(cross-posted from caucus99percent.com) the teaser:
Earlier via tass news, and this may have been a tipping point:
“MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made several statements on the situation in eastern Ukraine that are not compatible with his status, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, opening talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Wednesday.
“To our great regret, the UN Secretary General whom you are representing turned out to be susceptible to pressure by the West and recently made several statements incompatible with his status and his authority under the UN Charter,” he said.
The Russian top diplomat noted that Moscow conveyed to Guterres its assessment of his statements. According to Lavrov, the UN Secretary General has never expressed support for the necessity to implement the Minsk Accords and the UN Security Council resolution on the same matter.”
(cross-posted from caucus99percent.com)
From Popular Resistance’s Phil Wiloytoo, Feb. 8, 2022 (Creative Commons):
‘Russia, Ukraine And The US: The Background They’re Not Telling You’
Above photo: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland passes out food to EuroMaidan protesters on Independence Square, as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt looks on nearby
Via msn.com en/US, Dec. 26 with a link to the Jerusalem Post
View of the Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona
“A Twitter account run by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Friday threatened to blow up the city of Dimona in the Negev desert, where a nuclear facility is located.
(Cross-posted from caucus99percent.com)
“Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”
The decision and background is here at caucus99percent.com
From Popular Resistance, Nov. 5, 2021:
“The 2021 US Peace Prize has been awarded to World BEYOND War “for exceptional global advocacy and creative peace education to end war and dismantle the war machine.”
Michael Knox, Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation, thanked World BEYOND War and its members “for years of outstanding and prolific antiwar actions and extensive peace educational projects involving many people and organizations. We appreciate your leadership and the significant impact your members and programs have had throughout the world.”
First, Evo, Arce, & Castillo:
The rest is at caucus99percent; Tweets are far different to embed and keep track of here than there.
File under: Small wonder. For your consideration:
‘Biden announces US military withdrawal from Afghanistan’, Patrick Martin, 14 April 2021, wsws.org (w/ permission to republish)
“US President Joe Biden announced Wednesday afternoon that the remaining American troops in Afghanistan would begin pulling out on May 1 and that all of them would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
The choice of a final withdrawal date was intended to reinforce the longstanding lie by Washington that its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were in response to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. In reality, the attack on Afghanistan was in preparation well before that date, and the invasion was aimed at accomplishing long-term strategic aims for American imperialism.
E. Raisi votes in Tehran
‘Hardliner Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election’, 19 Jun, 2021, RT.com
“Conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the victor of Iran’s presidential election. Iran’s Interior Ministry announced the final results on Saturday, showing that Raisi had won in a landslide victory.
‘NATO summit threatens China, at US instigation’, Andre Damon, June 14, 2021 (w/ permission; my bolds)
(US tanks are unloaded in Antwerp, Belgium to take part in the Atlantic Resolve military exercises. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
“Members of the 30-nation NATO alliance concluded their summit Monday with a communique targeting China, declaring that it poses “systemic challenges” to the military alliance.
The wording of the document marked a significant new stage in the efforts of the United States to, in the words of US President Biden, “organize the world to take on China,” as part of a massive escalation of tensions by Washington against Beijing.
‘Israel continues “full force” attacks on Gaza, backed by US and several Arab states’, Jean Shaoul, May 17, 2021 (w/ permission; my bolds)
A Palestinian man reacts over the body of his father as others carry him to the morgue after he was killed in an Israeli airstrike that destroyed the upper floors of a commercial building and caused damage to the nearby Health Ministry and prime health care clinic, in Gaza City, Monday, May 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized Israel’s heaviest airstrikes on Gaza City yesterday, insisting that the war will go on “as long as necessary” and that attacks on Gaza would continue in “full force.” Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood group that rules Gaza, he added.
Explained: Why did Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque? May 7, 2021
‘Over 215 Injuries Among Palestinian Worshipers At Al-Aqsa Mosque’, Quds News Network, May 10, 2021
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Red Crescent said that the number of injuries among Palestinian worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque has increased to reach more than 215, including 135 cases that were hospitalized and 4 in critical condition.
‘UK to send largest Carrier Strike Group since Falklands/Malvinas war to South China Sea’, Robert Stevens, 29 April 2021, wsws.org (w/ permission; my bolds):
British aircraft carriers HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth moored at Portsmouth harbour, November 2020
“The NATO-backed mission is being led by the UK’s new £3.2 billion aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, on its first operational deployment. The carrier, the navy’s largest and most powerful warship ever, was launched in October 2017 and has been involved in sea trials and operational training since. It is described by the Navy as being “able to strike from the sea at a time and place of our choosing…”
Other nations desiring global multilateralism seem to be wearying of endless pressures: crushing sanctions (or war by other means), bombastic military threats, lies presented as truths: China, Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia. But given the power of US client-state Zionist Israel, Iran deserves special attention right now.
From Iranian FM Javad Zarif on Twitter:
Nuclear terrorism at Natanz has unleashed dangerous spiral that can only be contained by ending US economic terrorism initiated by Trump
From the Guardian, April 11, 2021:
‘Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility; Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor’s new centrifuges were started
Possibly Part one of II. For now, two from wsws (with permission):
‘US imperialism puts China in its sights’, Andre Damon, 16 March 2021, wsws.org
“Behind the backs of the American and world population, the Biden administration and the US military are preparing an escalation of military tensions against China with incalculable consequences.
‘No Room for Political Games at IAEA: Iranian President , March, 04, 2021, tasnim news english (CC)
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cautioned the European troika to avoid politicizing Iran’s case at the International Atomic Energy Agency as the UK, France and Germany are pushing for a resolution against Tehran in the UN nuclear agency’s Board of Governors.
“The (International Atomic Energy) Agency is not a venue for political games. Political games must be abandoned. The Agency is a place for technical work,” the Iranian president said on Thursday after inaugurating a number of projects carried out by the Interior Ministry.