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“aide-memoire” from the Russian Foreign Ministry “to clarify the state of affairs” in the ‘Skripal case’ 

This is the text of an “aide-memoire” on the Skripal case, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 21 March 2018. It’s a reasonable summary of the state of play thus far and helps us to understand the Russian perspective on

1. On 12 March 2018, Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May, addressing the House of Commons, said it was “highly likely” that the Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning of former GRU colonel, double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal on 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, with a nerve agent identified according to British classification as A-234.
The United Kingdom has publicly raised a question about Russia’s “concealing” and “using” part of its chemical arsenal, thus alleging that Russia has “violated” its obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and…
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Also, I received this very interesting email this morning.


you’d never hear what 95.5% of humans say … if all you ever hear is USA “news”

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Roger Erickson

2:43 AM (3 hours ago)

to bcc: me
example:

in 2018, there are somewhere between 197-to-230 independent nations on planet Earth, hosting 95.5% of humans …. depending upon whom you believe 🙂  *
then there’s the corporate “owners” of newspapers in the USA, who tell  4.5% of humans what to and not to hear, think & believe

to actually hear what the rest of humanity thinks, start here
google “news from ___ newspapers”
and plug in, one by one, the names of all 197-230 nations
after you plow through at least one newspaper from 197 countries, you’ll never again look the same at what you read in US newspapers;
   yes, much of US news is rank corporate propaganda, telling us what to think;
   but the bigger impact is simply how LITTLE of reality our corporate newspapers restrict us to
Expand your horizons.   Talk to your neighbors in other countries. Decide for  yourself what to think about and not think about.
Maybe consider cancelling subscriptions to every corporate-owned news service, and going back to sampling what independent journalists and citizens comment on.
* ps: there are ~5000 US military bases, ~800  in 70-80 foreign countries worldwide
  but no foreign military bases on US soil 🙁

“U.S. military personnel by country. The United States has active duty military troops stationed in nearly 150 countries. The table below details how many troops are in each country as of September 30, 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.”U.S. military personnel by country – CNN.comwww.cnn.com/interactive/2012/04/us/table.military.troops/

The reference in the title to Who Fucked Aunty? Well the BBC is the worse it has been in my memory. MArr on Sunday was a Joke, I think David Davis’s Sick Bucket was some sort of Metaphor.

David Davis has sick bucket on hand during BBC interview

David Davis and Andrew Marr
When David Davis was being grilled on the Andrew Marr Show about negotiations with the EU, something else was spotted by sharp-eyed Sunday morning viewers.
On the floor beside the under-the-weather Brexit secretary was a strategically-placed bin, acting as a makeshift sick bucket.
Thankfully he managed to navigate the interview without resorting to it.
Introducing him, Marr said Mr Davis had “struggled here despite feeling most unwell this morning”.
“If the camera suddenly switches to you, the audience will know what’s happened,” Mr Davis replied.
On Twitter, the Marr show’s editor joked that the use of the bin showed “commendable concern for our studio floor and furniture”.
The Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn, who was due to appear on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, offered more details, saying the Brexit secretary was suffering from “extreme food poisoning”.
And it certainly didn’t escape the attention of eagle-eyed viewers.
Presentational white space
During the interview, Mr Davis said it was “incredibly probable” that the UK would reach a deal with the EU and compared contingency planning for a stalemate to having home insurance in case your house burns down.

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