Thought for the day

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it." -- Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defence' by Irving Stone

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US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron will discuss Ukraine, China, Iran and the Sahel during the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C., on December 1, a high-ranking US administration representative said Monday.

Meetings of the bilateral advisory commissions on the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty between Russia and the US, scheduled for November 29 trough December 6 in Cairo, have been cancelled.

No word yet on who cancelled the talks, or why.  

Just formal acknowledgement the talks will not take place.

Military biological activities by the United States and Ukraine on Ukrainian territory are a violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Geneva headquarters, Gennady Gatilov, said on Monday. Russia will be pressing Washington and Kiev for correcting the situation regarding the implementation of this convention, said Gatilov who is leading the Russian delegation at the 9th review conference of the parties to the BTWC, which has opened in Geneva.

According to the Daily Caller, the Treasury Department released a new license to drill for oil to Chevron on Saturday.

That might all sound fine, good even. That is until you realize that the Biden Administration just issued a license to Chevron to drill for oil in Communist Venezuela. That's right. The Biden Administration is lifting sanctions on the communist regime to drill more oil.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control issued the license and allowed Chevron to drill for oil in Venezuela in a partnership with state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela.

Conrad Black: Is America In Decline? MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 07:35

Gloom is always annoying and almost never the best response to even the most upsetting developments. It’s always psychologically better and a more efficient response to negative facts to try to design around them and get back to a positive sequence of objectives, no matter how tortuous and challenging.

Sometimes reflexive and uninformed cheerfulness is useful as a momentary palliative, but it swiftly descends into a make-believe optimism that is bound to be disappointed. That seems to be where much of the Republican response to the midterm elections has settled.

Calls for government intervention to prevent a rail strike in early-to-mid-December became louder Monday, with more than 400 state and national trade groups asking the majority and minority leaders of Congress to prevent a rail strike that would disrupt the flow of goods as soon as next week and could further hobble the pre-recessionary US economy.

On Monday the United States said that Russia has "unilaterally postponed" important nuclear arms control talks without explanation. The resumption of New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start) negotiations was supposed to happen this week, but now a potential date for their continuation remains uncertain.

"The United States is ready to reschedule at the earliest possible date as resuming inspections is a priority for sustaining the treaty as an instrument of stability," the US State Department said.

Biden calls on Congress to head off potential rail strike MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 07:25

President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would take up legislation this week to impose the deal that unions agreed to in September.

“Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy,” Biden said in a statement. “Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.”

A communications line created between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow's war against Ukraine has been used only once so far, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through the "deconfliction" line to communicate its concerns about Russian military operations near critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

Reuters is the first to report on the use of the deconfliction line, beyond regular testing.