Ocasio-Cortez to Constituents on Bolivian Coup: Drop Dead

Ocasio-Cortez to Constituents on Bolivian Coup: Drop Dead – CounterPunch.org
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AOC, by contrast, has no time for people who cannot help her to burnish her brand as she prepares to run for higher office. As a local staffer (who declined to introduce himself) proudly informed us: “She refuses 99 percent of meeting requests from constituents.”

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

At a preliminary hearing held in London, lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said now-former Republican congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in August 2017.

Fitzgerald said a statement from another Assange lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, recounted “Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr. Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr. Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”
— Read on www.startribune.com/lawyer-assange-was-offered-us-pardon-if-he-cleared-russia/568011712/

Diamond Princess: State Department flew coronavirus-infected Americans to the US against CDC advice

The State Department won the argument. But unhappy CDC officials demanded to be left out of the news release that explained that infected people were being flown back to the United States — a move that would nearly double the number of known coronavirus cases in this country.

The tarmac decision was a pivotal moment for U.S. officials improvising their response to a crisis with few precedents and extraordinarily high stakes. Efforts to prevent the new pathogen from spreading have revealed the limits of the world’s readiness for an unprecedented public health emergency. In the worst-case scenario, covid-19, a flulike respiratory infection, could become a full-blown global pandemic.
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[2019] The 9th Xiangshan Forum: Can China Uphold A Security Order Under Siege?

This year, however, attendance increased and the dialogue covered deeper issues. Over 1,300 participants from 76 official delegations attended, including defense ministers from 23 countries. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Chad Sbragia became the highest US defense official to join the Beijing security forum. His 20-man team was also the biggest delegation the US dispatched for the event. Russia also sent its highest defense official, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, to attend.

The forum highlighted a broad range of security issues, from the perspectives of major and lesser powers, ranging from maritime security, the use of artificial intelligence, and the future of warfare. In its ninth iteration, the Xiangshan Forum also showed its ability to adjust and evolve. It demonstrated Beijing’s increasing power to convene and its responsiveness to emerging security threats. Although China is not known for its openness on security matters, the forum did provide a venue for frank exchange on pressing security issues.
— Read on www.eurasiareview.com/30102019-the-9th-xiangshan-forum-can-china-uphold-a-security-order-under-siege-analysis/