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September 23, 2023

Egyptians Beef Eaters Paid A Special Tax - Money Used To Bribe U.S. Senator Menendez

Yesterday one of the crooks and grifter who are leading the U.S. got indicted:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was indicted Friday on allegations that he and his wife accepted bribes from a group of New Jersey businessmen on behalf of interests in Egypt, totaling over $600,000.

Prosecutors allege the senator and his wife accepted cash, gold bars and a luxury car in return for assisting the businessmen. The FBI found nearly $500,000 in cash and more than $100,000 in gold at Menendez’s home in a raid last year, allegedly payment for the bribes.

The senator stepped down from his seat as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Friday.

Some additional details:

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to court filings unsealed Friday, with prosecutors alleging the couple accepted lavish bribes in exchange for official acts.
Menendez, 69, and his wife face one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right. The three New Jersey associates, identified as Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes, are also named as co-defendants and face two counts. Menendez and his co-defendants are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday morning.

Nadine Menendez and Hana were friends for several years before she began dating Menendez, according to the filing. A court-authorized search of Hana's cellphone in November 2019 revealed "thousands" of text messages between him and Nadine Menendez, which prosecutors said were deleted from her phone. Daibes, a longtime fundraiser for Menendez, was charged by the Justice Department in 2018 with obtaining loans under false pretenses from the New Jersey bank he founded, the indictment said.

Menendez vehemently denied the charges, but a chorus of New Jersey Democrats began urging him to step down later Friday. Gov. Phil Murphy said the allegations are "so serious that they compromise the ability of Senator Menendez to effectively represent the people of our state," calling for his "immediate resignation."

A copy of the indictment is here. The case looks solid.

Menendez was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. A previous chairman of the committee, and also a crook and grifter, still sits in the White House.

Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes seem to have worked for the intelligence service of Egypt. The well bribed Menendez intervened several times to the favor of the Egyptian government.

What is of interest is how the three New Jersey associates got the money they doled out to Menendez, his wife and probably also others. It was a secret tax payed by all Egyptians.

In December 2019 Nada Arafat of Mada Masr wrote a story about it.

How the multi-million dollar business of certifying halal meat imports was monopolized

In Egypt, all imported meat must be certified as “halal,” meaning that it has been procured, stored and shipped in accordance with Islamic law. Obtaining this certificate is a crucial requirement for meat suppliers to be able to access the lucrative Egyptian market.

The Egyptian government licenses a number of “certifiers” around the world whose job it is to ensure that exporting slaughterhouses are complying with halal requirements. And while the certification rules are numerous and complex, they are still tolerable, according to a US-based meat exporter, who said they hadn’t had a problem bringing their products into Egypt.

Or at least that was the case until May 2019, when the Agriculture Ministry abruptly disqualified all halal certifiers eligible to operate in the United States, except for one newly licensed company: IS EG Halal Certified. Five months later, the ministry awarded the same company exclusive certification rights in South America as well, a major source of Egypt’s imported meat.
IS EG remains an unknown entity for many in the market, including to both importers and exporters, as well as to foreign governments. A May report by FAS Cairo described it as a non-governmental company established in November 2017, with no prior experience in halal certification or pre-existing ties to the American beef industry. IS EG only started operations this past May, immediately after the Agriculture Ministry’s decision, the report said.

The company’s first order of business, days after it became the exclusive certifier, was to raise certification fees in North America, translating into millions of dollars of extra revenue, according to calculations made by Mada Masr. The FAS estimates that the price of American beef liver in the Egyptian market rose by about LE13 per kilo (81 cents) following the move.
Once it was made the sole halal certifier, IS EG immediately raised the fees for its services by an astronomical amount, according to Sherif Ashour, a meat importer who has dealt with the firm and imported several shipments through them. Certification fees for one container (27 metric tons) jumped from US$200 to over $5,000 in the US, and from $250 to $1,500 in South America.

In 2018 the total meat export from Brasil and the U.S. to Egypt summed up to some 230,000 metric tons per years. The extra fees introduce by IS EG monopoly sum up to about $25 million per year.

The Egyptian government gave out an exclusive license. The U.S. company used it to make money and to create a slush fund that was likely under control of a Egyptian intelligence service. The money was paid by all Egyptians who ate meat imported from the U.S. and South America.

From the indictment it seems that the bribing of Menendez was the sole purpose of the scheme but the amount of money the company makes is quite a bit bigger than the million or so that has flown to Menendez.

The owner of the company that ran under this scheme is Wael Hana, one the three New Jersey associates indicted together with Menendez. The bribes to Menendez were paid from the slush fund.

Documents obtained by Mada Masr show that the company’s founders are Wael Hana, an Egyptian immigrant to the US, and Antranig Aslanian, an American attorney. Aslanian represented the Egyptian government in a 2016 lawsuit relating to the renovation of a diplomatic building in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which the government lost.

The IS EG website went online on April 22, just days before the government’s decision to grant it certification. It states that “IS EG is the only authorized agency by the government of Egypt to certify halal products for export from North & South America to Egypt and the Middle East,” though it contains little other information about the company.

The phone number listed on the site is registered to a trucking company called Loundes Express. Documents show that Loundes Express was founded by Wael Hanna in 2015. The company owns only one truck, yet its annual revenue is about $30 million. The company’s address is listed as 1047 Anderson Ave, Fort Lee, NJ, which is the same address listed for IS EG and Aslanian.

Who is this Antranig Aslanian you might ask. I am not sure yet but this seems to be a part of the answer.

Prosecutors say that Nadine Menendez began dating the senator in February 2018. They got engaged in October 2019, and were married the next year.

Shortly after the two began their courtship, the senator's wife, who then went by the name Nadine Arslanian, introduced Menendez to her longtime friend, Hana. Through several meetings and dinners that she arranged but that were paid for by Hana or his associates, Egyptian officials would allegedly raise requests for foreign military sales and financing.

In exchange for Menendez's promise to use his position as senator to push through the sales and aid to Egypt, Hana promised to put the lawmaker's partner on his company's payroll in a job she barely, if at all, had to show up for.

IS EG, the company under Hana and Antranig Aslanian, was founded in 2017. In 2018 Nadine Arslanian, probably a daughter of Antranig Aslanian, started to date Menendez. It is possible that she was at that time working for an Egyptian intelligence agency.

With Menendez asking for more and more bribes Hana had run out of ways to pay those. In May 2019 the Egyptian government introduced the exclusive Halal certifier scheme and the money began to flow again. Menendez and Arslanian got engaged in October 2019 and married the next year.

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This guy has been known to be corrupt for many years, perhaps even decades. So why are they hounding him now? Because they want to provide cover for their actions against Trump.

Posted by: whirlaway | Sep 23 2023 14:12 utc | 1

Standard corruption. The question is who did this senator piss off to get busted?

Posted by: Goldhoarder | Sep 23 2023 14:13 utc | 2

Business as usual.

Posted by: Squeeth | Sep 23 2023 14:16 utc | 3

They are all in on it. Its the deep state vs. the government/Uniparty. May they all lose.

Posted by: so | Sep 23 2023 14:25 utc | 4

Catching a politician taking bribes is like handing out speeding tickets at Monza.

If they caught this one, it's obviously not due to some sudden backbone injection into law enforcement. Someone even more powerful and corrupt wanted him gone.

Posted by: Rubiconned | Sep 23 2023 14:28 utc | 5

These hypocrites are beyond redemption, and should be put down like the rabid dogs they are

Posted by: Cuffy | Sep 23 2023 14:30 utc | 6

The poor dear! The shame of being bought for mere phinnings and cents! How will the poor pauper ever appear in the league of regally well bought members of Congress who would not pick up the phone for less than five or six million at least.

No great loss for foreign capital relations!

Congress has been well bought for decades - elections are mere illusions of democracy in the US. Basically if a candidate isn't well bought he/she has no hope of being elected.

He must have really upset someone to be done for a mere trifle.

Posted by: Don Firineach | Sep 23 2023 14:33 utc | 7

This is a routine story in the US but in Egypt, which is where the money came from, it has to be a major problem. The economic situation there is dreadful, people are starving and the corruption in this case seems to be directly attributable to Sissi's military.
A kilo of gold, and there are two, among, it is suggested, several, shown in the photograph is worth close to $60,000, a lot more than the $50,000 total mentioned in the indictment story.

Posted by: bevin | Sep 23 2023 14:45 utc | 8

I would add that it looks as if it was not money that motivated the former Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but sex- the lynchpin in the operation seems to have been Nadine and her cleavage.

Posted by: bevin | Sep 23 2023 14:48 utc | 9

They are crooks and crocks. The latter meaning they're full of something, usually smelly shit. The funny part is Menendez could have just done it completely legally like the rest of his peers via insider information and stock trades.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Sep 23 2023 14:48 utc | 10

He's from New Jersey, fer chrissakes! Whaddya expect? New Jersey, it's where you go for corruption.

Posted by: Jeff Harrison | Sep 23 2023 14:56 utc | 11

This is Protocol in the U.S. District of Corruption.


The U.S. Government is run entirely in house, U.S. Corporations write all the Laws, U.S. Politicians are told how to vote.
The USSR redux, with Stalinism front and center.

Posted by: kupkee | Sep 23 2023 15:00 utc | 12

Gore Vidal once wrote that one of the few differences between the two parties was that the Dem(ons) were a little more corrupt than the Rep(tilians).

Posted by: lester | Sep 23 2023 15:04 utc | 13

Great reporting b! But Zelensky's skim is many times larger and some of that's certainly shared with Congresscritters. It looks like a honeypot scheme from the get-go.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 23 2023 15:24 utc | 14

Menendez hid the dough in his house? What an amateur.

Posted by: G. Poulin | Sep 23 2023 15:36 utc | 15

This guy has been known to be corrupt for many years, perhaps even decades. So why are they hounding him now? Because they want to provide cover for their actions against Trump.
Posted by: whirlaway | Sep 23 2023 14:12 utc | 1
Either that or, look there, a squirrel. Distracys from the Biden crime family.

Posted by: Acco Hengst | Sep 23 2023 15:39 utc | 16

There are less than a handful of DC acolytes that don’t deserve expungement & jail time.

James Kunstler describes all this Menendez theater best:

“The new science of blobology informs us that political blobs blow up like dying stars gorging on runaway fusion.The blob expands beyond the viable limits of its internal contradictions and implodes in a spectacular vacuum of absurdity. The Washington DC blob’s dire pulsations lately signal that it’s about to blow its toxic endoplasm all over our nation’s capital, drowning many denizens in deadly slime.”

Posted by: Trubind1 | Sep 23 2023 15:46 utc | 17

Halal Beef? From American factory farms? How is that even possible?

Two links to consider:

Practices on today’s industrial farms are void of ethical concerns and should be considered inevitably makrooh. A mechanized process has stripped Allah’s creations of everything natural and loving.
This structure is approx 2,136,973 sq ft and is a total loss. It is devastating for the injured and the lost dairy cows.
A few minutes perusing Google Maps' satellite view of the Dimmitt Texas area are very enlightening for understanding current American Agricultural practice.

Bon Appétit!

Posted by: too scents | Sep 23 2023 15:49 utc | 18

Sorry, the following is slightly off-topic here but I just wanted to notify karlof1 about the publication of several interesting documents he already mentioned in another thread (which I don't find right now).

The meeting of the Friends in Defence of the UN Charter at the sidelines of the UNGA did produce several documents which have just been uploaded today:

1. Special Declaration on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures
2. Special Declaration on Food Security
3. Special Declaration on Decolonization and Modern Neocolonial Practices

Please don't abuse this thread discussing the papers; as said, I just wanted to highlight it for karlof1.

Posted by: Zet | Sep 23 2023 15:53 utc | 19

Who are Antranig Aslanian and Nadine Arslanian?

A Google search for Antranig Aslanian brings this up as the first result:

US Senator's wife under investigation for allegedly leveraging husband's office for favors - November 18, 2022

WASHINGTON (TND) — The wife of Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who he married in 2020, is reportedly being investigated by federal officials to determine if she improperly received gifts or services in exchange for favors from her husband.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which learned of the probe from sources close to the matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has begun subpoenaing associates of the New Jersey senator’s wife, Nadine Arslanian.

Prosecutors also reportedly subpoenaed a New Jersey attorney, Antranig Aslanian, who is a longtime friend of Arslanian and has represented Hana.

Mr. Aslanian, who claims to have no idea what federal investigators were looking for when they questioned him, said he has known the Senator’s wife for over 25 years, according to The Journal. He added that the two share a bond since they are both Armenian.

Incidentally, this was published by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a day before the indictment:

Chairman Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Sanction Aliyev Regime, Support Armenians Against Azerbaijan’s Aggression

“President Aliyev has repeatedly shown he will stop at nothing to eradicate Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh and threaten his neighbors,” said Chairman Menendez. “This urgent bipartisan legislation both solidifies our collective support for Armenians and sends a clear message to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh that the United States will not stand idly by while the Aliyev regime carries out its brutal campaigns of starvation and military action.”

“America can’t stand idly by as brutal violence perpetrated by the authoritarian regime in Azerbajian raises the specter of genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Whitehouse. “This legislation imposes stiff sanctions that will help hold the Azerbajiani government accountable for its clear human rights violations, while authorizing much-needed humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh and the people of Armenia.”

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 15:57 utc | 20

Senator and chair of the foreign affairs cie.
But a feeble cuck.

Posted by: Webej | Sep 23 2023 15:58 utc | 21

Considering all the “legal” ways his fellow Senate colleagues become centimillionaires, this guy is just a low-rent hack and a piker. Surely he must forfeit his seat for that.

Posted by: Cato the Uncensored | Sep 23 2023 16:00 utc | 22

Lawyers / Law firms were the largest campaign contributors to Senator Bob. Followed by Real Estate interests then Securities & Investment firms. Blackstone is listed among the major contributors.

Worth a look.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 23 2023 16:01 utc | 23

good sleuthing b! thanks!

now if they could do the same for hunter biden and bring down biden on corruption charges, that would be helpful..

Posted by: james | Sep 23 2023 16:01 utc | 24

I wonder if the USA has a government backed export insurance scheme for beef shipments to Islamic countries. Fertile ground for corruption.

Posted by: begob | Sep 23 2023 16:05 utc | 25

On a second appraisal, this is more likely using Senator Menendez to get to Egypt's Power Centers, who have not been fully onside with the U.S. (Corporate) State Department.

Posted by: kupkee | Sep 23 2023 16:09 utc | 26

To be hated for the style of one's actions, yet leave audiences wholly unsurprised by the content of them, that is American politics. It's theater, and the people of this country hate being reminded it's low rent vaudeville instead of opera. Priorities and expectations.

And yes, the more interesting thing is how this threads to who wanted him gone, because you can never be too cynical.

Posted by: titmouse | Sep 23 2023 16:10 utc | 27

@ titmouse | Sep 23 2023 16:10 utc | 34

yeah.. they are all doing it, but someone wanted him gone, unlike biden who is still a useful idiot..

Posted by: james | Sep 23 2023 16:12 utc | 28

In the olden days, when the wolves were chasing you through the wood, and the horses were already pulling your sleigh as fast as they could, it was standard procedure to throw the least valuable passenger off the back of the sleigh to the wolves so everyone else could make it home.

Some things never change.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 16:31 utc | 29

On a second appraisal, this is more likely using Senator Menendez to get to Egypt's Power Centers, who have not been fully onside with the U.S. (Corporate) State Department.

Posted by: kupkee | Sep 23 2023 16:09 utc | 33

I think you're on to something. The corruption is permitted even lauded if it's conducted for the benefit of day Israel or Ukraine, for instance. Egypt's fifth columnists have not sufficiently infiltrated the US government for this type of scam to work for Menendez.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Sep 23 2023 16:32 utc | 30

The evidence here seems pretty solid. So you should notice that no one is supporting Menendez. All the Dems are calling for his resignation. This is in contrast to Trump fanatics who won't turn on him when he faces new charges and even lionize him. I wonder why this website isn't speculating that the "Deep State" is conspiring against Menendez like it did about Trump.

Posted by: Inkan1969 | Sep 23 2023 16:39 utc | 31

To the cartoon pony fetish troll, the charges against Trump are obviously politically motivated and are intended for show trials to politically damage a presidential candidate. Menendez is an obvious crook caught red-handed using his political influence for personal gain. Two very different things, but a cartoon pony butt-sniffer like you wouldn't care about that.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 16:47 utc | 32

Is it a coincidence that India, a founding but maybe wavering BRICS member, and Egypt, a new member, have both found themselves on the wrong end of scandals originating from US investigations? Menendez is a known crook, but it seems the investigation has been on hold for a while since the search of his house took place a while ago. The incident in Canada also took place a while ago. As b has often asked in other cases: Why now? Whose next?

Posted by: c | Sep 23 2023 16:50 utc | 33

Zet | Sep 23 2023 15:53 utc | 26--

Thanks very much for those. My note about Lavrov's speech is on the open thread.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 23 2023 16:51 utc | 34

How is this any different than the billion Biden help over Ukraine that forced them to fire the prosecutor?

Posted by: Jo P | Sep 23 2023 16:52 utc | 35

Posted by: bevin | Sep 23 2023 14:48 utc | 11

"I would add that it looks as if it was not money that motivated the former Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but sex- the lynchpin in the operation seems to have been Nadine and her cleavage."

I saw a photo of her arm in arm with the bribee and my comment is that a thousand dollar dress cannot
hide the fact that she's as big as a horse.

Posted by: morongobill | Sep 23 2023 16:54 utc | 36

This older article in the Washington Post adds new detail to the story:

N.J. Sen. Bob Menendez escaped legal peril once. Can he do it again? - June 3, 2023

A sprawling criminal probe has renewed scrutiny of the powerful Democrat, with attention on the woman he married in 2020

Menendez was 28 years old in 1982 and working for the local school board when he turned on his mentor William Musto, the mayor of Union City, and testified against him at the trial that would send him to prison on corruption charges. Menendez wore a bulletproof vest because of threats against his life.

The son of Cuban immigrants, Menendez was soon elected mayor of his hometown, once called Miami’s sister city because of its large number of Cuban exiles. Next, he was elected to the state legislature and to the U.S. House in 1992, representing a redrawn Latino-majority district. (Since January, the seat has been held by his 37-year-old son, Rob Menendez.)


But a new investigation soon tested his mettle. The probe began with unproven allegations in late 2012 that the senator and a friend in South Florida had patronized underage prostitutes. Menendez denied the claims, which the FBI investigated but failed to substantiate, according to an affidavit filed by an agent.

The salacious details made no appearance in an indictment brought against Menendez in 2015. Instead, the government accused him of accepting private flights, luxury vacations and campaign donations from the friend, the deep-pocketed doctor Salomon Melgen, in exchange for political favors.


One connection through some of the seemingly disparate issues is a Menendez donor and New Jersey developer, Fred Daibes, who has transformed the Hudson riverfront communities near where the senator grew up from a blue-collar enclave into a ritzy home for Manhattan commuters. Daibes received a previously unreported subpoena last year, people familiar with the matter said. More recently, these people said, prosecutors have sought documents related to a London-based investment firm led by a member of the ruling family of Qatar that purchased an ownership interest in certain Daibes properties...

Daibes has ties to the halal meat certification company as well. A lease agreement shows that a Daibes business partially owns the property where IS EG Halal is located. The lease identifies the property’s other landlord as a business operated by the Qatari investment firm, which has been another focus of federal inquiries in recent weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 17:00 utc | 37

Posted by: kupkee | Sep 23 2023 15:00 utc | 14

The "corporations" do what Larry Fink, Mortimer Buckley, David Solomon, Jim Lawrence, Steve Schwarzman, and Jamie Diamond tell them to do. They hand pick the Executive offices and Boards. And ... it's a pernicious thing for 98% of Americans and 99.99999% of the rest of the World. Nothing changes until the influence of these Wall Street/City of London banksters is eviscerated. They have the blood of millions on their hands.

Posted by: NiugelTufnel1 | Sep 23 2023 17:01 utc | 38

It is time to repeal the 17th amendment to the constitution. I don't know how it got passed in the first place. The Senate became rouge when this amendment took effect. The Senate now only serves corporate interests. Originally the Senate was to represent the States. If there was no 17th amendment Menendez could not have done this.

Posted by: Conrad Wareham | Sep 23 2023 17:05 utc | 39

Until the carbon footprint of transporting food from continent to continent is counted and published , it's totally pointless to talk about climate change.

In England Sunak has ready realised that giving up our beautiful diesel German cars for a travelling firework made by Musk, ain't going to happen.
Is this why NS2 was blown up.? To fund billionaire intercontinental scams?

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 23 2023 17:16 utc | 40

Menendez forgot to give 10% to the Big Guy.

Posted by: Gareth | Sep 23 2023 17:45 utc | 41

Posted by: Conrad Wareham | Sep 23 2023 17:05 utc | 39

It is time to repeal the 17th amendment to the constitution. I don't know how it got passed in the first place. The Senate became rouge when this amendment took effect. The Senate now only serves corporate interests.


The history disagrees with you:

Acceptance of this idea was fostered by the mounting accumulation of evidence of the practical disadvantages and malpractices attendant upon legislative selection, such as deadlocks within legislatures resulting in vacancies remaining unfilled for substantial intervals, the influencing of legislative selection by corrupt political organizations and special interest groups through purchase of legislative seats, and the neglect of other duties by legislators as a consequence of protracted electoral contests.

17th ammendment - historical background

The old system had the same flaws of bribery and influence peddling as the current system. Repealing the 17th would be a rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic exercise that would accomplish nothing,

Posted by: john brewster | Sep 23 2023 17:48 utc | 42

@ Jo P | Sep 23 2023 16:52 utc | 35

as @ titmouse | Sep 23 2023 16:10 utc | 27 notes.....

"the more interesting thing is how this threads to who wanted him gone..." because if they wanted biden gone, they have plenty of dirt on him.. clearly those pulling the strings in the usa political system want menendez gone, or trump - but definitely not biden... yet.....

Posted by: james | Sep 23 2023 17:51 utc | 43

@Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 15:57 utc | 20

Incidentally, this was published by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a day before the indictment:

Chairman Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Sanction Aliyev Regime, Support Armenians Against Azerbaijan’s Aggression

Oooh, interesting angle that. Whose interests are promoted by destabilizing Iran's neighborhood?

The senator should have known better than to cross the Benjamins..

Posted by: Lurk | Sep 23 2023 17:52 utc | 44

Probably the bribes were too small, and he didn't have enough to share them with the important people....And hispanics are no longer the pet liberal class...

Posted by: pyrrhus | Sep 23 2023 18:01 utc | 45

james @43

My impression is that the Establishment is concerned that the concept of corruption is gaining too much attention in the American noosphere, so they feel a demonstration of The System fighting corruption needs to be made. I think they feel if the public sees someone (rightfully) crucified for corruption then the population will consider that to be the norm and stop worrying about Biden's corruption, thinking it will be handled if it is serious. Menendez, being a pedophile Cuban fascist is kinda a liability not just for the Democrats, but the entire Establishment, so sacrificing him to make it look like The System self-corrects and vigorously stamps out all corruption is a small price.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 18:09 utc | 46

Amateur hour in New Jersey

Sanctions Czar Senator Bob Menendez charged with bribery...

I read through the 39-page indictment. Menendez and his wife are amateurs in crime compared to the Biden Family.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 0:48 utc | 364

President Biden seems to agree. I found this on Twitter:

President Biden @POTUS on Twitter

Gotta have your kid take the bribe, Bob. Amateur hour in New Jersey.

Unfortunately I only have a screenshot of the tweet. The original tweet may be fake.


B believes that Nadine Arslanian was working for an Egyptian intelligence agency. I find this unlikely. From the above Washington Post
article: (Here is a link to an archive version, I forgot to post earlier.)

Thirteen months after his legal near-death, Menendez met Arslanian at his hometown pancake house, according to the couple. After a five-month courtship, he proposed in front of the Taj Mahal in India, he told the New York Times shortly after their October 2020 wedding. It was a second marriage for both. She praised his humor and intellect. He said she had “this aura about her.”

Arslanian, 56, was born in Beirut to Armenian parents who fled the Lebanese civil war and raised her in New York, she said in a 2020 interview with the Armenian Report. She attended New York University. Photos reviewed by The Washington Post show her posing in the years before she met Menendez at a restaurant opening and a fashion show, as well as with cast members from the reality television shows “Mob Wives” and the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

I believe Nadine Arslanian is simply a blond bimbo who is using her big tits figure for social advancement. She has a Facebook page that remained active from 2016-2018. The contents is nothing but parties and restaurants. (No wonder the Feds know exactly where and when she met her co-conspirators.) Bob Menendez's downfall likely originates from her poor moral judgement. People from lower social classes often have lower ethics. In the US, Republican scandals are said to involve sex, while Democrat scandals are about money.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 18:20 utc | 47

The indictment also documents corrupt dealings involving arms sales and military aid.

If this brazen corruption is conducted virtually in the open in the US, can you imagine the level of corruption in Ukraine?

Posted by: bill wolfe | Sep 23 2023 18:27 utc | 48

'A court-authorized search of Hana's cellphone in November 2019 revealed "thousands" of text messages between him and Nadine Menendez, which prosecutors said were deleted from her phone.'

Just in case anyone thinks that deleting text messages on your phone deletes them from the cloud....

Presumably, 10 or 20 years later, this is how the 5 women connected to accuse Brand. The Deep State sifted the records. Coincidence! They all claim abuse at the same time. I wonder if MI6 (or whoever) found some leverage on the women to help "fortify" their courage.

Bear in mind, one's location is tracked as well. And who is near you, who you hang out with. And as these records are all digital, they are easily fabricated.

Posted by: oracle | Sep 23 2023 18:49 utc | 49

"...People from lower social classes often have lower ethics..." Petri Krohn@47

Do you really believe this? (Whatever it is meant to mean.)

Posted by: bevin | Sep 23 2023 18:54 utc | 50

@ William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 18:09 utc | 46 who thinks like me that Menendez is a sacrificial lamb...thanks

Just a few bad apples here folks, nothing to see.

Move along now! These folks are doing God's work, isn't that right Pope Frank?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 23 2023 19:08 utc | 51

Even if some of the salary is saved eventually it will be spent and be taxed out of existence shredded. Why Tax Matches Spending eventually

Of course what is saved makes up the budget deficit. If the savings are held as bonds makes up the national debt.

The constraints on Ukraine are its skills and real resources.
Bob Menendez was pro-Ukraine supporter, he's innocent! My estimate is the Bollinger bands say the collapse of the Hryvnia comes when election season arrives in October. Russia has the momentum.

Posted by: Echo Chamber | Sep 23 2023 19:15 utc | 52

Well, Menendez' indictment does take the focus off

the sins of the father (and narrative about Hunter)

as well as the US escalation of war against Russia ...

new shiny ball ...

D.C. is a cesspool ... and water is wet

Posted by: crone | Sep 23 2023 19:37 utc | 53

William Gruff writes: “My impression is that the Establishment is concerned that the concept of corruption is gaining too much attention in the American noosphere, so they feel a demonstration of The System fighting corruption needs to be made.”

Strange how the corrupt _elensky is using precisely the same strategy. Although in his case there’s probably a desire to eliminate competition; that’s probably not a factor here.

Posted by: malenkov | Sep 23 2023 19:41 utc | 54

If this brazen corruption is conducted virtually in the open in the US, can you imagine the level of corruption in Ukraine?

Posted by: bill wolfe | Sep 23 2023 18:27 utc | 48

No worse, I imagine. It’s just that so many forms of. corruption are entirely legal in the USA.

Posted by: malenkov | Sep 23 2023 19:44 utc | 55

Robespierre, reviens!

Posted by: Patience | Sep 23 2023 19:56 utc | 56

Politicians are just like prostitutes, only more expensive.

If Menendex had just handed over the standard 10% for the Big Guy, he would have been fireproof, like Hunter, like Clinton, like Hilary, like Epstein, like Dershowitz, like .........

Posted by: anon | Sep 23 2023 20:02 utc | 57

People here tend to discount my humbly suggested ideas about the true course of US/China conflict.
Amd by “people” I mean Americans working for the US Embassy.

Literally, the last 18 war games have been rigged, to guarantee a US victory over…imagined enemies. That do not exist.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Sep 23 2023 20:05 utc | 58


Considering that epstein was strangled to death while in custody I would assume he was hardly "fireproof", but I get the gist of your statement.

Posted by: David F | Sep 23 2023 20:11 utc | 59

are leading the U.S

They aren't leading the US. They are only actors. That's why they "only" got $600k.

Posted by: Colin | Sep 23 2023 20:22 utc | 60

Posted by: bill wolfe | Sep 23 2023 18:27 utc | 48

It's not that the US is less corrupt, it's just that corruption is more legal in the US.

When an official exchanges power for money in Egypt or Ukraine, this is called corruption. When capitalists exchange money for power in the US, it is called political donations.

Just look at how much money the health insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, or the financial industry sucks up every year, and you'll realize that the United States is no less corrupt.

Posted by: Colin | Sep 23 2023 20:28 utc | 61

People from lower social classes often have lower ethics.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 18:20 utc | 47

I think it's just that elites from lower classes have less abilities to cover up their shit. Just as Santos, as one of the least corrupt members of Congress, couldn't cover up his misdeeds as good as Biden do because he steals too little money and lacks experience in the swamp.

Posted by: Colin | Sep 23 2023 20:32 utc | 62

psychohistorian @51: "Just a few bad apples here folks, nothing to see."

Exactly! That's my read of the managed narrative. If you lift the rug in any of these Senators' offices you will find dirt (and skeletons), so why pick on just one unless it is to set the stage for the narrative that the Senate, or indeed the entire government, has been "purified" after the chosen sacrificial leper is shunned?

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 20:42 utc | 63

When a president for life in Africa steals a billion dollars from the state, it is corruption.

When American banks and pharmaceutical companies steal a hundred billion dollars from the state, it is to save the economy/about science and health.

This is why there is no corruption in the West. /s

Posted by: Colin | Sep 23 2023 20:49 utc | 64

@ Bevin # 9

If that’s a cleavage, he was very short changed…

Posted by: Beibdnn. | Sep 23 2023 20:57 utc | 65

Above is a pic of ol' Sen. Menendez and his "wife".

Sex,money lifetime of corruption.

Posted by: Headlights | Sep 23 2023 21:00 utc | 66

It's a big club, and you ain't in it

The New York Post has an article on Bob Menendez and his bribery cases.

Visas for lovers, private jets and villas: Inside the bribery case Sen. Bob Menendez beat

One of the photographs has this caption:

Senator Menendez was a regular visitor to the lavish home of former benefactor Salomon Melgen in the Dominican Republic. Menendez is seated at right with then girlfriend Gwendolyn Beck.

I did a Google search for Gwendolyn Beck. Google suggests I do an image search. The first actual result is this page from Getty Images. 14 photos in total. The this is first one:

Party At Mar-A-Lago

Deborah Blohm, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Gwendolyn Beck at a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, 1995. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

Further down the search results I find that Gwendolyn Beck has written a book:

Flirting with Finance: An Easy Way to Learn Life’S Financial Lessons

by Gwendolyn Beck | Nov 24, 2008

Are you achieving your dreams and goals? Are you where you want to be financially and personally? Are you tired of making financial mistakes and ready to get ahead? In FLIRTING WITH FINANCE, our main character Samantha Davis learns about finance the hard way. Its complicated at first, but determined to uncover the true game of finance; she learns what her incredible best friend, Morgan, describes as a different language.

To quote George Carlin, "It's a big club, and you ain't in it"

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 21:03 utc | 67

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 21:03 utc | 67

turns out those upper class people are less ethical than the lower class people, shocking i know.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 23 2023 21:09 utc | 68

Re: #1: The #1 comment on this story makes it about poor, poor Trump, otherwise "why now?" #1 says: "This guy has been known to be corrupt for many years, perhaps even decades. So why are they hounding him now? Because they want to provide cover for their actions against Trump."

"Hounding" slimy Menendez? Yes, they've "hounded" him for years (but Trump stepped in to ease the pain, see below). In 2017 Menendez went on trial for bribery, jury couldn't decide, so mistrial was declared. But never fear, for those who see billionaire Trump (who spent only $8021 of his own money on his 2020 campaign) in everything:

Only two US Senators testified in 2017 on behalf of slimy Menendez, one D and one R. The R. Senator was of course slimy neocon Lindsey Graham who's now best pals with slimy neocon Trump.

But that's not all! Trump pardoned Menendez pal Melgen for his subsequent conviction of Medicare fraud: Menendez' 2017 co-defendant, Florida ophthalmologist "Melgen was separately convicted of Medicare fraud but was pardoned by former President Donald Trump."

Posted by: susan mullen | Sep 23 2023 21:09 utc | 69

Petri Krohn @47: "People from lower social classes often have lower ethics."

That depends. It is the case that lumpenproletariat have no ethics whatsoever, as their level of alienation doesn't provide room in their behavior for any ethics other than the ethics of the feral animal. The actual working class, on the other hand, have very strong ethics which are in fact more humanist and robust than the ethics of the middle and ruling classes. Consider wars for an example. The working class only supports wars where they have been fooled into believing it is for humane reasons. But who is fooling them? Producers of mass media, academic elites, and political elites knowingly manufacture false narratives to fool the working class into supporting the ruling class's wars, and who are the producers of mass media, the academicians, and the politicians? Those are the middle class. The working class can be excused for being fooled because they are generally too busy doing honest and productive work to deeply investigate issues. But what kind of "ethics" can the middle class have if they are deliberately lying to get the rest of the population aligned behind truly despicable ruling class interests?

I don't think we have to even discuss the "ethics" of the ruling class as they consistently rule over the immiseration of countless hundreds of millions of people across the planet. Even Elon Musk, possibly one of the most moral of global oligarchs in existence today (yeah, that's not saying much), will happily crush whole societies under the jackboot of fascism to rob them of their resources. And he is one of the "Good Guys".

What you, Petri Krohn, are doing is confusing contrived manners and political correctness for ethics. Those things are not related.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 21:18 utc | 70

>Because they want to provide cover for their actions against Trump.

Yes -- a sacrificial lamb -- as pointed out, Menendez is a known sleazy character, the low-hanging fruit of sacrificial lambs so to speak -- will the GOP conservatards fall for it? -- probably.

Posted by: eah | Sep 23 2023 21:23 utc | 71

Posted by: susan mullen | Sep 23 2023 21:09 utc | 69

they aren't hounding even sleazier Joe Biden, they don't give a crap about corruption per se.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 23 2023 21:29 utc | 72

Niugel @ 38

" Nothing changes until the influence of these Wall Street/City of London banksters is eviscerated."

I agree.
As Professor Richard Werner, the film maker Michael Oswald, and others have pointed out, the City of London is basically totally uncontrolled and unregulated. In essence, it, too, is an offshare money-laundering island/haven and site of all sorts of financial manipulations that benefit the .01% and steal from the rest.

In The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, Oswald interviewed insiders who made coherent suggestions as to how to get control of this beast and kneecap the offshoring of the world's wealth.
But no one takes action.

Possibly Wall Street and other US financial institutions are somewhat more "regulated" than the City of London.

Posted by: Jane | Sep 23 2023 22:04 utc | 73

William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 18:09 utc | 46

That makes sense.

His wife is also a huge liability.
Very bad look.
Even before the gold bars turned up.
So the public is encouraged to think that sleazy people look sleazy.

Posted by: Jane | Sep 23 2023 22:11 utc | 74

Re: ethics and moral

I don't think we have to even discuss the "ethics" of the ruling class as they consistently rule over the immiseration of countless hundreds of millions of people across the planet.

What you, Petri Krohn, are doing is confusing contrived manners and political correctness for ethics. Those things are not related.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 21:18 utc | 70

This discussion is going off-topic, but I will respond anyway.

I am not talking about how evil the US Senate or the global elite might be. I am specifically talking about the "ethics" that are of interests to the Senate Ethics Committee. It has little to do with Senators being "good" or "bad". I believe they would have no objection if Satan himself was sitting among them.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 23 2023 22:26 utc | 75

Politicians are just like prostitutes, only more expensive.

Posted by: anon | Sep 23 2023 20:02 utc | 57

Prostitutes are more honest. They deliver a service for an established price, they don't try to tax you forever for said service, and they don't pretend to love you.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 23 2023 22:32 utc | 76

Quel surprise! Not Menendez?!

Seriously though, many of us know this guy is a complete douchebag. All in sll, the USofA would be 1000 times better off if the citizens just dumped the entire warren of congress-critters and started afresh. They are all, with a very few exceptions, absolute dirtballs in league with pure evil. Russia is, at this point, a far more civilized country with truely moral / highly ethical standards.

As an aside, and my own rule of thumb; if 'they' can afford to run adverts over multiple media asking for support on a measure / proposition, then vote the exact opposite... not that it will do much good in a rigged voting system. But still, we live in hope.

Posted by: Áobh O'Sheachnasaigh | Sep 23 2023 22:45 utc | 77

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 16:31 utc | 29

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 16:47 utc | 32

InkNazifan attempts to reinforce the fairytale narrative that this one bad apple is unusual and dealt with by the Democratic Party, ignoring the fact that the current President is mired in corruption as much as any previous President.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 18:09 utc | 46

Never enough Gruff.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Sep 23 2023 22:45 utc | 78

@ William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 18:09 utc | 46 // psychohistorian | Sep 23 2023 19:08 utc | 51

very good.. i agree with you both and think you are on the money here.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Sep 23 2023 23:13 utc | 79

It's not that the US is less corrupt, it's just that corruption is more legal in the US.

When an official exchanges power for money in Egypt or Ukraine, this is called corruption. When capitalists exchange money for power in the US, it is called political donations.

Posted by: Colin | Sep 23 2023 20:28 utc | 61

That is why the capitalist dictatorship prefers to cloche themselves in the shell of democracy. According to Lenin, they are a hundred safer pretending to rule as a democracy rather than expose their dictatorship in public. They remain in control, and by a simple vote they declare their crimes to be "legal." Such a deal...

Posted by: Ed | Sep 23 2023 23:16 utc | 80

@ 13 lester

Yes, the republicans are coated in the grease of their lack of care; they drip it unabashedly and without reservation. The d's only seem to hold care, and that is why they are so nasty. One seems and the other 'is', though that 'is' demonstrated by the r's is really nothing, in that they declare their own anti-government stance where gov't is sorely needed, and ascribe it to the areas where it is not (for example, our incessantly meddling FP).

They compliment each other perfectly. The time is ripe for an actual political party to emerge in this. Whatever your thoughts about the national socialists, one can not help but think that the situation gave rise to them, meaning the dearth of actual leadership meant the inevitable Beer-Hall Putsch.

Reminds me of Ann Coulter's astute observation of thr Trump-phenomenon: all he did differently was merely pick-up off the ground those populist rallying points that others dare not even mention for fear of the deep state's reprosal. But whereas DJT was talk, now comes the opportunity for action that will rear its ugly head when, as b mentions in his post a few days ago, the west admits defeat in Ukraine and is stymied right out of the gate in China.


Posted by: NemesisCalling | Sep 23 2023 23:24 utc | 81

They raided his home in June 2022, over a year ago. You and I might not have known but it had to slip out to his colleagues in DC and party bigwigs in NJ. But crickets and no action taken. It's not like Menendez didn't know this was coming.

Posted by: WG | Sep 23 2023 23:25 utc | 82

I think Petri Krohn at 20, regarding Azerbaijan sanctions to stop military action, at 47 about WaPo noting in June 2023 him being honeytrapped early along his rise to fame, and at 67, even more honeytrap action up to Epstein and Maxwell, has a powerful thread.

c at 33, regarding Egypt & India both in BRICS recently in the news, and WG at 83, about this being an old Damocles sword from media chatter for at least over a year in June 2022, have the other strands that comprise the thread.

Honeytrap groomed politician placed in power (courtesy most likely by our best-buddy Israel), known as sanction heavy firepower in the political fights, careless so easily cut to distract the slow in the audience. Overstepping zeal against Israeli-buddy Azerbaijan but Damocles sword was already twirling for over a year... Was likely being set up ahead of time to be a distraction for Biden's re-election woes.

Seems like Armenia was popped off with Pashinyan's puppetry mouthing words up his ass to set up conflict in the Caucases. Mr. Heavy Sanctions, being an eager beaver, shot warning flak prematurely, and along with whatever else in the region, Azerbaijan has paused. Time to deflect attention from other bad news cycles, cut red-herring bait and deflect it upon another BRICS member, trying to get two-for-the-price-of-one bargain.

So, the usual private finance suspects being oh so clever.

I like this narrative. I will believe this until the evidence shows otherwise. And trollery squealing against such without countervailing evidence will likely be confirmation of proper targeting. Anything else we should trace and consider?

Posted by: titmouse | Sep 24 2023 0:51 utc | 83

I live in the US state of New Jersey. Menendez 'represents' my state in the US Senate. Menendez is human garbage, his existence as a US Senator is an insult to decent humans world-wide. A sadistic, opportunistic, moronic, corrupt warmonger of first degree. The sooner he is gone and forgotten the better for everybody (except him, maybe). No foreign war he did not support, no sadistic counter-productive sanctions action he did not support. A net negative for humanity. Thanks for this report, b.

Posted by: NewJerseyJoe | Sep 24 2023 1:10 utc | 84

In Ancient Athens, the equivalent of Menendez was ordinary citizens, chosen by lot. It worked, for centuries.

Posted by: Lysias | Sep 24 2023 1:43 utc | 85

Imo, as the sleazy details keep coming, and the public becomes all too well informed, the Democrats in Congress have a short window of time in order to credibly announce their "shock and surprise", their "dismay", and then demand he be stripped of all Committee assignments. Following on that, they have to suggest he resign, then soon after demand he resign.

Menendez won't want to, as resigning has long been a bargaining chip for people in his position, when cutting a plea deal. Plus he draws a hefty salary, and gets a staff.

For their part, I expect Republicans to soon sound ominous warnings of how he compromised national security, and demand that be investigated, while they attempt to draw parallels to the Bidens selling access, and compromising national security.

Posted by: Babel-17 | Sep 24 2023 2:02 utc | 86

Just to put some perspective on this

US Senator Menendez cost about $1 million for corruption. 50 US Senators, $50 Million for all corruption. There are 435 US Representatives and lets say their corruption is only $1/2 million each or $218 million roughly, total. When you add the two together you get less than $270 million dollars to buy the whole bunch.

Below is a link to the latest posting at Wall Street On Parade showing the the money mafia spends in excess of $300 million dollar/year on lobbying.

The West has the best government money can buy

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 24 2023 6:03 utc | 87

I am in Egypt. The official exchange rate is LE 30 to the USD. The unofficial exchange rate is LE 40 to the USD.

"the price of American beef liver in the Egyptian market rose by about LE13 per kilo (81 cents) following the move"

This should be 40 or 30 cents - not 81 cents.

Posted by: Alfred (Hurghada) | Sep 24 2023 8:00 utc | 88

I am in Egypt.

"the price of American beef liver ...

Posted by: Alfred (Hurghada) | Sep 24 2023 8:00 utc | 89


Perhaps you could go to the market and report the actual prices, cuts and qualities?

Posted by: too scents | Sep 24 2023 9:41 utc | 89

One part of me is considering how Menedez probably feels he's been targeted by the old boys' club that is the amerikan senate. As a first generation Latino he probably didn't cop the best reception from the waspy arses who've sold out their fellow humans since great-great uncle twice removed copped the gig first all those years ago.
Let's face it his scams are all very low rent he likely offered himself up for the big scams around but no one had been to school with him so he wasn't offered any choice earners for an age. But that didn't mean he could ignore all the supporters and backers who got him where he is so he did what any pol in his position would do, take what was on offer, pushing his snout into some very dubious troughs one of which unfortunately was a simple fed honey trap.
Natch the boys on capitol hill looked after him. "Hell", said Jo/Joe Fuckwit R-Tn "we allow one of our own be taken down by those fools and next thing you know they're up all our arses".

So Menendez was back in his rort but after the hoo-hah from the first bust no decent donor was gonna run the risk of being seen lunching with the man.
What to do now, the missus was looking at him like he was an incompetent fool and the kids! The kids regarded their father as some sort of low life form that didn't deserve to exist. Enter Ms cleavage a woman who understood and really knew how to look after a man like him who had needs after a hard day's talking nonsense with self-interested creeps each searching for a way to develop their very own earner.
Her cousin the lawyer seems an interesting fellow who has some great connections in the newer NJ community.
He hopped in full of the hubris of having beaten the enemy once, too bad if Egypt wasn't flavour of the month around DC at least they're keeping our business straight for much less fuss than all of those eastern european thugs hangin' round the senate every minute of every day.

Yeah he's a bad bloke Menendez although on the scale of crimes committed on capitol hill he's small beer. The only crime he committed in the eyes of his colleagues was to help a foreign government senators are meant to act as out of favour, of course if a government was in favour Menendez would never have got a look in, cos his betters woulda beaten down the door first.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Sep 24 2023 10:11 utc | 90

Merkel was the worst
She is a snake!🐍
Her role was the the good cop in US good & bad cop theater. She was a master in manipulating & intrigue. Always acting as the good naive MAMA but backstabbing
as soon as the situation is preferable
She opened the borders and flooded Germany with useless welfare tourists approx 3 million MAMA lovers
With her border project she fullfilled the Klaus Schwab and Soros Agenda. Schwab is a friend of her same like Baerbock and von Lyen.
But her Masterprojekt was chessmaster Putin.
She played him out with Minsk 2 , NS2 and Novichok
He believed her everything not realizing that she pulled him into the prepared US trap
Putin prayed the „western partners“ religion 24/7 around Russia and infected young generation with faith for western partners & values
What a naive chessmaster

Posted by: SlowSoft | Sep 24 2023 10:46 utc | 91

Not sure where to post this but it is important....
Huawei’s new flagship phone, the Mate 60 Pro, has become the world’s first phone model with a satellite calling feature. Powered by China’s Tiantong-1 communications satellite system, this development is seen as a milestone in tapping into the full potential of China’s space technology for the mass consumer market. Tiantong-1 is China’s first self-developed mobile communications satellite system, with three satellites currently in orbit. China Telecom is the sole operator of the Tiantong system’s mobile services, allowing users to access satellite communication services when without mobile signals.

The Tiantong-1 satellite system, which began providing satellite communications services to the public in January 2020, has achieved full coverage over the Asia-Pacific region. With the addition of the Tiantong-1 03 satellite, the system provides voice calling, SMS, data, and video transmission services for users in the region. Huawei had previously introduced satellite SMS technology in its Mate 50 series, which only allowed one-way SMS communication. The Mate 60 Pro now enables two-way SMS conversation and has no restrictions on signal coverage, making it seamlessly connected in various geographic terrains.

Starlink... move aside!


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 11:36 utc | 92

Why Huawei's new chip is a milestone..
Huawei’s breakthrough Kirin 9000S chip — what is it, why is it a big deal, and what should America do about it?

Last week, Dylan Patel of SemiAnalysis and Doug O’Laughlin of Fabricated Knowledge joined ChinaTalk for an emergency episode. We discuss:

Why this new smartphone chip is so impressive;

What it takes to go from smartphone chips to AI hardware accelerators at scale, and why doing so may be easier than policymakers currently think;

What we know about SMIC’s yield;

Economic and military knock-on effects of a SMIC capable of fabbing A100-equivalent AI chips;

They are rightfully worried....

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 11:47 utc | 93

Chinese advances in Rare Earth Mining..
Chinese scientists have developed a greener and more efficient mining technique to recover rare-earth elements from weathering crusts, revealing new paths for the sustainable harvest of natural resources.

Ion-adsorption rare-earth deposits are a primary repository of heavy REEs. These deposits are currently mined via the ammonium-salt-based leaching technique leading to severe environmental damage with a low recovery rate.

To address the problem, a research team led by He Hongping from the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has designed an innovative REE mining technique called electrokinetic mining (EKM), which enables the green, efficient and selective recovery of REEs from weathering crusts.

The feasibility of EKM was demonstrated by He's team via laboratory-scale, scaled-up and field-scale experiments last year. Now, they have launched the first industrial trial and successfully built a demonstration project with 5,000 tonnes of soil.

Compared with conventional techniques, the EKM technique achieves a 30-percent increase in recovery rate, an 80-percent decrease in leaching agent usage, a 70-percent decrease in mining time, a 70-percent reduction in metallic impurities in the obtained REE leachates and a 90-percent decrease in ammonium emissions, according to the team.

Rare earths from soil!


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 11:49 utc | 94

Chinese field first quantum network on city wide scale..
The most advanced quantum communication network yet sprawls through the city of Hefei, China. Comprising three quantum devices and a central server, it is as close to an unhackable quantum internet as we have gotten yet.

Built by Jian-Long Liu at the University of Science and Technology of China and his colleagues, the network shares some features with conventional communication networks, such as transmitting information through optical fibres. But the light travelling in the quantum network comes in chunks, quanta

Believed to be un-hackable..


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 11:56 utc | 95

A glimpse into how China tamed Xingiang...
The fact is that between 2010 and 2016, Xinjiang was on the brink of chaos. Unlike America’s war on terror, characterised by US troops invading the wrong countries, destroying infrastructure, pillaging resources, terrorizing locals and conducting drone strikes that killed civilians and journalists, as Julian Assange valiantly exposed on WikiLeaks, China’s approach to counter terrorist forces in the region was different.

I am writing this on the heels of the paper written by two highly respected German sinologists, Thomas Herberer, a professor of Chinese Politics at Duisburg-Essen University, and Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, a professor of Chinese studies and director of China Centrum Tubingen.

A crucial point of the article acknowledges the existence of “massive Islamic terrorism” in Xinjiang between the years 2010 and 2016 at the hands of twelve separatist-Islamist movements operating there.

the most pressing measure was reestablishing safety. This entailed the deployment of a military and security presence, the implementation of tighter border security, and the gathering of intelligence, which included every member of society, local law enforcement agencies, and religious institutions, given that Islamist radicals were disseminating hate-inspired messages from their pulpits.

Measures by the central government were focused on dismantling terrorist networks – networks that were, without a doubt, comprised largely of Uyghur and Muslims living in Xinjiang and abroad.

The second is that these terrorist groups targeted not only Han Chinese but also moderate Muslim citizens.

Perhaps the turning point of the fight against terror in Xinjiang was the heinous assassination of Imam Juma Tahir in Kashgar in July of 2014. His death at the hands of three extremists became a wake-up call to all people in Xinjiang. Those who, up to then, may have been reticent to implement measures, suddenly became more accepting of them.

It was clear no one was safe from these extremists, and something needed to be done in order to capture and dismantle these organisations.

Maybe this prompted the adoption of the pomegranate as a symbol of unity amongst the Xinjiang people. This abundant local fruit can be seen displayed on billboards, murals, sculptures, and more throughout Xinjiang. It serves as a reminder of the importance of sticking together as Chinese citizens, just like the seeds of the pomegranate.


Most experts agree that radicalisation and separatism flourish among a population characterised by poverty and dissatisfaction with the government.

For centuries, and despite the harsh nature of Xinjiang’s weather and terrain, the region was an important part of the Silk Road. Most of its largest cities were prosperous hubs for trade and commerce, as well as centres for the exchange of ideas, traditions, and knowledge.

However, as modernity and globalisation favoured maritime commercial routes, Xinjiang’s prosperity and development were negatively impacted. It is important to explore how this issue was tackled, and acknowledge it was not a government imposition on the region.

Over the past 20 years, while neighbouring countries were struggling with the aftermath of America’s war on terror and the resulting poverty, China allocated unimaginable resources to develop logistics, transportation infrastructure, and means of production in Xinjiang.

Although China’s Poverty Alleviation is the greatest humanitarian campaign in history, its implementation in Xinjiang faced unique challenges such as the region’s size, the roughness of its terrain, inclement weather, and a scattered population living in remote rural areas.

One of the primary objectives was to connect cities and prefectures with roads, highways, railroads, and the internet. Additionally, the aim was to attract investment and businesses to the region to increase household income levels by providing alternative sources of sustenance beyond agriculture and herding.

The task required improving people’s employability by means of better education and vocational skills training; these often involved the mobilisation of students and skilled labourers to areas where services were offered and where their talents were needed since the region is characterised by low population density and scattered rural communities.

Under these circumstances, the most cost-effective way to deliver on the objectives is through institutions that offer room and board.

Satellite imagery of many of these educational and production facilities, as well as some correctional institutions, was mislabeled as “concentration camps” by foreign think tanks. Suffice to say, anyone visiting production or education facilities anywhere in China can confirm the use of dormitories and mobilisation of talent are key to China’s economic miracle, starting with the Reform and Opening-up in 1979.

Western governments, politicians, pundits, and US-funded NGOs have inaccurately yet persistently portrayed the above China development strategy as evidence of human rights abuses, forced labor, and separation of families. It is crucial to remember that variations of this approach are followed in most countries around the world; people move to find better education and employment opportunities.

The article continues covering the gamut of NATO claims and counter claims...
Ultimate results...


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 12:05 utc | 96

Hard on the heels of the movie "Oppenheimer" comes this revelation
the highly anticipated U.S. movie Oppenheimer finally premiered in China, shedding light on the life of the famous American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967). Besides igniting discussions about the life of this prominent scientist, the film has also reignited domestic media and public interest in Chinese scientists connected to Oppenheimer and nuclear physics.

There is one Chinese scientist whose life shares remarkable parallels with Oppenheimer’s. This is aerospace engineer and cyberneticist Qian Xuesen (钱学森, 1911-2009). Like Oppenheimer, he pursued his postgraduate studies overseas, taught at Caltech, and played a pivotal role during World War II for the US.

Some Chinese blogs recently compared the academic paths and scholarly contributions of the two scientists, while others highlighted the similarities in their political challenges, including the revocation of their security clearances. The era of McCarthyism in the United States cast a shadow over Qian’s career, and, similar to Oppenheimer, he was branded as a “communist suspect.”

Eventually, these political pressures forced him to return to China. Although Qian’s return to China made his later life different from Oppenheimer’s, both scientists lived their lives navigating the complex dynamics between science and politics. Here, we provide a brief overview of the life and accomplishments of Qian Xuesen.

Through McCarthyism, the US population has been brainwashed into believing the Manhattan Project belonged to the US and the US alone, that the US should be supreme..

Fear that another country would do to the US, itself, what the US did to Japan/Germany via strategic bombing, lies behind McCarthyism, the cold war, the SMO, and current attempts to subjugate China..


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 12:13 utc | 97

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 23 2023 21:18 utc | 70

Indeed, it is a myth that the middle class believe themselves to be the most moral sub-class: they are more consciously self-deceived than the working class.

But why do you believe Elon Musk has morals?

While I don't believe the crap liberals and the CIA say about him, he's clearly passionate about fraudulent product and stock pitches, union suppression, cheating on his wife, and manipulating and preying on others with various "dreams" (e.g., Mars, self-driving, underground tunnels, etc.). I don't think he's "somewhat moral" for wanting people to have more babies while opposing the underlying problems that cause people not to have babies - he's just been rich for too short a period of time to learn as many nasty tricks as Bill Gates, Soros, Peter Thiel, and Warren Buffet.

Posted by: Colin | Sep 24 2023 12:17 utc | 98

China builds world's most powerful warship RADAR
Chinese scientists have revealed that construction has begun of a radar system that could shift the balance of naval power in the world's oceans with its ability to detect incoming missiles from thousandsof kilometres away.

A Chinese military vessel equipped with the radar would be able to detect a ballistic missile from up to 4,500km (2,800 miles) away - about the distance from southern China to northern Australia.

The radar can also track multiple targets within 3,500km, or about the distance to Guam, the researchers said, in a peer-reviewed paper published on May 31 by the Chinese-language journal Electric Machines and Control.

Now... a ship borne RADAR capable of identifying Over The Horizon Missile targets.


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 12:18 utc | 99

Why the USN is worried...
China’s shipbuilding capacity has dwarfed US capabilities, per leaked US Navy intelligence. China has the world’s largest navy and could have a fleet of 440 ships by 2030, per the Pentagon, reveals “Business Insider”. China’s shipbuilding capacity is 232 times greater than the US, per leaked US Navy intelligence.

According to the data seen in the slide, China’s shipyards have a capacity of over 23.2 million tons, more than 232 times greater than the US capacity of less than 100,000 tons.

The slide also appears to contrast the “battle force composition” of both navies, taking into account “combatant ships, submarines, mine warfare ships, major amphibious ships, and large combat support auxiliary ships.”

Meanwhile, the US fleet spends most of it's time in the repair yard....


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 24 2023 12:23 utc | 100

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