Thanks to the efforts of Dave our Tech Guy, we are closing in on a new and offshore host. Of the various offshore legal regimes that would protect us from interference by the usual suspects, Iceland seems to offer the strongest protection. But we cannot find a host in Iceland to provide us with a managed dedicated server and 24/7 voice support (not chat, which is laggy). Can any readers confirm that Iceland has a robust legal regime as far as press protections are concerned? Can any readers suggest a host in Iceland? We have found only one so far who will talk to us. They seem very professional but sadly a bit underpowered for our needs
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Lasers from space create unique new map of Earth’s forests FreeThink (David L)
Collapse Won’t Reset Society Palladium (Robert M). There’s an obvious logical gap here. The reason past societies continued to function was that records were intact and so legal and government processes could continue. But what happens if chips stop being manufactured?
the Omicron variant evades natural and vaccine-induced immunities, confirming the continuous need to decrease transmission and to develop effective blocking vaccines."
— Gabriel Hébert-Mild™ ⓥ (@Gab_H_R) April 11, 2022
A further 10 cases were found in France this week BTW. Some of which they claim are imported.https://t.co/ha3Vj4ddOA
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) April 10, 2022
Guangzhou closes schools and seals off districts Asia Times (resilc)
Shanghai Covid lockdown spurs race to stockpile food across China South China Morning Post
CHINESE FDI IN EUROPE 2020 UPDATE RGH. PlutoniumKun:
Interesting big picture overview. No breakdown ‘per population’, but note a huge drop in investment in the UK. Also, not huge dominance of mergers/takeovers vs greenfield investments.
The Chinese also clearly favour northern Europe over the south.
Brittle Win for Macron in French Election 1st Round Points to Tough Race for 2nd Round Alexander Mercouris, YouTube
New Not-So-Cold War
Scott Ritter and The Battle of the Donbass Gonzalo Lira, YouTube
British mercenary 'cossackgundi' has surrendered to the Russian Armed Forces in Mariupol City along with the Ukrainian marines. pic.twitter.com/DJy75RVRA7
— UkraineMaps (@MapsUkraine) April 12, 2022
EU Urges Member States to Send Ukraine Weapons in Days Not Weeks Bloomberg (furzy). Wishful thinking is not a plan.
Europe’s roads and railways aren’t fit for a fight with Russia Politico (Micael T)
These photo shoots mid war are sooooo Wierd pic.twitter.com/3hDyeVXRuy
— leilani dowding ? (@LeilaniDowding) April 10, 2022
Ukraine: A conversation with Scott Ritter UNAC, YouTube. Among other things, Ritter, who remember worked for NATO at a moderately senior level, explains they the Stoltenberg plan above na ga happpen.
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“The policy of the USA has always been to prevent Germany and Russia from cooperating more closely” Swiss Standpoint. Intriguing details, such as:
We forget that Crimea was independent, even before Ukraine became independent. In January 1991, while the Soviet Union still existed, Crimea held a referendum to be managed from Moscow and not from Kiev. It thus became an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Ukraine did not get its own independence referendum until six months later in August 1991. At that point, Crimea did not consider itself a part of Ukraine. But Ukraine did not accept this. Between 1991 and 2014, it was a constant struggle between the two entities. Crimea had its own constitution with its own authorities. In 1995, encouraged by the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine overthrew the Crimean government with special forces and abrogated its constitution. But this is never mentioned, as it would shed a completely different light on the current development.
Clare Daly is a real one. pic.twitter.com/YlyPuf8cLu
— Ryan Knight ☭ (@ProudSocialist) April 10, 2022
The State Department Failed to Prevent the War. Will It Now Prevent the Peace? American Conservative (resilc)
Asian fault lines of Biden’s war on Russia Indian Punchline. Note: “The hypothesis of Ukraine being in Europe and the conflict being all about European security is delusional.” Kevin W flags the second to last paragraph.
How Do We Deal With a Superpower Led by a War Criminal? New York Times. Resilc: “Like Bush in Iraq/Afghanistan, Obama in Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, Trump in Yemen, Afghanistan, Biden in Yemen??????” Global Times (the Chinese house organ) roused itself: US elites like Friedman unprincipled vanguard of US public opinion war
Preventing War Is In America’s Interest American Conservative (resilc)
Networks covered the war in Ukraine more than the US invasion of Iraq Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
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Average energy bills could rise to £5,000 a year if Ukraine war drags on https://t.co/FdA1GLFXrl
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 12, 2022
India monthly purchase lesser than Europe’s in a day: Minister on Russian energy Hindustan Times (J-LS)
Eon rules out German nuclear power plant extension Financial Times
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McCarthyism re-emerging stronger than ever in Ukraine policy debates Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
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30 av 38 män köpte sex av kvinnor från Ukraina svt NYHETER. Translation is rough but still clear they got caught up in sex trafficking: 30 out of 38 men bought sex from women from Ukraine
For the first time i see the Saudi TV mocking the US administration. pic.twitter.com/8vPtU0txJ8
— Asaad Sam Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) April 12, 2022
Grown Zionist man kneeling on the chest of a child just moments ago in occupied Jerusalem. Yet if you criticize the systemic targeting of children, you’re “invoking an trope.” Yawn. pic.twitter.com/R3yYnvhInw
— #FreeAhmadManasra (@m7mdkurd) April 10, 2022
Can Israel Exist without America: Numbers Speaks of a Changing Reality CounterPunch (resilc)
The role of drought in Syrian war was exaggerated PhysOrg (Robert M)
Women face chronic violence in Syria’s ‘widow camps’, report warns Guardian (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
A bill to allow recruits with previous mental health treatment is on the way Military Times. Kevin W:”Long Covid cutting recruit numbers availabilities?”
Garland Gets His Fish: Liberal Activists Move From “Pack the Court” to “Sack the AG” Jonathan Turley (guurst)
The Rhodes Scholars Guiding Biden’s Presidency Unlimited Hangout (Chuck L)
While not being a supporter of any of the parties involved, I am troubled by using the color of defending the Constitution to preclude the will of potential voters while ignoring due process.
How can someone be declared to be “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” when not a single person has been convicted of insurrection, or even conspiracy to attempt insurrection? How is engaging or supporting insurrection possible without insurrectionists?
Groundhog Day: Are we doomed to a Trump v. Biden time loop? Matt Labash (resilc)
Psaki warns price rises will be ‘extraordinarily elevated’ because of the war in Ukraine Daily Mail (J-LS). Yours truly continues to stockpile…
Stratospheric Airfares American Prospect (Randy K)
Our Famously Free Press
From earlier this year, still germane (dk):
[Thread] Twitter is partnering with a crazy, hawkish, US-govt & arms industry funded think tank to regulate false info online.
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) January 20, 2022
TED Talks is really leaning into bullshit jobs. Example from their website. pic.twitter.com/R7WX8B0KF8
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) April 11, 2022
Amazon is still struggling to make drone deliveries work The Verge (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (Maggie K, embarrassingly sitting in my inbox for a VERY long time!):
And a bonus (guurst). !!!!
Katzen! ?? pic.twitter.com/dO3ke6oAur
— Alexander Wohlrab (@alex_wohlrab) April 9, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.