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Geopolitical Analysis: A 🧵on Obama Administration's Bombing Campaign in Asia, specifically in the Middle East. The bombing campaign in the Middle East is a major foreign policy legacy of Obama!
#UnitedStates #Obama #MiddleEast Image
In 2016, the USA dropped a staggering 26,000 bombs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen under President Obama's authorization. This thread explores the implications of this extensive bombing campaign and its impact on civilian populations. #Geopolitics #MiddleEast #Obama
The sheer scale of the 2016 bombing campaign is staggering. On average, the US military unleashed 72 bombs per day, amounting to three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. #syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Libya #Yemen
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#Nuked Themsleves: “They will blame #Russia as always”: a sociologist on the growth of the background #radiation in #Khmelnytsky (160 nS) | May 15
-the Russian army #destroyed the #ammunition depot -shells with #DepletedUranium were stored at the facility.…
#Finland's background #radiation normally varies between 0.05 and 0.30 #microsieverts per hour (µSv/h)
Tuomas Peltonen / Inspector general
tel. +358 975 988 508…
- #Loviisa NOW: 0.210 #microSieverts ImageImage
cc: @ ArthurM40330824
#Gamma radiation in #Khmelnytsky could actually indicate that a #DirtyBomb was stored in the warehouses.
Gamma radiation is characteristic of #enriched #uranium. Is it possible that were making "dirty bombs" at the Khmelnitsky #NPP
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@Europarl_EN #Merkel and #Hollande admit the west didn't want to achieve #peace in the #Donbas through the #MinskAgreements (2014 and 2015).
- They wanted to give the coup regime in #Kiev TIME to #prepare for #war - to help #CRUSH #ETHNIC #Russians Dec 28, 2022
@Europarl_EN cc: @ TaranQ
German '#Merkel' (#Hitler's daughter) in an interview with the German newspaper #DieZeit:
- "The 2014 #MinskAgreement was an attempt to give Ukraine #time. They used that time to get stronger, which you can see today.
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Hot Take: Strategic Bombers are obsolete!!
#USAF & #Indianairforce engaged in #Copeindia2023 & the former bought #B1B and are making #B21. The #Chinese are building new H-6Ks. The #Russians are building new #Tu160. You ask, #εpsilon why do you think bombers are obsolete? Image
Coz, in a peer conflict, none of these will be used as strategic bombers as that role is behind them. These will be used as #Cruisemissile carriers that will never do old school bombing until all enemy AD is down. Pic credits: #Indianairforce Image
Look at #Russians for eg. In #Syria, they used #Tu22M as old school bombers as the AD threat was very low. In #Ukraine, these are launching missiles from well inside #Russian and #Belarussian territories. Image
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The Continuing Regional Rapprochement of #Syria and #Assad

A thread 🪡

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In January I wrote about how, after over 10 years of brutal war pushed and funded by outside powers, the #MiddleEast was accepting that the #Syrian Arab Republic, led by #Assad would stay in power.…

The #USA and #NATO countries have been unhappy about things turning out this way, especially as #Syria is a close ally of #Russia. However, the Muslim states of the region are seeing that the future is cooperation, and that the SAR has won the war.

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Today and tomorrow, @G7 #Energy ministers meet in #Japan – a country, often considered a “laggard” on #energytransition. What is 🇯🇵’s energy system like and why is it so reluctant to step up #decarbonisation of its economy? A 🧵 1/19…
The “usual” arguments by the 🇯🇵 government when confronted with lack of both action and ambition on #energytransition:
1. #Japan is resource-poor
2. Japan’s geography limits #renewables build-out
3. Technologies & Innovation will solve the transition

How true are they? 2/19
Japan is indeed poor in some resources, most notably #fossilfuels. Fossil fuel based, its energy system is 88% dependent on #oil, #LNG and #coal imports. It has one of the least self-sufficient energy systems, dependent on #oil & gas from #MiddleEast & #coal from #Australia. 3/19 ImageImage
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1/6 The Middle East is cashing in on the oil jackpot💰 & expanding its investments like there's no tomorrow... We're talking sports, entertainment, hospitality - you name it!

Grab the popcorn, folks! 🧵👇
2/6 Saudi Arabia & Qatar aren't just making energy buddies in Europe & China; they're also showing off their non-energy muscles!

We've got the Qatari World Cup & KSA's bid for the 2030 World Cup ⚽️
3/6 Soccer clubs up for sale? The Middle East is on it!

Major teams like Manchester United are on their radar. Sovereign wealth funds are turning trophy assets into a whole new ball game. #ManchesterUnited #MiddleEast
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" Exploratory Data Analysis on Terrorism "

We are performed Exploratory Data Analysis on terrorism #dataset to find out the hot zone of #terrorism. #EDA nothing but #analyzing the given data & finding the #trends, patterns & making some assumptions. #DataVisualization #DataScience #MachineLearning
In this #dataset, there are many features including countries, states, regions, gang names, weapon types, target types, years, months, days, and many more features.
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#SIPRI report on Global Arms Transfers (2018-2022):

▶️ #Ukraine became the world's third-largest importer of arms in 2022

▶️ #India received 30% of France’s arms in 2018-22, surpassing the US as the second-largest supplier of weapons to New Delhi.

Key highlights🧵

Imports of major arms by European states increased by 47 per cent between 2013–17 and 2018–22, while the global level of international arms transfers decreased by 5.1 per cent.
The United States’ share of global arms exports increased from 33 to 40 per cent while Russia’s fell from 22 to 16 per cent.
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The resumption of #Saudi-#Iran relations has triggered what I believe to be exaggerated reaction about #China’s emergence as a #MiddleEast powerbroker and a strategic shift of #Riyadh away from its traditional partners. 1/17
Some context: in an October meeting in #Jeddah, a #Saudi leader at the highest level explained his strategy was to defeat #Iran through growth. The fact that KSA is the fastest growing G-20 country, w/trillions invested in everything from tourism to mining, supports this. 2/17
But growth takes time - and growth can be sidetracked through insecurity, whether from #Houthi missiles or the threat of nuclear blackmail. To protect the long-term strategy, he said, KSA needs security. 3/17
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1. It seems that #Russia has found another opportunity to circumvent #EU and #US #sanctions.
Which one? - mass purchase of tankers. Over the past six months, 240 vessels have been sold in the world,⬇️
@SecBlinken @POTUS
@RishiSunak @AndrzejDuda…
2. and all of them have unknown owners. And this is already the largest shadow fleet in the history of shipping.
#Russia is buying 25 to 35 large tankers every month to increase the number of ships it can carry to bypass #sanctions.⬇️
#RussiaIsATerroristState #SanctionsRussia Image
3. The shadow fleet of the country already reaches 600 tankers, which is 10% of the world volume of vessels of this class, - #CNN

Tankers carrying Russian oil are divided into two categories: "gray" and "dark" ships.

The "grey" ships were mainly sold by #European⬇️
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Threat from #Iran has evolved into "a global challenge" per @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec Dana Stroul

"That is a result of the increasing military cooperation btw Iran & #Russia & the illicit transfer by Iran to Russia of one-way attack drones that are being used in #Ukraine"
"We now need to rally a coalition not only in the #MiddleEast but a global coalition to push back on the malign cooperation between #Iran & #Russia" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul on media call
"It is reasonable to expect that the tactics, techniques & procedures that the #Iran|ians are learning & perfecting in #Ukraine will one day come back to our partners in the #MiddleEast" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
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0/ Interesting times ahead for @WadzPay. These points have been extracted from the latest AMA with @Anish_tweeets today.


1/ I will only cover points from the AMA that interest me:
- WadzPay 2.0
- USDC Algorand
- WadzPayChain (WPC)
- Geographical Markets
- WadzPay Offices
2/ WadzPay 2.0
It is technology enhancements that allows better settlement, consumer experience, seamless flow of funds, tokenisation etc.
It is a combination of different layers which is WadzPay and their strategic partners such as Algorand, USDC and others. ( $XDC is a partner)
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⭐️The #CIA Playbook of regime change

1.Pro-"Democracy" & Pro-Equality Protests

2. MSM massively Pro-protesters and supporting their narrative

3. Anti-Government Paramilitary Groups (in the case of US, Anti-Trump) being formed
4. Prototypes of belligerent states (States within States) being formed.

5. Support from think tanks (i.e., CIA private propaganda) on behalf of "opposition" protesters

6. An "Democratic Transition Govt" established with diplomatic support from other countries

7. The fall of the current regime

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🧵Loved working on this one - The widespread use of #Starlink by Ukrainian troops in defending against Russia is accelerating development of drone warfare, according to experts. Here are the benefits, risks & legal challenges of its militarization:…
2. While SpaceX likely never ruled out potential military use, it was not a case they emphasized. Today, there's no question that Starlink’s prominence in #Ukraine war has militaries all over the world considering & looking to make greater use of it.
3. Currently, Starlink antennas are too large/too heavy for small drones. However, there has been momentum from the defense industry to experiment. In Nov. #Canadian company RDARS, announced that it had successfully integrated Starlink equipment to its Eagle Nest ground station.
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At the beginning of February 2022, #Biden warned that "if #Russia invades #Ukraine with tanks and troops, then there will be no more #NordStream2"
#ItsDone #NordStream: Fourth leak found as Russia and West trade blame over alleged sabotage of gas pipeline | Sep 29
- #EU and #US have stopped to directly accusing Russia, a #Kremlin official was rebuked after hinting that #Washington was #responsible.
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#Dozens #dead in #Turkey, #Syria after powerful #earthquake | -2h
- "We fear that the deaths are in the hundreds," Muheeb #Qaddour, a doctor in the Syrian town of #Atmed, told the Associated Press.
"We are under extreme pressure."…
7.8 magnitude #earthquake kills at least eighteen in #Turkey, thirteen in #Syria
- Hundreds of buildings have collapsed and there are fears that the #deaths could be in the #hundreds.…
Powerful 7.8 #Quake Knocks Down Buildings in #Turkey, Syria | -2min
- The quake, felt as far away as #Cairo, was centered north of the city of #Gaziantep in an about 90 kilometers (60 miles) from the #Syrian border.…
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According to recent leaks, #ISIS's evolved administrative structure is ruffling some internal feathers in the #MiddleEast.

The crux of internal tensions lies in the increasingly blurry lines of authority over operations, leadership succession & resource use in #Iraq & #Syria.
Leaks claim #ISIS's "Ardh al-Mubarakah" office manages operations in #Syria, #Lebanon & #Turkey, while the Bilad al-Rafidayn office runs #Iraq.

The latter was also running ops in #Iran -- until recently at least, when #Iran was folded into the #Afghanistan "Al-Siddique" office.
These recent leaks - from normally reliable sources - claim Abu al-Hassan's succession in March 2022 was decided by the Ardh al-Mubarakah office, without any consultation with the Bilad al-Rafidayn office in #Iraq.

He then risked locating to #Daraa, also without any consolation.
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#Bojo Recounts #Putin #Missile Attack Threat | -2h
- "He sort of threatened me at one point and said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a #minute,' or something like that," Johnson quoted Putin as saying…
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak
The world has suffered for decades from the #AngloSaxon #AgathaChristie psychopath poisoning operations.
- That is why it is good for everyone that the #satanic forces are vaporized, asap.… ImageImage
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak #PortonDown #Salisbury #Skripals #Syria #Douma #OPCW #Novichok #Navalny
1. #Novichok was used and produced in the #US since 2008. #Patent US 9,132,135 b2 | Sep 17, 2020.
2. #PortonDown: #Salisbury nerve agent 'attack' reveals $70M #Pentagon program
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The top US diplomat’s visit was announced just hours after Israeli commandos killed ten Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, stirring fear of further flare-ups after the largest single death toll in years of fighting.…
In meetings with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu & PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken will discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations & preserving the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, department spokesperson, Ned Price, said in a statement on Thursday.
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1. 🇺🇸#US-🇮🇱#Israeli Armed Forces Begin Largest Military Exercise in History - Juniper Oak 23.
Approximately 6,400 US troops have joined 1,100 Israeli troops for the exercise, which will involve 142 aircraft, including B-52 strategic bombers, F-35 and F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets,⬇️ Image
2. and MQ-9 Reaper drones. Six #US warships, including an aircraft carrier strike group, and six #Israeli warships will also take part.

General Michael "Eric" Kurilla, Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM),⬇️…
3. said: "Juniper Oak 23 is a combined joint integrated exercise that improves our land, air, sea, space and cyber interoperability with our #Israeli partners and enhances our ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances and highlights our responsibility to the #MiddleEast." ImageImage
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🔹Most read article on Chinese aggregator of scholarly articles Aisixiang (爱思想) over the past 30 days:

“Ten critical shifts in international politics in 2023 and their prospects” by CUHK scholar Zheng Yongnian (郑永年).


▫️ “When it comes to international political risks, the US's domestic problems have to be placed at the top of the list ... the US’s internal divisions produce huge externalities that have far-reaching effects on world politics.”
▫️ "So, will a transfer [of the US’s domestic tensions] occur at the military level? This is even more worrying. Countries must guard themselves against this [各国不可不防]."
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Pakistan's exports to the Middle East declined by 5.57% YoY to $951.78m in the first five months of FY23, with the majority of this decline attributed to a drop in exports to the UAE.
Despite some growth in exports to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain, overall exports to the region were mixed. The UAE is the largest market for Pakistani exports, accounting for 65% of the region's total exports.
Major exports to the UAE include rice, bovine carcasses, and cotton ensembles. Meanwhile, exports to Saudi Arabia have remained stagnant at around $500m over the past decade, with top exports including rice, bovine carcasses, and tents.
Read 5 tweets BRITAIN IS ENTERING A NEW AGE OF CORRUPTION - BRITAIN HAS RETURNED TO THE ‘OLD CORRUPTION’ THE VICTORIANS TRIED TO END - TAKING US FURTHER DOWN A ROAD TO A KLEPTOCRACY THAN MOST PEOPLE IN BRITAIN IMAGINE. Britain has entered an era of legalised larceny by the politically well-connected some 150 years after the Victorians ended what they execrated as the “Old Corruption”. By this they meant the toxic system whereby the ruling elite enjoyed a parasitic relationship with the state enabling them to obtain jobs and money through patronage, partisanship and purchase.
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