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...In any case, the agreement and the role of China in it do demonstrate that big changes are taking place in the geopolitics of the Middle East, and by tying itself so closely to Israeli priorities, the Biden administration made a significant error in not reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran would have been less likely to go into the Russian orbit if it had the prospect of trading with Western Europe, and it could have used Washington as the channel to restore relations with Riyadh...



The nose knows

and there is no better one in the state than George Skelton of the LA Times: -- blj



Los Angeles Times

Column: Newsom cares more about almond growers than California’s salmon fishery
Baby winter-run Chinook salmon in a container tipped over a body of water

FEB. 27, 2023 5 AM PT

SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom bills himself as a protector of wildlife, so you wouldn’t think he’d take water from baby salmon and give it to almonds.
Or to pistachios, or cotton or alfalfa.

Perhaps, now it begins


Consortium News
German Lawmaker Calls for Nord Stream Probe
Sevim Dagdelen takes the Scholz government to task for its lack of “strength and will” in responding to Seymour Hersh’s reporting on the U.S. sabotage of the Russian pipeline. Video and text of her Feb. 10 speech to the Bundestag.

By Sevim Dagdelen

Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! At the time of war, journalism in our country is often carried out under the motto of “The American president declared, the federal government announced, the police inform.”

Nothing but bad news

The question this article raises is why the US ever got dependent on Russia for enriched uranium. The answer probably lies in environmental opposition to uranium mining and processing that pollutes groundwater, streams and rivers including the Colorado River, which serves 40 million residents of the Western United States. The text of the  Nuclear Fuel Security Act of 2023 has not yet been released. -- blj



GO BACK TO COCKTAIL PARTIES. THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GOOD AT. And spending other peoples' money.


Nato force set back by ‘total failure’ of Germany’s Puma combat vehicles
All 18 of the Pumas broke down within days during recent military exercises
All 18 of the Pumas broke down within days during recent military exercises
Bruno Waterfield
Monday December 19 2022, 12.01am GMT, The Times