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Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan (21.07.2017)

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union.

LONDON, United Kingdom, July 21, 2017 – The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensive against SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces near Pagak, as well as ongoing road ambushes and attacks by the SPLM-IO. The Pagak offensive is a clear violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir on May 22, and calls into question the government’s commitment to reach peace through the National Dialogue, notwithstanding the sincere efforts undertaken by the leaders of the Steering Committee.

The Troika and EU repeat and endorse the June 12 call by the leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for President Kiir to ensure that his forces respect the unilateral ceasefire, for the armed opposition groups to reciprocate the ceasefire, and for all groups to allow the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need. We also welcome IGAD’s announcement of a High-Level Revitalization Forum for the South Sudan peace process. We call upon IGAD to expeditiously convene the Forum, and to include the current principal parties to the conflict. Likewise, we urge all parties to fully participate in the Forum. The Troika and EU agree with IGAD that the Forum should focus on achieving a ceasefire and resuming political dialogue that focuses on updating the agreement’s timelines and other provisions that are now obsolete in light of the expansion of conflict since 2015.

The proliferation of violence, displacement, and food insecurity renders any discussion of elections in the foreseeable future as an unnecessary diversion from the primary goals of achieving peace and reconciliation. South Sudan’s leaders, neighbors, and regional and international partners must first focus on achieving peace in order to create the conditions needed to hold credible elections. To achieve these urgent goals, we look forward to the prompt revitalization of an inclusive and credible peace process by IGAD; such progress would be required in order for the Troika and EU to commit further resources to institutions designed to implement the agreement.

Norbert Mao’s unique experience yesterday; how it opens up the question if it was a real arrest!

When I saw the Democratic Party President residing and discussing change on NBS Frontline, I was shocked, he were arrested in few hours before and the DP headquarters was supposed to be sealed off. What happen there from the morning and the start of the campaign against the abolishment of Article 102 (b) and it seemed fair that the Police did this. When knowing what it did to fellow opposition leaders in the Forum for Democratic Change.

“Arrested for launching campaign against Land And Age Limit Amendments. Our spirits and resolve are strong. The police should not manhandle our people who are constitutionally mandated to exercise their rights. Ugandans join us in the struggle” (Norbert Mao, 20.07.2017).

Well, what amaze me is that in the Police Station he was drinking Pepsi and waiting to be released, not looking bothered by the place he was in. The pictures speak for themselves; we have seen when others been arrested and how they feel. They look miserable and a bit fatigued. However, honorable Mao was just waiting for it soon to be over. There even been rumors that DP Youth and Activist came to his rescue and wanted him free. However, they were getting threats of arrests. So Mao told them to scatter and do not save him.

The whole in retrospect seems a bit strange, since the FDC leaders are still lingering together in the maximum prison of Nalufenya far from where they was arrested in and around Kasangati in Wakiso District. This clearly shows who the real opposition to the NRM are! Since the arranged detaining of Mao had no dire consequence. He could wash it off and spend time talking against Museveni again on NBS TV Frontline, like nothing happen earlier in the day.

Norbert Mao, the former harsh and real critic of Musevenism and the NRM, what have you done? How can this be, in one moment your acts and the parties acts get you into trouble, a few hours later your on stage discussing politics and debating on NBS. AIGP Asan Kasingye even said this: “we just accompanied him to police”. If it is so, then the whole ruckus was a forged and staged affair from both the authorities and the DP. This does not look good. To be clear it insightful to the place Mao has in the political landscape.

If a FDC leader and FDC President were to be detained, he would have been there to late night and any sort arrangement later in the day would have to be postponed, because the authorities would not care. They could even leave you behind bars so you do not get the opportunity to meet in court to answer for another of your crimes. That has happen and will surely happen again, especially since the NRM continues to use the Police Force for political gains!

So the play-play of the matter is still at large and how the outcome will be, if this was a façade or a real deal, I am not sure, because the interesting picture from the Police Station together with the Police Force spokesperson seems odd, in the sense that the fighting in the streets was real and the brutal arrests. However, the aftermath and the ease of getting out of there. Make the whole thing seem a bit strange. Not real, not genuine. The reality of the matter is very unclear.

Because the narrative is not that he got arrested, but the demonstration got squashed, he went on NBS TV and the FDC leaders are still lingering in jail for doing the same acts. This shows the double standard of the Police who with ease are throwing the FDC behind bars, but letting the DP President go. That is what is so rare and shows the reality of his position. The Good DP are so good and can therefore get away. However, if he was Bad DP he might have ended in the hospital.

These sorts of acts adds to the speculations and the arrangement of shadow deals done by the DP and the NRM. Since they are getting away and sipping soda at the Police Station, while the FDC are taken away in haste. Clearly, the reality and the perceived are playing games on you. The strangest of it is that the Police Force was not claiming it and brushing it off. While Mao was condemning the Police and hours later appearing with his usual grin on NBS Frontline. That is just rare and special. If this had happen to Besigye or even Muntu, the whole NRM would praise democracy, but alas it is not so.

This is just the state of affairs and what is beneath the surface is hard to know, but if it is rocks, dirt or oil. Who knows, but what we do know was this whole arrangement looks staged and sounds staged. It is just the matter of how deep the matter goes and who sanctioned it. Peace.

U.S. Treasury fines ExxonMobile meager $2m for violation of the Russian-Ukraine Sanctions!

Some days you wonder if the connections of the New York isn’t to strong for the moment. When the joys of their loot and their power is not making them lose their senses. The common sense is clearly gone, as the company formerly run by Rex Tillerson, the now State Secretary of United States. Who couldn’t care less about the relationship between the United States of America and the Russian Federation. As the illegal and not internationally accepted annexation of the Crimea from the Republic of Ukraine happen. Still, even as that was happening the former Standard Oil baby ExxonMobile decided to be a trading partner and create opportunities in the vast resources in Russia and Russian territories. Now today they we’re fined, but that was a little slap on their wrist, as the real wealth inside the deal shows how much they really could have earned. Therefore, the crime and the penalty doesn’t fit. The Company gets away with a heist, but has to pay small interests for doing so. Now they are waiting for the possible time for their giant payoff and this will be simple write-off in their results in the next quarterly estimates. This sort of fine isn’t that serious, as it can easily chop it off and continue to eat.

First we will look into what the Wall Street Journal wrote about the deal between Russia and ExxonMobile, the second and third are about today’s fine and you see why it insulting fine to give.

A U.S. official said the new penalties would affect Exxon’s current drilling in the icy Kara Sea with its Kremlin-controlled partner, OAO Rosneft, though the extent of the impact was unclear Thursday. No other Western energy company has as much direct exposure to Russia as Exxon, thanks to a $3.2 billion deal giving the company access to a swath of the Arctic larger than Texas that could hold the equivalent of billions of barrels of oil and gas. Officials in Europe, which has extensive trade links to Russia, have insisted that Western nations share the fallout from sanctions against Moscow. Russia has said it would retaliate against additional sanctions with measures of its own, further heightening the risks to companies operating there, legal experts said. Exxon is “assessing the sanctions,” said Alan Jeffers, a company spokesman. “It’s our policy to comply with all laws.” (Gilbert, 2014)

ExxonMobil Corporation Assessed a Penalty for Violating the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations: ExxonMobil Corp., oflrving, Texas, including its U.S. subsidiaries ExxonMobil Development Company and ExxonMobil Oil Corp. (collectively, “ExxonMobil”), has been assessed a civil monetary penalty of $2,000,000 for violations of the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 589 (Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations). Between on or about May 14, 2014 and on or about May 23, 2014, ExxonMobil violated§ 589.201 of the Ukraine Related Sanctions Regulations when the presidents of its U.S. subsidiaries dealt in services of an individual whose property and interests in property were blocked, namely, by signing eight legal documents related to oil and gas projects in Russia with Igor Sechin, the President of Rosneft OAO, 1 and an individual identified on OF AC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the “SDN List”) (referred to hereinafter as an “SDN”)” (U.S. Treasury, 20.07.2017).

OF AC considered the following to be aggravating factors: (1) ExxonMobil demonstrated reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions requirements when it failed to consider warning signs associated with dealing in the blocked services of an SDN; (2) ExxonMobil’s senior-most executives knew of Sechin’ s status as an SDN when they dealt in the blocked services of Sechin; (3) ExxonMobil caused significant harm to the Ukraine-related sanctions program objectives by engaging the services of an SDN designated on the basis that he is an official of the Government of the Russian Federation contributing to the crisis in Ukraine; and (4) ExxonMobil is a sophisticated and experienced oil and gas company that has global operations and routinely deals in goods, services, and technology subject to U.S economic sanctions and U.S. export controls” (U.S. Treasury, 20.07.2017).

So it’s okay, the company ExxonMobile was fined for intervening in a Republic and inside a state where there was clear sanctions against trade. That was something Rex Tillerson knew and also the Russian counterparts, but ExxonMobile didn’t care. They just wanted the profits and earn on the fragile arctic and also into areas like the annexed Crimea. This shows the intent of profiting while being under sanctions and not respecting the laws of the United States and being a registered company residing in the United States.

This show the ethical backdrop of the New York Gang and the Administration of today, we cannot know how much the company earned before the stop between Rosneft and ExxonMobile. The suspension of activity between them. What we can imagine is that it was vastly more than the little they paid for breaking the law. Peace.

Reference:

Gilbert, Daniel – ‘Sanctions Over Ukraine Put Exxon at Risk’ (11.09.2014) – Wall Street Journal

United State Senate – Committee of the Judiciary letter to Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP requesting documents relating to the Russian Probe (19.07.2017)

United States Senate – Committee of the Judiciary letter to the Trump Organization requesting documents relating to the Russian Probe (19.07.2017)

United States Senate – Committee of the Judiciary letter to Donald Trump Junior requesting documents relating to the Russian Probe (19.07.2017)

United States Senate – Committe of the Judiciary letter to Paul Manafort requesting documents relating to the Russian Probe (19.07.2017)

RDC: Declaration Politique des Deputes Nationaux du Grand-Nord sur la Situation Securitaire Deficitaire (20.07.2017)

UPF Confirms the 56 FDC Leaders are arrested for “unlawful assembly” and detained at Nalufenya (20.07.2017)

The New York Gang operates with quid-pro-quo to Russia, while Russian Probe continues!

The more drip drops of intelligence and inner-works of the Trump Campaign. The more will know of the New York Gang operates, since the Russian ties does not stop. Secondly, the favorable approach came to standstill yesterday. When the U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the Cyber Office of State Department, which is suspicious when hackers had tampered with the last election. Seems, like a helping hand from the U.S. Government there.

That was not it yesterday, CIA suddenly gave way to President Bashar Al-Assad and a Russian Ally of President Vladimir Putin in the Middle East, as they suspended their program to train and equip moderate opposition forces fighting the third generation tyrant. What a noble approach up-easing the relationship with the Russians, while giving way to the Syrian government to do as they please in the midst of the long continued civil war.

While earlier this week, the President Trump had two meetings with Putin at G-20, one disclosed, another one failed to mentioned, again the second one alone and only with Russian translator, none from the U.S. State to confirm the discussions. Just like the secret unknown talks in the Trump Tower at 9th June 2016, the talks between the Presidents was about adoption. Well, if it has to be a secret, surely they must eventually adopt the Trump Family. They seem so like connected families by now.

The New York Gang and all their ties are now getting into bonkers levels. The GOP does not say anything or intervene. They look idly by hoping the flames of destruction does not hurt them. However, it will, since the President are a part of them and their campaigning was a collective effort. Not like the GOP can be like a fish out of water.

That Donald Trump Junior in the past has been in Russia as speaker, beneficiary and he has even spoken highly of the profits made in Russia. The same has Eric Trump done, he has bragged about the money coming in from there. Even Ivanka Trump has been on vacation with the girlfriend of the Russian President. The ties between the Trump’s and Russians are insane. Therefore, the praises of the Russian President and the warm relationship between is not so strange considering it all.

That Kremlin and Moscow have nurtured it would not seem strange considering they have worked on the man since the 1980s and has steady efforts all along. Many times Trump has said the Russians been good to him in the press over the years. Therefore, the conspiracy is not so hard to grasp when considering it all. Secondly, the unwillingness to show the IRS Tax Returns, to open books for the public of the Trump Organization as they are called a Russian Laundromat, as part of white-washing operation from Moscow. Could clearly be obvious reasons for the lacking of transparency of the family corporation?

That now in the press today to NYT are mad at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Probe and wished he hired someone else. In addition, not believing his answers at the Senate Hearing, which was charade of answering, not as if he tried to come forward with an honest testimony. This shows the inner workings of the President. As his loyalty and that, he thinks he can stand beyond the law. As the case against him will be strong and have all the factors in it. The firing of FBI Director James Comey and all the other trying to stop further investigations.

President Trump fury over Sessions comes from the recusal, since that leaves him powerless to fire Special Investigator Robert Mueller, who are digging at the pockets of Trump and looking into his family members in and around the White House. Which are obviously dangerous for Trump and all of it would possibly hurt him, therefore he is willingly firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein or repeal the Special Counsel Regulation, but by then he would have tampered with the investigation twice. Clearly, showing the wide world that this is not conspiracy of crime, but actually acts of crime.

There are massive lose ends, the bank loans to his businesses. The workings of Bayrock LLC, and the other parts of the Trump Organization that the New York Gang ran together. All of the men who is advisors and such in Campaign team who had ties to Russia, who had meetings and certainly did not disclose it all when entering in the White House. The amounts of lies and deception should frighten anyone. Seemingly, even with all of this and possible collective shutdown of sincerity does not affect the Republican Senators or Representatives, they just let the Trump family run wild in the White House.

So when the investigation get into the monies of the Trump Organization and get the paperwork for New York Gang operation, than the Trump Presidency going to ballistic. It has already proven it by sacking Comey and Bharara for getting to close to the honey pot and now it seems like the whole ordeal will happen again.

This is not just about a meeting with a group of Russians the 9th June 2016, this about collusion and also about the intricate relationship between the Trump Family and associates, that all have been included in the cabinet and gotten leadership roles in the New York Gang administration. That also the GOP and the RNC silence shows the hostile takeover, as even Paul Ryan knew about and certainly also Mitch McConnell. Since none of them are acting upon the subpoenas or hearing amongst the top officials around Trump. This scandal will not make United States better, but clearly, that Putin has made American governance into chaos and gotten a bargain.

That Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Junior and Paul Manafort has to testify to Senate hearing is all good, while they have time preparing their defenses. Clearly, Kushner who has lied on security clearance dozens of times already will have to work hard with attorney to fix the stories. Donald Trump Junior has only on the 9th June 2016 meeting had three different tales about that, what about all the questions coming up and what will Manafort do when they corner him on the economic ties to Kremlin and others, will he not recall as well like Sessions?

Time will tell, but the speculation combined with the erratic behavior of Trump do not make it easier, especially considering his tendency to fire and suspend operations when he can. Seems like it is impossible for him to build anything. Been a long while ago since he made something genuine. All the Russian connections, the Russian business associates, the secrets meetings, the lies and the drip drop just shows how they infiltrated it all. Since they knew if they come forward, they would seem like workers for the Russians and not representatives for Americans. Peace.

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