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Hier — 26 janvier 2020Moon of Alabama

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-07

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: January 20 - Iran Counters EU Threat Of Snapback Sanctions Related: Interview with Iran's Foreign Minister Javed Zarif: "It’s a Disaster for Europe To Be So Subservient to the U.S" -Spiegel January 21...

The Coronavirus - No Need To Panic

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Bring Out Your Dead by beq bigger - uncropped I had a little bird, Its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 The picture and the rhyme are from a fifteen year old...
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Associated Press Sees "Hundreds" Where Pictures Show Millions

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At 10:01 UTC today the Associated Press tweeted that "hundreds" gather in central Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country. bigger Thirty eight minutes earlier CNN had already reported that "hundreds of thousands" are protesting in Baghdad against...

New Boeing CEO Insists On Moving The Company Towards Irrelevance

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Shortly after we published our latest Boeing piece, asking if the company can survive, the new Boeing CEO and former board member David Calhoun held a call with the media. It confirmed our pessimistic take. Calhoun said that nothing was...

Open Thread 2020-06

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Can Boeing Survive Its MAX Problems?

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The Boeing 737 MAX saga continues and it now threatens to bring the company to the brink of insolvency: Boeing now projects the 737 MAX won’t get Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance to fly until midyear, about three months further...

UN Security Council Hears OPCW Inspector Testimony About The Manipulation Of 'Chemical Attack' Reports

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We have long maintained that the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, on April 7 2018 was faked by Jihadists shortly before they were evicted from that Damascus suburb. By the end of last year leaked documents and a whistle...

Iran Counters EU Threat Of Snapback Sanctions

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U.S. President Donald Trump wants to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran. He has threatened the EU-3 poodles in Germany, Britain and France with a 25% tariff on their car exports to the U.S. unless they end their role in...

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-05

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: January 13 - The Long Planned U.S. Assassinations In Iraq Will Increase Its Political Chaos January 14 - Trump's EU Poodles - Germany, Britain And France - Obey His Order To Kill The...

The Murder Of Qassem Soleimani Will Deter No One

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The Trump administration sees the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani as a form of deterrence not only with regards to Iran but also towards Russia, China and others. That view is wrong. The claim that the murder of Soleimani was...

How Trump Rebelled Against The Generals

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In early 2017, just as Trump was inaugurated, we wrote how an old power center theory that seemed to explain how Trump won the elections: Seen from the perspective of power centers Clinton once had all the support she needed....

Open Thread 2020-04

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The Russian Prime Minister Resigns And No One Knows Why

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A curious 'regime change' happened in Russia today as the Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and his whole cabinet resigned. This morning President Vladimir Putin held his yearly speech to the Federal Assembly of Russia (English transcript). Putin spoke about Russia's...

Trump's EU Poodles - Germany, Britain And France - Obey His Order To Kill The Nuclear Deal With Iran

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The European poodles who co-signed the nuclear deal with Iran - Britain, France and Germany (the EU3) - have been told by the Trump administration to kill the agreement. Today they started the process to do so. The other co-signers,...

The Long Planned U.S. Assassinations In Iraq Will Increase Its Political Chaos

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The Trump administration has given various justification for its assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani and commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis. It claimed that there was an 'imminent threat' of an incident, even while not knowing what, where or when...

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-03

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: January 6 - Axis Of Resistance Says How It Will Avenge Qassem Soleimani January 7 - Blowback From The Soleimani Assassination Increases As Iraq Reveals How Trump Tried To Steal Its Oil January...

Was The Shootdown Of The Ukrainian Airplane Near Tehran Intended, A Screw-Up Or A 'Mistake'?

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After the shoot down of the Ukrainian flight PS752 the big question within Iran and within its military and political circles is what went wrong. An analysis of the circumstances under which the incident took place unfortunately shows that nothing...

Iranian Armed Forces Say They Inadvertently Shot Down The Ukrainian Plane - Updated

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Updated below The Iranian Armed Forces General Staff just admitted (in Farsi, English translation) that its air defenses inadvertently shot down the Ukrainian flight PS 752 shortly after it took off on January 8 in Tehran : 2- In early...

In Iraq The U.S. Is Again An Occupation Force As It Rejects To Leave As Demanded

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Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is following Iraq's Parliament decision to remove all foreign forces from Iraq. But his request for talks with the U.S. about the U.S. withdrawal process was answered with a big "F*** You": Iraq’s caretaker prime...

Update On The Ukrainian Plane Incident Near Tehran

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Reuters asks: "Who Ya Gonna Believe Me Or Your Lying Eyes?" The trustworthy (not) news agency tweeted this yesterday: bigger The crashed South African plane is pretty obviously a total loss but Reuters says that there is "no sign of...

Pentagon Accuses Iran Of Shooting Down A Ukrainian Plane But Its Evidence Is Flimsy

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The Pentagon is accusing Iran's air defense of shooting down the Ukraninan plane that crashed yesterday near Tehran. The Pentagon says that it was an accidental incident. But the evidence on which the claim is based is flimsy. We reported...

Open Thread 2020-02

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For news & views not related to the recent U.S.-Iran conflict ...

Iran's Missile Launch Against Two U.S. Bases in Iraq Calls Trump's Bluff - Updated

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Updated below Last night Iran fired 22 Qiam missiles towards two U.S. bases in Iraq. Between 1:45 and 2:15 local time (~22:00 UTC) seventeen missiles hit the Ain al Assad airbase west of Ramadi. Five missiles were aimed at Erbil...

Blowback From The Soleimani Assassination Increases As Iraq Reveals How Trump Tried To Steal Its Oil

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The blowback from Trump's assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani and PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is increasing. A scandal is developing as one consequence of Trump's evil deed after Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi revealed the gangster methods...

Axis Of Resistance Says How It Will Avenge Qassem Soleimani

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The media continue to tell fairytales about Qassem Soleimani and about Trump's decision to assassinate him and PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Meanwhile the Resistance Axis announced how it will avenge their deaths. In their descriptions of Qassem Soleimani U.S....

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-01

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: December 31 - The MoA Year In Review December 30 - After U.S. Strike On Iraqi Forces Its Troops Will (Again) Have To Leave January 2 - What Will The Trump Administration Do...

Iraqi Parliament Expels Foreign Militaries From Iraq

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Updated throughout - 16:06 UTC As predicted here, here and here: The National @TheNationalUAE - 14:34 UTC · 5 Jan 2020 Iraqi Parliament has voted for ending the presence of foreign troops in Iraq, limiting arms to the Iraqi states...

The Revenge For The Assassination Of Qassem Soleimani

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The Trump administration is telling fairytales about its murder of Major General Qassem Soleimani. He was not planing any "imminent attacks" on the U.S. or its interests in Iraq. Reports which claim that while calling Katyusha rockets "sophisticated weapons" can...

U.S. Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani

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Today the U.S. declared war on Iran and Iraq. War is what it will get. Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major General Qassim Soleimani, the famous commander of the Iranian Quds ('Jerusalem') force, while he left the...

What Will The Trump Administration Do When Iraq Asks U.S. Troops To Leave?

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The reports about the current events in Iraq miss the root cause of the crisis. During last summer there were several large explosions on bases held by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF/PMU/Hashed) in Iraq. These were either caused by extreme...

The MoA Year In Review

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The big stories of 2019 which Moon of Alabama covered were: The vindication of Donald Trump by the Mueller and Horowitz 'Russiagate' investigations. The Democrats, driven by the security state, then continued their coup attempt against Trump by impeaching him...

After U.S. Strike On Iraqi Forces Its Troops Will (Again) Have To Leave

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Within Syria @WithinSyriaBlog - 17:43 UTC · Dec 29, 2019 Trump just made the mistake of his presidency. That may be true or may be not true. Here is what happened. On Friday a volley of some 30 107mm Katyusha...

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-78

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: December 23 - U.S. Media Bias Creates False Pictures Of Russia Confirms our take: For Wall Street, Russia Has Become ‘Bulletproof’ - Forbes >“They’ve made themselves bulletproof,” says James Barrineau, co-head of emerging-market...

Open Thread 2019-77

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Turkey's Military Intervention In Libya Might Help Syria

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The Turkish intervention in Libya might develop into a major international crisis as each side in the 'civil' war in Libya has several international supporters. Turkey is now taking serious steps to move troops and equipment to Libya: Turkey will...

Christmas

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Long before Christianity evolved, people celebrated the winter solstice as the end of the dark times and the coming of light. Roman Christianity moved the day on which it commemorates the birth of Jesus to the winter solstice. It replaced...

U.S. Media Bias Creates False Pictures Of Russia

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The latest Putin bashing piece in the New York Times is headlined: It’s Putin’s World. We Just Live in It. Its economy is sputtering and its young are frustrated, but with America and Europe in tumult, Russia and its leader...

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-76

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: December 16 - Max Blumenthal Says He Is A "Cynical Salesperson Posing As Journalist". He Is Right. December 17 - The Turkish Intervention In Libya Might Lead To A War With Egypt Related:...

Travel Notice

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Dear Readers, I am currently traveling to spend a few days with my wider family. New Moon of Alabama posts will therefore be fewer than usual. b. PS: Use as open thread ...

Syria Launches New Idlib Campaign - UN Battle Over Control Of Aid For Syrians

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The Syrian army campaign to liberate the terrorist held Idleb governorate was restarted yesterday. The campaign had been halted at the end of August after ceasefire negotiations between Turkey and Russia. Since then nearly a thousand people have died on...

Open Thread 2019-75

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How The Deep State Sunk The Democratic Party

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The House Democrats continue to party on their Titanic voyage even as there are clear signs that the impeachment iceberg will sink them: President Trump’s job approval rating has ticked up 6 percentage points since the Democrats' impeachment inquiry began,...

The Turkish Intervention In Libya Might Lead To A War With Egypt

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The Turkish President Erdogan continues to create enemies for Turkey. After waging a war on Syria, he has managed to piss off the EU by pushing refugees towards it. He has displeased NATO and the U.S. by installing Russian air...

Max Blumenthal Says He Is A "Cynical Salesperson Posing As Journalist". He Is Right.

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bigger In July 2017 we took on three "cynical salespersons" in the 'progressive' media who took part in a "disinformation campaign aimed at convincing Americans to support decapitating another Middle Eastern government and let Al Qaeda and co. fill the...

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-74

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Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: December 9 - The U.S. Campaign To Weaken Iran's 'Axis Of Resistance' Is Failing Related: What have the US and protestors in Lebanon achieved over Iran and its allies? - Elijah Magnier Intel:...

Media Suppressed Evidence Of The OPCW's 'Chemical Attack' Manipulations - There Is Now More Of It

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A journalist describes why he resigned when his outlet suppressed his reporting about manipulations within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Meanwhile Wikileaks published additional evidence that the OPCW Manufactured A Pretext For War By Suppressing Its...

Violent Death Of Journalist - Blamed On Russia - Was Assault By Ukrainian Fascists

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On Thursday the notorious Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence on President Donald Trump was officially debunked as unverified "internet rumor". On the very same day another case, in which Russia was accused of being behind a murder in Ukraine,...

Boeing Will Have To Stop Its 737 MAX Production Line. What will Trump Do To Avoid It?

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The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX will be further extended. Major airlines have already moved the date for the return of the MAX into passenger service to April 2020. They will have to move it again. After the first...

Open Thread 2019-73

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News & views ... How, btw, did Corbyn do it?

The Impeachment Deal Between The House And The Senate

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Two weeks ago we analyzed the consequences of an impeachment process of President Donal Trump. We found that the Democrats would lose by impeaching him and would therefore likely censure him instead. We were wrong. A week later Pelosi announced...
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