he would win a challenge against the minister's cancelation of his visa - the second highest Australian court was not going to rule against the government to which it is connected on the hip. This is why all three judges strongly sided with the government.

The media house Fairfax, publisher of the trashy Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne), and the NWO propaganda and Wokeness leader in Australia, published a well timed market research which showed that 71% of Australians were for deportation and only 14% were against. They also smeared the voters of a small new party called United Australia Party as the only group opposed to the deportation (how dare they). My personal estimate (probably more reliable than a paid market research) is that about 35% of Australians were for deportation, about 25% were against and 40% could not care less. I would also venture that the 35% for deportation were almost all from the group of the so called "scared" (scared by the media fear-porn).

Covid has turned Australia into a new Wahhabist Saudi Arabia - Covid is the unchallengeable state religion. It is interesting question - why so much more than the other Western countries. My thesis is that Australia is a young nation, inexperienced with ideology and propaganda, ripe for picking by the WEF NWO, with a disarmed population prone to nutty ideologies supported by the regime and the media. Simply put - the Australian population strongly lacks the European skepticism of Descartes et al.

Finally, about the legal basis of kicking Djokovic out - the Australian Government (the Minister of Immigration) claimed only one thing - that Djokovic is a "treat to the country by his anti-vaxx views". The Australian law is explicit that it allows the minister to cancel someone's visa at own discretion, but explicitly "only as a last resort and in extraordinary circumstances". Djokovic's lawyers have challenged those two points: Djokovic has never stated explicitly that he was anti-vaxx and especially not when in Australia. The Australian governments case relied on an old Anglo-journalistic smear by the "reliable" BBC, which enhanced, extended and amplified his statement that vaccination was a personal choice. Yet, all this did not matter - the three blind mice of the Australian Federal Court simply decided that "only as a last resort and in extraordinary circumstances" sub-clause does not exist in the Australian law and interpreted only the part of the immigration law which implies unlimited authority of the minister. They refused to adjudicate on the reasonableness of the Minister's decision, and declared that the Minister's decision was legal.

Yet, not even one screeching anti-Djokovic commenter in Australia comprehended the irony of declaring Djokovic, a foreigner, a problem for the health of Australia. Djokovic was kicked out because his completely personal and confidential vaccination choice became a symbol against the state religion. On one hand the vaxx crazies claimed that Australian Open is not one player (i.e. Djokovic), at the same time he was so important and a problem for the country that he had to be eliminated from the sport and the country. Naturally, the main point is - How come the vaccine mandates are so vulnerable to one man's vaccination choice that the government must employ extreme measures to eliminate this one man?. What sick insecurity!!!

Naturally, this aligns perfectly with the main argument against vaccine mandates - If they are so good for you why do they have to be mandated? (they lost patience, you know ...)

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 0:00 utc | 70

Background: the most energetic anti-vax demonstrations in France are in fact outre-mer in Guadeloupe.

It turns out that at about the same time that Macron was calling the anti-vaxxers Racists and Misogynists (!), the president of Guadeloupe was in Paris, but Macron didn't want anything to do with him.

Posted by: Platero | Jan 17 2022 0:35 utc | 71

This is too delicious.

Pepe Escobar
@RealPepeEscobar
·
2h
Lavrov:

"As we can see, the multi-page text was too difficult for our partners. The following demands for the USA will be issued in the form of comics."

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 17 2022 0:38 utc | 72

@ Tom_Q_Collins 67

The article you quote is a complete utter garbage, typical of what has been passed around as information, in Australia as well as other Anglo countries. There was not a single moment since the vaccine roll-out started in Jan 21 when Djokovic said anything anti-vaxx. For a long time he even refused to declare his own vaccination status.

The only true issue is that Djokovic was the most useful distraction for the Australian regime, but less to cover up the exploding Covid infections after 91.5% double-vaccination rate. It was more to cover up for the empty super-market shelves (most of all - all meat gone). Prepared to eat insects for protein Tom ? I guess that the pathetic Australian regime would have had to blame Putin if it did not have Djokovic nearby.

On a related matter - if anyone was wondering why Djokovic did not do what so many other sports people and especially other professional tennis players have done - get real vaccine injected into a rag for a couple of thousand Euros, it is because Djokovic is a religious and a moral person. Cheating is not part of his personal make up. He did not want to cheat but he also did not want to be used by either side - pro or anti vaccine. It was purely his own, which should have remained a personal and confidential vaccination choice that was abused by one side.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/episodes/heres-the-secret-behind-novak-djokovics-resistance-to-covid-tyranny/

BTW, Djokovic's native Serbia, as well as the neighbouring EU member Croatia, due to the lack of strict government mandates, have a fairly low vaccination rate of around 47%. This fact is what the Australian regime's media used against Djokovic as well.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 0:43 utc | 73

Re: Dolphin bits

The cited article left out the most interesting quote: "In dolphins, the clitoris is positioned at the entrance of the vaginal opening and in direct contact with the penis during copulation, unlike the external position of the clitoris in humans," said Orbach.

Posted by: Platero | Jan 17 2022 0:47 utc | 74

@ Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 0:00 utc | 70

Superb. Thank you.

It’s impressive blind eye turning by the EU too.
I wonder also if any Swiss are being allowed to travel to Australia or anywhere given they accept that vaccination or previous infection are equivalent to allow freedom.

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 17 2022 0:59 utc | 75

@73 Also of course any certificate Djokovic might have got in Serbia would be in Cyrillic script. That could cause major panic among immigration officials.

Posted by: dh | Jan 17 2022 1:13 utc | 76

@ TQC 65
retired US Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman wrote that “the United States must support Ukraine by Alexander Vindman wrote that “the United States must support Ukraine by providing more extensive military assistance. . .
Just so readers know that Vindman immigrated from Ukraine, then served in the USArmy for two decades.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 17 2022 1:19 utc | 77

Re Stoltenberg's declaration.

When reading about Jens Stoltenberg's assertive declaration, one would think of him as the ex-PM of a truly formidable military power.

He sounds like a Tibetan hound and yet his army is chihuahua sized. 28000 men in uniform, 40,000 reservists!!! What a joke!

Then, economy-wise, Norway is just a couple of offshore platforms easily decimated.

He looks like these dogs that will bark frenetically at some other dog while protected by a fence, yet will calm down instantly when thegate is opened.

But his belligerent tone is really to be examined seriously as he seems not to realize the seriousness of the circumstances. He is after all still the Secretary-General of NATO.

However, since help to fellow members is voluntary he could find himself exposed to monumental ridicule if Russia decides to annex Georgia and Ukraine and he cannot do anything about it.

However, seriously, he should be in an asylum as he does nothing to promote peace for his people.

Posted by: CarlD | Jan 17 2022 1:53 utc | 78

@Kiza | Jan 17 2022 0:00 utc | 70

As the late Australian journalist Clive James said: "The problem with Australians is not that so many of them are descended from convicts, but that so many of them are descended from prison officers.”

Most creative talent in the country leaves for more interesting places and the government anxiety is mainly due to this B-Class officer control (and rules fixation) obsession.

At the moment, the western free market economic theory has crumbled; Modern Monetary Theory is a central bank heist scam in full swing; the shop shelves are empty olde USSR style; and we have a trade war with China -- the biggest customer and supplier -- all for the sake of USA foreign policy. There would be a social revolution storming parliaments across the country now if they were not pumping massive $$$'s into keeping the construction trades busy building real-estate investment bubbles.

The problem is, most people are sheep without independent critical thinking capacity -- and as such, a high-profile "Wrong Think" like Julian Assange or Novak Djokovic presents real "country risk" to the prevailing mass-psychosis programme of the day.

The admission of the Australian government that they cannot tolerate the social-influence/disturbance risk of one tennis player (with previous infection immunity) shows just how brittle and close to breakdown the system is. They know this, but that is just standard prison guard business.

What is really undermining the subaltern confidence is that the UK and the USA (the Anglosphere) bosses are crumbling economically compaired to China and Russia -- and decomposing culturally. This leaves the prison-guard mentality with hyper-existential anxiety and a double-bind -- they will soon not have any rational orders they (or anyone) can follow. And without that policy context, there is little or no distinction between them and their inmates. In fact, it is quite rare these days to find a cop that does not look and sound like a tattoo'd nightclub bouncer doing a 2nd shift.

There is an underground Republican movement but nobody can touch the UK's old Betty Windsor (and her mad and pedophile sons) while she lives. But all bets are off once she passes on to meet up with her reincarnated Virus-2.0 'prince' husband. That's why it is heavy lock-down down-under mostly. ... and it's a good test-bed for new policy in the North (so be pre-warned!).

As for Novak Djokovic, he also pissed off Rio Tinto and they feed a lot of $$$backpockets and brown-paper bags around here.

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 1:56 utc | 79

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 0:43 utc | 73

I'm glad you know so much about Djokovic; is he a close personal acquaintance of yours?

Not being in Australia, I can't speak on the allegations about empty store shelves, but you'll see plenty of US (and UK tabloids) outlets pushing the same thing, along with the inflation stuff. Turns out our capitalist just-in-time supply chain breaks down much more easily than we'd been told all those years.

It seems much more likely to me that the distraction was intended to keep Australia's troubles with containing COVID despite the vaccination rate out of the headlines and the tennis player provided a great coincidence. Should be noted how Rupert Murdoch's outlets Down Under have been covering it too.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 17 2022 1:57 utc | 80

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 1:56 utc | 79

I was wondering if you had any recommended links on the Rio Tinto thing.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 17 2022 1:59 utc | 81

Paul @ 64, Tom Q Collins @ 67, Kiza @ 70:

... Yet, not even one screeching anti-Djokovic commenter in Australia comprehended the irony of declaring Djokovic, a foreigner, a problem for the health of Australia ...

One irony must surely be that Novak Djokovic is the first major sports athlete to be banned from competing in an international sports tournament because he won't take a drug that may cause problems in the short term for him as an athlete (because tennis is as much an endurance sport as it is a sport dependent on athleticism) and likely to have long-term consequences for people of his generation and younger who take it.

There is another issue at play as well. Since becoming Prime Minister in August 2018, Scott Morrison has mishandled one crisis after another (disasters such as bushfires in 2019 and floods in 2020 and 2021; most aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic: co-ordinating strategy with the state governments especially over interstate movements of people, obtaining supplies of vaccines in 2021; the AUKUS pact in which Australia failed to notify France that it was cancelling their submarine contract) and distinguished himself by his bullying behaviour towards various individuals of whom Djokovic is one example. Support for Morrison among the general public and even within his own party is low. I hear rumours of people leaving the Liberal Party in droves and joining the United Australia Party.

Morrison's intervention in the saga surrounding Novak Djokovic is a cynical dog-whistle ploy exploiting current public disillusionment and resentment, and the media scapegoating of people reluctant to take the jabs, to claw back support. I'm sure his mentor John Howard will be proud that his pupil learned this lesson well.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 17 2022 2:01 utc | 82

Posted by: Jen | Jan 17 2022 2:01 utc | 82

I agree completely about Morrison's motives and the absurdity of the whole thing. I only add that Djokovic and his team made big blunders too. My sources in Home Affairs affirm that he lied about where he'd been before coming to Oz and was ill-prepared to meet criteria his management should have sewn up well in advance. He either wanted to play the AO (in which case get your immigration ducks in a row) or not. The whole thing is a mess of cynical politics, covid misdirection, Border Force buffoonery, and the staggering ego of a pampered rabid ethno-nationalist who can hit a ball over a net.

@Kiza: SMH and the Age are now owned by Channel 9 (not Fairfax anymore). Are there links to video of police brutality in Oz? I saw police in Woolies questioning people in 2020 about whether the items in their shopping trolleys were 'essential', $1000 fines issued to teenagers hanging out in the park, and the army deployed in Fairfield (Western Sydney), but no violence as such. That was mostly confined to Melbourne.

@ Tom Q Collins: I can confirm shortages in supermarkets. Fresh fruit and veg, OTC pharma, and distribution-sensitive stuff (bread, etc) was very patchy for a while there.

Now that the covid policy is for government to abrogate any responsibility for public health the wild west has crept into the scene: no one I know knows the rules (which change daily), RAT tests are $30+, gouging widespread, health workers are exhausted, and I've gone from knowing no one in 2 years who's had covid to knowing 4 people in the last 5 days.

I just wish Russia would hurry up and kick some ass so I can be distracted from life in this anarcho-capitalist neoliberal dystopia.

Posted by: Patroklos | Jan 17 2022 2:22 utc | 83

@Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 17 2022 1:59 utc | 81

I'm sure a (netral search engine) search on Djokovic + RioTinto would reap some.
However, this one from 9 Dec 2021 is the one I saw.

https://tennistonic.com/tennis-news/382180/i-will-not-give-up-fighting-for-justice-and-truth-says-djokovic-after-opposing-rio-tintos-deal/

Also December 5, 2021...

https://firstsportz.com/tennis-novak-djokovic-backs-the-growing-protests-in-serbia-over-the-rio-tinto-mining/

I've forgotten the name of the US lawyer that took on a US resource company in South America and they have hounded him into bankruptcy and jail (for contempt of court etc). Had him in house arrest with ankle GPS irons on. (*) Same deal/risk for Djokovic if he is not careful, especially if he visits any 5-eyes neofeudal plantations. They (of any public note) have all been implicitely told to STFU or else face the 'economic' and legal hit men. aud$500k Australian Government court costs is just a small before dinner mint.

(*) -- found it I think: Attorney Steven Donziger & Chevron. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/01/steven-donziger-lawyer-sentenced-contempt-chevron

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 2:23 utc | 84

@ 83
"...rabid ethno-nationalist who can hit a ball over a net."

Explain that.

Posted by: Platero | Jan 17 2022 2:40 utc | 85

you aussies know how to have a good conversation.. i thank you all for that!

@ D.G. | Jan 17 2022 0:38 utc | 72.. great quote from lavrov.. thanks... here it is again -

"As we can see, the multi-page text was too difficult for our partners. The following demands for the USA will be issued in the form of comics."

Posted by: james | Jan 17 2022 2:49 utc | 86

George W Oprisko #46

We both taught at IU... had adventures... ate monkey brains... worked in Asia... Africa... Oceania... Caribbean... the Americas.... the Med...

Thank you George W Oprisko ... ate monkey brains ... that is really a high risk practice and I guess it explains all those prions ... that are scattered among your text ;) Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease is a thing. Memory gaps can be actual gaps in the tissue etc., see Joe Biden.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 17 2022 2:52 utc | 87

@Jen | Jan 17 2022 2:01 utc | 82

"Morrison's intervention in the saga surrounding Novak Djokovic is a cynical dog-whistle ploy exploiting ..."

Remember, this ankle-chain yank is a standard conservative pre-election "defend the borders" against refugee boat people tactic. Unfortunalty (for them), boy-Bush, Blair, Obama, etc are not producing the said "boat people" flooding in to sink the country. In fact, much of Asia is now actually a preferred escape destination for the local serfs (*) -- but for some reason we can't leave. It's that "Hotel California" endless loop thing and a Russian (hence Putin) friendly Serbian tennis star will have to do for 2022.

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(*) Note, that most Joe-six pack tradies down here could work a well paying job for 6-months then go live in Asia as pampered kings (e.g., Bali is only 3 hours away from WA cap) for 6 months and get most of his tax back. Then he (perhaps she) flys back to the plantation gets treated as a serf again by the boss-class for a few months and then goes back to his Asian harem. It's been going on for decades but the new economic realities needed changes and the covid-thing was a convenient opportunity to cry "emergency powers" and the rest is fear-porn history. Thanks WHO.

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 2:55 utc | 88

@ Platero | Jan 17 2022 2:40 utc | 85 who asked
"
@ 83
"...rabid ethno-nationalist who can hit a ball over a net."

Explain that.
"

@83 ended with
"
I just wish Russia would hurry up and kick some ass so I can be distracted from life in this anarcho-capitalist neoliberal dystopia.
"

I have long been critical of non-reality descriptions of our reality but my ongoing public/private finance types of social organization drum does not get the myth generators going.....Hand, the Invisible would be proud..

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 17 2022 2:57 utc | 89

Covid update from India
From January there has been an explosion of covid cases across the nation. The positivity rate is around 15-24% of tested cases. So much so some state are asking not to come to hospitals unless it is very severe and all asymptomtic or mild cases have to go in for self isolation. Even with such restrictions daily cases have surged to around 250000. Only good thing is severity is very less and hospitals are not overcrowded.
Govt still continues to jab at around 3.5 million jabs per day.

Posted by: R M Rao | Jan 17 2022 3:10 utc | 90

DaveGood #68

If we get through this without the four horsemen saddling up there'll be questions.

one of them will be, since the British and Russian military budgets are almost identical.. how come Russia has almost 3,000 tanks to our 250, and they can deploy a full combat brigade in 13 hours while we have just one, fully manned, battalion?

Its likely because the Russians make and supply excellent military kit at controlled prices in sensible joint partnerships between state and private sector. In the UK case, I doubt that such a concept as 'partnership' could ever actually exist. I have no idea of details but I would start with a list of every military supplier and their annual sale to the UK military and compare that with every foreign supplier to the UK military. Then do an audit and cost comparison per unit of kit. I assume you might become disenchanted and even suspect malfeasance.

The other point of difference that I would consider is that Russia was invaded by German, Hungarian, Polish, Croation, Ukranian,++ western nazi aliens and eastern Japanese (nazi) aliens in WWII and lots of folks lives and futures were destroyed. They have the defence of their people and more at stake as they fully understand the intentions of these western brigands and are by far much more prepared to destroy those brigands in the first month if need be.

China has a much longer period of occupation to avenge and have the same preparedness to defend their people.

Can I suggest the four horsemen are quite saddled up and on the move but they are not equally apportioned between the west and the east.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 17 2022 3:11 utc | 91

Hi Platero! I am sure you are aware that Franz Faron is from the beautiful island if Martinique. Macron is such a wretched human. I have heard my favorite authou, Michel Houellebecq has a new book coming out. I presume he will get to the bottom of it

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 17 2022 3:19 utc | 92

Patroklos @83. Rebel News has a lot of videos about police brutality during the pandemic in Australia.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Jan 17 2022 3:22 utc | 93

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 2:23 utc | 84

Thanks, I wasn't even aware of what Rio Tinto was.

Yes, the treatment given to Steven Donziger by the "justice" system is deplorable and in-line with the treatment given to Julian Assange. There is no rule of law in the USUK west despite the constant refrain (thus hence the constant refrain).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 17 2022 3:48 utc | 94

@Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 17 2022 3:48 utc | 94

"Rio Tinto Group is an Anglo-Australian multinational and the world's second-largest metals and mining corporation, behind BHP, producing iron ore, copper, diamonds, gold and uranium." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Tinto_(corporation)

HQ is Melbourne, Australia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Tinto_(corporation)#/media/File:Meelbourne_scraper.jpg

I'd say Novak Djokovic got enticed into the lion's den in Melbourne for a kick in the backside by a pissed off stakeholder who draws a lot of water in that town; and little doubt, Canberra just up the road. It would be interesting to see any intersections between RioTinto staff/personnel and Tennis Boards (not to mention media advertising revenue streams and community grants etc). A bit like the "Assad/Djokovic Must GO!" rent-a-crowd perhaps? Remember, these are the same media opinion pollster types that said Hilary Clinton was going to win over Trump.

If the Australian Federal government did not want him to play then why issue the visa in the first place? It was a useful setup for a number of parties to 'win-win' (you lose, Djokovic) and wash their hands of blood in public, imo.

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 4:21 utc | 95

@ imo 79 and 88

Insightful about Australia and Australians, thank you.
"...most people are sheep without independent critical thinking capacity..."
"The admission of the Australian government that they cannot tolerate the social-influence/disturbance risk of one tennis player ... shows just how brittle and close to breakdown the system is."
"...it is quite rare these days to find a cop that does not look and sound like a tattoo'd nightclub bouncer doing a 2nd shift."
"...much of Asia is now actually a preferred escape destination for the local serfs - but for some reason we can't leave..."

The last time shellberight Australia had it excellent was when, thanks to China, Australia avoided the stock market crash and Great Recession of 2009. Since then the keen local US ass lickers have managed to turn China into a definite enemy, whilst US and Canadian companies picked up most of the commodity contracts that Australia lost. Therefore, these Australian Uniparty(*) shitbags are focusing their dumbed down population onto Covid and Djokovic whilst working for all kinds of foreign interests and printing money like there is no tomorrow. Turning the biggest customer into enemy, Australia will pay for all these "nukiller" submarines and tanks it is ordering from its "allies" only from the same printing machine that feeds the current Australian prosperity. All rats of the sinking Western economies are climbing on top of each other and Australia appears at the bottom of the pile. A basket case and a laugh of Asia - the Chinese are simply amused by Australia's limitless stupidity.

Regarding Rio I am well aware of its desire to open a poisonous Lithium mine in Serbia, which Djokovic personally opposed. He was outspoken there, unlike regarding "vaccines". But I subscribe to the old maxim - never underestimate Government's stupidity over potential conspiracy. Only greed and bribability exceeds politicians' stupidity.

(*) Australia is ruled by a Uniparty, consisting of Liberal/National/Labor/Green and a few "Independents". There are two relatively new and small real opposition parties: One Nation and United Australia Party. The regime's media is doing its utmost to demonize this real opposition at the expense of the pretend democracy of the Uniparty rule.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 4:24 utc | 96

I have spent many days studying the sars-covid-2 pandemic. It has been quite difficult to attempt to properly piece together the myriad relevant claims and counter-claims. It certainly bears a terrifying political aspect, and I am now 95% convinced of one stark inference:

It should be noted that 'vaccines' and 'antiviral drugs' provide radically different modes of treatment. Vaccines operate by training immune systems to destroy viruses, and generally must be administered at least days before an infection occurs. Antiviral drugs are chemically much simpler, as they essentially just poison viruses. The widespread use of such drugs usually results in the emergence of 'antiviral drug resistance', due to viruses' ability to adapt by means of mutation. I now believe there are several safe antiviral drugs that can cure sars-covid-2, but their use will be discouraged so as to prevent the emergence of antiviral drug resistance. I am also convinced that such drugs will be made available to certain 'special' people.

Posted by: blues | Jan 17 2022 4:32 utc | 97

@Kiza | Jan 17 2022 4:24 utc | 96

Thanks, ... You got it!

Rio Tinto were not too popular in 2008 with the Norwegian Government Pension Fund market either for their dirty work in Indonesia. But that seems to have been smoothed over in the last couple of years.

Posted by: imo | Jan 17 2022 4:41 utc | 98

@ Patroklos 83

Thanks for this update regarding ownership of Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. By quality they do truly belong to Channel 9 - all total regime's excrement with Ch7, Ch10, ABC and SBS fully included.
Did you know that the name "Scott" of the Australian PM Scott Morisson is a natural homonym of "dirty bastard" in the Serbian language? It was not mentioned in Serbian press but it did generate a few laughs in Serbia. This fat turd Australian sleazy PoS wished Serbian Orthodox Christians of Australia a Merry Christmas on the same day that he pushed their greatest sports person into a moldy "immigration hotel" upon cancelling his visa on arrival.

Regarding police violence, just visit any of the non-Tube alternatives and search for "Australia police". Before that scene of a Dutch police gorilla sicing his German Sheppard police dog onto an anti-lockdown demonstrator, there was no bigger police violence to be found anywhere on the net. FYI, there was never ever any disciplinary action against any of the hyper-violent Australian police psychopaths.

Finally, after dealing with various state and federal government departments of Australia over the last 20 years, one day I could write a book about their absolutely stellar corruption. Rotten to the core, but hey as Scott said - "rules are rules, they must apply equally to everybody, including Djokovic". When a politician says something, one knows immediately what the truth is - it is completely opposite.

Posted by: Kiza | Jan 17 2022 4:48 utc | 99

Patroklos @ 83, Psychohistorian @ 89:

Actions of rabid ethno-nationalist Novak Djokovic:

Novak wins Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award!

"... Novak Djokovic Foundation raised $1.4 million for early childhood education through its inaugural fundraising dinner in New York in September. Novak also collaborated with his clothing sponsor UNIQLO to develop and launch ‘Clothes for Smiles’. The program, which aims to give children of all ages a chance for a better future, has established a $10 million fund that helps nurture the dreams of children worldwide. Through the project website, www.uniqlo.com/smiles, UNIQLO welcomes ideas from around the world to bring smiles to kids. The ideas selected by a panel of judges will be supported and implemented. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Djokovic contributes to a better early childhood education in Serbia ..."

Coronavirus: Tennis raises more than $6m to create player relief fund

"... World number one Novak Djokovic said last month he had spoken to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about a relief fund that would see money distributed to lower-ranked players.

The ATP and WTA Tour seasons are suspended until at least July 13 due to COVID-19.

While Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem was opposed to the idea, the governing bodies of tennis came together to raise more than $6m, it was announced on Tuesday.

"The initiative has seen the ATP, WTA, the four grand slam tournaments – the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, The Championships, Wimbledon and the US Open – and the ITF, unite in a show of support to players who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19. Professional tennis is currently suspended until July, 13 2020," a statement read.

"In addition to contributions of their own, the ATP and WTA will administer the financial distributions of the player relief programme, which sees respective contributions from the four grand slam tournaments and ITF split equally between men and women ..."

‘95% of players struggling, I consider myself responsible’: Novak Djokovic

"... “We have earned enough money to live comfortable lives. We are lucky and grateful as well to have the life that we have but 95% of tennis players are struggling,” Djokovic said in an interview with former player Gustavo Kuerten.

“Especially the ones that are lower-ranked. They don’t have the opportunity to compete, and earn money. For a lot of those players, it’s a kind of a survival problem in terms of continuing to play professional tennis or not,” he added ..."


Novak Djokovic Overtakes Roger Federer In Terms Of Charitable Donations In 2020

"... Novak Djokovic’s recent donations towards the welfare of Serbia is not his first attempt to help in the fight against the ongoing global pandemic. On March 27, Djokovic and his wife Jelena took to Twitter and pledged to donate €1 million (US$1.1 million) to help the Serbian government to buy respirators. Additionally, he donated to his Spanish rival Rafael Nadal’s relief fund to fight the coronavirus crisis in Spain.

In April, Novak Djokovic also made a donation of an undisclosed amount to Italy. In addition to his monetary contribution, he asked the people of Italy to remain strong, courageous, confident, healthy and united during such testing times.

Before the coronavirus impacted worldwide sporting activities, Novak Djokovic played the Australian Open in January, i.e. around the same time when the Australian bushfires took place. For its relief efforts, Novak Djokovic donated US$500,000 with an additional US$65 for every ace he served. From his personal contribution, Djokovic pledged US$25,000 with an additional US$200 for every ace he served throughout the Australian summer ..."

This comment might look like overkill to everyone else but I think you all get the general idea.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 17 2022 5:21 utc | 100

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