What the World needs now...

    As Belarusian journalists convicted, new human rights evidence re Chinese treatment of Uyghurs, what else?

    Thread for keeping up with the world beyond Cancun.

    ...is love sweet love...



    US reboots WHO efforts

    (it's not all about military by a long shot)


    The Nigerian version of prosperity gospel is pretty extreme:

    China, the new world order's capitalist imperialist running dog hegemon:


    Much of Silk Road/Belt & Road initiative is dead due to drop in funding and wariness about China's intentions (such as the large absences in China's recent East Europe push).

    But it's not just 1 single approach - there's a lot to be said for pushing plus incentives, not demonize, but also not let China strip away the West's alliance members 1 by 1. Nor no instant miracles, but certainly expect and work towards improvements.

    Chris Patten on the next round of Biden & others' diplomacy.


    Here's the "MSM" NOT ignoring the Uighur thing:

    The Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uighurs. Right now. We know where. And the world is just sitting back and letting it happen. Disney even thanked local party apparatchiks for letting them film Mulan there. https://t.co/DTP9pxLDHh

    — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 18, 2021

    ALSO: I found this via retweet by Andrew Sullivan (not exactly a leftist)

    Syria & Sarin - ingenuity

    this should take care of the whole "why are we always meddling with other governments" thing on this one

    When civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, CIA officials were seized with the fear that Damascus might lose control of its vast stores of sarin and other deadly nerve agents. As revealed in this excerpt from the new book “Red Line,” those fears were bolstered by more than 14 years of secret reports fed to the agency by one of Syria’s top military scientists. The CIA knew much of what materials Damascus possessed and where they were hidden — thanks mostly to one agent. The previously untold story of this man, who offered his services to the U.S., is based on interviews with three former U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the case as well as a Syrian scientist and defector who was a contemporary of Ayman.

    but it probably won't, cause the default is always "they're making it up." Actually quite prescient for the C.I.A. to worry that Syria would fall apart and lose control. Did it ever!

    Erik Prince broke UN embargo on Libya; Trump quickly backed eastern warlord

    Why China diplomacy fails

    wonderful example of how so many "cancel" international news according to the supposed ideological purism of the "reporter", ending up in a game of spending more time evaluating the messengers than the facts:


    Venezuelan women need birth control:

    The Brazilians are sinking into all these forms of self sabotage, from the personal to the ecological, that may be best observed from their neighbors.

    I ain't linking nothing from nothing. Look if you care to.

    Albanians in Yugoslavia - understandung the impasse as 1 key to the 20th Century Balkans (thread)

    Chief Superintendent of New Scotland Yard sez they are all in this attempting civilization thing together

    For those who aren't familiar with the lingo, Tesco is a huge British based multinational supermarket chain

    Criticism for Biden accepting that China is it's "own culture". Yet here watching a procession of families of Indian farmers killed in protest, it would be hard to deny they have their own culture - which doesn't mean the farmers don't have valid reasons to protest, or that theur killings were thus justified as a "culture thing" - it just means an additional lens that may or may not be relevant in understanding foreign events including human rights, general agreements, and everyday life. In fact, it seems respectful to understand that not everywhere is the US, but many of the standards and aspirations deserve to be as high as ours if not higher (even if the implementation may take on a local quality). In some ways these Indians are much like the Belarusians protesters out in the streets for 8 months now, in some ways no quite. It does not diminish their complaints not objections to their treatment to say so.

    With Uyghurs, they have *their* own culture which uses *parts* of Chinese culture, some voluntarily, some forced. Ignoring the cultural aspect is a bland way of missing half of what is going on, as it affects the goals of what's happening, and any possible solutions or lessening of tensions & atrocities.


    The government of France announced an investigation into social science research, broadening attacks on what it sees as destabilizing American influences.

    Defun the Police, Karachi style

    Many high level Iranian officials should be charged for the shooting down of a Ukrainian commercial airliner in January 2020, a UN human rights expert has said, describing the killing of the 176 people aboard as a “profound and serious indictment” of the country’s civil and military authorities.

    Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, delivered a 45-page letter to the Iranian government which was made public on Tuesday, outlining her findings from a six-month investigation into the disaster, and complaining about the lack of Iranian cooperation, which has left many of her questions unanswered.

    Callamard issued a particularly strong condemnation of the Tehran government’s treatment of the victims’ families, who she said had been harassed and threatened, denied the return of remains and personal effects, and forced to go along with officially staged “martyr” funerals....

    continued here

    here's another from Australia

    Same shit his trolls did to U.S. since 2016, manipulate the woke's passions either to his benefit to cause chaos. Loves to see culture warring, daddy will stop it.

    Hong Kong breaking & Blinken's reaction:

    FB/Twitter hate use abroad

    just saw this criticism too

    UK blows NIreland reqs, EU not pleased

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