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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend & @DeptofDefense Acting UnderSec Amanda Dory testify at the House Armed Services Committee
"In #Afghanistan, our mission has been preventing terrorist groups from using the country to threaten the interests & security of the UnitedStates, our allies & partners" acting Deputy UnderSec Dory tells lawmakers "After 2 decades...we have accomplished that mission"
"We are focused on working closely w/the Afghan gvt & our @NATO allies to responsibly conclude Operation resolute Support in #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM Commander Gen McKenzie "This is my main effort, at present"
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NEW: US intelligence community/National Intelligence Council warns of "increasingly fractured" communities "as people seek security with like-minded groups" per just released #GlobalTrends2040 report "A more Contested World"
"The #COVID19 pandemic has reminded the world of its fragility & demonstrated the inherent risks of high levels of interdependence" per @ODNI_NIC, predicting "more intense challenges & cascading global challenges"
"These challenges will repeatedly test the resilience and adaptability of communities, states, and the international system, often exceeding the capacity of existing systems and models" per @ODNI_NIC
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#SciSimplified: Here’s How Dust from the #MiddleEast Can Shape Our Experience of #Monsoons…

(📸: Rajtilak Naik/BCCL)

By Poorvasha Kar
A new study from the University of Kansas has offered some crucial insight into the mechanisms behind the world's most powerful monsoon systems: Indian summer monsoon or the southwest monsoon.

The study showcases that the Indian monsoon is intensified by atmospheric dust particles swept up by the winds from deserts in the #MiddleEast.

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This tweet thread is about the #Covid_19: Updates from Singapore webinar on 26 Feb 2021

I've been busy so this is ~ a month after

It will be followed by a tweet thread documenting a more recent episode that was last week
#Covid_19 : Updates from Singapore is a webinar organised by @WHOGOARN and @NUSMedicine

And moderated by @profdalefisher, Prof. David Allen, and Dr. Louisa Sun
We are joined tonight by Dr. Peter Karim Ben Embarek
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#Pakistan's efforts to restore goodwill with the Gulf continues as after a recent call with #UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, @SMQureshiPTI conversed with #Saudi FM @FaisalbinFarhan on a number of topics.
@SMQureshiPTI professed #Pakistan's commitment to brotherly ties with #SaudiArabia & the Kingdoms territorial integrity. The FM appreciated Saudi Arabia's efforts to resolve Gulf tensions & Yemen via dialogue. @FaisalbinFarhan recognised Pakistan's steadfast support for Riyadh.
@SMQureshiPTI underscored #Pakistan’s willingness to cooperate with #SaudiArabia in all spheres. He & @FaisalbinFarhan agreed to conduct further high profile exchanges between the two closely allied countries.
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With the #Biden administration settled in, there's a clear trend emerging in certain circles to swat away long-standing, complex foreign policy challenges -- and #Syria appears to be low-hanging fruit.

'#Syria doesn't matter,' some say... 'It was just never that important.'
It's good for there to be a debate -- & yes, 'great power competition' (#China, #Russia etc.) ought to be *the* priority.

BUT to shove #Syria aside as a minor inconvenience would be profoundly reckless, given the extraordinary costs it's inflicted on global stability since '11.
So far, arguments in favor of '#Syria doesn't matter' can be broken down into 2 camps:

(1) Those who ignore the profound past, current & future costs altogether - or worse - (2) those who astonishingly claim that #Assad, #Russia & #Iran can resolve the crisis & achieve stability
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#Germany #France #Egypt #Jordan #Israel #Palestine #MiddleEast

PRESS REALESE German Federal Foregin Office:

"Joint Statement of the  Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan at the meeting in Paris on the Middle East Peace Process Image
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🇺🇸The US Central Ops Command, announces the deployment of a pair of U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortresses” flew a multinational patrol mission across the #MiddleEast to deter aggression & reassure partners & allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to security in the region.
🇺🇸Multiple partner nations and U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft accompanied  the U.S. bombers at different points during the flight, including 🇮🇱Israel, 🇸🇦Saudi Arabia and 🇶🇦Qatar.
🇺🇸The U.S. Air Force routinely moves aircraft and personnel into, out of, and around the U.S. @CENTCOM area of responsibility to meet mission requirements, and to train with regional partners, underscoring the importance of strategic partnerships.
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(1/11) This term, I’ve taught a seminar @IslamicSt_UniFR called “Little Ice Ages and Mighty Microbes. What Environmental History Can Tell Us about the #MiddleEast”. These are some of the things that I’ve learned. A thread. #twitterstorians #environmentalhistory
(2/11) The Arab invasion of #Iran led to a cotton boom – until the 11th century. Then a “big chill” made agriculture detract. Leading Sunni scholars moved elsewhere &bimportant madrasas closed. This helped to eventually convert Iran into Shi’i-majority lands in the 16th century.
(3/11) The “golden age” of the Ottoman Empire saw the conquest of Egypt. With grain (incl. rats/fleas) now being shipped in huge quantities from Alexandria to #Istanbul, the capital became a constant “plague hub” (which, in turn, dramatically increased Ottoman medical knowledge).
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1- Do you know this man ?
Many of our fellow Iranian do not know this man!
@hmajd is one of the most influential communicator between the Islamic Regime of mullahs and the United States .
Majd has played a pivotal role on the nuclear negotiations ( #JCPOA ) . Image
2-Born in 1957 in Tehran, Majd is an American Iranian dissent journalist & a political social writer.He is the author of several books: “Ayatollah has a different opinion”, “Democracy of the Ayatollahs”, “The Ministry of Guidance asks you not to stay: an American family in Iran” ImageImageImageImage
3-Majd’s father was Iran's ambassador in Japan.He studied in UK & later on migrated to the U.S. On his Mother’s side, Majd’s grandfather was Ayatollah Mohammad Kazem Assar,an Iraqi Iranian, who is one of the authors of the Mullah’s regime civil laws. His relatives are all mullah. ImageImage
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Just read the @sfchronicle article by @RepAdamSchiff & @RepSpeier. First, during decades in Congress, these esteemed politicians have never said a single word about illegal occupation of 20% of #Azerbaijan’s lands by #Armenia & 1 million forcibly displaced #Azerbaijanis. 1/13
Invasion, total ethnic cleansing & nearly 30-year-long occupation of #Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory by #Armenia was well-documented, incl. by @UN Security Council resolutions and successive US administrations, starting with #Clinton Administration. 2/13
Brutal massacres against #Azerbaijani civilian population by Armenian troops, incl. the #Khojaly Genocide of 1992, which @HRW called the #largest massacre in the conflict#, are also well documented. 3/13
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The Pentagon has planned to send home the only Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, a decision that, in the face of increased tensions with Iran, will minimize U.S. firepower in the region,
officials said Thursday. The decision, confirmed but not yet officially announced by three defense officials, emerged one day after Air Force B-52 bombers flew nonstop to the Persian Gulf from
the United States in a show of force that military officials said was intended to warn Iran against carrying out attacks against U.S. forces or interests. The officials have not been allowed to address the decision publicly and have spoken on condition of anonymity.
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The UC Global spying campaign against #Assange, #CIA, a Jewish guy named Zohar Lahav and Sheldon (the ultra zionist) Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands as CIA front & #Trump involved in a special #Spanish investigation? 🤓…
History of Israeli Tech Domination
Billions of dollars are being sucked out of the #US economy through government contracts to #Israeli technology and cybersecurity companies. Essentially, Israel runs the national security state.…
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As per details shared by True Indology #Biryani comes from #Persian Birinj for rice. This word is NOT FOUND in Old Persian, it occurs in Middle Persian. According to Mayrhofer's "Etymological Dictionary Of Old #IndoAryan", Birinj comes from #Sanskrit word vrīhí (व्रीहि).
The word #Biryani is absent in any records prior to 17th century. Ain I Akbari (16th century) describes preparation of a dish known as Zard Birinj (yellow rice) a precursor to Biryani, it was made of rice mixed with spices NOT AVAILABLE in #MiddleEast or #CentralAsia
Zard Birinj developed from ancient #Indian dish Haridranna (हरिद्रान्न). 'Zard Birinj" being a straight translation of "Haridranna". हारिद्र (haridra) means "Yellow", "Anna" generally means rice in #Sanskrit and "Birinj"

By straight translation, Zard Birinj= Haridranna
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As a lot of discussions already started on what to expect from #Biden within the #transatlantic relationship, let me list few ideas I laid out for @WashInstitute about what it could specifically mean in the #MiddleEast :
(I’ll paste in this thread some excerpts of a longer paper on Europe-US cooperation in the #MiddleEast since the end of the Cold War, available here 👇)
1/ A key prerequisite to reset the transatlantic dialog on the #MiddleEast : the ball is in Europe’s court to make concrete proposals on a limited list of priorities. (cc @jbdacey) ImageImage
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 11/10/2020…
Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy…

#democracy #misinformation #disinformation #gaming #research
Totalitarian Dictator To Leave Office After Losing Election: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix…

#totalitarianism #empires #elections #authoritarianism
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Steve Hilton gets it
... The #Democracts Norms: "from deplorable to despicable, 4yrs on non-stop hate, they want #Americans they dismiss & demean to rollover & pay homage to the new regime, No"

Real power 'when you change the way people think'
#Thatcher, #Reagan, #Trump -ism
... Triumph of #Trumpism
#American's want #Trump 2nd term on the success of the 1st on its substance & on its results, one of most successful in history: issues addressed (#China #Manufacturing #MiddleEast #OpenBorders #EndlessWar)
... Trumpism is
pro-#Business on #Tax & #Regulation
pro-#Worker on #Trade & #Immigration

Andrew Sullivan: "Trump's core message was seared into one of our major political parties for the foreseeable #future & realigned #American #Politics"
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THREAD – One of the many questions related to the #US election next week is the future of American engagement in the #MiddleEast. All actors in the region are already hedging their bets. But what about #Europe’s interest in the Middle East & North Africa ?
Through 50+ interviews, I have looked back at the evolution of transatlantic cooperation in the MENA region since the end of the Cold War & tried in this @WashInstitute piece to assess the potential implications of the US election next week.…
Let’s start with a paradox: while for many in the MENA, Europe & the US represent the « West », there is no clear “Western” framework of cooperation about the Middle East.
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I have been in DC for more than a year now and I'm struck by the soul searching going on in the US expert community regarding what to do in the #MiddleEast. Numerous articles discuss a potential #US "withdrawal" from the Middle East. Here is a thread and a reading list:
A first dimension of this debate is a 2016 article from Andrew J Bacevich, making a general case against interventionism and a call to "end endless wars".…
But I feel that the discussion intensified in 2019 when voices like @Martin_Indyk, a Peace Process veteran, echoed similar concerns based on the analysis that only few vital American interests were still at stake in the Middle East.…
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.@BretBaier just did a segment on increasing tension with Tehran. I’m sure Joe Biden would tell you he knows what to do. But think about it:
When Iran revolution happened Joe Biden was already in his second term in the Senate. His whole DC career he’s talked about #MiddleEast peace. And what has he accomplished?
In 1 term @realDonaldTrump secured peace agreements between #israelbahrain and #israeluae with more to come. He’s secured #EnergyDominance so Iran’s oil leverage is minimized.
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The #MiddleEast Partnership for Peace Act relies heavily on the premise that the primary reasons that #Israel and the #Palestinians have not achieved #peace are merely economic.
by Kathryn Shihadah @HomePalestine… #Palestine #FreePalestine
The period from March to August 2020, a period marking the height of the #coronavirus #pandemic, represented the highest rate of #Israeli home demolitions in four years.
by Kathryn Shihadah @HomePalestine… #Palestine #israel
With no foreseeable end in sight, #Israel’s blockade on #Gaza not only runs afoul of international law, but it has also already been on the radar of the #UnitedNations and human rights groups for well over a decade.
by Kathryn Shihadah… #Palestine
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#LIVE: Saudi Arabia's King Salman commends the distinguished work done by the @UN Secretary General @antonioguterres to raise the organization's efficiency #UNGA #UN75 Image
#LIVE: Saudi Arabia's King Salman calls for peaceful coexistence and solidarity between world countries and their peoples #UNGA #UN75 Image
#LIVE: King Salman says Saudi Arabia extended hand to Iran in peace ‘over the past decades, but to no avail’ #UNGA #UN75 Image
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#LIVE: 75th UN General Assembly session kicks off, and for the first time it is being held virtually with prerecorded messages from world leaders
#LIVE: #UN Secretary-General #AntonioGuterres urges the world to be prevent a #ColdWar and halt conflicts so it can focus on #COVID19 pandemic at #UNGA #UN75 #coronavirus Image
#LIVE: US President Donald #Trump says @UN must hold China accountable for #coronavirus outbreak #Covid_19 #UNGA #UN75 Image
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