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'#Taliban as proxies in #Pakistan's endless war' is a cliché from the 2000s. It's outdated. Time to take stock of new realities in Pakistani military thinking because the #US #NATO & #Pakistan must prevent a new civil war in #Afghanistan. /1

No one can win in #Afghanistan. Not even the #Taliban. Some actors would love to see a permanent Afghan war of attrition that engulfs #America+#Pakistan+#Afghanistan. Make no mistake: a new #Islamabad+#WashingtonDC blame game will expedite such a war. /2

What's happening in #Afghanistan is by no means #Pakistan's proxy war. But it is the proxy war of multiple actors who want Afghanistan to be a permanent bleeding ground for #America #Pakistan #NATO. /3…
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"Japan cannot protect its own peace and security by simply serving as a part of Washington’s strategy", “Tokyo’s stance toward China cannot mirror that of Washington's”… This @AJWasahi editorial is right in recognizing the blindness of @sugawitter 's #China policy.
The China interests of Japan and the U.S. might have converging parts, but are not completely in line with each other. As this editorial in @AJWasahi wrote, “the fact remains that #Japan and #China are neighbors with strong, interdependent economic relations.”
Instead of following in lockstep with the U.S., what #Japan should do is perhaps to think about what it can do, as a regional power in #Asia , to mitigate possible conflicts between #US and China and contribute to Asia’s peace and prosperity.
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No mention was made of the facts that a Saudi invasion, not Iranian meddling, began this war, which has led to what has been assessed as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, in 2015;that the Saudi occupiers, who receive at least 70% of their weapons
from their chief strategic partner, the #US, have killed thousands of #Yemeni civilians; that while #Houthi missile strikes have mainly targeted Saudi military installations and oil infrastructure, the #Saudis and their invasion partners have indiscriminately attacked
civilians, partially or completely destroying over 500 healthcare facilities and bombing over 100 ambulances, even as the Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged the country.

But the #Houthi moves also point to the simpler, more-sinister reason why this war has turned so violent:
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#YEMEN:The Aggression Plunders Half A Trillion Riyals Annually From Tax And Customs Revenues In The Southern Governorates
The media center for the southern provinces,Tuesday , issued a report in which it monitored the organized plunder of oil resources by the countries of the
#US-#Saudi-#Emirati aggression coalition and its tools. They exacerbated the humanitarian situation and caused the deterioration of services.

The report pointed out that the revenues amounted to 1.6 trillion riyals annually, according to the confessions of the
government of ran away president Hadi.

The report emphasized that the expenditures of these governorates are limited compared to the total monthly and annual revenues from oil sales, tax revenues, customs revenues and other fees.The expenditures for
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Podcast @CulturesMonde_ consacrée à la fin de la « guerre sans fin » ou plutôt au départ des Etats-Unis « sans condition » d’#Afghanistan, annoncée mercredi par Biden, 20 ans après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001
Et petit fil rapide👇…
Un discours clair de Biden, dont on retient notamment:
« You know, we’ll be much more formidable to our adversaries and competitors over the long term if we fight the battles for the next 20 years, not the last 20. »…
David Sanger dans le @nytimes insiste également sur ce point: Biden a des priorités définies (pandémie, climat), une ambition transformatrice pour la société américaine, et la volonté de s’occuper des défis de l’avenir => #Chine…
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The news cycle is a confusing space sometimes;

- #ElectricCars are the future for the planet
- Mining #Lithium batteries is destroying parts of Bolivia/Chile/Argentina

- Decentralised #Cryptocurrencies are the future
- Mining #Bitcoin = huge energy consumption
The narrative around everything nowadays is all about #Values

Corporates latch onto every opportunity

Individuals the same (just read some of the stuff on LinkedIn) 🧐

Life & business is essentially a game
#Winning is always key! (Be nice tho)

The rest is Perception=Reality
I'm a #football fan & I see a footy angle in almost everything I read! 🧐

Not sure if these connections stand up, but here's what I saw;

- #Bolivia former President #EvoMorales was ousted in 2019. Evo a #SimonBolivar anti-imperialist styled leader


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I always knew that "relevant" in the @POTUS announcement on arms sales and #Yemen was going to end up doing a lot of work I did not like, but this is pretty ridiculous.

#UAE has been + remains one of the major players in #Yemen, + again (+ again ) implicated in gross abuse.
UAE role in abuse ranges from egregious detention-related abuse, some of which #US implicated in, to backing abusive forces on ground, who continue to torture + disappear people, to intimidating local activists, to role in #US raids like Al Bayda 2017.…
This sale, which includes fighter jets, gets me back to this thing where people seem to think we should only be talking about the Saudis when talking about Yemen air campaign, but it was + remains a *coalition* of states, incl the UAE. See:…
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Comments on #Turkey's policy in the #EastMed alongside colleague @JMJalel_H.

Elaborated thoughts in thread below, including about today's Greek-Turkish meeting/press conference>
#Turkey is currently following a two-fold strategy in the broader #EasternMediterranean. On the one hand it embarked, at least ostensibly, on an effort to normalize its relations with a number of regional countries including #Egypt, #Israel, #Greece, #France and the #UAE. >
Ankara expects that this will convince the #US and #EU that it adopted a more pro-western and constructive foreign policy orientation. Both the talks with #Greece and the developments in the #Cyprus process aim to appease the EU, advance Turkish-EU relations, and >>
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Pakistan Strategic Forum’s Air & Open Source Intelligence Board is starting our thread HERE on the military situation & tensions b/w #Russia, #NATO, #UnitedStates and #Ukraine.
Pakistani citizens have no reason to be alarmed as the conflict will be a conventional one. We hope.
Russia is continuing to send military equipment to the border areas, as can be seen from this video from today
#Russia is closing part of the Black Sea and the Kerch strait for all foreign ships from next week until October. This is a MAJOR escalation.
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Missiles hit #Erbil airport where #US forces are based and the Bashiqa base occupied by #Turkey. Both are considered occupation forces by the Iraqi resistance, not by Kurdistan local government & #Baghdad central government. Turkey maintains over 20 military bases in Iraq.
A precision missile fired from #Erbil hits a Hashd al-Shaabi position in Bartilla leaving one wounded. The hit came amid an announcement from KRG PM Masrour Barzani that "Militia should leave their position at the limit of Kurdistan", following last night's attack. #Iraq.
An explosion at al-Sadr city east of #Baghdad, #Iraq.
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@ivan8848 #Occupy: The #Naked #Truth:

NATO-member Leaders gave Security #Assurances against #NATO #Expansion Eastward to Soviet leaders by among others: #Bush, #Kohl, #Mitterrand and #Thatcher.

NATO Expansion: What #Gorbachev Heard:

"Not an Inch East"

@ivan8848 #Occupy: The #Naked #Truth:

#US officials told #Russian President Boris #Yeltsin in 1993 that the "#Partnership_for_Peace" was the #Alternative to #NATO_expansion, NOT a #Precursor to it:

NATO Expansion: What #Yeltsin Heard:

@ivan8848 #Occupy: The #NAKED #TRUTH:

They are #LIARS. 🤥
& They #KNOW they are LIARS. 🤨
& They know that #WE know they are Liars. 😠
Even so, they #KEEP Lying, very #Loudly so. 😡
(#Najib #Nahfouz)
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Grau de investimento: crucial quesito avaliador na concessão de crédito…
"O #Brasil em 2018 não recuperou o seu grau de investimento perdido em 2015.

Após uma melhora na economia que sucedeu uma grave recessão, as agências justificaram a falta de medidas para conter o déficit fiscal como motivo de não elevar a nota do país."…
#Brasileiro é o turista mais rejeitado do mundo, diz pesquisa @IATA…
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Thread: I’m appalled to see, how effectively #Russia is using its military posturing as a leverage on the #US and its Allies in order to reset (though partially) the agenda of security relations in #Europe. I mean, why is Russia let setting "terms of the game" reg. #Ukraine? 1/n
The amassment of troops at #Ukraine borders is nothing new in terms of #Russian mobilisation capacity, we have seen this scale of military activity (and bigger) with key #Russian exercises in past years (though not at #Ukraine borders, that's fair to say). 2/n
Yet, it is enough to have almost everybody in Europe and US ask the notorious question “will they come in, or they won’t?” (yes, dating back to Soviet times, we know it in Poland well...). What follows is – apparently – a drive to engage Russia to de-escalate. 3/n
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Few major headlines recently seem to be connected;

- #Greensill #Cameron #Softbank #Wirecard #Fintech
- #Bitcoin #Coinbase #Crypto #NFTs
- #Ant #JackMa #China #BeltandRoad
- New opportunities & Race to 'be first' in the new era
🇺🇸💪🇨🇳 💰🌏🌎🌍
- #GeoPolitics
- #disruption
While lockdown has been slow for some, it's certainly not been for others who have smelt the winds of change!

#SPACs are bypassing Direct Listings & IPO's in a race to market - Sucking up all that 💰 hunting for returns 📈

#Fintech joining 'Democratise & Digitalise everything'
#China seem poised to become the worlds leading power - #US are on guard! 🧐

Little bit like their former communist friends (Russia) the leadership are getting their Oligarchs/Titans in-line & on-message before their potential big push.

Everything seems to be changing around us
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JP Morgan 1/5: #US: Our base case assumption is that widespread vaccinations, along with the immunity acquired by many from contracting Covid-19, allows the pandemic to wind down over the summer, with most normal economic and social activity resuming by the fall.
JP Morgan 2/5: If this occurs, the economy should see a very strong surge in economic growth throughout this year, with unemployment falling to 4% in early 2022. However, beyond that point, barring further fiscal stimulus, growth should slow down and this could allow inflation
JP Morgan 3/5: to settle at the “a little above 2%” level that the #FederalReserve is targeting. Even this, however, should be consistent with long-term interest rates rising further, as the Fed begins to tapper bond purchases early next year.
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#US #CPI March #Inflation tomorrow:

🚩Headline Exp 2.5% (vs 1.7% Feb)
🚩Core Exp 1.5% (vs 1.3% Feb)

▪️ That +1.0% gap would be largest Headline v/s Core CPI gap since 2011 on huge Energy driven base effects; 5yr avrg gap -0.20%, 2yr avrg -0.37%

▪️ Chart: Energy Inflation indeed so volatile
▪️ Food Inflation key contributor since COVID - likely to ease off marginally on base effects
▪️ Energy base effect => massive spike to Headline over Apr/May => Headline vs Core likely to diverge further

▪️ Energy Inflation, negative recently, was +2.4% Feb, could jump to as high as +8.5% yoy in Mar & +20% in April
▪️ Energy Index collapsed Apr/May'20 but Food Index jumped => opposite base effects

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1/2 @AfricaMediaHub who you call #Amharamilitia are Ethiopian soldiers based in #Tigrayregion the last time I checked Tigray is in Ethiopia what you are stating is equivalent to stating national guard from #Virginia should leave #WashingtonDC
2/3 please educate yourself before meddling in internal affairs of sovereign nations repeating the talking points of #TPLFisaTerroristGroup is not the right approach to ensure strategic interest of #US are aligned the right way in #HOA peace & security in #Ethiopia vital
4/4 for peace and security in #HOA #TPLFisaTerroristGroup threat to peace & security in #Ethiopia & #HOA the people residing in Tigray region want peace & security #TPLFisaTerroristGroup blowing up bridges roads communications blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching the
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It’s 2 am in #Bahrain:

JUST CAME! They took my dad, my dads blood is still on the stairs! They hit my dad so much! They beat him and he cudnt breath
they broke the doors, all wearing masks. They took my father and husband and brother in law.
they beat up my other brother in law mohammed almaskati, and then threw him in a room and told him not to come out
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The #US is perceived as a foreign aggressor, not a neutral arbiter, and allow that to guide further actions: The Biden administration needs to shift the mindset with which it approaches the war in #Yemen:
by Annelle Sheline…
The #US is not seen as a neutral arbiter, and so trying to behave as if it were will be ineffective. The US has supported #Saudi Arabia’s efforts throughout the war, despite occasionally imposing some limits on US assistance.

Yet the US maintains a close military
partnership with Saudi and helps to enforce the blockade that is starving #Yemen of food and fuel. The fact that special envoy Tim Lenderking found it “confusing” that the #Houthis rebuffed his ceasefire proposal demonstrates that he does not understand that the #US is seen
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1/12: Will the UK #integratedreview of security & #foreignpolicy really make a difference? It was billed as a radical reset after #Brexit & does contain important innovations. But there are many areas of continuity. A thread, now we’ve had time to digest..
2/12: #GlobalBritain hyperbole was inevitable. A “science superpower”, a “#softpower superpower”, “an independent country free to tread our own path”. But to be fair, beneath the froth lies serious thought to frame international & domestic priorities.
3/12: The #geopolitical analysis is sober. A tougher, more competitive world where China looms large & old certainties no longer apply. Yet the core prescription is familiar. British foreign policy with global reach, defending liberal democratic values, rule of law & trade.
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I love it how veteran American journalists are now re-discovering #Jordan after a decades-long absence and writing as if it is still 1980, 1991 or 1999.

#الأردن #الامير_حمزه
It highlights a deep lack of understanding of how the #Jordan has evolved under the reign of King Abdullah.

No, East Bank tribes are no longer a monolith and neither are its leaders. A new political-economic elite have risen. Even balance of power in old institutions has shifted
People seem to also missing the point that the #Jordan opposition has been politically decimated or coopted.

There are no real political actors on the ground. Even social actors such as tribes have been divided (many say, on purpose by the state).
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Tomorrow, American and Iraqi delegations will sit down for Strategic Dialogue talks.

This is a big moment for the #US-#Iraq relationship with a new Biden administration and accumulating security concerns in Iraq.
The talks are intended to cover shared #US and #Iraq mutual interests across a range of topics, such as improvements in trade, development, aid, Iraq’s education, industrial, and health sectors, climate issues, and of course, the elephant in the room: security.
The #Biden administration has not been very clear on their #Iraq strategy, despite campaign trail commitments to defeat #Daesh and the US missile strike on a Kataib Hezbollah (KH) and Kaitaib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) compound near the #Syria-Iraq border over a month ago.
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#Lavrov in #Islamabad after 9 years, in a balancing act after first visiting #India, but also to mark strides in ties between the old Cold War adversaries #Russia & #Pakistan. These days #Afghanistan is a strong point of convergence where Pk+Ru are cooperating with #US #China.
An official handle of #Pakistan's MFA quotes a couplet from #Russia FM #SergeyLavrov's poetry, indulging him as he visits Pak to talk #Afghanistan. Lavrov did take a backhanded swipe at the #US during a presser but the visit aligns with 🇺🇸 interests.

#Russia & the #US are working closely on #Afghanistan despite friction on other issues. FM #SergeyLavrov's visit to #India+#Pakistan is part of that US-Russian coordination. Hard to see how this visit is part of some anti-US move as some Pak media suggest.
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CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” Exploiting Mass Shootings to Create an Orwellian Nightmare
Epstein, known for blackmail through the sexual abuse of the underaged girls, also had “damaging information” on prominent figures in Silicon Valley.…
Operation Parachute reminder: Harvey #Weinstein & Black Cube 'a select group of veterans of elite units in the #Israeli intelligence community, combined with financial and legal experts' based in London, Tel-Aviv and Paris.… Image
It took 30 years of rape before this guy was arrested!
Epstein-linked French modeling agent with office in Tel Aviv charged with rape of minors… #KGB #Mossad #Chutzpah #Brunel #Epstein
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