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Let us not forget some of the other dictatorships - I (26/03/22 18:34:34) Reply
    Just these days we heard that the mad dog muslim brigade called taliban have closed all schooling for girls in Afchanistan. These people know that they can only stay in power if they keep their girls uneducated, preferably illiterate, and powerless in a stupid and violent patriarchy.

    The USA - with GW Bush at the helm, screwed up big time. Undermining beats confrontation every time. The simplest undermining would be weaning the opiate addicts of the west from heroin, seizing all shipments, and putting the big dealers behind bars. This includes corrupt politicians, businesspeople and civil service. There is a lot of good policework ahead. Now, after Ukraine, we know that the USA have access to enormous amounts of high-quality intelligence. In future I hope they will share it, or at least close their eyes to potential leaks.
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Saudi Arabia (30/03/22 07:43:47) Reply
    The other day

    "UN rights chief decries mass execution of 81 people in Saudi Arabia"

    "Among those put to death on 12 March, Ms. Bachelet said she understood that 41 were Muslims from the Shiite minority who had taken part in anti-government protests in 2011-12, calling for greater political participation."

    (https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113922)
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corrupt politicians and others (31/03/22 11:51:39) Reply
    https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/
jm

Accepting crime as a part of politics - that's corruption, isn't it? (31/03/22 12:44:07) Reply
    We've seen so much of it - in superpower top-level politics where mass murder is a tool - and in my tiny personal worlds, where less violent tools were used.

    It's top-down politics. But the populists - if or when they come to power - are at least as bad.
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Re: Accepting crime as a part of politics - that's corruption, isn't it? (31/03/22 16:21:51) Reply
    just an observation mind you, accepting crime as a part of politics is an ancient custom even pre-dating the roman empire.

    sad but true.

    i do hope you read all of it... carefully.

    read this afterward

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/03/28/how-putins-oligarchs-bought-london

    there is a crystal clear connection. in my mind at least...
jm

ah yeah, forgot (31/03/22 16:44:23) Reply
    my point would be that "Undermining beats confrontation every time" kind of scratched that part of my mind...

    i am not sure that in light of the articles above your statement holds true every time.
    i used to believe that. not anymore.
    the problem is deciding when to use which approach. the right tool for the job.
    i believe there are people, and nowadays "tools", that can help us decide.

    let me put it this way: the spooks are undermining and achieved nothing, the DEA went full on confrontation and could have taken down a massive drug and arms traffic for decades...

    ~~~

    i didnt know about the cassandra project.
    2 weeks ago, they aired a documentary about it on our channel 1.
    a lot of former mossad, shin bet and former politicians interviewed and they all said they begged the US to do something about it waaay before 2007.

    after seeing the second episode i realized i actually knew someone that i thought was a decent human being, but now thinking about it, he probably was laundering. so sad...

    the mr robot obligatory quote: "It's good. So good, it scratched that part of my mind. The part that doesn't allow good to exist without a condition."
jm

Re: ah yeah, forgot (31/03/22 17:25:58) Reply
    Of course I agree. There is much more to learn from a dialogue than a monologue.

    I am working on completely different fields, but it dawned upon me (and I found that people had been thinking the same before me) (just for neutrality I am using cooking terminology): You have to decide on the ingredients, what to do with them, and the actual sequence of adding them into the structure that ends up as the product.

    Starting with a confrontation means taking the theoretical preparations too lightly. Starting with the soft work may be the only way to prepare for a successful confrontation.

    Could that be a better way of saying it?

    (the last sentence was too depressive. I must ignore it.)
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Re: Accepting crime as a part of politics - that's corruption, isn't it? - Hybrid threats (12/04/22 18:44:12) Reply
    The E.U. is investing on how to tackle hybrid threats. EU-HYBNET focuses on identifying and providing policy advice on this regard. One of their identified trends is populism: "Changing populism: what are the forms of populism? How will populism evolve and will it be a determining political movement in the future?"

    Kinetic warfare will eventually be replaced...

    rf
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Mediastream overload. Fact deprivation. Emotion-based outrage. (15/04/22 12:43:00) Reply
    The survival strategy for people is trekking towards top-down systems where others tell them what to say and think. Find some easily-definable minority group to blame for all the ills you need to find a scapegoat for. Trans people, gay people, woke people, atheists, heretics, wealthy, work-shy, immigrants, asylum seekers, drug addicts.

    Putin had been preparing the Ukraine aggression for years, maybe from the very beginning. Still there are people who claim that his demands be legitimate.

    So populism - yes. But populism without paid shills and useful idiots (maybe just shills in disguise) are useless for the purpose. I'd say: Go for the shills first, then the useful idiots (if any). I think populism is less of a worry: If nobody feeds it, it will dwindle and die.
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Sweden: Extremely violent riots. Guess who pays for them. (16/04/22 18:42:38) Reply
    Paludan. s Danish provocateur has made himself a business of burning korans. Others have made themselves a business of rioting when someone burns korans. It is a burden on society.

    The last few days the level of violence has been unprecedented. Systematic attempts of murdering police officers.

    Let me make a guess: The most violent ones are kadyrov people, recruited to destabilise Sweden and occupy them with internal matters, thus weakening the will to join NATO.

    Nobody, except the murder gangs of Vladimir Putin, have anything to gain by these riots.

    So - who pays Paludan? Can you follow the money more than one step? Unlikely. So it will not hold up in court. But we know that no action is too mean for the Stalins.
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Re: Sweden: Extremely violent riots. Guess who pays for them. (17/04/22 20:26:47) Reply
    Interesting.

    Well on an tangent, while I do understand the purpose of infiltrating and destroying from within, what Putin did was stupid. either I'm missing something or he just handed Europe relations in a silver plate to US..

    Also before the war Russian was seen as a "mighty" army. Reality is that it can't conquer a city close to its borders.
    Currently all Europe is spending exorbitants amount on military equipment for what? And more importantly I can see the happy grin on the oil & gas industry, did the climate change threat just go away?
rf

Re: Sweden: Extremely violent riots. Guess who pays for them. NATO? (17/04/22 21:11:02) Reply
    Serious question, would joining NATO from the Nordics bring any actual benefits?
    Is the threat of invasion real? Isn't the latest ping pong of threats Russia/Nordics NATO distractions?
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Invasion in Sweden? (18/04/22 14:55:26) Reply
    You might wish to make some strategic considerations regarding the eventuality of a Russian naval base on Gotland. You might also have a lookup - see the strategic location on the map - midway between Sweden and Latvia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotland

    Sweden has - it seems from the other side of the western border border - that Sweden never really could come to terms with not being a major European power. During WWII they coped by collaborating dirtily with Nazi Germany.

    They seem to believe, though, that they could keep neutral because of their military force.

    Their policy has been the riding of two horses.

    "Sweden was able to remain neutral throughout the war. According to Erik Boheman, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs during the war, the main reasons were luck and the development of the war, in combination with the Swedish people's spirit to resist an invasion, and perhaps also some diplomatic skillfulness.[15]

    Sweden also sought to maintain its traditional ties with the Western democracies. The Allied blockade of Europe and the German counter blockade of the Baltic prevented all but the bare minimum of commodities such as oil reaching Sweden from the West, but despite the Allies' sympathy with Sweden's position, there was a general belief among the American and British governments that Sweden went too far in collaborating with the Nazi regime.[16]

    The Allies noted that without the Swedish iron ore, the German war effort would grind to a halt because not only was the ore being sent in large quantities but it was also of very high quality, making German steel manufacture extremely efficient. The US military was also appalled at Sweden for escorting German ships, allowing use of its own ships to transport the ore and for its failure to stop the transit of German soldiers and war materials across its territory.[17][verification needed]

    After America joined the blockade against the Axis forces and assisted in the economic warfare measures already being implemented by the British in early 1942, efforts were made to stop the Swedish iron ore trade and to reduce the practical help she was giving to Germany, although these attempts initially did nothing to reduce the German war effort.[18][verification needed]

    Later Allied pressure on Sweden
    During the last half of 1943 and the early months of 1944, the US sought to cripple Germany's ability to continue the war by carrying out a concentrated and costly bombing campaign against ball bearing production in Germany combined with trade negotiations, including preclusive purchasing arrangements, intended to cut off Swedish ball bearings to Germany. Despite the bombing, German industrial countermeasures and improvisations warded off any serious consequences, and an Allied agreement with Sweden in September 1943 to halt exports of ball bearings neglected to impose restrictions on exports of the high-quality steel used in their manufacture. This allowed Sweden to continue to provide Germany with ball-bearing steel, largely offsetting the drop in the Swedish export of finished ball bearings.

    After the tide of battle on the eastern front had irreversibly shifted following German defeats at El Alemein, Stalingrad and Kursk in the winter and summer of 1943, the Soviet Union, at the Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers in October 1943, took the lead in suggesting a more active role for Sweden in the War, such as by allowing the establishment of Allied air bases in its territory. Although the Allies decided not to call on Sweden to declare war on Germany, Churchill believed that the War might be brought to an early end if Sweden (and Turkey which provided Germany with chromite ore) entered it on the Allied side in order to confront Hitler on additional fronts.

    Although Sweden did not enter the fight, they later agreed to cancel the transit of German military material and troops across Sweden, to further reduce iron ore exports, end Swedish naval escorting of German ships in the Baltic, and reduce ball bearing exports. In exchange, Britain and the US agreed to a relaxation of the blockade to allow Sweden to import certain important commodities, including rubber and oil. The ongoing diplomatic pressure, together with the deteriorating German military position gradually persuaded Sweden to reduce and ultimately end its trade with Germany by November 1944."

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_iron-ore_industry_during_World_War_II)
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Re: Invasion in Sweden? (18/04/22 14:58:49) Reply
    Riding the balance between EU/NATO and Russia seems unsustainable in view of the Russion aggression against Ukraine. So the Russian nibbling of neighbouring countries will continue until stopped.

    A Putinist Russia from Lisboa to Magadan - tempting, isn't it?
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Let us not forget some of the other dictatorships - II (05/05/22 16:22:25) Reply
    I did not find the full voting details about the various resulutions pertaining to the Russian genocidal aggression against Ukraine, but there is some

    "The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday calling for Russia to be suspended from the Human Rights Council.

    The resolution received a two-thirds majority of those voting, minus abstentions, in the 193-member Assembly, with 93 nations voting in favour and 24 against.

    Fifty-eight abstained from the process.


    Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Vietnam, were among those who voted against.

    Those abstaining, included India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia. "

    (https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/04/1115782)

    So we know quite a bit about other countries than Russia - and which one we should keep at least at one arm's distance.
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So Al Jazeera does it better.  (05/05/22 16:46:48) Reply
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/8/russia-suspended-from-un-human-rights-body-how-countries-voted.

    The Sovietistans voted against. Nobody would be surprised at Zimbabwe or Iran.

    Surprising, methinks, that this was impossible for me to find at the UN website.
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Re: So Al Jazeera does it better.  (06/05/22 09:43:05) Reply
    1. al jazeera sucks as much as the rest, if not more.

    2."So we know quite a bit about other countries than Russia - and which one we should keep at least at one arm's distance. "
    and
    "The Sovietistans voted against. Nobody would be surprised at Zimbabwe or Iran."

    you sound surprised. this voting pattern in nothing new. where have you been all these years?
    someone asked me once on this very forum if i even read all those UN resolutions about israel and palestine.
    to my surprise, he didnt believe i actually took the time to really read them. i did. and still do on occasion.

    but imo its deeper than just a voting pattern or aligning with russia.
    for example, google for "congo cobalt china" without quotes.
    sample link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-congo-china-hits-roadblock-in-global-race-forcobalt-11647081180
    thats nothing compared to the "pro bono" work the chinese are doing in africa in general.
    just ask google about china and africa.

    3. learn to search (or, have a cocktail, relax and concentrate/focus... or take your patience pills)

    your link was: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/04/1115782

    searching google: https://www.google.com/search?q=UN+General+Assembly+votes

    second result was your link. first result was: https://www.un.org/en/ga/documents/voting.asp

    oops, we dont have a resolution symbol. so what now?
    click advanced search, youll get a list of resolutions with a very descriptive title...
    search in page for russia... and bingo is your nameo :)

    https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3967778?ln=en [A/RES/ES-11/3] <-- resolution symbol.


    hope i helped ;)
jm

a silly idea (06/05/22 09:51:59) Reply
    get all available voting data from the UN and generate a database.
    then you can superimpose this data on a map or see a timeline for a specific countrys vote on a certain issue/topic.
    the only problem i can see is sorting by topic. unless the resolution symbol can help, but i doubt it.

    maybe its been done. ill have to remember to search it later tonight.
    oh, maybe ourworldindata has it?
jm

Thanks. (08/05/22 14:50:52) Reply
    Of course I was not surprised; only: now I could have a hardcopy. But I haven't (admittedloy) put much work into it because of my very limited real-world audience.

    With age I have become more cynical. So I try to make my grandchildren remember me as a good-natured clown. Maybe some of that behaviour will stick when I no longer can control it.
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Re: Re: So Al Jazeera does it better??? (11/05/22 11:19:31) Reply
    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/11/middleeast/al-jazeera-journalist-killed-intl-hnk/index.html

    where is the body?
    where is the ballistics report?
jm

Re: Re: Re: So Al Jazeera does it better??? (11/05/22 11:25:20) Reply
    especially this:

    "I saw Shireen on the ground," said journalist Mujahed al-Saadi. "We tried to rescue Shireen and we couldn't."
    "The occupation targeted Shireen while wearing a helmet, the injury was under the ear," he added. "Shireen fell while she was wearing press (gear) and even with that the people who tried to save her were shot at, the targeting was clear against Shireen and against us as journalistic teams."

    unbiased reporting i guess...

    and...

    "Al Jazeera has accused Israeli security forces of deliberately targeting and killing Abu Akleh and called on the international community to condemn and hold Israel accountable."

    apparently "the occupation" is apriori guilty before examining the body...
jm

WS Gilbert: HMS Pinafore (11/05/22 18:03:38) Reply
    Things are seldom what they seem,
    Skim milk masquerades as cream;
    Highlows pass as patent leathers;
    Jackdaws strut in peacock's feathers.

    Captain. (puzzled)
    Very true,
    So they do.

    Buttercup.
    Black sheep dwell in every fold;
    All that glitters is not gold;
    Storks turn out to be but logs;
    Bulls are but inflated frogs.

    Captain. (puzzled)
    So they be,
    Frequentlee.

    Buttercup.
    Drops the wind and stops the mill;
    Turbot is ambitious brill;
    Gild the farthing if you will,
    Yet it is a farthing still.

    (https://gsarchive.net/pinafore/web_opera/pin14.html)
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Return of the burqa (08/05/22 15:02:37) Reply
    If it is correct that the retro-islamist hardliners are a small minority, then now is the time for the population of Afghanistan to take ownership of the struggle against the tyranny. Outside forces were not able to do it for them. Maybe those with resources have already emigrated- and then it may be too late.
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Failures in The Middle Kingdom (08/05/22 19:43:37) Reply
    Full and sudden closedown of Shanghai just because of omicron? It seems like an attempt of facesaving. So the rationality of the dictatorship is slipping.

    Arresting all potential dissidents will stop the economy. Letting them go free will erode the dictatorship. But we should not expect much mercy from the Tienanmen-massacrists, the Hongkong-suppressors, the East-Turkestan-suppressors, the South-China-Sea aggressors.

    But suppressing or corrupting millions of smart people might prove impossible.
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Turkey (11/05/22 17:27:55) Reply
    Just for a start
    "Corruption in Turkey is an issue affecting the accession of Turkey to the European Union."

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_Turkey)

    "The annual inflation rate in Turkey accelerated for the 11th consecutive month to 69.97 percent in April of 2022, the highest since February of 2002 and surpassing market estimates of 68 percent. It compares with a much lower rate of 17.14 percent a year earlier, as the lira remains weak and real interest rates remain largely negative."
    (https://tradingeconomics.com/turkey/inflation-cpi)

    And this gem (which taught me he hard way to use OCR software on Linux)

    "Corruption: The Turkish Challenge
    ZEYNO BARAN
    “When countries such as Turkey with weak law enforcement and lack of transparency undertake massive economic reforms that involve lucrative privatization deals, corruption may eat away at the system.”
    A Stanford political science professor starts her first lecture
    with this question: What is most important for developing countries—stability, participation, economic growth, equity or justice? Those who raise their hands for stability are exclusively from developing countries, while those who value participation and equity tend to be mainly from the United States or Europe. Being born in Turkey, I had also once raised my hand for stability.
    Throughout the Cold War, stability was indeed the most important consideration for the countries of the Western bloc. Human rights violations, military coups and massive corruption were not preeminent subjects for international consideration and action. During the past decade, however, as the world became more interdependent, a consensus gradually emerged that stability, without an institutionalized democratic system and the requisite checks and balances, is simply not enough. Consequently, corruption began to be viewed as the root of many political, economic and social problems. "

    (https://www.jstor.org/stable/24357692)
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Re: Turkey (11/05/22 17:37:59) Reply
    (https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/10/turkey-ukraine-russia-war-nato-erdogan/)

    "Turkey faces a range of vulnerabilities from either an emboldened or a desperate Russia. Erdogan’s strategy therefore centers on supporting Ukraine without jeopardizing ties with Moscow. Over the longer term, the course of the war itself will do much to determine how Ankara maintains this balancing act. Strong, unified NATO support for Ukraine, along with Russian military setbacks, would provide the best opportunity to reinforce Ankara’s commitment to Ukraine—and to the alliance.

    Russia and Turkey have for centuries been rivals across a wide geographic space encompassing the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, and Central Asia. Vulnerability to Russian military power throughout these regions has encouraged Turkish leaders to seek allies: Britain and France in the Crimean War, Germany in World War I, and NATO in the Cold War. When the international environment has been less threatening, though, Turkey has looked to Russia (and the Soviet Union) for economic opportunities and as a partner for boosting its own strategic autonomy.

    The Soviet Union’s collapse created a series of buffer states (including Ukraine) that shielded Turkey from Russian military power, allowing Ankara to pursue a more forward-leaning policy in Eurasia. It also opened up new opportunities for Turkish companies in Russia, which became a major source of tourists to Turkey’s Mediterranean resorts as well as a lucrative market for exporters and construction companies (many with close ties to Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party). Turkey also turned to Russia for energy, at one point getting the majority of its natural gas from Russia, and signing a deal with Russia’s state-owned Rosatom to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant at Akkuyu."
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Re: Turkey (11/05/22 17:45:57) Reply
    I have for a long time been negative to the old saying: "He's a sonofabitch, but he's our sonofoabitch." And there might be small windows for looking the other way when other issues are burning hotter. But - in the end - it is the Turkish people who must rid themselves of Erdogan. In the meantime we can prepare to help them, and also remember to keep helping Ukraine. Keeping more than one thought alive simultaneously could - I think - be possible.

    (https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/03/russia-ukraine-war-recasts-turkish-policies-and-priorities)

    "Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, like Erdogan, has taken on an outsized diplomatic role to try to mediate an end to the Russia-Ukraine war.

    In the past, such a contest would have pushed Erdogan to a kind of one-upmanship, given the mostly miserable state of Israel-Turkey ties over the past decade.

    Not this time.

    "Jerusalem and Ankara are even believed to be coordinating their moves," regarding Russia-Ukraine mediation, scoops Ben Caspit. "This reversal stems from the major detente in their relationship since last summer, which peaked with the visit March 9 by President Isaac Herzog to Ankara and Istanbul. Erdogan pulled out all the stops in welcoming Herzog, publicly abandoning the comfort zone from which he used Israel as a punching bag whenever the need arose to firm up his political base. Judging by his statements, he is focusing, instead, on his country’s strategic geopolitical interests in light of major regional and international developments. In this arena, Ankara’s positions are far closer to Jerusalem these days than they are to many other capitals."

    Turkey and Israel have appointed a high-level team to "iron out difference," Caspit reports, although the prospect of Israeli natural gas going through Turkey, which Erdogan would prefer, is unlikely. The current plan is for Israel to work though Egypt for gas exports.

    No easy path for gas via Turkey

    While the export of Israeli natural gas though Turkey is a long shot at best, Ankara is also exploring other exporters to position Turkey as an energy hub.

    The European Union needs an alternative to Russia, on which it depends for 40% of its gas imports.

    There has been some speculation that Turkey could be the bridge for an alternative route for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to bring gas to Europe, but in each case, there are more questions than answers, as David Byrne breaks down the options for Turkey and Europe.

    It’s the economy … and it's getting worse

    For Erdogan, it’s ultimately all about staying in power, with general elections 15 months away, in June 2023.

    Turkey’s economic crisis is his greatest political liability, and it is likely to get worse.

    "Economic instability has only grown since Erdogan assumed sweeping executive powers in 2018," explains Mustafa Sonmez. "Inflation stands out as the gravest problem, having soared to 54.4% in February. "
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Erdogan: Putin's fifth column in NATO (13/05/22 12:59:01) Reply
    Time for a new military coup. I'd advise better preparations this time.

    "n 2013, law enforcement efforts to fight corruption, which had led to the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey, were faulted by Erdoğan. The anti-corruption efforts were a source of tension between the Gülenists and the AKP.[87] In political analysis in the months prior to the coup attempt, the incidence of corruption was reported to be "rife" in Turkey.[88] Following the coup attempt, some coup leaders cited corruption as a reason for their actions.[89]

    Immunity bill
    On 13 July, less than two days before the coup was launched, Erdoğan signed a bill giving Turkish soldiers immunity from prosecution while taking part in domestic operations. The bill requires cases against commanders to be approved by the prime minister, while district governors may sign cases against lower-ranking soldiers. The immunity bill was seen as part of the détente between the government and the armed forces. The latter has increasingly been taking over military operations in Kurdish-inhabited areas from police and paramilitary units.[90] on which the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a report in February 2017 detailing how operations by the Turkish infantry, artillery, tanks and possibly aircraft drove up to half a million people from their homes over a 17-month period from July 2015 to the end of 2016. Investigators for the United Nations verified a variety of human rights abuses by the security forces, among them extrajudicial killings, summary killings, disappearances, torture, rape, violence against women and the prevention of access to medical care, food and water."

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Turkish_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt)
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Re: Erdogan: Putin's fifth column in NATO (16/05/22 18:25:46) Reply
    There isn't much hurry. Finland and Sweden are safe enough after Putin has squandered the Russian army. What they would have needed is masses of elite soldiers and top-of-the-line equipment, but those were wasted already the first few weeks. AK-47 and T-72 in the hands of Syrian or Lebanese newbies or Kadyrovian bandits will not win any battles against well-equipped, well trained and/or smart) and highly motivated Ukrainians.

    So - Nordic friends - take it easy. Others will wear down the resistance for you. Soon the world will be rid of both Erdogan and Putin.
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Turkey's terrorists (22/05/22 17:13:04) Reply
    Turkey never admitted any wrongdoing related to the increased mortality pf Armenians 1915-16.

    https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-armenian-genocide-1915-16-overview

    This curious incident featuring Orhan Pamuk:

    "In February 2005, Pamuk told a Swiss newspaper, “Thirty-thousand Kurds and one million Armenians were killed in these lands, and nobody but me dares to talk about it.” Six individuals launched a lawsuit against the novelist, including the ultra-nationalist lawyer Kemal Kerincsiz who is a suspect in the alleged Ergenekon coup plot against the Turkish government. The five others are said to be relatives of soldiers killed during Turkey’s fight against “terrorism.” They claimed Pamuk “accused all Turkish people” in his words."

    (https://armenianweekly.com/2011/03/28/nobel-laureate-fined/)

    This is history. How about today and tomorrow?

    "The head of the CHP party in Istanbul has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for 'insulting the president,' one year before the elections scheduled for June 2023."

    (https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2022/05/15/in-turkey-president-erdogan-further-tightens-the-screws-on-his-opponents_5983544_4.html)

    So Turkey is not qualified for membership in an alliance set up to protect freedom and democracy. The way to get rid of him would be to dismantle NATO and form NATO.2 with all present members except Turkey.

    An open alliance between Erdogan and Putin? At least the Greeks will be on our side. Serbia might have a problem.
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serbia (22/05/22 18:06:33) Reply
    judging from my subjective experience, serbia will will mostly align westward.
    but maybe im wrong. its verry subjective, ill agree.
    strange people the serbians. though people.
    i rubbed shoulder with some of them in a spanish summer camp...
    shameless plug, i was one of the original founders of https://jjif.sport/ in israel.
    i really think they will align westward but have very strange opinions. maybe im wrong...
jm

Serbia (02/08/22 20:26:53) Reply
    Serbia has been aggressive for more than 100 years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia_in_the_Balkan_Wars
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugoslav_Wars

    Now they are starting again. I'm sure Putinism is behind it.

    One keyword, I believe, is
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-Slavism

    A cherrypick: Poland has been strongly opposed to it, seeing it as a tool of Russian imperialism.

    "Poles instead embraced the wide autonomy within the state and assumed a loyalist position towards the Habsburgs. Within the Austro-Hungarian polity, they were able to develop their national culture and preserve the Polish language, both of which were under threat in both German and Russian Empires. A Pan-Slavic federation was proposed, but on the condition that the Russian Empire would be excluded from such an entity. After Poland regained its independence (from Germany, Austria and Russia) in 1918, no internal faction considered Pan-Slavism as an alternative, viewing Pan-Slavism as Russification. During Poland's communist era, the USSR used Pan-Slavism as a propaganda tool to justify its control over the country. The issue of Pan-Slavism was not part of current mainstream politics and is widely seen as an ideology of Russian imperialism.

    Joseph Conrad in Notes on Life and Letters.:
    "... between Polonism and Slavonism there is not so much hatred as a complete and ineradicable incompatibility." ... Conrad argues that "nothing is more foreign than what in the literary world is called Slavonism to his individual sensibility and the whole Polish mentality"[16]

    Pan-Slavism in Russia
    During the time of the Soviet Union, Bolshevik teachings viewed Pan-Slavism as a reactionary element formerly used by the Russian Empire.[17] As a result, Bolsheviks viewed it as contrary to their Marxist ideology. Panslavists even faced persecution during the Stalinist repressions in the Soviet Union (see Slavists case). Nowadays, ultranationalist parties like the Russian National Unity party advocate for a Russian-dominated Slavic Union, although this type of irredentism became mainstream with Putinism and Rashism, with the regime repeatedly calling for expansionism in speeches[18], embracing irredentist concepts including Georgia[19], Moldova[20][21], Ukraine[22] and other slavic NATO members[23][24]."

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The Sovjetistans (17/05/22 07:08:07) Reply
    (I've lifted this term from the title of Erika Fatland's very readable account of a journey into the "Southern Republics" (it's been translated into several languages)).

    After we have seen the shoddiness of Russian military competence, there is time for some directed reflections.

    Firstly: The Russian army obviously has only been capable of winning in conflicts against much weaker adversaries. Come on: The Russian army against Tsjetsjenia? Or Georgia? It's the street bully way: Attacking those substantially smaller and weaker.

    So what are the status of the Sovjetistan republics - the former Soviet republics now formally independent countries?

    It seems they try to emulate Russia, but are severely deficient in their culture.

    "
    Vitaly Gelfgat

    Over the past two decades of independent history, the Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have developed pragmatic and largely non-ideological national security strategies rooted in their perceptions and prioritization of the complex regional realities. The states’ attempts to match their military and to handle a variety of external and intemal security challenges highlights the fact that the Central Asian states regard these capabilities elements of hard power. At the same time, while often utilized to help quell various sources of domestic instability, all Central Asian militaries have lacked up-to-date operational experience. A review of their tactical proficiency in dealing with internal conflicts shows that although Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have contained socio-polit rest better than Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, all the states struggled to reform and adapt their armed forces to successfully deliver on their doctrinal obligations. This is because they have remained largely outside of contemporary international military interventions such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, the International Security Assistance Force or Kosovo Forces.
    This paper outlines the national security objectives of the Central Asian states and analyzes available information on the size, funding, combat readiness and the overall performance of the militaries in recent domestic conflicts. In attempting to effectively respond to the security challenges envisioned in the respective national defense strate gies and doctrines, all Central Asian militaries have ofien struggled with fundamental operational issues and acted in similarly heavy-handed fashion"

    (I'll have to continue in a different post)
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Re: The Sovjetistans: Link + (17/05/22 18:06:45) Reply
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/26326365?seq=1

    The full article - I now see - is available for download. I could have spared myself the OCR job. Anyway the article is more than 10 years old and seems out of date.

    Nonetheless: Putin may already have tried to recruit cannon fodder for his losing army in these countries. Judging from the apparent failure of Putin to recruit belarusians for participation in his war he will not meet much success in the southern republics either. There must be reasons for not wishing to be part of the Russian "Federation".

    (when I was researching for this post I came across this article. I will not quote: It should be read in full)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_transfer_in_the_Soviet_Union
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Re: Re: The Sovjetistans: Link + (18/05/22 16:44:11) Reply
    yes, this >>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_transfer_in_the_Soviet_Union

    and, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russification

    linked to my moldova post. (ill fix the a-href soon ;))

    oddly enough, romania is missing from that list...

    but not to worry, romanians had their day too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanianization

    "Under international pressure, Romania took full steps towards the civil and political emancipation of Jews. Adopted in February 1924, the new law on citizenship granted citizenship to all legal inhabitants of the Old Kingdom and the annexed territories." -> https://cadmus.eui.eu/bitstream/handle/1814/19633/Romania.pdf?sequence=1

    its funny considering how many notable jews romania had -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Romanian_Jews

    all links are worth reading, and especially the "talk" pages on wikipedia. people really dislike x-ification i guess ;)

    apparently there was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polonization as well :D
jm

I'm strong to the finich 'cause I eats me spinach.  (19/05/22 09:53:41) Reply
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Lerner)
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hehe (19/05/22 17:18:15) Reply
    you found something interesting...

    truth is, i hate those lists on wikipedia.
    they are incomplete (to say the least), not ordered by date (as they should be), and they include persons that should not be on that list (imho).

    i wonder for example if for example joseph schmidt should be on that list... i donnow...

    wikipedia has its problems...
jm

Re: hehe (19/05/22 20:52:38) Reply
    It might help to ponder who the authors are. I believe there is a large span - from the best of experts down to schoolchildren (with their teachers)on one academic axis; from the best of balanced experts to the monomanic agenda riders on the other. And then all those nit picker bores. And then all that obsolete info in the areas where I used to be up-to-date (not any more).

    I love it and I would not do without it.
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Tojo and XI (25/05/22 07:37:47) Reply
    Yesterday I saw both - on different TV channels (the advantage of fiber TV is the access to .se (and .dk and .de). So I could see those two top-level guys making speeches.

    There was an uncanny similarity with Hitler speaking. Xi is running the same type of incipient invasjon as Stalin and successors ran (stealthily establishing bases).

    For the whataboutists: The US do not commit mass murder of political opponents.


    For the young ones:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Tojo
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Xi (23/06/22 19:22:58) Reply
    There can be little doubt which side he belongs to. Hong Kong. Xinjiang. The Great Firewall. The surveillance state. The artificial islands in international waters. The threats against Taiwan. The weaponising of debt against poor countries in Africa and Asia. The new invention of China as an arctic power - with interest in Svalbard.

    He is an enemy. Feeding money into his tyranny will be of no help in the showdown that comes when he initiates military attacks on neighbours - no names mentioned in order not to give him ideas.
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Xi (02/08/22 20:34:07) Reply
    The reaction to Pelosi's visit was predictable if we regard Xi as just one more of those stupid dictators with a rotten domestic economy.

    He needs to lose face more spectacularly. The properties bubble, the failed anti-covid policies, the climate challenges: How long will thinking Chinese let him stay in power?

    A democratic China with a leadership belonging culturally to the human race would be very nice with all those smart and well-educated people.
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The united arab emirates (22/06/22 12:37:21) Reply
    "The UAE is an authoritarian state.[3][5][6][7] The UAE has been described as a "tribal autocracy" where the seven constituent monarchies are led by tribal rulers in an autocratic fashion.[8] There are no democratically elected institutions, and there is no formal commitment to free speech.[9]"

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates)

    This is increasinngly relevant information after Abu Dhabi seems to have become a sanctuary for Russian oligarchs escaping sanctions, and for trading of contraband

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraband) (Russian oil).
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US of A (09/07/22 20:47:15) Reply
    Already there is a reactionary minority posing - by means of gerrymandering and winner-takes-all elections - as a majority and imposing their reactionary policies on a numbed-down population. This will not end well - and we need to accelerate the strengthening of Europe to be ready for the collapse.
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White rage (01/08/22 11:08:11) Reply
    "Anderson details her thesis of white backlash in the United States[1] and states that structural racism has brought about white anger and resentment. Her analysis of American history is that whenever African Americans gained social power, there was considerable backlash. She describes the Jim Crow era as a reaction to the end of the American Civil War and to the Reconstruction era. She further describes the shutdown of schools in response to the Brown v. Board of Education, ruling of the US Supreme Court and the opposition to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as causes of the Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs, which she says were both attempts to disenfranchise black voters."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rage)

    I too recommend the book, I'm reading it now. It seems that it gives some of the roots of the broad reactionary wave of the US.
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Quotation from the book (01/08/22 20:22:47) Reply
    "The truth is that enslaved Africans plotted and worked—hard—with some even fighting in the Union army for their freedom and citizenship. After the Civil War, they took what little they had and built schools, worked the land to establish their economic independence, and searched desperately to bring their families, separated by slavery, back together. That drive, initiative, and resolve, however, was met with the Black Codes, with army troops throwing them off their promised forty acres, and then with a slew of Supreme Court decisions eviscerating the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.

    The truth is that when World War I provided the opportunity in the North for blacks to get jobs with unheard-of pay scales and, better yet, the chance for their children to finally have good schools, African Americans fled the oppressive conditions in the South. White authorities stopped the trains, arresting people whose only crime was leaving the state. They banned a nationally distributed newspaper, jailed people for carrying poetry, and instituted another form of slavery under the ruse of federal law. Not the First Amendment, the right to travel, nor even the basic laws of capitalism were any match.

    The truth is that opposition to black advancement is not just a Southern phenomenon. In the North, it has been just as intense, just as determined, and in some ways just as destructive. When, during the Great Migration, African Americans moved into the cities, ready to work hard for decent housing and good schools, they were locked down in uninhabitable slums. To try to break out of that squalor with a college degree or in a highly respected profession only intensified the response: Perjured testimony was transmuted into truth; a future Nuremberg judge ran roughshod over state law; and even the bitterest newspaper rivals saw fit to join together when it came to upholding a lie.

    The truth is that when the Brown v. Board of Education decision came down in 1954 and black children finally had a chance at a decent education, white authorities didn’t see children striving for quality schools and an opportunity to fully contribute to society; they saw only a threat and acted accordingly, shutting down schools, diverting public money into private coffers, leaving millions of citizens in educational rot, willing even to undermine national security in the midst of a major crisis—all to ensure that blacks did not advance."

    I believe that. I would have believed otherwise if I had seen the southerners and the legal system and the Republican party as friendly and generous.
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