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Push Russia out of whole of Ukraine, says Truss

BBC, April 28, 2022

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Russian forces must be pushed out of “the whole of Ukraine“, the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said. In a keynote speech in London, Ms Truss said victory for Ukraine was now a “strategic imperative” for the West. This amounts to the clearest statement yet of Britain’s war aims which have, until now, been limited to stating that President Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine

“must fail and be seen to fail”.

She said Western allies must “double down” in their support for Ukraine.

“We will keep going further and faster,”

Ms Truss said,

“to push Russia out of the whole of Ukraine.”

This implies that Russian forces must leave not just the territory occupied in recent weeks since their invasion on 24 February but also those areas they invaded and annexed eight years ago, such as Crimea in the south and parts of the eastern Donbas region. Not all western powers may share Ms Truss’ ambitious target, fearing it is unlikely to be achieved either by arms or negotiation.

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We are reading in this BBC headline the exact same headline written in the Bible 2500 years ago in the book of Daniel.

In the WWW for over a decade we have been saying that Daniel 11 verse 40 – which reads

“at the time end of the end the king of the south shall push at him”

should be interpreted like this…..

“at the time of the end the US / UK will militarily provoke Gog / Putin.”

And now we have the exact headlines before us. The UK is leading the way in “pushing” at Putin the ruler of Russia. We don’t know how far this push will go. But as each week passes the push gets stronger and Putin’s rhetoric increases too. The “push”(Hebrew word for “gore”) causes the king of the north (Russia itself) to descend into the Middle East – specifically into Israel and also Egypt.

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (Daniel 11:40)

U.S. push for Ukraine “win” raises the stakes for Russia

The Economist April 29

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President Biden‘s request for an additional $20 billion in military assistance is intended to equip Ukraine for the next five months of war. It’s part of a broader mission to ensure “they have what they need to win this war,” an administration official told reporters.

“We gotta move at the speed of war,”

declared Lloyd Austin, America’s defence secretary, as he signalled a new, more intense phase in the West’s effort to help Ukraine repel Russia’s invasion. It involves providing more and heavier weapons, sustaining the effort for months and, above all, embracing the belief that Ukraine can now “win”. The Ukrainians, Mr Austin said,

“have the mindset that they want to win; we have the mindset that we want to help them win.”

What is more, he said,

“We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.”

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The US is also “pushing” Putin. Biden is asking for an astonishing $20 billion in military assistance to Ukraine. This sort of money can help tip the balance. Last month, the United States Congress approved $13.6bn in assistance to Kyiv, but the Biden administration has said it already used much of the funds. So does this “push” from the king of the south immediately lead to Russia invading Israel?

There is a clue in the text that there is a slight gap between the push (in Ukraine) and Russia invading Israel. Notice the colon at the end of the phrase “push at him:” A colon denotes a time gap. Usually a fairly short time gap. After the colon the king of the north (Russia) comes down into Israel. It is in this colon time gap that the initial inner ring war happens around Israel. Russia won’t invade south until it is victorious (somehow or other) in Ukraine…

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (Daniel 11:40)

Andy Walton

Weekly World Watch

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Britain warns Russia over Ukraine

US bolsters Europe with 3,000 extra troops

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Additional reading

  1. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  2. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
  3. Weekly World Watch 24th – 30th May 2015
  4. Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican
  5. WWW on our position 50 years after Israel captured Jerusalem during the Six Day War.
  6. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  7. President Biden threatened to impose personal sanctions on President Putin if Russia moves to invade Ukraine
  8. Majority of US weapons promised to Ukraine in February delivered
  9. Sergey Lavrov dismisses Liz Truss meeting as ‘like talking to a deaf person’
  10. Putin’s ‘staged atrocity’ plan to justify Russian invasion of Ukraine
  11. Russia choose to start a war
  12. Putin’s Moves Toward War in Ukraine Show How Dangerous He Has Become
  13. Liz Truss does not see any evidence the Russians are withdrawing from border regions near Ukraine
  14. Is the war with Gog and Magog different from Armageddon?
  15. Surrounded by war crimes performing Russians
  16. The Guardian’s view on Ukraine for the first half of April 2022
  17. Russia vows to target British weapons as UK missile downs helicopter
  18. Pledges to send more military assistance to Ukraine and Russian warnings
  19. How long will it take before Conservative MPs will reach the conclusion that the prime minister needs to go?

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  3. The final battles and who will survive.
  4. a diverse beast
  5. a king of the north 
  6. Who Is the King of the North?
  7. a king of the south 
  8. a commander 
  9. a key to understanding 
  10. Putin Has Awakened the Beast
  11. a prince
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  13. He Shall Magnify Himself

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Ukraine war is veering fast towards a big power conflict

Debkafile, March 17, 2022

“Unacceptable and unforgivable,” was the Kremlin’s response to the US president’s branding of Vladimir Putin as “a war criminal,” on Wednesday, March 16.

Incensed rather than cowed by sanctions and international condemnation, the Russian president is likely to double down on his war offensive against Ukraine – regardless of the spreading death, human misery and ravaged cities. An expanding confrontation therefore cannot be ruled out for the foreseeable future. President Joe Biden spoke after the horror of Russia’s bombing of a theater in Mariupol where more than a thousand people including many children were sheltering against the constant shelling. The death toll is unknown as are the numbers still buried under the rubble while rescuers are prevented from reaching the scene.

Moscow was seen in Washington as expanding its targets beyond the Ukraine border with the assault by 30 Russian cruise missiles on the large Ukrainian military facility outside Lviv near the Polish border.

So far this war has been a war between Ukraine and Russia. But many military analysts and commentators are saying World War 3 has never been closer. Western powers have maneuvered extremely carefully to avoid direct conflict with President Vladimir Putin, the man who controls the world’s largest nuclear arsenal and has shown no qualms in boasting about it. But many believe there is now a grave danger that the United States and other NATO allies could be drawn into the war.

It is possible that we do look back and date the start of WW3 or the “time of trouble” from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia has overnight become a pariah state. Instead of backing down the Bible says Putin will continue to destroy until he himself is destroyed by God.

He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant This is describing a latter day Antiochus Epiphanes (the ancient king of the north) who lives at the time of the end. Putin clearly fits every description of this man. (Daniel 8:24-25 NLT)

Andy Walton

Find this week’s: Weekly World Watch

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Additional reading

  1. Ukraine from 2022 March 16-20
  2. Cool hand Vlad or Crazy Ivan?
  3. Russian army wants to make Ukraine the Syria from Europe
  4. Despicable actions that endanger entire regions and historical monuments in addition to citizens
  5. Full speech of President Vladimir Putin delivered on 18.03. 2022 in the Great Sports Arena of the Olympic Complex Luzhniki

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No one can split Ukraine they say


””We’re going to demonstrate to the whole world: No one can split this country.”
~ Joe Biden.”

But what are he and the world going to do against the continued aggression of Russia?

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Make Ukraine A Buffer State Between Russia & the EU

One of the rules for joining NATO is that a country wishing to join must have no internal disputes and must be politically and militarily stable. Ukraine is not exactly a country where there would be no divisions. With three regions where rebels are active against the Ukrainian regime, it is impossible for Ukraine to become a member. Therefore, it is absurd and there is no reason for Moscow to fear it.

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Preceding

Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

Britain warns Russia over Ukraine

US bolsters Europe with 3,000 extra troops

The strategic error Putin is potentially about to make

Optical illusions

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Additional reading

  1. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  2. Sings of the times – Difficult moments at the borders of Europe
  3. The world on the very brink of conflict
  4. Putin plays dangerous poker game
  5. A useless but very dangerous challenge game
  6. A Brief Look at NATO and Russia’s Push to Reform the Old Soviet Union
  7. Interference in internal affairs
  8. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  9. The peoples must prevent the outbreak of war in Europe
  10. Wars and Rumors of War…Russia Moves into Belarus
  11. Joe Biden warns Russia could attack next month
  12. Biden predicts Russia will attack Ukraine but warns Putin of a ‘stiff price’
  13. President Biden threatened to impose personal sanctions on President Putin if Russia moves to invade Ukraine
  14. Putin’s ‘staged atrocity’ plan to justify Russian invasion of Ukraine
  15. Ukraine’s Day of Unity
  16. A country willing to stand tall against any invasion
  17. PM warns Vladimir Putin against ‘tragic mistake’ as tensions rise with Ukraine
  18. Moscow lists demands for defusing Ukraine tensions
  19. Sergey Lavrov dismisses Liz Truss meeting as ‘like talking to a deaf person’

Joyce O’Day

The photo is of two men standing together and holding up a giant medallion with a large ribbon waving toward the left. There are bare trees in the bottom of the background.
Photo taken by the author (Joyce O’Day) of a bronze statue of a Russian and a Ukrainian worker holding up the Soviet Order of Friendship of Peoples in Kiev.

It’s time to stop the BS, NATO doesn’t even want Ukraine.

Let’s be real, Ukraine will never be allowed to join NATO or the EU. It’s too corrupt and politically unstable for NATO and too economically weak for the EU.

On February 16, 2022, Lt. Col. Daniel Davis (U.S. Army Retired) stated the obvious to host Laura Coates on CNN: the United States needs to acquiesce to Putin and agree that NATO membership is off the table for Ukraine. As he noted, President Biden has declared that the U.S. military will not send troops into Ukraine to fight the Russians. In short, Ukraine is not worth a nuclear war. This standoff needs to come to an end.

Oh no! We can’t…

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Russia announces troop withdrawals from Crimea in response to the Ukraine crisis

The coming months will be important for the world to see how propaganda has been used by which powers not only to mislead the people but also to manipulate many government leaders and groups.

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Preceding

Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Britain warns Russia over Ukraine

US bolsters Europe with 3,000 extra troops

The strategic error Putin is potentially about to make

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Additional reading

  1. United States of America once more showing how it wants to Distort Historical Facts and Truth
  2. Sings of the times – Difficult moments at the borders of Europe
  3. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  4. The world on the very brink of conflict
  5. A Brief Look at NATO and Russia’s Push to Reform the Old Soviet Union
  6. Wars and Rumors of War…Russia Moves into Belarus
  7. Putin plays dangerous poker game
  8. A useless but very dangerous challenge game
  9. Interference in internal affairs
  10. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  11. Joe Biden warns Russia could attack next month
  12. Biden predicts Russia will attack Ukraine but warns Putin of a ‘stiff price’
  13. President Biden threatened to impose personal sanctions on President Putin if Russia moves to invade Ukraine
  14. PM warns Vladimir Putin against ‘tragic mistake’ as tensions rise with Ukraine
  15. RAF jets in Russia warplane alert for second day
  16. Putin’s ‘staged atrocity’ plan to justify Russian invasion of Ukraine
  17. Moscow lists demands for defusing Ukraine tensions
  18. A country willing to stand tall against any invasion
  19. Liz Truss does not see any evidence the Russians are withdrawing from border regions near Ukraine
  20. Sergey Lavrov dismisses Liz Truss meeting as ‘like talking to a deaf person’
  21. Countries around the world urging their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately

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  3. Capitalist Propaganda
  4. US war hysteria over UkraineThey Don’t Just Lie To Us About Wars. They Lie To Us About Everything
  5. “Russian Propaganda” Means Disputing US Propaganda
  6. Now it turns out that the Ukrainian crisis was just a propaganda war
  7. Russian Invasion Prognosticators Are Like Cult Leaders Repeatedly Predicting The Apocalypse

FLIXNEWS

Following the termination of military drills, Moscow stated the drawdown of forces near Ukraine will continue for a second day, but Western nations remain doubtful.

Russia announced on Wednesday that military drills in the annexed Crimean peninsula had concluded and that troops were being withdrawn.

The news comes a day after Moscow announced that an undefined number of soldiers stationed near the Ukrainian border had been returned to their posts.

“Units of the Southern Military District are moving to their permanent deployment positions after completing tactical exercises,” Moscow’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Military units, including tanks and artillery, were also seen crossing a bridge from Crimea — the Ukrainian peninsula held by Russia since 2014 — to the Russian mainland in scenes broadcast on official media.

The West’s mistrust
Observers and Western officials, on the other hand, remain suspicious of Russian assertions, warning that Russia may…

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Gas supplies from the Gulf may come with a catch

The small Gulf state of Qatar sits atop the world’s largest bubble of natural gas. Even so, it cannot keep all the planet’s power stations running all at the same time. President Biden will meet Emir Tamim, Qatar’s hereditary and absolute ruler who was educated in British public schools, in the White House on Monday to ask him to send more gas if President Putin cuts off supplies. Qatar, home to US central command in the Middle East and with strong historic and financial ties to Britain, has indicated it does not mind helping the West out. But it is not quite as easy as that. Qatar has no major gas pipelines and so its exports are all LNG. The tiny Gulf state is already a significant supplier of to Britain, meeting just under a tenth of the country’s needs. But whereas most of Britain’s gas comes from the North Sea and Norway, about a third of Europe’s gas and more than half of Germany’s comes from Russia.

The world is frantically looking for new gas supplies as Russia could easily turn off the taps if war breaks out. The tiny gulf Arab state Qatar has the largest gas reserves so Biden is turning to this nation for help. This is incredibly interesting with Bible in hand. We often talk about the “king of the south” being the US / UK. But these nations are NOT south of Israel. But the Bible says the “king of the south” is made up of Sheba and Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and the young lions. Tarshish is Britain and the young lions are her offspring – the English speaking nations – US, Canada, Australia etc. Sheba and Dedan are Gulf Arab states SOUTH of Israel. The article above states that Qatar (Gulf Arab state in the area od Dedan) is home to the US central command in the Middle East. And so we see the “king of the south” powers coming together to try to counteract Gog i.e. the head of the king of the north. Events are aligning quickly….

Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her young lions] will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’(Ezekiel 38:13)

Andy Walton

 

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Why haven’t you ended the pandemic

 

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Freedom for whom?

 

East of Eden

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, one thing is emminently clear to politicians, scientisits, business leaders and the public at large: mass vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic, and thus the only way out of the cycle of restrictions that have been imposed on our lives. Most people can see this, and thus most people in Britain have already gotten vaccinated at this point. But of course, not every country is as fortunate to have vaccination rates as high as ours.

In Austria, which has among the lowest vaccination rates in Europe at 42%, has recently become the first country in Europe to make it mandatory for all eligible citizens to recieve the Covid vaccine. In the US, only about 59% of the population has been vaccinated, which sounds fine until you remember that a large and vocal part of the population resists the idea…

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The Fall of Kabul: The Return of the Taliban

To remember:

  • Mohammed Omar Afghan mullah (cleric) and mujahid commander who led the Taliban and founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996.
  • Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city after Kabul, located in the south of the country on the Arghandab River, at an elevation of 1,010 m (3,310 ft).
  • 2001 destruction of two giant Buddhas in Bamiyan by the all male group Taliban = lack of respect by the Taliban for historical &  cultural heritage of Afghanistan.
  • February 2020, Trump administration + Taliban signed historic deal in Doha, Qatar > 14-month timetable for America & NATO allies to withdraw all of its forces from Afghanistan. > Taliban agreed not to allow al-Qaeda or any extremist group to operate in the areas they control.
  • Since 2001 the war forced 2.7 million Afghans to flee their homes mostly to Iran, Pakistan and Europe.
  • United States of America Defense Department states > war- fighting costs over the years in Afghanistan total $815.7 billion; from food for troops to fuel; to Humvees, weapons and ammunition; from tanks to amoured vehicles to aircraft carriers to airstrikes.
  • Taliban = not strong in area of human rights or women’s right. impose strict limitations on women’s bodies & their human rights + women treated as possession of men
  • women are not allowed to dance in public, => bachas (boys), as young as 12, usually orphans or from very poor families, can be made to dance in women’s clothing + they are often sexually abused = bachabaze = playing with boys
  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) = second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, + collective voice of Muslim world to ensure & safeguard their interest on economic socio and political areas

waykam

“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”- John F. Kennedy.

We have all seen the stunning and alarming images on our television; hundreds of Afghans both men and women running alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The script was not supposed to end like this. The Taliban have moved with fighting speed to control Afghanistan. The United States of American trained Afghan security forces hardly resisted the Taliban. This military maneuvering by the Taliban has led many to wonder whether or not the United States and her allies miscalculated the capacity and capabilities of the Taliban. Many will view the surrender of Kabul as well as the other provinces in Afghanistan with some suspicion especially since the former president Ashraf Ghani fled before Kabul fell to the Taliban. A significant…

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Afghanistan — What It Tells You

We may not forget that the ultraconservative political and religious faction that emerged in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s following the withdrawal of Soviet troops, protected and hid Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attack on the U.S.A.. Them also enforcing a strict interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law, and wanting to have that Sharia being practised all over the world, they were a threat to the entire Western democratic world.

The Taliban already gave our Western world a picture of what would happen when they would govern all the world. During their rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban and their allies committed massacres against Afghan civilians, denied UN food supplies to 160,000 starving civilians and conducted a policy of scorched earth, burning vast areas of fertile land and destroying tens of thousands of homes. In several countries where those conservative Islamists take power, we can witness how they banned activities and media including paintings, photography, and movies if they showed people or other living things (?!?), and prohibited music using instruments. In all countries where those religious activists took power, women were oppressed and could not study or take a proper job. Except in the medical field because male doctors were prohibited from seeing women, and therefore a few women were allowed to treat females under certain circumstances.

The whole affair is not a comedy of errors, but more a tragedy of errors.

Henry's Views

What the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban tells you about the limits of American power is that we can’t change the ethos of other countries — that is well beyond our capability. We can’t take a deeply conservative, male-oriented, and archly Islamic country and make it over into our image of a Western democracy with equal rights for everyone and freedom of religion. And we shouldn’t try to. It’s bound to fail.

They are all now blaming Biden for this defeat, but, to be honest, he was a very late player in this comedy of errors. The initial error was to expand our enemies list from al-Qaeda to the Taliban. The Taliban never attacked the US; al-Qaeda did.

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Worse Than Saigon

While President Joe Biden cowers at Camp David, the Taliban are humiliating America. The retreat from Afghanistan is according to Ben Sasse is the junior United States senator from Nebraska, the worst foreign-policy disaster in a generation.

As the Taliban marches into Kabul, they’re murdering civilians, reimposing their vicious Islamist law, and preparing to turn Afghanistan back into a bandit regime. The last few days we could see how the Americans from the U.S. embassy were taking care of doing away with all the American documents. They also had told Americans to shelter in place. Refugees are fleeing to the airport, begging to escape the coming bloodbath. Ben Sasse  is convinced none of this had to happen. He also writes:

President Biden and his national-security team have failed to protect even the American embassy in Kabul. They have broken America’s promises to the men and women who long for freedom — especially those thousands of Afghans who served alongside our military and intelligence services. They are turning their backs on the women and children who are desperate for space on the remaining flights out of hell.

He further remarks:

Gross incompetence has given the Taliban a terrible opportunity to slaughter our allies. 88,000 of our Afghani allies have applied for visas to get out of the country, but this administration has approved just 1,200 so far. I’ve been among a bipartisan group of senators that has pushed Biden to expedite this process, but to no avail. At this point, it’s not clear how many we’ll be able to get out. Every translator and ally who stood by us is now at risk.

This bloodshed wasn’t just predictable, it was predicted. For months, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have warned the Biden administration that this would happen. Now the administration is acting like this is a surprise. It’s shameful, dishonest spin.

A member of the Taliban stands outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. (Stringer/Reuters)

Sasse tells us not to make a mistake:

The Taliban will exploit every image of American retreat. Pictures of desperate Afghans perilously crowded around the unguarded airport in Kabul are painfully reminiscent of images of Saigon — images that cemented communist victory in Vietnam and showed American weakness to the world. Jihadists are flocking to the “hallowed ground” where they have just defeated the “infidels.” Afghanistan will become a sanctuary for terrorist groups all over again.

For him it is clear that the American troops didn’t lose this war.

Politicians chose defeat. We never had to let the Taliban win, but a bipartisan doctrine of weakness has humiliated the world’s greatest superpower and handed Afghanistan to butchers. In the next few weeks, the situation in Afghanistan will get much worse. Americans need to pray for that troubled country. President Biden needs to man up, come out of hiding, and take charge of the mess he created. Secure the airfields and get as many souls out as possible. Time is short.

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Duizenden op de vlucht voor Taliban

Twintig jaar heeft men geprobeerd om Afghanistan tot een democratisch land te laten opgroeien. Miljarden zijn er door het westen geïnvesteerd. Maar als men in iets gaat investeren moet het ook positieve resultaten opleveren. En dat kan men zeker niet zeggen van Afghanistan, dat we een bodemloze put leek te zijn.

Na 9/11 2001 heeft Amerika het Westen zo ver gekregen om mee in de boot te stappen om al-Qaeda en de Taliban te bestrijden. Met man en macht hebben ze geprobeerd het Afghaanse leger voor te bereiden om zelf zelfstandig terroristen te lijf te gaan.

Sinds Biden de terugtrekking van de Amerikaanse soldaten ernstig liet doorvoeren kwam er weer grote chaos in het land en leek de Taliban in één twee drie het land te veroveren. Begrijpelijk lokte dat veel onrust uit zo wel in het westen als in het land zelf, waar zeer veel mensen hun toevlucht gingen zoeken in de hoofdstad. Maar daar zouden ze moeten ondervinden dat het precies is alsof het Westen hen nu in de steek laat.
Het is schandalig te merken dat tolken en zij die pers en geallieerden bijstonden nu plotseling alleen staan en dat er voor hen geen voorzieningen zijn getroffen om hen veilig naar het westen over te brengen.

Het ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken heeft de laatste dagen ook tientallen vragen van Belgen binnen gekregen, die momenteel problemen ondervinden in Afghanistan.

“De situatie in Afghanistan is op 24 uur tijd helemaal veranderd”,

zegt Buitenlandse Zaken. De FOD kreeg de afgelopen uren 47 vragen van Belgen ter plaatse en een twintigtal familieleden. Contactpunt is de ambassade in Islamabad (Pakistan). Op de televisie konden wij ook zien hoe in België wonende Afghanen hier telefonische noodoproepen krijgen van hun radeloze familieleden. De angst zit er bij zeer velen in.

Chaos op de luchthaven van Kaboel

De duizenden Afghanen die naar de luchthaven van Kaboel gevlucht waren, konden wel hun president op een zeer grote Boeing 747 zien stappen. Waarom konden de andere zitplaatsen daar niet opgevuld worden met een deel van de velen die ook probeerden te vluchten?
Op ooggetuigebeelden is te zien hoe mensen vechten om bij vliegtuigen te komen om te worden geëvacueerd. Duizenden mensen zijn op het tarmac van Hamid Karzai International Airport, de nationale luchthaven van Afghanistan, 16 kilometer vanaf het centrum van Kabul, doorgedrongen, in een poging hun land te ontvluchten. In die chaos is het niet verwonderlijk dat er al meerdere doden zijn gevallen, want iedereen tracht zijn hachje te redden en is enorm ontgoocheld hoe zij geen verdere hulp schijnen te krijgen van de Westerse mogendheden.
Een getuige vertelt aan persagentschap Reuters dat hij de lichamen van vijf mensen heeft gezien terwijl die in een auto geladen werden. De Amerikaanse krant Wall Street Journal heeft melding gekregen over drie mensen die werden doodgeschoten. Mogelijk zijn er ook mensen vertrappeld in de mensenmassa.

Te nemen verantwoordelijkheid

De geallieerden moeten nu hun dankbaarheid voor de hulp die zij kregen van vele Afghaanse burgers. Koks, vertalers en andere medewerkers moeten nu beloond worden voor hun werk, door hen de beveiliging aan te bieden die zij nodig hebben. Zo te zien is de enige veilige oplossing, hen zo vlug mogelijk uit het land te halen.

Het is aan de Westerse mogendheden er nu nog voor te zorgen dat die medewerkers hun hoofden niet over de grond zullen rollen.

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France, Germany Propose EU Summit With Russia’s Putin, Diplomats Say

Brussels (Reuters) – France and Germany proposed on Wednesday a European Union summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to try to improve relations, two diplomats said, potentially paving the way for the first such meeting since 2014.

Such an event would follow U.S. President Joe Biden’s summit in Geneva with Putin earlier this month and reflects concern in Paris and Berlin that the EU’s approach to Russia in recent years has mainly been focused on sanctions on Moscow.

“Germany and France have given some ideas for the EU-summit-debate on Russia. Merkel has mentioned before that not only the U.S. should talk with Russia (and China) on the highest level. Russia is a neighbour. Such a format existed already in 2007 in Finland,”

a person dealing with the preparation of the summit told Reuters.

“The entire post-war history of Greater Europe confirms that prosperity and security of our common continent is only possible through the joint efforts of all countries, including Russia,”

the Russian President pointed

A strategy paper by the European Commission and the EU’s diplomatic service said earlier this month that despite years of tensions,

“the EU and Russia have a fundamental common responsibility for peace and security on the European continent.”

It can well be that Russia is open to honest and constructive cooperation with Europe. It calls for the recovery of a comprehensive partnership with it, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in an article “Being Open, Despite the Past” timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).

“I reiterate that Russia is in favour of restoring a comprehensive partnership with Europe. We have many topics of mutual interest. These include security and strategic stability, healthcare and education, digitalization, energy, culture, science and technology, resolution of climate and environmental issues,”

the Russian leader said in an article published on the Kremlin website.

“We are open to honest and constructive interaction. This is confirmed by our idea of creating a common space of cooperation and security from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, which would comprise various integration formats, including the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union,”

he noted.

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Facts: Why they matter and how to check them

In the age that the majority of the younger generation does not want to spend time to read serious in-depth articles and only has an eye for eye-catching titles or just some short notices on social media and likes to do cherry-picking of short reviews of sayings without fact checking, our world needs to keep offering more details and research journalism as well profound scientific research.

As it has been always, mankind has to keep doing self-introspection as well as investigating all the information which comes unto him or her.

Living in the golden age of misinformation it is up to reasonable figures to put things right and to dare to speak up when it is going in the wrong direction.

In the United States of America too many allowed too often some people claiming that there were “alternative facts” and “fake news”. By not reacting against the false accusations the 45th President of the United States of America continually could spread certain ungrounded ideas and succeed his brainwashing. It was then only a little step to fulfil his “State Terrorism” and bring people to storm the symbol of democracy, the Capitol. The dignity and fate of American democracy will now largely depend on how politicians will deal in the next few days with that president’s call to go to the Capitol and claim their rights.

We can wonder how many noticed and were willing to react on the way Donald Trump showed no respect at all for ethics and human values, and how he disintegrated every rule of public and political decorum and conventional wisdom.
What happened on January 6th was the result of too many people having been silent and letting it happen.

The U.S.A. should now receive its Wake-up call and come to see what a similar act happened as in 1938. D. Trump managed to get his followers to break many glasses and to enter the house where Trump wants to be the boss or having all power. Here in Europe we only can hope more people in the States shall come to see that D. Trump is of the same calibre as the one who instigated the Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, also called the November Pogrom(s) in Germany. It is a fact that the four years of Trump and his call to the people is just a prelude to worse things to come if we allow it to continue.

It is high time enough people will stand up and shall come to open the eyes of the many blinded people and making them receptive to facts they were previously ignorant but also many blindly dismissing them as “fake news.”

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To remember

  • Many people = living in an alternative reality > everything that agrees with them = true, + anything that disagrees with them = biased, fake news or “just an opinion.”
  • fact checking = to boil down to, “from a source I like => true, +  if from a source I don’t like => false,” ==> extremely faulty & dangerous dichotomy.
  • all prone to cognitive traps & biases
  • Scepticism = skill to be practiced + requires training
  • fact = objective statement of reality > inherently apolitical
  • opinion = subjective perception of reality based on individual views, beliefs & preferences.
  • flawed thinking = pervades science denialism
  • veracity of a politician’s statements & reported actions matter > People are impacted by things politicians do & say
  • search & look for a broad range of sources
  • Many view fact checking as an exercise to find sources that agree with them, but = opposite of how it should work.
  • fact check = look for primary + well-respected secondary quality of source + verifiable information + agreement among sources
  • objective ways to evaluate whether or not a source is biased
  • look at evidence presented > verify & compare

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Preceding

Shall the American again being put to the test

Yup

The Weight of History

He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty

So-called own sacred values under threat

U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

Dear Mr. President

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Additional reading

  1. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  2. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  3. At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
  4. In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control
  5. A president daring to use the Bible for underlining his hate speech
  6. Trump going over the top bringing a blasphemous act
  7. The Hero of the greatest …. failures
  8. Hollowness of democracy
  9. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  10. 2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.
  11. 2020 in view #2 The 45th president of the U.S.A. not willing to go
  12. Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington
  13. Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed
  14. The death knell of an Empire
  15. 💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 

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The Logic of Science

We seem to be living in the golden age of misinformation, and while cognitive biases and motivated reasoning have always existed, they seem to have reached epidemic levels in recent years, with attacks on the very nature of facts coming from the highest offices in the land (the phrases “alternative facts” and “fake news” come to mind). Many people seem to be living in an alternative reality where everything that agrees with them is true, and anything that disagrees with them is biased, fake news or “just an opinion.” Indeed, I have frequently encountered an open disdain for facts and those who check them. For many people, fact checking seems to boil down to, “if it came from a source I like, then it is true, and if it came from a source I don’t like, then it is false,” but that is an extremely faulty and dangerous dichotomy. So…

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CoViD-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all walks of life

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all walks of life, with millions contracting the virus and an ever-rising death toll that approaches a staggering daily loss of life on the scale of 9/11. One thing is for certain, the United States government has failed to not only adequately address the rapid spread of disease and death in the nation, but to provide a social safety net for all Americans.

With just one $1,200 check arriving for Americans in early April, unemployment assistance running out in weeks, small business loan aid being greatly exploited by the wealthy, and a greedy bailout to airlines, all signs point toward a prioritization of stock growth over human life. Both parties are guilty of this.

It is the fault of all political leaders that no such subsequent stimulus relief has been passed, no rental assistance, direct payments, loan forgiveness, reauthorization of unemployment benefits: nothing. While Democrats had passed a bill in the House months ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has refused to do anything but propose a hollow copy of the bill. Both parties are at fault for failing negotiations while hundreds of thousands have died, millions continue to be unemployed, and countless more teeter on the edge of financial insecurity.

Stimulus negotiations have begun again in the Senate with a bill backed by President-elect Joe Biden that would include a reauthorization of expanded unemployment payments up to $300 weekly, vaccine distribution funds, small business aid, and more, though it is still not currently drafted. Senator Bernie Sanders has recently announced his opposition to the effort, as the bill provides no direct payments and includes a “liability shield” for businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Senator Sanders makes an excellent point, and it is disappointing a half-hearted relief bill is progressing. But nearly 8 months into the pandemic, any relief is better than no relief.

> Read more: > Congress Needs to Pass a Substantive Economic Stimulus Package by Samuel Murray

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De keuze van evangelicals zullen wellicht het verschil moeten maken voor de Verenigde Staten

De Verenigde Staten van America zullen voor enkel weken sterk in de kijker staan.

In die federale staten is godsdienst nog van sterk belang. Er zijn daar nog heel wat kerkgangers die geloof een belangrijk gegeven vinden om als onderdeel te zijn van de wetgevende en heersende macht. Als de presidentskandidaat te socialistisch of links mag overkomen kan deze het meestal vergeten. Zo kon Bernie Sanders wel zeer mooie voorstellen voor de natie hebben, weinigen wensten er gehoor aan te geven. Diegene die het meeste geld heeft en daarbij nog mooi kan praten maakt in de V.S.A. meestal de meeste kans om te slagen. Als mooiprater  kon Donald Trump in  2016 met nu en dan gezwaai van naar godsdienst verwijzende woorden liefst 81 procent van de Amerikaanse evangelischen bekoren. Of zij nu nog zo blij zijn met hun president die nu en dan toch ware onchristelijke steken heeft laten vallen en zelfs schijnigschennigachtig met de Bijbel wist te zwaaien is een andere zaak. Maar het zal heel belangrijk worden in  de komende verkiezingen, doordat Joe R. Biden nu niet echt als een sterk persoon kan aanzien worden.

De peilingen van het conservatieve Trump liefhebbende netwerk Fox News zitten er niet vaak naast en dat zou voor Trump een goede reden zijn om toch nog hevig te reageren tegen de conservatieve kandidaten, vooral tegen de voorgestelde vice-presidente. De meest recente uitslag laat zien dat 28 procent van de witte evangelischen van plan is om op Joe Biden te stemmen bij de presidentsverkiezingen komende november. De peiling laat zien dat Joe Biden 28 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen veroverde. Dat is een sprong van 12 punten ten opzichte van wat Hillary Clinton in 2016 kreeg volgens Pew, en dat betekent dat 66 procent op Trump zou stemmen. Volgens sommige analisten zou dat de nederlaag van Trump vrijwel garanderen.

 

Bij de vorige keer dachten wij echter ook dat Trump het vast en zeker niet kon halen. Mis poes! Versteld en verslagen moesten wij toezien hoe deze bullebak toch aan het roer kwam te staan van die grote natie, waar hij nu zo verdeeldheid heeft gezaaid, al beloofde hij die natie “terug groot te maken”.

De huidige peilingen zijn daarom nog niets om te vrezen volgens de Trump aanhangers. Zij zijn er van overtuigd dat fake news Donald Trump graag onderuit zou willen halen, maar dat hun president dat zal overstijgen met grote trots. Het huidige resultaat van peilingen is dan voor de Trump getrouwen nauwelijks een reden om in paniek te raken of om zich door Democraten van de wijs te laten brengen.

“Eén enquête is slechts één enquête, en we hebben een lange weg te gaan tussen nu en november.”

En zoals we allemaal in 2016 hebben geleerd, is solide peilingen niet hetzelfde als stemmen. Trump heeft in het verleden lange kansen overwonnen en zou dat heel goed nog een keer kunnen doen. Met hem hebben wij al genoeg verrassingen gekregen en hij heeft al heel wat uit zijn hoed kunnen toveren.

Maar 28 procent van de blanke evangelischen is een nog hoger percentage dan president Barack Obama die in zijn historische overwinning van 2008 haalde, toen hij 26 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen kreeg. De marges van Trump waren in 2016 mager en zullen dit jaar waarschijnlijk weer mager zijn. Dat alles maakt dat noch hij, noch Biden veel ruimte voor fouten hebben.

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De DNC meeting ging virtueel door en leek een beetje op ons Europees songfestival wanneer de stemmen werden uitgebracht. Hierbij kwam duidelijk naar voor dat voor de democraten Joe Biden en zijn running mate senator Kamala Harris kwamen te steunen.
Voormalige concurrenten zoals burgemeester Pete Buttigieg en senator Bernie Sanders boden hun steun aan samen met het geheime wapen van de Democraten: een groep Republikeinse functionarissen onder leiding van gouverneur John Kasich die tijdelijk hun politieke meningsverschillen indienen om Trump aan de kaak te stellen en Biden te steunen.
Michelle Obama was maandag de keynote speaker en gaf duidelijk haar vroegere positie van First Lady alle eer aan te doen. Haar man zal later deze week zijn eigen adres inleveren, maar zij gaf al duidelijk aan dat Donald Trump nu al genoeg kansen heeft gekregen die hij niet heeft waar kunnen maken, zodat iedereen wel zou moeten te weten gekomen zijn dat Trump niet de juiste man voor het land is.

In haar indrukwekkende speech op de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Democratische partij in Amerika vermelde ze het belang van empathie wat Trump helemaal niet bezit en legt ze uit wat het betekent om één natie van God te zijn.

“We moeten een manier vinden om samen te leven en samen te werken ondanks onze verschillen”, vertelt de voormalige first lady.

Ondertussen bereidt de RNC hun eigen conventie voor, met namen als de gouverneur van South Dakota Kristi Noem, het St.Louis-echtpaar Mark en Patricia McCloskey die werden gefotografeerd terwijl ze BLM-demonstranten intimideerden met hun vuurwapens.

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U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

From some old article, we want to select the thought about the businessman and television personality Donald Trump. For many Americans this man in charge is their half-god or their golden calf. Most of them who voted in favour for the extravagant man could not have brought some more dangerous man into government, for their nation, but also for the whole world. More than once he brought many out of the United States to sit on the edge of the chair, fearing he would push the “Red button”. He promised to make the nation great again. For sure, he managed to divide it more than ever and to bring it back down, to many years before Obama.

The people who voted for Trump invested in a demagogue who claimed he alone could solve their problems. There is a never a quick fix to a truly complex problem. And yes everyone knew that health care was this complex. What will we need to do to clean up from this mess? Trump has been up on the Hill for over 40 days. If he wants to clean up this mess he has to do it quickly. He alone can determine if he is going to be Moshe, Augustus, or a Golden Calf. Like the Golden Calf- Trump is a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard. If only it was as easy as breaking a couple of Tablets to get them to shut up and listen for a moment. {from: Golden Calf and Trump, by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow}

The populist, protectionist, and nationalist entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. The people have got many years now to listen to this businessman who has no empathy with the peoples of ‘his country’.

This man of “Fake News” has not recreated a fake world neither a real good world, but made the world even more turbulent than before.

Trump said:

What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’… That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor, not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved. {Golden Calf and Trump}

Trump has become emperor, though many thought he would never come so far. Surprisingly he became the oldest first-term U.S. president and the first without prior military or government service. How he got so many votes and where he got associated with, is something we shall to uncover in 50 years time, but it does not look very kosher. Continually this boaster has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. In Europe lots of people do not understand how it could be that so many people really believe everything what this man says, and even do not see how he changed like the wind many times. Even after fact-checkers made it clear that the so-called facts of Mr. Trump were false, the majority of the American people still wanted to believe their god. The journalists who wanted to question Trump moreover his allegations and about his ‘sayings’were chastised and ridiculed towards the other press people. The media in the United States as well as out of that nation, have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.  That way he is the first president who was able to create more division in that ‘great nation’ than ever before.

In case Trump was a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard, we can only hope that group has come to its senses and have seen and understood now, how this man is such a fraud and someone is who one can miss as a toothache.

Yesterday former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention hit the nail on the head whilst she sought to strike that balance between a message of hope and a condemnation of Trump. Obama spoke as the wife of a former President who has seen “the immense weight and awesome power” of the presidency up close. She spoke as a mother trying to teach empathy and instill “a strong moral foundation” in her daughters. And she spoke as an American pained “to see so many people hurting” at a time when the coronavirus has claimed more than 170,000 lives in the US and cast millions into unemployment. She tried to appeal to voters who are frustrated and anxious about the chaos that the President has created, arguing that the America is underperforming

“not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character.”

she said convincingly.

“I know that regardless of our race, age, religion, or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be.”
She warned the Americans:
Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this,”
she continued.
“If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

 

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