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Week in Review: 2023 week 32

Week in Review: 2023 week 32

Nuclear anniversaries, more Ukraine, Niger say no to the US/French approach to anti-terrorism via a coup and Russian and China take some destroyers on a fishing trip to the Aleutians.

An annotated map from the newsletter’s Niger article.

Published: 2023-08-13



WTF is going on in Niger?, 2023-08-10

Antiwar Headlines

Anniversaries of Nuclear Weapons in War

Hiroshima Mayor Calls Nuclear Deterrence a 'Folly', Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06


Zelensky Fires the Heads of All Local Draft Boards After Corruption Scandal, Kyle Anzalone, Antiwar, None

  • Corruption was a smoke screen, the issue was insufficient recruiting

Ukraine Declares War on Russian Shipping in the Black Sea, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-08

  • Because shooting themselves in the foot is a Ukrainian specialty

Russia Vows Response After Ukrainian Drone Hit Russian Tanker, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06

  • We can play tit-for-tat too

Ukraine Strikes Russian Commercial Port with Drones for First Time, Kyle Anzalone, Antiwar, None

  • Now we're pissed off

Russia's Economy Projected to Grow Despite Western Sanctions, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-03

  • Because US + NATO != Rest of World

Russia Says Ukraine Used Storm Shadow Missiles to Hit Bridge Connecting Kherson to Crimea, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06

  • Just an FYI for UK

Poland to Deploy 10,000 Additional Troops to Belarus Border, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-10

  • 2,000 is for the timid

Poland Claims Wagner Fighters in Belarus are Trying to 'Destabilize' NATO, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-03

  • While we're on the topic, there have been no coups against Belarus run from Poland/NATO last year.

Poll: Most Americans Oppose More Spending on the Ukraine War, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06

  • Niger's citizenry were inspired by this protest against spending dough on weapons instead of schools, hospitals, roads, buses, fresh water, sanitation and other useful things.

China, India Attend Talks on Ukraine War in Saudi Arabia, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06

  • Party poopers!

Biden Asks Congress for Additional $24 Billion to Spend on Ukraine War, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-10

  • Technically, this is abuse of the word "ask"

UK Says Its Air Force Intercepted 50 Russian Planes Over Estonia in Four Months, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-03

  • What they meant by "intercepted" is not important.

US Approves First Batch of M1A1 Abrams Tanks for Shipment to Ukraine, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-08

  • ... to join their Leopard and Challenger bretheren in the mass gave known as eastern/southern Ukraine.

Western Officials Tell Peeps that Counter-Offensive a Busted Arse, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-08

  • I'm sure someone diddled with the title ;) You get points for reading the notes to a podcast here.

Middle East

Report: US, Iran Reach Deal on Prisoner Release and Frozen Funds, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-10

  • Wonders never cease. Where have all the MEK terrorist supporting warhawks from Washington gone?

Over 3,000 US Marines and Sailors Arrive in Middle East in Deployment Aimed at Iran, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-07

  • Good tidings, and perhaps good tides too.

Four Syrian Soldiers Killed by Israeli Airstrikes on Damascus, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-07

  • Because covert war is an Israeli speciality

Israeli FM Calls for US to Give Saudi Arabia a Defense Commitment, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-09

  • This was seen as safer than forming a defense alliance.


China Tells the Philippines to Remove Grounded Ship from Disputed Reef in South China Sea, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-07

  • You can't fish with a grounded ship. We know what you're up to!

US Navy Destroyers Responded to Russian, Chinese Vessels Near Aleutian Islands, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-08

  • Plenty of happy snaps were taken.

Biden Signs Executive Order Banning Certain Investments in China, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-09

  • I first read that as "Curtain Investments". One can only live in hope.


US Eyes Australia as Missile Testing Ground, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-09

  • There’s a colon missing from that headline somewhere


ECOWAS to Hold Second Emergency Summit on Niger, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-07

  • The rest of the world are still trying to work out who ECOWAS is. Recyling ststem?

Nigeria Senate Warns Against Military Intervention in Niger, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-06

  • Solidarity is a thing, or perhaps it was brotherly love.

Niger Junta Accuses France of Violating Airspace, Freeing 'Terrorists', Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-09

  • More word abuse, this time of "accuses".

President Biden Calls for the Immediate Release of Niger's President, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-03

  • Sadly, his voice does carry across the Altlantic.

Report: Niger Junta Told Nuland They'd Kill Bazoum If There's Military Intervention, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-10

  • Your move.

ECOWAS Activates Standby Force for Potential Niger Intervention, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-10

  • What, technically, is the term for an actived standby force? Does it have a collective noun?

Victoria Nuland Meets With Niger Junta Leaders, Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-07

  • Vicky spoke with General Barmou, not be confused with deposed President Bazoum, rather than the coup leader General Tchiani. Newlands best summarized the meeting with "It was not easy to get traction there."

West African Bloc Says Military Intervention in Niger Is 'Last Resort', Dave DeCamp, Antiwar, 2023-08-02

  • Isn't "Last Resort" a cocktail of some sort?

Other Topics and Publications


Niger Rejects Rules-Based Order, M. K. Bhadrakumar, Consortium News, 2023-08-11

Labor Rights and the Gig Economy

Nurses Fight Godzilla, Chris Hedges, Consortium News, 2023-08-04

Killing Big Banks

War By Other Means: Short Selling JPMorgan Chase, Ellen Brown, ScheerPost, None


Russia, Donbass and the Reality of the Conflict in Ukraine, Dan Kovalik, Natylie's Place: Understanding Russia, None

NATO Training Leaves Ukrainian Troops 'Underprepared' for War, Isabel Koshiw, ScheerPost, 2023-08-11

New York Times admits, then covers up, massive Ukraine casualties, Andre Damon (from the World Socialist Website), Natylie's Place: Understanding Russia, 2023-07-25

Three Polls On Support For The War In Ukraine, b, Moon Of Alabama, 2023-08-04

Freeing Assange

Live on the Fly, Craig Murray joins Roger Waters, John Shipton, Alicia Castro, Ray McGovern on Randy Credico's Live on the Fly, Craig Murray, 2023-08-06


Syria: a tale of plunder and resurrection, Pepe Escobar, The Cradle, 2023-07-31


Imran Khan, Criag Murray, Craig Murray, 2023-08-07

or The Silence on Imran Khan, Craig Murray, Consortium News, 2023-08-09


Atomic Bombing of Japan Was Not Necessary to End WWII. US Gov't Documents Admit It, Ben Norton, ScheerPost, 2023-08-10

My old article on the Nagasaki attack and that neither nuclear weapon made a difference to the end of WWII in the Pacific is here:


Wikipedia Co-Founder Calls Wikipedia 'Most Biased Encyclopedia', Glenn Greenwald, ScheerPost, 2023-08-03

Campaign 2024, Officially Chaos, Matt Taibbi, ScheerPost, 2023-08-03

There Are Enough Resources in the World to Fulfil Human Needs, But Not Enough Resources to Satisfy Capitalist Greed: The Thirty-First Newsletter (2023), Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, 2023-08-03

Coalition Demands North Carolina Lawmakers 'Cease and Desist' From Attacks on the Poor, Jessica Corbett, ScheerPost, 2023-08-11

Ukraine War - Is the Black Sea ‘War’- the Real War? w⧸ Alastair Crowe fmr Brit ambassador, Napolitano interviews Crooke (error by Napolitano in his headline), Judging Freedom, 2023-08-10



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