Monday, June 29, 2020

March 2019

"Bolton Weaves a Tall Tale in His Venezuela Chapter" (Flores):
"The most useful piece of information to come out of “Venezuela Libre” is Bolton’s assertion that in January 2019, then-UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was “delighted to cooperate on steps [the UK] could take, for example freezing Venezuelan gold deposits in the Bank of England.” Days later, the Bank of England (BoE) froze over $1.2 billion in gold belonging to Venezuela, despite the fact that it is supposed to be an independent institution “free from day-to-day political influence.” This revelation by Bolton will likely be used in the Venezuelan government’s lawsuit against the BoE. The lawsuit seeks to free Venezuela’s gold in order to transfer it to the United Nations Development Programme, which will purchase food and medical supplies for the country to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. Bolton even lays out an added benefit of his grim pursuit of sanctions: “central banks and private bankers weren’t looking for reasons to be on the Fed’s bad side”, meaning that they would cease to do business with Venezuela or freeze its assets. Known among sanctions experts as “overcompliance”, Bolton exposes this as a feature, not a bug, of his sanctions regime."
"How Venezuela helped defeat Canada’s Security Council bid" (Engler).  Even sweeter.

"Detectan el SARS-CoV-2 en aguas residuales recogidas en Barcelona el 12 marzo de 2019".  Covid in Catalonia in March 2019.  So much for Wuhan.  "The Mobile World Congress 25-28 February 2019 - #MWC19".

"‘The God That Failed’: Why the U.S. Cannot Now Re-Impose Its Civilisational Worldview" (Crooke).
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