Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia, Stati Uniti

Cina. Un j’accuse ferocemente e brutalmente rude, e vero, contro gli Stati Uniti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-27.

Leonardo. Uomo Irato. 001

«China would not accept the United States taking a “superior” position in the relationship»

Biden attacca nuovamente la Cina e questa replica al vetriolo.

Cina. Giugno21. Import +36.7%, Export +32.2%, anno su anno.

BlackRock. Gli assets hanno passato i 9.5 trilioni di dollari. Da quando è in Cina.

Cina. Xiaomi sorpassa Apple ed è seconda nel mercato mondiale degli smartphone.

Cina. 2021Q2. Pil +7.9% anno su anno, +12.7% negli ultimi 12 mesi.

Cina. Criticata ferocemente perché usa sui social le tecniche imparate da Facebook e Google.

China’s Wechat deletes university LGBT accounts

Cina. Il 60% delle imprese europee fugge da casa e sta investendo lì. – Bloomberg.

Cina. 2020. Investimenti esteri +81% YoY. Superano quelli negli Usa.

Cina. Si avvia alla maggioranza nelle Nazioni Unite.

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«The China-U.S. relationship is in a stalemate, fundamentally because some Americans portray China as an “imagined enemy,” said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, urging the United States to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy»

«Xie made the remarks on Monday during talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to north China’s port city of Tianjin from July 25 to 26»

«For quite some time, when talking about conflict with China and challenges facing the United States, the “Pearl Harbor moment” and the “Sputnik moment” have been brought up by some Americans»

«It seems as if by making China an “imagined enemy,” a national sense of purpose would be reignited in the United States»

«→→ The hope may be that by demonizing China, the United States could somehow shift domestic public discontent over political, economic and social issues and blame China for its own structural problems ←←»

«It seems that a whole-of-government and whole-of-society campaign is being waged to bring China down. It is as if when China’s development is contained, all U.S. domestic and external challenges would go away, and America would become great again and Pax Americana would continue to go on»

«The U.S. policy seems to be demanding cooperation when it wants something from China; decoupling, cutting off supplies, blockading or sanctioning China when it believes it has an advantage; and resorting to conflict and confrontation at all costs»

«Do bad things and get good results. How is that even possible?»

«China wants to work with the United States to seek common ground while shelving the differences»

«→→ The U.S. side needs to change course and work with China on the basis of mutual respect and embrace fair competition and peaceful coexistence with China ←←»

«The U.S. side’s so-called “rules-based international order” is designed to benefit itself at others’ expense, hold other countries back and introduce the law of the jungle»

«→→ This is an effort by the United States and a few other Western countries to frame their own rules as international rules and impose them on other countries ←←»

«The United States is the “inventor and patent and intellectual property owner” of coercive diplomacy»

«The Chinese believe that one must not do to others what one does not like to be done to himself»

«It is the United States who has engaged in broad unilateral sanctions, long-arm jurisdiction and interference in other countries’ internal affairs»

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Per tradizione ultra millenaria la diplomazia cinese è oltremodo cauta e misurata negli enunciati.

Mr Xie Feng, Vice Foreign Minister, ha invece parlato usando parole inusitatamente dure nei confronti della Harris-Biden Administration. Per dirla in modo conviviale, ha vuotato il sacco, mettendo gli americani spalle al muro.

Più che una nota diplomatica, le parole di Mr Xie Feng suonerebbero come un ultimatum, che potrebbe anche precedere delle severe contromisure cinesi.

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China urges U.S. to change misguided mindset

TIANJIN, July 26 (Xinhua) — The China-U.S. relationship is in a stalemate, fundamentally because some Americans portray China as an “imagined enemy,” said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, urging the United States to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy.

Xie made the remarks on Monday during talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to north China’s port city of Tianjin from July 25 to 26.

For quite some time, when talking about conflict with China and challenges facing the United States, the “Pearl Harbor moment” and the “Sputnik moment” have been brought up by some Americans, Xie said.

Some international scholars, including some U.S. academics, perceive this as comparing China to Japan in the Second World War and the Soviet Union in the Cold War. It seems as if by making China an “imagined enemy,” a national sense of purpose would be reignited in the United States. The hope may be that by demonizing China, the United States could somehow shift domestic public discontent over political, economic and social issues and blame China for its own structural problems, he said.

It seems that a whole-of-government and whole-of-society campaign is being waged to bring China down. It is as if when China’s development is contained, all U.S. domestic and external challenges would go away, and America would become great again and Pax Americana would continue to go on, Xie said.

                         BILATERAL TIES.

In terms of the United States’ “competitive, collaborative and adversarial” rhetoric, Xie said this is a thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China.

The Chinese people feel that the real emphasis is on the adversarial aspect, the collaborative aspect is just expediency, and the competitive aspect is a narrative trap, he said.

The U.S. policy seems to be demanding cooperation when it wants something from China; decoupling, cutting off supplies, blockading or sanctioning China when it believes it has an advantage; and resorting to conflict and confrontation at all costs, he added.

“It seems that the United States only thinks about addressing its own concerns, getting the results it wants and advancing its own interests. Do bad things and get good results. How is that even possible?” Xie said.

What the world needs most is solidarity and cooperation, for humanity are passengers in the same boat, according to Xie.

“The Chinese people cherish peace,” said Xie, adding that what China hopes to build is a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, equality, justice and win-win cooperation, and a community with a shared future for mankind.

“China wants to work with the United States to seek common ground while shelving the differences,” he said.

The U.S. side needs to change course and work with China on the basis of mutual respect and embrace fair competition and peaceful coexistence with China.

“After all, a healthy and stable China-U.S. relationship serves the interests of both sides. And the world expects nothing less from the two sides,” he added.

The U.S. side’s so-called “rules-based international order” is designed to benefit itself at others’ expense, hold other countries back and introduce “the law of the jungle,” Xie said.

This is an effort by the United States and a few other Western countries to frame their own rules as international rules and impose them on other countries.

The United States has abandoned the universally-recognized international law and order and damaged the international system it has helped to build, he said. “It is trying to replace it with a so-called ‘rules-based international order.'”

“The purpose is to resort to the tactic of changing the rules to make life easy for itself and hard for others, and to introduce ‘the law of the jungle’ where might is right and the big bully the small,” Xie added.

COERCIVE DIPLOMACY.

The United States is the “inventor and patent and intellectual property owner” of coercive diplomacy, Xie said.

The Chinese believe that one must not do to others what one does not like to be done to himself. The desire to seek hegemony or territorial expansion is simply not in the Chinese DNA, according to Xie.

“China has never coerced any country,” he said, adding that China responds to foreign interference with legitimate and lawful countermeasures, and the aim is to defend the legitimate rights and interests of the country and uphold international equity and justice.

China has never gone to others’ doorsteps to provoke trouble. Neither has China ever stretched its arm into the households of others, still less has China ever occupied any inch of other countries’ territory, he said.

“It is the United States who has engaged in broad unilateral sanctions, long-arm jurisdiction and interference in other countries’ internal affairs,” he said.

The U.S. notion of “engaging other countries from a position of strength” is just another version of the big bullying the small and “might is right.” This is pure coercive diplomacy, he added. Enditem

Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia

Cina. Si avvia alla maggioranza nelle Nazioni Unite.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-02.

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La politica di non ingerenza nelle questioni interne degli altri stati e quella del rispetto delle altrui leggi e tradizioni sta dando alla Cina un grande ascendente in sede internazionale, ed ora la rende in grado di gestire l’Assemblea Generale della Nazioni Unite.

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Ukraine withdraws from Xinjiang-related anti-China joint statement.

«The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations Office in Geneva on Friday said on its official website that it has withdrawn its signature on a joint statement on the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region»

«Earlier on June 22 during the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Canada, on behalf of some countries, delivered a joint statement criticizing China in the name of Xinjiang-related issues»

«On the same day before the delivering of the Canada-led joint statement, Belarus delivered a joint statement on behalf of 65 countries, saying that the countries oppose politicization of human rights and double standards, and oppose unfounded allegations against China out of political motivation»

«According to the Chinese Mission to the UN at Geneva, recently over 90 countries have, through various means, voiced their support for China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong or Tibet related issues at the on-going 47th session of the UN rights body»

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Mentre due decenni or sono l’enclave liberal socialista occidentale poteva fare il bello ed il cattivo tempo nelle istituzioni internazionali, adesso è riuscita a rendersi invisa alla maggior parte delle nazioni che aderiscono alle Nazioni Unite, ossia del mondo.

Le principali ragioni consistono nella sua pervicace credenza di essere autorizzata a voler imporre il proprio credo ideologico, che solo i liberal propugnano; di intromettersi costantemente negli affari interni di stati sovrani; di sanzionare chiunque non la pensi come lei; di propalare sul conto altrui menzogne alle quali solo lei presta fede; di depredare sistematicamente gli stati che siano nella sua orbita.

Nulla quindi da stupirsi che persino l’Ukraina la abbiano abbandonata, platealmente.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Ong - Ngo, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Tutti i liberal europei vorrebbero cacciarla via, ma non sanno come fare.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-28.

Budapest 001

Il problema ungherese è simile giuridicamente a quello tedesco.

Unione Europea vs Germania. Conflitto tra le due supreme corti. Verso la implosione.

«→→ The courts are at loggerheads about the question as to who has the last say in matters relating to European law, Karlsruhe or Luxembourg? ←←»

«→→ The most likely reason is that the lawyers concerned are entering the court room with different sets of presuppositions ←←»

«This approach is based on the principles that states are sovereign, that they treat each other on equal footing and that they refrain from interfering in each other’s internal affairs»

«Violation of the principle of non-interference may constitute a reason for war»

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Ungheria. Donato il terreno per la erigenda Università cinese in suolo magiaro. Povero Soros.

Hungary’s parliament passes anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

Ungheria. Orban abbandona sia il PE sia il gruppo PPE.

Ungheria. Viktor Orban. Non rinnovata la licenza alla Klubradio broadcasting.

Eurocrati pronti a spaccare l’Unione sul rule-of-law. Piano B. Europa senza Polonia ed Ungheria.

Budget e Recovery Fund. Slovenia si schiera con Polonia ed Ungheria.

Ungheria. Orban mette in costituzione che il matrimonio è tra un uomo ed una donna.

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I liberal socialisti europei odiano a morte Ungheria e Mr Viktor Orban, che hai loro occhi si sarebbe reso autore di orribili oltraggi. Rivendica la sovranità nazionale; ha scacciato dall’Ungheria Soros e le sue ngo, ivi compresa la sua università; a scritto nella costituzione che il matrimonio è tra un maschio ed una femmina; vieta la propaganda lgbt nelle scuole e nella società civile; più una altra lunga serie di posizioni antitetiche all’ideologia liberal.

Non potendolo uccidere, vorrebbero almeno scacciarlo dall’Unione Europea. Ma una cosa è il desiderio ed una del tutto diversa è la concreta possibilità operazionale.

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Can the EU expel Hungary?

Even in the event that Rutte’s fellow EU leaders agreed, Hungary’s place within the bloc is not in peril. There is no legal mechanism in the EU’s treaties to expel a member state. The much-discussed Article 7 of the treaties removes a member states voting rights within the EU Council, the forum through which ministers and leaders of member states decide the political future of the EU.

However, invoking Article 7 and suspending the voting rights of a member state requires a unanimous decision in the council, meaning that all 26 leaders (Hungary, the subject of the vote, would not have a say) would need to vote in favor. The chances of this happening is very unlikely. The political leadership in many member states — most notably Poland, which is currently the subject of Article 7 proceedings for its assault on the nation’s courts — simply doesn’t want to set a precedent for Article 7 actually being used.

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«There is no legal mechanism in the EU’s treaties to expel a member state»

«However, invoking Article 7 and suspending the voting rights of a member state requires a unanimous decision»

«The chances of this happening is very unlikely»

Quante parole inutili!

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Geopolitica Europea

Belarus. Dopo Cipro, Austria blocca le sanzioni EU sulle banche.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-21.

Belarus Bielorussia 001

L’Unione Europea ha raggiunto alla fine un accordo.

«- Sanctions to hit potash, oil and finance

– Tougher measures follow blacklisting of individuals

 Lukashenko so far impervious to foreign pressure

The European Union is set to ban new loans to Belarus after reaching a deal on Friday for economic sanctions on Minsk as punishment for forcing down a flight to arrest a journalist, the Austrian foreign ministry and three diplomats said.» [Reuters. 2021-06-19]

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«Austria has been blocking new EU sanctions on loans to Belarusian banks so that Austrian lenders can keep making money with the oppressive regime there»

«Austrian diplomats upheld their objections in the latest round of talks in the EU Council in Brussels on Thursday (17 June)»

«They [the Austrians] want to water down the language to such an extent that the banking sanctions have almost no real impact»

«It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles»

«Austria advocates, in this respect, a ban on securities trading and money-market instruments, which would represent a drastic measure»

«It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus»

«It is in our common interest that Belarus is not pushed even further into the sphere of influence of Russia»

«Europe is preparing to blacklist another 78 Belarusian regime cronies and eight regime-linked firms next week»

«Whatever Austrian diplomats say, Austrian banks have, in any case, been keen to profit from Belarus’ misery»

«Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus»

«Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, even has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank, which also loans money directly to regime-owned enterprises»

«the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board ….  »

«They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold»

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Unione Europea. Cipro blocca le sanzioni europarlamentari alla Bielorussia.

Unione Europea in coma. Cipro blocca nuovamente le sanzioni alla Bielorussia.

Bielorussia. Kolesnikova. Le fake news non arrivano da quel posto.

Belarus. Punto della situazione. I tempi sono mutati. – Cnn.

The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world

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Cerchiamo di ragionare, nei limiti del possibile.

«It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus»

È comune sentire che gli austriaci siano dei filantropi disinteressati, i quali hanno a cuore esclusivamente il benessere  del popolo bielorusso.

Esattamente come tutti sanno la loro incondizionata adesione all’Europa, per cui non vogliono spingere il Belarus nelle braccia della Russia.

Ma! C’è sempre un ‘ma’ usato nel più britannico senso.

«Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus»

«Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank»

«the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board ….  »

La conclusione sarebbe invero semplice.

«It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles»

«They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold»

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Le grandi affermazioni filantropiche e l’invocazione degli ‘human right’ mimetizzano solitamente sordidi affari.

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Austria blocking EU sanctions on Belarus banks

Austria has been blocking new EU sanctions on loans to Belarusian banks so that Austrian lenders can keep making money with the oppressive regime there.

Austrian diplomats upheld their objections in the latest round of talks in the EU Council in Brussels on Thursday (17 June).

“They [the Austrians] want to water down the language to such an extent that the banking sanctions have almost no real impact,” a diplomat from another EU country told EUobserver.

“It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles,” a second diplomat added.

“It’s 26 [member states] against one, so I think they’ll have to capitulate in the end,” a third EU source said.

When asked about the case by press in Brussels on Thursday, the Austrian finance minister, Gernot Blümel, claimed to know nothing about it.

But the Austrian foreign ministry did issue a statement to this website.

“Sanctions should also cover the financial sector. Austria advocates, in this respect, a ban on securities trading and money-market instruments, which would represent a drastic measure,” it said.

“It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus,” it added.

“It is in our common interest that Belarus is not pushed even further into the sphere of influence of Russia,” it said.

The new economic sanctions are also going to hit Belarus’ oil, fertiliser, and cigarette industries and are meant to be ready before the EU institutions’ summer recess.

They are likely to be mirrored by Canada, the UK, and the US, which are in close talks with the EU.

And Europe is preparing to blacklist another 78 Belarusian regime cronies and eight regime-linked firms next week.

The moves come after Belarus hijacked a passenger plane flying from Greece to Lithuania to kidnap an opposition activist.

But they are also a reaction to wider brutality, including torture of political prisoners, which Belarus president Aleksander Lukashenko unleashed after rigged elections last August.

Meanwhile, Austria’s line – about the welfare of Belarusian people and pushing Belarus toward Russia – were described as typical canards by one of the EU sources.

“It’s impossible to impose any economic sanctions without causing some job losses and it’s Lukashenko, not the EU, who is moving his country closer to Russia by his actions,” the source said.

Whatever Austrian diplomats say, Austrian banks have, in any case, been keen to profit from Belarus’ misery.

Even as banks from other EU states began to voluntarily pull out of the Belarusian market last year, Austrian ones increased their share, sources said.

Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus, two EU sources told this website.

Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, even has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank, which also loans money directly to regime-owned enterprises.

When asked if it was worried about its reputation, a Raiffeisen spokeswoman told EUobserver: “We are very concerned about the developments in the country [Belarus] and hope for a peaceful solution”.

“If the EU takes further measures, we hope that they are targeted and don’t harm private companies and worsen the economic situation of the civilian population,” she added.

When asked if Raiffeisen had been in contact with the Austrian government on Belarus sanctions, she also said: “Like any other international company of our size, we regularly communicate with the government”.

But the bank is, in any case, very friendly with Austria’s ruling ÖVP party, amid an ongoing investigation by Austrian prosecutors into allegations of improper party funding.

And it is equally friendly with Lukashenko, given that the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board, in just one of several personal connections to the regime.

And for all its “concern” for a “peaceful solution” to the Belarus crisis, Raiffeisen is despised by the opposition there.

“They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold,” one Belarusian opposition leader, who asked not to be named for the sake of his personal safety, told EUobserver.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Russia, Stati Uniti

Summit Putin – Biden. Stupefacente commento dei liberal americani. – Reuters.


Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-18.

Escher__Il_Cubo_

È cosa molto utile il cercare di capire come la pensino, e come lo abbiano percepito, le parti che si sono confrontate nel summit.

Reuters compendia molto bene il modo di vedere dei liberal democratici. Per usare una vecchia battuta, nella corsa Mr Putin è arrivato penultimo, mentre Joe Biden è arrivato secondo.

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«Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner»

«President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.»

«Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics»

«But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.»

«Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer»

«Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States»

«Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China»

«”the Russians don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.»

«It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries»

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Joe Biden, noto filantropo altruista, avrebbe premurosamente fatto presente a Mr Putin che la Russia è soltanto una potenza locoregionale, una specie di Alto Volta dotato di qualche arma atomica, oppressa dalla ingombrante presenza cinese: gli Stati Uniti non considerano quindi la Russia come un competitore.

I russi dovrebbero aderire alla Weltanschauung liberal e smetterla di cercare di interferire con i problemi interni degli altri paesi.

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Pigliamo atto di questo modo di pensare.

A nostro personale avviso, si potrà conoscere il reale prodotto di questo summit solo dalle future azioni di ambo le parti.

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Analysis: Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner

Washington/Geneva, June 17 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.

Aides said Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics.

But Biden could struggle in a parallel attempt to stop the rot in U.S.-Russia relations and deter the threat of nuclear conflict while also talking down Russia, some observers said.

“The administration wants to de-escalate tensions. It’s not clear to me that Putin does,” said Tim Morrison, a national security adviser during the Trump administration. “The only cards he has to play are those of the disruptor.”

Officials on both sides had played down the chances of major breakthroughs at the talks, and they were right. None materialized.

But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.

Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer.” That deepened a diplomatic rift that saw both countries withdraw their ambassadors from each others’ capital.

Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States.

Speaking after his meeting with Putin, Biden said Russia wants “desperately to remain a major power.”

“Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China,” Biden said before boarding his plane out of Geneva, quipping that the Russians “don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.

Biden also pointed to the troubles of Russia’s economy and called out Putin on Russia’s detention of two Americans, and threats toward U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

American businessmen “don’t want to hang out in Moscow,” he said.

Matthew Schmidt, associate professor at the University of New Haven and a specialist on Russian and Eurasian affairs, said Biden was seeking to undermine Putin’s importance on the global stage.

“The strategy is very simply to push Putin’s buttons, but with some real facts,” Schmidt said. “Backlash will happen anyways, regardless.”

Putin, a former agent in Russia’s KGB security agency, lived through the fall of the Soviet Union, a humiliation for the nation that he has sought to right with increasingly aggressive foreign policy, as seen in the Crimea move and Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Biden arrived at the lakeside villa in Geneva where he met Putin on Wednesday on the back of meetings of the G7 group of nations and the NATO alliance.

A senior administration official said Biden’s approach to Russia was more likely to be successful because Biden met Putin straight after rallying allies around the principle of upholding a “rules-based international order” at a G7 meeting in Britain and talks with NATO members in Brussels.

“There was strong alignment on the basic proposition that we all need to defend … this order, because the alternative is the law of the jungle and chaos, which is in no one’s interest,” the official said.

At home, Biden’s Republican opponents quickly criticized Biden for failing to block a major Russian-backed natural gas pipeline being built in Europe.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, a frequent Republican critic of Biden, said he was disturbed to hear the president suggest Putin would be troubled by how other countries view him.

“It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries,” the South Carolina senator said.

Reporting by Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington and Humeyra Pamuk and Steve Holland in Geneva Editing by Kieran Murray and Lincoln Feast.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia

Cina. Saranno bandite ditte ed istituzioni implicate nelle sanzioni occidentali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-14.

Cina 001

«China passed a law on Thursday to counter foreign sanctions, as it strives to resist U.S. and EU pressure over trade, technology, Hong Kong and Xinjiang»

«Individuals or entities involved in making or implementing discriminatory measures against Chinese citizens or entities could be put on an anti-sanctions list by a “relevant department” in the Chinese government»

«Those on the list may be denied entry into China or be expelled from China. Their assets within China may be seized or frozen. They could be restricted from doing business with entities or people within China»

«All 14 vice-chairpersons of the committee are under U.S. sanctions for passing the National Security Law last year that critics say has crippled political freedoms in Hong Kong»

«The United States and its allies have increasingly sanctioned Chinese officials to express concern about how China treats its Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang and pro-democracy activities in Hong Kong, triggering counter-sanctions by China on U.S. and EU policitians and official»

«Washington has also targeted Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran or North Korea, an act China called “long-arm jurisdiction”»

«Foreign companies looking to do business in China may find themselves up against increasing scrutiny from Chinese regulatory authorities in relation to their operations both locally and abroad»

«“Cooperation is the best option but the U.S. doesn’t want it. So retaliation, such as with this new law, is the second best option. Sucking it up is the worst,”»

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In estrema sintesi, due frasi compendiano bene il concetto espresso.

«Individuals or entities involved in making or implementing discriminatory measures against Chinese citizens or entities could be put on an anti-sanctions list by a “relevant department” in the Chinese government»

«Those on the list may be denied entry into China or be expelled from China. Their assets within China may be seized or frozen. They could be restricted from doing business with entities or people within China»

Individui o entità coinvolti nell’elaborazione o nell’attuazione di misure discriminatorie contro cittadini o entità cinesi potrebbero essere inseriti in una lista anti-sanzioni da un “dipartimento pertinente” del governo cinese.

A quelli sulla lista può essere negato l’ingresso in Cina o essere espulsi dalla Cina. I loro beni in Cina possono essere sequestrati o congelati. Potrebbero essere limitati dal fare affari con entità o persone in Cina.

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Questo è un colpo magistrale. Concorrerà ad ingigantire la dicotomia già esistente tra comparto produttivo e governo dell’enclave occidentale liberal socialista, a destabilizzare il sistema politico ed economico, già alle prese con una crescente ondata inflazionistica.

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China passes law to counter foreign sanctions.

China passed a law on Thursday to counter foreign sanctions, as it strives to resist U.S. and EU pressure over trade, technology, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Individuals or entities involved in making or implementing discriminatory measures against Chinese citizens or entities could be put on an anti-sanctions list by a “relevant department” in the Chinese government.

Those on the list may be denied entry into China or be expelled from China. Their assets within China may be seized or frozen. They could be restricted from doing business with entities or people within China.

The new law is China’s latest and most wide-ranging legal tool to retaliate against foreign sanctions and is intended to give Chinese retaliatory measures more legitimacy and predictability, according to local experts.

Foreign companies, however, worry about the dampening impact it might have on foreign investment.

China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee passed the law on Thursday, according to state television CCTV.

All 14 vice-chairpersons of the committee are under U.S. sanctions for passing the National Security Law last year that critics say has crippled political freedoms in Hong Kong. Beijing says it was needed to restore stability in the city.

President Xi Jinping called last November for the ruling Communist Party to use legal means to defend China’s sovereignty, security and interests against foreign parties.

The NPC said in its annual work report in March that it wants to “upgrade our legal toolbox” to address the risks from foreign sanctions and interference.

In January, the commerce ministry announced mechanisms to assess if foreign restrictions on Chinese trade and business activities were justified, and for Chinese individuals or companies to sue for compensation in a Chinese court.

The United States and its allies have increasingly sanctioned Chinese officials to express concern about how China treats its Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang and pro-democracy activities in Hong Kong, triggering counter-sanctions by China on U.S. and EU policitians and officials.

Washington has also targeted Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran or North Korea, an act China called “long-arm jurisdiction”.

The bill underwent a secret first reading in April, and was passed on Thursday, barely two days after NPC announced that it was doing a second reading of the bill. It skipped a third reading normally needed for other bills.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce said its members are alarmed at the lack of transparency about the passing of the bill.

“China seems to be in a hurry. Such action is not conducive to attracting foreign investment or reassuring companies that increasingly feel that they will be used as sacrificial pawns in a game of political chess,” Joerg Wuttke, the Chamber’s president, told Reuters.

Foreign companies looking to do business in China may find themselves up against increasing scrutiny from Chinese regulatory authorities in relation to their operations both locally and abroad, said Shaun Wu, a partner at law firm Paul Hastings.

Chinese experts say Beijing is simply taking a page from the playbooks of the United States and European Union, which in recent years have passed various acts to serve as a legal basis for their engagement with China.

“China previously had neither the economic power nor the political will to use legal means to retaliate against U.S. sanctions. It now has both,” said Wang Jiangyu, a law professor at City University of Hong Kong.

“Cooperation is the best option but the U.S. doesn’t want it. So retaliation, such as with this new law, is the second best option. Sucking it up is the worst,” he said.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia

Belarus. Punto della situazione. I tempi sono mutati. – Cnn.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-02.

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«Despite authorities in the US knowing the kind of misery Al-Ahmed lives with, he says “we have to be realistic.” He says that even countries like the US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders, have to have a “pragmatic” relationship»

Il cuore della frase è qui racchiuso:

«US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders».

Già. I liberal si sono autoniminati “difensori”, caratteristica che nessun altro stato al mondo loro riconosce, anzi, avversa. È una loro credenza, un loro utilitaristico dogma ideologico.

Non solo, per “human rights” essi intendono ciò che la loro visione ideologica considera essere tali, ma che il resto del mondo civile rigetta in toto.

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La storia ci fornisce molti esempi.

-Il 7 ottobre 1985 scoppiò il caso Sigonella. Terroristi islamici avevano sequestrato a nave da crociera. Gi egiziani convinsero i terroristi a scendere dalla nave, e li mise su di un aereo diretto in Tunisia. Il presidente Ronald Reagan dispose di  intercettare unilateralmente l’aereo: dalla portaerei USS Saratoga decollarono quattro F-14 Tomcat che affiancarono l’aereo poco sopra Malta e lo dirottarono a Sigonella. Immediatamente confluirono sulla pista 30 avieri VAM e 20 Carabinieri, di stanza all’aeroporto di Sigonella, circondando l’aereo, come da ordini ricevuti. Craxi non si mosse dalle sue posizioni: i reati erano stati commessi a bordo di una nave italiana, quindi in territorio italiano, e sarebbe stata l’Italia a decidere se e chi estradare. La crisi diplomatica tra Italia e Stati uniti si risolse poi lentamente.

– Nella notte del 15 aprile 1986 dalla base inglese di Lakenhealth si levarono in cielo 18 bombardieri F-111. Altri aerei decollarono da altre basi. Altri aerei decollarono da altre basi: i bombardieri Usa dovettero passare sopra Gibilterra, allungando di oltre 2.100 chilometri il loro tragitto, e furono così costretti a ricorrere a molti rifornimenti in volo. Furono lanciate oltre 60 tonnellate di bombe con lo scopo di uccidere Geddafi, che sfuggì perché Bettino Craxi lo aveva avvisato dell’imminente raid. Il destino di Craxi era segnato. Fecero fuori anche lui.

– Gli Stati Uniti del presidente George H. W. Bush invasero militarmente Panama nel dicembre 1989. L’allora capo del governo panamense, Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno, inizialmente supportato dalla CIA dagli anni cinquanta al 1986, fu catturato, portato a forza negli Stati Uniti, processato e condannato a 40 anni di carcere per violazione dei diritti umani.

– Nel 1991 una coalizione occidentale guidata dagli Stati Uniti invase l’Iraq. Il 20 marzo 2003 una seconda coalizione angloamericana, non appoggiata dai loro storici alleati in assenza di un chiaro e formale mandato dell’ONU, invase nuovamente l’Iraq, lo occupò militarmente: l’ex presidente iracheno fu catturato il 13 dicembre 2003 da soldati statunitensi in un villaggio nelle vicinanze di Tikrīt. Saddam Hussein fu quindi processato ed impiccato. «L’esecuzione di Saddam è sembrata come una vendetta»

– Il 2 maggio 2011 un commando americano irruppe ad Abbottabad, città del Pakistan, e per ordine diretto del presidente degli Stati Uniti Barack Obama assassinarono Osāma bin Muhammad bin ʿAwaḍ bin Lāden, noto come Osāma bin Lāden o Bin Lāden.

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– Londra, sparano ad attivista Black Lives Matter, gravissima

«La polizia di Londra esclude “per il momento” che l’incidente nel qual è stata gravemente ferita l’attivista di Black Lives Matter Sasha Johnson si tratti di un “attacco mirato”»

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Adesso cerchiamo di ragionare.

Nei decenni scorsi gli Stati Uniti non si son fatti scrupolo di usare la loro forza per ammazzare gli avversari politici.

Hanno calpestato chiunque nella difesa dei propri interessi, che lo denominano come difesa dei ‘diritti umani’.

Hanno dirottato aerei, condotto operazioni belliche in terra straniera senza nemmeno avvisarla, fomentato guerre sanguinose pur di assassinare il loro nemico.

Adesso si ergono a santerellini, e condannano il Belarius per aver arrestato sul proprio territorio una persona da loro ritenuta essere un terrorista.

È una stridente ipocrisia, che ne mina alle radici la credibilità, sempre che mai la avessero avuta.

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Ma i tempi sono mutati, e le parti stanno capovolgendosi.

«The arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world»

«The chilling story of a Belarusian dissident being plucked from the sky while traveling on a passenger jet over the country’s airspace sent a message to other opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko: you’re not safe anywhere»

«Roman Protasevich was arrested in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, after Ryanair flight 4978 was diverted to land in the country following a “security alert.”»

«He is charged with “organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order,” from outside the country, via his Telegram channel»

«Three of the women who stood in opposition to Lukashenko disappeared»

«No one can feel safe in Europe»

È finito il tempo in cui l’occidente liberal faceva e sfaceva a piacer suo.

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The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world. – CNN.

The chilling story of a Belarusian dissident being plucked from the sky while traveling on a passenger jet over the country’s airspace sent a message to other opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko: you’re not safe anywhere.

Roman Protasevich was arrested in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, after Ryanair flight 4978 was diverted to land in the country following a “security alert.” He is charged with “organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order,” from outside the country, via his Telegram channel.

He has confessed to the charges in a video which his supporters believe was made under duress.

Life has been difficult for Belarusian dissidents since last year’s elections, in which Lukashenko, often described as Europe’s last dictator, claimed to have won over 80% of the vote.

n the weeks that followed, mass protests took place across the country with many believing that the poll was rigged. Three of the women who stood in opposition to Lukashenko disappeared from sight or fled the country in fear for their lives after the election.

“No one can feel safe in Europe,” Franak Viacorka, an adviser to Svetlana Tikhanovksya, one of those opposition figures, told CNN earlier this week, speaking about the wider repercussions of Belarus’s forced downing of the Ryanair plane for the entire continent.

Speaking from exile in Lithuania, Viacorka said in a subsequent interview that even in Vilnius, he had received death threats and made to feel unsafe. “There are no limits for this regime. I have a special application which sends a signal to my friends and family if something happens to me.”

While skyjacking is in itself a very unusual act, this kind of transnational repression is increasingly common in a world where authoritarians are less afraid of consequences.

“What’s more common is states using the institutions of other states in order to get to people,” says Nate Schenkkan, co-author of Freedom House’s report, Out of Sight, Not Out of Reach: Understanding Transnational Repression. “Authoritarian states might label someone a terrorist at home then recruit local law officials to have them detained and deported,” he explains.

Schenkkan points to the case of Roohollah Zam, an Iranian activist who was lured from France to Iraq where he was subsequently kidnapped, taken to Iran and executed. “This case is important to note as he was also operating a Telegram channel which allowed him to have an influential voice while overseas. The regime didn’t like that.”

The report also highlights the case of Paul Rusesabagina, a high-profile critic of Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Rusesabagina’s family believes he was kidnapped from Dubai in August 2020.

Schenkkan’s report explains that Rwanda’s government claimed they had “achieved his return through ‘an international arrest warrant,’ only for the authorities in the United Arab Emirates to deny that they had cooperated in the return.” This was claimed, the report says, to add some legitimacy to the abduction.

Freedom House found that transnational repression is becoming a normal phenomenon, noting that many governments were using the same methods to attack their critics abroad. Those methods ranged from outright detention to online intimidation. Alarmingly, it concludes that the “consequences for transnational repression are currently insufficient to deter further abuse.”

These trends of copycat repression and insufficient consequences have not gone unnoticed by dissidents elsewhere. And for many, the case in Belarus has stoked further fears.

“With China and Russia arduously promoting authoritarianism, leaders have more confidence in committing human rights violations,” says Nathan Law, a Hong Kong human rights activist exiled in London. “I may now need to not only avoid going to countries where China has good relationships, but also taking planes flying over their territory,” he said, following the detention of Protasevich in Belarus.

“Freedom for Raman Pratasevich” (Protasevich) is written on a protest wagon in front of the Embassy of Belarus in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 24, 2021.

Law is one of the six activists in exile that Hong Kong police have issued an arrest warrant for under its controversial national security law, which claims worldwide jurisdiction and allows for extradition to the Chinese mainland.

Why are the consequences so insufficient for egregious offenders? Tatyana Margolin, Eurasia director at Open Society Foundations, thinks it’s a cocktail of a rise in global authoritarianism and a growing indifference to those leaders from citizens of democratic nations.

“We can safely say that the authoritarian tide has moved across the world, including in the US under Trump’s presidency,” Margolin says, pointing to Donald Trump’s perceived love of strongmen in countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“Citizens in the West are less bothered about the plight of migrants now, so are less compelled to have sympathy for people seeking refuge. This has led to immigration policies that make attaining refugee status harder and people easier to target,” she adds.

Trump’s friends in Russia and Saudi Arabia have been guilty of some of the worst examples of transnational repression in recent years.

The brazen behavior of the two Russian operatives believed to be behind the 2018 attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury is a good indication of how much Moscow cares about the consequences of these actions. The pair gave an almost mocking interview to Russian state TV shortly after being identified as suspects in the nerve agent poisonings, making light-hearted claims about being cathedral enthusiasts who were only in the UK to visit the historic town. The mountain of evidence against them suggests otherwise.

Multiple Western nations, including the US, imposed sanctions on Russian companies and individuals, and expelled Russian diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury attack, though it’s unclear if these actions have cowed Moscow.

“I don’t think the words safety or security apply to anyone who is opposition in Russia,” says Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition politician who has been poisoned twice in Moscow in five years, told CNN last year.

Vladimir Ashurkov, another opposition figure, says that the “situation with Roman Protasevich is probably every dissident’s nightmare.” Speaking from London, he adds that he has “no doubt that Russian security services are capable of conducting assassinations,” and expresses concern that Lukashenko “raised it to a new level with the usage of a hoax bomb” — a concern of many who fear that what one authoritarian leader gets away with, others emulate.

The most reported incident in recent years was probably the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018. Numerous reports have pointed the finger at the inner circle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but no real action has been taken against Riyadh’s most powerful man.

Then-president Trump was criticized for ignoring CIA findings that bin Salman personally directed the murder.

Ali Al-Ahmed, a high-profile dissident based in Washington DC, says that he avoids traveling for fear of being “taken or killed.” “It happened to Jamal and it could happen to me,” he says, adding that traveling to other Arab countries is not an option because he fears being “captured and sold” back to the Saudi government.

Al-Ahmed also explains that even with the security that should come with living in the US, he is still subjected to intimidation online. “People accuse me of being a terrorist, presumably to make Americans nervous of me and to build a case for having me arrested and extradited.”

Despite authorities in the US knowing the kind of misery Al-Ahmed lives with, he says “we have to be realistic.” He says that even countries like the US and UK, which bill themselves as human rights defenders, have to have a “pragmatic” relationship with Saudi Arabia.

“If they gain something from placing sanctions on MBS, they will. If they need to maintain a relationship, they will make a load of noise but will put sanctions on lesser figures,” he adds.

What can be done to make Western governments care and act? For now, very little. The trend towards more inward-looking societies has existed for some time — and the coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to help.

“We are moving towards a state-centric world view which has resulted in migration policies that are more interested in national security than refugees,” explains Schenkkan.

This insular, nationalist thinking means it’s harder to make people care about things that happen to other people. Margolin believes that the Belarus arrest will be old news very soon.

“There is outrage across the world, but how long will it last? It will be replaced by another story and things in Belarus will go back to normal. The international community must stand with the people of Belarus and ensure that doesn’t happen,” she says.

The dire situation facing political dissidents living in exile is unlikely to improve soon. Until Western leaders make meaningful stands against countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and many others, the benefits of capturing a political opponent for domestic reasons will outweigh the risk.

And, unfortunately for the people this most affects, that won’t happen while so many of the world’s largest democracies place human rights below economic or strategic interests with some of the most oppressive regimes on earth.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Ong - Ngo, Russia

Russia. Arrestato Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, mentre fugge.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-01.

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«Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky»

«Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo»

«Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia»

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Attenzione!!

Tutti gli articoli riportati sono stati pubblicati su media liberal occidentali

«The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.»

Con l’innata modestia e ritrosia, i liberal occidentali si auto definiscono “civilised world”, ossia quello che aveva invaso militarmente Panama prendersi Mr Noriega e portarselo negli Stati Uniti; che avevano dirottato un aereo egiziano a Sigonella per catturarne i passeggeri; che hanno mandato cacciabombardieri in Libia per assassinare Gheddafi; che hanno mandato un commando in Pakistan ad assassinare Bin Laden. Ma questi sono solo alcuni dei possibii esempi di cosa intendano i liberal per “civilised world”.

No, amici liberal, il mondo non condivide in nulla il vostro modo di pensare e di operare.

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Russian authorities detain head of opposition group Open Russia

The head of the now-defunct opposition group Open Russia said he was pulled off a plane and detained by police in St. Petersburg.

The head of Russian opposition group Open Russia, which said it ended operations last week, said he was pulled off an airliner and detained by police on Monday.

Andrei Pivovarov said his flight was taxiing for takeoff at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport when it was stopped and he was removed by authorities.

He said on Twitter that he was taken to the Investigative Committee offices on suspicion of running an “undesirable” organization. If he is convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to six years.

He was reportedly detained and transported to Krasnodar, a city in the south of Russia, following his interrogation, according to a statement circulated by his lawyer Elena Borodina.

The criminal case against him is being carried out by the Investigative Committee for Krasnodar Territory, the statement added.

What is Open Russia?

Open Russia is a political activist group critical of the Kremlin.

The group was financed by oil tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khorodkovsky, who now lives in London after spending 10 years in prison. His sentence was widely seen as a punishment for challenging Putin’s rule.

In an attempt to protect Open Russia’s members from prosecution, Pivovarov announced he would cease the organization’s operations last week.

The group based in London was declared “undesirable” in 2017. Members in Russia formed a separate legal entity, albeit with the same name, to continue their activities and defend themselves from prosecution.

Crackdown against ‘undesirable’ groups

The Russian government passed a law in 2015 that made membership of an “undesirable” organization a criminal offense.

The designation has been used to ban about 30 groups. Several  German NGOs in Russia were deemed “undesirable” last week.

Russian authorities described the laws as a response to alleged outside efforts to undermine Russia. Critics have said the laws are part of the Kremlin’s efforts to snuff out dissent.

The federal government has intensified its crackdown in the lead-up to September’s parliamentary elections as the popularity of the main Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, has been falling.

Prominent Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, was detained in January upon returning to Russia. The activist had been recovering in Germany after being poisoned by the Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.

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Andrei Pivovarov: Kremlin critic pulled off plane, arrested

Pivovarov heads the Open Russia movement, which recently dissolved itself over fears its members would be punished under new laws.

Russian authorities have arrested a prominent opposition activist after he was hauled off a flight, and raided the homes of several others.

Andrei Pivovarov, the head of the Open Russia movement, was pulled off a Warsaw-bound plane at St Petersburg’s airport just before takeoff late on Monday.

Pivovarov’s team said police questioned him, searched his apartment and opened a criminal case against him on Tuesday for allegedly violating Russia’s legislation on “undesirable organisations”.

“These situations show us that they are afraid of us, and we are a majority,” Pivovarov’s Twitter account said.

The Krasnodar branch of the Investigative Committee, which probes major cases, said in a statement that Pivovarov had in August 2020 published materials in support of an “undesirable organisation”.

The statement also accused the activist of attempting to flee from investigators on Monday.

Pivovarov said he was going on vacation when he was arrested.

‘Unusual action’

Pivovarov’s removal from the plane came after authorities in Belarus on May 23 diverted a Ryanair flight heading from Greece to Lithuania to the capital, Minsk, and arrested a journalist on board.

Polish airline LOT, which operated Pivovarov’s flight, said the plane was taxiing when Russian air traffic control ordered the crew to return to the parking position.

“The pilot had to comply with this order as he was under Russian jurisdiction,” Polish news agency PAP quoted the company as saying.

Poland said it was looking into the issue.

“This is an unusual action because if the Russians wanted to detain this person they could have done so before boarding. The question is why it was done exactly at that moment,” Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk told state broadcaster TVP.

“The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.”

Open Russia tagged as ‘undesirable’

Open Russia was financed by tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who moved to London after spending 10 years in prison in Russia on charges viewed by some as political revenge for challenging President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Russia declared the group “undesirable” in 2017, effectively banning its activities.

Its allies in Russia continued their activism under a separate legal entity to try to protect themselves from prosecution.

But the group folded its activities in Russia last week to prevent its supporters from facing criminal prosecution as parliament prepares to adopt legislation that would increase criminal liability for anyone who cooperates with “undesirable organisations”.

Russia says the law is needed to protect its national security from external interference.

Police raids

Also on Tuesday, police raided a country home of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, a former lawmaker who has aspired to run for parliament in September.

At least two of his associates had their homes searched.

“I don’t know the formal reason for this,” Gudkov wrote on the Telegram social media platform. “But the real (reason) is clear.”

Gudkov’s father Gennady, also critical of the Kremlin, described the searches as “a special operation to eliminate Gudkov’s team”.

Authorities were yet to comment on the operation Gudkov said was under way.

Crackdown on dissent

The moves came as Russia appears to be cracking down on political opposition ahead of September’s parliamentary election.

Putin’s United Russia party has lost support recently as economic woes weigh.

The president’s leading political foe, Alexey Navalny, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin – accusations that Russian officials reject.

He is serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for violating terms of a suspended sentence stemming from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he denounces as politically motivated.

With Navalny in prison, prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his network of regional offices as “extremist” groups.

In a parallel move, a bill approved by the lower house of the Russian parliament bars members, donors and supporters of “extremist” groups from seeking public office – a measure that would keep Navalny’s associates from running for parliament in September.

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Putin arresta il direttore di Open Russia mentre fugge: sgominata la rete di Soros

In Italia basterebbe una legge identica che impedisce ad entità finanziate dall’estero di agire come ‘onlus’ in Italia. Ricordatevi: la liberaldemocrazia non è democrazia, è il parco giochi dei miliardari che sono liberi di agire indisturbati in nome della ‘libertà’, che è sempre la loro, visto che la libertà si compra.

Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo.

Nei giorni scorsi, lo stesso Pivarov – dopo l’entrata in vigore della legge che impedisce la candidatura alle elezioni di chiunque abbia lavorato o sostenuto organizzazioni considerate come estremiste e dell’inasprimento delle pene per chi collabora con le organizzazioni “indesiderabili” – aveva annunciato “l’annullamento dell’appartenenza di tutti i membri a Open Russia per evitare possibili persecuzioni”.

Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Geopolitica Asiatica

Giappone. L’occidente liberal si frantuma sul Myanmar.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-28.

2021-05-20__ G7 GDP (Statista) 001

«Japan should play a bridging role to Myanmar’s junta rather than following the Western policy of regime change»

«Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change»

«Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change»

«Myanmar’s huge development project of Thilawa Special Economic Zone development»

«Japan, a major aid donor with long ties to Myanmar, has not placed explicit sanctions against the Myanmar military, unlike other nations such as the United States and Britain.»

«The Japanese government did halt negotiations on new aid to Myanmar, but not existing aid projects»

«Leveraging its decades-long economic cooperation, Japan can now directly work with the Tatmadaw to reverse China’s geoeconomic influence»

«Any drastic move to cut ties with Myanmar’s military could result in China winning more influence»

«Chinese investment in Myanmar has surged in recent years, driven by Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan»

«Japan must realise its historic mission of guiding Myanmar’s military government in service of a free and open Indo-Pacific and remain unafraid even if its actions diverge from those of the U.S. and other democratic allies»

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Il problema è dannatamente semplice.

I liberal degli stati occidentali ed occidentalizzati si credono investiti della missione di imporre la loro ideologia ad un mondo che proprio non ne vuole sapere. Reputano di essere i depositari della verità assoluta.

Solo che in altri tempi riassumevano gran parte del pil mondiale e dettavano legge, mentre ad oggi ne costituiscono poco più di un terzo: troppo poco per potersi imporre con lo strumento economico.

Non solo.

I liberal socialisti sono in declino ed il loro sistema economico sta devolvendosi, mentre quello dei paesi eurasiatici è in forte crescita, attirando investitori ed investimenti occidentali.

Cina. 2020. Investimenti esteri +81% YoY. Superano quelli negli Usa.

Foreign investment in China up 81 pct in 2020.

Cina. Abolite le restrizioni agli investimenti esteri nel settore energetico.

BlackRock anticipa l’apertura cinese alla finanza occidentale. 3.4 trilioni in tre anni.

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Giappone. Aprile21. Export +38.0%, Import +12.8%, aprile21 su aprile20.

Il Giappone esporta negli Usa per 1,276.134 milioni di Yen, mentre l’Asia raccoglie 4,156.211 milioni di Yen di esportazioni. L’Asia conta quindi poco meno di quattro volte gli Usa.

La scelta di campo sta diventando obbligatoria.

Però questa presa di posizione del Giappone rompe drammaticamente quello che una volta era il bastione dei G7, spezzando la unità di intenti del fronte liberal. E la riunione del G7 è imminente.

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Japan should not follow the Western policy on Myanmar – Diplomat op-ed

Japan should play a bridging role to Myanmar’s junta rather than following the Western policy of regime change, said a senior official at the Japan-Myanmar Association, which has strong ties with Myanmar’s military.

“I argue that Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change,” Yusuke Watanabe, the association’s secretary general, said in an opinion piece for the Diplomat magazine.

The Japan-Myanmar Association is a private group Yusuke Watanabe’s father and politician Hideo Watanabe launched to rally support for the wave of Japan’s investment in the Southeast Asian country. The association includes retired government bureaucrats and business executives and members of big Japanese companies.

A former cabinet minister Hideo Watanabe has long been Tokyo’s point man for economic relations, backing Myanmar’s huge development project of Thilawa Special Economic Zone development, and has a long track record of working closely with the junta, including junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.

Myanmar’s military overthrew the elected government on Feb. 1, citing alleged fraud in an election three months earlier, and has since waged a deadly crackdown which has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of people.

Japan, a major aid donor with long ties to Myanmar, has not placed explicit sanctions against the Myanmar military, unlike other nations such as the United States and Britain.

The Japanese government did halt negotiations on new aid to Myanmar, but not existing aid projects.

“Leveraging its decades-long economic cooperation, Japan can now directly work with the Tatmadaw to reverse China’s geoeconomic influence,” Watanabe added, also warning of Russia’s growing influence in Myanmar.

Any drastic move to cut ties with Myanmar’s military could result in China winning more influence, a senior Japanese official told Reuters in February after the coup. read more

Chinese investment in Myanmar has surged in recent years, driven by Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan.

“Japan must realise its historic mission of guiding Myanmar’s military government in service of a free and open Indo-Pacific and remain unafraid even if its actions diverge from those of the U.S. and other democratic allies,” Watanabe said.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia

Egitto, vero mediatore tra Israele ed Hamas, prosegue l’opera di pace.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-25.

Egitto e Sinai 001

Le vittorie hanno cento padri e le sconfitte sono orfane.

La tregua tra Israele ed Hamas è stata il frutto di un’abile diplomazia egiziana, che ha operato con grande discrezione e senza clamore alcuno. Una diplomazia che adesso si sforza di stabilizzare la tregua: se parlare di ‘pace’ sarebbe al momento impossibile, prospettare invece una tregua di lunga durata sembrerebbe essere del tutto ragionevole.

Questa puntualizzazione è necessaria tenendo conto che un buon numero di governanti hanno pubblicamente affermato come la tregua sia stata opera loro. Senza nemmeno menzionare l’Egitto.

Il tragico è che la gente crede più ai governanti che ai fatti.

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«Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds, Egyptian mediators shuttle between the two sides»

«A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip held on Saturday as Egyptian mediators pressed on with talks with the two sides on securing longer-term calm»

«Palestinian officials put the reconstruction costs at tens of millions of dollars and medical officials said 248 people had been killed in Gaza»

«Palestinian attacks killed 13 people in Israel, where the rocket attacks caused panic in some communities»

«A source familiar with planning said U.S. Secretary of State would visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday, hoping to build on the ceasefire mediated by Egypt with U.S. support»

«The delegates have since been shuttling between Israel and Gaza, with talks continuing on Saturday»

«U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Washington would work with the United Nations on bringing humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Gaza»

«How can the world call itself civilised?»

«It’s only a matter of time until the next operation in Gaza»

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Nella vita si fa dapprima ciò che si possa, quindi ciò che si debba fare, e solo per ultimo quello che si vorrebbe.

Ottima l’iniziativa diplomatica su Israele e su Hamas, ma senza un’azione altrettanto energica sugli stati che patrocinano Hamas rifornendola di mezzi finanziari e di armamenti nessuna tregua potrebbe perdurare almeno un po’ di tempo.

Ocasio-Cortez drafts resolution to block $735m sale of missiles to Israel

«We have a responsibility to protect human rights»

La Harris – Biden Administration ha dimostrato tutta la sua inconsistenza ed inettitudine, pressata la riottosa sinistra liberal capitanata da Mrs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez e l’ala più moderata, non fortemente avversa ad Israele.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds, Egyptian mediators shuttle between the two sides.

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip held on Saturday as Egyptian mediators pressed on with talks with the two sides on securing longer-term calm, officials said.

The ceasefire began before dawn on Friday, and Palestinians and Israelis are now assessing the damage from 11 days of hostilities in which Israel pounded Gaza with air strikes and militants fired barrages of rockets at Israel.

Palestinian officials put the reconstruction costs at tens of millions of dollars and medical officials said 248 people had been killed in Gaza. The devastation has raised concerns about the humanitarian situation in the densely populated enclave.

Economists said the fighting could curb Israel’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and medics said Palestinian attacks killed 13 people in Israel, where the rocket attacks caused panic in some communities.

A source familiar with planning said U.S. Secretary of State would visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday, hoping to build on the ceasefire mediated by Egypt with U.S. support.

Egypt sent a delegation to Israel on Friday to discuss ways of firming up the ceasefire, including with aid for Palestinians in Gaza, Hamas officials told Reuters.

The delegates have since been shuttling between Israel and Gaza, with talks continuing on Saturday, the officials said.

Despite confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters at a Jerusalem holy site on Friday, there were no reports of Hamas rocket launches from Gaza or Israeli military strikes on the enclave as of Saturday morning.

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Washington would work with the United Nations on bringing humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Gaza, with safeguards against funds being used to arm Hamas, which the West deems a terrorist group.

The State Department announced Blinken’s visit on Thursday, without announcing dates, and said he would “discuss recovery efforts and working together to build better futures for Israelis and Palestinians”.

The source familiar with planning for Blinken’s visit said the top U.S. diplomat would visit Egypt and Jordan as well as the Palestinian Authority, which is run by Hamas’ rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

                         HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris said on Friday Gaza’s health facilities were in danger of being overwhelmed by the thousands of injuries, and called for immediate access into Gaza for health supplies and personnel.

“How can the world call itself civilised?” Gaza resident Abu Ali asked, standing next to the rubble of a 14-storey tower block.

Gaza has for years been subjected to an Israeli blockade that restricts the passage of people and goods, as well as restrictions by Egypt.

Both countries cite concerns about weapons reaching Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza and led the rocket barrage. Palestinians say the restrictions amount to collective punishment of Gaza’s 2 million population.

Gaza medical officials say the Palestinian death toll from Israeli air and artillery strikes includes 66 children.

Israel said its forces killed more than 200 fighters from Hamas and allied faction Islamic Jihad, and that at least 17 civilian fatalities in Gaza were caused by militants’ rockets falling short.

The death toll in Israel included two children, a soldier and three foreign workers, medics said.

In a cafe in the Israeli port city of Ashdod, north of Gaza, student Dan Kiri, 25, said Israel should continue attacking Hamas until it collapsed.

“It’s only a matter of time until the next operation in Gaza,” he said.