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NEW - @USAmbUN says that while U.S. chairs UNSC in May, @SecBlinken will chair a UNSC meeting on the intersection between food insecurity & conflict.

The U.S. will also chair x3 meetings on #Syria:

- Humanitarian on 20th
- Chemical weapons on 23rd
- Political situation on 31st
@USAmbUN @SecBlinken .@USAmbUN also announces that on May 18, the U.S. will convene & @SecBlinken will chair a Ministerial meeting at the UN, focused on food insecurity & conflict, amid #Russia's war in #Ukraine.

Vitally important, as food crises worsen by the week in #Africa & the #MiddleEast.
@USAmbUN @SecBlinken .@USAmbUN on the upcoming UNSC July vote on cross-border access into #Syria:

"It's important that we do everything in our power to keep cross-border assistance flowing into #Syria.. cross-line is clearly not enough.. I will do everything I can do expand the [existing] mandate."
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In 2021, #Assad's regime produced & exported ~$30 billion worth of #Captagon -- roughly 35x #Syria's legal exports.

That *enormous* operation cemented #Syria's status as a narco state of international significance.

My latest, for @MiddleEastInst:…
@MiddleEastInst The regime's integral role in #Syria's #Captagon industry is well known -- and Maher al-#Assad is *the* central figure.

Drugs are literally the lifeblood of #Assad's regime & it's destabilizing the #MiddleEast. Dozens have died in #Jordan in recent months in border clashes.
@MiddleEastInst Despite how much is known & although #Assad's regime remains the most infamous perpetrator of war crimes in the C21st, the world is clearly ignoring the #Captagon threat.

In #Jordan, where it's turned deadly, authorities continue to engage with the very regime behind the threat.
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@kentonthibaut reports on #China’s discourse power activities in #Africa, #LatinAmerica, and the #MiddleEast, how China leverages its reach to gain influence, and the impact these activities have on democratic resilience worldwide. 🧵👇…
@kentonthibaut (2/8): As #China continues to take an increasingly active role on the world’s stage, its efforts have largely bolstered authoritarianism and eroded institutions in fledgling democracies worldwide through their use of their immense diplomatic, media, and political power.
@kentonthibaut (3/8): #China sees disseminating CCP-approved narratives in the Global South to enhance their discourse power as key. The strategy includes:
1. Co-opting foreigners' voices to spread pro-China messaging
2. Using international platforms to spread #propaganda in target environments
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North Africa, Ethiopia and Middle East long range rainfall forecast bulletin:

The interaction between the two greatest Equatorial forests is having a massive impact on weather (see quoted thread for more).
This bulletin begins with a look at Ethiopia where rains over the #HornOfAfrica have been steadily building in April (img: today). A strong big rainy season is indicated by this, notwithstanding a strong La Nina which is typically associated with droughts (see quoted thread ^^).
We can see a glimpse of the GERD today - Easter Sunday in the Western Church - through the clouds (Rosieres Top Right - GERD Bottom Left). Satellite images of the dam - which this year will have its 2nd filling - may be increasingly hard to get with increasing cloud.
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@lensovet @awbw @NeedMore_Input @ChrisO_wiki No

I'm LITERALLY engaging in a DISCUSSION about whether & when it was sunk/destroyed/caught fire/by accident/missile & what was being reported about it

Which was that it HAD been hit by a #UKRAINIAN MISSILE & HAD SUNK WHERE & WHEN HIT

As for your latest warmongering screed...
@lensovet @awbw @NeedMore_Input @ChrisO_wiki As for your latest warmongering screed

Are you a qualified psychiatrist

Have you had even one consultation with Putin

So how do you know he's a crazy man

Because you were told

Or is it based on the propaganda you were fed

How do you know he tried to invade a country that...
@lensovet @awbw @NeedMore_Input @ChrisO_wiki How do you know he tried to invade a country that he thinks shouldn’t exist

Never mind that he failed miserably thanks to “warmongers” not folding in fear of him

#Russia for 3 & #Putin for 2 decades have been saying the #Ukraine joining #NATO was a #RedLine

Sounds more like..
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#Ethiopia #NorthAfrica #MiddleEast long rang rainfall forecast bulletin 2022 - #1

Around this time last year I began posting rainfall forecasts for East Africa & Horn of Africa. These expanded to include North Africa & ME.

I am restarting them today.
The big picture. The West African Monsoon is undergoing an intense period and significant amounts of atmospheric is transiting the Sahara bringing clouds & rain to the Middle East.

Rain forecasts for East Africa show significant rain over the coming fortnight.
Sub thread: Covers the past two weeks as West African Monsoon was building. Interestingly the rains appear to be arriving in the Horn and East Africa at roughly the same time, and at similar intensity to last year.
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Basta collaborazione con l’occupante! Per la distruzione dello Stato sionista-fascista d’Israele!

A thread ⬇️…
Il sionismo intensifica la sua occupazione, con decine di giovani uccisi nei quartieri palestinesi, con nuovi insediamenti di coloni, posti di blocco e retate, mentre migliaia di prigionieri palestinesi sono in carcere
Pubblichiamo di seguito la nostra traduzione di questo articolo (…) di Haqeqa Al Maqhoureen (La verità degli Oppressi)(…)
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#Chinese Foreign Ministry gives very interesting details from #China FM Wang call with #Israel FM @yairlapid. Thread: As far as I remember, this is 1st time China praises the #AbrahamAccords, if without naming them. Wang Yi says "China is pleased to see Israel establishing 1/9
and developing normal ties with countries in the region, which is part of the reconciliation in the broader #MiddleEast 中方乐见以方同地区国家建立并发展正常友好关系,这应是中东整体和解的组成部分." So far, China has been was quiet re Israel's closer ties with #UAE, #Bahrain 2/9
despite its professed support for stability. Wang repeats China's stance re Israel ties with #Palestinians, says supports resuming talks on #two #state solution, repeats China's offer to facilitate direct negotiations between Israel and Palestinians. China had already hosted 3/9
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#DPR Tank duelling with Ukr AT Missile crews
#RussiaUkraine #Chechens
Footage of Chechens during street fighting in #Mariupol
The launchers they're firing seem to be disposable RPO-A with thermobaric rounds
#RussiaUkraine #Chechens
Chechen unit in a large weapons depot they captured in #Zaporozhye Region
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HAPPENING NOW: @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend & @CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie back on #CapitolHill, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee

Joined by @DeptofDefense UnderSec for Policy Sasha Baker
#China has made a decision, a deliberate decision to compete w/America in #Africa & win that competition" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend

"They compete primarily thru economic means & diplomatic means..."
"The primary thing that concerns me w/#China's military competition in #Africa is that they are seeking, actively seeking a military base on the #Atlantic Coast of Africa" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend

"That would be bad for America's security..."
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HAPPENING NOW: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Cmdr Gen Stephen Townsend testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Chairman @SenJackReed opens up talking abt #Iran missile strike in #Irbil #Iraq...
Intro remarks from ranking member @JimInhofe

"#Iran is the foremost threat" in the @CENTCOM region, he says

"Our partners increasingly doubt America's resolve" he adds, blaming what he calls "Pres. Biden's misguided policies"
"The threat posed by #Iran is graver than ever" @CENTCOM's Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie warns in his opening remarks

"#Russia's invasion of #Ukraine moreover has violently demonstrated its willful disregard for int'l norms just have we have seen thru Russia's actions in #Syria
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For what it’s worth, *IF* #Assad’s regime begins sending troops to #Ukraine, they’ll be no more than cannon fodder in a battle & environment that’s completely alien to them - it’ll be like “sending Martians to fight on the Moon,” as I told @WSJ:…
When, on the rare occasion, #Assad needed capable urban warfare fighters, he turned to #Hezbollah — NOT his own military.

#Syria’s military was good at brutal, sustained sieges, indiscriminate bombardment, horrific [sectarian] violence, mass torture & organised crime. That’s it.
Within months of #Russia’s military intervention in #Syria in Sept 2015, #Putin furiously reacted to the poor performance of #Assad’s forces — they simply couldn’t take advantage of Russian backing.

To solve that, #Russia had to send in SOF ground troops & work with #Hezbollah.
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NEW—Global estimates of #ExcessDeaths indicates that 18.2 million people may have died because of the #COVID19 pandemic by December 31, 2021, according to our analysis published in @TheLancet…
The peer-reviewed analysis found over 18 million* deaths as opposed to the reported nearly 6 million deaths, more than 3 times higher.

“COVID effectively increased the global death rate each year by nearly 20% in both 2020 and 2021,” said IHME Director Chris Murray ⤵
💡So what is #ExcessMortality?

Our excess mortality estimates reflect the full impact of the #pandemic on mortality around the world (after correcting for known biases), not just the deaths directly attributable to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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The European commission says that the #EU is resilient to a sudden drop in #Russian gas and has enough supply to last through the winter.

@DaveKeating reports on the details ⤵️
@DaveKeating "It's time to start thinking of the collateral price everyone is paying for this #war."

Ghassan Salamé, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at #SciencesPo discusses the new #EU gas strategy ⤵️
@DaveKeating 🇷🇺🇺🇦 Are there parallels to be made between the crises in the #MiddleEast and the ongoing #Russian war in #Ukraine? ⤵️
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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1/West destructive approach to #UkraineRussiaWar by ignoring massive influx of Nazi Militia/Modern #Terrorists to #Ukraine through a Pawn is turning a Regional Conflict to Global Catastrophe! It conjures up cia-made Terrorists/ISIS.. in the #MiddleEast..
Those who made Nazi &WWII ImageImageImageImage
2/for their illegitimate goals, now supporting Neo_Nazi in #Ukraine toward WWIII, a Global Threat backed by #NATO whose leadership must go trial for #War_Crimes in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan.. &now using #Ukrainians in its ProxyـWar against #Russia
3/#Ukrainian people must not leave the state, Stay Home, Stand to Warmongers-based Western Terrorists& kick them out of your Country.
By the way, mass “disinformation/fake footages” cannot be ignored. To many extent, the events have been staged!

#N0_To_War ImageImageImageImage
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Local media reports that the UAF troops from the territory of Ukraine launched a rocket at #Belgorod, which is a Russian city near the border with Ukr. It was reportedly shot down
Captured UAF Manpad and #NLAW in the #Kiev area ImageImageImageImage
The Rus Army captured a large UAF field camp in the #Kherson region with large quantities of supplies and equipment
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⚡️ Head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin (key points):

• The more successfully the Russian special military operation in #Ukraine develops, the stronger the hysteria becomes in the #UnitedStates and other #NATO countries.
• The masks have been dropped. The #West is not just trying to surround #Russia with a new "Iron Curtain". We witnessed attempts to destroy our state, attempts of its "cancellation".
#NATO bombed #Yugoslavia under the pretext of rescuing the "unfortunate" #Kosovo Albanians, and now their leader Hashim Thaci himself is on trial for war crimes and trafficking of human organs.
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If convoked, this will be the 11th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the @UN #GA in history. The 1st was res/377 (V) “Uniting for Peace” of 1950. This will be the first on #Ukraine
ESS can be convened when the #SecurityCouncil bc of “lack of unanimity of the permanent members” fails its primary resp for the maintenance of intl peace&security in a case where there is a “threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression”. Ref text in reso in blue.
The #UNGA ESS convenes within 24 hours to make “recommendations” for collective measures.
Previously #ESS have been convened by #SC on e.g. #MiddleEast, Suez Crisis, Hungary, Lebanon, Congo, Afghanistan (1950s-80).
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 02/23/2022…
Government guidelines insufficient to protect freshwater ecosystem from salt pollution…
#FreshwaterEcosystems, #SaltPollution, #GovernmentGuidelines
Scientists discover new soil viruses…
#SoilViruses, #ScientificDiscovery
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If #Russia turns to negotiations now, it could stand to gain something. If it invades #Ukraine, it seemingly has nothing to gain except a war that no one wins and crippling sanctions, along with the threat of sparking more widespread conflict.
Another point that will become of concern if the crisis continues and especially if #Russia invades is if governments or groups in the #MiddleEast or other regions see it as a chance to act while the West is distracted. Very dangerous situation.
It could be that #Russia is hoping to create a situation of extremes (high demands, invasion, actions by the West) with the hopes of being able to, at the last moment, produce a middle/moderate option (AKA the result they want). Not sure what that would be.
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#MiddleEast long range weather update.

While the weakening of the Sahara east west water transport event has led to a weakening in the weird weather over the Arabian Peninsula, it has not stopped.

Most notably we have seen significant snowfall in Israel, Lebanon Jordan & Syria.
And with a major European (Atlantic) tropical rain/snow event now underway the rain and snow activity in the Levant is forecast to continue. Here's yesterday's precipitation forecast for the Southern Levant.
And the Northern Levant.... (both forecasts are through to 4th February.
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1/#Holocaust cannot be denied, BUT its dark side must be revealed to prevent the same heinous crime/Motive& the real number of the victims
@BorisJohnson @EmmanuelMacron @mfa_russia
@EU_Commission @eu_eeas @JustinTrudeau
@simoncoveney @Vonderleyen@ASteiner@JosepBorrellF ImageImageImageImage
2/The chronological proximity of “Israel’s establishment& Anti-Semitism in #Europe”(from WWI to WWII) overweighs the idea of connection between two events that the hardship& massacre of #Jews” was the key of Israel creation.
@Europarl_EN @EUCouncil
3/Zionists policy (the lectures at the time) very well proves that saving the Jews who refused to move to the holy-land is contra-productive to their goal which’s initially the #Jews_Only state of #Israel& ultimately the #Zionists_Only kingdom& #Global_Zionism!
@VeraJourova ImageImageImageImage
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#ExtremeWeather forecast analysis thread - Pakistan.

An #extremeweather snow event in Northern Pakistan has killed at least 22 people. This thread looks at the atmospheric causes assess whether this was avoidable.

It appears that it was.…
This animation shows the satellite presentation of the storm for 24 hours beginning on the sixth. And suggests that the ongoing #extremeweather in in the Middle East due to tropical water flows from the Amazon/Atlantic across the Sahara contributed.
News emerged about the tragedy on January 8th on social media. Tourists caught and buried in the snowstorm in their cars were the victims. Tweet 1/2 from @Arab_storms
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