National security – Anti Nationale http://antinationale.org/ Tue, 24 May 2022 20:26:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://antinationale.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/anti.png National security – Anti Nationale http://antinationale.org/ 32 32 Who’s who: Turki Al-Thonayan, CEO of National Security Services Co. https://antinationale.org/whos-who-turki-al-thonayan-ceo-of-national-security-services-co/ Mon, 23 May 2022 18:02:02 +0000 https://antinationale.org/whos-who-turki-al-thonayan-ceo-of-national-security-services-co/ UN official applauds Saudi green initiative to tackle effects of climate change RIYADH: The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia praised the Kingdom on Tuesday for stepping up its commitment to the environment by launching initiatives to combat the devastating effects of climate change. In his opening remarks at Riyadh Blue Talk, an event […]]]>

UN official applauds Saudi green initiative to tackle effects of climate change

RIYADH: The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia praised the Kingdom on Tuesday for stepping up its commitment to the environment by launching initiatives to combat the devastating effects of climate change.

In his opening remarks at Riyadh Blue Talk, an event organized by the UNRC office and the embassies of Portugal and Kenya to raise awareness about the oceans ahead of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference to be held in Lisbon next month, Nathalie Fustier said:

“In recent years, Saudi Arabia has strengthened its commitment to the environment and last year launched the Middle East and Saudi Green Initiatives aimed at combating some of the devastating effects of climate change. Recently, the Saudi government announced the establishment of the Red Sea Authority, a new body to protect coral reefs and sea turtles in the Red Sea.

“Saudi Arabia has over 2,000 km of coastline, the longest in the region, with 30% of the Kingdom’s population living within 100 km of a coast. This immense coastline is home to various marine ecosystems and forms the basis of the future blue economy of the Kingdom.

“Given the valuable contributions and efforts that Saudi Arabia has made to the conservation of the marine environment at the national, regional and global levels, we are pleased to bring together stakeholders from government, private sector, society civil society, universities, regional and international organizations to exchange knowledge and solutions and build partnerships to solve pressing problems.

The environment is a priority for the UN and the Kingdom. The UN in Saudi Arabia supports the Kingdom in its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Vision 2030, she added.

“We are working on a five-year development cooperation framework with the government that has a strong focus on the ‘planet’. We have also created a dedicated Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Advisory Working Group within the UNCT (United Nations Country Team) to strengthen internal UN coordination and improve support to the government in the field of (the) environment.

The UN secretary-general firmly believed that solutions were possible and that current trends could be reversed to bring dramatic improvements to the environment, she said.

“With this optimism in mind, I look forward to learning more and hope that the discussions here will inform the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon and create new ways of working towards an effective solution to better preserve our oceans.”

Speaking at the Blue Talk in Riyadh, Dr. Osama Faqeeha, Saudi Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, said: “Saudi Vision 2030 plays a pivotal role (by) expressing a deep conviction that economic development and prosperity cannot be complete without environmental protection and social development.”

In 2016, the Ministry of Environment approved a national strategy which included a comprehensive assessment of all environmental challenges and opportunities and an increased focus on environmental protection.

This was followed by a complete restructuring of institutions working in the environmental sector, culminating in the National Center for Environmental Compliance.

It has also enabled the National Waste Management Center to accelerate work in the Kingdom towards a circular economy, maximizing recycling, minimizing waste generation, maximizing waste utilization and reducing waste diversion. to landfills.

The National Center for the Fight against Desertification responds to national issues related to plant cover. Saudi Arabia also has a national wildlife center and a national metrology center to tackle climate and environmental issues.

Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the ocean, said: “The health (of) the ocean is vital for all of us. Just consider the fact that over 50% of the planet’s oxygen is produced in the ocean. That’s why my daily mantra is: “No healthy planet without a healthy ocean. And the health of the ocean is measurably declining.

“We can stop the decline in ocean health by 2022 and we got off to a great start with the consensus agreement at the UNEA (United Nations Environment Assembly) in Nairobi in February to start work on a treaty global binding to end plastic pollution.

“We must build on this positive momentum by ending harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO Ministerial in Geneva, adopting the 30 by 30 target at the biodiversity COP in Kunming , and when we gather in Sharm el-Sheikh in November for COP27, moving the climate finance needle decisively in the direction of the sustainable blue economy.

“The flagship opportunity for 2022 will be the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, in support of the implementation of SDG14. There, we will launch a large fleet of science-based solutions, heavily fueled by innovation and partnerships.

Riyadh Blue Talk organized two round tables.

One concerned the management, protection, conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems. It was moderated by the Portuguese Ambassador Nuno Mathias. The other concerned the increase of scientific knowledge and the development of research capacities and the transfer of marine technologies. This was moderated by Kenyan Ambassador Peter Nicholas Ogego.

Riyadh Blue Talk is part of a global action initiative to raise awareness about the ocean.

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Uhuru: Corruption is a threat to national security, requires continuous monitoring and reporting https://antinationale.org/uhuru-corruption-is-a-threat-to-national-security-requires-continuous-monitoring-and-reporting/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:33:33 +0000 https://antinationale.org/uhuru-corruption-is-a-threat-to-national-security-requires-continuous-monitoring-and-reporting/ President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji [right] during the official opening of the 4th Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors held at a hotel in Mombasa on May 18, 2022.[Omondi Onyango,Standard] President Uhuru Kenyatta said countries with weak governance systems have seen an increase in incidents of […]]]>

President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji [right] during the official opening of the 4th Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors held at a hotel in Mombasa on May 18, 2022.[Omondi Onyango,Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta said countries with weak governance systems have seen an increase in incidents of corrupt officials turning a blind eye to transnational organized criminal activity.

Kenyatta said Kenya has identified corruption as a critical national security threat and requires continuous monitoring and reporting as part of the national security architecture.

He called on judges, prosecutors, civil servants and politicians to be bold in the fight against corruption.

“We are prosecutors, magistrates and presidents and we must not turn a blind eye to corruption. My prayer is that we become people of integrity who look each other in the eye and face corruption. Don’t hide behind your independence,” Kenyatta said.

The President spoke in Mombasa at the fourth regional conference of the International Association of Prosecutors for Africa and the Indian Ocean; and the East African Association of Prosecutors Conference.

Kenyatta called on prosecutors to maintain integrity in their fight against international organized crime and corruption.

The President said today’s criminals and their networks are using advances in technology and increased interconnectivity to advance their agenda both locally and internationally as the government catches up to emerging crime.

He said governments should adopt bilateral and multilateral agreements with the aim of mutually investigating and prosecuting emerging international crimes.

“An important additional consideration for our effort includes cooperation in the areas of border security and raising public awareness of transnational crime as a threat to national security in order to gain our citizen participation,” Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta said criminal agencies in the region must adopt a proactive approach to identify, trace, freeze and confiscate funds and proceeds of crime and remove financial incentives and monetary benefits from crimes.

“The theme invites us to reflect on the need to innovate in our strategy, our intervention and our respective operations. We must rededicate ourselves to fighting international crime and do so collectively in a collaborative manner that upholds core values,” Kenyatta said.

According to estimates by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, illicit income and proceeds of crime account for more than two trillion dollars worldwide each year.

The President said that Africa loses $88.8 billion in illegal financial losses each year, which is equivalent to 3.8% of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“Indeed, our continent continues to lose more wealth every year than it gains by at least $40 billion. This clearly demonstrates why the war against corruption and transnational organized crime is a worthwhile investment for our governments,” Kenyatta said.

He said the resources that Africa is losing would otherwise benefit the development agenda and help create a great future.

The President said other nations should adopt Kenya’s multi-agency approach through constitutional and cross-border cooperation to tackle transnational crime.

“Transnational organized crime requires concerted efforts and the cooperation of all nations in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and asset recovery segment of the justice chain is essential to maintaining formal and informal dialogue and working closely collaboration,” Kenyatta said.

He said that due to the complex and ever-changing nature of crime, continuous education and training is necessary to stimulate and foster the field of identification and prevention of criminal activity.

“Our ability to deliver justice is unfortunately not changing as fast as criminal activity,” Kenyatta said.

He said Kenya has increased its budget allocation to the DPP and other training institutions like the Prosecutors Training Institute.

Kenyatta said there is a need to integrate and harmonize laws within the EAC relating to illicit trade and information sharing and formation of a regional database.

DPP Noordin Haji said the government allowed the directorate to operate as an independent office, which enabled it to dispense justice.

Haji said the allocation of resources by the government has enabled the unit to fight international crime.

“Strengthening the police system has enabled us to function well and the political will to allow statutory agencies to operate has enabled us to launch and achieve huge success in criminal prosecutions,” Haji said.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i applauded the DPP’s efforts in pursuing business and public relations.

“DPP has done a good job. In 2013, there was not much to say about the institutionalization of the ODPP. We can now see the difference. We are here because of political goodwill and the rule of law,” Matiang’i said.

In attendance were DPPs from Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Botswana, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ginue Bisau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, from Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, USA and UK. Commission.


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National security law is international practice: Chris Tang https://antinationale.org/national-security-law-is-international-practice-chris-tang/ Wed, 18 May 2022 08:16:00 +0000 https://antinationale.org/national-security-law-is-international-practice-chris-tang/ File photo. Legislation to protect national security is international practice; Security Secretary Chris Tang Ping-keung wrote in an article that he said the enactment of Article 23 of the Basic Law will refer to UK law. Tang published an article on Wednesday saying that maintaining national security is the right and duty of every […]]]>

Legislation to protect national security is international practice; Security Secretary Chris Tang Ping-keung wrote in an article that he said the enactment of Article 23 of the Basic Law will refer to UK law.

Tang published an article on Wednesday saying that maintaining national security is the right and duty of every country, and enacting national security laws is international practice.

“Despite this, the United States and other Western countries have deliberately denigrated and made false accusations regarding the enactment and implementation of Hong Kong’s national security law,” Tang said. “They also ‘demonized’ the enactment of Article 23 of the Basic Law.”

However, he continued, “in fact, they have also enacted national security laws and made legal changes from time to time.”

Tang said he noticed that the British Home Secretary had just submitted a National Security Bill to Parliament, which specifically mentioned national security risks to foreign countries such as espionage, foreign interference in the political system, sabotage, publication of false information and cybercrime. operations.

It was also said that the bill was intended to “legislate to forestall this threat”.

He said the UK bill included a wide range of new offenses and several measures aimed at restricting civil rights. Most of the proposed violations have extraterritorial effects, that is, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator or the location of the organization that committed them.

Proposed measures include:

A modernized approach to the offense of espionage, which includes an offense of obtaining or disclosing protected information;

Expands espionage to include “trade secrets” when a person acts for, on behalf of, or with the intent to benefit from a foreign power and without authorization;

Introduces the new foreign interference ‘sabotage’ offence, respectively, a purpose injurious to the security or interests of the United Kingdom is carrying out an activity for a foreign power, and against acts in the name of a foreign power and intended to affect public functions, to manipulate if or how a person uses public services or participates in political or legal processes, or harms the security or interests of the country;

Introduces powers to assist investigating authorities in disrupting and investigating foreign power threat activities, including the ability to detain for up to 48 hours initially and subsequent judicial approval for a maximum period 14 days;

Prevent the exploitation of civil legal aid and civil damages systems by convicted terrorists by preventing funds from flowing to those who might use them to support terrorism;

Introduces a new regime of preventive and investigative measures, which gives the power to impose a series of restrictive measures on an individual when the Secretary of State reasonably believes that the individual is involved in foreign power threat activities , with a criminal offense for failure to comply with or for breaching a measure.

Authorities have been working on legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law to fulfill the SAR government’s constitutional responsibility and improve national security laws, Tang said.

In addition to studying relevant national and local laws, the government will also refer to similar laws in other jurisdictions, including the aforementioned UK National Security Bill, to formulate a proposal tailored to the actual situation in Hong Kong. Kong.

He called on all sectors, especially foreign politicians, to consider the government’s proposal rationally and not to make double standards for interfering with the legislative work of the SAR government.

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Prime Minister ‘politicized’ national security by not briefing Labor on AUKUS https://antinationale.org/prime-minister-politicized-national-security-by-not-briefing-labor-on-aukus/ Sat, 14 May 2022 01:25:02 +0000 https://antinationale.org/prime-minister-politicized-national-security-by-not-briefing-labor-on-aukus/ Anthony Albanese is asked about Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s refusal to enshrine an indigenous voice in the constitution, as recommended by the Heart of Uluru Declaration. “The only voice Scott Morrison wants to hear is his own. It is no surprise that he ruled out a voice in Parliament because the only voice Scott Morrison […]]]>

Anthony Albanese is asked about Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s refusal to enshrine an indigenous voice in the constitution, as recommended by the Heart of Uluru Declaration.

“The only voice Scott Morrison wants to hear is his own. It is no surprise that he ruled out a voice in Parliament because the only voice Scott Morrison ever wants to hear is his own,” Albanese said.

“That’s why even in parliament he drowns out other voices. It is therefore not surprising, given that he will not have debates in parliament, that he does not want a vote in parliament.

“This is a generous offer from First Nations people. First Nations people are simply asking to be consulted on issues that affect their lives, on health, on education, on housing on these issues…it’s the same political party that said that if we apologize to the Stolen Generations, it would create a division. ”

Albanese adds that the Prime Minister did not keep his promises during the last elections.

“I just find it extraordinary that in the last election there were three things in terms of values ​​that you can say that Scott Morrison said in 2019,” he said.

“He said it would be a national integrity commission. Now he basically says there will never be one under him. He said there would be a voice in Parliament and now he is walking away from it. And he said there would be religious discrimination laws and he [has] moved away from its own legislation there.

In 2019, the Coalition said it would hold a referendum on Indigenous recognition, which did not happen.

“He is a Prime Minister, who has not changed, who has not changed and who will not change. He is unable to lift the country because he is too busy trying to divide it,” says Albanese.

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Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, Reagan’s national security adviser, dies at 84 https://antinationale.org/robert-bud-mcfarlane-reagans-national-security-adviser-dies-at-84/ Fri, 13 May 2022 16:55:21 +0000 https://antinationale.org/robert-bud-mcfarlane-reagans-national-security-adviser-dies-at-84/ Placeholder while loading article actions Robert “Bud” McFarlane, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan who was the only Reagan White House official to voluntarily accept legal responsibility in the Iran-Contra scandal, died May 12 in Lansing, Michigan. He was 84 years old. The cause was an exacerbation of a previous lung condition, […]]]>
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Robert “Bud” McFarlane, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan who was the only Reagan White House official to voluntarily accept legal responsibility in the Iran-Contra scandal, died May 12 in Lansing, Michigan. He was 84 years old.

The cause was an exacerbation of a previous lung condition, said her son, Scott McFarlane. Mr. McFarlane lived in Washington and was hospitalized while visiting family in Michigan.

A taciturnly retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Mr. McFarlane worked in the 1970s and 1980s at the crossroads of the military and political establishment. He was the son of a congressman, a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

In the early 1970s, he was a military aide to Henry Kissinger, who was both Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President Richard M. Nixon. Mr. McFarlane’s later efforts in Iran have often been seen as a misguided effort to emulate Kissinger’s groundbreaking forays into restoring relations with communist China.

After his military resignation in 1979, Mr. McFarlane served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, then became an adviser to Secretary of State Alexander Haig during the early years of the Reagan administration.

Mr. McFarlane was Haig’s right-hand man on difficult missions in the Middle East and with Congress, and he was applauded for persuading Congress to restore the money for the MX missile program and advance the nuclear arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union.

He became deputy national security adviser and, in 1982, he pushed for the deployment of American Marines in Lebanon for a peacekeeping mission. It was a risky move that ended in disaster when terrorists bombed Marine barracks killing more than 240 US servicemen in October 1983, just two weeks into Mr McFarlane’s new post as Reagan’s top security adviser.

As a national security adviser, he was credited with helping shape Reagan’s proposed strategic missile defense initiative, popularly known as “Star Wars”. But almost everything he has done has been overshadowed by the Iran-Contra scandal, the illegal sale of arms to Iran in exchange for that country’s help in freeing American hostages held in Lebanon. The effort was also intended to help restore US diplomatic ties with Iran, which had been severed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The conspirators, with Mr McFarlane at the centre, diverted tens of millions of dollars in profits from arms sales to help the Nicaraguan ‘contras’, rebels fighting the pro-Communist Sandinista government backed by Fidel Castro. Through legislation in the early 1980s, Congress restricted, then banned, direct US military assistance to the rebels.

Mr. McFarlane’s key deputy in the Iran-Contra scheme was Oliver North, a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel on the staff of the National Security Council. North worked directly with CIA Director William Casey to get around the laws.

As he wrote in his 1994 memoir, “Special Trust”, Mr McFarlane became “disillusioned with the Iranian initiative after the first Israeli shipment” of “missiles to Tehran. I thought it was time to abandon this project. It had too quickly become a trade in Israeli arms for hostages, rather than a serious attempt to identify a possible successor to Khomeini. Yet, I felt that it was a policy to which the President would stick to.

On December 4, 1985, Mr. McFarlane tendered his resignation to Reagan over what he called his increasingly bitter personal and professional disagreements with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and with the House Chief of Staff. Blanche Donald Regan, who constantly sought to diminish him and reduce his independent access to the president.

Mr. McFarlane also never fully won the trust of Secretary of State George Shultz, who was worried about the White House’s covert support for the Nicaraguan contras.

After officially leaving the Reagan administration, Mr. McFarlane remained an unofficial White House emissary with the aim of freeing American hostages held by Hezbollah, a proxy for Iran based in Lebanon, and organizing a secret meeting with what he hoped were “moderate” Iranian officials. ready to discuss steps towards standardization.

In May 1986, the new national security adviser, John Poindexter, asks Mr. McFarlane to lead a secret mission in Tehran. He arrived there that month in an unmarked Boeing 707, carrying an Irish passport as his alias. He was accompanied by North, CIA official George Cave and two other CIA officers.

They were taken to the old Hilton hotel and rushed to an isolated suite in hopes of meeting with Iranian officials. None have come forward for substantive diplomatic talks, and no realistic possibility of hostage release pledges has emerged. Meanwhile, Iranian guards rocked the 707 and seized parts of the Hawk missile that the Iranians had demanded as Mr. McFarlane’s ticket to Tehran.

Mr McFarlane left after the third day of deadlocked talks. He left behind an iced kosher chocolate cake with a key, which was to symbolize a new openness between Iran and the United States.

His dream of renewing relations with Iran for Reagan, and thus of matching Kissinger’s triumph in China for Nixon, had failed. In his own memoir, Weinberger mocked Mr McFarlane as “strange, withdrawn, sullen and pretentious” with “a great desire to be perceived as better than Henry”, which was a “difficult task” at best.

Although there were rumors of a secret supply channel to the contras, the first public evidence came on October 5, 1986, when a CIA-controlled cargo plane carrying arms to Nicaraguan rebels was shot down by Sandinista forces. Congress quickly began an investigation into Operation Iran-Contra.

In November 1986, Poindexter resigned and North was fired. We were talking about impeachment of Reagan. White House staff led by Regan launched a damage control plan to isolate the president and shift the blame onto Mr. McFarlane, who was no longer in the White House and lacked the influence and stature of friends such as Shultz and Weinberger.

On December 1, Reagan appointed a special commission chaired by Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal. Mr McFarlane later said he was depressed and racked with guilt for failing to prevent the spread of scandal around Reagan, who had publicly insisted he would not trade arms for hostages .

On February 9, 1987, the day before his appearance before the Tower Commission, Mr. McFarlane swallowed 30 Valium pills and fell asleep next to his wife. She found him unconscious in the morning and called a doctor friend, who saved him. He was then hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.

During the first interview after his suicide attempt, Mr. McFarlane told the New York Times“What really despaired me was the feeling of having let the country down. If I had stayed in the White House, I’m sure I could have stopped things from getting worse.

When he recovered, Mr. McFarlane testified before congressional committees, often contradicting the briefs of others in the White House and the National Security Council. It was not until March 1988, after negotiations led by his attorney, Leonard Garment, with Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, that Mr. McFarlane pleaded guilty to four counts and a grand jury charged North and Poindexter.

Mr. McFarlane has admitted hiding information from Congress on four occasions, concealing secret White House support for the contras. On March 3, 1989, he received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a $5,000 fine for each of four misdemeanor counts. He was sentenced to perform 200 hours of community service, but he could have received a maximum of four years in prison and fines of $400,000.

Prior to his sentencing, Mr McFarlane told the court: “It is clear that this episode in the country’s history has created enormous upheaval in the processes of our country, and to the extent that I have contributed to it, I regret. I am proud to have served my country.

In 1992, he was pardoned by President George HW Bush, along with Weinberger, former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, and three former CIA officials. North’s 1989 conviction on criminal charges stemming from the case was overturned on a technicality and he was never retried.

Robert Carl McFarlane was born in Washington on July 12, 1937. At the time, his father, William, represented Texas as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.

He graduated in 1959 from the Naval Academy and served two combat missions in Vietnam. In 1967, he obtained a master’s degree in strategic studies at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. In 1959 Mr. McFarlane married Jonda Riley. In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, two sisters and eight grandchildren.

After the Iran-Contra affair, Mr. McFarlane launched an international consultancy business. He made headlines again in 2009 when the government of Sudan sought help from the Obama administration to lift sanctions. Omar Hassan Bashir, who was president at the time and later ousted in a military coup in 2019, has been charged by the International Criminal Court with genocide and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur.

Sudanese officials helped arrange a $1.3 million deal between Mr. McFarlane and the government of Qatar, The Washington Post reported. Mr McFarlane met with Sudanese intelligence officials in Middle Eastern capitals, where he insisted he would not work directly for Sudan, but only through a third party such as Qatar . Federal investigators investigated but declined to press charges.

In Washington, Mr. McFarlane has long been considered a man of contradictions: remorseful and defensive about the Iran-contra, soft-spoken and outwardly inscrutable, but actually scathing about what he viewed it as deceit and disloyalty on the part of those whom he felt he had served. a dedicated sailor.

In his 1994 memoir, Mr McFarlane remembered the Iran-Contra as a “sordid episode”. He remained conflicted about the president who “approved every action I ever took” in Iran-contra but who “did not have the moral conviction and the intellectual courage to stand up in our defense and to defend his politics “.

]]> Clean energy is the key to national security for the European Union and the United States https://antinationale.org/clean-energy-is-the-key-to-national-security-for-the-european-union-and-the-united-states/ Fri, 13 May 2022 13:50:17 +0000 https://antinationale.org/clean-energy-is-the-key-to-national-security-for-the-european-union-and-the-united-states/ This is a moment of leadership for Congress and the White House. Solar panels at the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado. Werner Slocum/NREL, 65308 In work to ban Russian oil imports at the end of the year, the European Union (EU) is tightening its belt to put pressure on […]]]>

This is a moment of leadership for Congress and the White House.

Solar panels at the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado.

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In work to ban Russian oil imports at the end of the year, the European Union (EU) is tightening its belt to put pressure on the Kremlin and its savage attacks on Ukraine.

It is a bold and substantial decision.

Russia is an oil state that funds about 40% of its federal budget through oil and gas sales. EU countries get a quarter of their oil from Russia. They paid over $25 billion for Russian oil since the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

Cutting off that revenue stream is the right decision, morally and strategically. This will reduce EU financial support for Russia’s atrocities and make it harder for Moscow to fund military aggression that threatens Europe’s security.

Later this month, the EU will also roll out plans to phase out Russian gas and coal, completely severing ties with Russian energy sources over the next few years.

The United States must help.

Immediately, that means helping EU countries find emergency alternatives to Russian energy supplies, to lessen the hardship that change is placing on families and businesses across Europe.

In the longer term, EU countries have pledged to completely reduce demand for fossil fuels, from Russia and elsewhere. This is at the heart of the EU’s commitment to reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55%, below 1990 levels, by 2030.

The United States must do the same, both to help our European allies and to strengthen our own country.

It’s time to break, once and for all, America’s dependence on the fossil fuels that are driving the climate crisis, that are holding our families and businesses hostage to global price shocks out of out of our control and filling the Kremlin’s war chest.

Ending all of this is a strategic imperative. It is an environmental necessity. And it’s an economic opportunity – the economic game, in fact, of our lives.

For President Biden and Congress, this is a moment of leadership, a time to stand up and deliver on climate action nearly 7 in 10 Americans expectthat will strengthen the economy, make the country safer and help bankrupt the Kremlin’s war machine.

The best way to advance these goals is to enact the critical clean energy investment agenda pending in Congress – and enact it now.

Biden moved quickly to ban US imports of Russian oil in the first weeks of the war in Ukraine. More than two months of Russian atrocities there have made it clear that we must go further and free ourselves from the tyranny of fossil fuel addiction. We simply cannot continue to support a global oil regime that funds belligerent oil states like Russia.

U.S. oil dependence has often been in conflict with U.S. values, security goals, and the broader national interest in global stability, based on respect for international norms, laws, and institutions. He has long been the great albatross around the neck of American foreign policymakers.

Russia’s petro-aggression has shown it clearly: this type of dependence is no longer tenable, in any way, from a strategic point of view. It narrows our options, limits our effectiveness, and weakens the country, its friends, and its allies.

Nor can we afford to continue to depend on a fuel that regularly disrupts the economy with global price and supply shocks that we can neither control nor predict.

Phasing out fossil fuels is also an environmental necessity. Just ask the one in three Americans who told Gallup in March that their lives were already upended by hurricanes, heat waves, floods and other disasters compounded by the climate crisis.

In 2021, excessive rainfall from Hurricane Ida caused unprecedented flooding in Philadelphia, as well as other parts of the East Coast.

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Last year wildfires burned enough US land to cover the state of Massachusetts – just a portion of the extreme weather and climate-related disasters that claimed the lives of 724 people and cost the country nearly $150 billion in 2021 alone. This is on top of the staggering $820 billion in healthcare costs imposed on the country each year by climate change and fossil fuel production.

The 2022 wildfire season has just started in earnest, Burning enough land in New Mexico alone to cover an area almost the size of New York City, and the fires have already charred more than twice as much land like at this point last year.

The American West bakes through its worst drought in 1,200 years. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the countryjust fell 30 percent of capacitythe lowest level since it was filled in 1937. And, with Colorado River Shortages threatening the water supply of nearly 40 million people, the drought is expected to spread.

All of this and more will get worse, as the science clearly shows, unless we do what Biden pledged and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52%, below 2005, by 2030.

We can do this by switching to cleaner, smarter ways to power our future, a shift that can create hundreds of thousands of jobs in states like Arizona, Michigan and West Virginia, while helping position American workers and businesses to succeed in the clean energy market that is expected to attract some $30 trillion in global investments over the next two decades alone.

Once enacted, the clean energy and climate package pending in the Senate – some $550 billion in investment and tax incentives over 10 years – will help the country break its dependence on fossil fuels. It will help us get more clean energy from the wind and the sun, accelerate the shift to electric cars, make our homes and workplaces more efficient, and build a modern, reliable electricity grid. It will direct specific benefits to low-income communities and regions historically dependent on fossil fuel production. And, alongside the rules for cleaning our power plants and vehicles, there reduce annual energy costs by $500 per householdon average.

The House has already passed this essential bill. It’s time for the Senate and the White House to get together and deal with it.

Leadership is rarely more important than during a crisis. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has inflicted a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis and an energy crisis on the Ukrainian people as well as on Europe in general and much of the rest of the world.

This is a moment of leadership for Congress and the White House. It’s time to put in place the essential clean energy incentives that we know can help the country move beyond fossil fuels. This is the way to build real energy security, strengthen the economy and help starve the Kremlin war machine.

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Intransigent border protection gem in Andrews national security plan https://antinationale.org/intransigent-border-protection-gem-in-andrews-national-security-plan/ Fri, 13 May 2022 00:57:11 +0000 https://antinationale.org/intransigent-border-protection-gem-in-andrews-national-security-plan/ Karen Andrews has released a five-point border protection plan for the Liberal Party, pledging that Operation Sovereign Borders will remain in place. “When the last Labor government dismantled our strong and effective border policies, lives were lost, chaos erupted and thousands of children were locked up in detention,” the Home Secretary said, arguing that the […]]]>

Karen Andrews has released a five-point border protection plan for the Liberal Party, pledging that Operation Sovereign Borders will remain in place.

“When the last Labor government dismantled our strong and effective border policies, lives were lost, chaos erupted and thousands of children were locked up in detention,” the Home Secretary said, arguing that the temporary protection visas were threatened with being abolished by a new Labor Government.

Andrews issued a statement on Friday warning of the threat a Labor government poses to “strong and proven policy that saves lives”.

“Make no mistake, a change of government means a change in Australia’s border protection policies,” Andrews said.

“The Coalition’s strong border policies have stopped the boats, ending deaths at sea and the illegal smuggling trade.”

The Coalition’s border protection pledges also include cementing policies such as regional treatment, boat turn-backs where it’s safe to do so, and temporary protection visas.

There is a plan to increase the number of frontline border staff to prevent the smuggling of illegal goods like drugs and weapons into Australia, and the government has said it will also provide support for genuine refugees s they came back to power.

Scott Morrison, who has always played the role of ‘the man who turned the boats back’ with pride, believes Operation Sovereign Borders is a proposition: with it Australia’s borders are strong, and without it they are weak .

His re-elected government pledged to keep the operation in place, as well as pass new laws to charge foreign criminals the cost of their own immigration detention.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said detaining foreign criminals in Australia meant those criminals received “free rent, food and medical care while we deport them”. The Coalition would take a hardline approach to seeing more of these people deported, he said.

“We have canceled or denied visas to over 10,000 serious criminals through our character test reforms and as we move through the deportation process the free ride they get is now coming to an end” , Hawke said.

The Liberal Party says more than 500 people held in Australian detention centers under the last Labor government were later given criminal sentences upon release. There is no mention of how the detention may have contributed to the criminal offence.


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El-Sisi and US national security adviser hold talks https://antinationale.org/el-sisi-and-us-national-security-adviser-hold-talks/ Thu, 12 May 2022 15:44:58 +0000 https://antinationale.org/el-sisi-and-us-national-security-adviser-hold-talks/ BEIRUT: As Lebanon’s crucial legislative elections on Sunday are set to go to a wire, candidates and party supporters have been accused of trying to buy their way to victory by offering cash bribes undecided voters. A Shia voter in Beirut’s second constituency told Arab News he was offered $300 if he and his family […]]]>

BEIRUT: As Lebanon’s crucial legislative elections on Sunday are set to go to a wire, candidates and party supporters have been accused of trying to buy their way to victory by offering cash bribes undecided voters.

A Shia voter in Beirut’s second constituency told Arab News he was offered $300 if he and his family agreed to vote for a particular businessman.

The man, who asked to be identified only as Mohammed, said: “Followers who campaign for their parties call me every day asking me who I will be voting for. I don’t know how they got my number. Some offer ration cards, others money, either to vote for them, or even to boycott the elections or to vote blank.

Mohammed, who has no ties to the Amal movement or Hezbollah, said he was unlikely to vote. “All the ruling parties had the opportunity to deliver on their promises, but they left their people mired in their misery. We will not re-elect them.

Electoral corruption has long been a problem in Lebanon, despite laws prohibiting the practice, but it has become more widespread and visible with the collapse of the national currency and deteriorating living conditions.

Now, if black market currency rumors are to be believed, the exchange rate will plummet ahead of the election as parties attempt to buy votes using US currency.

A money changer, who declined to be named, told Arab News: “Election spending is expected to increase over the next few days as parties try to buy the most votes, through bribes. -de-vin”.

Residents of Beirut reported money changers stopping passers-by on the street to ask if they wanted to exchange their dollars.

Many believe that the outcome of the election will depend on undecided voters or those in desperate need of money, who will end up voting for the highest bidder.

Lebanese electoral law states: “During the period of the electoral campaign, the provision of services or the disbursement of funds, including obligations and expenses of candidates, are prohibited.

Nadim Abdelmalak, head of Lebanon’s election monitoring commission, said recently: “The commission has not received any complaints from any party regarding electoral corruption.

However, according to the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, the rapid deterioration of living conditions reinforces the presence of corruption, especially with around 80% of the population facing poverty due to the country’s economic crisis.

The unemployment rate is also approaching 40% amid the national currency’s record collapse against the dollar, while a freeze on bank withdrawals and the withholding of depositors’ funds also threaten household budgets.

Ihab, a taxi driver and voter in Beirut’s second district, said that “he doesn’t mind receiving help from any voter list.”

Many voter lists offered gas and food vouchers. “They even offered to pay the generator bills and they are now offering to hire my car to transport voters for payment in dollars. I accepted, but I will not vote for anyone.

LADE said it had evidence of candidates distributing baby milk in northern Lebanon, while others donated solar panels to light roads.

Samer, a voter from Zahlé district, said that “as the electoral battle in the region escalates, bribes will double and this will manifest itself on election day. Those who vote in the morning will be less bribed than those who vote in the afternoon.

Corruption appears to be commonplace in electoral districts where competition is fierce, notably Beirut I, Beirut II, Zahlé, Keserwan, Jbeil, Batroun, Koura, Bcharri, Zgharta and Chouf Aley.

However, the fight seems less fierce in the regions controlled by Hezbollah and the Amal movement.

Mayssa, from Baalbek-Hermel district, said: “A Hezbollah group visited our house in the southern suburbs of Beirut and asked for the number of voters in the family. They assured us that transportation will be available from Beirut to the neighborhood. They didn’t offer anything else. »

With fuel prices at crippling levels, most parties are offering voters in remote areas gas vouchers to cover their travel costs to polling stations.

The cost of refueling a car often exceeds 500,000 Lebanese pounds ($300), meaning voters in remote villages may face a $600 bill to vote.

Salam, who works in a hotel in Beirut, said: “Hezbollah is convinced that it will win the elections. That’s why they don’t push us to vote for them, even though I’m hesitant to vote because I don’t believe in anyone anymore.

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The National Security Bill is an essential tool to keep the British public safe https://antinationale.org/the-national-security-bill-is-an-essential-tool-to-keep-the-british-public-safe/ Tue, 10 May 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://antinationale.org/the-national-security-bill-is-an-essential-tool-to-keep-the-british-public-safe/ The nature of the threat to the UK from foreign states may change, but it is ever-present. In recent years it has become even more sophisticated and varied. The government will provide all possible support to intelligence services and law enforcement to deal with it. One of our tasks is to ensure that the legal […]]]>

The nature of the threat to the UK from foreign states may change, but it is ever-present. In recent years it has become even more sophisticated and varied.

The government will provide all possible support to intelligence services and law enforcement to deal with it. One of our tasks is to ensure that the legal framework in which they operate is up to date.

The whole country has been united in outrage over high profile cases such as Salisbury when Russian agents entered our country to commit murder. In January, I made a statement in the House of Commons about individuals who engaged in political interference on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party and targeted members of parliament. Of course, there are many other threats that cannot be made public.

We call hostile activity by foreign countries “state threats”. To defeat the hostile activity that threatens our people, our property, our economy, our democracy and our freedom, we must be even more sophisticated than those who would harm us.

Therefore, we must give those who protect us from these harms the tools they need to prepare, plan, and take action to protect us. They may never achieve public recognition for this work, but we all owe them immense gratitude for their courage and persistence.

Protect data and infrastructure of foreign states

Like them, I will do everything in my power to protect our country from those who would seek to harm us. That is why I am introducing the National Security Bill, which will better arm us against state threats and keep us at the forefront of the global intelligence community.

The bill will make it an offense for the first time to be a clandestine foreign spy on our soil. We will introduce a new offense of foreign interference, to disrupt unlawful interference activities carried out for or on behalf of foreign states.

A new sabotage offense will be introduced to respond more effectively to state-sponsored attacks on sites, data or infrastructure critical to the security and interests of the UK.

This national security bill is essential for those on the front lines of deterrence and disruption. It will include tougher laws and updated tools for our law enforcement agencies, as well as new investigative powers and capabilities.

Foreign Influence Registration System

These new offenses and those we are bringing into the modern era are accompanied by an increase in the existing maximum penalties. It is vital to give our courts the power to put behind bars longer those who would harm us.

The bill will introduce a foreign influence registration scheme, requiring individuals to register certain agreements with foreign governments, in order to deter or disrupt state threat activity in the UK.

The bill also repeals and replaces existing espionage laws, many of which were primarily designed to counter the threat of German spies during the First World War era.

Modern laws to reflect a modern world

It is essential that we have modern laws to reflect how the world has changed since then and to reflect how modern technology can be used to cause harm.

In doing so, it creates a series of new offenses covering the harmful activities we see today. It will create a modern set of offenses making it illegal to obtain and disclose sensitive information and trade secrets, whether in the name or on behalf of a foreign state.

It will also allow for much earlier intervention in state threat activity, criminalizing conduct in preparation for state threat activity, meaning arrests can be made at an earlier stage. before damage is done.

When determining the sentence for offenses not covered by the bill, judges will be required to consider any connection to the activity of state threats and to consider the seriousness of it when pronouncing of a penalty.

There is also a new range of measures to deal with those who pose a threat but have not been able to prosecute. The use of these measures will of course be subject to rigorous checks and balances, including by the courts.

An indispensable tool in the fight against hostile actors

But we need to be better able to pursue potential threats and not wait for a hostile actor to target this great country and carry out another terrible attack.

And there are measures to combat the persistent threat of terrorism and those who abuse our legal systems. These will restrict convicted terrorists’ access to civil legal aid and deprive them of civil damages where these could be used for wrongful acts.

The national security bill is not our only tool, but it is a vital tool. No one, at home or abroad, should doubt that this government will do whatever it takes to keep the British people safe.

Priti Patel is Home Secretary

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Feds must address national security concerns in antitrust reforms https://antinationale.org/feds-must-address-national-security-concerns-in-antitrust-reforms/ Tue, 10 May 2022 18:35:17 +0000 https://antinationale.org/feds-must-address-national-security-concerns-in-antitrust-reforms/ Written by Eric Swalwell May 10, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP As Congress returns to Capitol Hill and finalizes legislation that invests in American innovation and competition, it is critical that we do not undermine these efforts with antitrust reforms that contain unintended but serious consequences. To shore up domestic innovation at the expense of our national […]]]>

Written by Eric Swalwell

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill and finalizes legislation that invests in American innovation and competition, it is critical that we do not undermine these efforts with antitrust reforms that contain unintended but serious consequences. To shore up domestic innovation at the expense of our national security would be short-sighted legislation at a time when the United States must take a strong stand against malevolent foreign adversaries.

Last year, several of my Judiciary Committee colleagues and I, on both sides of the aisle, cast tough votes against antitrust bills that we feared would harm — in the together – to constituents in our districts and to consumers across the country. Included in this package was the US Online Choice and Innovation Act (AICOA), which would force the biggest technology players to open access to its platforms to most domestic and foreign companies.

To be clear, my position has always been that we should prohibit unfair competition where a platform uses its market position to limit competition and discriminate against smaller competitors. That is why opposing this bill and others like it was not a decision I made lightly. My conclusion stems from numerous meetings with constituents, stakeholders and institutional experts. The consensus from these meetings was that the importance of increasing competition and market entry should not be offset by open source security issues that could put highly sensitive data in the wrong hands.

My district is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where thousands of my constituents build and support the technology apps that consumers use every day. These innovations, along with people’s jobs, families and livelihoods, are always front and center when I review federal legislation. Likewise, California has strict privacy, data security, and antitrust laws. I cannot in good conscience support federal antitrust legislation that would weaken these carefully crafted laws.

Unfortunately, antitrust bills being considered in both the House and Senate include antitrust reforms that would have unintended consequences for cybersecurity. These questions were recently reinforced by numerous national security experts – such as James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, Leon Panetta, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, among others – in an open letter which underlined the consequences of to demand non-discriminatory access for all businesses to national digital platforms. These concerns were particularly notable given the extraordinary threat environment of Russian cyber actors who have been crippled by President Biden’s successful Kremlin sanctions.

I couldn’t agree more. Vladimir Putin is a ruthless dictator whose premeditated actions are a threat to democracies around the world. And it’s critical that U.S. technology companies, the very ones currently targeted by antitrust law, can continue to forge partnerships with the U.S. government to strengthen integrated cyber defenses across products and services. Part of this collaboration would involve immediately blocking malicious actors and disrupting sophisticated security threats.

Legislation that allows thousands of foreign companies – many from countries that disagree with American values ​​– to fully integrate and access domestic platforms is contrary to this work and only contributes to security fears. national. Congress should not hamper the ability of platforms to counter these risks.

Unfortunately, the AICOA misses this target. The AICOA would require the biggest platforms to integrate with the operating systems, hardware or software of the different platforms. It would also prohibit platforms from discriminating against any domestic or foreign company in applying its terms of service. While this might make sense in theory, in practice it would be difficult, if not impossible, to de-platform and remove any company that traffics in objectively harmful content. For example, a Russian company that falsely spreads state-based disinformation about atrocities in Ukraine would receive a legal basis to ban Facebook from removing its content.

Although the AICOA contains a few modest defenses, each would require an unwieldy amount of evidence for every action the platform takes to protect our national security. This is of particular concern when decisions must be made immediately to limit widespread damage. Antitrust bills like AICOA and its offspring would therefore blunt platforms that work closely with intelligence communities to strengthen our homeland.

Instead of pushing these bills through Congress, we should step back and think about the unintended consequences. Forcing platforms to interact with untrusted entities or making it virtually impossible for them to opt out of integration with apps and other plug-ins that trade in hate speech, vaccine misinformation, incitement rhetoric violence or shoddy products or services that increase security risks is simply not the right answer.

I am encouraged that we will continue to work on antitrust reforms in a bipartisan way in both houses – and I am optimistic that we can find a solution that solves the problems and increases competition, without compromising security. Until that happens, we must be prepared to pause so that in-depth analysis can be conducted to truly understand the consequences of these reforms. After all, no member of Congress wants to willfully compromise our security and blunt our national innovation.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell serves on the House Judiciary, Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees and co-chairs the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Follow him on Twitter at @RepSwalwell.

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