Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Stati Uniti

Midterm. Il nuovo Congresso Gop potrebbe abbandonare Zelensky.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-12-02.

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                         Guerra Russia-NATO: con la Camera a guida repubblicana, il sostegno degli Stati Uniti all’Ucraina diminuirà. L’Ucraina sta provocando una vera e propria guerra diretta tra Russia e NATO? E se non dovesse avere successo, la credibilità dell’Ucraina agli occhi dell’Occidente, nell’era della guerra dell’informazione, ne risulterebbe compromessa? Soprattutto, il fallimento dell’Ucraina influirà negativamente sull’afflusso di miliardi di dollari statunitensi (in denaro e in natura), soprattutto quando i repubblicani controlleranno la Camera dei Rappresentanti dopo le elezioni di midterm degli Stati Uniti?.

                         Il ministro degli Esteri ucraino Dmytro Kuleba si è unito al suo presidente, affermando che la Russia ora promuove una teoria cospirativa secondo cui sarebbe stato un missile della difesa aerea ucraina a cadere sulla teoria polacca. Il che non è vero. E tutto questo nonostante il punto più vicino alla Russia al luogo dell’esplosione in Polonia sia a circa 580 chilometri (360 miglia) di distanza, molto più lontano della portata del sistema S-300, che secondo gli esperti è di circa 90 chilometri (56 miglia).

                         La situazione sta diventando ridicola. Gli ucraini stanno distruggendo la [nostra] fiducia in loro. Nessuno incolpa l’Ucraina e loro mentono apertamente. Questo è più distruttivo del missile. Le teorie cospiratorie sull’incidente missilistico in Polonia potrebbero indebolire la sua credibilità in un momento in cui sono stati sollevati dubbi sul valore degli aiuti continui. Questa apprensione è particolarmente pertinente ora che i repubblicani controlleranno la Camera dei Rappresentanti degli Stati Uniti, che ha già dato all’Ucraina oltre 20 miliardi di dollari e si è impegnata a fornirne altri 40 per i suoi sforzi bellici.

                         I repubblicani e gli indipendenti di orientamento repubblicano hanno fatto campagna elettorale durante le elezioni di metà mandato appena concluse negli Stati Uniti, sostenendo che Washington sta fornendo un sostegno eccessivo all’Ucraina nella guerra. Penso che la gente si troverà in una situazione di recessione e non scriverà un assegno in bianco all’Ucraina. Si può notare che una fazione di estrema destra tra i repubblicani, tra cui i sostenitori dell’ex presidente Donald Trump, ha spinto sempre più contro la prosecuzione dell’assistenza all’Ucraina, affermando che i miliardi che gli Stati Uniti hanno fornito a Kiev sono troppo costosi e non valgono il rischio di scatenare un conflitto più ampio con la Russia.

                         Ad aprile, dieci repubblicani della Camera hanno votato contro una legge che permetteva all’amministrazione Biden di prestare attrezzature militari all’Ucraina. Il mese successivo, 57 repubblicani hanno votato no a un pacchetto di aiuti all’Ucraina da quasi 40 miliardi di dollari. Entrambe le misure, tuttavia, alla fine sono passate alla Camera. Ma Zelenskyy sta rendendo il compito di Biden un po’ più difficile con le sue dichiarazioni irresponsabili.

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«Russia-NATO war: with republican-led House, will US support for Ukraine dwindle. Is Ukraine provoking a full-fledged direct war between Russia and NATO? And if it does not succeed, will Ukraine’s credibility in the Western eyes in this age of information war be hampered? Above all, will Ukraine’s failure adversely affects the inflow of billions of US dollars (in cash and kind), mainly when the Republicans will control the House of Representatives following the US midterm elections?»

«Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has joined his President, saying, Russia now promotes a conspiracy theory that it was allegedly a missile of Ukrainian air defense that fell on the Polish theory. Which is not true. And all this despite Russia’s closest point to the blast site in Poland is about 580 kilometers (360 miles) away, far further than the range of the S-300 system, which experts say is around 90 kilometers (56 miles)»

«This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine, and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile. Conspiracy theories on the missile incident in Poland could weaken its credibility at a time when questions have been raised about the value of continued aid. This apprehension is particularly pertinent now that the Republicans will control the House of Representatives in the United States, which has already given Ukraine over 20 billion dollars and committed to providing nearly 40 billion dollars more in its war efforts.»

«Republicans and Republican-leaning independents campaigned during the just concluded mid-term elections in the US that Washington is providing too much support for Ukraine in the war. I think people are going to be sitting in a recession, and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine. It may be noted that a far-right faction among the Republicans, including supporters of former President Donald Trump, has increasingly pushed against continued assistance to Ukraine, saying the billions the US has provided to Kyiv is too costly and not worth the risk of sparking a wider conflict with Russia.»

«In April, ten House Republicans voted against a bill allowing the Biden administration to lend military equipment to Ukraine. The following month, 57 House Republicans voted “no” on a nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. Both measures ultimately passed the chamber, however. But Zelenskyy is seen to be making Biden’s task a little more challenging with his irresponsible utterances»

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Russia-NATO War: With Republican-Led House, Will US Support For Ukraine Dwindle After ‘Fake Claim’ By Zelensky?

Is Ukraine provoking a full-fledged direct war between Russia and NATO? And if it does not succeed, will Ukraine’s credibility in the Western eyes in this age of information war be hampered?

Above all, will Ukraine’s failure adversely affects the inflow of billions of US dollars (in cash and kind), mainly when the Republicans will control the House of Representatives following the US midterm elections?

Since the answers are interrelated, one may begin with the developments over the last five days that have led to these questions.

On Tuesday evening (November 15), an S-300 missile landed in Poland (the Polish village of Przewodow, about six kilometers from the Ukrainian border), killing two people. The missile, initial reports said, had landed next to an area of a farm where employees load and weigh grain, destroying a nearby building.

                         Zelenskyy Adamant That It Was A Russian Missile

Whose missile was that? Poland, NATO, and the US say that the missile attack appeared unintentional and was probably launched by air defenses in neighboring Ukraine.

“Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions, and it is highly probable that one of these missiles, unfortunately, fell on Polish territory,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland,” he asserted.

Similarly, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that “preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.” According to him, “there was no indication this was the result of a deliberate attack,” nor any indication it was a result of “offensive military actions against NATO.”

At the same time, Stoltenberg made it clear that as Ukraine was probably defending against the Russian missile attacks by this defensive missile, it could have been accidentally fired into Polish territory.

However, despite NATO exonerating Ukraine — and even the injured party, Poland accepting the missile strike was an “isolated incident” and reiterating its support for Ukraine — Kyiv continues to defend itself and says it was a Russian attack on Poland.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is adamant that Russia fired the missile. And this he continues to say even after US President Joe Biden has dismissed his comments by saying, “Zelenskyy’s comments did not amount to evidence as NATO and Poland concluded that the missile was probably a stray fired by Ukraine’s air defenses.”

It may be noted that soon after the missile attack, Zelenskyy called it  a Russian “attack on collective security.” And in a Wednesday morning speech, he called the incident a Russian “missile attack” and said separately that Polish citizens were killed because of “Russian missile terror.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has joined his President, saying, “Russia now promotes a conspiracy theory that it was allegedly a missile of Ukrainian air defense that fell on the Polish theory. Which is not true.”

Zelenskyy is not even impressed by what US President Joe Biden has said in Bali during the recent G-20 summit.

Asked if the missile was fired from  Russia, Biden had said: “There is preliminary information that contests that. I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate. But it is unlikely in the minds [sic] of its trajectory that it was fired from Russia.”

But Zelenskyy stresses, “It was not our missile and not our missile strike…. I do not doubt [Tuesday’s] report to me personally — from the Commander of the Air Force to Commander-in-Chief [Valeriy] Zaluzhny — that it was not our missile and not our missile strike.”

And all this despite Russia’s closest point to the blast site in Poland is about 580 kilometers (360 miles) away, far further than the range of the S-300 system, which experts say is around 90 kilometers (56 miles). Incidentally, both Russia and Ukraine possess these S-300 defense systems.

                         Zelenskyy’s Efforts To Convince The West 

Why is Zelenskyy so adamant? He knows that if NATO believes in his version, direct war with Russia by the military alliance could be a logical result.

Poland is a NATO member, and Article 5 of the alliance’s charter states that “an armed attack against one or more of [the members] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all” and that force can be used in response.

It may be noted that the collective defense clause has been invoked only once in NATO history, after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. NATO forces were subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.

Article 5 says that each member of NATO must take “such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.” It also authorizes the alliance to launch an armed response, but the wording is broad and leaves room for other types of action.

Article 4 of the NATO charter allows members to bring any issue of concern, especially related to security, for discussion at the North Atlantic Council, the alliance’s political decision-making body.

Article 4 has been invoked seven times since NATO was established in 1949. It was used most recently by Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, and Slovakia to hold meetings after Russia invaded Ukraine.

But Poland did not deem it fit to use this clause after the missile attack on Tuesday, which it described as accidental, and that too by Ukraine, whom it is supporting in the war against Russia.

                         NATO Vs. Russia The End Goal?

It may be noted, however, that when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, NATO activated its Response Force — a multinational conglomerate of land, air, sea, and special-operations personnel numbering 40,000 — for the first time in its history.

As part of the activation, NATO dispatched troops to countries bordering Russia and Ukraine, including Romania and Hungary, to augment the battle groups already stationed in the Baltic States and Poland.

But NATO will not fight Russia over this missile attack, contrary to what President Zelenskyy might have thought (if at all). On the other hand, his remarks on the incident could negatively impact Ukraine’s credibility “at a pivotal moment in Putin’s deadly war,” according to a senior NATO official.

“This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine, and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile,” he said.

There are merits in the arguments in certain Western quarters that as propaganda wins have helped Ukraine as much as battlefield victories in garnering support for its war against Russia, a Ukrainian overreaction and dismissal of valid concerns as conspiracy theories on the missile incident in Poland could weaken its credibility at a time when questions have been raised about the value of continued aid.

This apprehension is particularly pertinent now that the Republicans will control the House of Representatives in the United States, which has already given Ukraine over 20 billion dollars and committed to providing nearly 40 billion dollars more in its war efforts.

With record high inflation, political standoff with Russia, and rapidly growing national debt, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents campaigned during the just concluded mid-term elections in the US that Washington is providing too much support for Ukraine in the war.

“I think people are going to be sitting in a recession, and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who will now be the House Speaker, recently told the press. “They just won’t do it.”

It may be noted that a far-right faction among the Republicans, including supporters of former President Donald Trump, has increasingly pushed against continued assistance to Ukraine, saying the billions the US has provided to Kyiv is too costly and not worth the risk of sparking a wider conflict with Russia.

In April, ten House Republicans voted against a bill allowing the Biden administration to lend military equipment to Ukraine. The following month, 57 House Republicans voted “no” on a nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. Both measures ultimately passed the chamber, however.

Similarly,  the Biden Administration will, in all probability, find ways to meet the new Republican challenge as the majority in the US still support the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

But Zelenskyy is seen to be making Biden’s task a little more challenging with his “irresponsible” utterances.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Asiatica, Stati Uniti

Formosa. Il partito pro-China stravince le elezioni locali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-12-01.

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I tempi sono mutati, capovolgendo nettamente le situazioni.

Con le elezioni di midterm gli Elettori hanno privato Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici del controllo del Congresso, ed i nuovi parlamentari Gop eletti hanno già annunciato che metteranno Joe Biden e suo figlio Hunter sotto processo.

Questo evento, rendendo Joe Biden impotente di legiferare e di agire, lascia immediatamente privi di protezione tutti coloro che furono suoi supporter. Sono quindi esposti a rappresaglie, come bene testimonia il caso Macron, già messo sotto processo in Francia per appropriazione di fondi elettorali.

Ma a livello mondiale gli orfani sono numerosi.

L’ultimo evento, prima impensato ed impensabile, è quello delle elezioni regionali a Formosa.

Il partito Kuomintang, dichiaratamente filo cinese, ha stravinto le elezioni, obbligando il premier a dimettersi dalla guida del partito governativo.

Ma si faccia attenzione! Dall’essere filo-cinese al volersi riunirsi con la Cia il passo è brevissimo.

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                         La Presidente di Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen si è dimessa dalla carica di capo del Partito Democratico Progressista, dopo i risultati negativi ottenuti alle elezioni locali. Il Kuomintang (KMT), partito di opposizione, ha vinto diverse importanti elezioni sabato, anche nella capitale Taipei. Il voto ha attirato l’attenzione del mondo intero, in quanto Taiwan è diventato un punto di maggior tensione geopolitica tra Cina e Stati Uniti.

                         Le elezioni per i consigli comunali e i sindaci delle città sono teoricamente incentrate su questioni interne, come la criminalità, gli alloggi e il benessere sociale, e gli eletti non avranno voce in capitolo sulla politica di Taiwan nei confronti della Cina. Il principale partito di opposizione di Taiwan, il Kuomintang (KMT), ha conquistato sabato il controllo della carica di sindaco di Taipei, segnando una battuta d’arresto per la presidente Tsai Ing-wen, che aveva definito le elezioni locali come una sfida alla crescente bellicosità della Cina.

                         Il partito di Taiwan che vuole legami più forti con la Cina ha una nuova stella. Questo potrebbe anche influenzare le relazioni tra le due sponde dello Stretto, il che significa che la situazione è tenuta sotto stretta osservazione da Xi Jinping, che il mese scorso ha ottenuto il suo terzo mandato come leader. I risultati potrebbero produrre effetti a cascata che avrebbero importanti implicazioni per le elezioni presidenziali del 2024 e, a loro volta, per la situazione attraverso lo Stretto di Taiwan.

                         A ottobre, il Partito Comunista Cinese ha inserito nella propria costituzione il rifiuto dell’indipendenza di Taiwan e il Segretario di Stato americano Antony Blinken ha avvertito che Pechino sta cercando di accelerare la presa dell’isola. Credo che il partito al governo debba aiutarci a cercare la pace con la Cina, non la guerra. Non c’è prosperità senza pace.

                         Il KMT è avvantaggiato a Taipei, che ha una presenza significativa di elettori blu. Il partito è tradizionalmente favorito dall’establishment dell’isola e dagli elettori più anziani, mentre il DPP è più popolare tra gli agricoltori e la classe operaia taiwanese.

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«Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as head of the governing Democratic Progressive Party after its poor showing in local elections. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) won several major races on Saturday, including in the capital Taipei. The vote has drawn global attention as Taiwan becomes a bigger geopolitical flashpoint between China and the US.»

«The elections for local councils and city mayors theoretically have a domestic focus, covering issues such as crime, housing and social welfare, and those elected will not have a direct say on Taiwan’s policy regarding China. Taiwan’s main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) won control of the Taipei mayorship on Saturday in a setback for President Tsai Ing-wen, who had framed the local elections as being about showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity.»

«Taiwan Party That Wants Stronger Ties With China Has a New Star. That could also sway cross-strait relations, meaning it’s being watched closely by Xi Jinping, who secured his third term as leader last month. The results could produce cascading effects that would have important implications for the 2024 presidential election, and in turn, the situation across the Taiwan Strait»

«In October, China’s Communist Party enshrined its rejection of Taiwan’s independence into its constitution and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Beijing was trying to speed up its seizure of the island. I think the ruling party should help us seek peace with China, not war. There is no prosperity without peace. The KMT has the advantage in Taipei, which has a significant presence of “blue” voters. The party is traditionally favored by the island’s establishment and older voters, while the DPP has been more popular among farmers and working-class Taiwanese.»

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen quits as party chair after local elections.

«Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as head of the governing Democratic Progressive Party after its poor showing in local elections.

The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) won several major races on Saturday, including in the capital Taipei.

The vote has drawn global attention as Taiwan becomes a bigger geopolitical flashpoint between China and the US.

President Tsai had framed the election as a vote for democracy amid rising tensions with China.

“The election results were not as expected… I should shoulder all the responsibility and I resign as DPP chairwoman immediately,” Ms Tsai, who will continue as president of the self-ruled island, told reporters.

The elections for local councils and city mayors theoretically have a domestic focus, covering issues such as crime, housing and social welfare, and those elected will not have a direct say on Taiwan’s policy regarding China.

However, Ms Tsai and government officials urged voters to use the elections to send a message about standing up for democracy, as Beijing increases pressure on the island.»

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Taiwan Opposition Wins Control of Taipei in Setback for President Tsai.

«Taipei. Taiwan’s main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) won control of the Taipei mayorship on Saturday in a setback for President Tsai Ing-wen, who had framed the local elections as being about showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity.

The elections for mayors, county chiefs and local councilors are ostensibly about domestic issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and crime, and those elected will not have a direct say on China policy.

But Tsai, who leads the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), had recast the election as being more than a local vote, saying the world is watching how Taiwan defends its democracy amid military tensions with China, which claims the island as its territory.»

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Taiwan Party That Wants Stronger Ties With China Has a New Star.

(Bloomberg) — Chiang Wan-an was a teenager when his father sat him down to tell him about his heritage: he’s the great-grandson of Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese Nationalist leader who fought Mao Zedong’s Communists forces before fleeing to Taiwan and ruled it with an iron fist.

Now the younger Chiang, who was a corporate lawyer in the US before entering Taiwan politics several years ago, is running for Taipei mayor in an election that could help restore the popularity of his famous ancestor’s political party, the Kuomintang. The once-dominant party, whose charter still calls for unification with China, has seen support wither.

Invigorated by Chiang’s youthful image and moderate approach on China, a KMT victory in the election Saturday could help the party’s chances at a comeback in national elections. That could also sway cross-strait relations, meaning it’s being watched closely by Xi Jinping, who secured his third term as leader last month.

“If Chiang wins, he could potentially revitalize the KMT by helping the party regain control of Taipei city and giving the party a prominent new political face,” said Russell Hsiao, executive director of the Washington-based Global Taiwan Institute. “The results could produce cascading effects that would have important implications for the 2024 presidential election, and in turn, the situation across the Taiwan Strait.”

The election is being held after a spike in tensions between Taiwan and China this year, with the People’s Liberation Army conducting a barrage of drills around the island. In October, China’s Communist Party enshrined its rejection of Taiwan’s independence into its constitution and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Beijing was trying to speed up its seizure of the island. 

A meeting by US President Joe Biden and Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit this month appeared to ease escalation, but it’s unclear how long this will last. Biden has said the US would come to the island’s defense should it be attacked — something previous leaders have avoided expressing explicitly for fear of provoking China.

                         Security Concerns

Many voters, particularly older generations with an affinity for the KMT, see Chiang, 43, as the safe choice in these uncertain times. While he may lack the political experience of his main opponent Chen Shih-chung, the 68-year-old former Health Minister and candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Chiang has gained a steady, if unremarkable, reputation as a lawmaker since winning a seat in 2016. 

Although issues in the upcoming ballot are mostly local, voters and political analysts say security concerns are at the top of people’s minds. 

“All I care about now is that I don’t want to see war happening in my life,” said Kathy Wang, a retired 70-year-old. She comes from what many Taiwan people describe as a “blue” family of KMT supporters, with connections to China. 

“I think the ruling party should help us seek peace with China, not war. There is no prosperity without peace,” she said. 

While polls have shown a majority of Taiwanese people are happy to maintain the status quo rather than seek unification or independence, her support for the KMT puts her in the minority. President Tsai Ing-wen of the DPP came to power in 2016 and was re-elected in 2020 as her vow to protect Taiwan’s autonomy proved popular amid a crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. 

The KMT, also known as the Chinese Nationalist Party, once ruled China by reunifying a country fragmented by the collapse of its monarchy and battling Japanese invaders. Since moving to Taiwan as Mao’s forces advanced, the party has said it aims to retake the mainland and reunite China’s people, a goal now seen by many as out of date. 

More voters now see themselves as Taiwanese first and foremost, and fewer stand by the dual, Taiwanese-Chinese identity that was more common a few decades ago, viewing Beijing and the prospect of peaceful unification with skepticism. 

“I fear war, but I fear unification even more,” said Sabrina Hong, a 40-year-old local bank worker. “If KMT runs Taiwan’s government, maybe cross-strait ties will be less tense. But it’s concerning that Taiwan may eventually become part of China.”

While many feel that a stronger KMT could help avoid military conflict with China, others believe that the DPP government’s stance of keeping China at arm’s length, combined with support from Western allies, is the best way to extend the status quo.

Tsai hosted US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a visit in August, prompting China to cut off military and climate talks with the US and fire ballistic missiles over the island. While some saw the trip as provocation, many believe that bolstering Taiwan’s ties with the US and others such as Japan is key to preventing a takeover. 

Chiang showed he was well aware of such concerns during a two-hour debate in early November, emphasizing Taiwan’s democratic values and brushing off suggestions, including from Elon Musk, that Taiwan become a special administrative zone of China.

“There’s no need to even think about such a proposal. I’ll definitely oppose it to the end, and uphold the dignity of the Republic of China,” Chiang said, using the formal name of Taiwan. 

Chiang, whose campaign promises to address the capital’s aging infrastructure and declining population, is also helped by criticism over Chen’s tenure as health minister. Taiwan’s early success at reining in the spread of Covid-19 has been overshadowed by a late spike in cases and criticism over vaccine shortages. 

“He is more moderate and willing to listen,” said Dane Wang, a 43-year-old owner of a tech startup, adding that Chiang’s family background doesn’t matter to him. “What we care about more is what he can bring to the city and his personality.” 

The KMT has the advantage in Taipei, which has a significant presence of “blue” voters. The party is traditionally favored by the island’s establishment and older voters, while the DPP has been more popular among farmers and working-class Taiwanese. 

                         Complicated Legacy

Chiang’s looks appear to be helping offset some concerns that he can sound scripted and less spontaneous than his more seasoned rivals. Chiang — a father of two with another on the way — is often mobbed on the campaign trail by smartphone-wielding female voters demanding selfies. 

The most obvious asset may be his name. But Chiang, who declined to comment for this story, has also been careful about brandishing it. The legacy is slightly complicated: his father John Chiang, former vice premier and foreign minister, was an unrecognized son of Chiang Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek. 

Wan-an changed his surname from Chang to Chiang in 2005, when he was 27 and around a decade after his father first told him about his great-grandfather. Chiang has explained the delay as respect for Chiang Ching-Kuo’s widow, who died in 2004. Ching-kuo never publicly acknowledged John and his twin brother as his own. 

Chiang hadn’t always pursued the role of heir to a political dynasty, and focused on venture capital as a lawyer. In a book, he said he turned to politics after seeing a struggling KMT, determined to “commemorate ancestors and show devotion to the country.” He won a seat in legislature in 2016 and was re-elected in 2020. 

He’s likely aware that his name isn’t viewed favorably by all. The KMT’s single-party rule, including leadership by Chiang Kai-shek and his son, is remembered by many as a time of repression. 

While the KMT government shifted toward democratization in the 1990s, its early days of rule in Taiwan were marked by the killing of opponents and attacks on civilians considered sympathetic toward communists. 

Chen made an oblique reference to this during the televised debate. “I won’t ask him to be responsible for what Chiang family did, simply because he is Chiang’s descendant,” he said. 

Huang Shan-shan, Taipei’s former deputy mayor and independent candidate, also took a dig at Chiang, saying she was running on her own merits rather than family connections.

For the DPP, a poor outcome on Saturday could serve as a blow to Tsai, whose term ends in 18 months. She may be forced to resign as party chair, giving her less influence over the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.

A win by Chiang could bolster the KMT’s fortunes. KMT Chairman Eric Chu, who lost to Tsai in 2016, is widely seen as the party’s candidate for the next presidential race, but many say success as mayor could lead to Chiang’s nomination in the future. 

Kharis Templeman, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, said the relatively young Chiang was KMT’s best bet at a comeback, but added that the party still had more work to do to prove its relevance.

“It needs to find ways to reassure Taiwanese voters that it would take security and sovereignty equally as serious as the DPP,” he said. 

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Midterm. Decapitato il boss i fedeli sostenitori sono esposti alle vendette in tutto il mondo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-24.

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Gli Elettori hanno negato a Joe Biden ed ai liberal democratici il controllo del Congresso, i cui congressisti repubblicani sono tutti fedelissimi del Presidente Trump.

Biden aveva presentato midterm come un referendum su di sé e sulla ideologia liberal, e gli Elettori lo hanno punito severamente.

Ma senza poter controllare il Congresso, Biden conta nulla. Non può più proteggere nessuno, né negli States né all’estero. È un pappagallo impagliato collocato nell’atrio della White House.

Ma a questo consegue che tutti coloro che fondavano il proprio potere e la propria esistenza su Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici sono rimasti privi di copertura politica ed economica.

L’elenco dei picciotti rimasti indifesi ed esposti alle vendette è impressionantemente lungo.

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«Questa negazione totale dell’uomo, la sovversione della fede e dei valori tradizionali, la soppressione della libertà assumono le caratteristiche di una religione al contrario – un vero e proprio satanismo.» [Putin. Discorso del 20 settembre]

Ma ciò che ha reso Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici odiosi ed odiati nel mondo intero è stata la loro pretesa che l’accettazione della loro ideologia fosse la conditio sine qua non di ogni qualsiasi forma di rapporto sociale, politico ed economico con gli Stati Uniti. Unitamente alla loro presunzione di essere i giudici dell’universo.

Condizione questa da tempo non più reale, che riduceva i loro diktat a mere parole senza conseguenza alcuna. La situazione economica degli States li rende paese non più economicamente egemone.

Perdendo poi il Congresso, Joe Biden vale meno dello straccio per lavare per terra.

Midterm. Biden polarizza le elezioni riducendole a scontro ideologico. Ad un referendum.

«La democrazia americana è sotto attacco perché l’ex presidente sconfitto ha rifiutato di accettare i risultati delle elezioni del 2020»

«Non e’ un referendum su di me, ma una scelta tra due visioni di paese»

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Hillary Clinton a New York: “In gioco aborto e diritti gay”.

«Un richiamo a votare per difendere il diritto all’aborto e allontanare la paura: è quello che ha lanciato Hillary Clinton, che è scesa in campo a New York a sostegno della governatrice democratica Kathy Hochul, la cui riconferma è messa a rischio dall’ascesa dello sfidante repubblicano, Lee Zeldin.»

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Midterm. House. 219 seggi. Il Congresso adesso indagherà sui brogli.

I repubblicani hanno conquistato un altro seggio al Congresso, consolidando la loro maggioranza.

Da subito il nuovo Congresso indagherà su Joe Biden e suo figlio Hunter, ma indagherà anche su tutta la pletora di brogli elettorali perpetrati dai liberal democratici.

Lo Elettorato ha tolto la fiducia a Joe Biden ed ai liberal democratici. Ma a questo consegue che tutti coloro che fondavano il proprio potere e la propria esistenza su Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici sono rimasti privi di copertura politica ed economica.

Dura sarà la vita dei media ex di regime.

Adesso altro non sono che la voce di quello che avrebbe detto Joe Biden se gli Elettori non lo avessero trombato.

«Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent».

Risponderanno alla inchiesta del Congresso su simili affermazioni settarie e menzognere. Vi furono e vi sono tuttora giganteschi brogli elettorali.

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Tra gli orfani illustri citiamo il Vaticano, il Collegio Cardinalizio e le Conferenze Episcopali, più gran parte del clero.

Chiunque abbia letto e meditato il Liber Gomorrhianus scritto da san Pier Damiani nel 1051 vi ritrova il motivo per il quale abbiano abbracciato con entusiasmo l’ideologia liberal: per cercare di giustificare e continuare a mantenere le proprie depravazioni.

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                         Il controllo repubblicano della Camera può potenzialmente limitare la capacità del Presidente di raggiungere gli obiettivi di politica estera, in particolare sull’Ucraina. Il Presidente Biden dovrà affrontare nuove sfide per portare avanti la sua agenda globale dopo le elezioni di midterm, dato che si prevede che i guadagni dei repubblicani aumenteranno lo scetticismo del Congresso sul sostegno degli Stati Uniti all’Ucraina, rinnoveranno l’esame della posizione dell’America all’estero e avvieranno indagini polarizzanti sulla gestione dell’Afghanistan e dell’immigrazione. Il controllo repubblicano della Camera può potenzialmente limitare la capacità di Biden di raggiungere gli obiettivi chiave della politica estera, compresa la sua intenzione di continuare a fornire alti livelli di aiuto all’Ucraina nella guerra contro la Russia.

                         Ma forse la preoccupazione più immediata per Biden e i suoi consiglieri è la possibilità che una Camera controllata dai repubblicani imponga nuovi ostacoli al suo desiderio di continuare l’ampio sostegno militare ed economico che la sua amministrazione ha fornito all’Ucraina. Il rappresentante Kevin McCarthy (California), in lizza per diventare speaker della Camera quando i repubblicani prenderanno il potere a gennaio, ha segnalato che il GOP della Camera potrebbe porre fine o limitare la spesa per la guerra. Un sondaggio del 3 novembre pubblicato dal Wall Street Journal ha mostrato che il 48% dei repubblicani ha dichiarato che gli Stati Uniti stanno facendo troppo per l’Ucraina, con un netto aumento rispetto al 6% di marzo.

                         Dobbiamo smettere di lasciare che Zelensky chieda soldi e armi ai contribuenti statunitensi mentre cerca di trascinarci nella terza guerra mondiale. Niente più soldi all’Ucraina.

                         Un’altra sfida che Biden deve affrontare con una Camera controllata dai repubblicani è la probabilità di indagini congressuali controverse relative alla sua gestione degli affari internazionali, che potrebbero distrarre dalle priorità dell’amministrazione. Queste includono potenziali indagini sul figlio di Biden, Hunter, e sui suoi affari all’estero, tra cui una società energetica cinese; la risposta dell’amministrazione alla pandemia di coronavirus e la sua politica di immigrazione. Resta da vedere se l’indagine prevista sul ritiro di Biden dall’Afghanistan, ampiamente considerato un fallimento in politica estera, sarà in grado di rivaleggiare con l’accesa divisività dell’indagine condotta dai repubblicani sulla morte di quattro americani a Bengasi, in Libia, nel 2012.

                         La Casa Bianca dovrà anche decidere se e come modificare le relazioni degli Stati Uniti con l’Arabia Saudita, che hanno raggiunto il livello più basso degli ultimi decenni dopo che il regno, insieme ad altri grandi produttori di petrolio, ha annunciato di voler tagliare la produzione di petrolio un mese prima delle elezioni di metà mandato, spingendo Biden ad avvertire con rabbia delle conseguenze.

                         Ci sarà un livello di rabbia residua.

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«Republican control of the House has potential to constrain the president’s ability to achieve foreign policy goals, notably on Ukraine. President Biden will confront new challenges in advancing his global agenda following the midterm elections, as Republican gains are expected to deepen congressional skepticism about U.S. support for Ukraine, renew scrutiny of America’s posture abroad and initiate polarizing probes into his handling of Afghanistan and immigration. Republican control of the House has the potential to constrain Biden’s ability to achieve key foreign policy goals, including his intent to continue providing high levels of aid for Ukraine in the war against Russia»

«But perhaps the most immediate concern for Biden and his advisers is the potential for a Republican-controlled House to impose new obstacles on his desire to continue the extensive military and economic support his administration has provided to Ukraine. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who is vying to become House speaker when Republicans take over in January, has signaled the House GOP could end or limit spending on the war. A Nov. 3 poll published by the Wall Street Journal showed that 48 percent of Republicans said the United States was doing “too much” for Ukraine, a sharp increase from 6 percent in March»

«We must stop letting Zelensky demand money & weapons from U.S. taxpayers while he is trying to drag us into WW3. No more money to Ukraine.»

«Another challenge Biden must navigate with a Republican-controlled House is the likelihood of contentious congressional investigations related to his handling of international affairs, which could distract from the administration’s priorities. Those include potential inquiries into Biden’s son, Hunter, and his overseas business dealings, including with a Chinese energy firm; the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic; and its immigration policy. Whether an expected probe into Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, widely seen as a foreign policy failing, will rival the fiery divisiveness of the Republican-led probe into the 2012 death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, remains to be seen»

«The White House also will need to decide if and how it will alter the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, which reached its lowest level in decades after the kingdom, along with other major oil producers, announced it would cut oil production a month ahead of the midterms, prompting Biden to angrily warn of consequences.»

«There will be a level of residual anger»

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With GOP House win, Biden faces added curbs on foreign policy.

Republican control of the House has potential to constrain the president’s ability to achieve foreign policy goals, notably on Ukraine.

President Biden will confront new challenges in advancing his global agenda following the midterm elections, as Republican gains are expected to deepen congressional skepticism about U.S. support for Ukraine, renew scrutiny of America’s posture abroad and initiate polarizing probes into his handling of Afghanistan and immigration.

While Democrats have retained their majority in the Senate, Republican control of the House has the potential to constrain Biden’s ability to achieve key foreign policy goals, including his intent to continue providing high levels of aid for Ukraine in the war against Russia. An incident this week in Poland foreshadowed the debates to come, with a segment of the GOP demanding an end to U.S. support after two people died in an explosion that Western officials think was caused, unintentionally, by the Ukrainians. Analysts said those pressures will be tempered, both by Republican divisions on that topic and the president’s broad authority in foreign affairs.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said substantial bipartisan agreement on some issues, including a desire to take a hawkish stance on China, would blunt the impact on Biden of Republicans’ ascendancy in the elections. He said last week’s polls — which largely defied fears of electoral violence or the immediate rejections of results — would help allay American allies troubled by recent tumult in U.S. politics.

“The good news,” Haass said, “ … is that it shows that, at least to a degree, American democracy is not on life support. That’s a reassuring message to our friends.”

Speaking last week about Democrats’ stronger-than-expected showing at the polls, Biden said he hoped to collaborate with Republicans on foreign affairs, promising to invite congressional leaders from both parties to the White House following his trip to Asia and the Middle East to discuss how they can jointly advance U.S. security and prosperity. “I’m open to any good ideas,” he said.

The midterms’ effect on Biden’s foreign policy agenda takes on greater importance as he prepares for a reelection bid in 2024, when his international record will probably contribute to voters’ decisions.

But perhaps the most immediate concern for Biden and his advisers is the potential for a Republican-controlled House to impose new obstacles on his desire to continue the extensive military and economic support his administration has provided to Ukraine. Security aid to Ukraine has topped $18 billion since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, the largest such annual sum since the end of the Cold War, and with Ukrainian forces claiming victory in the strategic city of Kherson, there are few signs the war will conclude anytime soon.

While support for Ukraine remains strong among many senior congressional Republicans, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who is vying to become House speaker when Republicans take over in January, has signaled the House GOP could end or limit spending on the war.

A Nov. 3 poll published by the Wall Street Journal showed that 48 percent of Republicans said the United States was doing “too much” for Ukraine, a sharp increase from 6 percent in March. Even before the election, the potential for a fracturing of U.S. support was generating concern in Kyiv.

Some Republicans’ skepticism of the war was evident after the explosion Tuesday near Poland’s border with Ukraine, a murky incident that U.S. and Polish officials said appears to have involved an errant Ukrainian air defense missile. A day after the incident, as Ukrainian leaders continued to insist that Russia was to blame for the attack, Republicans including Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) said the incident was further proof of the need to stop arming Ukraine.

“We must stop letting Zelensky demand money & weapons from U.S. taxpayers while he is trying to drag us into WW3,” Greene said on Twitter, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The missile attack killing two innocent people in Poland was likely from Ukrainian Air Defense.

We must stop letting Zelensky demand money & weapons from US taxpayers while he is trying to drag us into WW3.

    No more money to Ukraine.

    It’s time to end this war and demand peace. https://t.co/2TamLW5cDp

    — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 16, 2022

While many Republicans have privately expressed skepticism that McCarthy and a Republican-led House would cut off aid all together, one senior GOP aide said funding for Ukraine could become a sort of litmus test as far-right factions of the party assert their policy priorities. Republicans taking control of influential committees, such as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), who is poised to preside over the House Foreign Affairs Committee, are likely to face the delicate task of having to accommodate isolationists and hawks within their party.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan has said the White House’s analysis of lawmaker positions suggested that strong congressional support for Ukraine would endure. “I think you will not see these kinds of doomsday scenarios, that the purse strings will be pulled shut and it’s over. I just simply reject that scenario,” he said this month. “Yes, there may be an increasing number of voices that raise questions, but it will still be a very distinct minority.”

Brian Katulis, vice president of policy at the Middle East Institute, said competing pressures from both parties’ edges — liberal Democrats and Republicans allied with former president Donald Trump — would make it easier for Biden to resist dramatic course corrections. Differences within the Democratic Party on Ukraine were visible last month when lawmakers issued and then quickly withdrew a letter urging Biden to negotiate directly with Russia to end the Ukraine war.

“Voices will call out from the margins to do things like cut support for Ukraine or withdraw from the Middle East,” Katulis said. “But those voices lack public support for what they advocate, and the election results will likely reinforce a trend toward a more moderate path for U.S. national security in 2023 to 2024.”

Another challenge Biden must navigate with a Republican-controlled House is the likelihood of contentious congressional investigations related to his handling of international affairs, which could distract from the administration’s priorities. Those include potential inquiries into Biden’s son, Hunter, and his overseas business dealings, including with a Chinese energy firm; the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic; and its immigration policy.

Although White House officials may view such investigations as partisan exercises, they will have to comply with at least some of investigators’ document and email requests, which could drain significant time and resources.

Whether an expected probe into Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, widely seen as a foreign policy failing, will rival the fiery divisiveness of the Republican-led probe into the 2012 death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, remains to be seen. Those hearings, including a House committee’s marathon questioning of then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, helped propel to national prominence Trump’s eventual secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, then a little-known U.S. representative from Kansas.

While analysts say Biden’s handling of the Ukraine conflict has been more successful, public hearings that revive the grim facts surrounding his ordered departure from Afghanistan — the collapse of the U.S.-backed government to hard-line Taliban militants, the reversal of key gains by women and girls, and complaints by NATO allies who said they weren’t properly consulted — could be politically damaging. Already, Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a report concluding that the administration failed to properly plan for the withdrawal.

Such an investigation has the potential to cast an unfavorable light on Secretary of State Antony Blinken, whose agency had a key role in granting visas to Afghans who had worked with the U.S. government so they could relocate to the United States. Thousands of Afghans eligible for those visas remain stuck in Afghanistan or other locations, unable to emigrate more than a year after the U.S. departure.

Experts said they expect few major changes to the Biden administration’s approach to China, whose global rise has been cast by both parties as America’s biggest foreign policy challenge. While some Republicans have described Biden as soft on China and called for a tougher trade policy, the Biden administration already is moving to reduce China’s access to advanced computer chips while attempting to reorient the U.S. military toward Asia.

Despite the mounting tension, Biden pledged to find areas of bilateral cooperation, on issues such as climate change and food security, following a lengthy meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia this week.

Biden suggested after their meeting that no Chinese attack on Taiwan was imminent, but it was unclear whether the discussion on the sidelines of an economic summit will diminish the acrimony related to the island, including Beijing’s threats to use force to bring it under Chinese control and a visit to Taipei this fall by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The White House also will need to decide if and how it will alter the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, which reached its lowest level in decades after the kingdom, along with other major oil producers, announced it would cut oil production a month ahead of the midterms, prompting Biden to angrily warn of “consequences.” Officials said any steps by the administration to retaliate for the decision, which was seen as a particular affront just months after Biden made a controversial trip to Saudi Arabia, would come after the midterms.

Congressional Democrats have put forward a number of proposals in response, including potential decisions that would freeze security cooperation with Saudi Arabia, withdraw U.S. troops, divert planned arms sales or remove OPEC Plus’s exemption from U.S. antitrust laws.

David Schenker, who served as a senior State Department official for the Middle East during the Trump administration and now is a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Republicans likewise may be inclined to penalize the kingdom. He said many GOP lawmakers are exasperated that strong Republican support for Saudi Arabia under Trump, including the Trump State Department’s unusual decision to sell the kingdom arms over the objections of Congress, was followed by an OPEC cut seen as a major snub to Americans of both parties.

“They felt they had gone out on a limb to defend Saudi Arabia, and [the oil decision] was really hurting industries at home in their districts,” he said.

While it’s not yet certain whether Republicans and Democrats will come together in sufficient numbers to pass punitive legislation, Schenker said one thing remains clear: “There will be a level of residual anger.”

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Geopolitica Mondiale, Stati Uniti

Pentagono. La vittoria russa porterebbe proliferazione nucleare. Mosca costruirà i droni iraniani.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-21.

Putin e Leader Europei annientati 001

Si tenga conto che adesso il Pentagono è un valvassino orfano del padrino.

Poi, i suoi diktat sono parole non supportate da forza politica alcuna. Guardate con attenzione questa fotografia.

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                         Ukraina: briefing in diretta: Una vittoria russa potrebbe stimolare la proliferazione nucleare altrove, avverte il capo del Pentagono.

                         Il Segretario alla Difesa Lloyd Austin ha inquadrato la posizione degli Stati Uniti e dell’Occidente sull’Ucraina come una posizione di chiarezza morale in un discorso infuocato e ha dipinto un quadro oscuro di come sarebbe un mondo in cui la Russia trionfasse, sottolineando che la proliferazione nucleare potrebbe diventare una realtà.

                         Parlando sabato al Forum internazionale sulla sicurezza di Halifax, in Canada, Austin ha dichiarato: La guerra scelta da Putin mostra al mondo intero i pericoli del disordine. Il funzionario statunitense ha chiamato in causa la Corea del Nord e l’Iran, accusandoli di sostenere l’aggressione della Russia all’Ucraina.

                         Il Washington Post ha riferito che l’Iran aiuterà Mosca a costruire droni sul suolo russo per la guerra contro l’Ucraina. Mosca ha schierato più di 400 droni di fabbricazione iraniana da agosto, secondo tre funzionari occidentali intervistati dai giornalisti del Post.

                         Ecco le ultime notizie sulla guerra e i suoi effetti a catena in tutto il mondo.

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Ukraine live briefing: A Russian victory could spur nuclear proliferation elsewhere, Pentagon chief warns.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin framed the U.S. and Western position on Ukraine as one of “moral clarity” in a fiery speech and painted a dark picture of what a world in which Russia triumphed would look like — stressing that nuclear proliferation could become a reality.

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Speaking Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Austin said, “Putin’s war of choice shows the whole world the dangers of disorder.” The U.S. official called out North Korea and Iran, accusing the nations of supporting Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

The Washington Post has reported that Iran will help Moscow build drones on Russian soil for the war against Ukraine. Moscow has deployed more than 400 Iranian-made drones since August, according to three Western officials interviewed by Post reporters.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

                         Key developments

– Austin said Russia’s invasion “could drive a dangerous spiral of nuclear proliferation.” In Canada on Saturday, the U.S. defense secretary warned that other world leaders with nuclear ambitions “are watching” the war unfold in Ukraine and “could well conclude that getting nuclear weapons would give them a hunting license of their own.”

– Details of an Iran-Russia deal were finalized during a meeting in early November that involved a team of Russian defense industry negotiators who traveled to Tehran, according to security officials from two countries that monitored the events, The Post reported. The officials agreed to discuss the matter on the condition that their identities and nationalities not be revealed, citing the need to protect sensitive and ongoing intelligence-collection efforts.

– Britain’s prime minister made a surprise trip to Kyiv and announced a roughly $60 million aid package for Ukraine, including 125 antiaircraft guns, dozens of radars and anti-drone technology. Rishi Sunak said in a statement that the aid was “to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones.”

– Several regions of Ukraine are facing prolonged power outages this weekend, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, adding that workers are attempting to restore energy. Ukraine’s energy minister said Sunday that energy supply in the country is “difficult” but “under control” and urged people not to panic. Zelensky has accused Russia of targeting energy infrastructure in an apparent attempt to compensate for its battlefield setbacks, including a retreat from the southern city of Kherson.

– Zelensky said Sunday the retreat of Russian forces from Kherson is a turning point for Ukraine, a day after the first train arrived in the city from Kyiv to jubilant crowds. The train’s arrival was part of a campaign by Ukrainian Railways to show the country and the world the railroad’s ability to quickly resume services cut off by nearly nine months of war. Russia ordered the retreat from Kherson city and its surroundings this month amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

                         Battleground updates

– Russian forces left western Kherson “in relatively good order” compared to past major retreats, the British Defense Ministry said. As its troops left, they destroyed most of the equipment they had to leave behind so Ukrainian forces could not use it, and their “vehicle losses were likely in the tens rather than hundreds,” the ministry said.

– Russia is reinforcing its troops in the occupied areas of Luhansk, Donetsk and eastern Zaporizhzhia with forces withdrawn from Kherson or recently mobilized by Moscow, according to Ukraine’s military and local officials. Analysts from the Institute for the Study of War think tank said Russia will probably continue to use these mobilized and redeployed troops to “reignite” offensive operations in Donetsk and maintain defensive positions in Luhansk.

– Ukraine’s military said it is continuing to repel Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, amid a persistent barrage of strikes on civilian infrastructure and housing. Russian forces continued offensive operations Saturday around Bakhmut, in Donbas, despite reports of high losses on the front line. Ukraine’s military said about 500 wounded Russian servicemen arrived in regional hospitals.

                         Global impact

– During his visit to Kyiv, the British prime minister met with emergency responders, who described their work rescuing survivors and fighting fires in the wake of Russian airstrikes. He also viewed Iranian drones captured by Ukraine’s military. Sunak announced that the United Kingdom would step up humanitarian aid for the harsh winter ahead.

– New Zealand’s defense minister also visited Kyiv, marking the first time a government minister from the Pacific country has traveled to Ukraine since the start of the war. Peeni Henare met with his Ukrainian counterpart and discussed New Zealand’s role in a training mission in the United Kingdom for Ukrainian troops, according to a statement from his office on Sunday. Henare also traveled to Poland.

– Russia’s war on Ukraine is “a direct challenge to sovereignty everywhere,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a keynote address to the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada. “Make no mistake: We will not be dragged into Putin’s war of choice, but we will stand by Ukraine as it fights to defend itself,” he said. “We will defend every inch of NATO territory.”

– Russia is moving basketball player Brittney Griner to a penal colony. The WNBA star has been sent to a penal colony in Mordovia, more than 300 miles southeast of Moscow, after a court rejected an appeal of her 9½-year prison sentence on drug charges.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Stati Uniti

Midterm. House. 219 seggi. Il Congresso adesso indagherà sui brogli.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-19.

2022-11-19__ 219 001

I repubblicani hanno conquistato un altro seggio al Congresso, consolidando la loro maggioranza.

Da subito il nuovo Congresso indagherà su Joe Biden e suo figlio Hunter, ma indagherà anche su tutta la pletora di brogli elettorali perpetrati dai liberal democratici.

Lo Elettorato ha tolto la fiducia a Joe Biden ed ai liberal democratici. Ma a questo consegue che tutti coloro che fondavano il proprio potere e la propria esistenza su Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici sono rimasti privi di copertura politica ed economica.

Dura sarà la vita dei media ex di regime.

«Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent».

Risponderanno alla inchiesta del Congresso di simili affermazioni settarie e menzognere.

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                         La rappresentante degli Stati Uniti Lauren Boebert, la repubblicana polarizzata che ha guadagnato notorietà a livello nazionale durante il suo primo mandato con il suo marchio di politica combattiva, ha vinto la rielezione in una gara sorprendentemente vicina dopo che il suo avversario democratico si è arreso venerdì. La vittoria di Boebert dà ai repubblicani 219 seggi contro i 212 dei democratici, secondo Edison Research, con quattro gare ancora troppo vicine per essere definite.

                         Boebert è salita alla ribalta nel 2020 quando si è rifiutata di chiudere il suo ristorante a tema armi in conformità con le restrizioni COVID-19 del Colorado, facendosi apprezzare da molti in un distretto per lo più rurale nel Colorado sud-occidentale, dove l’opposizione agli sforzi del governo per contenere la pandemia era alta. Boebert si è fatta una reputazione come una delle più schiette sostenitrici dell’ex presidente Donald Trump al Congresso. Boebert, che ha fatto eco alle false affermazioni di Trump secondo cui le elezioni del 2020 sarebbero state fraudolente, si è ripetutamente rifiutata di dire se avrebbe accettato i risultati delle elezioni in caso di sconfitta.

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«U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, the polarizing Republican who gained national notoriety during her first term with her combative brand of politics, won re-election in a surprisingly close race after her Democratic opponent conceded on Friday. Boebert’s victory gives Republicans 219 seats compared to 212 for Democrats, according to Edison Research, with four races still too close to call»

«Boebert rose to prominence in 2020 when she refused to close her gun-themed restaurant in accordance with Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions, endearing her to many in a mostly rural district in southwestern Colorado where opposition to government efforts to contain the pandemic ran high. Boebert has developed a reputation as one of the most outspoken supporters of former President Donald Trump in Congress. Boebert, who has echoed Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent, repeatedly refused to say whether she would accept the results of the election if she lost.»

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Republican firebrand Boebert wins House re-election after Democrat concedes

Nov 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, the polarizing Republican who gained national notoriety during her first term with her combative brand of politics, won re-election in a surprisingly close race after her Democratic opponent conceded on Friday.

Adam Frisch, a businessman and former city councilman in Aspen, Colorado, said he had called Boebert and conceded the contest, which appears destined for an automatic recount with Boebert leading by fewer than 600 votes out of more than 325,000 cast in the Nov. 8 midterm election.

“The likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small,” Frisch said in a news conference streamed on his Facebook page, adding that he did not want to raise money from supporters for an effort that would not succeed.

Boebert’s victory gives Republicans 219 seats compared to 212 for Democrats, according to Edison Research, with four races still too close to call.

Boebert rose to prominence in 2020 when she refused to close her gun-themed restaurant in accordance with Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions, endearing her to many in a mostly rural district in southwestern Colorado where opposition to government efforts to contain the pandemic ran high.

She went on to defeat a five-term incumbent Republican in that year’s primary and won the seat in the general election.

Along with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Boebert has developed a reputation as one of the most outspoken supporters of former President Donald Trump in Congress.

She faced calls to resign after she posted on Twitter about the location of several members of Congress during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.

This year’s unexpectedly close race – she was heavily favored to win after redistricting made her district even more Republican – was one of several across the country that raised questions about the depth of support that Trump and his loyal backers still enjoy with voters.

Boebert, who has echoed Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent, repeatedly refused to say whether she would accept the results of the election if she lost.

On Friday, Boebert wrote on Twitter that Frisch had called her to concede and added, “I look forward to getting past election season and focusing on conservative governance in the House majority. Time to get to work!”

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Korea del Nord. Le sanzioni americane hanno clamorosamente fallito.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-18.

North Korea 001

Il problema è di una sconcertante semplicità.

La potenza politica, militare ed economica degli Stati Uniti non è più di tale portata da poter imporre i propri diktat. Poi, con il Congresso a maggioranza repubblicana Joe Biden vale meno di un torsolo di pera.

Gli americani se ne diano una ragione.

Arabia Saudita. Ha chiesto di aderire al Gruppo Brics. Calcio nei denti a Joe Biden.

Biden. L’Arabia Saudita lo sberleffa alla grande.

Biden. La demenza di Biden svergogna tutti gli Stati Uniti.

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                         Le sanzioni economiche, lo strumento principale che gli Stati Uniti hanno usato per anni per cercare di esercitare pressione sulla Corea del Nord, non sono riuscite a fermare i suoi programmi nucleari e missilistici o a riportare il solitario Stato dell’Asia nord-orientale al tavolo dei negoziati. Al contrario, il programma missilistico balistico della Corea del Nord si è rafforzato e quest’anno ha condotto un regime di test da record su diversi tipi di armi, compresi missili balistici intercontinentali progettati per raggiungere la terraferma statunitense.

                         Ora, i politici statunitensi e i loro predecessori non possono fare altro che raccogliere i rottami e cercare di determinare cosa sia andato storto e di chi sia la colpa. Abbiamo avuto un fallimento politico. È un fallimento politico generazionale. Un’intera generazione di persone ci ha lavorato. È fallita… quindi va bene, ora dobbiamo passare al passo successivo, capire cosa fare al riguardo. Il Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite ha approvato diverse risoluzioni per istituire un solido regime di sanzioni volto a impedire questi programmi di armamento illegali. Spetta a tutti gli Stati membri attuare pienamente queste risoluzioni e continueremo a chiedere loro di farlo.

                         Alcuni critici, come l’esperto di sanzioni Joshua Stanton, rimproverano sia all’amministrazione Trump che a quella Biden di non aver esercitato la massima pressione per fermare la Cina che permette l’elusione delle sanzioni da parte della Corea del Nord. Il fallimento più significativo dell’amministrazione Biden è l’incapacità di perseguire o sanzionare le banche cinesi che sappiamo riciclano il denaro di Kim Jong Un. Alcuni esperti accademici statunitensi sostengono che Washington dovrebbe riconoscere la Corea del Nord per quello che è – una potenza nucleare che non disarmerà mai – e usare le sanzioni per incentivare un comportamento migliore.

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«Economic sanctions, the primary means the United States has used for years to try to exert pressure on North Korea, have abjectly failed to halt its nuclear and missile programs or to bring the reclusive northeast Asian state back to the negotiating table. Instead, North Korea’s ballistic missile program has become stronger and it has carried out a record-breaking testing regime of multiple types of weapons this year – including of intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to reach the U.S. mainland.»

«Now, U.S. policy makers and their predecessors can do little more than pick through the wreckage and seek to determine what went wrong, and who might be to blame. We’ve had a policy failure. It’s a generational policy failure. An entire generation of people worked on this. It’s failed … so alright, now we have to go to the next step, figure out what we do about it. U.N. Security Council has passed multiple resolutions to establish a robust sanctions regime intended to impede these unlawful weapons programs. It is incumbent upon all member states to fully implement these resolutions, and we will continue to call upon them to do so»

«Some critics like sanctions expert Joshua Stanton fault both the Trump and Biden administrations for failing to exert maximum pressure to stop China allowing North Korea’s sanctions evasion. The Biden administration’s most significant failure is its failure to prosecute or penalize the Chinese banks we know are laundering Kim Jong Un’s money. Some U.S. academic experts argue that Washington should recognize North Korea for what it is – a nuclear power that is never going to disarm – and use sanctions relief to incentivize better behavior.»

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Sanctions fail to halt North Korea’s accelerating weapons programs.

Washington, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Economic sanctions, the primary means the United States has used for years to try to exert pressure on North Korea, have abjectly failed to halt its nuclear and missile programs or to bring the reclusive northeast Asian state back to the negotiating table.

Instead, North Korea’s ballistic missile program has become stronger and it has carried out a record-breaking testing regime of multiple types of weapons this year – including of intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to reach the U.S. mainland. Expectations are that it may soon end a self-imposed five-year moratorium on nuclear bomb testing.

Now, U.S. policy makers and their predecessors can do little more than pick through the wreckage and seek to determine what went wrong, and who might be to blame.

“We’ve had a policy failure. It’s a generational policy failure,” said Joseph DeThomas, a former U.S. diplomat who worked on North Korea and Iran sanctions and served in the administrations of Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

“An entire generation of people worked on this. It’s failed … so alright, now we have to go to the next step, figure out what we do about it.”

Biden administration officials concede that sanctions have failed to stop North Korea’s weapons programs – but they maintain they have at least been effective in slowing North Korea’s nuclear program.

“I would disagree with the idea that sanctions have failed. Sanctions have failed to stop their programs – that’s absolutely true,” a senior administration official told Reuters. “But I think that if the sanctions didn’t exist, (North Korea) would be much, much further along, and much more of a threat to its neighbors to the region and to the world.”

In response to a request for comment, a State Department spokesperson said, in apparent reference to China and Russia: “The U.N. Security Council has passed multiple resolutions to establish a robust sanctions regime intended to impede these unlawful weapons programs. It is incumbent upon all member states to fully implement these resolutions, and we will continue to call upon them to do so.”

Former officials and experts say sanctions were never imposed and enforced robustly enough for long enough and blame faltering U.S. overtures to North Korea as well as pressures like Russia’s war in Ukraine and U.S-China tensions over Taiwan for making them ineffective and easy for North Korea to circumvent.

North Korea has long been forbidden to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches by the U.N. Security Council.

The Security Council has imposed sanctions on North Korea since 2006 to choke off funding for it nuclear and ballistic missile programs. They now include exports bans coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

However U.N. experts regularly report that North Korea is evading sanctions and continuing to develop its programs.

Russia and China backed toughened sanctions after North Korea’s last nuclear test in 2017, but it is not clear what U.N action – if any – they might agree to if Pyongyang conducts another nuclear test.

                         CHINESE AND RUSSIAN INFLUENCE

The senior Biden administration official told Reuters Washington believes China and Russia have leverage to persuade North Korea not to resume nuclear bomb testing. But the Biden administration has accused China and Russia of enabling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Anthony Ruggiero, who headed North Korea sanctions efforts under former President Donald Trump, said they were only pursued vigorously enough from the last year of the Obama administration to early in Trump’s second year. They then dropped off in the ultimately vain hope of progress in summit negotiations between Trump and Kim.

Some critics like sanctions expert Joshua Stanton fault both the Trump and Biden administrations for failing to exert maximum pressure to stop China allowing North Korea’s sanctions evasion. They point to the powerful option of imposing sanctions on big Chinese banks that have facilitated this.

“The sanctions we don’t enforce don’t work, and we haven’t been enforcing them since mid-2018,” Stanton said, noting that history had shown a correlation between stronger enforcement and North Korea willingness to engage diplomatically.

“The Biden administration’s most significant failure is its failure to prosecute or penalize the Chinese banks we know are laundering Kim Jong Un’s money,” he said.

Some experts like DeThomas argue that taking what some call the “nuclear option” of going after Chinese banks could exclude huge Chinese institutions from the international financial system and have catastrophic consequences not just for the Chinese, but for the U.S. and global economies – something Stanton considers unfounded.

“Going full bore against the Chinese over North Korea is always a possibility, but it’s a high-risk option,” said DeThomas, arguing that such a measure should be reserved for an even more pressing scenario, such as deterring any move by China to all-out support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“You want them to be thinking about that. And you can’t fire that gun twice,” he said. “And even if you sanctioned the Chinese banks, you wouldn’t get the North Koreans to change.”

Some U.S. academic experts argue that Washington should recognize North Korea for what it is – a nuclear power that is never going to disarm – and use sanctions relief to incentivize better behavior.

“I do think we can buy things other than disarmament with our economic leverage,” Jeffrey Lewis, a non-proliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, told a conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The senior Biden administration official said maintaining sanctions was not just punitive, but about the international community showing it is united.

He rejected the idea that Washington should recognize North Korea as a nuclear-armed state.

“There is an extraordinarily strong global consensus … that the DPRK should not, and must not, be a nuclear nation,” he said. “No country is calling for this … the consequences of changing policy, I think would be profoundly negative.”

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

White House. Le femmine sono il 60% del personale. Wall Street ha perso 16.1 trilioni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-18.

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La capitalizzazione delle borse di Wall Street il 23 settembre 2021valeva 54.7 trilioni di dollari, mentre il 30 settembre 2022 valeva 38.6 trilioni. [Fonte]

Dal 23 settembre 2021 al sei ottobre 2022 la capitalizzazione di Wall Street ha perso 16.1 trilioni di dollari.

Usa. Sanzioni alla Russia. Dal 23 settembre sono costate 10,400 miliardi ai Contribuenti.

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L’Inauguration Day è già stato storico per le donne, con Kamala Harris che è diventata la prima donna e persona di colore a diventare vicepresidente, e presto potrebbe essere raggiunta da un Gabinetto altrettanto da record.

Dodici delle nomine di Biden per posizioni di gabinetto e di livello di gabinetto sono donne, tra cui otto donne di colore, e se saranno tutte confermate si batterà il record dell’ex presidente Bill Clinton di nove donne in carica contemporaneamente, avvenuto durante il suo secondo mandato.

Queste donne porteranno esperienze e prospettive diverse nel loro lavoro, che è tra i più importanti per il Paese. Sono a capo di agenzie che definiranno i termini e l’agenda dei prossimi quattro anni.

Le donne costituiscono il 60% dello staff della Casa Bianca nominato dal presidente Joe Biden, mentre le persone provenienti da comunità razziali o etniche diverse rappresentano il 44%, ha dichiarato giovedì la Casa Bianca in occasione della pubblicazione del rapporto annuale sul personale al Congresso.

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«Questa negazione totale dell’uomo, la sovversione della fede e dei valori tradizionali, la soppressione della libertà assumono le caratteristiche di una religione al contrario – un vero e proprio satanismo.»

Orbene.

A distanza di due anni di tempo l’inflazione è a due cifre e le previsioni per midterm sono fosche.

Questi sono i risultati. Ma il risultato più importante consiste nella perdita del controllo del Congresso. Adesso Joe Biden e la sua amministrazione di femminielli e femminielle conta meno del nulla. I suoi fedeli supporter sono rimasti orfani del padrino protettore, orfani politicamente ed ecoomicamente.

La amministrazione delle femmine ha portato gli Stati Uniti alla rovina.

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«Inauguration Day already was historic for women, with Kamala Harris becoming the first woman and person of color to become vice president, and she soon could be joined by a similarly record-breaking Cabinet.

Twelve of Biden’s nominations for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions are women, including eight women of color, and if they’re all confirmed it would shatter former President Bill Clinton’s record of nine women serving concurrently, which happened during his second term.»

«These women will bring diverse lived experiences and perspectives to the work that they do, which is some of the most important policy work for the country. They’re heading agencies that will set the terms and agenda for the next four years.»

«Women make up 60% of the White House staff appointed by President Joe Biden, while people from racially or ethnically diverse communities account for 44%, the White House on Thursday as it released an annual personnel report to Congress.»

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Biden Cabinet picks feature record number of women and women of color

Inauguration Day already was historic for women, with Kamala Harris becoming the first woman and person of color to become vice president, and she soon could be joined by a similarly record-breaking Cabinet.

Twelve of Biden’s nominations for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions are women, including eight women of color, and if they’re all confirmed it would shatter former President Bill Clinton’s record of nine women serving concurrently, which happened during his second term.

When former President Donald Trump was in office, six women served at the same time, excluding two who served in acting roles, per Rutgers University’s Center of American Women and Politics

“Joe Biden made a commitment during his campaign that he would work to be sure that his administration looks like the constituencies it serves,” Kelly Dittmar, director of research at CAWP, told ABC News. “I think what we’re seeing in his Cabinet is that he’s gotten pretty close to making good on that promise.”

“These women will bring diverse lived experiences and perspectives to the work that they do, which is some of the most important policy work for the country,” she added. “They’re heading agencies that will set the terms and agenda for the next four years.”

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Women make up 60% of White House staff, diversity total at 44%

Washington, July 1 (Reuters) – Women make up 60% of the White House staff appointed by President Joe Biden, while people from racially or ethnically diverse communities account for 44%, the White House on Thursday as it released an annual personnel report to Congress.

The White House said the report – which includes the names, titles and salaries of all political appointees – showed that the Biden administration was the most diverse in U.S. history, in line with the Democratic president’s commitment to build an administration that looks like America.

The report also showed a pay gap between men and women of just under 1 percent, with the women earning $93,752 on average, while men earn $94,639.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Chief of Staff Ron Klain are among the top earners, drawing a salary of $180,000 a year, as is Elizabeth Hone, a longtime Federal Communications Commission attorney hired as a special adviser on broadband, who gets $183,164 a year.

The administration had hired 1,500 presidential appointees across the federal government in the first 100 days in office, double the number hired by any prior administration in that time period.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Stati Uniti

Midterm. Situazione al 2022-11-16. Ora italiana 16:00.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-16. Ora italiana 16:00.

2022-11-16__ Midterm 001

Al momento si contano 209 seggi vinti dai democratici e 217 vinti dai repubblicani.

Ai Gop sarebbe sufficiente vincere un altro collegio per ottenere il controllo del Congresso.

Ma non stiamo vivendo tempi normali.

Riportiamo i dati relativi ai confronti nei collegi che in situazioni normali dovrebbero essere vinti dai repubblicani.

Nel collegio New York 3, scrutinati il 96% dei voti, il repubblicano George Santos guida con il 54.1% contro il 45.9% del democratico. Ha un vantaggio di 21,579 voti.

Nel collegio California 27, scrutinato il 70% delle schede, Mike Garcia, Gop, ha 13,134 voti in più rispetto al democratico Christy Smith.

Ma, ripetiamo, non stiamo vivendo tempi normali.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Ong - Ngo, Stati Uniti

Twitter. Musk la sta disinfestando dai liberal socialisti. Erano davvero tanti. Troppi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-15.

Bosch Hieronymus. Ascesa all'Empireo. Palazzo Ducale. Venezia.

«Con l’acquisto e il controllo del social-media Twitter da parte di Elon Musk torna la libertà di parola, opinione e comunicazione per centinaia di milioni di utenti attivi in tutto il mondo»

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                         Subito dopo aver ratificato l’acquisizione di Twitter, Musk aveva già licenziato diversi alti dirigenti, tra cui l’amministratore delegato, Parag Agrawal, il direttore finanziario, Ned Segal, e il responsabile degli affari legali e della politica, Vijaya Gadde.

                         Con l’acquisto e il controllo del social-media Twitter da parte di Elon Musk torna la libertà di parola, opinione e comunicazione per centinaia di milioni di utenti attivi in tutto il mondo (396 a ottobre 2022). A fine marzo, il geniale e più ricco uomo del mondo Elon Musk aveva fatto un sondaggio tra i suoi 100 milioni di follower su Twitter, chiedendo la loro opinione sull’effettiva libertà di parola e di espressione sul social media che, in passato, aveva deciso di bandire definitivamente Trump nel febbraio 2021 e di censurare contenuti e messaggi pro-vita e pro-famiglia. Il risultato era stato chiaro, con il 70% (1,4 milioni di votanti su 2 milioni) convinto che Twitter non rispettasse il primo principio della democrazia: la libertà di parola e di opinione.

                         Da allora e fino a pochi giorni fa, Elon Musk ha deciso di acquistare Twitter e di estromettere manager e dirigenti che non rispettavano la libertà di parola e di espressione per motivi politici. L’uomo più ricco del mondo, Elon Musk, ha completato l’acquisizione di Twitter per 44 miliardi di dollari lo scorso 28 ottobre, e lo stesso Musk ha annunciato: L’uccellino [simbolo del social media Twitter] è stato liberato. Lo stesso giorno sono stati licenziati alcuni dirigenti, tra cui l’amministratore delegato Parag Agrawal, che è stato scortato fuori dalla sede. Musk ha dichiarato di non volere che la piattaforma diventi un amplificatore per l’odio, in un’ampia dichiarazione pubblicata sulla piattaforma: Twitter ovviamente non può diventare un inferno libero dove si può dire qualsiasi cosa senza conseguenze!. Tuttavia, la libertà di opinione e di parola e il dibattito ragionevole saranno consentiti a tutti, senza che alcuna decisione politica o ideologica impedisca a chiunque si opponga al pensiero liberale dominante di esprimersi liberamente.

                         Qual è esattamente l’algoritmo di Twitter che ha censurato le opinioni dei conservatori, di chi ha deriso il presidente Biden, di chi si è opposto agli abortisti o ha messo in discussione la dottrina del vaccino Covid? Da qualche giorno, le persone che non potevano parlare saranno autorizzate a farlo dal nuovo.

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                         Venerdì Twitter Inc. comunicherà ai dipendenti via e-mail se sono stati licenziati, chiudendo temporaneamente gli uffici e impedendo l’accesso al personale, dopo una settimana di incertezza sul futuro dell’azienda sotto il nuovo proprietario Elon Musk. In un’e-mail inviata al personale, la società di social media ha dichiarato che venerdì alle 9.00, ora del Pacifico (12.00 EDT/1600 GMT) avviserà i dipendenti dei tagli al personale.

                         La società di social media ha dichiarato in un’e-mail al personale che avrebbe avvisato i dipendenti entro le 9 ora del Pacifico di venerdì (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) dei tagli al personale. Nel tentativo di riportare Twitter su un percorso sano, venerdì affronteremo il difficile processo di riduzione della nostra forza lavoro globale. Musk, la persona più ricca del mondo, sta cercando di tagliare circa 3.700 dipendenti di Twitter, ovvero circa la metà della forza lavoro, nel tentativo di ridurre i costi e imporre una nuova etica del lavoro esigente.

                         Musk ha incaricato i team di Twitter di trovare fino a 1 miliardo di dollari di risparmi annuali sui costi della infrastruttura. Ha già fatto piazza pulita dei vertici dell’azienda, licenziando l’amministratore delegato e i principali dirigenti finanziari e legali. Altri, tra cui quelli che siedono ai vertici delle divisioni pubblicità, marketing e risorse umane, hanno lasciato l’azienda nel corso della scorsa settimana.

                         I licenziamenti, che erano attesi da tempo, hanno messo in crisi la cultura aziendale di Twitter, notoriamente aperta e lodata da molti dei suoi dipendenti.

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«Twitter Inc will tell employees by email on Friday about whether they have been laid off, temporarily closing its offices and preventing staff access, following a week of uncertainty about the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk. The social media company said in an email to staff it would alert employees by 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) about staff cuts.»

«The social media company said in an email to staff it would alert employees by 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) about staff cuts. In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday. Musk, the world’s richest person, is looking to cut around 3,700 Twitter staff, or about half the workforce, as he seeks to slash costs and impose a demanding new work ethic»

«Musk has directed Twitter’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost saving. He had already cleared out the company’s senior ranks, firing its chief executive and top finance and legal executives. Others, including those sitting atop the company’s advertising, marketing and He had already cleared out the company’s senior ranks, firing its chief executive and top finance and legal executives. human resources divisions, departed throughout the past week»

«The layoffs, which were long expected, have chilled Twitter’s famously open corporate culture that has been lauded by many of its employees.»

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Twitter layoffs to start today, company tells staff in an email

Nov 4 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc will tell employees by email on Friday about whether they have been laid off, temporarily closing its offices and preventing staff access, following a week of uncertainty about the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk.

The social media company said in an email to staff it would alert employees by 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) about staff cuts.

“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” said the email sent on Thursday, seen by Reuters.

Musk, the world’s richest person, is looking to cut around 3,700 Twitter staff, or about half the workforce, as he seeks to slash costs and impose a demanding new work ethic, according to internal plans reviewed by Reuters this week.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter said in the email that its offices would be temporarily closed and all badge access suspended in order “to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”

The company said employees who were not affected by the layoffs would be notified via their work email addresses. Staff who had been laid off would be notified with next steps to their personal email addresses, the memo said.

Some employees tweeted their access to the company’s IT system had been blocked and feared whether that suggested they had been laid off.

“Looks like I’m unemployed y’all. Just got remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Slack,” tweeted a user with the @SBkcrn account, whose profile is described as former senior community manager at Twitter.

A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against Twitter by its employees, who argued the company was conducting mass layoffs without providing the required 60-day advance notice, in violation of federal and California law.

The lawsuit also asked the San Francisco federal court to issue an order to restrict Twitter from soliciting employees being laid off to sign documents without informing them of the pendency of the case.

Musk has directed Twitter’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings, according to two sources familiar with the matter and an internal Slack message reviewed by Reuters.

He had already cleared out the company’s senior ranks, firing its chief executive and top finance and legal executives. Others, including those sitting atop the company’s advertising, marketing and human resources divisions, departed throughout the past week.

Musk’s first week as Twitter’s owner has been marked by chaos and uncertainty. Two company-wide meetings were scheduled, only to be canceled hours later. Employees told Reuters they were left to piece together information through media reports, private messaging groups and anonymous forums.

The layoffs, which were long expected, have chilled Twitter’s famously open corporate culture that has been lauded by many of its employees.

“If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home,” Twitter said in the email on Thursday.

Shortly after the email landed in employee inboxes, hundreds of people flooded the company’s Slack channels to say goodbye, two employees told Reuters. Someone invited Musk to join the channel, the sources said.

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Twitter layoffs to start today, company tells staff in an email

 Nov 4 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc will tell employees by email on Friday about whether they have been laid off, temporarily closing its offices and preventing staff access, following a week of uncertainty about the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk.

The social media company said in an email to staff it would alert employees by 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) about staff cuts.

“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” said the email sent on Thursday, seen by Reuters.

Musk, the world’s richest person, is looking to cut around 3,700 Twitter staff, or about half the workforce, as he seeks to slash costs and impose a demanding new work ethic, according to internal plans reviewed by Reuters this week.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter said in the email that its offices would be temporarily closed and all badge access suspended in order “to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”

The company said employees who were not affected by the layoffs would be notified via their work email addresses. Staff who had been laid off would be notified with next steps to their personal email addresses, the memo said.

Some employees tweeted their access to the company’s IT system had been blocked and feared whether that suggested they had been laid off.

“Looks like I’m unemployed y’all. Just got remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Slack,” tweeted a user with the @SBkcrn account, whose profile is described as former senior community manager at Twitter.

A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against Twitter by its employees, who argued the company was conducting mass layoffs without providing the required 60-day advance notice, in violation of federal and California law.

The lawsuit also asked the San Francisco federal court to issue an order to restrict Twitter from soliciting employees being laid off to sign documents without informing them of the pendency of the case.

Musk has directed Twitter’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings, according to two sources familiar with the matter and an internal Slack message reviewed by Reuters.

He had already cleared out the company’s senior ranks, firing its chief executive and top finance and legal executives. Others, including those sitting atop the company’s advertising, marketing and human resources divisions, departed throughout the past week.

Musk’s first week as Twitter’s owner has been marked by chaos and uncertainty. Two company-wide meetings were scheduled, only to be canceled hours later. Employees told Reuters they were left to piece together information through media reports, private messaging groups and anonymous forums.

The layoffs, which were long expected, have chilled Twitter’s famously open corporate culture that has been lauded by many of its employees.

“If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home,” Twitter said in the email on Thursday.

Shortly after the email landed in employee inboxes, hundreds of people flooded the company’s Slack channels to say goodbye, two employees told Reuters. Someone invited Musk to join the channel, the sources said.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Stati Uniti

Il Presidente Xi incontra Biden. Proponiamo il resoconto cinese, quello liberal ed una foto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-14.

2022-11-14__ Xi Biden che trotta 001

La fotografia è fin troppo eloquente.

Il Signor Presidente Mr Xi aspetta in piedi che Joe Biden gli si avvicini.

È Biden che va da Mr Xi, che graziosamente lo riceve. Nella etichetta cinese equivale ad andare ad inginocchiarsi.

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Il Presidente Xi ha acconsentito di incontrare Biden in Bali. Proponiamo il resoconto dei fatti cinese e quello liberal.

I cinesi hanno frammentato il report in molteplici pezzi estremamente sintetici, ma tutti tranchant. Ne riportiamo la struttura perché significativa.

Leaders of China, U.S. need to set right course for bilateral ties, says Xi

Xi says China, U.S. should take history as mirror to guide the future

Xi says face-to-face exchange with Biden cannot be substituted by other communication channels

Xi says world expects China, U.S. to properly handle bilateral ties

Xi says China, U.S. need to work with all countries to promote world peace, development

Xi says looks forward to working with Biden to bring bilateral ties back on track

Taiwan question bedrock of political foundation of China-U.S. relations, Xi says

Differences should not become obstacle to growing China-U.S. relations, says Xi

Observing int’l relations norms, three China-U.S. joint communiques most important guardrail for China-U.S. relations, Xi says

So-called “democracy versus authoritarianism” narrative not defining feature of today’s world, says Xi

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Taiwan question bedrock of political foundation of China-U.S. relations, Xi says

Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) — The Taiwan question is at the very core of China’s core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations, Xi said on Monday.

Xi made the remarks during his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

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Leaders of China, U.S. need to set right course for bilateral ties, says Xi

Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday here during a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, that as leaders of two major countries, they need to set the right course for bilateral ties.

From the initial contact and the establishment of diplomatic relations to today, China and the United States have gone through 50-plus eventful years, with gains and losses as well as experience and lessons, Xi said.

Noting that history is the best textbook, the Chinese president said that the two sides should take it as a mirror and let it guide the future.

Currently, the state of China-U.S. relations is not in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people, Xi said, adding that it is not what the international community expects from the two countries either.

As leaders of two major countries, Xi said, the two presidents need to play the leadership role, set the right course for the China-U.S. relationship and put it on an upward trajectory.

A statesman should think about and know where to lead his country. He should also think about and know how to get along with other countries and the wider world, he added.

Emphasizing that in this time and age, great changes are unfolding in ways like never before, Xi said that humanity is confronted with unprecedented challenges.

“The world has come to a crossroads. Where to go from here? This is a question that is not just on our mind, but also on the mind of all countries,” Xi said, noting that the world expects that China and the United States will properly handle their relationship.

Noting that his meeting with Biden has attracted the world’s attention, Xi said that the two sides should work with all countries to bring more hope to world peace, greater confidence in global stability, and stronger impetus to common development.

Xi said that he stands ready to have a candid and in-depth exchange of views with Biden on issues of strategic importance in China-U.S. relations and on major global and regional issues, adding that he also looks forward to working with Biden to bring China-U.S. relations back to the track of healthy and stable growth to the benefit of our two countries and the world as a whole.

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G20, stretta di mano tra Xi e Biden: “Niente armi nucleari in Ucraina”

Manca l’intesa su Taiwan: “La pace e l’indipendenza dell’isola sono inconciliabili”

E’ terminato dopo poco più di tre ore il summit tra i presidenti americano Joe Biden e cinese Xi Jinping .

I due, appena incontratisi si sono salutati con una calorosa stretta di mano.

I leader hanno concordato sul fatto che non si debbano usare le armi nucleari in Ucraina. Presto il segretario di Stato Usa Antony Blinken si rechera in visita in Cina. Lo riferisce la Casa Bianca. Manca però l’intesa su Taiwan: chiunque cerchi di dividere l’isola dalla Cina “violerà gli interessi fondamentali della nazione cinese: il suo popolo non lascerà assolutamente che ciò accada”.

Intanto un alto funzionario cinese rivela al Financial Times, che, sull’invasione russa in Ucraina, Vladimir Putin “non disse la verità” al leader di Pechino. “Se ce lo avesse detto non ci saremmo trovato in una situazione così difficile. C’erano oltre 6 mila cittadini cinesi in Ucraina ed alcuni di loro morirono durante l’evacuazione, anche se non possiamo dirlo pubblicamente”. Lo stesso Putin aveva affermato il mese scorso di non aver detto al “caro amico” Xi dell’imminente attacco.

“Come leader delle principali economie del mondo, dobbiamo gestire la competizione dei due nostri Paesi”, ha detto il presidente Usa Joe Biden al suo omologo cinese Xi Jinping, nelle battute iniziali del loro bilaterale a Bali, anche se Washington continuerà a “competere” con Pechino “vigorosamente”. “E’ un piacere incontrarti”, ha affermato Biden.

“E’ un piacere rivederti dall’ultima volta avvenuta nel 2017“. E’ quanto ha detto il presidente Xi Jinping al suo omologo americano Joe Biden nelle battute iniziali del loro bilaterale a Bali. “Dobbiamo trovare il giusto corso delle relazioni attraverso scambi schietti”, ha aggiunto Xi.  Xi è stato il primo a raggiungere l’hotel di Nusa Dua, a Bali, dove erano state sistemate le bandiere di Cina e Usa per l’incontro, i primi saluti e le foto di rito per immortalare l’evento. Biden, invece, è arrivato poco dopo di gran passo dalla sua sinistra: i due leader si sono salutati calorosamente, stringendosi la mano e parlando fitto fino a quando il presidente Usa ha usato entrambe le mani, subito ricambiato da Xi. Dopo i saluti e i sorrisi dispensati alle telecamere, i due si sono avviati insieme verso la sala dove le due delegazioni stanno discutendo le rispettive “linee rosse”, secondo quanto più volte ripetuto dal capo della Casa Bianca, parte di un’agenda che spazia da Taiwan alla guerra della Russia a danno dell’Ucraina.

                         Taiwan e l’Asia

I leader hanno parlato di “Taiwan in modo schietto”.  Xi ha detto “di sperare di vedere la pace e la stabilità attraverso lo Stretto di Taiwan, ma attraverso lo Stretto la pace e la stabilità e l’indipendenza di Taiwan sono inconciliabili come l’acqua e il fuoco”. Taipei, secondo la diplomazia di Pechino, è “una questione interna cinese. È aspirazione comune di popolo e nazione cinesi realizzare la riunificazione e la tutela dell’integrità territoriale”.La questione “è al centro degli interessi fondamentali della Cina” e costituisce “il fondamento politico delle relazioni Cina-Usa”: è “la prima linea che non deve essere superata”, ha affermato il presidente Xi Jinping nel summit di Bali con il suo omologo Usa Joe Biden. Gli Usa hanno ribadito la loro opposizione ad azioni “aggressive e coercitive” da parte di Pechino. Washington ha anche chiesto al presidente cinese Xi Jinping di incoraggiare la Corea del Nord ad agire “in modo responsabile”. Ha trovato spazio nei colloqui anche la preoccupazione degli Usa per le “pratiche della Cina” in Xinjang, Tibet e Hong Kong, e, in generale, i “diritti umani”, riferisce la Casa Bianca.

Il presidente Xi Jinping è arrivato a Bali, in Indonesia, con un aereo speciale in vista della partecipazione al summit del G20. Lo ha reso noto il network statale Cctv, secondo cui, “su invito del presidente della Repubblica di Indonesia Joko Widodo, il presidente Xi Jinping parteciperà al 17esimo vertice del G20 a Bali dal 14 al 17 novembre”. Tra poco più di un’ora Xi incontrerà il presidente americano Joe Biden. 

La Cina sollecita gli Stati Uniti a gestire in modo adeguato le divergenze, nell’imminenza del primo vertice in persona tra i presidenti Xi Jinping e Joe Biden, a margine del vertice del G20 di Bali. La portavoce del ministero degli Esteri Mao Ning, sottolineando “la salvaguardia della sovranità, della sicurezza e degli interessi di sviluppo della Cina”, ha detto che Pechino si augura che “gli Usa vengano incontro, gestiscano adeguatamente le divergenze, promuovano una cooperazione reciprocamente vantaggiosa, evitino incomprensioni e valutazioni errate, riportando le relazioni su uno sviluppo sano e stabile”.

                         Prove d’intesa
Il presidente americano Joe Biden punta a individuare “aree di cooperazione” con il suo omologo cinese Xi Jinping quando i due leader si vedranno a Bali, alla vigilia del G20 in Indonesia, per il primo faccia a faccia in persona dall’insediamento alla Casa Bianca. La speranza è di “uscire da questo incontro con aree in cui i due Paesi, i due presidenti e i loro team possano lavorare in modo cooperativo su questioni sostanziali”, ha anticipato il Consigliere per la sicurezza nazionale Jake Sullivan, sempre più centrale nelle strategie diplomatiche Usa, a bordo dell’Air Force One diretto a Bali.

Per il presidente Usa è necessario che i due Paesi “gestiscano le differenze e impediscano che la concorrenza si trasformi in conflitto. Mi impegno a mantenere aperte le linee di comunicazione tra me e te, ma i nostri governi sono coinvolti, perché i nostri due Paesi hanno così tanto da affrontare” – ha affermato – In qualità di leader delle “nostre due nazioni, a mio avviso, condividiamo la responsabilità di dimostrare che Cina e Stati Uniti possono gestire le nostre differenze, impedire che la concorrenza diventi qualcosa anche vicino a un conflitto e trovare modi per lavorare insieme su questioni globali urgenti che richiedono la nostra cooperazione reciproca”.

Pochi leader mondiali, se si esclude l’amico russo Vladimir Putin, hanno trascorso così tanto tempo con Xi come Biden. Quando quest’ultimo visitò la Cina ad agosto del 2011, i due, all’epoca vicepresidenti, ebbero cinque incontri in sei giorni: il legame instaurato allora resta ancora oggi tra i pochi segnali di speranza a cui aggrapparsi nelle relazioni tra Stati Uniti e Cina. Biden e Xi hanno parlato finora cinque volte tra telefonate e collegamenti video, ma gli sforzi sono stati infruttuosi.

Dopo quattro anni difficili sotto la presidenza di Donald Trump, la Cina sperava che Biden avrebbe ridotto le turbolenze, ma i rapporti sono crollati al punto più basso dalla normalizzazione delle relazioni del 1979, alla base di una nuova era segnata dalla rivalità comune contro l’ex Urss. Gli Stati Uniti sono preoccupati per l’assertività di Pechino su Taiwan e i mari cinese orientale e meridionale, l’arsenale nucleare in rapida crescita e il rifiuto di condannare l’invasione russa dell’Ucraina. La Cina invece accusa Washington di incoraggiare le forze indipendentiste a Taipei (che vede come suo territorio inalienabile e da riunificare anche con la forza, se necessario) e di creare partnership e alleanze come ‘Quad’ e ‘Aukus’ al solo fine di contrastare le nuove ambizioni dell’Impero di Mezzo, strozzando l’export di microchip e materiale tecnologico. Biden ha annunciato che i leader delineeranno le loro “linee rosse” nell’incontro la cui durata è stimata alla vigilia in più ore. “Non c’è alternativa a questo tipo di comunicazione da leader a leader nella navigazione e nella gestione di una relazione così importante”, ha notato ancora Sullivan.

I due si presentano all’appuntamento di Bali rafforzati sul fronte interno, ma anche con qualche problema. Il XX Congresso del Partito comunista ha incoronato Xi ad ottobre con l’inedito terzo mandato alla segreteria generale, ma l’economia è in grave difficoltà e la politica della tolleranza zero al Covid continua a bloccare il Paese. Da parte americana invece il voto di midterm è andato oltre le più rosee aspettative e Biden, pur alle prese con un’inflazione stellare, proprio ieri ha potuto festeggiare la conferma del controllo democratico del Senato.