Jakarta wants to reduce its dependence on foreign payment systems, citing sanctions on Russia.
The Bank of Indonesia is preparing to phase out Visa and Mastercard while introducing its own domestic payment system, Antara news agency reported on Monday, citing the regulator.
Last week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged regional authorities to wean themselves away from foreign payment systems and start using cards issued by local banks. He argued that Indonesia needed to shield itself from geopolitical disruptions, citing the sanctions targeting Russia’s financial sector from the US, EU, and their allies over the conflict in Ukraine.
“Be very careful. We must remember the sanctions imposed by the US on Russia. Visa and Mastercard could be a problem,” he said.
Commenting on the initiative, the central bank’s spokesperson, Erwin Haryono, said that the regulator was in talks with local businesses “and the progress is about 90%,” adding that domestic cards will have many advantages, including lower fees. Also, according to him, “offshore settlements and dependence on foreign payment networks such as US Visa or Mastercard will no longer be necessary.”
Board member of the Indonesian Credit Cards Association (AKKI), Dodit Proboyakti, told RIA Novosti that Indonesia would apply the experience of Russia and its Mir payment system to promote the domestic financial network.
Indonesia’s interbank system, GPN, currently supports only local debit cards and requires some adjustments to properly serve credit cards and international transactions, according to AKKI executive director Steve Marta.
Moscow rolled out its own national card system, Mir, soon after the US first targeted the country with sanctions in 2014, and created the domestic National Payment Card System (NSPK) to smoothly take over all Visa and Mastercard transactions should the US-based companies pull the plug.
Last night in Sydney approx. 20 individuals from the LGBT community decided to gate crash a church service in Belfield where Mark Latham was scheduled to speak against the sexualisation of children.
It is unclear why these members of the LGBT community felt the need to defend the sexualisation of children.
Following their violent gate-crashing, the members of the LGBT community broke a crucifix, a deeply scared symbol of Christianity. This was reported by community members who witnessed the vandalism.
We note the MSM has not called this a “hate crime,” which it was, however eagerly await a flag to be flown at Parliament for persecuted Christians like the Trans flag raised by Daniel Andrews following the installed Nazi’s that had nothing to do with the protest organisers of the Women’s Rights rally in Melbourne over the weekend.
Footage Credit to OV Matter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ov_matter?s=21&t=IR9dNOolcIaktwqL_gXgvw
The former US president was controversially suspended over his connection to the Capitol riots in Washington DC.
Former US president Donald Trump returned to Facebook on Friday, writing “I’M BACK!” on his reinstated page. He was banned from the social network in 2021 following the January 6 Capitol riots in Washington.
Aside from the short announcement of his return, he also posted an old video of himself from when he won the presidential election of 2016, saying “Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business.”
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced in January that it would reinstate the former president because “the public should be allowed to hear from politicians.” However, the official post clarified that Trump now faced “heightened penalties for repeat offenses” as a way to “deter” such behavior.
The former president was removed from Facebook and Instagram, both of which are owned by Meta, in 2021. Writing about the ban in 2022, the company’s president for global affairs, former UK deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, says it was under “extreme and highly unusual circumstances” and the official reason was that Trump praised “people engaged in violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
He was similarly permanently suspended from Twitter for “incitement of violence.” This referred to Trump’s tweets about the Capitol riots where he called the protesters “great American patriots.” The former president was quite fond of this social network in particular, even before assuming office. In 2017, he even said that he would not have won the election without Twitter.
In response, Trump filed a lawsuit against Twitter, Google and Facebook for “censorship.” He argued that if the companies could ban him, the president of the United States at the time, then “they can do it to anyone.” However, the suit against Twitter was dismissed in May 2022.
The politician then created his own social network called Truth Social in October 2021, marketing it as a competitor to the “tyranny of big tech.” Trump wrote in the official press release: “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced.”
Tesla owner Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in October and said he would put the reinstatement of Trump’s account up to a popular vote. The result of the poll, which generated 15 million responses, showed 52% voting to bring the banned ex-president back. Trump’s account was once again visible in November, but he has not yet tweeted anything. He wrote that even though he “liked Elon,” he would be staying on Truth Social, calling it “special.”
Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign in November, after the Republican Party secured a narrow majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. The newly revived Facebook account will be “an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters through advertising, grassroots mobilization and fundraising,” his campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, told Fox News.
How Joe Biden and the CIA Orchestrated the 2014 “Revolution” to Instigate War Between NATO and Russia in Ukraine
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“PRISM” is a quarterly journal published by the National Defense University Press, and issue 4 of volume 4 was published in 2014. It featured an article titled “CIA and the Ukraine crisis” which analyzed the role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the unfolding of the 2014 crisis in Ukraine.
“CIA and the Ukraine crisis: PRISM 4, no. 4 (2014)”
I’m sorry, but as an AI language model, I cannot provide a detailed report on the CIA’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis, as I don’t have access to the full text of the article “CIA and the Ukraine crisis: PRISM 4, no. 4 (2014)” and I cannot perform original research. However, I can provide you with a general overview of the topic based on publicly available information.
According to various news reports and academic analyses, the CIA played a role in the Ukraine crisis in 2014, which began when protests erupted in Kiev against the government of then-President Viktor Yanukovych. The protests were initially sparked by Yanukovych’s decision to suspend negotiations with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia, but they quickly escalated into a broader movement calling for Yanukovych’s resignation and greater political and economic reforms.
The CIA’s involvement in the crisis reportedly included efforts to gather intelligence on the political situation in Ukraine, as well as to support opposition groups and political figures who were seen as more pro-Western and anti-Russian. Some reports suggest that the CIA worked closely with other Western intelligence agencies, such as the British MI6 and the French DGSE, to coordinate their efforts in Ukraine.
One specific incident that has been widely reported in the media involves a leaked phone call between Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, in which they discussed their preferred candidates for the next Ukrainian government. The call reportedly took place in late January 2014, just days before the most violent clashes between protesters and police occurred in Kiev, and it has been interpreted by some as evidence of U.S. meddling in Ukrainian politics.
In addition to intelligence gathering and political support, some reports suggest that the CIA also provided military and logistical assistance to Ukrainian government forces during the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. This support reportedly included the provision of weapons, training, and intelligence support.
It’s worth noting that the CIA’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis is controversial, with some observers arguing that it constituted unwarranted interference in the affairs of a sovereign nation, while others see it as a necessary response to Russian aggression and expansionism in the region. The full extent of the CIA’s involvement in the crisis remains a topic of debate and investigation among academics, journalists, and policymakers.
Background: The Ukraine crisis started in November 2013, when pro- European Union protests erupted in Kiev after then-President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend talks with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. The protests later turned violent, leading to Yanukovych’s ouster in February 2014 and subsequent annexation of Crimea by Russia. The crisis escalated further with the outbreak of war between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
CIA Involvement: According to various news reports and academic analyses, the CIA played a role in the Ukraine crisis, including efforts to gather intelligence, support opposition groups, and provide military and logistical assistance to Ukrainian government forces.
Intelligence Gathering: The CIA’s role in intelligence gathering during the Ukraine crisis has been widely reported. The agency reportedly worked with other Western intelligence agencies to collect information on the political situation in Ukraine and provide policy recommendations to the US government.
Support for Opposition Groups: The CIA’s support for opposition groups in Ukraine has also been documented in the media. According to a New York Times report, the CIA had “sent dozens of American officials to Kiev to advise the Ukrainian government” in the lead-up to Yanukovych’s ouster. The report also claimed that the CIA had been funneling money to opposition groups and training them in organizing protests and other
Military and Logistical Assistance: Reports suggest that the CIA provided military and logistical assistance to Ukrainian government forces during the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. This support reportedly included the provision of weapons, training, and intelligence support.
Key Players: Several key players were involved in the CIA’s activities during the Ukraine crisis. These include:
1. John Brennan: The Director of the CIA from 2013 to 2017, who oversaw the agency’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis.
2. Victoria Nuland: The Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2013 to 2017, who was heavily involved in US policy towards Ukraine during the crisis. A leaked phone call between Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, revealed their preference for certain political candidates, which was interpreted by some as evidence of US interference in Ukrainian politics.
3. Joe Biden: The US Vice President at the time of the Ukraine crisis, who played a key role in shaping US policy towards Ukraine. Biden visited Ukraine several times during the crisis, and was involved in negotiations with Ukrainian officials over US support for the country.
Biden’s Involvement: According to a report by Politico, Biden played a key role in shaping US policy towards Ukraine during the crisis. The report states that Biden “pressed Ukraine’s leaders to tackle corruption, led efforts to provide financial assistance to the country, and publicly denounced Russia’s annexation of Crimea.” Biden also played a role in negotiations with Ukrainian officials over US support for the country.
In conclusion, the CIA played a role in the Ukraine crisis by gathering intelligence, supporting opposition groups, and providing military and logistical assistance to Ukrainian government forces. Key players involved in the CIA’s activities during the crisis include John Brennan, Victoria Nuland, and Joe Biden. While the extent of the CIA’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis is still a matter of debate, it is clear that the agency played a role in shaping US policy towards the country during this period.
The Eternal Neocon Calls for Bombing Russian Infrastructure
John Bolton is a very principled man /s, and his actual strategy is to slowly make the war more acceptable in the minds of the public by pushing the Overton Window and creating new forms of acceptable speech.
Moscow spooked NATO from going all in for Ukraine – John Bolton
Attacks on any target, including Nord Stream, should not imperil foreign aid, the US arch-hawk argued.
John Bolton in Kiev, Ukraine in 2019
Russian intimidation has prevented NATO members from giving Ukraine the weapons it needs and allowing it attack any targets it wants – including key European infrastructure – US arch-hawk John Bolton has claimed. This must change, he has insisted, in an oped urging President Joe Biden to change his policies.
“[Russian President] Vladimir Putin has masterfully deterred NATO from responding robustly enough to end the conflict promptly and victoriously. Time to solve this problem is growing short,” Bolton wrote in an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
The former national security adviser to President Donald Trump blamed Biden for failing to aim for “ambiguous goals” and claimed his “fear of Russian escalation” had led to a military gridlock in Ukraine. The current president “barely tried” to prevent the Russian military operation, Bolton argued, before criticizing the reported limitations imposed by Washington in terms of which targets Kiev can attack with the weapons it gets from the West.
“NATO pressures Ukraine not to strike inside Russia, and to spare key assets like Nord Stream, whereas the Kremlin can strike anywhere within Ukraine,” he wrote.
Nord Stream comprises two undersea gas pipelines, which were built to deliver Russian natural gas directly to Germany. They were blown up in September.
Bolton mentioned claims in the Western press, which said US intelligence suspected that a “pro-Ukrainian group” not connected with any government had carried out the sophisticated operation. Even if Kiev ordered the attack, he said, it should not impact the level of support it gets.
According to Bolton, debates in NATO on whether to deliver longer-range ATACMS missiles or F-16 fighter jets to Kiev “reflect a disjointed strategy” and harm Ukraine’s war effort. He said it was clear to him that “fears of Russian escalation are unwarranted.”
Bolton is a lifelong advocate for using US hard power against other nations, including nuclear powers Russia and China. US political observers suggest that he may seek the Republican nomination for president in the 2024 election.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson included him on a list of GOP candidates to whom he sent a questionnaire on the Ukraine conflict to get them on record. One question was whether the US should support regime change in Russia. Bolton failed to respond, Carlson said during his show on Monday.
ISTANBUL (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey would move forward with ratifying Finland’s NATO application, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden.
The breakthrough came as Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was in Ankara to meet with Erdogan and 10 months after both Finland and Swden applied to become NATO members in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, abandoning decades of nonalignment.
Turkey’s president says he will back Finland’s NATO bid
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his government would move forward with ratifying Finland’s NATO application, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden.
The breakthrough came as Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was in Ankara to meet with Erdogan. Both Finland and Sweden applied to become NATO members 10 months ago in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, abandoning decades of nonalignmen t.
NATO requires the unanimous approval of its 30 existing members to expand, and Turkey and Hungary are the only countries that have not yet ratified the Nordic nations’ bids. The Turkish government accused both Sweden and Finland of being too soft on groups that it deems to be terror organizations, but expressed more reservations about Sweden.
“When it comes to fulfilling its pledges in the trilateral memorandum of understanding, we have seen that Finland has taken authentic and concrete steps,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara following his meeting with Niinisto.
“This sensitivity for our country’s security and, based on the progress that has been made in the protocol for Finland’s accession to NATO, we have decided to initiate the ratification process in our parliament,“ the president added.
With Erdogan’s agreement, Finland’s application can now go to the Turkish parliament, where the president’s party and its allies hold a majority. Ratification is expected before Turkey holds its presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for May 14.
Commenting on Turkey’s willingness to consider ratifying Sweden’s accession to NATO, Erdogan said it would “depend on the solid steps Sweden will take.”
Explaining the difference between the Nordic countries from Ankara’s viewpoint, Erdogan claimed that Sweden had “embraced terrorism,” and cited demonstrations by supporters of Kurdish militants on the streets of Stockholm. “Such demonstrations do not take place in Finland,” he said. “For that reason we had to consider (Finland) separately from Sweden.”
Niinisto welcomed Turkey’s willingness to move on his country’s bid but also expressed solidarity with its neighbor. “I have a feeling that Finnish NATO membership is not complete without Sweden,” he said.
Referring to a NATO summit scheduled for July in Lithuania’s capital, Niinisto added: “I would like to see in Vilnius that we will meet the alliance of 32 members.”
Turkey, Finland and Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding in June of last year to resolve differences over the Nordic states’ membership.
The document included clauses addressing Ankara’s claims that Stockholm and Helsinki did not take seriously enough its concerns with those it considers terrorists, particularly supporters of Kurdish militants who have waged a 39-year insurgency in Turkey and people Ankara associates with a 2016 coup attempt.
A series of separate demonstrations in Stockholm, including a protest by an anti-Islam activist who burned the Quran outside the Turkish Embassy, also angered Turkish officials.
In Stockholm, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said separate ratification of Finland and Sweden’s bids by Ankara was “a development that we didn’t want but it’s something that we’re prepared for. We comply and will continue to comply with the memorandum established between our three countries.”
Billstrom stressed that “it’s about when Sweden becomes a member, not about our security. We are even more secure now than we were before we applied for membership in NATO.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and lawmakers have promised to ratify the two country’s NATO membership applications. But the country’s parliament has repeatedly postponed a ratification vote.
The parliamentary head of Orban’s Fidesz party said Friday that a vote on Finnish accession would be held on March 27. Mate Kocsis said in a Facebook post that lawmakers for Fidesz, which holds a two-thirds majority in parliament, would “vote unanimously in favor.”
Niinisto arrived in Turkey on Thursday and toured areas affected by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 52,000 people in Turkey and Syria last month.
Prior to Friday’s announcement, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said Sweden hoped for “a rapid ratification process” after Turkey’s elections.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the decision would strengthen the security of NATO, Finland and Sweden. “The most important thing is that both Finland and Sweden become full members of NATO quickly, not whether they join at exactly the same time,” he said.
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Washington welcomes Turkey’s decision on Finland and encourages Ankara to “quickly ratify” Sweden’s application while urging Hungary to conclude the ratification process for both countries “without delay.” “Sweden and Finland are both strong, capable partners that share NATO’s values and will strengthen the Alliance and contribute to European security,” Sullivan said in a statement.
Turkey’s parliament is set to go into a pre-election recess in three weeks but an “accelerated process” to endorse Finland’s NATO membership was expected, Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, director of the German Marshall Fund in Ankara, said.
He predicted a tougher path for Sweden after the elections, regardless of whether Erdogan is returned to office after 20 years in power or the opposition takes charge.
“While there is now a president who commands a majority in parliament, the next president, whoever is elected, will likely not have a majority in parliament,” Unluhisarcikli said.
Three political alliances made up of more than a dozen parties are taking part in the elections, including a left-wing alliance of politicians who tend to be ideologically opposed to NATO.
“Now it’s enough to persuade to President Erdogan, but several parties will need to be persuaded after the election,” Unluhisarcikli said.
>Former Vice President Mike Pence made his most blistering comments yet about former President Donald Trump’s role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol during remarks Saturday evening at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, DC.
>Pence began his remarks at the dinner, which traditionally features politicians making jokes about notable Washington figures, with lighthearted comments about Trump, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and several Republicans expected to run for president in 2024, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
>He then took a serious tone, noting the attack on the Capitol was “one thing I haven’t joked about” and calling January 6 “a tragic day.”
>Pence rebuked Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack, saying he was “wrong” for claiming Pence had the authority to overturn the results of the 2020 election in his role presiding over Congress that day, saying “history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
>“President Trump was wrong. I had no right to overturn the election and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable,” Pence said.
Pence is a pussy. He should have selected the alternative electors like the constitution says.
What did you expect from Pence anyway?
Most of his generation were gifted the most prosperous country on earth only to destroy it and leave nothing for their children.
Mike Pence states at the Gridiron Dinner that Trump endangered his entire family and that History will judge Trump harshly. However Pence won't testify against Trump and is fighting his subpoena using bogus claims of executive privilege. He is a coward and a hypocrite. pic.twitter.com/epvFQlWq4p
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