Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Washington. Suicidi quattro poliziotti coinvolti nell’assalto al Campidoglio. Una epidemia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-05.

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Riportiamo la notizia senza commentarla, ma rilevando soltanto quanto inusuale sia codesta situazione.

Di certo, sono testimonianze dirette che sono venute a meno.

Mentre scriviamo, è giunta la notizia di un quarto poliziotto suicida. Da La Stampa:

«Un quarto poliziotto coinvolto nell’assalto al Congresso americano del 6 gennaio scorso è morto suicida il 10 luglio scorso. Lo hanno reso noto i vertici del Metropolitan Police Department di Washington, poche ore dopo la notizia di un terzo suicidio tra gli agenti che in quel giorno tentarono di difendere il Capitol dagli assalitori.

L’agente Kyle DeFreytag, 26 anni, in seguito ai traumi di quel giorno si è tolto la vita come il collega Gunther Hashida, il cui cadavere è stato ritrovato giovedì scorso.

In seguito all’aggressione si erano già suicidati due agenti: l’11 gennaio Howard Liebengood, 53enne della Capitol Police, e il 15 gennaio Jeffrey Smith, un agente con 12 anni di servizio nella polizia di Washington.»

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Third police officer, Gunther Hashida, dies from suicide after defending Capitol during riot by pro-Trump mob

– Washington, DC, police officer Gunther Hashida has died by suicide, making him the third police officer to kill himself after Trump supporters defended USCapitol during the January 6 riots.

– Jeffrey Smith of the DC Police and Howard Liebengood of the Capitol Police, died by suicide within a month of the attack.

– The riot began after then-President Donald Trump urged supporters to march to protest a joint session of Congress that ratified the election of President Joe Biden.

A Washington, DC, police officer has died by suicide, making him the third police officer to kill himself after Trump supporters defended the US Capitol during the January 6 riots.

Gunther Hashida, 43, was found dead at his home last Thursday, according to a Washington Police spokesman, who confirmed the manner of Hashida’s death.

“We are saddened as a department because our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Hashida,” said spokeswoman Brianna Burch.

Hashida was assigned to the emergency response team within the Special Operations Division of the Metropolitan Police Department at the time of her death. He had joined MPD in May 2003.

Capitol Police Office Brian Siknick, who collapsed in his office after responding to the riots, died of two strokes on January 7. Washington’s chief medical examiner has said that “whatever happened” during the riots played a part in the situation.

Two other officers who responded to the Capitol riots died by suicide within a month of attack.

Those officers, MPD’s Jeffrey Smith and Capitol Police’s Howard Liebengood, were both with their departments for more than a decade.

A crowd-funding page set up on Sunday to pay for a memorial service for Hashida by Monday afternoon had raised nearly $14,000 from more than 130 donors. The GoFundMe page, which has a $50,000 donation target, says Hashida, “left behind a loving wife, sister, 3 kids and a wonderful family.”

“In his job as an officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, he worked to serve and protect the public,” Page said. “He was a devoted and loving husband and father. This fund will help support his memorial service and his family in loss with his love and guidance.”

The January 6 riots began when then-President Donald Trump urged attendees at a rally outside the White House to march to the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress marked the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden as the next president. Was meeting for official confirmation.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol grounds and buildings, disrupting proceedings.

More than 500 people have been arrested for offenses related to the invasion. More than 100 policemen were injured in this scuffle.

At a congressional hearing last week, four officials reported that they were attacked, reprimanded and threatened with death by a large number of people, many of whom were armed.

“I was in danger of being snatched and killed by my own shotgun,” testified MPD officer Michael Fanon, as I heard chants, ‘Kill him with your gun.

Another cop, Capital Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonel expressed dismay at the hearing of some members of Congress who have downplayed the threat from the riot.

“The people we helped, the same people we borrowed for protection, are now attacking us, they’re attacking our characters,” Gonnell said.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Texas. Dopo l’Arizona si appresta a regolamentare le procedure elettorali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-13.

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Analysis: Out of power in Washington, Republicans pursue hard-right agenda

«Shut out of power in Washington, Republicans are using their dominance in state houses across the country to oppose Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda»

«In Texas, Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would allow citizens to carry a handgun without a permit or any training»

«In Florida, Oklahoma and Iowa, Republican legislators passed bills granting immunity to drivers who hit protesters»

«Across the country, a bevy of states have passed bills preventing transgender athletes from playing high school sports»

«And Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a sweeping new reform bill that limits mail-in voting and ballot drop boxes»

«Although Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans dominate the nation’s statehouses»

«Republicans now control the legislatures of 30 states and also hold the governor’s office in 23 of those states»

«So far this year, Republican state lawmakers have proposed or advanced more than 250 bills regarded by activists as being restrictive of LGBTQ rights, 361 bills with restrictive voting provisions, and passed 35 bills to relax gun regulations»

«Florida, with DeSantis at the helm, is leading the way in advancing right-wing legislation»

«Florida passed bills in the last two weeks prohibiting businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the state and social media companies from silencing conservatives on their platforms»

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«Texas lawmakers will kick off a special session on Thursday to consider a range of Republican-backed measures, including voting restrictions that Democratic lawmakers previously blocked»

«Republican Governor Greg Abbott has also instructed state lawmakers to consider bills that would block transgender students from competing in athletics that correspond with their gender identity, fund arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally, restrict abortion access and limit teaching about the role of racism in the United States»

«Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have passed similar measures in recent months in an effort to push back against Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda»

«In a dramatic walkout on May 30, just before the end of the state’s regular legislative session, Democratic lawmakers denied Republicans the quorum needed to pass a bill that would have limited early voting hours, added new identification requirements for absentee voting and banned ballot drop boxes»

«Republicans control both the state legislature and the governor’s office»

«But Texas Republicans are likely to pass the elections bill, known as SB 7, in the special session that could last up to 30 days»

«Hearings on the bill will begin on Saturday»

«Fighting voter suppression is a priority for Biden»

«Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has assigned to lead the administration’s work in that area, will announce expansions to a Democratic National Committee voter mobilization campaign on Thursday»

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Usa. Suprema Corte. Sentenzia a favore dell’Arizona sulle restrizioni al voto.

Forti della sentenza della Corte Suprema Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (19-1257), gli stati retti dai repubblicani stanno organizzandosi per approvare leggi statali che regolarizzino le procedure elettorali, in particolare il voto per corrispondenza e l’obbligo di esibire un documento di identità.

«Republicans now control the legislatures of 30 states and also hold the governor’s office in 23 of those states»

Nelle prossime elezioni almeno in 30 stati i liberal democratici non potranno più far affluire al voto le masse che avevano accuratamente allevate ed istruite, e senza alcun rispetto delle identità e dei tempi. Se non erano ‘brogli’ ci si assomigliavano davvero tanto.

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Texas legislature to take up voting limits, other measures in special session

July 8 (Reuters) – Texas lawmakers will kick off a special session on Thursday to consider a range of Republican-backed measures, including voting restrictions that Democratic lawmakers previously blocked.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott has also instructed state lawmakers to consider bills that would block transgender students from competing in athletics that correspond with their gender identity, fund arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally, restrict abortion access and limit teaching about the role of racism in the United States.

Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have passed similar measures in recent months in an effort to push back against Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda and satisfy diehard supporters of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. read more

“We have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday as he released the agenda for the special session.

In a dramatic walkout on May 30, just before the end of the state’s regular legislative session, Democratic lawmakers denied Republicans the quorum needed to pass a bill that would have limited early voting hours, added new identification requirements for absentee voting and banned ballot drop boxes. read more

The boycott marked a notable victory for Democrats, who have unsuccessfully fought a slew of similar laws passed since the beginning of the year in states where, like in Texas, Republicans control both the state legislature and the governor’s office. read more

But Texas Republicans are likely to pass the elections bill, known as SB 7, in the special session that could last up to 30 days. Hearings on the bill will begin on Saturday, according to a tweet from Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Voting rights advocates plan to rally outside the statehouse on Monday and lobby lawmakers to oppose the voting restrictions, according to Anthony Gutierrez, Texas director of Common Cause.

James Slattery, senior staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, called Abbott’s agenda for the special session a “carnival-esque” political maneuver that ignored the state’s most pressing crises, such as deadly power grid failures that left 4.3 million people without heat for days during a February cold snap.

Slattery said that while many bills on Abbott’s agenda would threaten Texans’ civil rights, the legislation making voting harder was especially alarming.

“A fully functioning democracy keeps government accountable to the people, so all the other fights flow from that,” he said.

Fighting voter suppression is a priority for Biden, who is meeting with civil rights groups on Thursday to discuss their efforts to protect voting rights, according to a Democratic official.

Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has assigned to lead the administration’s work in that area, will announce expansions to a Democratic National Committee voter mobilization campaign on Thursday, the official said.

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

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


Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-18.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pigliamo atto di questo modo di pensare.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Spagna, Marocco, Unione Europea e migranti, i quali sono usati come arma impropria.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-20.

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L’unica cosa davvero certa è che i migranti non interessano a nulla ed a nessuno, in una montante marea di cinismo agghiacciante.

Ceuta, 8.000 migranti entrano in Spagna. Crisi tra Madrid e il Marocco.

«Ottomila migranti hanno assaltato le barriere tra il Marocco e l’enclave spagnola di Ceuta. Tra loro almeno 1.500 minori»

«Improvvisamente, come per un ordine, migliaia di migranti dal Mali, dal Niger, dal Senegal, ma anche tantissimi marocchini sono partiti a nuoto per aggirare le barriere che si spingono nel mare per decine di metri»

«La maggior parte però è stata tenuta con i piedi in acqua per evitare che, anche simbolicamente, toccassero il suolo europeo»

«A sera meno della metà degli 8mila era già stata espulsa verso il Marocco in base ad un accordo in vigore»

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«Voglio comunicare agli spagnoli, specialmente a quelli che vivono a Ceuta e Melilla, che ristabiliremo l’ordine con la massima celerità. Saremo fermi di fronte a qualsiasi sfida. L’integrità di Ceuta come parte della nazione spagnola sarà garantita dal governo con tutti i mezzi disponibili»

«Prende posizione anche la Commissione Ue. «Non ci faremo intimidire da nessuno, l’Europa non sarà vittima di tattiche» dice il vicepresidente Margaritis Schinas»

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«L’ondata di ieri arriva al culmine di una crisi diplomatica tra Spagna e Marocco che dura da mesi»

«L’ambasciatrice del re Mohamed VI a Madrid, Karima Benyaich, non si è nascosta: «Ci sono azioni che hanno delle conseguenze». Si riferiva alla presenza in un ospedale spagnolo di Brahim Ghali, il leader del Fronte Polisario per l’indipendenza del Sahara Occidentale»

«Ex colonia spagnola, la regione è occupata dal Marocco da trent’anni»

«Pur di aumentare il numero dei Paesi musulmani che riconoscono Israele (Accordi di Abramo), Washington ha accettato la sovranità marocchina sul Sahara Occidentale»

«La diga marocchina contro la migrazione si apre e chiude a comando»

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Il Marocco è in rotta di collisione con la Spagna e l’Unione Europea.

Unione Europea per la quale il traghetto dei migranti in Italia è cosa buona, giusta e doverosa, mentre, al contrario, l’ingresso di migranti in territorio spagnolo è un vile atto intimidatorio da reprimersi ricorrendo all’esercito.

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Migranti in Spagna, la «vendetta» del Marocco: in 8mila a Ceuta

Crisi a Ceuta, Pedro Sánchez vola nell’enclave: «Ristabiliremo l’ordine con la massima celerità. La sua integrità come parte della Spagna sarà garantita», dice il primo ministro. La Commissione Ue: non ci saremo intimidire da nessuno.

Ieri, a metà giornata, il primo ministro spagnolo Pedro Sánchez annulla un viaggio a Parigi, vola a Ceuta e parla al Paese. Usa toni gravi, decisi. «Voglio comunicare agli spagnoli, specialmente a quelli che vivono a Ceuta e Melilla, che ristabiliremo l’ordine con la massima celerità. Saremo fermi di fronte a qualsiasi sfida. L’integrità di Ceuta come parte della nazione spagnola sarà garantita dal governo con tutti i mezzi disponibili». Prende posizione anche la Commissione Ue. «Non ci faremo intimidire da nessuno, l’Europa non sarà vittima di tattiche» dice il vicepresidente Margaritis Schinas. Cos’era successo? Ottomila migranti hanno assaltato le barriere tra il Marocco e l’enclave spagnola di Ceuta. Tra loro almeno 1.500 minori. La città costiera, come la gemella Melilla, è l’ultimo frammento dell’impero su cui non tramontava mai il sole. Pochi chilometri quadrati che per il Marocco sono fastidiosi, per la Spagna costosi, per chi tenta di lasciare l’Africa vie d’accesso all’Ue.

Certo più sorvegliate, ma meno letali rispetto a Lampedusa o alle Canarie. La Spagna ha costruito muri alti 20 metri, piazzato filo spinato, posto barriere subacquee e, di solito, la collaborazione della polizia marocchina basta a evitare infiltrazioni. Lunedì e ieri no. Improvvisamente, come per un ordine, migliaia di migranti dal Mali, dal Niger, dal Senegal, ma anche tantissimi marocchini sono partiti a nuoto per aggirare le barriere che si spingono nel mare per decine di metri. Molti sono abitanti della città confinante che, dalla chiusura dei valichi per il Covid un anno fa, hanno perso il lavoro nelle enclavi. Un’ottantina ha tentato lo stesso anche a Melilla. Un centinaio è riuscito ad entrare a Ceuta all’alba di ieri e a disperdersi tra gli 80 mila spagnoli. La maggior parte, invece, è stata fermata sulla spiaggia.

Ci sono state scene strazianti e altre più degne. Qualche blindato militare di Madrid è arrivato sulla sabbia scaricando soldati in giubbotto antiproiettile, elmetto e manganello. Alcuni migranti erano sfiniti e sono stati soccorsi. Tra loro un neonato. I minorenni sono stati separati. La maggior parte però è stata tenuta con i piedi in acqua per evitare che, anche simbolicamente, toccassero il suolo europeo. A sera meno della metà degli 8mila era già stata espulsa verso il Marocco in base ad un accordo in vigore. Gli altri, tranne i minori, dovrebbero essere mandati indietro oggi. Nella notte un migrante è morto annegato. L’ondata di ieri arriva al culmine di una crisi diplomatica tra Spagna e Marocco che dura da mesi. L’ambasciatrice del re Mohamed VI a Madrid, Karima Benyaich, non si è nascosta: «Ci sono azioni che hanno delle conseguenze». Si riferiva alla presenza in un ospedale spagnolo di Brahim Ghali, il leader del Fronte Polisario per l’indipendenza del Sahara Occidentale.

Ex colonia spagnola, la regione è occupata dal Marocco da trent’anni. A dicembre, però, gli Stati Uniti hanno cambiato gli equilibri. Pur di aumentare il numero dei Paesi musulmani che riconoscono Israele (Accordi di Abramo), Washington ha accettato la sovranità marocchina sul Sahara Occidentale. La Spagna ha protestato e quando Ghali ne ha avuto bisogno l’ha ricoverato. La tregua nel Sahara è rotta. Come a suo tempo fece il leader libico Gheddafi, come ha fatto la Turchia di Erdogan, anche il Marocco ha fatto capire che può usare i migranti come merce di scambio. La diga marocchina contro la migrazione si apre e chiude a comando. Tra i due estremi del Mediterraneo la guerra israelo-palestinese e quella del Sahara Occidentale si sono così collegate alla crisi migratoria che preoccupa l’Europa. La Spagna e l’Europa tutta sono avvertite.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Putin, Russia, Stati Uniti

Mosca esige le scuse da parte di Biden il quale dice che Mr Putin sia un ‘assassino’

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-19.

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«This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank»

«This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances»

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«Russia wants an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer»

«In an ABC News interview broadcast a day earlier, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer»

«He also described Putin as having no soul»

«promised he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election»

«This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances»

«The Kremlin has not yet responded publicly to Biden’s comments»

«Biden told ABC “You’ll see shortly” when asked what consequences Russia would face for its alleged behaviour»

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Tali valutazioni sono inammissibili da parte di un capo di stato del rango di Biden, ma sono inaccettabili in qualsiasi circostanza.

Biden dovrà bene assumersi la responsabilità di quello che ha detto.

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Nota.

Si prenda atto di quanto Reuters e le agenzia siano diventate molto più caute su argomenti del genere.

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Russia wants an apology from U.S. after Biden called Putin a killer, says Kremlin ally.

Moscow (Reuters) – Russia wants an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer and may retaliate against Washington unless it gets one, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Thursday.

In an ABC News interview broadcast a day earlier, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.

He also described Putin as having no soul, and promised he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.

In a highly unusual move following Biden’s interview, Russia on Wednesday said it was recalling its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations over the future of U.S.-Russia ties.

Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of parliament’s upper house, said Biden’s comments were unacceptable, would inevitably inflame already bad ties, and ended any hope in Moscow of a change of U.S. policy under a new U.S. administration.

He said Moscow’s recall of its ambassador was the only reasonable step to take in the circumstances.

“I suspect it will not be the last one if no explanation or apology follows from the American side,” Kosachyov said in a Facebook post.

“This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances,” he added, calling it a watershed moment in U.S.-Russia ties.

The Kremlin has not yet responded publicly to Biden’s comments, but is likely to do so later on Thursday.

Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, called for a “tough reaction” from Moscow in comments made to Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Russia’s ties with the West, already languishing at post-Cold War lows since 2014, have come under new pressure over Russia’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny whose freedom the West has demanded.

Russia has dismissed that as unacceptable interference in its domestic affairs.

The United States has said it is preparing new sanctions against Russia over an alleged hack and the alleged election meddling.

Biden told ABC “You’ll see shortly” when asked what consequences Russia would face for its alleged behaviour.

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ABC News. Russia warns it may scale up response to Biden’s statement

A senior Russian lawmaker is warning that Moscow would follow up on its move to recall its ambassador in Washington with other moves if the United States fails to offer an explanation and apology for President Joe Biden’s remarks.

A senior Russian lawmaker warned Thursday that Moscow would follow up on its move to recall its ambassador in Washington with other moves if the United States fails to offer an explanation and apology for President Joe Biden’s remarks.

In a television interview aired on Wednesday, Biden was asked whether he thought Putin is a killer and said “I do.”

Konstantin Kosachev, a deputy speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament, said Biden’s “boorish statement” marks a watershed.

“Such assessments are inadmissible for a statesman of his rank,” Kosachev said. “Such statements are unacceptable under any circumstances. They inevitably lead to a sharp exacerbation of our bilateral ties.”

Russia announced Wednesday it is recalling its ambassador to the United States for consultations. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. for bringing bilateral ties to a “dead end,” adding that “we are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks,” she added.

Commenting on the Russian move Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that “we will be direct, we will speak out on areas where we have concerns, and it will certainly be, as the president said last night — certainly, the Russians will be held accountable for the actions that they have taken.”

The exchange of tough statements comes on the heels of a declassified report from the U.S. national intelligence director’s office that finds President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election.

“(Putin) will pay a price,” Biden said in the interview, asked about the declassified report.

In Moscow, Kosachev warned Thursday that Russia’s response wouldn’t be limited to recalling the Russian ambassador “if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse.” He wouldn’t elaborate on what other action the Kremlin may take.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

US Supreme Court. Causa 22O155. Le argomentazioni della difesa, alle quali si uniscono 22 stati.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-12-11.

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Essendo un articolo molto lungo, ne riportiamo solo alcuni stralci.

Battleground states urge Supreme Court to reject Texas’ bid to overturn Biden’s wins.

«- Four battleground states whose presidential election results are being challenged by Texas at the Supreme Court urged the justices not to take up the case.

– The states targeted in the lawsuit warned in uncharacteristically sharp briefs that granting Texas’ unprecedented request would “do violence to the Constitution” and “disenfranchise millions” of voters.

– Those states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia — have all certified their Electoral College votes to Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.»

«- The battleground states whose presidential election results are being challenged by Texas at the Supreme Court urged the justices on Thursday not to take up the case.»

«The four states targeted in the lawsuit warned in uncharacteristically sharp briefs that granting Texas’ unprecedented request would “do violence to the Constitution” and “disenfranchise millions” of voters.»

«Nearly simultaneously, Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine filed a brief at the court on behalf of the District of Columbia and 22 states and territories defending the four states targeted by Texas.

That friend-of-the-court brief was joined by California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington.»

«The flurry of major briefs related to the case — including Trump’s own request to intervene — demonstrated the dramatic and lingering polarization of the U.S. just weeks after one of the most contentious elections in memory»

«Dana Nessel, the attorney general of Michigan, told the court in her state’s brief to reject Texas’ case outright. …. “To do otherwise would make this Court the arbiter of all future national elections,”»

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Questa ultima considerazione è forse lo scoglio più robusto.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Chicago. La città con maggiore densità di ratti. Titolo che detiene da sei anni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-10-25.

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Chicago, seguita da Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver e Minneapolis, detiene da sei anni il poco invidiabile titolo di patria dei ratti.

«Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants»

«Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they’re resilient in their ways to obtain both, …. Residential properties offer the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they’ve settled in, they’re capable of reproducing rapidly and in large quantities»

«Efforts to tame the city’s rat population have been going on for years.»

«Chicago’s “war on rats” escalated with the introduction of a new rat task force back in 2016»

«Residents had even begun adopting cats to squash their numbers»

«The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire section on its website devoted to rodent control»

«Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas»

«rodents search for new sources of food»

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Nei grandi conglomerati urbani la lotta contro i ratti sembrerebbe essere una fatica di Sisifo.

Sono bestie notevolmente intelligenti e furbe.

Originario dell’Ecozona paleartica e dell’Ecozona orientale, il ratto si è diffuso nel resto del mondo in momenti diversi; in particolare il Ratto delle chiaviche giunse in Europa solo nel tardo Medioevo (a dispetto del nome scientifico non sembra fosse presente in Norvegia prima della metà del XVIII secolo).

La convivenza dei ratti con l’uomo può essere molto problematica. Il ratto è un animale estremamente prolifico, e in assenza di predatori può giungere rapidamente alla sovrappopolazione. Essendo un onnivoro, e opportunista nella ricerca di cibo, può causare danni alle coltivazioni, a riserve alimentari come magazzini o dispense; ma può anche creare danni di altri generi (per esempio, è noto che i ratti spesso danneggiano i cavi elettrici masticandoli).

Un ratto selvatico, che viva nelle fogne, può essere affetto da oltre 30 malattie trasmissibili all’uomo, inclusi il tifo e la peste bubbonica, e la febbre da morso di ratto.

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In estrema sintesi: i ratti non sono ospiti comodi.

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Chicago is the ‘rattiest city’ in America for the sixth year in a row .

Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants.

The Windy City has topped the list of the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row.

Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks US cities based on the number of new rodent treatments from September 1 to August 31 of each year. The result is a list of 50 cities, with most changing spots each time the list is updated. Chicago, however, is still No. 1.

“Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they’re resilient in their ways to obtain both,” Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist, said in the company’s press release. “Residential properties offer the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they’ve settled in, they’re capable of reproducing rapidly and in large quantities.”

Efforts to tame the city’s rat population have been going on for years. Chicago’s “war on rats” escalated with the introduction of a new rat task force back in 2016. Residents had even begun adopting cats to squash their numbers.

Rounding out the top 10 on Orkin’s list were Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and Minneapolis.

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How the pandemic has exacerbated rat populations

Statewide mandates to stay at home and close businesses haven’t just affected the human population, according to Orkin.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire section on its website devoted to rodent control.

“Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas,” according to the website. “Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food.”

And Orkin warns that rat activity “will only continue increasing” as rodents began seeking warm shelter as the months get colder.

Chicago may not be the only city in trouble. Rankings for other cities on Orkin’s “rattiest cities” list can be found on the company’s website.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Stati Uniti

Usa. Disoccupazione scesa dal 7.5 al 6.8 percento.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-10-15.

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In sintesi.

– Sussidio disoccupazione. Richieste iniziali 898,000, +53,000 rispetto la settimana precedente

– Sussidio disoccupazione. Richieste continuative 10,018,000, -1,165,000 rispetto la settimana precedente

– Sussidio disoccupazione. PUA 11,172,335, -222,497 dal 26 al 19 settembre

– Sussidio disoccupazione. Pandemic Emergency UC 2,778,008, +818,054 dal 26 al 19 settembre

– Tasso disoccupazione 6.8% dal precedente 7.5%.

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Lo United States Department of Labor ha rilasciato il Report UI Weekly Claims: Latest News Release.

                         UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS

                         SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 898,000, an increase of 53,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 5,000 from 840,000 to 845,000. The 4-week moving average was 866,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,250 from 857,000 to 858,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 6.8 percent for the week ending October 3, a decrease of 0.9 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate. The previous week’s rate was revised up by 0.2 from 7.5 to 7.7 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 3 was 10,018,000, a decrease of 1,165,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 207,000 from 10,976,000 to 11,183,000. The 4-week moving average was 11,481,750, a decrease of 682,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 51,750 from 12,112,250 to 12,164,000.

                         UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 885,885 in the week ending October 10, an increase of 76,670 (or 9.5 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 23,144 (or 2.9 percent) from the previous week. There were 201,677 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019. In addition, for the week ending October 10, 51 states reported 372,891 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 6.6 percent during the week ending October 3, a decrease of 0.8 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 9,631,588, a decrease of 1,188,202 (or -11.0 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 22,926 (or -0.2 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 0.9 percent and the volume was 1,369,887.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 26 was 25,290,325, a decrease of 215,270 from the previous week. There were 1,415,539 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019.

During the week ending September 19, Extended Benefits were available in the following 45 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Usa. Sussidi Disoccupati. Iniziali 840,000, continua 10,976,000. Totale assistiti -1,003,179.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-10-08.

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In sintesi.

– The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 19 was 25,505,499, a decrease of 1,003,179 from the previous week.

– In the week ending October 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 840,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level

– The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 7.5 percent for the week ending September 26, a decrease of 0.7 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate

– The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 804,307 in the week ending October 3, an increase of 5,312 (or 0.7 percent) from the previous week

– Dal 12 al 19 settembre i Regular State sono scesi da 12,363,489 a 11,561,062, -802,427.

– Dal 12 al 19 settembre i Pandemic Unemployment Assistence sono scesi da 11,828,338 a 11,394,832, -433,506.

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Lo United States Department of Labor ha rilasciato il Report UI Weekly Claims: Latest News Release

«TECHNICAL NOTE: In response to recommendations resulting from an internal review of state operations, the state of California has announced a two week pause in its processing of initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The state will use this time to reduce its claims processing backlog and implement fraud prevention technology. Recognizing that the pause will likely result in significant week to week swings in initial claims for California and the nation unrelated to any changes in economic conditions, California’s initial claims published in the UI Claims News Release will reflect the level reported during the last week prior to the pause. Upon completion of the pause and the post-pause processing, the state will submit revised reports to reflect claims in the week during which they were filed.»

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                         UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS

                         SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 840,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 12,000 from 837,000 to 849,000. The 4-week moving average was 857,000, a decrease of 13,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 3,000 from 867,250 to 870,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 7.5 percent for the week ending September 26, a decrease of 0.7 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate. The previous week’s rate was revised up by 0.1 from 8.1 to 8.2 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 26 was 10,976,000, a decrease of 1,003,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 212,000 from 11,767,000 to 11,979,000. The 4-week moving average was 12,112,250, a decrease of 642,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 53,000 from 12,701,250 to 12,754,250.

                         UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 804,307 in the week ending October 3, an increase of 5,312 (or 0.7 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 14,319 (or 1.8 percent) from the previous week. There were 188,106 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019. In addition, for the week ending October 3, 53 states reported 464,437 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 7.3 percent during the week ending September 26, a decrease of 0.7 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 10,612,021, a decrease of 1,010,280 (or -8.7 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 7,090 (or -0.1 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.0 percent and the volume was 1,392,109.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 19 was 25,505,499, a decrease of 1,003,179 from the previous week. There were 1,407,308 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019.

During the week ending September 19, Extended Benefits were available in the following 46 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Stati Uniti, Trump

Usa. Sussidi Disoccupazione. Totale assistiti scende a 26,044,952, -3,723,513.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-09-24.

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In sintesi.

– Initial claims 870,000, +4,000 from the previous week

– The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 5 was 26,044,952, a decrease of 3,723,513 from the previous week

– insured unemployment rate was 8.6 percent for the week ending September 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate.

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Lo United States Department of Labor ha rilasciato il Report UI Weekly Claims: Latest News Release del 24settembre 2020.

                         UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS

                         SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending September 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 870,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 6,000 from 860,000 to 866,000. The 4-week moving average was 878,250, a decrease of 35,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,500 from 912,000 to 913,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 8.6 percent for the week ending September 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate. The previous week’s rate was revised up by 0.1 from 8.6 to 8.7 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 12 was 12,580,000, a decrease of 167,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 119,000 from 12,628,000 to 12,747,000. The 4-week moving average was 13,040,750, a decrease of 478,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 29,750 from 13,489,000 to 13,518,750.

                         UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 824,542 in the week ending September 19, an increase of 28,527 (or 3.6 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 23,891 (or 3.0 percent) from the previous week. There were 175,394 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019. In addition, for the week ending September 19, 52 states reported 630,080 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 8.4 percent during the week ending September 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 12,264,351, a decrease of 176,510 (or -1.4 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 9,932 (or -0.1 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 1.0 percent and the volume was 1,399,601.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 5 was 26,044,952, a decrease of 3,723,513 from the previous week. There were 1,488,601 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019.

During the week ending September 5, Extended Benefits were available in the following 49 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.