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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2021, 01:55:12 am »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/latin-american-countries-endorse-hamas-211943336.html

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The governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and St. Vincent — a small country, but one that occupies a seat on the U.N. Security Council — as well as Bolivia’s behind-the-scenes ruler Evo Morales have tacitly or explicitly supported the Iran-backed Hamas terrorist group.
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Cuba’s foreign minister tweeted that his country “strongly condemns the indiscriminate bombardments against the Palestinian population in Gaza.” Venezuela’s foreign minister tweeted that, “The world must demand the end of this new phase of Zionist violence against the Palestinian people.”

Most surprising was the reaction from Argentina, whose chaotic populist government until recently showed some moderation in foreign affairs. Argentina condemned the “disproportionate use of force” by Israel, without an equally strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket attacks.

Now would be a good time for Argentina to join Cuba and Venezuela in not recognizing Israel at all.

Bolivia should also resume its former position (held until as recently as 2019) of not recognizing Israel:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/news/bolivia/

As for St. Vincent, it should first stop recognizing Elizabeth Windsor as its own head of state.
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #62 on: May 15, 2021, 10:14:21 pm »
Iran and Turkey show the way (as usual)!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/iranian-minister-cancels-austrian-visit-105058647.html

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ZURICH (Reuters) -Iran's foreign minister cancelled a visit with his Austrian counterpart to show displeasure that Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's government had flown the Israeli flag in Vienna in a show of solidarity, the Austrian foreign ministry said on Saturday.
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"Vienna is the seat of (nuclear watchdog) IAEA & UN, and (Austria) so far been a great host for negotiations," Araqchi wrote on Twitter. "Shocking & painful to see flag of the occupying regime, that brutally killed tens of innocent civilians, inc many children in just few days, over govt offices in Vienna. We stand with Palestine."

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-officials-condemn-austria-for-hoisting-israeli-flag-164744

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Turkey's presidential spokesman on May 14 criticized Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for hoisting the Israeli flag on the roof of the chancellery building in Vienna amid attacks on Palestine by the Jewish state.

“This is what encourages Israel to continue its attacks on Palestinian people,” İbrahim Kalın said in a tweet. “I hope those Austrians and Europeans with a sense of reason and morality will reject these disgraceful politics.”

Kurz had tweeted a photo with a caption that read: "Today the Israeli flag was hoisted on the roof of the Federal Chancellery as a sign of solidarity with #Israel ... Together we stand by Israel's side."

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay reacted to Kurz's recent attitude concerning the Israeli flag hoisted on the chancellery building.

"With this attitude, the Austrian chancellor has put his signature under Israel's massacre in Gaza," he said in a statement on Twitter.
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Ömer Çelik, spokesman of the ruling AKP, also censured Kurz and said: "This person [Kurz] is the symbol of Islamophobia, hostility towards Turks and [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in Europe."

"It is only a dream to expect him to side with those oppressed. His siding with the oppressor is his political compass," he added.

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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #63 on: May 16, 2021, 01:42:00 pm »
Sellouts must be called out:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/islamic-nations-hold-emergency-summit-101548798.html

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“The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities.”
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the videoconference meeting saw some delegates instead turn their fire toward countries like Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, Muslim nations which reached normalization deals last year to recognize Israel.
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“There are a few who have lost their moral compass and voiced support for Israel,” he said. “If there are half-hearted statements within our own family, how could we criticize others? Who will take our words seriously?”

Zarif also accused Israel of “genocide and crimes against humanity.”

“Make no mistake: Israel only understand the language of resistance and the people of Palestine are fully entitled to their right to defend themselves,” Zarif said.


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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #64 on: May 19, 2021, 01:43:00 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-accuses-chinese-state-tv-043240445.html

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BEIJING (AP) — Israel’s Embassy in China is protesting what it describes as “blatant antisemitism” on a program run by the overseas channel of state broadcaster CCTV discussing the ongoing violence in Gaza and elsewhere.

In a tweet, the embassy said “we have hoped that the times of the ‘Jew’s controlling the world’ conspiracy theories were over, unfortunately antisemitism has shown its ugly face again.”

“We are appalled to see blatant antisemitism expressed in an official Chinese media outlet," the tweet said.

On the Tuesday CGTN broadcast, host Zheng Junfeng questioned whether U.S. support for Israel was truly based on shared democratic values, saying “some people believe that U.S. pro-Israeli policy is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews in the U.S. and the Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy makers.”

“Jews dominate finance and and internet sectors,” Zheng says, speaking in English. “So do they have the powerful lobbies some say? Possible.”

Yes, but Jewish domination in the US does not imply absence of democratic values. If anything, it is in Jewish interests to promote democracy, since Jews excel in herding, thus exert political influence more easily under democracy than under autocracy. Hence:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/freemasons-say-they're-needed-now-more-than-ever-so-why-are-their-ranks-dwindlin/

Another mistake:

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Zheng then accused the U.S. — China’s top geopolitical rival — of using Israel as a “beachhead” in the Middle East and a as proxy in its campaign to defeat pan-Arabism.

If China wishes to be constructively anti-Zionist, it should portray the US as being used by Israel rather than the other way round. Claiming that the US is using Israel allows Israel to detach from the US one day (which it plans to do anyway) and then blame the US for its own past bad behaviour (in line with Duginism!). Claiming that Israel is using the US, in contrast, encourages the US to redeem itself by becoming hostile to Israel.
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Re: China and United States Relations
« Reply #65 on: May 19, 2021, 11:23:58 pm »
China slams U.S. over potential arms sale to Israel
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#China has slammed the U.S. over a potential arms sale to Israel. This comes as international calls grow for a stop to hostilities. Here's a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h2MN07qI0E

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catonpillow
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The US has blocked the UN joint statement for ceasefire several times already. And on top of that is selling $700M worth of armament to Israel in the middle of the conflict. The empire will never learn.

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Re: BDS
« Reply #66 on: May 26, 2021, 10:38:07 pm »
Ireland recognises Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestine
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Irish parliament supports motion declaring Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestinian land as sanctions amendment fails to pass.
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The Irish parliament has passed a parliamentary motion condemning the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land by Israeli authorities.

The motion, tabled by the opposition Sinn Fein party, passed on Wednesday after receiving cross-party support.
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It is the first European Union country to use the phrase in relation to Israel’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday that the motion “is a clear signal of the depth of feeling across Ireland”.

“The scale, pace and strategic nature of Israel’s actions on settlement expansion and the intent behind it have brought us to a point where we need to be honest about what is actually happening on the ground. … It is de facto annexation,” Coveney, of the centre-right Fine Gael party, told parliament.

“This is not something that I, or in my view this house, says lightly. We are the first EU state to do so. But it reflects the huge concern we have about the intent of the actions and of course, their impact,” he said.
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Most countries view settlements Israel has built in territory captured in the 1967 war as illegal and as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

Coveney, who has represented Ireland on the United Nations Security Council in debates on Israel in recent weeks, had insisted on adding a condemnation of recent rocket attacks on Israel by the Palestinian group Hamas before he agreed to government support for the motion.

After the vote, the Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou MacDonald said on Twitter that the motion “must mark new assertive, consistent confrontation of Israeli crimes against Palestine”
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An amendment to the motion that sought to impose sanctions on Israel and expel the Israeli ambassador failed to pass.

The motion came days after a ceasefire ended 11 days of the worst fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in years.

The violence sparked large pro-Palestinian protests in Dublin.

At least 254 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children, according to Gaza’s health ministry, while about 2,000 were injured. At least 12 people were killed in Israel.

Some social media users welcomed Ireland’s move.

“Ireland has become the first EU state to recognise Israel’s de facto annexation of Palestine in contravention of international law,” tweeted Ronan Burtenshaw, editor of the UK’s socialist Tribune Magazine. “A landmark on the road to isolating an apartheid state as we did in the 1980s. Next stop: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/26/ireland-recognises-israels-de-facto-annexation-of-palestine

Ireland to vote on amendment that’s likely to slap sanctions on Israel
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Ireland has called out Israel’s “de facto annexation of Palestine” and will vote on a motion to impose economic, political and cultural sanctions on Israel.
#Ireland #sanctions #Israel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-CUaltiyhA

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Ted Maloof
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The only European country with balls. Not surprising that they stood up to 600yrs of British oppression.
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N K
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You will never beat the Irish and Palestine 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪👏
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Ireland is doing more than all other countries combined.


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Re: China and United States Relations
« Reply #67 on: May 27, 2021, 08:05:44 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfdoVhhYhYI

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New Zealand, don't let Australia bully or brainwash you!

Daniel Dumbrill: "In this episode I talk about the inevitable ever increasing propaganda campaign that Australia and America will push on New Zealand in an attempt to brainwash your population into supporting their racist attack against China."

Don't miss the last bit!!



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Re: Israel
« Reply #68 on: May 30, 2021, 11:05:16 pm »
Israel does not recognise ‘the new Irish position’ - Israeli ambassador to Ireland
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"We think this Irish position is not constructive for the peace process." [WHAT A SICK JOKE THAT STATEMENT IS!!!]
- The Israeli ambassador to Ireland spoke to Kieran Cuddihy on The Hard Shoulder.

He also claimed efforts to get him expelled were motivated by hate.

A motion was approved in the Dáil on Wednesday, recognising Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as 'de facto annexation'.

Ireland is the first European Union country to formally use these terms.

However a Solidarity-People Before Profit amendment to expel Ambassador Kariv was voted down.

Ambassador Kariv told The Hard Shoulder his country does not recognise "the new Irish position".

"We don't accept it, we think this Irish position is not constructive for the peace process.

"It touches upon one of the main issues that are supposed to be dealt with in final status negotiations with the Palestinians - and that is the future of the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria - what is called the West Bank.

"This kind of a resolution, or an agreement on then future of these communities, can be reached only on direct negotiations between the two sides and in no other way.

"So we believe this motion, and this new Irish position, takes us away from direct negotiations.

"This statement that the existence of those Jewish communities or Israeli communities constitute what is called here 'de facto annexation' is new - and it's not positive and does not contribute anything to the peace process."

Asked why what is happening in the West Bank is not de facto annexation, he said: "The situation in the West Bank is a temporary [one], it's not the final status of the land.

"This is still disputed, and the future of this part of the land is disputed, and this is why we have to renew negotiations with the Palestinians - which unfortunately, they have been refusing to do so for many years."

Asked if this meant that the settlements could be dismantled, he said: "I don't know what, when and where, if at all.

"But if we look at the past, which is what we can draw on, you could see that whenever real peace, and a real chance of peace was on the agenda, Israel knew how to make very painful concessions.

"And also uproot Jewish communities - and we saw it happening in the Sinai, in the framework of our peace agreement with Egypt, and we saw it in Gaza in 2005."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCGos8oacR4

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Doesn't matter that isreali accept it or not , facts are facts and everyone knows them.

See also: https://trueleft.createaforum.com/allies/bds-288/?message=6736

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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #69 on: June 22, 2021, 11:23:47 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/scoop-u-pressure-israel-joins-194933902.html

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Israel supported a statement criticizing China at the UN Human Rights Council after being pressured to do so by the Biden administration, U.S. and Israeli officials tell me.
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Last October, 38 countries criticized China and 45 defended China. Israel was on neither list.

Now, will China have the courage to become more hostile to Israel in return? If not now, when?

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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #70 on: July 04, 2021, 05:46:56 am »
I like this move:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-big-plan-post-u-091239086.html

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China is poised to make an exclusive entry into post-U.S. Afghanistan with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to government officials in Afghanistan told The Daily Beast that Kabul authorities are growing more intensively engaged with China on an extension of the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the flagship project of BRI, which involves the construction of highways, railways and energy pipelines between Pakistan and China—to Afghanistan.
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According to the source, a senior officer in Afghanistan’s foreign service had told him that Chinese officials had engaged with foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani about five years ago, to discuss the extension of CPEC and BRI. The minister was interested—that is, until an Indian ambassador went on the offensive to push back on the deal. The Indian ambassador to Afghanistan even approached the U.S. ambassador in Kabul to express his concerns, the source said. Ultimately, the American ambassador allegedly pressured Rabbani into backing away from further talks on CPEC with the Chinese.
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The Taliban certainly offers a more unified partner to Chinese. But other regional countries have been trying to bring together warlords to think of resistance rather than of peace with the Taliban,” the source revealed to The Daily Beast.
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As China’s strategic partner, Pakistan could prove a trump card for China in the Afghan endgame.

“I think China could achieve more success than the U.S. in Afghanistan given its close ties with and enormous leverage over Pakistan,” Sudha Ramachandran, an India-based analyst on South Asian political and security issues, told The Daily Beast. “China wants to ensure that instability in Afghanistan does not impact BRI adversely, and it wants to push Afghanistan to join CPEC or BRI.”

Still, China’s ability, Kugelman explained, to deepen its footprint in Afghanistan will “depend in great part on whether it reaches an understanding with the Taliban, which will see its influence continue to grow whether it holds power or not. If the Taliban is okay with China building out infrastructure and other projects in Afghanistan, Beijing will be in a much better place.”

“China could well bring the Taliban on board with BRI. The insurgents have said they will support development projects if they serve Afghan national interests,”
he added.

What China actually needs to extend its Belt and Road program to Afghanistan is, ultimately, peace. Beijing has gone so far as to offer infrastructure and energy projects worth billions of dollars to the Taliban in return for peace in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban isn’t the only challenge to overcome,” said Kugelman. “There are many sources of violence, both anti- and pro-state, in Afghanistan. So China will still face an extremely insecure environment, even if it gets Taliban buy-in for its projects.”

Older article:

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/afghanistan-taliban-fidaye-mahaz-china-visit-2944921/

Also, the following point cannot be emphasized enough:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan%E2%80%93China_relations#Military_cooperation

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army trained and supported the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet-Afghan war. The training camps were moved from Pakistan into China itself. Anti-aircraft missiles, rocket launchers and machine guns, valued at hundreds of millions, were given to the mujahideen by the Chinese. Chinese military advisors and army troops were present with the Mujahidin during training.[25]

Yes, China and America were fighting on the same side (supporting Afghanistan) against Russia:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/military-decolonization/msg6761/#msg6761

This is what we need to get back to ASAP.
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #72 on: July 17, 2021, 03:05:35 am »
https://twitter.com/Anti_Parasitism/status/1413430584110723072?s=19
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Yes, this is precisely my concern - unpreparedness against CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) threats.

The IRI does not possess a sufficient amount of hardware to inflict overwhelming defeat upon the enemies.

Operation Martyr Soleimani was underwhelming.

I would add one more: T - for Technological - The IRI must also be equipped to counter technological threats, chiefly those posed by Artificial Intelligence, cybernetics, and cyber warfare.

The solution is for the U.S. to provide Iran with these tools to fight the common enemy.
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #73 on: July 28, 2021, 11:41:44 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-says-taliban-expected-play-071534731.html

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KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said.
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The visit was likely to further cement the insurgent group's recognition on the international stage at a sensitive time even as violence increases in Afghanistan. The militants have a political office in Qatar where peace talks are taking place and this month sent representatives to Iran where they had meetings with an Afghan government delegation.

Good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvZ7jJT3cg4

Too bad the Chinese representatives looked like a bunch of cowards in their Western suits. They need:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/dress-decolonization/
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #74 on: August 20, 2021, 12:19:28 am »
China's rhetorical cowardliness on display again:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-pushes-adoption-language-cultural-070855581.html

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China's ruling Communist Party says it “peacefully liberated" Tibetan peasants from an oppressive theocracy and restored Chinese rule over a region under threat from outside powers.

Firstly, it doesn't matter whether or not the liberation was peaceful. Either it is justified or it is not. If it is justified, it remains justified no matter how much bloodshed it required. If it is unjustified, it remains unjustified even if it was peaceful. That China feels a need to emphasize the "peaceful" attribute actually reveals its lack of confidence in the justification of the liberation, when it should have no reason to lack such confidence.

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Wang, who is a member of the Politburo Standing Committee — the apex of party power — and who oversees policy toward ethnic minorities, said “separatist and sabotage activities committed by the Dalai (Lama) group and hostile external forces have been crushed.”

This part is OK. But here is where the screwup happens:

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Since 1951, Tibet has “embarked on a path from darkness to brightness, from backwardness to progress, from poverty to prosperity, from autocracy to democracy, and from closeness to openness,” Wang said.

Everyone knows China itself is an autocracy, not a democracy. So why claim the opposite? Why use rhetoric that no one will believe, yet which explicitly validates the notion that democracy is superior? Does Wang not understand how bad this makes China look? Does Wang not understand that each time he praises democracy, he is in debasing all the historical ruling dynasties of China while pedestalizing Western civilization? So why do it?!

Contrast with the Taliban, who at least have the courage to simply admit Afghanistan is not democratic:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/legal-decolonization/msg8147/#msg8147

Who is more impressive? (And yes, we could have guessed the answer just from the clothes.....)
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