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Aujourd’hui — 21 juillet 2019Moon of Alabama

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-41

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: July 15 - The New Delay Of Boeing's 737 MAX Return Will Not Be The Last One Related: Boeing faces largest quarterly loss in its history after a $4.9 billion financial hit due...

Putin Confirms: Sergei Skripal Wanted To Go Back To Russia

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone recently interviewed the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The transcript was published yesterday evening. Most of the interview is about Ukraine. A separate piece will cover that country. There is also a passage about the...
Hier — 20 juillet 2019Moon of Alabama

Britain Pirates Iranian Ship 'Grace 1' - Iran Responds - Takes British Tanker Hostage - (Updated 3x)

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Updated 3 x below On July the Brits used their colonial outlet Gibraltar to steal the Iranian tanker 'Grace 1' and its load of 2 million barrel of oil. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps then threatened to take similar measures...
À partir d’avant-hierMoon of Alabama

Open Thread 2019-40

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A US Led Naval Coalition In The Persian Gulf Will Raise The Threat Of War

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by Seyed Mohammad Marandi While Bolton and Pompeo push the region towards maximum tension and Trump makes despicable threats to obliterate Iran, the US military has announced its intention to create and lead an anti-Iranian naval coalition in the Persian...

How The News About Italian Far-Right Fighters In Ukraine Got Confused

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Fast pacing news can be confusing. Reports appear which contradict each other. They miss some significant details. News that was fake news can suddenly becomes right. Correct versions of the news can become fake news. Here is a live case...

The New Delay Of Boeing's 737 MAX Return Will Not Be The Last One

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The fall out from the unprecedented grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX planes keeps growing. The return of the planes to the sky will need to be delayed again and again. The Wall Street Journal writes (also here) that the MAX...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-39

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: July 8 - "Pretty Please" - Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It July 11 - Iran Keeps Calm While U.S. And Britain Continue Their Provocations Related: US-Iran escalation: It’s message-sending,...

A Plausible Theory Of What Jeffrey Epstein Was Actually Doing

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The first Jeffrey Epstein thread has grown a bit long. Here is a follow up. For an introduction to the Epstein case please read this. A question that no one could so far answer is how Epstein got as rich...

Turkey Announces The Targets Of Its New Air Defense System

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Today first parts of the Russian S-400 air defense systems arrived in Turkey. The Russian Ministry of Defense posted a video of the arrival on Facebook. The Turkish Ministry of Defense video showed the unloading of six support vehicles belong...

Iran Keeps Calm While U.S. And Britain Continue Their Provocations

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Great Britain has joined the U.S. pressure and provocation campaign against Iran. It is creating incidents to put Iran into a defensive position and to provoke into a violent reaction. Early today 'two U.S. officials' spread a scare story about...

Room To Discuss The Epstein Case

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It seems necessary to give some room to the discussion of the Epstein case. Vicky Ward, who wrote a 2002 portrait of Epstein for Vanity Fair, has a short recap of the case at the Daily Beast: Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick...

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents New 'Russian Influence' Story

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Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump. He later admitted that the claims therein were 'likely false'. Today Isikoff came up with a new fake story about 'Russian...

"Pretty Please" - Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It

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On June 20 Iran shot down a U.S. spy drone. U.S. President Trump decided not to retaliate. The White House and the media claimed that Trump had ordered a strike on Iran but pulled it back at the last minute....

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-38

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: July 1 - No, Iran Does Not Break The Nuclear Deal (Updated) July 2 - No, Iran Is Not Rushing To Build A Nuclear Weapon July 3 - On Eve Of 4th Of...

EASA Tells Boeing To Fix 5 Major 737 MAX Issues

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Boeing hopes to have the 737 MAX back in the air by December. But a list of five major requirements issued by the European aviation regulator EASA lets one doubt that the time frame can be kept. EASA’s checklist includes...

Fakenews Spotting: Quake Causes Damage! ... Did It?

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From the Washington Post homepage a few minutes ago: bigger This scheme isn't uncommon. Sensational headline claims X, text says the opposite is a well established practice in main stream journalism. Its rare that it is so obvious. But cursory...

Mueller Report Claims Much Proves Little - Aaron Maté

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An excerpt from a long piece by Aaron Maté who points at the huge holes in the Mueller Report about alleged Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims At a May...

Open Thread 2019-37

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On Eve Of 4th Of July Parade U.S. Attempts To Lure Iran Into Shooting Down Another U.S. Plane

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Today a manned U.S. reconnaissance plane entered Iranian airspace in a clear attempt to provoke Iran into shooting it down. Such an incident would have created an occasion for Trump to give the American people a special 4th of July...

No, Iran Is Not Rushing To Build A Nuclear Weapon

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John Mearsheimer is a political science scholar who adheres to the realist school of thought. He developed a theory of offensive realism that at times produces valid predictions of the behavior of some states. But his theory does not account...

Timezone Change On Moon of Alabama

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This blog so far ran on New York time and displayed the time in a U.S. (AM/PM) format. It made it increasingly difficult to keep in sync with various time displays in other media quoted here. These often have ambiguities....

No, Iran Does Not Break The Nuclear Deal (Updated)

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Updated below --- Here is some fakenews from the Guardian which falsely claims that Iran breaks the nuclear deal. Iran today announced that its stockpile of low enriched uranium now exceeds the 300 kilogram of enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) level...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-36

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: June 24 - Trump Seeks 'Coalition Of The Willing' Against Iran So far Trump had no luck with finding coalition partners. The attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman were understood as...

How Russia's President Putin Explains The End Of The 'Liberal' Order

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Today the Financial Times published a long and wide ranging interview with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. A full transcript is currently available through this link. The talk is making some waves: Putin: Russian president says liberalism...

Boeing's Software Fix For The 737 MAX Problem Overwhelms The Plane's Computer

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The Boeing 737 MAX continues to be a troublesome airplane. Two crashes of the plane type, which cost the lives of 346 people, revealed a significant problem not only with the messed up Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). It then...

Media And Public Disagree On Tulsi Gabbard's Debate Performance

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The mainstream media seem to judge the Democratic primary debate last night quite differently than the general public. Quartz cites multiple polls which show that Tulsi Gabbard won the debate: [T]wo candidates seemed to pique a lot of interest among...

Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran's President Speech - It Is Not The First Time Such 'Error' Happens

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Yesterday the news agencies Associated Press and Reuters mistranslated a speech by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. They made it sound as if Rouhani insulted U.S. President Donald Trump as 'mentally retarded'. Rouhani never said that. The agencies previously made a...

Majority Of U.S. Citizens Would Approve Preventive Nuclear Strike On North Korea

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Today is the 69th anniversary of the Korea War. The war has not ended. It is the U.S. that rejects to sign a peace treaty. The continued state of war is the reason why North Korea acquired nuclear weapons and...

Trump Seeks 'Coalition Of The Willing' Against Iran

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After a somewhat quiet weekend the Trump administration today engaged in another push against Iran. Today the Treasury Department sanctioned the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It also sanctioned Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and his office!...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-35

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: June 17 - Iran To Exceed Some Nuclear Deal Limits - EU Under Pressure To Fulfill Its Commitments June 18 - Trump Fires Shanahan. Pompeo For Sec Def? Bolton To State? June 19...

As Trump Wants To Avoid A Shooting War, Iran Will Use Other Means To Pressure Him

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Iran will continue to put Trump under pressure. As he wants to avoid a war that would hurt his re-election chances, Iran will use other means to pressure him. The discussion about Trump's decision not to 'retaliate' for the shoot...

White House Pushes 'Trump Pulled Back' Story - He Likely Never Approved To Strike Iran

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Last night U.S President Trump allegedly pulled back from a military strike against Iran after it had already been ordered. That is the official story but there are doubts that it is true. The Iranian campaign of "maximum pressure" against...

Iran Shoots Down Strategic U.S. Drone - Is Ready For War - Puts "Maximum Pressure" On Trump - Updated

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Updated below --- Early this morning Iranian air defense shot down a U.S. high altitude reconnaissance drone: DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have shot down a U.S. “spy” drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, which is on...

How John Bolton Controls The Administration And Donald Trump

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Jeff Bezos' blog, the Washington Post, has some bits on the discussion and infighting in the Trump administration about the march towards war on Iran. The piece opens with news of a new redline the Trump administration set out: Secretary...

Trump Fires Shanahan. Pompeo For Sec Def? Bolton To State?

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Trump just fired his acting Secretary of Defense. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump -16:59 UTC· 18 Jun 2019 Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so...

Iran To Exceed Some Nuclear Deal Limits - EU Under Pressure To Fulfill Its Commitments

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The conflict U.S. President Donald Trump ignited by leaving the nuclear deal with Iran is escalating at multiple fronts. U.S. sanctions on Iranian im- and exports are devastating its economy. A new tanker war is brewing. Iran will soon exceed...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-34

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Sorry for posting only four pieces this week. There was family visiting here who deserved a bit of attention. Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: June 11 - Cuban Doctors Provide Healthcare To Those In Need - The U.S....

How Trump's "Maximum Pressure" Campaign Against Iran Now Works Against Him

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There is no evidence that Iran was behind Friday's attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. There are many parties in the Middle East and in the United States who are interested in goading the U.S. into a military...

Iran Decided To Put Maximum Pressure On Trump - Here Is How It Will Do It

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Thirteen month ago the United States launched a total economic war against Iran. It demands its capitulation. Now Iran decided to respond in kind. It will wage a maximum pressure campaign on U.S. economic interests until the Trump administration concedes...

Today's Attacks On Ships In The Gulf Of Oman Are Not In Iran's Interest - Or Are They? (Updated)

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UPDATED below --- Early this morning, around 6:00 UTC, two tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked by surface weapons. Both ships were some 50 kilometers south-east of Bandar-e Jask, Iran, and some 100+ kilometers east of Fujairah. bigger...

Unconstricted Twisted Filaments Of Fiber

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Cuban Doctors Provide Healthcare To Those In Need - The U.S. Wants To Stop Them

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The Trump administration wants to reassert hegemony over Latin America. Cuba is one of its main targets. Through right wing allies and by its own means it targets Cuba's most successful export program - the provision of Cuban doctors to...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-32

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Last week saw our biannual request to you, dear readers, to support our efforts with a donation. Many of you thankfully do so. But many more seem to have missed the chance. If you are one of those sinners please...

Syria - Western Media Glorification Of Syrian Jihadist Is A Sign That The War Is Far From Its End

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Western media currently publish glorifying obituaries for a Syrian 'rebel' who is know for extreme sectarianism and for being a member of a Jihadi group that is aligend with al-Qaeda. The Associated Press, the BBC, the Guardian and analysts all...

We Are Happy To Announce 40 Million Lifetime Pageviews!

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Over the last week there were several meta-post about the Moon of Alabama blog itself. This is another happy one. A week ago we announced some minor renovations of this blog's functionality. Smaller linking issues were fixed and the 'search'...

U.S. 7th Fleet Cruiser Ignores Rules At Sea - Nearly Collides With Russian Destroyer

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The accident prone U.S. 7th fleet is again in trouble. CNN sensationally reports of a near collision of a U.S. navy ship with a Russian navy one: The United States and Russian navies are at odds over an apparent near...

How Moon of Alabama Is Made

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In one of the interviews Seymour Hersh gave last year about his life as a reporter he was asked to give advice for other writers. He offered three tips: Read before you write. Know more than you write. Get yourself...

Odd NYT 'Correction' Exculpates British Government And CIA From Manipulating Trump Over Skripal Novichok Incident

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A piece in the New York Times showed how in March 2018 Trump was manipulated by the CIA and MI6 into expelling 60 Russian diplomats. Eight weeks after it was published the New York Times 'corrects' that narrative and exculpates...
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