26 November 2022
The milestone moment occurred just before 5 p.m. ET on Friday (Nov. 25).
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft captured this selfie shortly after completing an engine burn that inserted the capsule into lunar orbit on Nov. 25, 2022.
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft is now orbiting the moon.
Orion had been making its circuitous way to Earth's nearest neighbor since launching last Wednesday (Nov. 16) on NASA's Artemis 1 mission. On Friday afternoon (Nov. 25), the capsule finally reached its destination.
Orion performed an 88-second engine burn Friday at 4:52 p.m. EST (2152 GMT) that successfully inserted the spacecraft into a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) around the moon as planned.
"Shortly before conducting the burn, Orion was traveling more than 57,000 miles [92,000 kilometers] above the lunar surface, marking the farthest distance it will reach from the moon during the mission," NASA officials wrote in an update(opens in new tab) shortly after the burn ended. "While in lunar orbit, flight controllers will monitor key systems and perform checkouts while in the environment of deep space."
The DRO takes Orion about 40,000 miles (64,000 km) beyond the moon at its most distant point. As it travels that path, the capsule will set a new record, getting farther from Earth than any previous human-rated spacecraft.
The current mark of 248,655 miles (400,171 km) is held by NASA's Apollo 13 mission, which wasn't meant to travel that far. Apollo 13 looped around the moon rather than land on the body after an oxygen tank in the spacecraft's service module failed in deep space.
Orion will break Apollo 13's record on Saturday morning (Nov. 26), NASA officials said. But the capsule will continue putting Earth in its rear-view mirror for two more days, reaching a maximum distance of 272,515 miles (438,570 km) on Monday (Nov. 28).
Orion will spend a little less than a week in the DRO. The capsule will leave lunar orbit with an engine burn on Dec. 1, then start heading home to Earth. Orion will arrive here on Dec. 11 with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, if all goes to plan.
The nearly-26-day Artemis 1 mission is designed to vet Orion and NASA's huge Space Launch System rocket, which sent the capsule skyward last week, ahead of planned crewed missions to the moon.
The first of those astronaut flights, Artemis 2, will send Orion around the moon in 2024. Artemis 3 will then put boots down near the lunar south pole in 2025 or 2026. Further landed missions will follow, as NASA builds a crewed research outpost in the south polar region — a key objective of its Artemis program.
"RUSSIA'S SECOND FRONT" – HOW BRAZENLY DER SPIEGEL ONCE AGAIN LIES TO ITS READERS
In Moldova, there have been protests for months against the "Harvard government" of President Sandu, which is driving the already poor country economically to the wall in the name of "Western values". In Der Spiegel, of course, it sounds quite different.
November 26, 2022
Moldova is a small and poor country that is of interest to the West only because it can be used as an effective lever against Russia. This is exactly what has been happening for some time, after the "pro-Western" Soros disciple Maia Sandu became president. I have reported on the situation in Moldova time and again, most recently on 3 November.
In the meantime, Der Spiegel has also discovered the topic of Moldova and written an article that is incredibly clumsy propaganda and conceals all background information from Spiegel readers. Since Moldova and the situation in the country are known only to a few people in Germany, I will first go back to the background before I report on the events since the beginning of November. Then we look at what Spiegel readers (not) learn about Moldova. Therefore, this will again be one of my dreaded, very long articles.
But I can promise you: If you enjoy political absurdities, you will get your money's worth if you read this article to the end.
Moldova and Transistria
Moldova is a small country with a short but difficult history as a state. Located between Ukraine and Romania, the country is a former Soviet republic where there was a civil war after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, the country has been divided and consists of internationally recognized Moldova and the breakaway Republic of Transnistria. The civil war was ended by an agreement between Moldova and Russia, and Russian peacekeepers have been securing the former front line for almost 20 years now.
Moldova is comparable to Ukraine, because it is a multi-ethnic state in which the dominant Moldovans, who are often referred to as Romanians, discriminate against the languages of the other minorities. For example, although Russian is widely spoken and used mainly in cities and business, it does not have the status of a nationwide official language. It was precisely these ethnic problems that were the reason for the civil war at the time.
Moldova has written itself into the constitution to be a neutral state. However, at the end of 2020, the pro-Western, US-educated politician closely linked to George Soros Maia Sandunarrowly won the presidential elections in Moldova. After that, she replaced thegovernmentwith controversial political maneuvers in 2021 and has been consistently leading the country westwards since the summer of 2021.
After its complete seizure of power, it openly announced a "cleansing" of the country's judiciaryin the summer of 2021, which was presented positively in the West and as a measure in the fight against corruption. In reality, it was a political purge, because Sandu wants to fix the western course of her country and remove its opponents who want to preserve the neutrality of the country. Sandu also spoke of needingUS supportfor the upcoming reforms and shortly afterwards described the US as animportant strategic partner.
Already in January 2022 there were indications of an aggravation of the situation in the region,you can find details about it here, and some time ago there weredrone attacks from Ukrainian territory on Transnistria.
State of emergency and repression
There was increasing resistance to the government's pro-Western course and since May there have been regular demonstrations because the already poor country under Sandu continues to become impoverished. At the end of May, opposition leader and former president Dodon was first arrested and then placed under house arrest. First journalists reported censorship, they were hindered by the government in their work. Since the country has been in a state of emergency since the end of 2021, the government has the right to "coordinate" the work of the press, as it is called.
Maia Sandu pursues several goals in parallel. First, it wants to regain control of Transnistria – apparently by force if necessary. Secondly, it wants to lead Moldova into the EU and NATO.
Sandu studied in the USA and is said to be a project of George Soros because there are many people around her who come from Soros' Open Society Foundation. This also applies to Alexander Mustjatse, who wasappointed head of the Moldovan secret serviceon 2 June.
In Moldova, too, electricity and heating prices have exploded, and this crisis was deliberately brought about by the government, because there was an agreement with Gazprom on very low gas prices, which would only apply if Moldova paid its bills on time, which the government failed to do. Now the government is betting on purchases of gas and electricity from EU countries, which is many times more expensive.
Many fears are therefore spreading among the population. This is not only about economic existential fears because of skyrocketing prices or closures of heating and electricity, it is also about the fear that the war with breakaway Transnistria could flare up again and that the government could draw Moldova into the Ukrainian war.
The chronology of events since the beginning of November
The population in Moldova is protesting concretely against the economic situation, which has deteriorated sharply in the already destitute country since Maia Sandu took office. Inflation has exploded to 34 percent and gas prices have multiplied because Moldova has not paid its debts to Gazprom, thus losing the negotiated rebates. After months of protests, the government began cracking down on the opposition Shor party, which supports the protests.
On 3rd November thePrime Minister of Moldova warned that the protests could destabilise the situation in the country and called on the population to inform themselves instead of indulging in emotions. On the same day,President Sandu declared that it made her "sad" that the people of Moldova were "only worried about high prices, unemployment and low wages" instead of worrying about the situation in neighbouring Ukraine. Of course, Russia and not their government are to blame for the difficult situation in Moldova.
On November 4, the Moldovan public prosecutor's office raised theissue of dissolving the Shor party, whose leader was sentenced to several years in prison in Moldova for alleged corruption in a judgment that has not yet become final, and who currently leads the party from Israel. The party is considered to be the organizer of the protests and the party leader is in favor of improving relations with Russia again and negotiating with Gazprom on reasonable conditions for gas supplies. Immediately after the prosecution raised the issue of dissolving the party, the entire party leadership of Schor wasarrested or placed under house arrest.
On 8 November, President Sandu announced her support for the ban on Shor. Schor declared on the day that the dissolution of the partyhad only one purpose: to strip the party of its six seats in parliament so that the ruling party gets a majority with which it can change the constitution. Moldova is a neutral country according to the constitution, but Sandu wants to lead the country into NATO, for which she would have to change the constitution, which is not possible as long as it lacks the six mandates of Schor, because the entire opposition is against joining NATO.
On 9th November the Moldovan government submitted an application to the Constitutional Courtto ban the Shor party.
On November 10, chat histories were posted in which the Moldovan Minister of Justice and other members of the government spoke openly about how they had brought judges, prosecutors and other officials into office through corruption schemes. The authenticity of the chats was only partially disputed by the Minister of Justice, who said that the texts had been taken out of context, while other parties confirmed the authenticity of the chats. The opposition therefore demandedthe resignation of the minister on 11 November.
On November 13, 60,000 peopleprotested against the government and demanded new elections, according to Shor.
On November 15, the opposition demanded the resignation of Veronika Dragalin, a US citizen who heads the Moldovan anti-corruption prosecutor's office. She previously worked at the U.S. Anti-Corruption Office and was tasked with fighting corruption "on the American model." However, her appointment was also part of the illegal machinations that have become known in the context of the published chat histories. The opposition declared:
"The whole country has seen the correspondence of the Minister of Justice and the manipulation of the results of tenders for the appointment of prosecutors. <... > We believe that Justice Minister Sergey Litvinenko should resign. <... > As far as Dragalin is concerned, she too should resign. This request was made by representatives of civil society."
On November 16, there werehours of power outages in Moldova, affecting 70 percent of all consumers. Officially, the emergency shutdown of a high-voltage power line from Romania, through which Moldova obtains electricity, was given as the reason.
Whether this is true is questionable, because Moldova obtains most of its electricity from a power plant in the breakaway republic of Transnistria, which receives too little gas due to the dispute between the Moldovan government and Gazprom, which makes the situation in Transnistria increasingly dramatic. For this reason, the head of government of Transnistria wrote an incendiary letter to theheads of the UN and the OSCE on 22nd November. He called on the Moldovan government to honour its contracts and deliver the agreed gas volumes, and accused the Moldovan government of an economic blockade of Transnistria, which threatened a humanitarian catastrophe there.
On 21st November President Sandu called on the EU to follow the example of the US and also impose sanctions on leading Moldovan opposition politicians. She claimed that "one of the groups" was receiving money from Russia, which wanted to take revenge on Moldova "for supporting Ukraine." Sandu continued:
"The U.S. recently imposed sanctions on some of these people. But we need to do more to reduce their ability to destabilise the Republic of Moldova and the region. I therefore call on our partners in this platform, including the EU and its member states, to impose sanctions on the high-level corrupt criminals who not only steal public funds, but also directly threaten stability and democracy."
Sandu said this at a European donor conference where she begged for money for Moldova. In their opinion, the EU should: Provide money so that Moldova can pay the increased gas prices that have fallen due after its government failed to pay its bills to Gazprom on time. Germany and Francepledged more than 130 million euros to Moldova at the conference.
What Der Spiegel reports
Der Spiegel addressed the issue of Moldova on November 18 under the headline "Russia's Second Front – How Putin wants to overthrow the pro-European government in Moldova." The introduction of the article should immediately bring the Spiegel reader into the desired mood:
"Moldova is striving to join the EU, but Russia wants to destabilise the small republic with all its might. The Kremlin is counting on electricity and gas deprivation – and on a criminal politician in exile who orchestrates demonstrations."
The Spiegel article is rather primitive propaganda, as can be seen throughout from the chosen formulations. The demonstrators are described as "older men in sweatpants, peasant women with headscarves" in order to plant the image of dumb proletarians in the reader's head. The demonstrators, who fear for their very existence in the poverty-stricken country, are portrayed as supporters of a fraudster. Positive formulations can only be found in the Spiegel article when it comes to Sandu:
"Since independence in 1991, Moldova has been ruled almost continuously by pro-Russian forces. Then, in November 2020, Maia Sandu, a Harvard graduate and former World Bank economist, was elected. It removed pro-Russian officials from the state apparatus, and after Russia's attack on Ukraine, it sided with Kiev. This is probably one of the reasons why the EU declared Moldova a candidate country in June."
When it comes to gas, Der Spiegel always lies...
Immediately afterwards, the disinformation in the Spiegel article begins:
"Moscow, on the other hand, is doing everything in its power to destabilize the country. According to Sandu, Gazprom cut gas supplies to Moldova by half in November."
That sounds bad to the Spiegel reader, because he does not know the background: Moldova and Gazprom had a dispute a year ago over unpaid gas bills. However, instead of cutting off gas supplies, Gazprom has continued to supply gas. After agreeing that Moldova would now pay on time and repay its accumulated debts in installments, Gazprom offered Moldova an excellent price for the new supply contract: Moldova could get Russian gas for $430 per thousand cubic meters of gas. By way of comparison, the exchange price for gas in the E.U. currently fluctuates between 1,000 and 2,000 dollars.
But the Sandu government only paid its gas billsonce on time, and the rebate was history. And since Moldova does not pay its bills in full and on time, it currently receives little gas from Russia. The people in Moldova who are demonstrating against Sandu because of this know these connections, but the readers of Der Spiegel do not need to know such details.
Instead, the Spiegel reader learns that it is very important that the EU and Germany transfer taxpayers' money to Moldova, because:
"If there is no help from Europe, the Sandu government could fall in the winter and be replaced by a pro-Russian regime – with consequences for the entire region."
Der Spiegel goes on to explain why Moldova needs to be helped with taxpayers' money:
"Until recently, Moldova got 100 percent of its gas from Gazprom in Russia. About two-thirds of the electricity came from Transnistria, a breakaway, Moscow-backed province in eastern Moldova, and one-third from Ukraine.
Now not only has Russia partially cut off Moldova's gas, Transnistria also refuses to continue supplying electricity to Chişinău."
We have already seen why Gazprom supplies less gas. But Der Spiegel expands its lies even further, because Transnistria's refusal to supply electricity is simply a lie. Transnistria cannot supply electricity because it needs gas for the gas-fired power plant. But Transnistria gets the gas through Moldova, which no longer has enough gas because of its unwillingness to pay Gazprom's gas bills. So the Sandu government has caused the problem in two ways: there is no gas for heating and electricity that Moldova would get from Transnistria if Transnistria were to buy gas from Moldova.
But this does not end the lies of Der Spiegel. Der Spiegel quotes Sandu, who deliberately screwed up the whole thing herself, with the following words:
"We are being blackmailed by Moscow," says Sandu. Your government makes do by buying gas and electricity on the European market, the latter mainly in Romania. But the prices are so high that Sandu doesn't know where to get the money. "We're threatened with a blackout in winter," she says.
Do you have to have studied economics at Harvard, like Sandu, to spout such nonsense? She could have gotten Russian gas for $430 if she had only paid her bills on time. Now it buys gas on the European market at up to four times the price. And because her country cannot afford it, she begs the EU for money, which Germany and France promptly provide her.
The Spiegel article contains far more propaganda and outright lies, but it would go beyond the scope to go into everything here. These were actually just examples of how brazenly Der Spiegel lies to its readers in the article. And these Spiegel readers – believe it – even pay to be lied to so cheekily (sorry), because the article is behind the paywall.
November 25, 2022
Paul Craig Roberts
Moon of Alabama has proven to be a reliable source of reporting on the conflict in Ukraine. The posting of November 23 indicates that some part of the Russian government or military has finally realized that Russia is at war. You can read the account here:
UKRAINE - LIGHTS OUT, NO WATER AND SOON NO HEAT
The eight-month old Kremlin policy of protecting Ukraine from attack, thus helping Ukraine to conduct war against the Russian forces, seems to have come to an end. The infrastructure – power, transportation, water – of Ukraine is being shut down. The real war Russian attacks on Ukraine's ability to function have gradually escalated, resulting in wider and more serious damage. It seems that the Russians don't want to destroy everything unless the West and its puppet Ukraine government fail to come to their senses.
The Western whore media, of course, doesn't report the true situation. The Western presstitutes are a propaganda ministry and have created a picture of Russian defeat. It would be difficult to identify the worst liar in the Western media as there are endless candidates, but Telegraph's Charles Moore is a leading candidate for posting the most far-fetched reports: See, for example:
VLADIMIR PUTIN'S ONLY HOPE NOW IS TO TERRIFY THE WEST INTO NEGOTIATING AWAY UKRAINE'S VICTORIES
The Telegraph also tells us that:
"UKRAINE COULD REACH CRIMEA BY CHRISTMAS"
U.S. "Russian experts" spread the same delusions.
Consequently, the Western peoples have a totally false picture of the situation. Russia could destroy Ukraine in a day without using nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin's restraint – in my view a strategic blunder as it enabled the West to get involved and widen the war – in Ukraine has a number of legitimate reasons. Ukraine and the population there have been a part of Russia for centuries. There is much intermarriage. Most Ukrainians are not favorable to the neo-Nazis who have dominated Ukraine since the U.S.A. overthrew the government in 2014 and have suffered at their hands. The Kremlin doesn't want a poverty-stricken ruin of a country on its border, and the Kremlin doesn't want the responsibility for rebuilding Ukraine's infrastructure.
It is inconceivable to me that "experts" and "reporters" in the West are so stupid and corrupt to have written the ridiculous accounts of the conflict that bear their names. It is total nonsense and has encouraged the false belief that Russia can be defeated and that "Ukraine can be in Crimea by Christmas."
THAT SUCH ABSURD PROPAGANDA CAN BE EFFECTIVE CAN RESULT IN THE U.S.A./N.A.T.O. PUTTING BOOTS ON THE GROUND, AND THEN WE WILL HAVE WORLD WAR III.
From Washington's standpoint, the more Ukraine is destroyed the better. If Putin finally abandons his half-way measures and gets down to real war, the war will soon be over. If Washington can prevent Zelensky from surrendering until Ukraine is destroyed, Washington gets the benefit of the economic and financial drain on Russia that rebuilding will impose. From Washington's standpoint, the more problems for Russia the better, regardless of the cost to Ukrainians.
WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IS THE ENORMOUS INHUMANITY OF WASHINGTON AND THE N.A.T.O. CAPITALS. IT IS UNJUST THAT IT IS UKRAINE THAT IS PAYING THE COST OF WESTERN INHUMANITY AND NOT WASHINGTON AND THE EUROPEAN CAPITALS.
November 23, 2022
Earlier today the Russian military shut down the Ukrainian electricity network.
Previous attacks had limited the distribution capacity to some 50% of demand. Controlled blackouts over several hours per day allowed to give some electricity for a few hours to most parts of the country. The attack today created a much larger problem. Not only were distribution networks attacked but also so the elements that connect Ukraine's electricity production facilities to the distribution network. All four nuclear power stations of Ukraine with their 15 reactors are now in shutdown mode.
Kiev along with most other cities of Ukraine no longer has electricity.
Moldavia is likewise effected as it received some 20% of its electricity from Ukraine. When the Ukrainian network shut down the only local thermal power plant shut down too. It is likely that it can be switched on again but that can be a complicate process.
Limited electricity imports from the European system into Ukraine may still be possible but that electricity would only be available in Ukraine's western cities.
Before today's attack the Washington Post reported of the difficulties in repairing the network. As we ad explained before the Russian attacks are hitting the transformers that connect the national 330 kilovolt backbone network. These are hard to replace:
As the scope of damage to Ukraine's energy systems has come into focus in recent days, Ukrainian and Western officials have begun sounding the alarm but are also realizing they have limited recourse. Ukraine's Soviet-era power system cannot be fixed quickly or easily. In some of the worst-hit cities, there is little officials can do other than to urge residents to flee — raising the risk of economic collapse in Ukraine and a spillover refugee crisis in neighboring European countries.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that about half of the country's energy infrastructure was "out of order" following the bombardment.
For weeks, Russian missiles have targeted key components of Ukraine's electrical transmission system, knocking out vital transformers without which it is impossible to supply power to households, businesses, government offices, schools, hospitals and other critical facilities.
During a briefing for reporters on Tuesday, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, the head of Ukrenergo, the state-run power grid operator, called the damage to the power system "colossal."
Russians, he said, were mainly targeting substations, nodes on the electrical grid where the current is redirected from power stations. The main components of these substations are autotransformers — "high-tech and high-cost equipment" that is difficult to replace.
A list of "urgent needs" from DTEK, the country's largest private energy company, circulating in Washington, lists dozens of transformers along with circuit breakers, bushings and transformer oil.
But it is the autotransformers — the "heart" of the substations, in the words of Kudrytskyi — that are at the top of the Ukrainians' list of needs and the key to keeping the country's electrical grid functioning.
The Ukrainians have tried to buy up every autotransformer they can find, going as far as South Korea to purchase them, but they still need to place orders for more to be built.
"We try to collect everything around the world that they have now, and order more," said Olena Zerkal, an adviser to Ukraine's Energy Ministry.
Any attempts to repair the network are useless as long as Russia continues to attack it.
To stop these attacks requires a political solution. Ukraine will have to give up and find some agreement with Russia.
Russia also attacked some of the natural gas sources Ukraine has:
Russia last week broadened its targets. Oleksiy Chernyshov, chief executive of Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz, said in an interview that a "massive rocket attack" hit 10 gas production facilities in the Kharkiv and Poltava regions, including Shebelinka, one the largest production and drilling areas.
"Of course, we will do our best now to recover, but this will take time and resources and material," Chernyshov said. "Time is of the essence," he added. "Because winter is now."
The targeting of the gas supply was a critical development, said Victoria Voytsitska, a former member of parliament now working with civil society groups on getting Ukraine the equipment it needs. If Moscow takes out the gas system, she said, cities and villages across the country could become "uninhabitable."
The Russian gas provider Gazprom has announced that it will reduce the transport of gas through Ukraine to European customers as the Ukraine is stealing from it:
Gazprom says that it has noticed some of the gas intended for Moldova under a contract with the local gas firm is being diverted by Ukraine. If the imbalance in gas transit continues, Gazprom will start reducing gas flows via Ukraine on the morning of November 28, the Russian gas giant said today, as carried by Russian news agency TASS.
Without electricity there is no water flowing in the water distribution systems of the cities. Without water toilets can not be used. Public hygiene will suffer. The internet in Ukraine is also down.
A COUNTRY THAT IS BECOMING 'UNINHABITABLE' HAS LITTLE CHANCE TO WAGE AND WIN A WAR. WHEN THERE IS NO TRANSPORT, NO ELECTRICITY, NO HEAT AND NO COMMUNICATION EVERYTHING BECOMES INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT.
THE REFUGEE STREAM ALL THIS WILL CAUSE WILL INCREASE PRESSURE ON EUROPE TO PUSH UKRAINE INTO NEGOTIATING FOR PEACE WITH RUSSIA. TOUGH CONDITIONS WILL BE APPLIED BUT THERE IS NO OTHER WAY OUT OF THIS MESS.
November 25 2022
Russia has started serial production of the latest Sarmat ICBM, said Vladimir Degtyar, director general of the Makeyev State Missile Center. It will ensure Russia's security for the next 50 years.
Vladimir Degtyar, the general designer of the Makeyev State Missile Center, informed the media that the advanced RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (NATO code name SS-X-30 Satan 2) has gone into production. The missile system was equipped with the necessary materials and operational equipment, it said. The developer emphasized that the "Sarmat" will strengthen the combat potential of the Russian armed forces and reliably ensure the security of Russia in the next forty to fifty years. According to him, in the current geopolitical conditions, this weapon is becoming the main factor in nuclear deterrence, but also a guarantee of maintaining peace.
The RS-28 Sarmat missile was developed to replace the Soviet R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM (NATO code name SS-18 Satan). According to Russian information, it has a range of 18,000 kilometers. The rocket is said to be able to hit targets around the world, even at the North and South Poles. Their technology is so mature that they can overcome all modern means of missile defense. The first launch of a "Sarmat" rocket took place on April 20 at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the military on the successful launch and spoke of a "major, significant event in the development of advanced weapon systems by the Russian army" because:
"An analogue of it does not exist in the world and will not exist for a long time. This truly unique weapon will strengthen the potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure Russia's security from external threats and those who try in the heat of aggressive rhetoric , to threaten us, our country, to think about."
The then head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, called the successful launch a "gift for NATO". Upon completion of the test program, the RS-28 Sarmat missile system will be delivered to the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RWSN) on-call duty.
EU COMMISSION: 2023 WILL BE AN EVEN MORE DIFFICULT YEAR DUE TO GAS SHORTAGE
The realities seem to be catching up with the Eurocrats as well, because now the relevant E.U. Commissioner has said that the real difficulties with gas are yet to come.
November 25, 2022
On the Anti-Spiegel I have been reporting on the situation on the gas market for years and since the gas crisis began to emerge in the summer of 2021, I point out that Europe cannot replace Russian gas in the short term, even if politicians and the mediapreached the opposite in the summer of 2022. This realization now seems to prevail in Brussels, as the responsible EU Commissioner has announced. This was reported by the Russian news agency TASS. I have translated theTASS messageand will add some background information afterwards.
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The European Commission says that 2023 will be even more difficult for Europe due to the lack of Russian gas
Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission, said that "setting a price cap will not automatically lead to lower prices for consumers."
The year 2023 will be even more difficult for Europe if Russian gas is rejected, EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said in an interview with the newspaper Le Monde on Friday when asked about the introduction of a gas price cap.
"All experts have been reminding us for years to do this in real emergencies," Timmermans said. "We have to keep in mind that next year will be much more difficult because there will be no Russian gas," he stressed.
At the same time, the deputy head of the EU Commission pointed out that "setting a price cap does not automatically lead to lower prices for consumers." "Today, demand exceeds supply, resulting in higher prices, so consumption needs to be reduced," he said.
At the beginning of November, the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated in its report on the outlook for the energy market that there may be gas shortages in European countries in the winter of 2023-2024. According to the IEA experts, Europe could have a deficit of 30 billion cubic meters of gas in 2023. According to experts, this will be the case when gas exports from Russia are completely stopped.
Previously, the EU Commission had proposed a corrective mechanism for the energy market, which provides for the introduction of a maximum price for gas of 275 euros per megawatt hour (about 3,000 dollars per thousand cubic meters) at the virtual hub TTF. According to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, the proposed figure can be changed after consultations with members of the Union. The European Commission explained that the proposal provides for the possibility of lifting the gas price cap in the short term if regulators consider that maintaining it could destabilise markets or lead to significant supply problems. 15 European countries, including Italy, do not agree with the EU Commission's proposal.
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As a reminder, before the start of the gas crisis, which was alreadylooming in the summer of 2021, almost a year before Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the price of gas was $200 to $300 per thousand cubic meters of gas. For decades, this was the normal price made possible by the long-term supply contracts concluded with Russia. But due to the EU's failed energy policy, gas prices exploded from the summer of 2021 and werealready above $2,000 per thousand cubic meters in October 2021. Currently, prices fluctuate between 1,000 and 1,500 dollars.
The fact that the EU's measures are only sensationalism, but will have no real influence on prices, can be seen in the maximum prices set, because the gas price has so far reached the mark of 3,000 dollars, from which the EU price cap is to take effect, at best for a short time, when the markets have fallen into uncontrolled panic. In practice, the EU price cap is unlikely to ever be used.
The real reasons for the energy crisis
Here I will list again the reasons for the energy crisis in Europe, which began long before the Russian intervention in Ukraine and about which I have often reported.
First, the winter of 2020/2021 was cold, which is why a lot of gas was consumed. Pipelines and tankers are not enough to bring enough gas to Europe in winter, which is why gas storage facilities are usually replenished in summer. This did not happen in 2021 and while the gas storage facilities are normally filled to almost 100 percent at the beginning of the heating season, in autumn 2021 it was just under 75 percent.
Secondly, the energy transition has led to too large a share of wind energy in the electricity mix. However, since the summer of 2021 was exceptionally windless, there was a lack of wind power and gas was used, among other things, to generate electricity, which should have been fed into the storage facilities.
Thirdly, the desire of many European politicians to replace Russian gas with mainly American liquefied natural gas led to a lack of gas in Europe long before Russia's intervention in Ukraine. The reason: In Asia, gas prices were even higher in the summer of 2021 than in Europe and the scheduled American tankers went to Asia instead of Europe.
Fourthly, the reform of the gas market by the last EU Commission opened up trading in gas on the stock exchanges. As a result, gas became an object of speculation. While Gazprom supplies its gas to Europe for 230 to 300 dollars under long-term contracts, it is a good deal for importers to resell the gas on the stock exchange for many times that and to put these speculative profits of several hundred percent into their own pockets.
Olga Sukharevskaya, ex-Ukrainian diplomat
24 November 2022
BYE-BYE, KIEV, HELLO COTE D'AZUR: AS WESTERNERS SEND AID, HERE'S HOW UKRAINE'S CORRUPT ELITES ARE PROFITING FROM THE CONFLICT
OFFICIALS AND OLIGARCHS HAVE DIVERTED MUCH OF THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT SENT TO KIEV
Since the beginning of Russia's military offensive in Ukraine, the U.S.A., the E.U. and their allies have provided Kiev with $126 billion worth of aid, a number almost equal to the country's entire GDP. Moreover, millions of Ukrainians have found refuge in the E.U., where they were given housing, food, work permits, and emotional support. The scope is huge, even by Western standards. Considering that the bloc has been funding Kiev while coping with an economic and energy crisis of its own, the assistance is perhaps especially notable.
Kiev bases its endless funding requests on the collapse of its economy, due to the war, and its need to "resist Russian aggression." But is the aid reaching its intended destination?
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The Monaco Battalion
While Ukraine has undergone a general mobilization affecting all men under the age of 60, many former and current high-ranking officials, politicians, businessmen, and oligarchs have moved to safety abroad – mainly to the E.U.
The mass flight of Ukrainian elites started even prior to the armed conflict. On February 14, 2022, 37 deputies from the Ukrainian president's parliamentary faction (Servant of the People) suddenly went missing. Had MPs not been banned from leaving the country the very next day, others would have definitely joined them. Meanwhile, former officials and oligarchs enjoyed more freedom to move around. According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, 20 business jets took off from Kiev's Boryspol airport on the 14th as well.
Tycoons were at the front of the line. Entrepreneur and MP Vadim Novinsky, businessmen Vasily Khmelnitsky and Vadim Stolar, Vadim Nesterenko, and Andrey Stavnitzer all left the country on charter flights. Millionaire politician Igor Abramovich booked a private flight to Austria for 50 people – taking relatives, business partners, and fellow party members aboard. Oligarchs flew from Kiev to Nice, Munich, Vienna, Cyprus, and other E.U. destinations. Another group of businessmen took off from Odessa on private planes. The owner of Vostok Bank departed for Israel, while the head of the Transship group flew to Limassol. An ex-governor of the Odessa region, Stalkanat's Vladimir Nemirovsky, also left the country.
In the summer and early fall of 2022, Ukrainska Pravda prepared several investigative documentaries about fit-for-service Ukrainian billionaires and officials spotted vacationing on the Côte d'Azur during the war. A movie with the ironic title 'The Monaco Battalion' shows Ukrainian oligarchs resting at their villas, mansions, and on yachts. In the first part, we see businessman Konstantin Zhevago, who is included on Interpol's wanted list, relaxing on his private yacht worth $70 million. The yacht graces the shoreline of the Côte d'Azur as Zhevago's family disembarks. Kharkov entrepreneur Alexander Yaroslavsky, who promised to sell his yacht and transfer the funds towards the restoration of Kharkov, can be seen sailing alongside.
Ukrainska Pravda journalists also got a glimpse of the Surkis brothers in France, who are currently renting apartments worth €2 million per year. Meanwhile, a $300,000 Bentley belonging to Ukrainian businessman Vadim Ermolaev was spotted near the casino in Monaco, and Eduard Kohan, the co-founder of Euroenergotrade, was seen at one of Monte Carlo's chic hotels.
A whole colony of Ukrainian oligarchs has apparently taken up residence in the elite French commune of Cap-Ferrat. Land developer Vadim Solar, oligarchs Dmitry Firtash, Vitaly Khomutynnik, and Sergey Lovochkin are among those enjoying high life in the middle of the war. The Cap-Ferrat villa once belonging to King Leopold II of Belgium was bought by the richest Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. His neighbors are Alexander Davtyan, president of the Investment Group DAD LLC, and Vladislav Gelzin, a former deputy of the Donetsk Regional Council.
As the creators of the film repeatedly emphasize, deputies and businessmen of "pro-Russian" parliamentary factions left the country during the war. Yet many active supporters of the current government also prefer to defend their homeland from abroad.
Ukrainska Pravda managed to interview Andrey Kholodov, an MP from Vladimir Zelensky's Servant of the People party, from his current residence in Vienna. The Austrian capital was also chosen by nationalist Nikita Poturaev and Sergey Melnichuk, a former head of the Aidar battalion known for war crimes reported by Amnesty International. The former head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, 59-year-old Alexander Tupitsky, and 45-year-old ex-prosecutor general of Ukraine Ruslan Ryaboshapka also preferred foreign 'trenches'.
Members of the Ukrainian parliament are in no hurry to adopt vitally important laws for the country during wartime. According to the Telegram channel Volyn News, as of March 11, more than 20 MPs had moved abroad for unspecified reasons. The geography is extensive: Great Britain, Poland, Qatar, Spain, France, Austria, Romania, Hungary, U.A.E., Moldova, Israel, etc. In March, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine launched an investigation into the actions of six parliamentarians who have remained abroad.
Apparently, neither war nor punishment can put Ukrainian legislators to work. Only 99 deputies out of 450 attended the session of the Parliament on July 20. Presumably distracted by the summer, the Côte d'Azur, the Maldives, and yachts… As for defending Ukraine itself – just leave it to the foreign volunteers, they say.
Where's all the military and humanitarian aid going?
Some Western benefactors have recently noticed that most of the military and humanitarian aid never reaches Ukraine's army or ordinary citizens.
In an original documentary, CBS reported that about 70% of military aid failed to find its way to the intended beneficiaries and donor countries are often unable to control its intended use. According to the creators of the report, some of the weapons are sold on the black market. As U.S. Marine Corps veteran Andy Milburn said, "I can tell you unarguably that on the frontline units these things are not getting there. Drones, Switchblades, IFAKs. They're not, alright. Body armor, helmets, you name it."
The Grayzone writes that weapons and humanitarian aid provided by the West to the Ukrainian military is being stolen along the way and never reaches the soldiers. At the same time, Ukrainian MPs recently gave themselves a 70% pay raise. The author of the piece argues that billions of dollars from the U.S.A. and the E.U. have been diverted.
A Ukrainian soldier named Ivan told journalists about Western funds never reaching the front: "Imagine telling an American soldier that we are using our personal cars in the war, and we're also responsible for paying for repairs and fuel. We're buying our own body armor and helmets. We don't have observation tools or cameras, so soldiers have to pop their heads out to see what's coming, which means at any moment, a rocket or tank can tear their heads off."
Samantha Morris, a medical doctor from the U.S.A., drew attention to the theft of medical supplies and the overall corruption: "The lead doctor at the military base in Sumy has ordered medical supplies from and for the military at different points in time, and he has had 15 trucks of supplies completely disappear", she said. The doctors couldn't even set up courses for medical assistants until a friend of the Sumy Region governor interceded.
CNN talked to a retired U.S. colonel who said that Ukrainian troops are short on supplies. Small arms, medical equipment, field hospitals, and a lot more are under the control of private organizations – more concerned about stealing money than saving the lives of their compatriots.
As Stephen Myers, a former member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, insisted, "There is little to prevent a field commander from diverting some of the equipment to buyers, aka the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians or whomever, while claiming the equipment and weapons were destroyed…"
Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid is being stolen. In September, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) proved that the head of the Office of the President, Andrey Yermak, his deputy Kirill Tymoshenko, the head of the Servant of the People party, David Arakhamiya, and his friend Vemir Davityan were behind the large-scale theft of humanitarian aid in Zaporozhye Region. Zaporozhye officials Starukh, Nekrasova, Sherbina, and Kurtev only superficially carried out the task of distributing aid. In six months, they organized the theft of 22 sea containers, 389 railway cars, and 220 trucks. Humanitarian aid was sold in ATB and Selpo – supermarkets owned by Gennady Butkevich and Vladimir Kostelman, respectively. Of course, Tymoshenko, Nekrasova and Davityan all became 'refugees' and found asylum in Vienna.
Admittedly, not everyone is on the run. Andrey Yarmolsky, the scandalous former deputy head of the Volyn regional administration – accused of stealing humanitarian aid, supplying defective bulletproof vests, and illegally moving men out of the country – was promoted. He now works for the National Security and Defence Council.
Medical supplies are also being stolen. The Telegraph reportsthat "some of the donated supplies later made their way onto the hospitals' pharmacy shelves: priced, and listed for sale". Health workers appropriate medicine, bandages, and medical equipment, and resell them to patients for whom they were intended to be free, the article says.
A similar story was told by the aforementioned doctor Dr Morris: "I got a call from a nurse at a military hospital in Dnipro. She said the president of the hospital had stolen all the pain medications to resell them, and that the wounded soldiers being treated there had no pain relief. She begged us to hand-deliver pain medications to her. She said she would hide them from the hospital president so that they'd reach the soldiers. But who can you trust? Was the hospital president really stealing the medications, or was she trying to con us into giving her pain medications for her to sell or use? Who knows. Everyone is lying."
War for some, Gucci for others
Enormous cash flows from Western countries are continuously used by corrupt Ukrainian officials for personal enrichment and to acquire luxury goods.
In a recently busted corruption scheme, Odessa customs smuggled shirts, backpacks, sports shoes, belts, and other luxury items by Givenchy, Gucci, Polo, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Armani under the guise of army equipment. The documents, declaring the cargo as "for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine", were signed by the acting head of the Odessa customs, Vitaly Zakolodyazhny. According to MP Aleksandr Dubinsky, this is a common theft scheme. "The work of the customs is unsatisfactory because while some are fighting at the front, others are making money under the guise of their customs uniforms", the parliamentarian said.
To take another example, in May 2022, Western countries abolished customs duties for Ukraine. Within a week, over 14'000 passenger cars were imported into the country. As the deputy minister of infrastructure, Mustafa Nayem, commented, "Considering we're a country at war, our partners in Poland, Slovakia, and Romania were quite surprised by this fast-paced upgrade to our vehicle fleet."
As they go about acquiring luxurious clothes and cars, the thieves are also taking care to withdraw capital from Ukraine.
According to the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine, Ukraine's budget is missing UAH 4.5 billion worth of taxes from agrotraders: "In August-September 2022, almost 12 million tons of grain crops and oil estimated at UAH 137 billion were exported through the customs territory of Ukraine. Of these, almost 4 million tons were exported by fake companies existing only on paper." Moreover, "most of the non-resident companies to which grain is exported are high-risk and involved in criminal investigations". Is this the 'grain deal' that the global community is actively cheering? It looks like Ukrainian fraudsters are corrupting not just their own country, but foreign states as well. And this is just one example out of many.
When the Surkis brothers left Ukraine, they took $17 million with them. But that's just a trifle compared to the 'heroes of the Euromaidan. According to former People's Deputy of Ukraine Oleg Tsarev, after the outbreak of hostilities, leading Ukrainian politicians sent both their capital and their families abroad.
He mentions that the parents and relatives of Zelensky and his wife all left the country. His predecessor, former President Pyotr Poroshenko, moved not just his children but also about a billion U.S. dollars in cash to the U.K.
The same applies to other major Ukrainian officials: former Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, the head of the Office of the President, Andrey Yermak, the second president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, former Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, and many others all took their families and fortunes, estimated at around a billion dollars, out of the country. And that's not to mention the numerous politically-affiliated oligarchs.
Scammers of smaller stature can "individually join the E.U." as well. A system of bribery allows military-age males to leave the country. According to Izvestia, the fee is currently between $8'000 and $10'000. The Ukrainian media also actively reports on people paying to cross the border.
The sympathy of Westerners towards a country at war is understandable. But while some countries are doing their utmost to aid Ukraine – even while facing an economic crisis themselves – corrupt Ukrainian officials are using the funding to amass personal fortunes and live the high life at fancy resorts. And all at the expense of taxpayers in the West.
In 2015, Arseny Yatseniuk, upon leaving the post of the prime minister, openly declared that he had become a billionaire. It is yet to be seen how many new Ukrainian super rich tycoons – nurtured by foreign military aid – will appear in the West by the end of the conflict.
U.S. OFFICIALS SAY IT OPENLY: THE US WANTED THE WAR IN UKRAINE
The U.S. ambassador to Switzerland openly admitted in an interview that the U.S.A. knowingly prepared and provoked the war in Ukraine long ago.
November 25, 2022
From the point of view of those in power in the West, it is a real blessing that the Western media do not ask critical questions and that most people have too little knowledge of political contexts to understand public statements. Scott Miller, the US ambassador to Switzerland, also counted on this when he spoke openly during an interview with the Swiss television station RTS. RTS writes in itsarticle about the interviewwith US Ambassador Scott Miller:
"It underscores the role played by the United States through its embassy even before the offensive began on February 24. Immediately after his arrival in Bern on 8 January, he held talks with Federal Councillors and State Secretaries and presented them with U.S. intelligence information about the invasion.
"I told them that we intend to impose a series of sanctions of unprecedented scale and scope."
Probably only very few people notice the political explosive these statements contain. The ordinary reader might think that the evil Russians prepared the intervention in Ukraine long ago and that the US, as the "protector of democracy," was forced to respond by preparing "a series of sanctions of unprecedented scale and scope." It is exactly the other way around, as we will now see when we recall the chronology of the escalation that led to the war in Ukraine. Chronology is essential to understanding Miller's statement.
I have reported inprevious articlesthat the US provoked the war in Ukraine by cornering Russia so much that in the end Russia saw no choice but to try to defend its security militarily. But since new details keep coming to light, you have to update the chronology from time to time and Miller's statement is one of the building blocks of this chronology.
The chronology of escalation
It is well known that the foundations for the escalation in Ukraine were already laid with the Maidan coup supported by the US and European countries. I therefore do not want to start the chronology in 2014, when Kiev deployed its troops against the civilian population of Donbass, who did not want to put up with the Maidan coup. The war in Donbass was at least frozen in February 2015 with the Minsk agreements, so I'll start with how theMinskagreement was systematically destroyed and what events followed.
At the beginning of December 2019,the last Normandy summittook place in Paris. Zelensky then returned to Kiev and announced to his people behind closed doors that he would not implement the Minsk agreement. It was clear to everyone involved in Ukraine that war with Russia had become inevitable and Kiev began concrete preparations for war. The head of the Ukrainian Security Council, Alexei Danilov,openly said this in an interview in August 2022.
In January 2021, Joe Biden became US president and, unlike his predecessor Trump, who did not want an escalation in Ukraine, Biden gave Zelensky the green light. As a result, Zelensky begancracking down on the opposition in February 2021, as a result of which the head of the main opposition party was placed under house arrest and all opposition media were banned.
In March 2021, Zelensky enacted Ukraine's newmilitary doctrine, which established a war with Russia with the aim of forcibly retaking Crimea and forcibly deciding the conflict in Donbass.
In April and May 2021, Ukraine was on the verge of war with Russia, but was whistled back by the US once again. In mid-June 2021, asummit meeting of Presidents Putin and Bidentook place, but it did not bring a breakthrough.
While Kiev escalated the situation in Donbass again from the end of 2021 and NATO increased its troop presence in Ukraine under the pretext of maneuvers and training missions, Germany and France officially buried the Minsk agreementsin November 2021.
The Russia sanctions, as Politico reported in October 2022, werealready prepared from at least November 2021in talks between Washington and Brussels. That was three months before the start of Russia's intervention in Ukraine and just as Berlin and Paris were burying the Minsk agreements. That the renunciation of the Minsk agreement would lead to war in Ukraine was apparently clear to decision-makers in Washington and Brussels (and probably also in Berlin and Paris), which is why they prepared the corresponding sanctions in parallel.
In December 2021, Russia demanded ultimate mutual security guarantees from the U.S.A. and NATO and the withdrawal of N.A.T.O. troops from Ukraine, stating that ifmutual security guaranteeswere rejected, it would be forced to respond "militarily". It was thus clear that Russia would respond militarily to further efforts to draw Ukraine into N.A.T.O. That was the moment when all responsible politicians were aware that refusing to negotiate with Russia would lead to war in Ukraine. The war and all the misery could have been prevented if the US had been willing to guarantee Ukraine's neutral status permanently.
On January 8, 2022, Scott Miller was appointed U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and now his statements from the current interview become interesting, because he said that the U.S.A. had "intelligence information about the invasion". Since talks between Russia and the U.S.A. on whether to negotiate the security guarantees demanded by Russia were still ongoing at that time, Miller's testimony shows that the US had already decided not to enter into negotiations and was fully aware of the consequences, namely the Russian intervention in Ukraine. Miller also indirectly confirms Politico's aforementioned report that the sanctions had been worked out months before, which Chancellor Scholz and other Western politicians later confirmed when they said that the Russia sanctions were "prepared long ago."
At the end of January 2022, theLend-Lease Act for Ukraine was introduced in the United States, about which it was written when it was submitted to Congress:
"This bill temporarily waives certain requirements related to the President's power to lend or lease defense equipment if the defense equipment is intended for the Ukrainian government and is necessary to protect the civilian population in Ukraine from the Russian military invasion"
This confirms once again that the U.S.A. has already prepared for war, while officially still talking to Russia about possible negotiations on mutual security guarantees, as the law to support Ukraine against the "Russian military invasion" was introduced in Congress a month before the start of the Russian intervention.
Almost simultaneously with the submission of the law, at theend of January 2022, the U.S.A. and N.A.T.O. rejected Russia's proposed negotiations on mutual security guarantees, knowing full well that Russia would respond militarily.
ON FEBRUARY 19, 2022, ZELENSKY THREATENED NUCLEAR ARMAMENT FOIR UKRAINE AT THE MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE TO THE APPLAUSE OF HIGH-RANKING WESTERN AUDIENCES. THUS, THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION COULD NO LONGER BE PREVENTED, BECAUSE THE FACT THAT UKRAINE, WHICH IN ITS MILITARY DOCTRINE HAD OPENLY PREPARED A WAR AGAINST RUSSIA, COULD ALSO ARM ITSELF WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITH THE BACKING OF THE WEST, WAS AN UNACCEPTABLE THREAT TO RUSSIA'S OWN SECURITY.
On February 21, 2022, Putin recognized the Donbass republics and concluded mutual assistance agreements with them. In hisspeech, Putin clearly warned Kiev of the consequences of further escalation. However, Kiev then demonstratively increased the shelling of civilian targets in Donbass.
On February 24, Putin announced in another speech the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
The recent statements by the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland are another piece in the mosaic in the chronology of the escalation that ultimately led to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. His statements fit seamlessly into the already known chronology and confirm once again that the U.S.A. and the West provoked this war. Or, to put it more diplomatically, they knew that war would become inevitable if they rejected the talks proposed by Russia on mutual security guarantees. But that's exactly what they did, accepting the tens of thousands of deaths in Ukraine instead of holding talks with Russia and leaving Ukraine as a permanently neutral state.
That the U.S.A. wanted this war is clearly visible in the development, because the U.S.A. has encouraged Zelensky in his aggressive policy towards Russia. There was never any talk of negotiations with Russia on Ukraine in Washington.
Since these findings are difficult for many people to understand and understand, I have explained in this article how geopolitics works. Geopolitics is unfortunately cynical and inhuman, as the example of Ukraine, which is mercilessly sacrificed by the U.S.A. in the fight against Russia, shows again.
HOW GEOPOLITICS WORKS AND WHAT UKRAINE IS REALLY ABOUT - 10 April 2022
24 November 2022
Last week, Ukraine fired at least one missile into Poland, killing two Polish civilians, with the aim of blaming Moscow and drawing NATO directly into war with Russia.
While the US and other NATO members rejected the claim by Ukraine that the missile strike was launched by Russia, the European countries have significantly increased their involvement in the conflict over the past week following the incident.
On Wednesday, the United States announced the disbursal of a further $400 million in weapons to Ukraine, including NASAMS surface-to-air missiles, HIMARS long-range missiles, antiradiation missiles, and hundreds of military vehicles.
To date, this brings the value of US weapons shipments to Ukraine to $19.7 billion, a figure the Biden administration proposed to double in a funding request sent to Congress last week.
UK defense secretary Ben Wallace announced that the UK would send a set of Sea King helicopters to Ukraine, marking the first time that London has sent manned aircraft to the country.
On Monday, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced that Germany would station US-made Patriot missiles on its border with Ukraine, raising the prospect that a NATO member might potentially shoot down a Russian aircraft operating over Ukrainian airspace.
"I will propose to deploy this system close to the border with Ukraine," Błaszczak said ahead of his scheduled telephone meeting with German defense minister Christine Lambrecht.
Błaszczak tweeted that "the German Defence Minister has confirmed her willingness to place Patriot launchers near the border," saying he has received the offer "with satisfaction."
In March, Germany and the Netherlands deployed a Patriot missile battery to Slovakia, which was later joined by a US battery.
Poland had previously requested Patriot missile batteries from the United States, at a price of $4.75 billion.
The deployment of German missiles to Ukraine's border was so provocative that even the New York Times, a leading advocate of US intervention in Ukraine, expressed concern.
In an article headlined "Missiles for Poland Raise Questions on NATO Stance in Ukraine War," the Times wrote, "Just how risky the situation remains, however, was put into focus this week when Poland announced that it had accepted a German offer of Patriot air defense systems and would deploy them 'near the border' with Ukraine."
The Times noted, "Poland's plans to deploy [the missiles] close to the conflict zone signals growing worries that its own security may be at risk, and that the war next door could spread, by accident or by design."
"What happens if our radar shows rockets are coming and they need to be intercepted inside Ukraine?" asked one military analyst who spoke with the Times.
He noted the possibility of "Patriot missiles operating in Ukrainian air space," which, the Times commented "would undermine NATO's hands-off approach to the war, and its strong commitment to support Ukraine with weapons while avoiding at all costs any involvement inside the country that could be used as a pretext by Moscow to escalate."
Critically, the Times said it could not determine whether the missile systems would be under German or Polish control, noting, "The defense ministry in Warsaw did not respond to questions about who would be in charge."
The United States is currently constructing a military base in Redzikowo, Poland, which the US claims is exclusively for missile defense. The facility will have the capabilities to fire offensive missiles, including the Tomahawk.
Russian officials said that the US base in Poland was a major cause of the war between Russia and Ukraine, with Russian officials claiming that if Ukraine were to join NATO, it would become a staging ground for weapons.
Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that if Ukraine were to join NATO, "it will be filled with weapons. Modern offensive weapons will be deployed on its territory just like in Poland and Romania."
Even as the US and NATO continued to use the strike on Poland as a pretext to escalate their involvement in the war, unanswered questions continued to swirl about last week's incident.
The Associated Press announced that it had fired James LaPorta, the reporter who allegedly drafted a November 15 newsflash, based on the statement of an unnamed intelligence official, that Russia had fired the missile.
The Associated Press refused to provide any more details on who the unnamed source was, or who at the news service made the decision to publish the newsflash.
On November 16, the day after the attack, the Associated Press issued a correction to its earlier reporting, writing:
In earlier versions of a story published November 15, 2022, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information from a senior American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity, that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people. Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.
On Tuesday, the US announced the disbursement of a further $4.5 billion in economic aid to Ukraine. This followed a request by the White House, released the same day as Ukraine launched missiles at Poland, to double the total amount spent by the United States on arms shipments to Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the European Union parliament voted to designate Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism."
At the same time, Russia continued its ongoing missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, knocking out energy infrastructure and setting off a wave of blackouts throughout the country.
DESPITE THE OBVIOUS CONCERNS WITHIN SECTIONS OF THE US AND EUROPEAN POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT OVER HOW RAPIDLY THE WAR IS ESCALATING IN BOTH INTENSITY AND GEOGRAPHIC SCALE, THE PROVOCATION OF A MAJOR LAND WAR ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT RISKS DRAWING THE ENTIRE CONTINENT INTO THE SPIRALING CONFLICT.
24 Novembre 2022
La Nato non conviene: ecco quanto costa la benzina a Bengasi
Leggete bene i numeri di questa pompa di benzina a Bengasi: 66,56 litri di benzina sono costati 9,984 dinari libici.
Fate voi i conti, aggiungo solo che 1 euro = 5,09 dinari libici.
Li avete fatti?
Nel caso vi do una mano.
1 litro = 0,029 euro.
Questa è la conseguenza di 2 fatti.
Il primo è che i pozzi di petrolio in Libia sono sotto il controllo dell'Esercito Nazionale Libico e delle legittime autorità libiche e non del governo illegittimo di Tripoli sostenuto dall'Italia.
Il secondo è che la risoluzione delle Nazioni Unite 2362 del 2017 impedisce alle legittime autorità libiche di vendere il loro petrolio sul mercato internazionale.
Per farlo devono inviarlo a Tripoli, dove però le milizie che l'Italia finanzia ne intascano il 40% sottraendone i proventi al popolo libico.
La conseguenza è dunque che il grosso rimane qui in Cirenaica dove stanno letteralmente affogando nel petrolio, mentre noi in Italia facciamo la fame pur di essere fedeli alla NATO.
Fate un po' voi!
24 Nov, 2022
ACCORDING TO THE RUSSIAN SECURITY SERVICE, SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
Russia's security service FSB has said it has foiled a Ukrainian plot targeting a gas pipeline to Türkiye, which mostly runs undersea. Magnetic mines, plastic explosives and other pieces of evidence have been seized during the bust, according to the statement.
Several Russian nationals "involved in the preparation and material support of the terrorist attack" have been taken into custody, the FSB said. It said that it discovered communications between the plotters and Ukrainian special services during the operation.
Kiev allegedly gave instructions on the exact location in Russia's Volgograd Region the bomb should be placed to disable the Southern Stream pipeline, which is used to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe.
The agency released images purportedly shot during the bust. These included footage of two arrests made at different locations and of what appear to be bombs, explosives, detonators and money. The statement said agents seized 593,000 rubles ($9,800) from the alleged plotters.
In mid-September, the FSB reported capturing a Ukrainian agent and several accomplices, who allegedly plotted to plant a bomb at a facility through which Russian natural gas is exported to Türkiye. Senior Russian officials later confirmed that the ground infrastructure of the Southern Stream link, which goes under the Black Sea, was the target.
Credit: The FSB, Russia's security service
The undersea pipeline would be a crucial element for a proposed gas hub, which Russia and Türkiye have been discussing recently. Moscow suggested that Ankara could serve as an intermediary for supplying Russian natural gas to southern Europe.
Southern Stream was initially supposed to link Russia with Bulgaria, but the project was scrapped under pressure from Brussels in the wake of the 2014 crisis in Ukraine. The project was repurposed with Türkiye serving as the partner and is now called TurkStream or Turkish Stream.
24 Nov, 2022
The government is rushing to rescue Uniper to avoid a domino effect across the country’s energy sector
The deal that will bring the utility’s nationalization cost to €51.5 billion ($53 billion) includes credit lines, equity injections and also reflects a scrapped gas levy, initially designed to help German gas suppliers handle rising costs, according to the media outlet.
The company was brought to the brink of bankruptcy due to surging energy prices and halted gas flows from its main supplier – Russia. Earlier this month Uniper reported a staggering €40 billion ($41 billion) net loss through September. The company cited shrinking deliveries from the sanctioned country as the major reason because it was forced to buy natural gas on the spot market at much higher prices.
German authorities will subscribe to authorized capital of up to €25 billion ($25.8 billion) to cover losses from outstanding Russian gas volumes until 2024, Uniper said on Wednesday, citing the latest agreement.
THE US BROADCASTER CBS HAS CARRIED OUT AN INVESTIGATION OF THE DATA OF THE HARD DRIVE OF HUNTER BIDEN'S LAPTOP, WHICH HAS SHOWN THAT THE INFORMATION IS NOT FAKE.
November 24, 2022
The story of Hunter Biden's laptop is one of the best-kept secrets of the German media. Since the scandal broke, they have consistently concealed the story from their consumers, while the data from the hard drive proves that the Biden clan is involved in highly corrupt deals and that Hunter Biden, the son of US President Biden, has committed a whole series of other crimes, such as tax evasion, human trafficking, abuse of minors and others. And with the knowledge of his father. Now, an investigation has shown that the information on the hard drive was not falsified.
The "laptop from hell"
The fact that the Biden clan ishighly corruptis well known – at least outside the German media bubble. The Bidens' crooked dealings were an issue in the 2020 US election campaign, especially after the contents of the laptop that Hunter Biden gave for repair while on a drug binge and then forgot became public. Had this information become widely known, Joe Biden would have had no chance of winning the election.
On the "laptop from hell", as US media quickly dubbed him, were emails, chat messages and documents proving that Joe Biden lied when he claimed not to talk to family members about business, because on the hard drivethere was evidence that he not only talked about it, but was involved in the business and profitably used his political offices for these deals. where he shared in the profits.
In addition, there were other piquant details on the laptop, such as the fact that Hunter hadan affair with a 14-year-oldwith his father's knowledge and photos of that Hunter celebrated with prostitutes while on a drug binge. The emails on the laptophave also shown that Hunter Biden has direct links to the US biological weapons programs that the Pentagon has carried out in Ukraine.
The role of the FBI
When the laptop and its contents became known in October 2020, in the final phase of the Trump versus Biden campaign, the FBI intervened and announced that it was Russian disinformation. On this basis, social networks have flagged all information posted about it as disinformation and usually deleted it immediately.
It is now known that the FBI already knew at the time that this was not Russian disinformation, but that the laptop was real. The FBI intervened, completely illegally, in the US election campaign – against the incumbent Trump. Someone should claim again that there is no Deep State. The detailscan be found here.
The role of the media
Although it has long been undisputed that the laptop is real, Hunter himself has even admitted this in interviews, the German "quality media" consistently conceal the story. If the story was mentioned at all in the past, it was only as a "conspiracy theory" by Trump. The facts are concealed from the German public.
Since the laptop is real and the Republicans have now announced that they will launch an investigation in Congress, the issue came up again in the US. The US broadcaster CBS, which is largely loyal to the Democrats, apparently wanted to help the US Democrats and has obtained an original copy of the hard drive. This was given to a specialist firm to check whether the data had been manipulated, which would be the last chance for Biden to credibly deny the allegations.
The result was clear: not only the laptop, but also the information on it is genuine. Since this was not reported in Germany, I translate areport from the Russian news agency TASSabout it.
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MEDIA: THE INFORMATION ON HUNTER BIDEN'S LAPTOP WAS NOT FAKE
CBS reports that it ordered an audit of the information on the laptop because it, as well as data on banking transactions, had attracted the attention of the Republican Party USA, which intends to investigate the Biden family's business activities.
The data found on the laptop of Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, had not been manipulated or changed, CBS said on Monday, citing an independent investigation.
The station received an "exact copy" of the data on the laptop that Hunter Biden left behind in a Delaware garage in 2019. The data was forwarded to the broadcaster by Brian Della Rocca, the shopkeeper's lawyer. He assures that this is the data available to the federal authorities and that the copy made can be considered "clean".
The independent analysis of the data was commissioned by the broadcaster and conducted by two experts from a Minneapolis-based cyber investigation firm. They found "no evidence that user data was altered, manipulated or falsified." No new files were found on the laptop that could have been created after April 2019, i.e. after the device was given for repair.
"Over time, a huge amount of personal data has accumulated. Underneath is everything: from pictures and personal documents to photos, chat messages and emails. Just because of the sheer amount of what we were dealing with, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to falsify [the data]," Sean Lanterman, an expert at Computer Forensics Services who conducted the analysis, told the broadcaster.
CBS pointed out that it ordered an investigation into the information on the laptop because, along with banking data, it had attracted the attention of the Republican Party USA, which intends to investigate the Biden family's business activities.
The situation around Hunter Biden
As the Washington Post previously reported, citing sources, federal law enforcement agencies have gathered enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax offenses and misrepresentation related to the purchase of weapons.
Previously, US media had repeatedly published data stored on the laptop of the son of the current US president. In particular, the correspondence submitted by Hunter Biden shows that he was able to arrange a meeting with a representative of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, on whose board he was a member, with his father when he was still vice president of the United States. Biden Sr. had demanded in his tenure as Vice President the dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who had launched an investigation against Burisma Holdings. The Washington Post reported in March that Hunter Biden is believed to have received nearly five million dollars from Chinese energy company CEFC.
According to the Washington Times, citing excerpts from letters from Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, FBI agents called the material "disinformation" in 2020 and dropped the investigation into Hunter Biden.
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ANNALENA BAERBOCK, WHO HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO PLAY THE GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER FOR ALMOST A YEAR, IS INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN FOR HER STUPIDITY, EVEN IF GERMAN MEDIA GRACIOUSLY OVERLOOK IT. NOW SHE HAS SHOT A NEW (BAER) BUCK.
November 24, 2022
Annalena Baerbock is internationally known above all because she proudly displays her stupidity and lack of education. When the composition of the new federal government was announced in November 2021, I was at a conference with experts in international politics whomade fun of Baerbock extensively. It was clear to everyone that an "anti-Russian" would become German foreign minister, but they did not think it possible that Baerbock would get this post. Their incompetence and lack of education were too obvious even then, and they were known to international experts.
The only politician in the West who was internationally better known than Baerbock for her apparent lack of education and incompetence was Liz Truss, who even briefly made it to the British Prime Minister. Baerbock seems to have set his mind on surpassing Truss in flaunting her lack of education.
After presenting her knowledge of history on ZDF and fabulating about tank battles in the 19th century, she has now shown that she doesn't know too much about geography either, although one should expect that from a foreign minister. At the climate conference,she said in all seriousness:
"Today is the moment when we have to ask ourselves honestly: What are the consequences for my country in the next few years? But also: What are the consequences for my neighboring country or a country that is hundreds of thousands of kilometers away?"
The country furthest away from Germany is New Zealand, which is almost 19,000 kilometers away. Against this background, Baerbock's statement sounds like the chatter of a primary school student, but not like an official statement by a foreign minister.
The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry could not leave this uncommented andshe wrote on Telegram:
"German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock: "Today is the moment when we must honestly ask ourselves: What are the consequences for my country in the coming years? But also: What are the consequences for my neighboring country or a country that is hundreds of thousands of kilometers away?"
The circumference of the Earth along the meridian or equator is about 40,000 kilometers. So maybe she's talking about the moon. It is almost 400,000 kilometers from Earth.
This is a serious explanation that rivals Liz Truss. Not surprisingly, Annalena Baerbock also studied in England – in 2005 she obtained a master's degree in international law at the London School of Economics and completed an internship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The British training is, of course, something special."
However, German media do not consider it necessary to tell their readers how the German Foreign Minister makes the whole world laugh with her level of education, because of course not only the Russians have seen this speech.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 23, 2022
Two days ago I posted Mike Whitney's article predicting the role-up of Ukraine that Russia's winter offensive will bring. Whether or not it happens remains to be seen, but Whitney is correct in the sense that this is what Russia needs to do in order to prevent the conflict from widening into World War III and to bring the conflict to a favorable conclusion for Russia.
The already long drawn-out conflict, itself foolishly delayed for 8 years while the Kremlin misplaced its hopes on the Minsk Agreement, has proved to be a strategic blunder that permitted the U.S.A. and N.A.T.O. involvement, sanctions that disrupted Russian businesses, two new members of N.A.T.O. willing to host U.S. nuclear weapons near Russia's borders, and more red line crossing provocations, such as the execution of Russian POWs and the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines and Crimea bridge.
Far from limiting the conflict, Putin's "limited military operation" greatly expanded it. Today we have, once again, Russia fighting on her own territory, this time with insufficient troops and no reserves and unable to hold the forward lines the Russian military initially established. Indeed, the large amount of time it is taking Putin to reinforce his hard-pressed soldiers is raising the question whether Russia has a standing army or nothing but nuclear weapons with which to defend herself. IF THIS IS THE CASE, AS ONE UNENFORCED RUSSIAN RED LINE AFTER ANOTHER FALLS UNDEFENDED, THE PROVOCATIONS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE KREMLIN'S ONLY OPTIONS ARE SURRENDER OR NUCLEAR WAR.
In recent days the Kremlin has permitted Russian armed forces limited attacks on Ukraine's electrical grid, fuel supplies, railways, and command and control centers. By ceasing to protect Kiev's ability to wage war against the Russian forces, the Kremlin has shown for the first time some recognition that Russia is at war and not conducting a police operation limited to the protection of Donbass residents. But still Putin refuses to shut down Ukraine, which Russia easily can do, and, thereby, Russia continues to suffer needless casualties among its limited number of professional troops.
Moreover, the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, gives assurances that Russia has no intention of bringing about regime change in Kiev. Peskov assures us that the Zelensky government is not a target:
Peskov's guarantee given to Zelensky does nothing to encourage the negotiations that the Kremlin still desires, but does convince Washington that the Kremlin is uncertain about the war's outcome and desires to end the war before it widens further and the Kremlin is further embarrassed by more crossings of unenforced Russian red lines. It seems that Peskov's guarantee to Zelensky indicates a winter offensive limited to recapturing the territories lost to the Ukrainian offensives.
Such a limited operation would achieve nothing. Washington is providing weapons of increasing range to the Ukrainian military, weapons that can reach Russian territory from western Ukraine outside the area of Putin's limited operation. This will force Putin to finally go to war, and by this time the West might have convinced itself that the US and Polish troops that are deployed have to go to Ukraine's defense.
My apprehension remains what it always has been – that Putin's "limited military operation" sends all the wrong signals to the West and provides the West with time to get more and more involved.
I STAND BY WHAT I SAID AT THE BEGINNING: RUSSIA NEEDED A DRAMATIC QUICK AND OVERWHELMING VICTORY THAT WOULD PUT THE WEST ON CLEAR NOTICE THAT RUSSIA INDEED HAS RED LINES AND THAT THE WEST'S REFUSAL TO ACCOMMODATE RUSSIA'S SECURITY CONCERNS HAS DRAMATIC CONSEQUENCES.
23 November 2022
STATE DUMA PASSES BILL BANNING LGBT, PEDOPHILIA PROPAGANDA
ABOUT 400 LEGISLATORS, INCLUDING DUMA SPEAKER VYACHESLAV VOLODIN, ARE AMONG THE BILL'S AUTHORS
MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. The Russian State Duma at its Wednesday session approved the second reading of a bill banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia and information capable of causing someone to seek gender reassignment surgery.
About 400 legislators, including Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, are among the bill's authors. As Volodin noted during the meeting, the bill is being approved exclusively in the interests of Russians. "We should do everything in order to protect our children and those who want to lead a normal life," he emphasized.
The document provides for a ban on propaganda of non-traditional relations, pedophilia as well as a ban on disseminating information about LGBT in the media, on the internet, and in commercials, books and movies. It also includes a ban on statements which may induce teenagers to gender reassignment surgery on the Internet, in the media and in books, audiovisual services, movies and commercials.
Also on Wednesday, the State Duma passed the second reading of a bill introducing substantial fines of up to 10 mln rubles (over $165,000) for propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia and information capable of inducing gender reassignment surgery both among minors and adults. Propaganda targeting minors will result in greater fines than information directed at adults and propaganda on the Internet and in media outlets will also result in heavier fines.
The bill introduces separate sanctions for foreigners and those without citizenship. If they disseminate LGBT propaganda among adults, the fine will range from 50,000 to 100,000 rubles (approximately $850-1,650), while propaganda targeting minors will result in fines ranging from 100,000 to 200,000 rubles (approximately $1,650-3,300). In both cases, the fines are accompanied by deportation which may be preceded by detention of up to 15 days. If propaganda is disseminated by foreigners via media outlets or the Internet, then the fines may reach up to 100,000 or 400,000 rubles (approximately $1,650 and $6,600, respectively) depending on the audience's age.
Anastasia Tenisheva and Kirill Ponomarev
23 November 2022
YEREVAN, Armenia — Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted with street demonstrations in the capital of this landlocked South Caucasus nation Wednesday as he arrived for talks with the members of a Moscow-led military alliance.
Hundreds of Armenians and emigre Russians took part in two days of rallies in central Yerevan to protest Putin's visit, with slogans including "Putin is a killer" and "No to war."
"We must show that not all Russians support this," said Sergei, an IT worker who recently moved to Yerevan, while attending a demonstration against the war in Ukraine.
The rocky reception for Putin on his first trip to Armenia since 2019 comes as military reversals in Ukraine make the Russian leader appear increasingly isolated on the world stage — and as Russia struggles even to retain its influence in the former Soviet states in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
While in the Armenian capital, Putin attended a summit of the heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) — a military bloc including Russia and Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — and was due to meet Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
"It is clear to us that our joint work within the framework of the CSTO brings visible practical results and helps to protect the national interests, sovereignty and independence of our countries," Putin said at the gathering.
Yet, Pashinyan used his welcome speech to attack the CSTO alliance for its inaction in the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"We have failed so far to make a decision on the CSTO's reaction to Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia," Pashinyan said.
"These facts are hugely damaging to the image of the CSTO."
Outside the meeting, Armenians and anti-war Russians who have relocated to Armenia organized at least three rallies to protest against Putin's visit, Russian support for neighboring Azerbaijan and the Ukraine war.
Many Armenians blame Moscow — which they previously considered a close ally — for what they see as its failure to assist Yerevan in its conflict with Baku.
"Russia promised to protect us, but instead it did the opposite," Yuri Tatevasyan, 64, told The Moscow Times at a rally in the Armenian capital on Tuesday evening.
"We have nothing against the Russian people — but we do not want to be slaves of the Kremlin," Tatevasyan added.
"We want Armenia to be a free and democratic country."
Putin has made few trips abroad since the start of Russia's 9-month war in Ukraine, which has been castigated by the West and international bodies, including the United Nations.
The Russian leader earlier this month declined to attend a meeting of the Group of 20 leading industrialized nations, where world leaders "strongly condemned the war."
Putin has lost his "first among equals" status at CSTO gatherings due to the Ukraine war, according to Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, although regional leaders remain wary of the Kremlin.
"The members of the CSTO are also afraid of Putin's Russia," Kolesnikov added.
With Russia traditionally playing a key mediation role in Armenia's long running conflict with Azerbaijan, Yerevan is keen to secure the Kremlin's support.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars over Azerbaijan's Armenian-majority populated exclave of Nagorno-Karabakh since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed the lives of more than 6,500 troops from both sides and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.
"We have to keep in mind that Russian peacekeepers are the guarantors of security," former Armenian lawmaker Arman Abovyan told The Moscow Times.
And even the Russian emigres protesting Putin's visit this week were aware that Yerevan cannot afford to alienate the Russian leader.
"Putin is still welcomed in Armenia, unlike in many countries," Russian IT worker Sergei, who declined to provide his surname, told The Moscow Times.
"Armenia does not want to quarrel with the Russian authorities."
'PASSION OF THE CHRIST' STAR CLAIMS HOLLYWOOD EXECS ARE TRAFFICKING CHILDREN FOR ADRENOCHROME
November 22, 2022
Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson's epic Passion of the Christ, has admitted that children are being kidnapped and trafficked by Hollywood elites.
Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson's epic Passion of the Christ, has admitted that children are being kidnapped and trafficked by Hollywood elites.
Caviezel appeared at the Clay Clark's Health and Freedom Conference near Tulsa, Oklahoma. this week and he addressed the issue of child trafficking in Hollywood, revealing that the entertainment industry elite are "raping and murdering" children for adrenochrome.
According to Caviezel, who was promoting new movie Sound of Freedom, Hollywood elites are addicted to adrenochrome and "gut kids alive" to get their fix of the drug which is released as a chemical in the body of terrified children.
Sound of Freedom tells the story of Tim Ballard, a former CIA operative, who quits his job as a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Early reports indicate the film exposes VIP pedophilia and child trafficking.
Caviezel also revealed that Tim Ballard, the author who he portrays in the film, is "down there saving children as we speak, because they're pulling kids out of the darkest recesses of hell right now, in dumps and all kinds of places. The adrenochroming of children, look…"
Caviezal is a Hollywood veteran, with leading roles in blockbuster films including Pay It Forward, The Thin Red Line, the Count of Monte Cristo, and Frequency. The man clearly knows his way around Hollywood, which is why it is so impressive that he is coming forward and risking his career – and even his life – to expose the evil at the top of the industry.
It's not the first time Caviezel has exposed the horror of child trafficking by Hollywood elite, describing it as "the worst horror I have ever seen."
"Essentially, you have adrenaline in your body and when you are scared you produce adrenaline. If you are an athlete in the fourth quarter, you have adrenaline that comes out of you. If a child knows he is going to die, his body will secrete this adrenaline and they have a lot of terms they use, but umm… It's the worst horror I've ever seen. It's screaming alone, even if I never saw it. These people that do it, there will be no mercy for them."
Jim Caviezal not the only one who is coming forward and exposing the elites. Mel Gibson, who directed Caviezal in The Passion of the Christ, has also gone on record denouncing Hollywood as a "den of parasites" who "feast on the blood of kids."
During a "controversial" appearance on the Graham Norton Show on the BBC in 2017, Gibson educated shocked guests about the real nature of Hollywood elites in the green room backstage after his appearance.
Hollywood studios are "drenched in the blood of innocent children", according to Mel Gibson who claimed the consumption of "baby blood is so popular in Hollywood that it basically operates as a currency of its own."
Hollywood elites are an "enemy of mankind continually acting contrary to our best interests" and "breaking every God given taboo known to man, including the sanctity of children," Gibson continued.
"It's an open secret in Hollywood," he said. These people have their own religious and spiritual teachings and their own social and moral frameworks. They have their sacred texts – they are sick, believe me – and they couldn't be more at odds with what America stands for."
The mainstream media quickly pounced on Gibson's revelations, deployed fact checkers including Snopes to declare the comments fake news, and proceeded to delete every video and article from the internet. In short, the mainstream media memory-holed them. Mel Gibson's voice was silenced.
A celebrity cannot speak out against the system without being silenced and punished. Gibson's career has not been the same since.
That's why it's so important as many people as possible get to hear Jim Caviezal's words before the mainstream media cancel him and destroy the evidence.
We have seen it happen so many times before. In recent times, Nicole Kidman and Lindsay Lohan also spoke out about pedophilia in Hollywood, before backtracking, attempting to cover their tracks, and pretending they never said what they did. Lohan and Kidman understand the nature of the consequences for those who bite the hand that feeds them.
Close friends of Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Coolio and Anne Heche have come forward with remarkably similar stories, revealing the stars were working on exposing the pedophile ring at the heart of the music industry – and it cost them their lives.
These are dark times and bravery is required to live with eyes wide open.
It's vital that Jim Caviezel's revelations about pedophilia among the elite is heard by as many people as possible before mainstream media and the tech giants censor and silence him, as they did to his friend and mentor Mel Gibson.
No doubt the fact checkers are planning to delete his words from the internet and declare them fake news. That's how they continue to keep the majority in the dark about the nature of the globalist elite who control the media and entertainment industries.
THE U.S.A. ANNOUNCES ANOTHER US$4.5B FOR UKRAINE, DAYS AFTER ZELENSKY CAUGHT TRYING TO CON NATO INTO WW3
November 22, 2022
THE BIDEN REGIME ON TUESDAY ANNOUNCED THEY'RE SENDING ANOTHER US$4.5 BILLION IN US AID TO UKRAINE, DESPITE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY ATTEMPTING TO CON AMERICA AND NATO INTO WW3 LAST WEEK BY BOMBING POLAND AND BLAMING RUSSIA FOR THE STRIKE.
From U.S. AID, "THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTES US$4.5 BILLION TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE":
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in coordination with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of State, is providing an additional $4.5 billion in direct budgetary support to the Government of Ukraine. The funding, which will help alleviate the acute budget deficit caused by Putin's brutal war of aggression, was made possible with generous bipartisan support from Congress. The Government of Ukraine will receive the funding in two tranches before the end of 2022.
[...] ONCE THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE FULLY DISBURSED, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE PROVIDED $13 BILLION IN DIRECT BUDGETARY SUPPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE.
The Biden regime cut off pay and benefits to over 40,000 National Guard and 22,000 Reserve soldiers earlier this year because they refused to take Big Pharma's covid mRNA shots but they have endless billions of our money to send to Ukraine.
IN THE LAST WEEK, VIDEOS HAVE SURFACED WHOSE AUTHENTICITY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. THE VIDEOS SHOW UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS SHOOTING RUSSIAN SOLDIERS AFTER SURRENDERING.
November 23, 2022
The fact that the Ukrainian army repeatedly executes Russian soldiers after they surrender is not new. How many such cases there are cannot be said, since only the cases filmed by Ukrainian soldiers and posted on the Internet have become known. There is therefore likely to be a very large number of unreported cases.
As earlyas March, a video was released showing Ukrainian soldiers shooting Russian prisoners of war to their knees. They were not treated afterwards and bled to death, as is now known. There was no criticism from Western countries that support Ukraine financially and militarily, and the Western media had nothing to criticize either.
There have been many such cases of torture and arbitrary executions by the Ukrainian army, and recently there have been reports, especially from the territories conquered by Ukraine, that "collaborators" were summarily shot there. Such shootings took placein the Kharkov regionand before the occupation of Kherson by the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian soldiersopenly announced on Telegram that they would commit massacres. This seems to have happened, because civilians who fled after the capture of Kherson report dozens of shootings, which, however, have not yet been independently confirmed.
EXECUTION OF PRISONERS OF WAR
Last week,videos surfaced showing Russian soldiers surrendering to the Ukrainian army. They came out of a building one by one and lay down on their stomachs with their hands folded at the back of their necks. Apparently, however, a Russian soldier did not want to surrender and opened fire on the Ukrainians when he came out of the building.
After eliminating the Russian soldier, the Ukrainian soldiers executed the Russians still lying on the ground, who had not offered any resistance, with shots to the head. This is shown by drone footage showing the Russian soldiers still lying there, but with pools of blood around their heads.
This is not Russian propaganda, because even the New York Times has now confirmed that the videos are authentic and that the Russian soldiers were shot at "close range", i.e. executed. The New York Times reports that the videos were first uploaded in Ukraine, but in its detailedarticledistracts from the fact that the execution of soldiers who surrendered is a war crime.
THE REACTION FROM KIEV
Kiev claims that the Russian soldiers only pretended to surrender, which is why the Ukrainian soldiers acted completely correctly. Since Western media – if they report on the incident at all – do not show the videos, readers of Western media cannot understand that Kiev's version is a lie, because one soldier unexpectedly resisted, but the others did not. However, they were subsequently executed with shots to the head, still lying where they had surrendered, as the drone images clearly show and as even the New York Times has confirmed.
The UkrainianNazi regimeis an example of radical audacity, as the reaction from Kiev shows. In order to distract from its own war crime, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has unceremoniously opened proceedings for the incident. But the case was not opened against the Ukrainian soldiers who shot defenseless prisoners of war after they surrendered – no, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office opened a caseagainst the shot Russian soldiersfor "fake surrender".
PURE CYNICISM FROM THE U.S.A.
RT-DE reports on the reaction from the US, where there is a global criminal justice commissioner at the US State Department named Beth Van Schaack, who said that the law of war applies equally to all warring parties, both aggressors and defenders, but stressed that the allegations against Ukraine were incomparable to Russia's alleged crimes. It has de facto justified Ukraine's war crimes.
It also claimed that Ukraine deals responsibly with allegations and basically confirms alleged abuses, condemns them and promises to conduct investigations.
This is a more than questionable statement, as this example shows, because there can be no question of a condemnation of the executions or even an investigation by Kiev, on the contrary. And this is not an isolated case, on the contrary. Ukraine denies all the accusations against it even when everything has been clearly proven, as we have recently seen withthe example of the Ukrainian missilethat hit Poland and killed two civilians. Kiev blamed this missile attack onPolish territory on Russia even after it had long been proven that it was a Ukrainian missile. There can be no question of an investigation on the part of Kiev, Kiev has not even admitted to this day that it was its missile.
THE U.N. INVESTIGATES THE INCIDENTS
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has responded to journalists' questions about the videos. On November 18, the spokeswoman toldRussian news agency TASS that her colleagues "are aware of the videos and that they are now investigating them." She stressed that "allegations of summary executions of non-combatants must be investigated promptly, comprehensively and effectively, and all those responsible must be brought to justice."
On November 22, the spokeswoman stated:
"Of course, we are familiar with the videos. Colleagues try to analyse them. Basically, we're busy investigating them and seeing if we can find anything beyond what the videos might show. At the moment I can't report anything more specific."
THE SILENCE OF THE (WESTERN) MEDIA
There are hardly any reports in the German media about this (or other) war crimes committed by the Ukrainian army. At Der Spiegel, I only found a report in thenews ticker on the Ukraine crisis, in which Der Spiegel reported on Kiev's reaction to the accusations on November 20, several days after the videos became known.
Der Spiegel concealed the news about Ukrainian war crimes from its readers for several days and then mentioned the incident well hidden in its news ticker, with Der Spiegel completely adopting Kiev's version. This was not worth its own article to Der Spiegel. Would the former news magazine also be so silent if the videos showed Russian soldiers executing Ukrainian prisoners of war?
The fact that the Russian parliament is calling on the parliaments of all countries to make a statement condemning the crimes of the Ukrainian army is concealed in the West. And even if some non-aligned countries can bring themselves to make such a statement, Western media are unlikely to hear about it.
MORE VIDEOS OF SHOOTINGS
Meanwhile, another video of shootings of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian soldiers has surfaced, which Western media will certainly not report either. The video shows a scene in a forest where an armed Ukrainian soldier moves between Russian soldiers lying on the ground. One by one, the shooter shoots at the people on the ground, the last shot is filmed directly and you can see how the bullet hits the head and splashes blood around. The video is probably a bit older, because there is no snow to be seen there. You can find the video here, but due to the drastic images, I expressly warn against watching it.
The scene is similar to the previous video: Russian soldiers, who have obviously surrendered and lie unarmed on the ground, are executed by a shot to the head.
Western media probably won't report on it either...
Patrizio Ricci [edited]
22 Novembre 2022
Inizialmente l’economia apparteneva al campo degli studi umanistici e della filosofia morale, cioè quella branca che cerca di spiegare ciò che è giusto o sbagliato oppure buono o cattivo o ciò che è meglio o peggio (per uno stato come si proponeva Adam Smith).
MA OGGI LE COSE SONO CAMBIATE. NEL MONDO INTERO SOLTANTO 62 PERSONE POSSEGGONO METÀ DELLA RICCHEZZA DI TUTTA L'UMANITÀ. E, IN ITALIA, DIECI FAMIGLIE TANTO QUANTO OTTO MILIONI DI ITALIANI.
SECONDO L'EUROSTAT, UNO DI OGNI TRE ITALIANI È QUASI POVERO, SECONDO IL RECENTE RAPPORTO DELLA CARITAS, SONO 5,6 MILIONI I POVERI IN ITALIA. DI QUESTI, 830'000 SOPRAVVIVONO GRAZIE AL REDDITO DI CITTADINANZA (RdC).
La situazione, ove si inserisce il reddito di cittadinanza (RdC), è disastrosa.
L'RDC È UNA MISURA ADOTTATA DALLA MAGGIOR PARTE DEGLI STATI OCCIDENTALI. LA STESSA POLITICA PERSEGUITA NEL CORSO DEGLI ANNI HA PORTATO AD UN AUMENTO DELLA RICCHEZZA COMPLESSIVA CREATA DALLE BANCHE MONDIALI È ARRIVATA A SUPERARE DI MOLTE VOLTE GLI STESSI BENI ACQUISTABILI. PER EVITARE LO SCOPPIO DI UNA GIGANTESCA BOLLA FINANZIARIA, I GOVERNI SCARICANO COSTANTEMENTE VERSO IL BASSO LE PERDITE DALLA RICCHEZZA FITTIZIA SLEGATA DAL LAVORO E DAI BENI, CHE HANNO CREATO. MA NON È TUTTO: GLI STATI OCCIDENTALI HANNO ELIMINATO GRADATAMENTE IL WELFARE, ABBASSATO SALARI E PENSIONI, PRIVATIZZATO OGNI BENE VITALE ED ESTERNALIZZATO I SERVIZI DI PUBBLICA UTILITÀ, AUMENTANDO A DISMISURA GLI ONERI PER LE FAMIGLIE, SENZA PIÙ NULLA CHE METTA A RIPARO I CITTADINI DALLE SPECULAZIONI FINANZIARIE E DALLE POLITICHE GOVERNATIVE, DECISE SEMPRE PIÙ IN CONSESSI INTERNAZIONALI ALIENI E LONTANI DALLA VITA CONCRETA DELLA GENTE.
A fronte di tutto questo, il governo italiano ha preso la decisione di ridurre il reddito di cittadinanza (RdC), per poi eliminarlo sostituirlo con palliativi. La stretta interesserà un totale 830'000 cittadini, tanti sono quelli che hanno sottoscritto il Patto per il lavoro al Centro per l’Impiego. Gli attuali beneficiari per sei mesi continueranno ad avere il RdC a patto che frequentino un corso di formazione, dopodiché perderanno la provvidenza statale. Un’altra ipotesi prevede una cessazione più graduale, fino comunque alla perdita dell’RdC.
Alla fine, lo stato risparmierà immediatamente 1,8 miliardi su una spesa di 8 miliardi. Non è molto.
LO STATO PER IL CARO BOLLETTE DOVRÀ PAGARE 21 MILIARDI DI EURO. SONO SOLDI CHE ANDRANNO LETTERALMENTE 'IN FUMO'. PER CONTRO, NESSUNA MODIFICA VERRÀ FATTA ALLE CAUSE DI TUTTO QUESTO, OVVERO ALLA LEGGE EUROPEA CHE PREVEDE LA CONTRATTAZIONE DEL PREZZO DEI PRODOTTOTI ENERGETICI IN BORSA, NÉ SI TORNERÀ AI CONTRATTI CON PREZZO FISSO PLURIENNALE (NEANCHE NE PARLANO).
Per questa scelta scellerata vengono bruciati miliardi sottratti alla società civile che potrebbero essere impiegati diversamente, ma inopinatamente la UE ha scelto da tempo di lasciare beni primari in pasto alla speculazione privata.
POI STUPISCE LA MISURA: STIAMO PARLANDO DI 8 MILIARDI A FRONTE DI CIRCA 1600 MILIARDI DI PIL E DI 800 MILIARDI CHE VANNO PER LE SPESE DELLO STATO. SI TRATTA DI STABILIRE LE PRIORITÀ, NON SI POSSONO ELIMINARE LEGGI GIUSTE A CAUSA DELLA LORO PARZIALE CATTIVA APPLICAZIONE. SENZA CONTARE CHE QUANTO SPENDE LO STATO TORNERÀ INTERAMENTE ALL'ECONOMIA CON UN MOLTIPLICATORE SUPERIORE ALLA SPESA STESSA, IL CHE AGIRÀ POSITIVAMENTE SUL PIL.
La misura non è sbagliata, la deficitaria applicazione non ne giustifica l’abolizione.
Sull’argomento ci sono due fronti, divisi essenzialmente ad un livello di comprensione. Secondo l’orientamento prevalente, il reddito di cittadinanza è una misura che non parte solo dalla necessità di rispondere ad un bisogno estremo vitale, ma parte dal principio che ricevere una misura di sussistenza è un diritto, perché ogni cittadino è destinatario di una minima parte del patrimonio collettivo per ‘diritto di cittadinanza’. Ma esiste un altro orientamento, che vede questa norma solo come un sostituto della indennità di disoccupazione o simile ad un sussidio di povertà.
Ci sono poi altri argomenti di divisione. I critici lamentano un gran numero di abusi da parte dei destinatari del sussidio. In secondo luogo, lamentano il ‘quantum’ del sussidio, perché spesso le retribuzioni di taluni lavoratori sono inferiori a quanto percepito dai percettori del RdC.
C’è poi l’opinione abbastanza diffusa secondo la quale lo Stato elargirebbe soldi preziosi sottraendoli ad altri (‘non possiamo permetterci il RdC’, dice il governo), Secondo tale mentalità lo stato deve dare quanto riceve di tasse, di più non può. Questa è opinione comune, il risultato di anni e anni di propaganda televisiva e indottrinamento nelle università.
QUESTA È LA VISIONE INTRANSIGENTEMENTE ADOTTATA DALL'UNIONE EUROPEA, SI TRATTA SOLO DI UNA TEORIA ECONOMICA SBAGLIATA, PRECISAMENTE QUELLA COMUNEMENTE ATTRIBUITA ALL'ECONOMISTA DI MILTON FRIEDMAN. CHÉ LE DECISIONI ECONOMICHE EUROPEE SIANO DISASTROSE, È DA TEMPO SOSTENUTO DA MOLTI ECONOMISTI, TRA CUI I PREMI NOBEL DELL'ECONOMIA DEL CALIBRO DI JOSEPH STIGLITZ E PAUL KRUGMAN – "LE MISURE DI AUSTERITY NON MIGLIORANO LE DINAMICHE DEI DEBITI". MA LUNGI DA ASCOLTARE OPINIONI DIVERSE, BRUXELLES PERSISTE NEI SUOI ORRORI PERCHÉ QUESTO FA COMODO AD ALCUNI PAESI, IN PRIMIS LA GERMANIA.
Dico orrori e non errori, perché ciò che soffoca l'U.E. sono anomalie strutturali che hanno al loro apice l’avere l’euro e una banca centrale in assenza di un ministero unitario economico. Gli stati membri sono afflitti da molte problematicità, quali il non poter stampare moneta se non a debito, non poter ottenere moneta nella quantità necessaria el’ assenza di una politica economica comune e una ridistribuzione del debito. Questi fattori pongono l’Italia nella difficile situazione di non poter attuare politiche economiche espansive, rinunciare ad investimenti strutturali e di pubblica utilità. In definitiva, portano il nostro paese a rinunciare al suo scopo naturale.
CHE L'U.E. SIA STATA FATTA SOPRATTUTTO A VANTAGGIO DI ALCUNI PAESI RISPETTO AD ALTRI È NOTO. DAL PRIMO ISTANTE DELL'INIZIO DI QUESTO PERCORSO CON L'EURO – COSTELLATO DA AUSTERITY E POLITICHE RESTRITTIVE – IL NOSTRO PAESE HA PERSO LA SOVRANITÀ MONETARIA E QUINDI, PROGRESSIVAMENTE, ANCHE POLITICA. Credo che la maggior parte dei ministri del nostro governo abbiano ben chiara questa situazione, ma manca il necessario sostegno popolare per un cambiamento che non sia solo di facciata.
La posizione della chiesa cattolica
Il giudizio della CEI, è chiaro. Ha avvertito che non è giusto abolire il Rdc: va migliorato, non cancellato:
– Siamo in un ‘paese fermo’ in cui l’indigenza estrema sta diventando una realtà senza via d’uscita per tanti, soprattutto nel Mezzogiorno. La povertà si trasforma in fenomeno intergenerazionale.
– Il Reddito di Cittadinanza, dicono i vescovi, va aggiornato e corretto perché tanti poveri oggi non lo recepiscono, ma va mantenuto perché è un salvagente per molte persone. Accanto a ciò vanno messe a punto forti politiche di inclusione sociale.
– Anche chi lavora è investito da forme di povertà che consentono a stento la sopravvivenza. Si tratta di occupati part time o sottopagati, anche con contratti regolari. Si diffonde in tal modo una diffidenza nei confronti del lavoro visto come mezzo di mero sfruttamento a causa di salari del tutto inadeguati
Finora la baracca va avanti perché piuttosto cinicamente, sta scaricando tutte le inefficienze del sistema verso il basso, drenando le risorse dei cittadini. Questo lo vediamo continuamente, con il drenaggio delle persone.
DAL LAVORO LA U.E. FINANZIERÀ IL MAGGIOR COSTO DELLE PROPRIE POLITICHE DI RIDUZIONE DEL CO2 E QUANT'ALTRO DI DEGENERATIVO HA CONCEPITO.
MA IN ITALIA LE FAMIGLIE SENZA IL RDC AFFOGHERANNO NELLA RECESSIONE INCOMBENTE. MENTRE LE GUERRE NON AVRANNO MAI LIMITI DI FINANZIAMENTO.
November 23, 2022
A couple of months ago, videos from Russian prisons started appearing online showing a beefy-looking, bald man addressing large crowds of inmates, trying to recruit them as mercenaries to go fight (and quite possibly die, he admitted) in Ukraine. "Do you have anybody who can pull you out of the slammer when you've still got 10 years on your sentence? There are two who can get you out: Allah and God, and it will be in a wooden box. I'll take you alive, though I won't always return you that way." He then gives the prisoners five minutes to decide if they'll join his private military company.
The man speaking here is Evgeny Prigozhin, an ex-con himself and now a jack of all trades when it comes to the dark side of the Russian elite. He's known as Vladimir Putin's favorite chef, a restauranteur from St. Petersburg who caters for the president and supplies food to the military and many public schools. He operates so-called "troll farms" and an empire of fake news outlets that he now openly admits were created to meddle in politics, particularly in the United States. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine (not just this February but all the way back to the start in 2014), Prigozhin's most important dirty work for the Kremlin has been through his mercenary group Wagner.
For a better understanding of Evgeny Prigozhin's current significance as a public figure in Russia, The Naked Pravda spoke to five journalists and experts.
TURCHIA, È RECORD DI ARMI VENDUTE ALL'AFRICA (SENZA VINCOLI SUI DIRITTI UMANI): COSÌ AVANZA LA NUOVA GENERAZIONE DI SIGNORI DELLA GUERRA
Turchia, è record di armi vendute all'Africa (senza vincoli sui diritti umani): così avanza la nuova generazione di signori della guerra
L'industria della difesa turca ha ormai una comprovata capacità di produrre sistemi d'arma in modo rapido, efficiente e all'ingrosso. La fila dei nuovi acquirenti è guidata da Niger, Ciad, Libia Marocco, Algeria, e poi Etiopia, Eritrea, Somalia. In campo ci sono anche i Paesi del Golfo
23 Novembre 2022
Negli ultimi anni, la Turchia ha registrato un numero record di vendite di armi a diversi Paesi africani interessati ad acquisire il suo hardware militare prodotto internamente, inclusi droni armati, elicotteri d'attacco e aerei turboelica. Salda nelle mani di Tayyp Erdogan, la Turchia bypassa di fatto i problemi di opinione pubblica che potrebbe avere un qualsiasi grande produttore di armi europeo – anche se poi anche qui dominano le eccezioni.
Negli ultimi cinque anni le principali società turche dell'industria della difesa hanno aumentato le loro esportazioni, diversificato i loro mercati esteri e trovato nuovi acquirenti. Un altro fattore critico che rende l'hardware turco attraente per diversi Stati africani che combattono "nemici" locali è che le vendite di armi della Turchia non sono soggette a condizioni, non hanno vincoli sui diritti umani. E' esattamente ciò che vogliono molti clienti statali africani: sistemi d'arma durevoli e collaudati in combattimento che arrivino rapidamente e senza burocrazia. L'industria della difesa turca ha ormai una comprovata capacità di produrre sistemi d'arma in modo rapido, efficiente e all'ingrosso.
C'è una combinazione di fattori dietro questa improvvisa richiesta di materiale militare turco in Africa. Prezzi più convenienti, alta efficienza, oltre al fatto di essere testati nei teatri di guerra reali hanno aiutato molto la Turchia, ma ce n'è un altro intangibile. L'assenza di storia coloniale incoraggia i Paesi africani a impegnarsi con la Turchia sulla base di una situazione vantaggiosa per tutti.
Avanza così una nuova generazione di signori della guerra. Perché anche l'Iran degli ayatollah si candida come fornitore nelle aree più calde senza fastidiosi impacci parlamentari o proteste dell'opinione pubblica. Infatti droni iraniani e turchi stanno dominando i cieli nel conflitto che contrappone l'Ucraina alla Russia. I Bayraktar TB-2 turchi da febbraio sono diventati famosi tra gli ucraini, le forze russe da quest'estate hanno iniziato a utilizzare il drone iraniano Shahed-136 come sostituto dei loro missili da crociera di precisione.
Non solo Ucraina. Le esportazioni di attrezzature per la difesa dalla Turchia verso l'Africa sono assolutamente senza precedenti in termini di quantità, qualità, valore e portata. La fila dei nuovi acquirenti è guidata da Niger, Ciad, Libia Marocco, Algeria, e poi Etiopia, Eritrea, Somalia. In campo ci sono anche i Paesi del Golfo famelici su ogni novità nel settore. Si sono già prenotati Arabia Saudita e Emirati che si sentono minacciati dai nuovi e poco costosi droni prodotti dall'Iran, lo Shahed-136 costa 20-30 mila dollari ma il missile per abbatterlo che costa 50-80 mila dollari.
Questi droni perfetti per gli eserciti africani, sono le armi per delle forze scarsamente addestrate: chiunque può usarli, non richiedono un lungo addestramento o istruzione.
I test sul campo di battaglia dei sistemi turchi e russi in Libia, Siria e Nagorno Karabakh hanno fatto una differenza tangibile nel promuovere l'industria delle armi turca.
L'Algeria sta firmando un accordo per l'acquisto di 10 droni militari Anka-S prodotti dalle industrie aerospaziali turche (TAI). Il vicino e rivale di Algeri, il Marocco, aveva già ordinato l'anno scorso13 droni armati Bayraktar TB2 dal produttore turco di droni Baykar. Nel 2021, il Niger è diventato il primo cliente straniero a ordinare l'aereo leggero da addestramento e attacco Hurkus, un turboelica prodotto dalla TAI. Da allora anche il Ciad e la Libia hanno ordinato l'aereo. TAI si aspetta molti più clienti per l'Hurkus in Africa, ha fatto sapere in settembre il suo vicedirettore generale.
Nel novembre 2021, la Nigeria ha ordinato due pattugliatori offshore Dearsan di costruzione turca per la sua marina ma anche sei elicotteri TAI T129 ATAK. L'Etiopia ha comprato droni TB2 nel 2021 e li ha utilizzati durante la guerra del Tigray. Almeno altri dieci Stati africani hanno ordinato veicoli militari corazzati di fabbricazione turca.
Spesso dopo le vendite di armi turche arriva la contropartita economica, come accaduto in Libia dopo l'accordo fra Tripoli e Ankara sul petrolio. L'attuale missione della Turchia in Libia è al momento composta da centinaia di ufficiali militari, spie e altro personale turco, 2-3.000 mercenari siriani, oltre a una gamma completa di droni e elicotteri. Una presenza imponente in un Paese dove l'Europa si è disordinatamente ritirata. Nelle vie di Tripoli circola questa battuta: "Se vuoi parlare con qualcuno che qui conta qualcosa, citofonare Istanbul!".
23 Novembre 2022
L'ASSEMBLEA PARLAMENTARE DELLA N.A.T.O. HA ADOTTATO UNA RISOLUZIONE CHE PO' DICHIARA "LA RUSSIA COME STATO TERRORISTA" E UNA "MINACCIA PIÙ DIRETTA PER LA SICUREZZA EURO-ATLANTICA".
La risoluzione, elaborata dalla commissione politica, è stata presentata dal deputato polacco Tomáš Valášek. Questa è una follia e dimostra chiaramente, che non hanno assolutamente intenzione di rasserenare i rapporti con la Russia.
POI STOLTENBERG, NON CONTENTO, CI FA SAPERE DI AVER RAGGIUNTO UN ACCORDO CON LA TURCHIA SULL'AMMISSIONE DI SVEZIA E FINLANDIA ALLA NATO.
OVVIAMENTE IL PREZZO DI TUTTO CIÒ LO STANNO PAGANDO I CURDI, ED IL SILENZIO DAVANTI A QUESTI BOMBARDAMENTI PER MANO TURCA CHE VANNO AVANTI ORMAI DA GIORNI, NE È LA DIMOSTRAZIONE PLATEALE.
Aggressore ed aggredito magicamente in questa occasione spariscono! Come se non bastasse, poi arriva Zelensky che con le sue parole riesce a fare più danni della grandine nel mese di agosto: "Vi esorto a sostenere le nostre domande di adesione all'U.E. e alla N.A.T.O.".
Questo, o non ha capito, o non vuole capire che ciò che chiede è stata una delle cause principali della situazione odierna. A concludere questa riunione di scappati di casa ci pensa sempre Stoltenberg, e lo fa col botto dicendo che "La N.A.T.O. vuole raggiungere un accordo di pace accettabile per l'Ucraina, quindi è necessario aumentare l'assistenza militare a Kiev." E torna a chiedere ancora di espandere la fornitura di armi, difese aeree e carburante all'Ucraina dopo aver ricordato con orgoglio, che i membri dell'alleanza hanno aumentato di 350 miliardi la spesa militare dal 2014 ad oggi. È inutile girarci intorno, questi qui senza un nemico non hanno ragione di esistere, e puntualmente ne creano sempre uno per puro istinto di sopravvivenza. Tanto poi a morire di stenti ed a buttare il sangue, tocca sempre alla gente comune. Questi giocano con la guerra come se fossero in un videogioco. Pazzesco!
SCHOLZ HA DOVUTO FARE LA DICHIARAZIONE VERBALE DI GUERRA ALLA RUSSIA DELL'ALTRO IERI, PER SALVARE LA SUA POSZIONE PERSONALE E IL GOVERNO HE CONDIVIDE COI VERDI, I PIÙ FANATICI ATLANTI CISTI MAI VISTI.
I due ministri Grünen, la Baerbok (Esteri) e Habeck (Economia), pochi giorni prima avevano segnalato la loro opposizione al neutralismo di Scholz in modo inaudito e senza precedenti: s'erano fatti ricevere da Macron pubblicamente per "colloqui riservati". Ecco come ne ha dato notizia DWN:
Il presidente francese Emmanuel Macron ha invitato i due ministri dei Verdi ai colloqui – un evento insolito in termini di protocollo.
NOTIZIE ECONOMICHE TEDESCHE
Dopo il ministro degli Esteri Annalena Baerbock, il presidente francese Emmanuel Macron ha ricevuto martedì a Parigi anche il ministro dell'Economia Robert Habeck. "Il ministro Habeck ha incontrato il presidente Macron per colloqui riservati", ha appreso l'agenzia di stampa Reuters da ambienti governativi. Il politico dei Verdi ha partecipato alla conferenza ministeriale dell'Agenzia spaziale europea (Esa) a Parigi.
GLI INCONTRI TRA IL PRESIDENTE EI DUE MEMBRI DEL PARTITO DEI VERDI, INSOLITI DAL PUNTO DI VISTA DEL PROTOCOLLO, SONO ANCHE VISTI IN CONNESSIONE CON IL RECENTE SCONVOLGIMENTO DELLE RELAZIONI FRANCO-TEDESCHE . IL CANCELLIERE OLAF SCHOLZ RICEVERÀ VENERDÌ A BERLINO IL PRIMO MINISTRO FRANCESE.
Alla luce delle tensioni tra Berlino e Parigi, Baerbock ha detto che si trattava di "Germania e Francia che stabiliscono un ritmo insieme quando ne hanno bisogno." Quando è apparsa con la sua controparte francese Catherine Colonna, ha sottolineato che stavano lavorando insieme, "vale a dire non da qualcuno che cerca di suonare il primo violino, ma completandosi a vicenda insieme". Questo dimostra: "Se l'Europa deve stare unita perché i nostri valori, la nostra casa, devono essere difesi, allora suoniamo insieme", ha citato il Dp come dire.
ALLA FINE DI OTTOBRE, IL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI FRANCO-TEDESCO È STATO RINVIATO CON BREVE PREAVVISO: ORA SI TERRÀ ALLA FINE DI GENNAIO. IL PASSO HA RIVELATO L'URTO DEL TANDEM FRANCO-TEDESCO.
Il fatto che Macron abbia ricevuto Baerbock è stato visto da alcuni osservatori come un segno della volontà di riprendere i rapporti. Allo stesso tempo, anche la parte francese ha notato che il presidente riceveva un ministro con ambizioni che non erano d'accordo con Scholz ovunque.
IN 600MILA A RISCHIO MISERIA, SUICIDIO O MAFIA PER I TAGLI AL REDDITO DI CITTADINANZA
Carlo Domenico Cristofori
23 Novembre 2022
Conte (M5S): "Disumano tagliare RdC
a chi ha difficoltà di ricollocamento"
Per un risparmio di 734milioni di euro
a fronte di una manovra con 21 miliardi
di nuovo indebitamento pubblico
Nel presentare il nuovo Bilancio approvato dal Consiglio dei Ministri Giorgia Meloni ha fatto un discorso alla "romanesca".
HA INFATTI CERCATO DI VESTIRE I PANNI DELLA "BUONA MADRE DI FAMIGLIA" CHE DEVE AMMINISTRARE LE POCHE RISORSE IN PERIODO DI CRISI FACENDO PERÒ SGANASCIARE DALLE RISATE (O INFURIARE) CHI SA BENE CHE DA BEN 16 ANNI (2006) È ABITUATA A VIVERE CON CIRCA 15MILA EURO AL MESE DELLO STIPENDIO PARLAMENTARE. E DA QUANDO AVEVA SOLO 21 ANNI CAMPA DI PREBENDE POLITICHE!
Cosa può saperne di una crisi dei conti familiari un'italiana così?
FORSE ANDREBBE CONDANNATA A VIVERE PER 6 MESI CON IL REDDITO DI CITTADINANZA (400 EURO AL MESE) E L'OBBLIGO DI NON POTER USARE LE SUE CONOSCENZE POLITICHE PER TROVARSI UN POSTO DI LAVORO COME HANNO FATTO I DUE SOTTOSEGRETARI (DURIGON E FAZZOLARI), DA LEI NOMINATI QUALI "BOIA" PER L'ABOLIZIONE DI TALE MISURA.
Dopo tale esperienza, lei e i due raccomandati politici che ha fatto entrare nel suo Governo, avrebbero capito che il tanto vituperato RdC, sul quale i parlamentari di Fratelli d'Italia che mangiano solo grazie alla greppia pubblica hanno innescato una campagna d'odio di matrice razzista etichettando tutti come fannulloni, è stato introdotto primariamente come sussidio per chi rischiava la povertà assoluta.
Sono 18 milioni gli Italiani a rischio di entrarci e oltre 5 milioni quelli che sono già nella miseria totale e mangiano solo grazie alla Caritas. Molti di questi sopravvivono in una totale emarginazione sociale che ha impedito loro persino di essere capaci di affrontare le pratiche per ottenere il Reddito di Cittadinanza, come spiegato dal cardinale Matteo Zuppi, Presidente della CEI.
ACCORDING TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE NEW PACKAGE BRINGS TOTAL US BUDGETARY AID FOR UKRAINE TO $13 BILLION
November 22, 2022
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced Tuesday an additional $4.5 billion in direct budgetary aid for the Ukrainian government.
Yellen said that the new funds will bring total US budgetary aid for Ukraine to $13 billion, and more is coming as Ukraine expects the US to help pay for its massive budget deficit in 2023.
The aid is being disbursed by the US through the World Bank. According to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the funds will be sent to Ukraine in two tranches before the end of 2022.
The budgetary aid is meant to fund Ukrainian government services. USAID said that there will be “robust safeguards” and third-party monitoring to “ensure accountability and transparency in the use of these funds,” but it’s not clear how much real oversight there will be.
AFTER LOSING ITS MORAL AND SPIRITUAL COMPASS, WESTERN HUMANITY WILL BE HARD PUT TO AVOID RUIN IF IT CONTINUES TO FOLLOW THE DANGEROUS CHARLATANS.
November 22, 2022
Elon Musk, the prominent enfant terrible of the globalist set, never ceases to astonish. At the recent G20 business forum in Indonesia, prompted by no apparent motive related to the gathering, he declared that "maybe we will find alien civilisations or discover civilisations that existed millions of years ago." The bizarre announcement was delivered in a suitably mystical atmosphere, including an occult crystal bowl situated in the forefront, with Musk sitting in the dark, wearing a traditional Indonesian batik shirt and surrounded by candles as he offered a "vision" for the future that in addition to aliens also included deep tunnels and rocket tourism.
There is no record of anyone in attendance asking Musk the obvious question: what qualifies him to speculate on these subjects? There is meagre information about Musk's education and accomplishments, if we exclude the widely known fact of his sudden, inexplicable, and spectacular enrichment, on a par with similar "success stories" involving the emergence of magnates "out-of-nowhere" in 1990s Russia.
The scant available biographical data about Musk include such titbits of budding genius as creating a video game at the tender age of 12. As for actual education, it is said that in 1997 Musk received bachelor's degrees "in physics and economics" from the University of Pennsylvania. The eclectic scholar Musk subsequently enrolled at Stanford to pursue graduate studies in physics, which he abandoned after only two days in residence because "he felt that the Internet had much more potential to change society than work in physics."
Needless to say, Elon Musk is not our only prominent contemporary these days who is strategically using fame and money to "change society". The notorious Bill Gates is another well-known example. On the level of competence, the similarities between these two are striking. Like Musk, Gates has zero meaningful education or expertise in anything. He is simply what in America used to be known contemptuously (but in Gates' case spot on accurately) as a high school dropout. Like Musk, Gates also tinkered with computer technology from an early age, but there is no evidence of his having sought or acquired any special training or knowledge in anything, be it medicine, eugenics, pharmacology, or any of the other fields that he had impacted critically with the immense amounts of money that came to be concentrated under his control. In fact, other than double crossing his business partners for personal advantage it is not known that in the course of his active life Gates had been particularly accomplished at anything.
In the society of the spectacle, which the collective West has turned into, the Kim Kardashians and Angelina Jolies reign supreme. The fascinated consumers of BS are too disoriented to demand to see credentials, whether of Hollywood starlets or wealthy "philanthropic" tycoons trying to fill their inner emptiness by turning to the dangerous pursuit of social engineering. The concept of authority, in its broad spectrum ranging from political to academic, in Western neo-liberal society has completely collapsed. Cheap fame and abundant money in that society are sufficient qualifications to pontificate on any subject.
While a moneyed nobody like Bill Gates corrupts institutions to endorse his untutored hogwash, a respected and renowned medical specialist like Dr. Peter A. McCullough is hounded and his licence has been revoked for refusing to violate professional ethics and bend his knee to an enormously wealthy mountebank.
The sad reality of Western societies is that on one policy issue after another the tone is set and narrative shaped by charlatans, self-designated bogus authorities, or in Russian самозванцы, fraudsters and impostors of the ilk of Musk and Gates, whose every word is avidly absorbed by a clueless and bamboozled public. These charlatans influence minds and shape events in all major spheres of life, not just entertainment which has served them as an effective springboard for the corruption of habits and morals, but also in politics, gekaufte or bought-and-paid-for journalism and science, decadent art, phony scholarship, and so forth.
The important question of the extent of the fraudsters' effective power and influence can for the moment be set aside. Sociologist Andrey Fursov's pregnant observation should always be kept in mind, that if you have heard of someone's name then more than likely he is merely somebody's agent, a façade for hidden directors, rather than a genuine principal. But whether in the capacity of instruments or less probably as genuine actors, the damage done by these fabulously wealthy fraudsters, men of questionable integrity and murky biographies, has been enormous.
Suffice it to mention George Soros, our subjects' prototype, cynical betrayer of his own people and eager collaborator of their tormentors, and ruthless financial market manipulator who in 1997 caused massive devastation to millions in South East Asia with the psychopathic explanation that his purpose is to make money, not safeguard the material wellbeing of his victims. Soros' deceptively named Open Society Foundation has been the hub of subversion in most countries of the world and has been banned and expelled from many of them.
The wicked practices of perverse social engineering exemplified by Soros have been avidly followed by Gates and Musk. Like Soros in the domains of his particular interest, and also after purchasing for himself the high-sounding title of "philanthropist", Gates has pumped hundreds of millions of dolars into a variety of anti-human projects. There come to mind, to mention just a few, the artificial darkening of the sun, sterilisation campaigns in Africa disguised in the form of distribution of free vaccines, illegal medical trials targeting unsuspecting farmers in India, and the energetic promotion of a general world population reduction scheme which aims to physically eliminate the greater part of the Earth's current inhabitants. A very ambitious high school drop out for sure, but some philanthropist!
When a major statesman recently suggested that Western elites were "satanic" in their inspiration, it does not seem that he was wide off the mark.
Like his confreres Soros and Gates, Elon Musk is also using the vast quantities of fiat money put at his disposal to aggressively interfere in every conceivable domain, from organising coups in South America for the plunder of local mineral resources, to injecting himself into the Ukrainian conflict with the satellite technology he controls, and – as we have seen above – twisting the minds of his besotted audiences with the claptrap about extra-terrestrials.
Probably unbeknownst to him, in his G20 address Musk touched on a fundamental point of Orthodox eschatology, the teaching that at the end of time the advent of the false messiah and the counterfeit salvation he brings will be heralded by demons in the guise of extra-terrestrials. In that regard, St. Gabriel Orgebadze of Georgia issued the following warning that Musk and all who take him seriously should carefully consider before embroiling others in their web of deception:
"During the Antichrist times, the strongest temptation will be anticipation of salvation from the cosmos, from humanoids, extra-terrestrials that are actually demons. One should rarely look up at the sky, as the signs might be deceptive and thus one may be ruined."
After losing its moral, intellectual, and spiritual compass, befuddled Western humanity will be hard put to avoid ruin if it continues to follow the dangerous charlatans who have usurped front row seats in the public arena of their moribund world.
At the center of Bolsonaro's challenge to the Superior Electoral Court to invalidate votes are the "irreparable malfunctioning non-conformities" of five different ballot boxes used in the 2022 general elections. The president's complaint was also backed by the president of the Liberal Party Valdemar da Costa Neto.
The outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro filed a complaint Tuesday with the electoral court claiming the result of the recent presidential election was invalid on account of "malfunctioning" ballot boxes.
The filing claimed that ballot box models UE2009, UE2010, UE2011, UE2013 and UE2015 were reported to have been "malfunctioning" during Election Day. In total, the claim alleges that over 350,000 votes registered by the specified ballot boxes were invalid.
It's worth noting that the amount of ballots being refuted by the Bolsonaro camp would effectively give him the winning ticket for the October runoff election.
The findings submitted to Brazil's Supreme Electoral Court were audited by the Institute of Legal Vote; however, the documents presented before the court did not include an audit of the voting machines used during the first round of the election. The same ballot boxes used during the second round were used in the first round of voting in early October.
Alexandre de Moraes, the lead justice of the electoral court, has ordered Bolsonaro and company to submit its full account for both election rounds within the next 24 hours, noting that the complaint would be vacated if the deadline was not met.
Bolsonaro, 67, was first elected as president of Brazil in 2019 after leaving the Social Liberal Party of Brazil but not before he converted it into a nationalist, economically liberal, and socially conservative party. His second presidential bid came to an end after being bested by President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 76, who was president of Brazil from 2003 until 2010, and is a member of, as well as the former president of the Worker's Party (PT).
Lula's win against Bolsonaro was slim, with Bolsonaro winning 49% of the votes (58.2 million) compared to Lula's 50.9% (60.3 million).
The outgoing president has failed to publicly concede defeat to his opponent and has previously made unfounded claims about electoral fraud while his supporters protest in the streets. Bolsonaro's filing to invalidate votes in the 2022 election, which seems unlikely to get far, has added fuel to fears that he will not transition his power peacefully to Lula, his leftist opponent.
Lula's victory has already been ratified by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and acknowledged by other leading politicians and international allies, including US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The UK economy will suffer a bigger blow from the global energy crisis than other leading nations, according to international body the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The UK will contract by more than any other nation in the G7 group next year, it said.
Growth in the US and the eurozone will be weak, but Germany is the only other major economy expected to shrink.
The OECD forecasts a "significant growth slowdown" globally in 2023.
Thanks to the strength of emerging economies, the world economy will grow by 2.2% next year, the OECD's latest report predicts.
But the war in Ukraine was affecting economies unevenly, the OECD said, with European countries bearing the brunt of the impact on business, trade and the spike in energy prices.
The G7 includes the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. While growth is expected to be weaker in most countries in the group, only Germany and the UK will contract, the OECD predicts.
The OECD expects the UK's economyto shrink by 0.4% in 2023 to be followed by shallow growth of just 0.2% in 2024.
By contrast, last week the UK's Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicted the UK would shrink by 1.4% next year, although it also predicted stronger growth, of 1.3% in 2024. The OBR said that would lead to the biggest drop in living standards on record.
Earlier this month the Bank of England predicted the downturn could last for two years.
UKRAINE HAS APPEALED TO THE U.S.A. TO SUPPLY IT WITH POWERFUL DRONES AS IT SEEKS AN ADVANTAGE IN ITS WAR WITH RUSSIA.
-- THE MQ-1C GRAY EAGLE HAS AN OPERATIONAL CEILING OF 8,800 METRES (29,000 FT) AND CAN FLY FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS
22 November 2022
A bipartisan group of 16 United States senators has asked the Biden administration to carefully reconsider Ukraine's request for lethal Gray Eagle drones to fight Russia.
The Biden administration has so far rejected requests for the Gray Eagle drone, which has an operational ceiling of 8,800 metres (29,000 ft) and can fly for more than 24 hours, basing it on concerns that the drones could be shot down and may escalate the conflict.
As Russia increasingly turns to so-called kamikaze drones and attacks civilian infrastructure, Ukraine has strongly appealed to the US to supply it with powerful drones that can help them gain an advantage in the conflict.
In their letter, the senators have given Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin until November 30 to explain why the Pentagon believed the drone was not appropriate for the fight in Ukraine.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Russian-installed governor in Crimea, Mikhail Razvozhaev, announced the shooting down of two drones in the city of Sevastopol, where Russian air defences had been activated.
"Our air defence forces are working right now," he said on social media. "There is an attack by drones. According to preliminary information, two UAVs [uncrewed aerial vehicles] have already been shot down. All forces and services are on alert."
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for more help on Tuesday, blaming Russia for using winter temperatures as a "weapon of mass destruction" by attacking Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
"The Kremlin wants to transform the cold this winter into a weapon of mass destruction," Ukrainian president told a meeting of French mayors in a video message.
To get through the Ukrainian winter during the conflict, Zelenskyy urged the Association of French Mayors to send generators, support for de-mining operations and equipment for Ukraine's emergency services and medics.
Half of Ukraine's energy infrastructure has been damaged by Russian attacks, Zelenskyy said, leaving millions of people without electricity and water as winter sets in and temperatures drop below freezing.
Rising power consumption during the cold months has led Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to announce emergency shutdowns in addition to the planned ones taking place currently across the country.
Sergey Kovalenko, head of the YASNO private energy provider for Kyiv, said that workers are rushing to complete repairs before the winter cold arrives but Ukrainians are likely to live with blackouts at least until the end of March.
The damage to Ukrainian power-generating facilities by Russian missile attacks has been "colossal", the head of Ukraine's national power grid operator said.
Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, chief executive officer of Ukrenergo, told a briefing that despite the damages, his company wanted to continue to help provide the conditions necessary for Ukrainians to stay in the country through winter.
The U.S.A. continued efforts to accelerate assistance to Ukraine and urged other donors to do the same as it announced a payment of $4.5bn in economic aid to start rolling out in the coming weeks.
The funds are aimed at "bolstering economic stability and supporting core government services", US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.
Ukraine also received a new 2.5 billion-euro ($2.58-bn) tranche of macro-financial assistance (MFA) from the European Union today, bringing the total amount of MFA provided to Ukraine from February 24 to 6.7 billion euros ($6.9bn).
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal wrote on Twitter that the assistance was "another step of solidarity," and expressed gratitude to E.U. leaders.
SCIENTISTS STILL DISAGREE ON HOW TO INTERPRET VOYAGER'S MYSTERIOUS SIGNALS. THIS IS HOW PLASMA CAN MAKE NOISE, BUT SOUNDS CAN ALSO BE OF EXTRAGALACTIC ORIGIN.
November 22, 2022
On November 12, 1980, Voyager 1 passed at a distance of 124,000 kilometers from Saturn and headed on a trajectory towards the exit from the solar system. Everything that humanity knows today about Saturn is largely the merit of Pioneer 11, Voyager and Cassini. Pioneer 11 went off the radar in 1995, Cassini burned up in dense layers of the atmosphere in 2017. And Voyager, after a successfully completed mission, got a second wind.
In 2012, after 37 years of inactivity, its engines were restarted. An adjustment was made to its antenna, directed towards the Earth. All signals are transmitted through it. One-way traffic takes 17 hours and 20 minutes.
That same year, Voyager 1 entered interstellar space, and five years later, scientists decided to focus all their attention on this region. According to some reports, the ship will leave the first interstellar gas cloud in about two thousand years. And it will take another 90 thousand years to pass the second cloud and end up in the third one. In a couple of hundred millennia, he will approach Sirius.
In addition to distant prospects, to which neither the grandchildren nor the great-grandchildren of the Voyager crew will live, forecasts were made for the next 15 years. And here we are approaching the modern history of Voyager 1. It resembles some kind of reality show in which viewers and scientists are still waiting for a new twist.
The Voyager mission is really like some successful series that gets renewed over and over again for a new season. Both Voyagers were designed for five years of flight. And as a result, the mission was extended again and again. We can say that the ninth season is now in full swing.
This year, two alarming messages were received at once, and both - in May. The Gizmodo agency, citing sources from NASA, published the news that Voyager 1 is sending very strange data. We are talking about the so-called junk telemetry, that is, signals that cannot be deciphered and which, with a probability of 99%, do not make any sense. Of course, conspiracy theorists immediately clung to the 1% chance that these signals cannot be decoded due to the technological backwardness of earthlings. NASA employees themselves explained the situation very simply: Voyager 1 behaves like a pensioner who suffers from dementia and does not realize what time and space he is in . "At first they decided that the problem was in the articulation and altitude control system (AACS).
During the investigation, it turned out that just AACS works like a Swiss watch, but at the output it produces generated nonsense. That is, the problem is in some other module, but in which one - the scientists either did not find out, or withheld the information. With all this, the signal from Voyager 1 is excellent, and the engines are normal. If in the first May message there was an optimistic note, then in the second, earthlings were urged to prepare for the worst. Science buffs might wonder what else Voyager 1 has to say, given that it has already given away everything it could. And the interstellar space through which it flies and will fly for a long time does not sin with diversity. Even the probability of colliding with any star over the next millennia is zero: the distances between the stars are so great. And one more thing: despite the fact that back in 2012 there were sensational news that Voyager had left the solar system, in fact it is still patrolling its outskirts.
To understand the specifics of the environment that now surrounds Voyager and that it is studying, we need to remember what happened at the end of last year. In December 2021, the Voyagers sent strange signals to Earth. But it wasn't junk telemetry. The nature of the signals, if you exclude versions of parascience, was either the hum of interstellar space, or the noise provoked by solar flares.
Astrophysicists at Cornell University have suggested that magnetic foam is making such a noise. Back in 2007, Voyager 1 entered the magnetic foam zone, and a year later, Voyager 2 also ended up there. This is the same edge of the solar system, but by earthly standards it is simply immense.
The magnetic foam hypothesis has turned scientists' ideas about the solar magnetic field upside down. Previously, it was believed that it spreads evenly in all directions, up to the edge of the solar system. It turned out that the magnetic field can bend and twist. And where the Voyagers are, bubbles of this foam form. The foam is supposed to protect the solar system from harmful cosmic rays. Pragmatically, foam hum can be used to analyze plasma density. Perhaps scientists are waiting for some discoveries in this area. Once they had to face one paradox: it was believed that when approaching the edge of the solar system, the plasma should become much hotter than in the main zone, but the temperature sensors of the Voyagers showed that the temperature increase there was insignificant.
As of November 18, 2022, Voyager 1 is nearly 15 billion miles from Earth, and Voyager 2 is 12.3 billion miles away. Today, Voyagers send data from four currently functioning instruments - the magnetometer (MAG), the plasma wave subsystem (PWS), the low-energy charged particle detector (LECP), and the cosmic ray detector (CRS).
On the Voyagers, the ultraviolet spectrometer (UVS), planetary radio astronomy (PRA), photopolarimeter subsystem (PPS), infrared interferometer, spectrometer and radiometer (IRIS), image processing subsystem (ISS) are disabled.
The fact that not all the equipment is turned off yet gives at least some chance to get another piece of data in the near future. Another problem is the Voyager power system. Unlike many modern spacecraft, the Voyagers could not use photovoltaic (solar) batteries, since the solar radiation flux decreased as the vehicles moved away from the Sun. Therefore, radioisotope thermoelectric batteries heated by plutonium oxide fuel elements were installed on them. But as plutonium decays, the power of the charge decreases.
Already in 1986, when the flyby of Uranus was carried out, the power dropped from 470 W to 400 W. In 2013, it dropped to 260 W. Now she is balancing on the verge of 240 watts, and this is a critical indicator. Imagine a smartphone whose charge capacity has dropped to 5%, and now you have to put it into ultra-saving mode. It still works, but the main functions are limited. The same is true for the Voyagers. Sooner or later they will turn exclusively into a monument to the greatness of science. Around 2057, the half-life of plutonium in engines will end, and space travelers will simply drift into infinity. Scientists hope that at least until 2030, the Voyagers will hold out and send something other than junk telemetry.
21 November 2022
The Orion spacecraft has passed around the far side of the moon, reaching about 81 miles (130 kilometers) from its surface and completing a key step in NASA's mission to return astronauts there, the space agency announced on Monday.
"Orion re-acquired signal with NASA's Deep Space Network, at 7:59 a.m. EST after successfully performing the outbound powered flyby burn at 7:44 a.m. EST with a firing of the orbital maneuvering system engine for 2 minutes and 30 seconds to accelerate the spacecraft at a rate of more than 580 mph," NASA said in a statement.
At the time of the burn, Orion was about 328 miles (530 km) above the Moon, but flight controllers did not know if it had been completed successfully until the capsule emerged from behind the moon.
"Shortly after the burn, Orion passed 81 miles above the Moon, traveling at 5,102 mph. At the time of the lunar flyby, Orion was more than 230,000 miles from Earth," the statement added.
Fly-by complete!@NASA_Orion completed its closest fly-by of the Moon this morning, 81 miles above the lunar surface, traveling 5,102 mph. Before the fly-by, we conducted an outbound powered fly-by burn, increasing speed at a rate of more than 580 mph: https://t.co/gqViM3BJLg
— Jim Free (@JimFree) November 21, 2022
The unmanned Artemis 1 mission is key step toward NASA's goal of crewed lunar flights of the Orion spacecraft, with the first of them, Artemis 2, scheduled to launch in 2024. Artemis 2 is expected to be the first manned lunar mission since Apollo 17 in 1972, which is the most recent time people landed on the Moon.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 22, 2022
This article explains why Ivermectin is both preventative and cure for Covid and a variety of debilitating illnesses:
There is no doubt whatsoever about this. Hydroxychloroquine is also an effective treatment in the early stages of Covid infection.
Fauci, NIH, CDC, and the Big Pharma dependent medical establishment lied through their teeth, claiming falsely that only toxic doses of Ivermectin could combat Covid virus. Even today, despite the evidence of clinical practice as well as experiments, NIH and CDC pretend that “more study is needed.” Medical researchers on Big Pharma’s payroll continue to try to concoct flawed “studies” to discredit Ivermectin.
Both NIH and CDC are pretend “public health agencies” connected to patents and profits with Big Pharma. Their incentive is to protect Big Pharma profits, not the public’s health. It was necessary to block Ivermectin’s use, because the presence of a cure would have prevented the emergency use authorization of what has turned out to be a highly dangerous and often deadly experimental, unapproved Covid “vaccine.” The bottom line is that people had to die in order that Big Pharma and its executives could make billions of dollars in profits and performance bonuses.
Those “public officials” who do the most for Big Pharma are rewarded by the pharmaceutical companies with high-paying jobs. Integrity has disappeared not only from Wall Street, the FBI, federal prosecutors and military contractors but also from public health institutions. Fauci gets an additional six figures of income every year from Big Pharma in addition to his public salary, the largest of all federal employees including the president of the US.
Even today corporate medicine, such as ascension Sacred Heart, forbids the doctors it employs from prescribing Ivermectin for Covid treatment and prevention. Corporate medicine is firmly under Big Pharma’s thumb. Corporate medicine will let you die before it will harm Big Pharma’s profits.
Few Americans comprehend that the purpose of ObamaCare was to drive doctors out of private practice and turn them into employees stripped of the ability to treat patients in keeping with their own judgment. This allowed Fauci, acting for Big Pharma, to impose Covid treatment protocols that prevented doctors in corporate medicine from curing their patients of Covid. People died, not because of Covid, but because its efficacious treatment was prevented for the sake of Big Pharma profits.
From the article:
“On Aug. 26, 2021, the CDC sent an emergency warning against using ivermectin; a few weeks later, the American Medical Association and affiliated associations called for an end to ivermectin use.
“Many doctors were thus discouraged from using ivermectin, and pharmacies refused to fill prescriptions. State health agencies warned against using ivermectin, and medical boards removed the medical licenses of doctors who prescribed ivermectin, alleging “misinformation.”
“Yet using the FDA’s statement against ivermectin to ban its use in COVID-19 cases would be considered an overreach. Since the FDA approved ivermectin in 1996, this made the drug acceptable for off-label use.
“’The fact that it’s not FDA approved for COVID is irrelevant because the FDA endorses the use of off-label drugs at the clinician’s discretion.”
As the Covid “vaccine” itself is a killer, the combination of withholding effective treatment and injecting with a killer vaccine account for the death toll of the “Covid pandemic.”
President launches two nuclear-powered icebreakers that will ensure year-round navigation
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday touted Russia’s Arctic power at a flag-raising ceremony and dock launch for two nuclear-powered icebreakers that will ensure year-round navigation in the western Arctic.
Presiding via video link from the Kremlin at the launch ceremony in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg in northern Russia, Putin said such icebreakers were of strategic importance for the country.
“Both icebreakers were laid down as part of a large serial project and are part of our large-scale, systematic work to re-equip and replenish the domestic icebreaker fleet, to strengthen Russia’s status as a great Arctic power,” Putin said.
The Arctic is taking on greater strategic significance because of climate change, as a shrinking ice cap opens up new sea lanes. Vast oil and gas resources lie in Russia’s Arctic regions, including a liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula.
Putin smiled as the Yakutia nuclear icebreaker was launched into the water at the docks and stood as the Russian national anthem graced the raising of the Russian flag on the Ural icebreaker which will begin work in December.
The 173.3-metre Yakutia, with a displacement of up to 33,540 tonnes, can smash through the ice of up to three metres. It will enter service in 2024.
Two other icebreakers in the same series, the Arktika and the Sibir are already in service, and another, the Chukotka, is scheduled for 2026.
Putin said a super-powerful nuclear 209-metre icebreaker known as “Rossiya”, with a displacement of up to 71,380 tonnes, would be completed by 2027.
November 20, 2022
Runaway energy inflation has taken a toll on European industry, but another threat is looming.
Europe's two biggest fertilizer suppliers, Russia and Belarus have retaliated against European sanctions by cutting off fertilizer exports.
The fact remains that the global food chain, especially its European links, is not in a good place right now.
Runaway energy price inflation has wreaked havoc on European industrial activity, with the heaviest consumers taking the brunt. Aluminum and steel smelters are shutting down because of energy costs. Chemical producers are moving to the United States. BASF is planning a permanent downsizing.
There is, however, a bigger problem than all these would constitute for their respective industries. Fertilizer makers are also shutting down their plants. And fertilizer imports are down because the biggest suppliers of fertilizers for Europe were Russia and Belarus, both currently under sanctions.
Both countries have retaliated against the sanctions by cutting off exports of fertilizers to Europe, and European officials repeating that fertilizer exports are not sanctioned is not really helping.
Russia accounts for 45 percent of the global ammonia nitrate supply, according to figures from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy cited by the FT. But it also accounts for 18 percent of the supply of potash—potassium-containing salts that are one of the main gradients of fertilizers—and 14 percent of phosphate exports.
Belarus is a major exporter of fertilizers, too, especially potash. But Belarus has been under EU sanctions since 2021 on human rights allegations, and unlike Russia, it has seen its fertilizer industry targeted by these sanctions. This has made for an unfortunate coincidence for Europe and its food security.
"The value chains were incredibly integrated," the chief executive of Norway's Yara International, a fertilizer major, told the FT this week. "When you look at the map — where Europe is, where Russia is, where the locations for natural resources are — these chains have been created over decades. Even during the coldest parts of the cold war, these products kept flowing so business was running. And that all changed radically in the course of a few days."
Like with gas, although prone to acting before thinking, the EU has started looking for alternative fertilizer supplies. Morocco is one option, Euractiv reported earlier this month, as the country already supplies some 40 percent of Europe's phosphate. This figure could even increase substantially.
Central Asia is another option, and more specifically, Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan exports fertilizers mostly to Asia and some Middle Eastern countries at the moment, but this may well change after an EU-Central Asia ministerial get-together, which is taking place right now in Uzbekistan.
So, on the one hand, local fertilizer production has been decimated by sky-high energy costs. On the other hand, sanctions have elicited a response from Russia that was probably not expected, although it should have been: exports have been slashed, leaving import-dependent Europe vulnerable to food shocks, and exposing yet another dangerous dependency.
There does not seem to be an immediate solution to the problem, and there may not be for a while. Even if Europe finds sufficient replacements for all Russian and Belarusian fertilizer imports, its bill will swell in a way similar to its gas bill when it switched from Russian pipeline gas to LNG. And this will feed inflation
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a sustainable farming advocacy, warned in a recent report that the world is "addicted" to chemical fertilizers. Advocacy aside, however, the report said that fertilizers are getting quite expensive.
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"G20 nations paid almost twice as much for key fertiliser imports in 2021 compared to 2020 and are on course to spend three times as much in 2022 — an additional cost of at least US$ 21.8 billion. For example, the UK paid an extra US$ 144 million for fertiliser imports in 2021 and 2022, and Brazil paid an extra US$ 3.5 billion," it said.
Of course, a big part of this inflation is due to energy cost inflation since fertilizer production is an energy-intensive process. The fact remains that the global food chain, especially its European links, is not in a good place right now.
Russia continues supplying fertilizers to African countries, for example, but African countries haven't imposed sanctions on Moscow. And Europe can't really do a U-turn and remove sanctions because that will be the end of any reputation the EU has left.
Someone who subscribes to the IATP's argument that the world is dangerously addicted to chemicals might see an opportunity in this fertilizer crisis. The Dutch government may actually embrace it as it pushes for a 70-percent reduction of nitrogen emissions from farming—a push that ignited mass farmer protests in the country.
Yet the recent events in Sri Lanka suggest that shaking off the fertilizer dependence might be unwise, especially if done suddenly. In this sense, the fertilizer addiction is as strong as the fossil fuel addiction some say humankind is suffering from. The silver lining is that a crisis prompted by overwhelming dependence on external suppliers could result in becoming less dependent on these suppliers, one way or another.
La Maison Blanche et le Pentagone informent régulièrement le public de l'envoi en Ukraine de nouvelles cargaisons d'armes. Les chiffres d'"aide militaire" à l'Ukraine impressionnent.
Les États-Unis ont apporté à l'Ukraine de l'aide militaire pour plus de 20 milliards de dollars et continueront d'aider Kiev. C'est ce qu'a déclaré le secrétaire à la Défense Lloyd Austin lors d'une conférence de presse en Indonésie.
"Jusqu'à présent, nous avons livré à l'Ukraine de l'aide pour plus de 20 milliards de dollars. Vous avez entendu ce que nous déclarons: nous continuerons de soutenir l'Ukraine autant que ce sera nécessaire", a noté le chef du Pentagone.
Une nouvelle tranche d'"aide supplémentaire pour garantir la sécurité" de 400 millions de dollars a été annoncée par le Pentagone le 10 novembre. Le président américain a le pouvoir d'envoyer des armes en Ukraine sans que le congrès n'adopte une loi spéciale.
Pendant que les États-Unis refourguent à l'Ukraine des tas de ferraille datant de la guerre du Vietnam, le potentiel d'armement des pays de l'Otan se modernise. L'industrie militaire américaine se voit injecter du sang neuf.
De nombreuses preuves de livraisons en Ukraine d'armement américain obsolète et inexploitable circulaient dans un premier temps. Puis Kiev a interdit à ses médias de discréditer "l'aide" occidentale, et ces preuves ont commencé à disparaître.
Selon un communiqué du département d'État américain du 10 novembre, une nouvelle cargaison a été envoyée à l'Ukraine comprenant 4 systèmes antiaériens Avenger, des missiles antiaériens pour Hawk, des fameux Stinger, des munitions pour lance-roquettes multiples (LRM) Himars et 21.000 projectiles de 155 mm pour des obusiers et canons automoteurs livrés plus tôt. Ainsi que 500 projectiles d'artillerie de précision de 155 mm et 10.000 obus de mortier de 120 mm, 100 véhicules tout-terrain Humvee, 400 lance-grenades et plus de 20 millions de cartouches d'armes d'infanterie.
Sabrina Singh, porte-parole adjointe du Pentagone, a attiré l'attention de la presse sur l'importance des livraisons à l'Ukraine de systèmes antiaériens. Le site du département indique que les fournitures américaines en Ukraine ont lieu "après consultations avec les Ukrainiens pour savoir ce dont ils ont besoin pour lutter contre les Russes".
"Les missiles Hawk, qui seront modernisés grâce au fonds de l'Initiative de contribution à la sécurité de l'Ukraine (USAI), complèteront le récent engagement de l'Espagne d'octroyer des systèmes de lancement Hawk afin d'aider l'Ukraine à faire face à cette menace, a déclaré Sabrina Singh. Les systèmes antiaériens de courte portée Avenger permettront également à l'Ukraine de protéger les forces ukrainiennes et l'infrastructure cruciale contre des drones et des hélicoptères."
Le montant du contrat annoncé le 10 novembre n'est pas divulgué. Il est clair que le missile Hawk est un modèle de 1960 dont la capacité de modernisation est épuisée, mais le missile reste en service (en Ukraine et dans certains pays de l'Otan d'Europe de l'Est, par exemple en Roumanie). Ce missile est sorti des entrepôts, réparé grâce au même fonds de l'USAI, installé sur des vecteurs MIM-23 Hawk (remis à l'Ukraine par l'Espagne) et envoyé pour les besoins de l'armée ukrainienne à titre d'aide militaire.
Le système antiaérien Avenger tirant des missiles Stinger est né dans les années 1980 d'une collaboration entre Boeing Aerospace Company et General Electric. Cet armement a également épuisé ses capacités de modernisation, mais il a été installé sur le Humvee pour créer une sorte de lance-missiles mobile.
En parallèle, les États-Unis travaillent sur l'unification des Javelin et Stinger pour un lance-missiles portatif commun. L'objectif consiste à minimiser les frais de production, d'unifier la munition et son usage. Les ingénieurs travaillent sur le remplacement des véhicules blindés de transport et d'autres équipements par de tout nouveaux modèles, de nouvelles générations avec des mises au point à l'issue des essais en Syrie et en Ukraine.
Les autorités ukrainiennes prennent l'argent pour le réarmement dans le budget en espérant rembourser les dettes à crédit. Le crédit est soumis aux "conditions spéciales" qui ne sont pas dévoilées. En fin de compte, hormis les céréales, l'Ukraine possède encore du terreau riche et d'autres ressources de valeur. Les Ukrainiens espèrent pouvoir rembourser les États-Unis pour leurs armes. Et peu importe que ce soit des armes complètement obsolètes.
21 novembre 2022
Vous vouliez savoir si les choses vont vraiment si mal en Allemagne à cause de l'alimentation électrique. J'ai une jolie analyse pour vous, que vous pouvez vérifier vous-même.
Avant cela, quelques mots d'introduction.
Nos politiciens sont convaincus d'être plus intelligents que la physique. Même si les dirigeants politiques n'ont souvent ni formation professionnelle ni diplôme. Ils n'étaient pas non plus assez attentifs à l'école. Sinon, ils sauraient qu'à chaque seconde, exactement autant d'électricité doit être produite que consommée afin de maintenir la fréquence du réseau de 50 Hz stable. De petites déviations vers le haut ou vers le bas, c'est-à-dire 49 Hz ou 51 Hz, entraînent des arrêts d'urgence.
L'Allemagne veut être le champion du monde des énergies renouvelables et les politiciens pensent que si vous construisez des éoliennes supplémentaires et fermez les centrales au charbon, cela fonctionnera d'une manière ou d'une autre. Même mon petit fils comprend que peu importe que j'aie 100 ou 1 000 000 d'éoliennes. Si le vent ne souffle pas, il n'y a pas d'électricité. Et le vent ne souffle que pendant 2 000 heures au maximum en Allemagne. Mais l'année compte 8760 heures.
D'où vient l'électricité pendant les 6760 heures restantes ?
Nous arrivons maintenant au sale petit secret de la technologie verte en Allemagne.
Pendant que nous fermons nos centrales nucléaires et nos centrales à charbon, le nucléaire de la France et le charbon de la Pologne doivent nous approvisionner. Et les centrales à gaz. Une grande partie du gaz russe est nécessaire à la production d'électricité. La France ne peut pas nous aider car plus de la moitié de ses centrales nucléaires sont en panne. Les Polonais n'ont pas assez de charbon. Ils l'obtiennent de Russie mais ils n'en veulent plus.
Mais c'est encore pire.
Il n'y a pas de réseau électrique national. C'est un réseau européen interconnecté. Une panne d'électricité dans un pays peut donc entraîner toute l'Europe dans l'abîme. Alors que les gens étaient contents de l'intégration de l'Ukraine en mars, ils réalisent maintenant que l'idée n'était probablement pas si bonne après tout.
Les experts pensent maintenant qu'une panne d'électricité à l'échelle européenne pourrait se produire.
Durée 2 à 4 semaines.
Si cela se produit, nous vivrons tous à l'âge de pierre. Pas comme au Moyen Age. À cette époque, les gens avaient encore des outils et des connaissances qui n'existent plus aujourd'hui. Sauf pour les Amish aux États-Unis.
Ici, vous pouvez voir comment se compose la production d'électricité en Allemagne.
Si vous cliquez sur la case « Comparer les données du marché de manière interactive », vous pouvez choisir n'importe quelle période. La ligne rouge supérieure indique l'électricité requise. En dessous, vous pouvez voir combien d'électricité a été produite et à partir de quelles sources. Vous voyez que le gaz et le nucléaire jouent un rôle important. Vous pouvez également constater que l'électricité produite n'est pas toujours suffisante. Il faut donc l'importer.
C'est en fait une question de chance que notre réseau électrique fonctionne toujours. Cela se traduit par le nombre de mesures de redispatching.
Le redispatch est une intervention dans le système de transport pour éviter un effondrement.
Il y a quinze ans, il n'y en avait que 3 par an. Cette année seulement, il y en a eu 10389 à ce jour, soit environ 32 par jour pour éviter une panne ou une baisse de tension.
C'est une danse sur le fil du rasoir qui pourrait se terminer n'importe quel jour.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 22, 2022
Doctors in Ontario Canada are reportedly being advised to consider using psychiatric medicines on patients who refuse the vaccine.
As the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, 31 years ago, it occurred to me that no one 50 years old and younger will realize the importance of the above news report. A 50 year old today would only have been 19 in 1991 and would have no memory of the decades of what was called the Soviet communist tyranny that locked dissidents in insane asylums. And here today in liberal Canada we have a college of physicians and surgeons recommending the same policy in a liberal democracy that was practiced in a totalitarian state!
Moreover, the Canadian policy is even more totalitarian than the Soviet one. In the Soviet Union it was only political dissidents who wouldn't shut up who were confined. In Canada it is establishment medical doctors who want to confine people who are aware that the Covid "vaccine" does not protect, does not prevent transmission, and has a very high rate of adverse reactions associated with it, including serious health impairment and death. The failures and consequences of the mNRA "vaccines" are well established and widely acknowledged. Yet those who elect to avoid the pointless risk are recommended for incarceration in mental institutions.
What more evidence do we need that liberty in the Western World is stone dead? The entire Western World faces life in a tyranny that is far worse than anything the Soviet people experienced. Moreover, the tyranny is rapidly closing us in. We are at the point where doctors who should be protecting our health are actively trying to destroy it. You cannot protest a stolen election. The FBI has been converted into a politicized gestapo. The media is a Propaganda Ministry. Schools and universities are indoctrination centers. You are fired from your job for saying a politically incorrect word or phrase. You are spied on 24/7. And there are no effective protests!
22 novembre 2022
Contre toute attente, l'arbitrage de Stockholm s'est prononcé en faveur de Gazprom, forçant la Finlande à payer pour le gaz fourni et même non livré. Cette décision intervient très exactement avant le début des grands froids en Europe. Un tel précédent peut délier les mains et relancer l'achat de gaz russe, et pas seulement par la Finlande.
Cet article initialement publié en russe sur Politika.ru n’engage pas la ligne éditoriale du Courrier.
Le tribunal arbitral de Stockholm a condamné la société finlandaise Gasum à payer à Gazprom une dette de 300 millions d’euros, plus intérêts de retard, pour des livraisons de gaz liées au non-respect de l’obligation « Take or Pay ». De plus, le tribunal a également reconnu la transition de Gazprom au paiement du gaz en roubles comme une circonstance de force majeure. « Ainsi, le tribunal a confirmé la légitimité de la suspension de l’approvisionnement en gaz naturel si l’acheteur ne paie pas en roubles conformément au décret du président de la Fédération de Russie n° 172 du 31 mars 2022 », a déclaré Gazprom dans un communiqué. Enfin, par décision de l’arbitrage, les parties sont tenues de poursuivre les négociations sur le contrat de règlement de nouvelles livraisons de gaz.
Rappelons que le 21 mai, Gazprom avait été contraint d’arrêter les exportations de gaz vers la Finlande, car Helsinki avait refusé la demande russe de payer le gaz en roubles. Auparavant, la Russie avait approvisionné en gaz la Finlande pendant près de 50 années ! En gros, il s’agissait d’environ 2,5 milliards de mètres cubes de gaz. Mais pendant la pandémie, les approvisionnements annuels sont tombés à 1,5-1,6 milliards de mètres cubes. En 2021, Helsinki importait 92 % de son gaz naturel de Russie.
21 November 2022
UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS THAT EXECUTED TEN RUSSIAN PRISONERS OF WAR BELONG TO A BRIGADE BASED IN THE CITY OF LVOV THAT WORKS CLOSELY WITH NATO, RUSSIAN BROADCASTER RT REPORTED ON MONDAY, CITING A FORMER UKRAINIAN SOLDIER.
The soldier used to serve in this brigade, but switched to the Russian side after his father was executed by Ukrainians, the report said. According to the former Ukrainian soldier, those deployed in the 80th brigade were taught to hate everything Russian long before the start of the special operation, RT said.
US troops, including U.S. Marine Corps, were involved in the training of the brigade, the soldier said.
The report came as the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov vowed that Russia would search for the killers, underscoring that the individuals must be found and punished for the crimes. At the time, the official highlighted the need for an international investigation on the matter.
Last week, Russia's Defence Ministry said that the Ukrainian military deliberately killed 10 captured Russian soldiers.
A video in which Ukrainian soldiers shot surrendered Russians who were laying face down appeared on the internet on Friday. U.N. Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that the United Nations was calling for a full investigation of all reported human rights violations in the context of the execution of POWs.
Earlier Monday, the footage of the incident was confirmed by the New York Times as having been filmed at a farmhouse in the Makeyevka village after the area had been recaptured by Ukrainian forces.
Although war crimes prosecution expert Iva Vukusic had informed the outlet it was difficult to determine whether a war crime had been conducted based on the video footage, human rights medical adviser Dr. Rohini Haar noted in his examination that the soldiers were "effectively prisoners of war" from the moment they surrendered.
An ongoing criminal probe is being carried out by the Russian Investigative Committee.
NASA'S ARTEMIS SPACECRAFT HAS ARRIVED AT THE MOON.
The Orion capsule swept 130km (80 miles) above the lunar surface, and it will now begin to enter a larger orbit.
The vehicle was out of contact for 34 minutes during this manoeuvre, which began at 12:44 GMT, as it took place on the far side of the Moon.
As the signal returned, the spacecraft sent back an image of the Earth. Nasa says so far the mission has "exceeded expectations" since last week's launch.
The spacecraft zoomed over the landing sites of Apollo 11, 12 and 14 as it made the close approach.
The Artemis mission began on Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the launch of the most powerful rocket Nasa has ever built.
It placed Orion on a path towards the Moon. The capsule has already sent back several selfies during its journey.
-- AS THE SPACECRAFT EMERGED FROM THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON IT SNAPPED AN IMAGE OF THE "PALE BLUE DOT"
Because this is a test flight, no astronauts are on board this time - instead three manikins, covered in thousands of sensors, are making the journey.
"Those sensors are getting an idea of whether the environment is going to be OK for people," explained Nasa astronaut Zena Cardman.
"So there are things like radiation sensors, motion sensors, accelerometers - things that we as human payloads are going to care a lot about."
And this is important because if this flight goes well astronauts will join the next ride, first of all going into orbit around the Moon, before a third Artemis mission then takes the first woman and first person of colour down to the lunar surface.
The European Space Agency is also carefully monitoring the spacecraft. They built Orion's service module, which provides the power and propulsion for the voyage.
A. VUČIĆ'S EXTRAORDINARY ADDRESS TO THE SERBIAN PEOPLE: "WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF CONFLICT, NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE KOSOVO ALBANIANS FAILED!"
Serbia's president, A. Vučić, announced the failure of the negotiations with Kosovo, which took place in Brussels. The end of the road has come for everyone in the Balkans.
Kosovo authorities will from tomorrow impose fines on Serbs for not changing signs, which has been described as a pogrom and a purge of the area from the Serbian element.
The President of Serbia is currently giving an emergency address informing the citizens of Serbia of the now dramatic developments.
Albanians and Serbs are with their weapons in their hands, with the conflict only a matter of time. Serbs say an Albanian military convoy of tanks is preparing to set off from Pristina for Mitrovica.
The Serbian Army has again been put on high alert.
"The Serbian army is ready to take all measures to protect Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija on the orders of President Aleksandar Vučić," Serbian Defence Minister Miloš Vučević said.
At the same time, in northern Kosovo, Serbs have closed all shops in the area and are preparing to set up barricades.
The situation is critical...
Vučić himself said that:
"We received the latest information , the situation is on the verge of conflict.
The situation in Kosovo is difficult, we are on the verge of conflict!
The Prime Minister of Kosovo did not accept any proposal, he asked for the impossible, we have sleepless nights ahead of us."
Pristina has sent special forces to Northern Kosovo
"I KNOW THE KOSOVO SERBS WILL TELL ME THAT THEY CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER, BUT EVERYONE'S LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO US THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
I ONCE AGAIN ASK THE WEST TO TRY TO USE ITS INFLUENCE TO HELP US KEEP THE PEACE TOGETHER."
The new Penal Code is in force
November 1, 2022
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ON MONDAY SAID A NATURAL GAS HUB COULD BE SET UP IN TURKEY FAIRLY QUICKLY AND PREDICTED MANY CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE WOULD WANT TO SIGN CONTRACTS.
Putin proposed Turkey as a base for gas supplies earlier this month after the Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea were damaged in September by blasts. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he agrees with the idea.
Putin said it was very difficult to work directly with European commercial partners. The European Union, which previously turned to Russia for about 40% of its gas needs, is seeking to wean itself off Russian energy.
"IT IS EASIER FOR US TO WORK WITH TURKEY. PRESIDENT ERDOGAN IS A MAN OF HIS WORD ... AND IT IS EASIER FOR US TO CONTROL THE BLACK SEA", PUTIN TOLD A TELEVISED NEWS CONFERENCE.
"This is a quite realistic project and we can do it fairly quickly, and there will be enough people who want to conclude a contract ... I have no doubt that in Europe there are many who want to," he said.
Putin also said Russia's Gazprom had been allowed to inspect the damage done when blasts hit the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Moscow accused British navy personnel of being responsible, a charge London dismissed.
Putin said the blasts had torn a 40-metre length of pipe out of Nord Stream 1 and hurled it into Nord Stream 2, causing damage. IN TOTAL THERE WAS A 259-METRE BREAK IN NORD STREAM 1, he said.
21 November 2022
THE FIRST CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST CONSCRIPTED SOLDIERS REFUSING TO FIGHT IN UKRAINE HAS OPENED IN RUSSIA, ACCORDING TO FOOTAGE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA OVER THE WEEKEND.
The video shows two soldiers who allegedly refused to go to the frontlines being pulled out of a line-up by military police, according to the Veteran's Notes Telegram channel. Under Russian law, they face up to three years in jail if they are found guilty of refusing to follow orders.
Tatyana Degtyareva confirmed Sunday to Polygon.Media that her husband Yuri Degtyarev, who was seen in the video, had refused to be deployed as "cannon fodder" on the front lines.
After being called up in September, Degtyarev was sent to Luhansk in eastern Ukraine with "no combat experience" and "no proper military training", Degtyareva told Polygon.Media.
Degtyarev's unit decided to retreat after coming under fire from the Ukrainian military in the Luhansk region, his wife said. According to Degtyareva, her husband was detained last week at a military base in Russia's Belgorod region.
"This incident appears to have a demonstrative effect", military lawyer Maxim Grebenuk told The Moscow Times, adding that there had been "no need" to detain soldiers at the military base.
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF "PARTIAL" MOBILIZATION IN SEPTEMBER, REPORTS HAVE EMERGED OF RUSSIAN CONSCRIPTS AND THEIR RELATIVES PROTESTING OVER THE LACK OF TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT PROVIDED TO SOLDIERS, AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT NEW RECRUITS ARE NOW BEING SENT INTO BATTLE, RATHER THAN BEING USED IN SUPPORTING ROLES.
According to Degtyareva, those soldiers such as her husband who refused to go to the frontline were sent to "some basement".
Around 300 mobilized soldiers were being held in a basement in the village of Zaitseve in the Luhansk region for refusing to fight, the Astra Telegram channel reported last week, citing relatives.
THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES LAST MONTH OPENED A CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST A 32-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY REFUSED TO SIGN PAPERS SUMMONING HIM TO THE LOCAL RECRUITMENT OFFICE — BUT PROSECUTORS LATER DROPPED ALL CHARGES IN WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST CRIMINAL CASE IN RUSSIA FOR DRAFT DODGING SINCE THE WAR IN UKRAINE BEGAN.
However, investigators have subsequently said that they intend to appeal the decision of the Prosecutor's Office and expect to reopen the case, according to human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov.
If convicted, the man could face a fine of 200,000 rubles ($3,407) or up to two years in prison.
November 21, 2022
SEVERE DAMAGE, INADEQUATE EFFECTIVENESS, DATA NOT COLLECTED: THE PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT PFIZER AND THE REGULATORY AUTHORITIES WERE AWARE OF THE MASSIVE SAFETY RISKS OF MRNA VACCINES FROM THE START. According to the "Doctors for Enlightenment" association, this is evident from the approval documents.
By Susan Bonath
The COVID-19 pandemic made some pharmaceutical companies richer than ever. In no time at all, the US giant Pfizer and its German "little brother" BioNTech launched mRNA preparations "for the prevention of infectious diseases" for the first time - and with the help of governments and state institutions, they got a long-awaited profit machine rolling. But the mass vaccinations contained far more uncertainties and risks than was publicly communicated. Pfizer and the authorities knew this. Nevertheless, even small children are now being vaccinated.
This is the result of a working group of the "Doctors for Enlightenment" association led by biologist Sabine Stebel and physicist Klaus Retzlaff. She evaluated explosive data from the approval studies that Pfizer had to publish due to a judgment by Texas judge Mark . Pittman The company had wanted to keep them secret for 75 years.
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In the paper been published entitled "What Pfizer knew", the working group drew a first critical assessment. According to this, the companies had extensive information at an early stage about a lack of effectiveness and a high risk of serious side effects compared to classic vaccines. To date, they have not followed up on many of the uncertainties. Subsequent exclusion of an unusually large number of subjects raises the suspicion of manipulation.
Preparation in the body longer than reported
First, the authors make it clear that the active ingredients are not natural ribonucleic acid (RNA) that is supposed to turn the body's own cells into producers of viral spike protein. Rather, the preparations contained in tiny fat globules (nanolipids) packaged, artificially modified and thus significantly more stable messenger RNA than it occurs in nature. And this apparently stays in the body much longer than claimed. It was always said that the organism breaks them down within a few days.
Pfizer did not carry out any studies on this, nor on the whereabouts of the lipid particles and the protein produced - which is evident from the documents. But in the summer, for example, the US disease control agency CDC dropped the claim that the ingredients in the preparations degraded quickly. Scientists had previously detected the spike protein in the lymph nodes months after the injection and also published this.
Pfizer also reports in its papers that after 48 hours, vaccine particles and proteins accumulated in various organs, such as the liver, spleen, and the female and male reproductive organs. According to the authors, it is therefore not possible to say in advance which cells produced these spikes and where. Their harmful effects were known long before the pandemic. According to the authors, this is evident from older patents on this substance and virological textbooks. The German Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) also reported on its own study , according to which the spike protein causes severe cell damage.
Heart attacks and COVID-19 as a side effect
As is already known, Pfizer refrained from observing the test subjects over longer periods of time under the sign of the pandemic. This is actually required in drug and vaccine approval procedures. The group unblinded its approval study just six months after it began; the placebo group was mostly vaccinated and there was no comparison group. Nevertheless, explosive data on side effects were available early on, according to the authors.
A Würzburg university study revealed an increased rate of incapacity to work after a bivalent booster vaccination
By the end of February 2021, Pfizer had reported over 42,000 cases of side effects, including around 2,600 serious cases and over 1,200 deaths. For around 9,400 people affected, the outcome of the adverse reaction is unknown. Four times more people died of a heart attack in the vaccination group than in the placebo group. Particularly strange: Pfizer registered "COVID-19" as one of the most common side effects - i.e. exactly the problem against which the preparation was supposed to protect. In total, the company already listed more than 1,000 different clinical pictures under "undesirable reactions".
Hidden risks for pregnant women
Despite known serious risks, the preparation was quickly recommended for pregnant women and vaccinated against them, the working group complained. It has long been known that the spike protein binds to the so-called ACE2 receptor. It could theoretically also inhibit this, which has not been ruled out to this day. ACE inhibitors could Red List cause kidney damage, malformations of the skeleton and skull in the unborn child, and the risk of this is almost three times higher.
That's why Pfizer excluded pregnant women from its first pivotal study. However, according to documents, there were around 270 unplanned pregnancies in the vaccination group. Problem: Pfizer only presented data on 32 pregnant women and four newborns at the end of February, with 28 infants who died being mentioned. There is no information about any of the others.
The authorities also recommended the mRNA preparations for breastfeeding mothers. Pfizer and BioNTech have never investigated whether they can pass into breast milk. At the time, politicians and scientists spread the rumor via the mass media that the mRNA or other components of the vaccination did not pass into breast milk, including the public broadcasters SWR3 and MDR .
These "fact checks" are still online today, although they have since turned out to be lies. So today, a good year later, it is clear: the messenger RNA can very well penetrate the breast milk. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung , the Ärzteblatt , but also the MDR - without correcting its earlier "fact check".
A year ago, the PEI reported reports of suspected side effects affecting breastfed infants from vaccinated mothers. In his most recently published safety report with information up to the end of June, there are 70 reports of this type.
Significant safety gaps in children
For children, the drug guidelines actually provide for particularly strict tests. Because children are not only wards, but also, as it is said in medicine, no small adults. But with regard to the corona preparations, the authorities apparently let the companies go through significant security gaps, as the authors worked out.
Around 3,000 out of 4,500 five- to eleven-year-old subjects dropped out of the approval study prematurely. There is no further information about them in the papers. The CDC also gave the green light for small children from six months in mid-October, although the companies had only started the study shortly before and it should run until 2025.
The European Medicines Agency EMA and the EU Commission also followed suit shortly afterwards. Last week, the Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) also recommended the preparations for small children with certain previous illnesses. However, these were not included in the study.
The experience of the last two years also shows that real or alleged previous illnesses are often used by the authorities in order to prematurely attribute serious damage or even death shortly after the vaccination and to avoid detailed examinations. The Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) already recorded eight reported deaths among vaccinated children and young people by the end of last year. Despite the direct temporal connection and the fact that children very rarely just drop dead, the PEI sees no clear connection to vaccination.
The PEI reacted to this in another way: it simply stopped publishing the data on reported suspected cases of severe and fatal side effects in vaccinated children. It has been concealing these cases since January.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 21, 2022
Almost every minute of every day I see overwhelming evidence of America's collapse as a free country. Elon Musk conducted a poll on whether Twitter should allow President Trump to use the social media platform. Fifteen million people responded. 51.8% of the respondents said "yes," but almost an equal number 48.2% said "no."
IN OTHER WORDS, ALMOST HALF OF THE 15 MILLION SOCIAL MEDIA USERS WHO RESPONDED TO THE POLL OPPOSE FREE SPEECH FOR A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
NO DOUBT, BEING AS INDOCTRINATED AS THEY ARE, THEY SEE TRUMP AS A "PUSSY-GRABBER," A RUSSIAN AGENT, AND AN INSURRECTIONIST AND REGARD CANCELLING HIS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT AS PUNISHMENT. MANY OF THE SAME CROWD WANT PEDOPHILES TO BE RELABELED "MINOR-ATTRACTED PERSONS," A STEP TOWARD REMOVING LIMITATIONS ON SEXUAL RELATIONS BETWEEN ADULTS AND CHILDREN. THEY ARE CONTENT WITH THE FREE SPEECH RIGHT OF PEDOPHILES TO ADVOCATE, BUT NOT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO EXPRESS POLITICAL VIEWS ON TWITTER.
In the case of Julian Assange, Wikileaks' founder who published the leaked information documenting U.S. war crimes and lies to allies, my headline doesn't go far enough. A large majority of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans in practically equal percentages, desire Assange to be prosecuted for doing what journalists are supposed to do. President Trump and his Secretary of State Pompeo denounced Assange with the same intensity as Nancy Pelosi:
MEMBERS OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES BELIEVE THAT FREE SPEECH THAT CHALLENGES OFFICIAL NARRATIVES SHOULD BE SUPPRESSED. EVEN MORE STUNNING, ALMOST 100% OF U.S. PRINT AND TV REPORTERS WANT ASSANGE PROSECUTED. HERE WE HAVE THE ENTIRETY OF THE U.S. PRINT AND TV MEDIA RENOUNCING THEIR OWN PROFESSION.
Those who oppose free speech for President Trump probably think of themselves as virtuous, the salt of the Earth. In fact, they are stupid, brainwashed people easily indoctrinated who are so badly educated that they do not understand that free speech is essential to the preservation of liberty. They are so utterly stupid that they do not understand the meaning for their own lives of the fact that the governing elite are doing everything possible to censor everyone, no matter how distinguished and expert, who dissents from the lies that comprise the official narratives.
THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN WORLD TRUTH IS BEING RAPIDLY CLOSED DOWN. HONEST JOURNALISTS, SUCH AS GLENN GREENWALD AND MATT TAIBBI ARE EVICTED FROM PRINT AND TV MEDIA. MEDICAL DOCTORS WHO SAVED LIVES BY TREATING COVID PATIENTS WITH IVERMECTIN AND HCQ INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE MURDEROUS IMPOSED PROTOCOL THAT LET THEM DIE RATHER THAN TO ADMIT THAT THERE WERE CURES, WHICH WOULD HAVE THREATENED VACCINE PROFITS, ARE HAVING THEIR MEDICAL LICENSES CONFISCATED AS IF THEY HAD COMMITTED A MEDICAL CRIME BY SAVING LIVES. SCIENTISTS WHO DON'T ACCEPT THE WOKE IDEOLOGY THAT GENDER IS SELF-DECLARED, NOT BIOLOGICALLY DETERMINED, ARE DISCIPLINED AND FIRED AS "TRANSGENDER DENIERS." ANTHROPOLOGISTS AND SOCIOLOGISTS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT A DIVERSE, MULTICULTURAL TOWER OF BABEL IS NOT A COUNTRY ARE DEMONIZED. HISTORIANS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT BASED IN "WHITE RACISM" ARE BRANDED "WHITE SUPREMACISTS" AND "THREATS TO DEMOCRACY." ELECTIONS CAN BE STOLEN IN PLAIN VIEW, AND NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO SAY SO. THE INCIDENCES OF SUPPRESSIONS ARE NOT MERELY A FEW ISOLATED CASES THAT CAN BE DISMISSED AS ANOMALIES. THEY ARE ACROSS THE BOARD.
The so-called media speaks with one voice and it is all lies.
Russian and Iranian news sources that do not adhere to the official Western explanations are either banned in the Western World or forced to register as "foreign agents."
IN OTHER WORDS, THE WESTERN WORLD HAS IT FIXED SO THAT EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT PROPAGANDA AND A LIE IN SERVICE TO OFFICIAL NARRATIVES IS DEFINED AS "MISINFORMATION." THE RULING ESTABLISHMENT HAS SET UP "FACT CHECKERS" WHOSE FUNCTION IS TO REPRESENT OFFICIAL NARRATIVES AS THE ONLY CORRECT EXPLANATIONS. MANY AMERICANS ARE SO UTTERLY STUPID THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE WHO CALLS HIMSELF A "FACT CHECKER" IS ONE. THE POINT HAS BEEN REACHED WHERE ANY AMERICAN WHO FAVORS FREE SPEECH, SUCH AS ELON MUSK, IS A PROSPECT FOR INVESTIGATION AS A FOREIGN AGENT:
The suppression of truth is the road to tyranny, and 48.2% of Twitter users are all in favor of it.
AMERICANS TODAY LIVE IN A MATRIX OF LIES. THEIR BELIEFS RESULT FROM OSMOSIS IN CONSTANTLY REPEATED LIES. TRUTHFUL INFORMATION IS DIFFICULT TO FIND AND IS BEING CLOSED DOWN WHERE IT EXISTS. THE WESTERN WORLD IS LIVING IN GEORGE ORWELL'S "1984", THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING THAT THE RULING ELITE TODAY HAS FAR MORE POWERFUL SPYING AND PUNISHMENT MECHANISMS.
And they grow stronger every day.
19 Novembre 2022
L'INSPIEGABILE VETRINA DATA A KLAUS SCHWAB
Se per gli Stati partecipanti sembra quindi essere una semplice vetrina dell’apparenza, alcuni soggetti privati potrebbero invece averne compreso l’utilità. Avevamo dato conto dell’ambigua e non giustificata presenza al G20 di Klaus Schwab, ingegnere tedesco fondatore del World Economic Forum. Perché un privato cittadino avrebbe diritto di sedere tra i leader più potenti al mondo e avere pure il privilegio di tenere un discorso di fronte a tutta la platea, come se fosse uno di loro?
Questioni irrisolte, che tuttavia confermano l’ascendenza di quest’uomo su molti Governi del mondo. Ricordiamo che in tempi non sospetti Schwab venne ricevuto con tutti gli onori dal già Presidente del Consiglio Mario Draghi. Il contenuto di quell’incontro non è stato naturalmente divulgato.
PER IL G20 IL CERTIFICATO VACCINALE È UNO STRUMENTO DI SUCCESSO
Ed ecco che la presenza di Schwab potrebbe aver giocato un ruolo nella stesura della dichiarazione finale del G20, dal momento che è presente l’ossessione preferita dell’ingegnere teutonico: la schedatura digitale degli esseri umani. Dal punto 19 della dichiarazione si fa infatti riferimento al Covid 19 definita come una “pandemia non terminata”.
Dopo un susseguirsi di lodi per l’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità, ecco che iniziano a palesarsi le parole chiave tanto care all’élite di Davos. Si parla della necessità di “rafforzare la sorveglianza globale” per contrastare l’emergere di nuovi virus. Non solo. Si fa esplicito riferimento al green pass: “Riconosciamo l’importanza di standard tecnici condivisi e metodi di verifica per facilitare i viaggi internazionali senza interruzioni, l’interoperabilità e il riconoscimento di soluzioni digitali e non digitali, inclusa la prova delle vaccinazioni”.
E si legge poi ancora che: “Per rafforzare la prevenzione e la risposta alle future pandemie bisognerebbe basarsi sul successo degli standard esistenti e dei certificati digitali COVID-19”. Questo può significare solo una cosa: nel caso in cui dovesse scoppiare una nuova emergenza sanitaria i Paesi del G20 considerano il green pass come un esempio di successo che andrebbe applicato nuovamente. La domanda è: perché il Presidente del Consiglio italiano, Giorgia Meloni, ha firmato questa dichiarazione che è in contrasto con il suo programma politico, ribadito in una recente conferenza stampa?
NEONAZISTA U.S.A. CONFERMA CRIMINI DISUMANI DEL BATTAGLIONE AZOV
Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
-- Nell'immagine di copertina il neonazista americano Boneface con l'uniforme del Battaglione Azov, reparto d'élite della Guardia Nazionale Ucraina del presidente Volodymyr Zelensky
Ci sono esseri umani che compiono il male a causa dei loro impulsi carnali che una scarsa educazione morale, una manchevole fortezza d'animo e l'assenza del profondo discernimento spirituale, donato solo dallo Spirito Santo, non gli permettono di frenare.
Ci sono esseri disumani che vanno invece fieri della loro malvagità e dei loro crimini contro quelli che la Bibbia definisce loro fratelli. In una delle prime volte della mia trentennale carriera di giornalista mi trovo sconcertato e turbato nel più intimo del mio cuore dalla lettura di un'intervista agghiacciante.
Sono le confessioni di uno skinheads americano dichiaratamente devoto alle SS di Adolf Hitler che ha combattuto per ben due volte in Ucraina: prima nel 2014 con il Right Sector (Pravyi sektor in Ucraino) e poi nel 2022 con il Battaglione Azov.
Juan Sinmiedo, che gestisce un popolare canale Telegram che documenta le violazioni dei diritti umani in Ucraina, ha pubblicato un'intervista esplosiva con "Boneface" – vero nome Kent McLellan – un neonazista di 32 anni della Florida.
McLellan, figlio del frontman della rock band neo-nazista Brutal Attack, è stato coinvolto nell'attivismo di estrema destra quando era solo un adolescente e ha avuto numerosi scontri con la legge per attività sovversive e razziste. Lui e altri membri dell'organizzazione razzista American Front sono stati arrestati dall'FBI nel maggio 2012, per aver preparato atti terroristici contro le minoranze etniche in Florida.
Ma nella sua ossessione cieca per il Nazismo non palesa soltanto un fanatismo ideologico ma anche una compiaciuta e sinistra malvagità per cui possiamo ben definirlo un guerrigliero di Satana che è stato al servizio di Volodymyr Zelensky, del controspionaggio americano della C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency) e della N.A.T.O. di cui lui stesso ammette il ruolo nella gestione della guerra civile in Ucraina, ora diventata conflitto internazionale alimentato dalla Lobby delle Armi di U.S.A., U.E. e Italia.
Anche al gruppo militare con cui Boneface ha combattuto sono infatti giunte alcune delle armi spedite da Roma grazie ai Decreti Legge varati dal Governo di Mario Draghi e firmati dal Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella. Nelle prossime righe spiegherò come e perché.
Right Sector è un'organizzazione nazionalista ucraina da destra a estrema destra. È nata nel novembre 2013 come confederazione paramilitare di destra di diverse organizzazioni nazionaliste radicali durante la rivolta di Euromaidan a Kiev, dove i suoi combattenti di strada hanno partecipato a scontri con la polizia antisommossa. La coalizione è diventata un partito politico il 22 marzo 2014, momento in cui ha affermato di avere circa 10'000 membri. I gruppi fondatori includevano Trident (Tryzub), guidato da Dmytro Yarosh e Andriy Tarasenko, e l'Assemblea nazionale ucraina-Autodifesa nazionale ucraina (UNA-UNSO), un'organizzazione politica e paramilitare.
DI ESSA PARLAMMO AMPIAMENTE NEL GIUGNO 2019 NELL'INCHIESTA LOBBY ARMI – 2 PER LA CURIOSA FORNITURA DI ARMI DA PARTE DELLE AZIENDE SIONISTE DI ISRAELE AL BATTAGLIONE AZOV DENUNCIATO DA AMNESTY PER I CRIMINI DI GUERRA COMPIUTI NEL DONBASS SOTTO L'EGIDA DEL REGIME DI KIEV QUANDO SI INSTAURÒ DOPO UN CRUENTO GOLPE DEL FEBBRAIO 2014 ATTUATO CON I FINANZIAMENTI DI GEORGE SOROS E DI ALCUNI PAESI NATO MA ANCHE DAI CECCHINI MERCENARI IN ODORE DELLA C.I.A. CHE SPARARONO SULLA FOLLA.
I CRIMINI DI GUERRA CONFERMATI DAL NEONAZISTA U.S.A.
"Nel caso il mondo si chieda cosa sia successo a tutti i veri skinhead. Sono andati tutti in Ucraina", ha detto McLellan.
Ha evidenziato il giornalista Felix Livshitz su Russia Today riportando alcune delle frasi più scioccanti pronunciate da Boneface.
Il suo volto è completamente tatuato con simbologie esoteriche di ardua comprensione. Nella foto di copertina, in cui è ritratto con l'uniforme del gruppo paramilitare Azov, sulla mano sinistra con cui regge un fucile semi-automatico indossa un guanto nero e rosso che evoca immediatamente le fiamme infernali
«NEL 2015 È INIZIATO A CIRCOLARE UN VIDEO ASSOLUTAMENTE ORRIBILE, CHE RAFFIGURAVA PRESUNTI MEMBRI DEL BATTAGLIONE CHE CROCIFIGGEVANO UN RESIDENTE RUSSO NELL'UCRAINA ORIENTALE, PER POI IMPOSTARE LA CROCE SU CUI ERA STATO LETTERALMENTE E SANGUINOSAMENTE INCHIODATO ALLE FIAMME. PIÙ O MENO NELLO STESSO PERIODO, UN'ALTRA CLIP – INTITOLATA "KIKES OTTIENE LA CORDA" – CON UNA DONNA INCINTA IMPICCATA E SUO MARITO, PROLIFERAVA ANCHE ONLINE. È STATO AFFERMATO CHE I DUE ERANO EBREI CHE ERANO STATI LINCIATI DAI COMBATTENTI AZOV» SCRIVE LIVSHITZ.
LA TESTIMONIANZA DI MCLELLAN CONFERMA CHE QUEI VIDEO SONO MOLTO REALI. È INFATTI PRESENTE NEL FILMATO DELLA CROCIFISSIONE E HA SCATTATO FOTO DI COMBATTENTI TORNADO IN POSA CON I CADAVERI DELLA COPPIA IMPICCATA.
"NON AVREI SOSTENUTO UN'AZIONE DEL GENERE", DICE OGGI MCLELLAN PRENDENDO LE DISTANZE DA UN FATTO CHE, SE LEGITTIMATO IN UN'INTERVISTA, AVREBBE POTUTO COSTARGLI NUOVI EVENTUALI PROBLEMI CON LA GIUSTIZIA AMERICANA PER APOLOGIA DI REATI ISPIRATI DALL'ODIO RAZZIALE.
COME RICORDA RUSSIA TODAY, UN CERTO NUMERO DI "COMBATTENTI TORNADO" FURONO INFINE INCARCERATI DA IL GOVERNO UCRAINO PER LE LORO AZIONI. NONOSTANTE LE LORO DICHIARAZIONI DI COLPEVOLEZZA – TRA CUI LO STUPRO DI BAMBINI, LA TORTURA E L'OMICIDIO A SANGUE FREDDO DI CIVILI – IN QUALCHE MODO HANNO EVITATO LE ACCUSE DI CRIMINI DI GUERRA E IN GENERE HANNO RICEVUTO CONDANNE LEGGERE.
AD ESEMPIO, IL FONDATORE DEL BATTAGLIONE, RUSLAN ONISHENKO, UN SADICO PEDOFILO, È STATO CONDANNATO A SOLI 11 ANNI DI PRIGIONE NEL 2017. È UNO DEI NUMEROSI COMBATTENTI TORNADO RILASCIATI DALLA PRIGIONE DAL PRESIDENTE VLADIMIR ZELENSKY DALL'INIZIO DEL CONFLITTO E INVIATO A COMBATTERE NEI "PIÙ CALDI PUNTI".
Non è una novità. È soltanto la replica di quanto accaduto in Italia durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale quando i magrebini della Legione Straniera Francese compirono le brutali "marocchinate" e di quanto avvenuto in Bosnia dove i jihadisti di Al Qaeda finanziati da Sauditi e CIA instaurarono il Califfato d'Europa per arginare il potere della Serbia filo-russa nei Balcani dopo la disgregazione della Jugoslavia.
Oggi su internet le informazioni viaggiano molto più veloci di allora e pertanto si può prendere coscienza della guerra dei Foreign Terrorist Fighters di gruppi neonazisti internazionali in Ucraina quasi immediatamente.
NEI GIORNI SCORSI ABBIAMO PUBBLICATO LA NOTIZIA DELL'ESTREMISTA UCRAINO SCOPERTO DALLA POLIZIA STAVA PIANIFICANDO ATTENTATI TERRORISTICI IN ITALIA, ANCHE CONTRO LE CASERME DEI CARABINIERI, GARANTENDO AI SUOI COMPLICI NAPOLETANI CHE AVREBBE RECUPERATO GLI ARMAMENTI NECESSARI PROPRIO DAL BATTAGLIONE AZOV, A CUI SI È AGGREGATO DOPO L'INIZIO DEL CONFLITTO.
QUESTA ORGANIZZAZIONE PARAMILITARE NEONAZISTA, È BENE RICORDARLO, È PARTE INTEGRANTE DELLA GUARDIA NAZIONALE UCRAINA (NGU) CHE È COORDINATA, FINANZIATA ED ARMATA DAL MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO DI KIEV.
Ecco perché le armi fornite dalla Repubblica Italiana, in palese violazione della Carta Costituzionale e con il consenso bipartisan della Lobby delle Armi guidata da Guido Crosetto (nuovo Ministro della Difesa dalla nuova premier Giorgia Meloni), sono finite anche al Battaglione Azov dei nazi-satanisti come Boneface.
IL COMBATTENTE ESTREMISTA AMERICANO CONFIDA PERÒ UNA VERITÀ: LA CIA E LA NATO SONO PRONTE A SBARAZZARSI DI QUESTE FORMAZIONI DI GUERRIGLIERI UNA VOLTA UTILIZZATE PER I LORO SCOPI GEOPOLITICI SENZA SCRUPOLI. CIÒ È GIÀ STATO CONFERMATO DAL BOMBARDAMENTO DI UNA PRIGIONE RUSSA DOVE ERANO DETENUTI I PRIGIONIERI DEL BATTAGLIO AZOV CATTURATI NELLE ACCIAIERIE DI MARIUPOL E DISPOSTI A CONFESSARE I LORO CRIMINI DI GUERRA PUR DI OTTENERE CONDANNE PIÙ CLEMENTI.
QUESTA È LA GUERRA DEL DONBASS! INIZIATA NEL 2014 DAL GOLPE NATO A CUI IL PRESIDENTE RUSSO VLADIMIR PUTIN HA CERCATO DI PORRE FINE CON L'OPERAZIONE MILITARE SPECIALE AVVIATA IL 24 FEBBRAIO 2022 PER PROTEGGERE I FILO-RUSSI DELLE REPUBBLICHE SEPARATISTE DA UN SISTEMATICO GENOCIDIO DIABOLICO.
Le lancement de la plus puissante fusée du monde SLS rapproche les États-Unis de la victoire dans la nouvelle course spatiale, dont le nombre de participants n'est pas encore définitif.
Ce mercredi s'est dénouée la principale intrigue spatiale: quelle nouvelle fusée très lourde décollera la première, SLS élaborée par Boeing ou Starship construite par SpaceX d'Elon Musk. Les deux fusées participent au projet Artemis dirigé par la Nasa, qui pour objectif de faire revenir l'homme sur la Lune pour la première fois depuis 1972, quand une expédition s'y était rendue dans le cadre du programme Apollo.
Le lancement de SLS était reporté tant de fois que certains ne croyaient plus que cette fusée décollera un jour. Mais elle a réussi à régler tous les problèmes techniques, à survivre à deux typhons et à s'envoler vers l'espace.
Les Américains sont prêts à s'envoler vers la Lune, mais pas tous
Au sens figuré, le projet SLS (Space Launch System) n'était pas un enfant désiré dans la famille spatiale américaine. Ses parents sont le programme Space Shuttle, interrompu en 2011 après la perte d'une seconde navette avec l'équipage, et le projet ambitieux Constellation, arrêté en 2010 par l'administration Obama refusant de le financer.
SLS a hérité de Space Shuttle des moteurs RS-25 puissants et fiables et des accélérateurs latéraux à combustible solide, qu'il a fallu moderniser en renonçant à la possibilité de les faire revenir sur terre. Constellation a laissé comme héritage une charge utile sous la forme du vaisseau spatial Orion.
Le 16 novembre 2022, le lanceur SLS Block 1 a décollé depuis le site LC-39B du centre spatial Kennedy, cette fois avec le vaisseau inhabité Orion. En ce moment, cette fusée est capable d'envoyer 95 tonnes de fret sur l'orbite de référence, ce qui en fait la plus puissante en exploitation.
L'objectif de la mission actuelle, baptisée Artemis 1, consiste à faire le tour de la Lune et faire revenir Orion sur terre. Tout cela prendra environ 26 jours. La mission Artemis 2 prévue pour 2024 deviendra le premier vol d'essai habité de SLS-Orion. Quatre membres d'équipage organiseront des essais en orbite circumterrestre, puis Orion fera le tour de la Lune et reviendra sur terre.
Le débarquement d'astronautes sur la Lune est prévu dans le cadre de la mission Artemis 3, cela n'arrivera pas avant 2025. Puis sont élaborées des missions allant jusqu'à Artemis 9, comprenant notamment le débarquement d'un équipage sur une nouvelle station spatiale laquelle les États-Unis s'apprêtent à construire en orbite lunaire.
Quant à la compagnie d'Elon Musk, elle a un léger retard, d'environ deux essais, et il se peut que Starship effectue son premier vol orbital en décembre. Sachant que contrairement à Boeing, SpaceX construit une fusée réutilisable qu'il sera possible d'exploiter, hormis le programme lunaire, à diverses fins, allant des vols suborbitaux pour transporter des passagers d'un bout de la planète à un autre aux expéditions sur Mars.
Quelle sera la deuxième course lunaire
Dans les années 1960-1970, l'URSS n'avait pas réussi à envoyer un homme sur la Lune pour plusieurs raisons. Le 23 novembre marquera les 50 ans de la dernière (quatrième) tentative ratée d'envoyer la fusée soviétique très lourde N1, après quoi l'Union soviétique a décidé de ne plus essayer de rattraper les Américains en continuant d'étudier la Lune avec des appareils automatiques, et par la suite entamer la construction de la fusée très lourde Energia et du vaisseau spatial réutilisable Bourane.
À présent, nous assistons à une deuxième course lunaire dans laquelle les États-Unis ont de sérieux concurrents.
L'Administration spatiale nationale chinoise (CNSA) met en œuvre le programme chinois d'exploration lunaire, populairement connu sous le nom de Programme Chang'e ou par l'acronyme CLEP. Il a été approuvé en 2004 et depuis, la Chine est devenue troisième après l'URSS et les États-Unis à avoir réalisé un atterrissage en douceur sur la Lune et deuxième après l'URSS à avoir obtenu grâce à des rovers des échantillons de sol lunaire, et en 2019 le premier pays à avoir mené des recherches sur la face cachée de la Lune.
Par la suite, les Chinois ont l'intention non seulement d'envoyer un homme sur la Lune, mais également d'y construire une base habitée, pour prendre le leadership dans la course lunaire.
Quelle sera la réponse de la Russie
Le programme lunaire russe prévu jusqu'en 2040 est réparti en trois étapes. La première prévoit la création d'un module de base de station circumlunaire, les essais du vaisseau habité Oriol et des survols inhabités de la Lune à son bord. Il est également prévu d'étudier la Lune avec des stations automatiques et commencer la construction de la fusée très lourde Ienisseï.
Dans le cadre de la deuxième étape, il est prévu de faire débarquer des cosmonautes sur la surface lunaire pour créer et installer des premiers éléments d'une base habitée, ainsi que déployer des satellites de communication en orbite circumlunaire.
La troisième étape devrait conduire à la création d'une base lunaire habitée à part entière, de deux observatoires astronomiques et même d'une installation de production de glace d'eau.
Qui d'autre vise la Lune
Dans le cadre du programme Chandrayaan, l'Inde a envoyé en 2008 sur l'orbite lunaire un satellite spatial pour rechercher des minerais et des réserves de glace, ainsi que pour établir une carte 3D de la surface. Ce satellite contenait une sonde qui a percuté la surface lunaire. En 2019, la sonde Chandrayaan-2 a atteint l'orbite lunaire, mais la tentative d'atterrissage en douceur du module avec un rover a échoué. Une nouvelle tentative de cette mission est prévue pour 2023.
L'Agence spatiale européenne, le Japon et Israël ont également des projets d'étudier le satellite naturel de la Terre. Les experts n'excluent pas qu'avec le développement des technologies, d'autres pays, comme les Émirats arabes unis et même la Corée du Nord, pourraient se joindre à la course lunaire.
21 November 2022
On Tuesday, the US State Department granted immunity to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, shielding him from prosecution for the murder of US citizen and Saudi political dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
This action shows that the Biden administration's claim to defend democracy and human rights—the supposed justification for its intervention in the Ukraine war and around the world—is a flat-out lie.
Biden said contemptuously during his visit to Saudi Arabia last May, when journalists questioned him about the murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi by a hit squad inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, "Why don't you guys talk about something that matters? I'm happy to answer a question that matters." That is the authentic, arrogant voice of US imperialism.
The State Department was responding to an official query from a federal judge hearing the civil suit brought by Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and a human rights group Khashoggi had founded, seeking to hold bin Salman accountable for the murder. It issued instructions to the US Department of Justice to intervene in the case by informing the judge that bin Salman had sovereign immunity, "which the United States has consistently and across administrations applied to heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers while they are in office."
The action appeared to be coordinated with the Saudi regime, since in September bin Salman was appointed prime minister by his father the king, who, according to Saudi custom, had carried that title, with his son as deputy prime minister. That appointment meant that bin Salman now qualified for the exemption from legal liability in the United States. Bin Salman has not traveled to Europe or the United States since the Khashoggi murder in 2018 to avoid possible legal problems.
Biden claimed during the 2020 election campaign that he would make Saudi Arabia a "pariah" on the world scene because of the Khashoggi murder. Once in office, he released an assessment by the CIA—which has vast experience both in murders and their cover-up—that bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, which was carried out under the direction of his personal security chief.
Fred Ryan, the publisher of the Washington Post, where Khashoggi wrote a regular op-ed column focused on the Middle East and particularly the Saudi monarchy, denounced the State Department, saying in a statement, "President Biden is failing to uphold America's most cherished values. He's granting a license to kill to one of the world's most egregious human rights abusers."
THE RECORD OF BLOODY TYRANNY IN SAUDI ARABIA EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE GRUESOME KILLING OF KHASHOGGI. THE MONARCHIC REGIME KILLS DOZENS OF ITS OWN SUBJECTS EVERY YEAR, MAINLY THROUGH PUBLIC BEHEADINGS AND HANGINGS, ESPECIALLY TARGETING ADVOCATES OF THE RIGHTS OF THE COUNTRY'S SHIA MINORITY, WHO LIVE MAINLY IN THE OIL-RICH EASTERN PROVINCE. IN THE THE MOST RECENT MASS EXECUTION, LAST MARCH, 81 MEN WERE BEHEADED AT BIN SALMAN'S ORDERS.
None of this matters compared to the Saudi supply of oil to the world market, and its lucrative arms purchases, mainly from U.S. manufacturers, to bolster its critical military role in the Arabian Peninsula and against Iran, just across the Persian Gulf. Biden traveled to Riyadh in May to make amends to bin Salman for his campaign rhetoric and plead with the de facto Saudi ruler to boost production to offset the cutoff of Russian supplies as a result of the war in Ukraine. Instead, bin Salman recently ordered a reduction in Saudi production, evidently seeking to force more US concessions, including the State Department declaration last week.
BIDEN'S RAPPROCHEMENT WITH BIN SALMAN IS PART OF A BROADER PATTERN, IN WHICH WASHINGTON CULTIVATES A NETWORK OF AUTOCRATS AND MURDERERS AROUND THE WORLD IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN ITS GLOBAL DOMINATION. TWO WEEKS AGO BIDEN TRAVELED TO EGYPT TO ATTEND THE UN-SPONSORED COP27 CLIMATE SUMMIT. THERE HE WAS WELCOMED BY THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY DICTATOR, PRESIDENT ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI, SHAKING HANDS STAINED WITH THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIAN WORKERS AND YOUTH MASSACRED IN THE 2013 MILITARY COUP THAT SUPPRESSED A BUDDING REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT.
Barış Demir, Ulaş Ateşçi
21 November 2022
The Turkish Defense Ministry announced early Sunday morning the start of "Air Operation Claw-Sword" targeting Kurdish nationalist militias in northern Iraq and northern Syria. According to the statement, Qandil, Asos and Hakurk in northern Iraq and Kobane, Tel Rifaat, Cizire and Derik in northern Syria were hit. Mass protests were reportedly organized in many places in northern Syria against the air strikes.
People inspect a site damaged by Turkish airstrikes that hit an electricity station in the village of Taql Baql, in Hasakeh province, Syria, Sunday, November 20, 2022. [AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad]
The ministry said the airstrikes "were carried out in line with the right of self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter." Turkish warplanes are reportedly using Syrian airspace, which is controlled by Russia, whose government is therefore tacitly allowing the bombings to take place.
This operation against the US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) comes amid NATO war against Russia in Ukraine.
THE INCREASINGLY IRRELEVANT G20 SUMMIT CONCLUDED WITH SURE SIGNS THAT BRICS+ WILL BE THE WAY FORWARD FOR GLOBAL SOUTH COOPERATION.
November 17 2022
The redeeming quality of a tense G20 held in Bali – otherwise managed by laudable Indonesian graciousness – was to sharply define which way the geopolitical winds are blowing.
That was encapsulated in the Summit's two highlights: the much anticipated China-US presidential meeting – representing the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century – and the final G20 statement.
The 3-hour, 30-minute-long face-to-face meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden – requested by the White House – took place at the Chinese delegation's residence in Bali, and not at the G20 venue at the luxury Apurva Kempinski in Nusa Dua.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs concisely outlined what really mattered. Specifically, Xi told Biden that Taiwan independence is simply out of the question. Xi also expressed hope that NATO, the EU, and the US will engage in "comprehensive dialogue" with Russia. Instead of confrontation, the Chinese president chose to highlight the layers of common interest and cooperation.
Biden, according to the Chinese, made several points. The US does not seek a New Cold War; does not support "Taiwan independence;" does not support "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan"; does not seek "decoupling" from China; and does not want to contain Beijing.
However, the recent record shows Xi has few reasons to take Biden at face value.
The final G20 statement was an even fuzzier matter: the result of arduous compromise.
As much as the G20 is self-described as "the premier forum for global economic cooperation," engaged to "address the world's major economic challenges," the G7 inside the G20 in Bali had the summit de facto hijacked by war. "War" gets almost double the number of mentions in the statement compared to "food" after all.
The collective west, including the Japanese vassal state, was bent on including the war in Ukraine and its "economic impacts" – especially the food and energy crisis – in the statement. Yet without offering even a shade of context, related to NATO expansion. What mattered was to blame Russia – for everything.
The Global South effect
It was up to this year's G20 host Indonesia – and the next host, India – to exercise trademark Asian politeness and consensus building. Jakarta and New Delhi worked extremely hard to find wording that would be acceptable to both Moscow and Beijing. Call it the Global South effect.
Still, China wanted changes in the wording. This was opposed by western states, while Russia did not review the last-minute wording because Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had already departed.
On point 3 out of 52, the statement "expresses its deepest regret over the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and demands the complete and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces from the territory of Ukraine."
"Russian aggression" is the standard NATO mantra – not shared by virtually the whole Global South.
The statement draws a direct correlation between the war and a non-contextualized "aggravation of pressing problems in the global economy – slowing economic growth, rising inflation, disruption of supply chains, worsening energy, and food security, increased risks to financial stability."
As for this passage, it could not be more self-evident: "The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible. The peaceful resolution of conflicts, efforts to address crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue, are vital. Today's era must not be of war."
This is ironic given that NATO and its public relations department, the EU, "represented" by the unelected eurocrats of the European Commission, don't do "diplomacy and dialogue."
Fixated with war
Instead the US, which controls NATO, has been weaponizing Ukraine, since March, by a whopping $91.3 billion, including the latest presidential request, this month, of $37.7 billion. That happens to be 33 percent more than Russia's total (italics mine) military spending for 2022.
Extra evidence of the Bali Summit being hijacked by "war" was provided by the emergency meeting, called by the US, to debate what ended up being a Ukrainian S-300 missile falling on a Polish farm, and not the start of WWIII like some tabloids hysterically suggested.
Tellingly, there was absolutely no one from the Global South in the meeting – the sole Asian nation being the Japanese vassal, part of the G7.
Compounding the picture, we had the sinister Davos master Klaus Schwab once again impersonating a Bond villain at the B20 business forum, selling his Great Reset agenda of "rebuilding the world" through pandemics, famines, climate change, cyber attacks, and – of course – wars.
As if this was not ominous enough, Davos and its World Economic Forum are now ordering Africa – completely excluded from the G20 – to pay $2.8 trillion to "meet its obligations" under the Paris Agreement to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
The demise of the G20 as we know it
The serious fracture between Global North and Global South, so evident in Bali, had already been suggested in Phnom Penh, as Cambodia hosted the East Asia Summit this past weekend.
The 10 members of ASEAN had made it very clear they remain unwilling to follow the US and the G7 in their collective demonization of Russia and in many aspects China.
The Southeast Asians are also not exactly excited by the US-concocted IPEF (Indo-Pacific Economic Framework), which will be irrelevant in terms of slowing down China's extensive trade and connectivity across Southeast Asia.
And it gets worse. The self-described "leader of the free world" is shunning the extremely important APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Bangkok at the end of this week.
For very sensitive and sophisticated Asian cultures, this is seen as an affront. APEC, established way back in 1990s to promote trade across the Pacific Rim, is about serious Asia-Pacific business, not Americanized "Indo-Pacific" militarization.
The snub follows Biden's latest blunder when he erroneously addressed Cambodia's Hun Sen as "prime minister of Colombia" at the summit in Phnom Penh.
Lining up to join BRICS
It is safe to say that the G20 may have plunged into an irretrievable path toward irrelevancy. Even before the current Southeast Asian summit wave – in Phnom Penh, Bali and Bangkok – Lavrov had already signaled what comes next when he noted that "over a dozen countries" have applied to join BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).
Iran, Argentina, and Algeria have formally applied: Iran, alongside Russia, India, and China, is already part of the Eurasian Quad that really matters.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Afghanistan are extremely interested in becoming members. Indonesia just applied, in Bali. And then there's the next wave: Kazakhstan, UAE, Thailand (possibly applying this weekend in Bangkok), Nigeria, Senegal, and Nicaragua.
It's crucial to note that all of the above sent their Finance Ministers to a BRICS Expansion dialogue in May. A short but serious appraisal of the candidates reveals an astonishing unity in diversity.
Lavrov himself noted that it will take time for the current five BRICS to analyze the immense geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of expanding to the point of virtually reaching the size of the G20 – and without the collective west.
What unites the candidates above all is the possession of massive natural resources: oil and gas, precious metals, rare earths, rare minerals, coal, solar power, timber, agricultural land, fisheries, and fresh water. That's the imperative when it comes to designing a new resource-based reserve currency to bypass the US dollar.
Let's assume that it may take up to 2025 to have this new BRICS+ configuration up and running. That would represent roughly 45 percent of confirmed global oil reserves and over 60 percent of confirmed global gas reserves (and that will balloon if gas republic Turkmenistan later joins the group).
The combined GDP – in today's figures – would be roughly $29.35 trillion; much larger than the US ($23 trillion) and at least double the EU ($14.5 trillion, and falling).
As it stands, BRICS account for 40 percent of the global population and 25 percent of GDP. BRICS+ would congregate 4.257 billion people: over 50 percent of the total global population as it stands.
BRI embraces BRICS+
BRICS+ will be striving towards interconnection with a maze of institutions: the most important are the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), itself featuring a list of players itching to become full members; strategic OPEC+, de facto led by Russia and Saudi Arabia; and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China's overarching trade and foreign policy framework for the 21st century. It is worth pointing out that early all crucial Asian players have joined the BRI.
Then there are the close links of BRICS with a plethora of regional trade blocs: ASEAN, Mercosur, GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), Arab Trade Zone, African Continental Free Trade Area, ALBA, SAARC, and last but not least the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest trade deal on the planet, which includes a majority of BRI partners.
BRICS+ and BRI is a match everywhere you look at it – from West Asia and Central Asia to the Southeast Asians (especially Indonesia and Thailand). The multiplier effect will be key – as BRI members will be inevitably attracting more candidates for BRICS+.
This will inevitably lead to a second wave of BRICS+ hopefuls including, most certainly, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, three more Central Asians (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and gas republic Turkmenistan), Pakistan, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, and in Latin America, a hefty contingent featuring Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela.
POLITICIANS ARE CURRENTLY EMPHASIZING THAT THE "PANDEMIC" IS OVER. BUT SECRETLY, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN FOR THE NEXT GLOBALIST MOVE.
November 21, 2022
In the wake of other decisions, the heads of state and government of the G20 countries, who met at their summit in Bali recently, agreed to introduce a globally valid digital vaccination card for travel. Under point 22 of their final declaration, the G20 leaders announced that they wanted to strengthen local and regional capacities for the production of health products in order to facilitate access to vaccinations worldwide, particularly in developing countries.
It gets explosive in the small print. It states: "We support the WHO mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub with the aim of sharing technology and technical know-how on a voluntary basis and by mutual agreement. We recognize the importance of common technical standards and verification methodologies to facilitate seamless international travel, interoperability and acceptance of digital and non-digital solutions, including immunization proof."
This once again proves a "conspiracy theory", the implementation of which was already confirmed during the Corona "pandemic". The introduction of digital standards that will be used in the future to severely limit mobility.
So far there have been no global, but only regional control instruments such as the EU's digital vaccination card. This gap is now closed.
Biden pushing to extend Covid powers
The US Senate on November 15 voted with both Democrats and Republicans demanding an end to the "Covid-19 emergency". Senator Roger Marshall (Republican) initiated the resolution. Two and a half years have been enough, as Biden has undermined the constitutional rights of the Americans, Marshall said.
In the event that the Senate resolution passes in the House of Representatives, where Republicans will dominate after the midterms, US President Joe Biden has however announced a veto.
Biden is thus refusing to give up the power the White House appropriated over the twice-extended Covid-19 state of emergency.
Republicans have accused Biden of using unrestricted Covid-19 powers to advance the globalist agenda of undermining Americans' constitutional rights and making them dependent on the government for social programs. Using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover is no longer justified based on the current figures. They pointed out that Biden himself, at a Detroit auto show in September, called the pandemic over.
Former US President Donald Trump had first declared the Covid-19 emergency on March 13, 2020.
Some Democrats supported Republican motion
The Senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of Marshall's motion. Thirteen Democrats supported the Republicans, with all "no" votes coming from Democrats. Two senators abstained. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer voted for the resolution but then denied it. His voice was mistakenly interpreted as "yes" but that was not his position, he said. That will be corrected.
The White House commented on the vote: Further protection against Covid-19 and "ensuring flexible response options" are the top priorities of the Biden government. The end of the Covid-19 state of emergency, which was actually supposed to expire in January, would limit this option.
It is no secret that it would be easier to govern and wield power under the pretext of an emergency. On the day of the Senate decision, the US Department of Health announced that it would maintain the Covid-19 emergency until at least mid-January. The end of the state of emergency will be announced 60 days before it expires. For a termination in January, November 11 would have been the deadline.
The Covid-19 vaccination requirement for non-Americans traveling to the USA, which would have expired in November, has also been extended until at least January 8, 2023. Despite the announcement by the US Department of Health, some US states, including some ruled by Democrats, have decided not to extend the state of emergency. Washington ended it around the end of October.
Once the state of emergency ends, the US government will stop paying for Covid-19 vaccinations, testing, treatments and other costs. The "commercial sector", such as hospitals and insurance companies, then have to cover these costs themselves. One can therefore rightly assume that there has been massive lobbying to prevent this.
UKRAINE IS A BOTTOMLESS PIT, AS THE U.S. REPUBLICANS, WHO HAVE NOW REGAINED SOME OF THE POWER IN WASHINGTON, COMPLAIN. NOW THEY ARE ALSO ANNOUNCING INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST PRESIDENT BIDEN.
November 21, 2022
In the reports of Russian US correspondents, one learns much more about what is happening politically in the USA than on German television. This was also the case this Sunday, when the weekly news review of Russian television showed thereport of the Russian US correspondent. I have translated the report.
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U.S. INSPECTORS DON'T KNOW WHERE 90% OF WEAPONS HANDED OVER TO UKRAINE ARE
Ukraine as a project of the Biden family seems to be increasingly shaping the political life of the USA. Only Ukraine is being talked about. The New York Times acknowledges reality: "Ukraine's monthly budget deficit is five billion dollars and the government has been forced to ask the West and the International Monetary Fund for emergency aid. Prime Minister Denis Shmygal recently stated that given the expected gap between revenue and expenditure, Ukraine will need $42 billion in aid in 2023. President Zelensky added another $17 billion to rebuild damaged or destroyed power plants and homes."
In these circumstances, Europe has put the brakes on financial assistance to Ukraine. The US Republicans do not want the US to take care of Ukraine alone and certainly not so uncontrolled: "President Joe Biden has asked Congress for more than $37 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine. According to earlier reports, Congress was working on a $50 billion aid package for the remaining two years of the lame duck presidency before the next presidential election. Congress has already allocated about $66 billion to Ukraine for military, economic and humanitarian aid. The conservative coalition declares that aid to Ukraine totals a staggering $116 billion, with the $50 billion."
The amount is indeed dizzying. $116 billion is more than the annual defense budget of any other country in the world except the United States. It is clear that there are a lot of questions in the US, also against the background of domestic political problems. How sharp are they made? Our US correspondent reports on this.
With crutches, limping on prosthetics, soldiers of the Ukrainian army, recognizable by their yellow and blue badges, walk through the corridors of the US Congress. As Congresswoman Merjorie Taylor Green explains in a video, her job is to put pressure on U.S. lawmakers to get more money from the American taxpayer. "This is a different state, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, someone should tell it that it needs peace talks in this war. Our taxpayers should not finance this. 11.8 billion dollars flow directly into Ukraine's budget. Is Ukraine the 51st state of the USA? What is Zelensky's position in the US government? That's outrageous!" says Green.
The Republican congresswoman is outraged because the Democratic president is demanding more money for Ukraine. The $56 billion allocated so far has already been spent, and the White House has asked Congress for an additional $37 billion.
"We shouldn't send them a penny until we've done an audit. We need an inspector general to oversee how American money is spent in Ukraine. We need it immediately! We really have to find out what a victory in Ukraine is, what is it? Do you want Crimea back?! American taxpayers want to know!" says Congressman Thomas Massey.
As the Washington Post has learned, US inspectors were only able to inspect 10% of the weapons handed over to Ukraine. Where the other 90% are is unclear to the senders. However, this does not mean that new deliveries will be cancelled. The White House has announced another $400 million package for Kiev. It contains hundreds of armored vehicles, missiles and protective equipment for the cold.
"The Biden administration will hire 87,000 additional tax officials to keep track of every dollar of American taxpayers. But the Ukrainian government, these corrupt bureaucrats and oligarchs do not have to account for anything," US politician Tulsi Gabbard noted.
It will now be much more difficult for the Democratic president to enforce his decisions in Congress. The Republicans did not have a majority for four years and during that time the US was confronted with inflation that it has not experienced in 40 years, with an energy crisis and a political crisis. Her party colleague Trump was indicted twice and now her party is fighting back.
"JOE BIDEN TOLD AMERICANS IN 2019, WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT, THAT HE WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT BUSINESS WITH HIS FAMILY. THAT WAS A LIE. WITNESSES REFER TO BIDEN AS THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN WHO TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS, TOOK CALLS AND HELD MEETINGS. IT'S ABOUT U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY, HE'S BEEN COMPROMISED BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. WE FOUND THAT BIDEN HAS BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS IN 50 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. HE HAS DONE BUSINESS WITH AMERICA'S GREATEST ENEMIES, INCLUDING CHINA", SAID CONGRESSMAN JAMES COMER.
THE INVESTIGATION AGAINST BIDEN WAS THE FIRST HIGH-PROFILE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE SINCE WINNING THE MAJORITY. THEY WILL QUESTION NOT ONLY THE POLITICIAN, BUT ALSO HIS SON HUNTER AND HIS BROTHER OF JAMES, ABOUT HOW BIDEN'S NAME AND CONNECTIONS WERE TRADED. THE REPUBLICAN CHANNEL FOX NEWS IS OF THE OPINION THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS FOR SALE.
"These allegations are the next level. They are extremely dangerous, will they lead to the impeachment of Joe Biden?" asks one journalist.
"Hunter Biden had a presentation in Chinese, with a map of the U.S. listing all the major U.S. fuel suppliers. There was also a plan for Chinese companies to enter this market and take over gas producers. That is, the president of the United States, along with his corrupt son, helped the Chinese become owners of American energy companies. Think about it!" says Congressman James Comer.
The tail of dubious business deals goes back to Biden's time as vice president. The Republicans have therefore asked the National Archives for records of his meetings at that time. There is information that his son's business partners were flown in on the government plane available to the second man in the country. They also have questions for the FBI. There are masses of compromises about the president's family, but for some reason the FBI doesn't notice them.
"Have you read my report on Hunter Biden's corruption published in 2020? Did you see any signs of Russian disinformation there?" U.S. Senator Ron Johnson asked FBI Director Christopher Wray.
"It would be difficult for me to answer that question," Wray replied.
"No! The answer is quite simple: there is no Russian disinformation in it. There is no foreign interference in this report! However, the lie that it was the Russians who discredited the Bidens was spread, including by the chairman of this committee."
THE "LAPTOP FROM HELL," AS HUNTER BIDEN'S COMPUTER WAS CALLED, BECAME KNOWN BEFORE THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. SPICY DETAILS FROM THE LIFE OF THE SON OF THEN-CANDIDATE BIDEN AND HIS GRAY DEALINGS, IN WHICH HIS FATHER WAS REFERRED TO AS A "BIG GUY" AND DISCUSSED WHAT BRIBES HE WAS ENTITLED TO, HAVE APPEARED ON THE NET. BUT THE DEMOCRATIC MEDIA MACHINE, AND WITH IT THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, HAVE BRANDED THE KOMPROMATES AS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA. THE STORY WAS QUICKLY BURIED AND BIDEN TOOK OVER THE WHITE HOUSE.
"America's comeback begins today! That's what it means. Millions of people sympathize with Trump because they know how he fights for the country. For him, the interests of the people come first," says Congressman Jim Jordan.
Jim Jordan, who himself is fighting for Trump, will sit in Congress. He is not a simple member, but the future chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs. The Guardian writes that as a result of the midterm elections, Trump effectively controls the House of Representatives, where many of his staff are located: "Power will be in Trump's hands. From his golden palace, he will dictate by phone to Jim Jordan and his other followers, who will turn the House of Representatives into his campaign committee for the 2024 presidential election, a virtual law firm and a means of revenge. The House of Representatives will be his hammer."
Another tool that is back in Trump's hands is Twitter. In January 2021, he was finally thrown out there after the storming of the Capitol. It was feared that the politician would call his supporters to the barricades after the election defeat. At the time, he lost 90 million followers. The new owner of the social network, Elon Musk, asked users if they wanted Trump back on the platform. Within the first few hours, the account had more than ten million followers. However, Trump has said on more than one occasion that he will not return to Twitter. With this social network, however, it would be easier to get to the White House. The only thing standing in the way would be the party leadership. There are enough people who don't want the 45th president to be the 47th.
Mainly because of Trump, the Republican Party did very poorly in the midterm elections to Congress. It was not a triumph, but rather a failure, after which the former president was advised to step into the shadows, but he continues.
"We are losing the third election in a row because of Donald Trump. That's a kind of madness. Do the same thing over and over again and hope for a different result.... But Donald Trump keeps saying, 'We're going to win so much that we're tired of victories.' Perhaps. But I'm tired of losing," said Republican and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
The old party is dead, it's time to bury it and build something new, writes the young Republican Senator Hawley: "Look who didn't vote in this election. The independent voters. They don't like Biden, they don't trust the Democrats, but they look at the Republicans and don't vote for them. Because they didn't say that we would secure our borders, they didn't say that we would bring more police onto the streets. We have lost the undecided voter and we need new leaders. Therefore, I will not vote for the re-election of Mitch McConnell."
Mitch McConnell is 80 years old. For the past 20 years, he has been the leading Republican in the Senate. Now the politician is fighting for the votes he needs to stay in office. In the House of Lords nothing has changed, in the House of Commons power has changed after the mid-term elections.
"The dominance of the one Democratic Party in Washington is over! We fired Nancy Pelosi", said Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the House of Representatives. McCarthy becomes the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi resigns, she also resigns as leader of the Democrats. "I will not seek re-election as leader of the Democrats in the next Congress. For me, the hour has come when a new generation will lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so much," Pelosi said.
NANCY PELOSI SPOKE OF A GENERATIONAL CHANGE. YOUR PARTY COLLEAGUE IN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS NOT YET THOUGHT ABOUT IT. HE IS STILL YOUNG. JOSEPH BIDEN TURNS 80 TODAY. HE IS THE OLDEST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY AND WILL CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS. HE IS NOT ABANDONING HIS PLANS FOR A SECOND TERM, NOT EVEN IN THE NINTH DECADE OF HIS LIFE.
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19 Novembre 2022
Per Viktor Orban e l'Unione Europea si è aperta l'ennesima fase di braccio di ferro: il premier ungherese vuole usare i suoi distinguo sulle sanzioni alla Russia e l'appoggio a Kiev e il potere di veto di Budapest su questo campo per portare Bruxelles a riconsiderare le sue decisioni sul potenziale congelamento dei fondi comunitari all'Ungheria e le conseguenti procedure d'infrazione.
"La politica delle sanzioni è un passo verso la guerra", una guerra in cui "stiamo scivolando passo dopo passo. Non siamo ancora stati attaccati, ma siamo molto vicini a diventare una vera parte in conflitto", ha dichiarato Orban a Kossuth Radio nella giornata del 18 novembre e riferendosi alle misure restrittive imposte dall'Ue contro la Russia. Il premier, che ha bollato come "molto pericolose" le azioni dell'Europa, ha rifiutato l'idea che lo vede come un sabotatore a prescindere e di voler mettere veti in continuazione, sottolineando che nel quadro dell'Ue il governo di Budapest deve "insistere e lottare" per ottenere delle eccezioni che siano "in linea con gli interessi dell'Ungheria".
Con la crisi dell'alleanza di Visegrad messa alla prova dai distinguo sull'Ucraina e la posizione dello storico alleato polacco, schierato sull'oltranzismo antirusso, Orban si muove come un "guastatore" ma non è da considerare un cavallo di Troia russo in Ue. La sua visione politica si ispira a un calcolo di stretto interesse nazionale, lo stesso che lo porta a giocare apertamente lo spauracchio dei migranti pur in assenza di confini marittimi esposti o di un flusso costante di immigrazione verso l'Ungheria, in cui retorica e obiettivi politici si sommano. E in questo caso alzare la posta sulle sanzioni e il sostegno all'Ucraina è strumentale ad ottenere un altro risultato: lo sblocco dei fondi comunitari a Budapest e un trattamento di favore come quello riservato alla Polonia dopo lo scoppio del conflitto a Est.
Budapest si oppone ai piani per un pacchetto di 18 miliardi di assistenza finanziaria all'Ucraina e a nuove sanzioni e Orban ha fissato la sua "linea del Piave": l'Ungheria condanna l'aggressione russa e aiuta il popolo ucraino, ma non è disposta a mettere gli interessi dell'Ucraina prima dei propri. In questo caso, dunque, niente fondi all'Ucraina finché non saranno sbloccati i fondi strutturali e di coesione necessari allo sviluppo dell'economia nazionale ungherese e bloccati dalle indagini della Commissione Europea sull'indipendenza della magistratura e lo stato di diritto in Ungheria. "Un ricatto politico", secondo il Commissario europeo al Bilancio, Johannes Hahn. Realpolitik, secondo Orban. "Dopo la proposta della Commissione di congelare 7,5 miliardi di euro destinati all'Ungheria per la violazione dello Stato di diritto nel Paese, il punto di caduta per archiviare la questione coinvolge 17 misure avanzate da Budapest e concordate con l'esecutivo comunitario. Il governo Orbán ha tempo fino a domenica 20 novembre per dimostrare i progressi nell'attuazione di queste misure" e un parere dell'esecutivo Ue guidato da Ursula von der Leyen dovrà arrivare martedì 22.
Nello specifico, si rischia un conflitto istituzionale dato che il Parlamento Ue a settembre aveva dichiarato che le violazioni del diritto interno rendevano l'Ungheria un Paese non più democratico e invitato Bruxelles a invocare, nei confronti di Budapest, l'applicazione dell'Articolo 7 del Trattato sull'Unione Europea. Esso prevede la possibilità di sospendere i diritti di adesione all'Unione in caso di violazione grave e persistente dei principi sui quali essa poggia. Molti di questi principi riguardanti le libertà individuale, civili, politiche e di bilanciamento dei poteri sarebbero stati violati dall'Ungheria di Fidesz e Orban. Si prospettava il rischio per Budapest di perdere i due terzi dei fondi di coesione e il 70% del Next Generation Eu riservato, a cui l'Ungheria ha risposto colpo su colpo.
Complessivamente, i fondi ammontano a oltre 13 miliardi: i 7,5 miliardi citati più i 5,8 di Next Generation Eu. "Budapest ne ha assai bisogno: l'inflazione ha raggiunto in questi mesi il 20%, e il Paese è scosso da continue proteste salariali, soprattutto da parte degli insegnanti", nota Formiche. L'opposizione politica al piano della Commissione potrebbe diventare voto esplicito contrario capace di far deragliare il provvedimento se il braccio di ferro continuerà. Orban ha già dato un primo assaggio ponendo il veto sul provvedimento Ue per la tassa minima alle multinazionali, che del resto danneggerebbe il suo piccolo "paradiso fiscale" interno. Quello che vuole Budapest è il via libera a fondi decisivi per accrescere il Pil e alimentare gli investimenti (e le reti clientelari) interne e il sistema europeo da cui l'Ungheria è, di fatto, dipendente al tempo stesso le dà il potere di veto necessario a fare di questa debolezza un fattore negoziale. La partita è calda e animata: nelle prossime settimane il sostegno europeo a Kiev e la partita tra Bruxelles e Budapest si incroceranno. Con la consapevolezza che solo lo sblocco dei fondi a Budapest favorirà quelli per Kiev. E che sia l'Ue, più che l'Ungheria, a dover prendere atto di tutto ciò.
19 Novembre 2022
Estratto di Comunicati e Rapporti di Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (ACS)
«Stavo ancora celebrando la Messa quando ho sentito le esplosioni. Ero sul sagrato, stavo mettendo l’incenso nel turibolo e mi stavo preparando a guidare la processione fuori dalla chiesa, quando ho sentito due forti boati e ho visto i miei parrocchiani in preda al panico correre in diverse direzioni. Qualcuno è corso da me e ha gridato: “Padre, ci sono degli sconosciuti armati!” Non so quanti fossero – alcuni dicono sei, altri quattro – ma so che erano organizzati. Alcuni degli assalitori si sono confusi tra i parrocchiani e hanno pregato con noi durante la Messa, sapendo per tutto il tempo che avevano intenzione di ucciderci».
Comincia così il racconto di Padre Andrew Abayomi, viceparroco della chiesa cattolica di San Francesco Saverio a Owo, nello Stato nigeriano di Ondo, che è stata attaccata il 5 giugno 2022, durante la Messa della domenica di Pentecoste. Nel massacro sono stati uccisi almeno 40 fedeli e decine di persone sono rimaste gravemente ferite.
Padre Andrew Abayomi
«Mentre i proiettili fendevano l’aria, pensavo soltanto a come salvare i miei parrocchiani. Alcuni di loro sono riusciti a chiudere la porta d’ingresso e io ho invitato le persone a spostarsi nella sacrestia. Vi sono state altre tre o quattro esplosioni, una dopo l’altra, all’interno della chiesa e vi sono stati alcuni spari da parte degli assalitori. È stato un attacco ben pianificato, durato circa 20-25 minuti».
«Una volta accertato che gli aggressori se ne erano andati, abbiamo lasciato la sacrestia. I cadaveri erano disseminati nella chiesa e vi erano molti feriti. Il mio spirito era profondamente turbato. Con l’aiuto dei parrocchiani che potevano guidare, abbiamo iniziato immediatamente a portare i nostri fratelli e sorelle feriti all’Ospedale St. Louis e al Centro Medico Federale. Successivamente ho fatto visita ai feriti, pregando con loro, amministrando il Sacramento degli Infermi e incoraggiandoli a mantenere viva la speranza».
«Il mondo ha voltato le spalle alla Nigeria. Si sta compiendo un genocidio, ma a nessuno importa. Gli addetti alla sicurezza e gli agenti di polizia presenti nelle vicinanze non sono intervenuti in nostro soccorso, nonostante l’attacco sia durato almeno 20 minuti. La pubblicazione di Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (ACS) Perseguitati più che mai. Rapporto sui cristiani oppressi per la loro fede 2020-2022 è di vitale importanza, in quanto evidenzia le terribili minacce che i nostri fedeli devono affrontare. Non sono solo i cristiani in Nigeria a soffrire, ma anche quelli in Pakistan, Cina, India e in molti altri luoghi».
La testimonianza del sacerdote africano (da cui è stata estrapolata questa sintesi) è stata utilizzata come prefazione al dossier “Perseguitati più che mai. Rapporto sui cristiani oppressi per la loro fede 2020 – 2022” realizzato dalla Fondazione pontificia Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (Acs) e diffuso giovedì 17 novembre.
NB Dalla relazione di Sintesi e dal comunicato stampa di ACS la redazione di Gospa News ha estratto alcune delle parti più significative correlandole tra loro e aggiungendo a posteriori i link agli articoli pubblicati in precedenza dal nostro sito sugli argomenti trattati. I numeri al termine di alcune frasi si riferiscono alle note sulle fonti del rapporto che abbiamo pubblicato in calce all’articolo.
CRISTIANI PERSEGUITATI PIÙ CHE MAI SOPRATTUTTO IN 24 PAESI
“Perseguitati più che mai. Rapporto sui cristiani oppressi per la loro fede 2020 – 2022”: è il titolo della ottava edizione del Rapporto della Fondazione pontificia Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (Acs), diffusa oggi, e che offre un quadro della sofferenza dei cristiani oppressi per motivi di fede. Lo studio presenta “informazioni della stessa Acs e di fonti locali, testimonianze di prima mano, raccolte di eventi di persecuzione, studi di casi e analisi nazionali” da porre all’attenzione della pubblica opinione, dei mass media e dei responsabili istituzionali.
Il report esamina 24 Paesi in cui le violazioni della libertà religiosa destano particolare preoccupazione: Afghanistan, Arabia Saudita, Cina, Corea del Nord, Egitto, Eritrea, Etiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israele e i Territori Palestinesi, Maldive, Mali, Mozambico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Siria, Turchia e Vietnam. Il periodo di riferimento va dall’ottobre 2020 al settembre 2022.
La mappa dei Cristiani Perseguitati del Rapporto ACS
Africa. Secondo i contenuti di “Perseguitati più che mai”, spiega Alessandro Monteduro, direttore di Acs Italia, “nel 75% dei 24 Paesi esaminati l’oppressione o la persecuzione dei cristiani è aumentata. L’Africa registra un forte aumento della violenza terroristica, a causa della quale oltre 7.600 cristiani nigeriani sarebbero stati assassinati tra gennaio 2021 e giugno 2022.
Nel maggio di quest’anno è stato pubblicato un video che mostrava 20 cristiani nigeriani giustiziati dai terroristi islamisti di Boko Haram e della Provincia dell’Africa occidentale dello Stato Islamico (Iswap). I due raggruppamenti cercano infatti di fondare califfati nella regione del Sahel, ciascuno con il proprio wali (governatore) e la propria struttura governativa.
In Mozambico, Al-Shabab ha intensificato la sua campagna di terrore, uccidendo i cristiani, attaccando i loro villaggi e appiccando il fuoco alle chiese. Il gruppo, affiliato allo Stato Islamico (Isis), ha provocato la fuga di oltre 800.000 persone e la morte di altre 4.000”.
DEMOCRAT SENATOR SCHUMER CALLS FOR WHITE REPLACEMENT WITH IMMIGRANT-INVADERS
Paul Craig Roberts
November 19, 2022
When it became obvious that the purpose of the Democrats' policy of open American borders was to replace the Republican-voting white population with third world immigrant-invaders who vote Democrat in exchange for handouts, the professional liars known as "fact checkers," the presstitutes, and the Democrats all screamed "racist conspiracy theory."
YET HERE WE HAVE SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER, DEMOCRAT, NEW YORK, CALLING FOR AMNESTY FOR 11+ MILLION ILLEGALS BECAUSE THE WHITE AMERICAN POPULATION IS NOT REPRODUCING ON ITS OWN:
This is how it works:
DEMOCRATS AND RINO REPUBLICANS OFFSHORE AMERICA'S GOOD MANUFACTURING JOBS, THUS TAKING DOWN THE LADDERS OF UPWARD MOBILITY THAT BUILT AMERICAN INCOMES THAT SUPPORT FAMILIES AND BIRTHS.
FEMINIST DEMOCRATS CONVINCE WOMEN THAT HAVING A CAREER IS MORE FULFILLING THAN HAVING CHILDREN. WHEN CAREER WOMEN HAVE CHILDREN, THE CHILDREN ARE RAISED BY SCHOOLS AND DAY CARE OPERATORS.
FEMINIST DEMOCRATS MAKE ABORTION THE EQUIVALENT TO A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT WITH THE RESULT THAT MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE TERMINATED.
AS DEMOCRAT SENATOR DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN POINTED OUT, DEMOCRAT WELFARE PROGRAMS DESTROYED THE BLACK FAMILY WITH THE RESULT BEING SONS WITHOUT FATHERS WHO NEVER LEARN THE WORK HABIT.
DEMOCRATS COERCE "VACCINATION" WITH A DANGEROUS UNTESTED SUBSTANCE THAT DESTROYS FERTILITY AND CAUSES STILLBIRTHS.
THEN DEMOCRATS POINT TO THE SUCCESS OF THEIR HANDIWORK IN PREVENTING THE GROWTH OF THE WHITE AMERICAN POPULATION AND SAY THE ANSWER IS CITIZENSHIP FOR THIRD WORLD IMMIGRANT-INVADERS.
If you believe recent elections are fair and not fraudulent, despite the Democrats' intention to replace white Americans, white Americans prefer to elect Democrats.
A WHITE POPULATION THAT VOTES FOR ITS OWN REPLACEMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO EXTINCTION.
Orban: "Brussels sanctions are destroying us - We are becoming a warring party"
"Europe is playing a very dangerous game"
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban today stepped up his criticism of EU sanctions against Russia, which he described as a "step towards war", saying Brussels' strategy was "dangerous".
"Anyone who financially intervenes in a military conflict is taking a stand ," Orbán said during his regular interview with a pro-government radio station.
"Little by little, we are sliding towards war" he insisted, expressing concern about the accumulation of measures - sanctions against Russia, for the invasion of Ukraine.
The Hungarian prime minister also opposes the European Commission's proposal to grant Ukraine 18 billion euros in aid for 2023, in the form of loans whose interest will be borne by member states.
"Hungary is not going to agree to joint EU member states getting loans to help Ukraine," he told a conference, according to comments carried by Hungarian news agency MTI.
Instead, he advocated the payment of a sum, shared "fairly" among the 27. Hungary could provide up to 70 billion forints (170 million euros) under a bilateral agreement with Kyiv, the far-right prime minister said.
Maintaining ties with Russia, Viktor Orbán regularly denounces the European strategy – even if he voted for all European sanctions along with his partners.
"Brussels sanctions are destroying us"
For him, these sanctions are the main reason for Hungary's economic decline. The economy shrank in the third quarter (compared to the second) and inflation exceeded 20%, even reaching 45% in the food sector.
The government launched a "national consultation" on the issue and plastered the country with posters with a message framed by a photo of a missile: " Brussels sanctions are destroying us."
Orban said he was ready to "fight" against a possible new package of measures and ensure that Hungary, which is heavily dependent on Russian hydrocarbons, is "opted out", as is the case with the oil embargo.
"Now we are supplying destructive weapons, training Ukrainian soldiers on our own soil, imposing sanctions in the energy sector. (…) We are becoming an integral part" of the conflict," Orbán insisted in his interview today.
"We are not being shot at yet, but we are on the verge of becoming a warring party. Europe is playing a very dangerous game ," he concluded.
18 November 2022
RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES IN ANNEXED CRIMEA ARE FORTIFYING THE PENINSULA'S DEFENSIVE POSITIONS, ITS GOVERNOR SAID FRIDAY IN A SIGNAL OF MOSCOW'S GROWING CONCERNS OVER UKRAINIAN FORCES' PUSH TO RECLAIM CAPTURED TERRITORIES IN THE SOUTH.
Attacks on the Black Sea peninsula have increased in recent weeks as Kyiv presses on with a counteroffensive to retake territory in southern Ukraine.
"Fortification works aimed at guaranteeing Crimeans' security are being conducted under my supervision," said Crimea's Russian Governor Sergei Aksyonov.
He argued that "main measures for Crimea's security should be taken in the Kherson region," which Russian forces control east of the Dnipro river.
Aksyonov made the announcement at a briefing one week after Ukrainian forces reclaimed the city of Kherson.
The Kherson region forms part of a crucial land bridge to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 and connected to the Russian mainland with a bridge over the Kerch Strait four years later.
ANALYSTS SAY UKRAINE'S CURRENT POSITIONS IN KHERSON MAKE NORTHERN CRIMEA AND RUSSIA'S SUPPLY LINES IN THE SOUTH VULNERABLE TO ATTACK.
November 19 2022
BASF boss Martin Brudermüller explains why the chemical group is currently investing ten billion dollars in a new plant in China and how he assesses the future prospects for the company in Germany and Europe.
Right at the beginning of an interview with the Handelsblatt , the head of BASF at the Ludwigshafen site, Martin Brudermüller, was asked whether he understood the criticism of his recent trip to China with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The BASF boss criticized the lack of balance in the discussion about China. At the moment, people are focusing too much on the negative when it comes to China. He is also concerned that the former political plurality within the Communist Party has declined. But China is highly dynamic. In the chemical industry, the country now accounts for almost 50 percent of the world market. And BASF achieves sales of twelve billion euros in China.
Europe's enforced deindustrialization
With regard to political developments and the company's own value system, there is a red line for the company's business activities, but these apply not only to China, but to every country and every market, explained Brudermüller.
The Handelsblatt next asked for his opinion on the "Taiwan risk". This situation is regularly reassessed. If something happened there that would be "the worst case in humanitarian terms", the BASF investment in China would be the least of the problems, because:
"Then the world would probably turn away from China, with serious political and economic consequences," said the BASF manager.
After all, China manufactures primarily for the Chinese market and losing business in China would mean losing significant profits and assets.
BASF operates an active risk management "by diversifying and also investing heavily in other regions". For example - and this was hardly noticed by the public - the company initiated the last phase of the expansion of production for the plastic precursor MDI for a total of 800 million in the USA in the summer. Brudermüller currently sees the biggest problems in the neglect of the question of European competitiveness. To this end he stated:
"The basic problem is simply that we are completely neglecting the actually more important debate on how we can significantly improve the international competitiveness of European industry again."
19 November 2022
The big problem with defending Putin's performance in this war is that it hasn't even been average. It's not just not-judo and not-5D. It has been anti-judo and anti-5D. It's just one rudimentary unforced mistake after another.
I understand that he was hoping against hope that when he rolled across the border that Zelensky would just flee and the Ukrainian state would fall apart. That he could have Russo-Ukrainian unity restored without the need for a fratricidal war. And that he had only the fuzziest idea of how to proceed if that didn't happen.
But the fact is that it didn't happen. The fact is that people are dying and that his procrastination is making it worse. Worse for Russia, and worse for himself.
Even his own position is not improved by this endless refusal to take command of the situation. Yes, on February 24 it was his action that got him into a great big mess. But since then it has been his inaction that has been digging his hole deeper. Small problems today grow into bigger problems tomorrow.
Since February 24 he has looked like a man who, afraid of what is in the envelopes, refuses to read his mail until the unpaid bills pile up to where he loses the house.
There are 300,000 regular Ivans from Sverdlovsk headed to the front where a daily barrage of 5000 US-made shells awaits them. Perhaps this is not the time for grain deals, gas deals, and signing onto G20 COVID declarations? Perhaps now is the time to give NATO a reason for pause?
Or else, as tonight some Ivan's gut spills out from an American 155-mm he can die in the comfort of knowing that Russia "hasn't even started anything serious yet"?
Well, what are you waiting for? The Americans are starting without you.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch of "a new type" of intercontinental ballistic missile Friday, alongside his young daughter, whose existence had not previously been confirmed.
Striking photographs released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) appear to show Kim hand in hand with the girl, as the ICBM sits on its mobile launch platform nearby.
KCNA claimed that the "new" missile being viewed by the pair was a Hwasong-17, and said that it launched from Pyongyang International Airfield, flying a distance of 999.2 kilometers (621 miles).
Japan warned after the launch on Friday that the new missile appeared to have the potential range to reach the United States mainland.
Kim said the test was intended to "clearly demonstrate" his country's ability to respond to what he termed the "hysteric aggression war drills by the enemies seeking to destroy peace and stability in the Korean peninsula," according to the KCNA report.
PUTIN AMICO IMPRESENTABILE PER LA CINA? L'AMBIGUITÀ DI XI E IL RUOLO CHIAVE DEGLI U.S.A. PER ALLONTANARE PECHINO DA MOSCA
L'AMBIGUITÀ DI XI E IL RUOLO CHIAVE DEGLI U.S.A. PER ALLONTANARE PECHINO DA MOSCA
La Cina cerca di mantenersi "super partes" nel conflitto ucraino. Da una parte avanza vaghe proposte di mediazione, dall'altra si attiene al proverbiale pragmatismo che dalla fine dell'epoca maoista contraddistingue la sua politica estera. Ma, mentre Xi mal tollera le intimidazioni di Putin, ugualmente teme il soffocante abbraccio di Washington
di Alessandra Colarizi
19 Novembre 2022
La Cina si oppone a una guerra nucleare. Negli ultimi giorni Xi Jinping lo ha dichiarato innumerevoli volte: prima al fianco del cancelliere tedesco, Olaf Scholz, poi incontrando per la prima volta Joe Biden alla vigilia del G20. Xi – che si è detto "estremamente preoccupato per l'attuale situazione in Ucraina" – ha definito la posizione cinese "chiara e coerente": Pechino auspica un "cessate il fuoco, la fine della guerra e colloqui di pace". Non è un mistero che nei palazzi del potere in piazza Tian'anmen serpeggino malumori per il protrarsi di un conflitto che coinvolge trasversalmente la Cina, legata a Vladimir Putin da un'"amicizia senza limiti". La questione è tornata alla ribalta soprattutto dopo le indiscrezioni del Wall Street Journal e del Financial Times, secondo cui non solo il comportamento dello "zar russo" starebbe mettendo a disagio la Cina. Lo scorso febbraio, il capo del Cremlino avrebbe addirittura mentito a Xi Jinping sull'imminente inizio della guerra, mettendo a rischio la vita di migliaia di cittadini cinesi residenti in Ucraina.
Non è la prima volta che l'uomo forte di Pechino prende le distanze dall'"operazione militare speciale" di Mosca. Era già successo in occasione della Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Uzbekistan, prima apparizione internazionale di Xi dall'inizio della pandemia. Il contesto ha la sua importanza: l'Asia centrale, satellite della Russia dalla disgregazione dell'Urss, ha negli ultimi mesi manifestato preoccupazione per gli sviluppi in Ucraina. Considerato che la Cina da anni spinge per ottenere maggiore influenza nella regione, per Xi sarebbe stato sconveniente non mostrare solidarietà nei confronti dei padroni di casa.
Lo stesso vale per il G20 di Bali. Pechino punta a sfruttare il capitale politico delle visite estere per validare la propria ascesa nel pantheon delle grandi potenze. Tanto più che, dopo circa tre anni di assenza dai forum multilaterali, la trasferta indonesiana di Xi ha coinciso con l'inizio di un controverso terzo mandato da segretario del PCC. La Cina, in cerca di legittimazione internazionale, sembra quindi considerare Putin un amico impresentabile da cui prendere le distanze in certe circostanze. Soprattutto dopo l'inaspettata perdita di Kherson. Una disfatta in Ucraina renderebbe lo "zar russo" totalmente inutile per gli scopi cinesi: a Pechino serve un partner carismatico con cui affrontare a muso duro l'Occidente. Non un guerriero sconfitto e umiliato.
Siamo quindi di fronte a una svolta? Probabilmente no. Non solo è poco realistico immaginare che Xi faccia pubblicamente dietrofront dopo aver mantenuto il punto per mesi – la "mianzi" (la faccia) è tutto in Cina. Pechino sembra piuttosto voler tenere fede alla consueta "ambiguità strategica". All'inizio della guerra l'ambasciatore cinese a Washington, Qin Gang, ha chiarito che l"amicizia senza limiti" con Putin è in realtà perimetrata dai "principi della Carta delle Nazioni Unite, dalle norme fondamentali del diritto internazionale e delle relazioni internazionali". Quelle stesse regole che legano Pechino a Kiev. Secondo il Trattato sull'amicizia e la cooperazione Cina-Ucraina e la Dichiarazione congiunta sull'approfondimento del partenariato strategico (2013), il governo cinese "riafferma il suo impegno incondizionato a non minacciare o utilizzare mai armi nucleari contro l'Ucraina" nonché "a fornire garanzie di sicurezza corrispondenti qualora il paese subisse, o fosse minacciato, da un'aggressione con armi nucleari". L'ultima cosa che la Cina vuole è quindi ritrovarsi coinvolta nel conflitto.
Ma, mentre Xi mal tollera le intimidazioni di Putin, ugualmente teme il soffocante abbraccio di Washington. Così, pur continuando a sostenere "la sovranità di tutti i paesi", Pechino fin dall'inizio ha condiviso l'apprensione della Russia per le manovre della NATO nell'Europa centro-orientale che per un gioco di specchi ricordano l'attivismo militare a guida americana nell'Indo-Pacifico. In apertura al G20 il presidente cinese ha strigliato Mosca dichiarando che "i problemi alimentari ed energetici non dovrebbero essere politicizzati, strumentalizzati e usati come arma". Ma poco dopo ha anche aggiunto che "le sanzioni unilaterali e le limitazioni relative alla cooperazione tecnologica dovrebbero essere eliminate". Chiaro riferimento alle ritorsioni occidentali contro la Russia e alla tech war sferrata da Biden con l'introduzione di nuove restrizioni sulle forniture di semiconduttori avanzati alla Cina.
Sempre in cerca di un equilibrio diplomatico, dopo aver posato davanti ai flash con Biden e criticato la retorica nucleare di Putin, Xi ha poi voluto rinfrancare Mosca: è così che – secondo il Washington Post – va inteso il pressing della Cina per rimuovere la parola "war" dal comunicato finale del G20. La formula accordata all'unanimità prende atto che "la maggior parte dei membri" – non tutti – "condanna la guerra".
Ripartendo equamente le accuse, il gigante asiatico cerca di mantenersi "super partes". Da una parte avanza vaghe proposte di mediazione. Dall'altra si attiene al proverbiale pragmatismo che dalla fine dell'epoca maoista contraddistingue la politica estera cinese: secondo Pechino, il perseguimento degli interessi trascende vincoli ideologici e alleanze. Questo permette al gigante asiatico di apparire "filo-russo" solo quando gli conviene. "La Cina è pronta a collaborare con la Russia per perseguire un approccio ben coordinato negli scambi ad alto livello e in vari campi, per approfondire la cooperazione pragmatica e facilitare gli scambi personali", ha dichiarato il ministro degli Esteri, Wang Yi, incontrando Sergey Lavrov a Bali.
Il fatto è che il gigante asiatico considera Mosca una preziosa sponda per respingere l'accerchiamento statunitense. Per questo saranno proprio le mosse di Washington a incidere su un possibile distanziamento di Pechino. Il meeting con Biden è servito ad allentare la tensione tra le due sponde del Pacifico. Soprattutto nello Stretto di Taiwan. Ma le sanzioni americane contro i colossi tecnologici cinesi sono ancora là, e la rimonta dei repubblicani alla Camera lascia presagire tempi difficili all'orizzonte.
Pechino guarda già alle presidenziali Usa del 2024. Allora Xi sarà ancora saldo al comando. Potenzialmente sine die. Nello Studio Ovale invece, chissà. Potrebbe arrivare un altro Trump. Quello vero ha appena annunciato la propria candidatura con un'agenda sinocentrica che, in caso di vittoria, minaccia nuove tariffe commerciali. Senza assicurazioni concrete da parte americana, è improbabile che la Cina rischierà di compromettere i rapporti con gli amici del Cremlino. Sono soltanto supposizioni, certo. Ma ad oggi la posizione cinese è rimasta davvero "chiara e coerente": dall'inizio della guerra Xi ha sentito e incontrato Putin in più occasioni. Zelensky, mai.
The day of November 19 was approaching - the time of "H", when Russia again had to step on the rake of the "grain deal". There was no doubt that this would happen. And it's not just the preponderance of the "party of peace" in the struggle of the Kremlin towers. The "grain deal" is the basis for the future negotiation process on the NWO, which is being imposed on us by the collective West. However, the rake caught the "colossus with feet of clay" today, November 17th.
Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the UN have extended by 120 days the duration of the arms food deal. This decision was personally approved by a certain UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres: " I welcome the agreement of all parties to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative in order to promote safe navigation in the export of grain, food and fertilizer from Ukraine ." Moreover, Russia received from this only one and verbal tsimes: "The UN is committed to work to remove obstacles to the export of food and fertilizer from Russia ." We are not talking about guarantees to our side. Most likely, the issue of inspection of ships entering and leaving the Ukrainian ports, which may soon be joined by the Nikolaev port after the occupation of the Kinburn Spit by the VFU, will also remain unresolved. Many analysts believe that the surrender of this "key" to the ports of Ochakov and Nikolaev was also part of the current agreements. True, this does not prevent the Ukrainian side from happily emphasizing that "the deal has been extended on the previous terms ", saying that Turkey and Ukraine " lead the fight against world hunger ."
The old terms of the "grain deal" during the G20 summit were agreed upon by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. The story is absolutely muddy, since he allegedly received verbal guarantees from Turkey that agricultural products and fertilizers would be delivered to the needy countries, and not to the G7 countries. Siluanov emphasized separately yesterday: " We see the situation with famine in a number of countries, African countries, and just the issue of the flow of grain to these countries was one of the topics of discussion <at the G20 > ." Why did the story of the "grain deal" arise? Minister of Finance - it is not clear, primarily because the agreement does not provide for the receipt of money for the Russian Federation. After all, our country, through the mouth of the Minister of Agriculture, Patrushev Jr., promised to supply grain to Africa free of charge, i.e. for nothing.
UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF KLAUS SCHWAB: THE FINAL G20 DECLARATION IS SIGNED
The G20 summit was held in Bali, Indonesia on November 15-16, and it has already ended. Reuters reported that the leaders of the G20 approved the final Declaration of the summit. As noted, in this statement, the majority of G20 members condemned the conflict in Ukraine, but there were also "other opinions about this situation and the topic of sanctions", they were expressed by China and Russia. The importance of the grain deal was also emphasized: "The UN Secretary General swore an oath that the implementation of the grain deal is a priority for him," the head of the Russian delegation said. The Declaration emphasizes the inadmissibility of the threats of the use of nuclear weapons and their direct use, the importance of "zero tolerance" to corruption, and the fight against illegal migration.
At the meeting, the Russian delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He took part in three meetings dedicated to food and energy security, as well as health issues. Lavrov held meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister, UN Secretary General António Guterres, spoke by phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and briefly exchanged a few phrases with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. As planned, the minister left Bali at the end of the program of the first day of the summit on 15 November. So it is still unknown how the signature of the Russian representative appeared under the "joint" Declaration.
Here are the main points of this document, which were highlighted by Reuters and TASS:
The draft expresses concern about " food security and high inflation ".
The need to set marginal prices for energy carriers was touched upon. According to the signatories, it is important that " demand for them matches affordable supplies ."
It states that " central bank independence is the key to fighting inflation "
The declaration calls on creditors to " share the fair burden of debt problems ".
Most of the G20 members condemned Russia's war with Ukraine and emphasize that it " exacerbates the weaknesses of the global economy ."
There were also "other" views on the situation, Russia claimed that the G20 sought to " politicize " the declaration on Ukraine.
The special military operation, referred to in the Declaration as "war", was condemned "in the strongest terms " by most of the participants in the meeting. "Against" along with Russia were only China and India, as Al Jazeera writes, " connected with Moscow by numerous trade deals ." Therefore, against the backdrop of Lavrov's departure, there was someone to look after the final text of the declaration.
RIA "KATYUSHA" WAS ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED BY THE APPEARANCE AT THE G20 MEETING OF THE "CHIEF OF THE WEF IN DAVOS", THE IDEOLOGIST OF THE NEW BRAVE WORLD OF GLOBALISTS, KLAUS SCHWAB. And it is clear that he came there for a reason. For example, that G20 leaders agreed to continue efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) and, despite the energy crisis, to increase efforts to " phas out " coal use is entirely within the theoretical Schwab's constructions. As well as strengthening the role of the World Bank, which should command their Central Banks independent of the governments of the states. These "reflections" seem to have allowed the Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, to issue a statement contradicting the position of President Vladimir Putin on the intensification of the global banking crisis and the need to switch to national currencies: " scale crisis can be avoided, and the global financial system will remain stable ."
WASHINGTON AND MOSCOW PUT ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES FOR THE GREATER GOOD
November 18, 2022
"We publicly stated that we intend to cattle-tag them, and they still defend us on Twitter!"
By all accounts, the G20 summit in Bali was a smashing success. After tireless multipolar efforts, the famed intergovernmental forum announced the creation of a global health-preserving Pandemic Fund sponsored by the WHO, the World Bank, Bill Gates, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The fund will ensure there is plenty of money for experimental genetic vaccines in the weeks, months, and decades ahead.
In the same spirit of cooperation, Moscow suggested enveloping the whole world in Virus-detecting kiosks—a proposal based on Russia's own "sanitary shield" program.
But these are mere trifles compared to the forum's crowning achievement: the adoption of the G20 Bali Leaders' Declaration.
G20 - BREAKING: leaders have just signed a declaration which states that vaccine passports will be adopted to "facilitate" all international travel
This means any vaccination the WHO determines you should have.
Changing your rights & freedoms forever.
From page eight of the document:
We acknowledge the importance of shared technical standards and verification methods, under the framework of the IHR (2005), to facilitate seamless international travel, interoperability, and recognizing digital solutions and non-digital solutions, including proof of vaccinations.
We support continued international dialogue and collaboration on the establishment of trusted global digital health networks as part of the efforts to strengthen prevention and response to future pandemics, that should capitalize and build on the success of the existing standards and digital COVID-19 certificates.
If you want to read the whole thing, you can download the PDF generously hosted on the Kremlin's official website:
THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION HAS DESTROYED THE USEFULNESS OF TELEPHONES
Paul Craig Roberts
November 18, 2022
I remember when telephones were useful as telephones. Today they are used to surf the Internet and for text messages. Most people don't answer the ring unless they recognize the number. Many never set up their email or message functions on their cell phones.
I keep my cell phone off and only turn it on when I have to use it in order to report Internet or power outage or to receive a security code so I can sign on and connect with an Internet financial or payment site. I have ceased answering the house phone unless I am expecting a call. 95% of calls are intrusive scams or robo calls. The digital revolution has made it possible for your privacy to be invaded by scum from every country who assume they have a right to invade your space and use your time in an attempt to take advantage of you.
Despite the destruction of privacy, a Constitutional right, people are being forced to have a cell phone and endless apps just in order to function.
Telephones are useless in other ways. Businesses are no longer set up to answer phones or to let you speak to a person. You get a robot that gives you a menu unrelated to the reason for your call. My favorite is when I call about the Internet or the power being down and am told by the Internet or power company's robot to report the problem on the online site. When there is the option of speaking to a customer representative, you invariably are told that "due to an unusual number of calls," you have a long wait time. Occasionally, you are offered the opportunity to leave a callback number and are promised to be called back within 24 hours. Just the other day it took me 1 hour and 47 minutes to deal with a matter via telephone that would have taken 30 seconds 40, 50, 60 years ago.
I remember when AT&T was a blue chip regulated monopoly, a safe investment with a good diviend. Service was superb. The company answered by the third ring, and whoever answered was capable of fixing any problem. You weren't put on hold for a quarter hour listening to advertisements while the customer representative tried to get through to his supervisor to find out what to do. If a line was down or a transformer blown, AT&T was on the job before you could pick up the telephone to report it. Telephone bills for local service were a couple of dollars a month.
As Assistant Secretary of the Treasury I still remember the plan to break up AT&T that the Reagan administration inherited from the Carter administration. Saddled with getting Reagan's supply-side policy out of his reluctant administration, I hadn't the time or energy to try to block the breakup of AT&T. I still regret that the Reagan administration failed to recognize the disastrous consequences of breaking up AT&T. The "Baby Bells" were good lobbyists and had the skids greased. The breakup began the descent of the telephone from useful device to intrusive bother that no one will answer.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE OF THE GREENS WAS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE BY PHASING OUT COAL. NOW THEY ARE DOING THE OPPOSITE IN GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE COAL CONSUMPTION CONTINUES TO RISE.
November 17, 2022
Anyone who believed the mantras of the Greens and the loyal "quality media" in recent years was sure that the end of the world threatened if the EU did not phase out coal by 2030. The horror stories were omnipresent, young people were panicked and hopped around the inner cities on Fridays for this goal. And even now, the media continues to spread this mantra.
However, it seems that the Greens themselves do not believe in the legends they have been spreading for decades. Currently, the support of Ukraine and the fight against Russia are far more important to them than the fight against (allegedly man-made) climate change and against the supposedly inevitable end of the world.
The sanctions against Russian oil and gas have brought coal consumption in the EU back to old records. The EU, which for years has acted as a green moral apostle vis-à-vis the rest of the world, has suddenly become the world's taillight in the fight against CO2 emissions.
One involuntarily wonders: Is Russia's intervention in Ukraine, described in the West as a "war of aggression," worse than the impending end of the world that we have been prophesied for years if we do not immediately reduce CO2 emissions? And why were all the wars of aggression by the USA and NATO (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, etc.) not so bad that they responded with sanctions against the USA?
What does it say about the Greens when they – in the person of federal storyteller Habeck – drive up coal consumption to replace evil Russian gas and oil? Was the talk about the impending end of the world because of CO2 a lie? And if not, why is this impending end of the world now being accepted? Is it more important to punish Russia than to prevent the CO2-induced end of the world? Or is there no threat of the end of the world at all?
The Russian news agency TASS has reported on this topic in an analysis and the TASS article shows very vividly how people think about this topic outside the Western media bubble and what embarrassing situation the EU has put itself in on the international stage with its policies. Since one does not learn these points of view in Western media, I have translated theTASS report.
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Europe asks for postponement: The Old World collides with the consequences of sanctions at UN forum
By abandoning Russian oil and gas, EU countries are forced to increase coal consumption. At the International Climate Change Conference, the EU must explain why this has happened.
The Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, is in an awkward position: One year after European countries committed themselves in November 2021 to phase out coal-fired power generation, the consumption of this raw material in the Old World has not decreased, but increased by 15 percent. "Yes, we're now burning more coal than we expected, and yes, we're doing our best to extract liquefied petroleum gas wherever we can find it, but that's all just... let's say for three years, and then we will seriously review our energy mix," he said. At the international UN climate conference in Egypt, this does not seem to be a strong argument. For the first time, Europeans are in the unusual role of latecomers. While China has been criticized in the past, it is on track to cut its emissions in 2022, but Europe is not.
Down into the mine
There are pragmatic reasons for the growing interest of EU countries in coal. Due to the volatility of the weather, the price of gas has already risen in autumn 2021: the alternative energy from sun and water did not reach its goals and the Europeans did not have long-term contracts for the purchase of gas. Fuel prices were at the mercy of the whims of the market.
In the spring of 2022, a political factor was added. Through the sanctions against Russian raw materials, the Europeans have fueled the price spiral and have not been able to control it. Already in the autumn, Greece had announced that it would resume the mining of lignite, one of the most polluting types of coal. Germany and France have extended the operation of coal-fired power plants, and Poland has introduced subsidies for all those who heat their households with coal – 640 euros per household. The reason for these emergency measures is that coal is cheap. The more expensive natural g7as became because of the sanctions, the more economical coal-fired power generation became, as it allowed countries on the brink of recession to plug the holes in their budgets.
The attempts to save money came at a price. Energy produced in coal-fired power plants in the EU increased by 12 percent in 2022, and with it the total amount of harmful CO2 emissions grew by 1.3 percent. The reason for the increase rather than a decrease in emissions is the difference between coal and gas: lignite produces on average twice as many harmful emissions as gas. The Greens are focusing their efforts on this and are surprised by the result: in 2022, global consumption of this raw material will be close to the historic high of 2013 and will remain at the same level in 2023 when, as expected, Europeans will burn only one percent less lignite than today.
The "green" boomerang
Historically, the climate argument has been a favorite weapon of Western politicians. In 2019, the French Minister of the Environment, Nicolas Hulot, proposed environmental sanctions against Brazil because of the illegal logging of the jungle by poachers. In 2020, Joe Biden threatened to hold Brazilians accountable in a campaign debate. In 2022, the situation has changed. China, which, unlike the EU, has reduced its coal consumption by three percent, is alerting Europe that it is not meeting its commitments. Franz Timmermans has to justify himself in this situation.
In September 2022, Xie Zhenhua, the head of China's delegation to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, told the EU: "The climate policies of some European countries have turned back, and we hope that this is only a temporary measure." The Chinese Foreign Ministry described the events as a "contrast" due to the fact that China pursues a "tough" environmental policy, while Europe does not. This argument seems to have been heard in Africa. In September, the European Parliament condemned the plans to extract oil in Uganda, to which the country's president, Yoweri Museveni, reacted in November: "News is coming from Europe that a wind farm is to be demolished to make way for a coal mine. This is a disgusting example of the double standards that we have been waiting for in Africa. It is a mockery of Europe's promises to meet its climate commitments. [...] Pure hypocrisy!" the politician wrote.
But not everyone in Africa is unhappy about this change. For the coal-producing countries (the EU banned coal imports from Russia in April), the climate retreat of the Europeans offers the opportunity to increase supplies. Demand in the EU has more than doubled prices: from $176 for Australian coal in 2021 to $429 these days. This has made the mining and shipping of lignite to ports in Madagascar, Botswana and Tanzania unexpectedly profitable. Even coal, which has become more expensive, is still cheaper than gas. By stimulating coal production, Europeans are contributing to the rise in global temperatures that they themselves have called for in the past to be combated.
Soot and regret
The world welcomes the end of 2022 with mixed news: On the one hand, total CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation increased by two percent, on the other hand, total coal production fell by one percent as demand declined due to substitution programs in China and the USA. This puts Europe in an ambivalent position: At the 2021 climate conference, India rejected a complete coal phase-out, for which it was put under pressure. In the following 12 months, coal consumption in New Delhi increased by ten percent. In Europe, on the other hand, the increase was 15 percent, making the home of the Green Revolution one of the frontrunners in environmental pollution.
The indignant speeches of the heads of state of the world's poorest countries, affected by the effects of global warming, are addressed to European politicians in this new context. In 2021, the Prime Minister of Barbados in the Caribbean, Mia Mottley, and the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu in the Pacific, Simon Coffee, became their informal leaders. The politician recorded a video message for the climate conference, in which he stood knee-deep in the water. The place for the cordial address was chosen carefully: until recently, it was still dry land.
In 2022, Mottley is back in the lead. She accuses the developed countries of the West of a double oppression – one historical and one climatic – by linking one with the other: "We are the ones who paid for the industrial revolution [in Europe] with blood, sweat and tears. And do we really have to pay twice now: both for the emergence of the industry and for the global warming it causes?" the voice from the Caribbean takes the rhetoric to extremes.
Climatologists attribute the increasing number of natural disasters in southern latitudes to the rise in global temperatures, which is destroying fragile ecosystems. The tropical countries are waiting for the West to come to their aid in coping with the weather. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, speaking at the conference, sees the right to compensation as a natural right: "We are victims of a phenomenon in which we ourselves were not involved, but there is no doubt that it was caused by the people. [...] Imagine: on the one hand, we have to take care of the food security of ordinary citizens and spend billions of dollars on this, and on the other hand, we need billions more to protect the people affected by the flood from further misfortune. How can you expect in our right mind that we can cope with both tasks without help?" the politician exclaims.
In Europe and the USA, these speeches have met with a muted response, which is mainly due to the price that the southerners are calling for. According to some estimates, compensation for all developing countries could amount to up to two trillion dollars per year by 2030. Other estimates, from Pakistan, go much higher: a priceless $125 trillion by 2050.
A more favourable contribution for Europeans would undoubtedly be the reduction of coal-fired power. However, the plans announced by Timmermans to achieve this goal again in three years are not concrete. The Europeans probably just want to sit out the energy crisis. Whether this succeeds, however, depends on how long it lasts.
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November 17, 2022
Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by GEOFOR Geopolitical Forecast about the war in Ukraine
WASHINGTON IS NO LONGER CERTAIN THAT RUSSIA HAS ANY DEFENSE OF HER HOMELAND OTHER THAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS
English translation: https://geofor.ru/en/news/356/
GEOFOR: Sir, what's your view of the prospects of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine?
Dr. Roberts: The future prospects depend entirely on the Kremlin. The situation in Ukraine can radically change if the Kremlin realizes it is at war and not involved in a limited operation and makes the decision to win the war. So far the Kremlin maintains, despite extensive US and NATO involvement, that Russia is conducting a limited military operation to protect Donbass Russians from being slaughtered by Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Consequently, the Kremlin has done very little to prevent Kiev and its Western allies from conducting war against the Russian forces and attacking the territories recently reincorporated into Russia. So the Kremlin is now fighting on Russian territory. Not long ago Putin said that Russia would never again fight on her own territory. Yet Russia is. As long as the Kremlin refrains from attacking Kiev's ability to wage war, the war will continue, and it will continue to widen. Already the war has gone from the West supplying weapons and financial aid to intelligence and targeting information, to US troops deployed on Ukraine's border, to the attack on the Crimea bridge, to the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines, to the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO, to the reformulation of US nuclear doctrine to permit first use of nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear threat. Clearly, the mistaken attempt to limit the war has greatly expanded it by allowing the conflict to drag on and on, thus enabling increasing Western involvement.
GEOFOR: What are the consequences of the conflict being dragged out, and was the revision in US nuclear doctrine permitting the use of nuclear weapons in the absence of a nuclear threat one consequence?
Dr. Roberts: In my considered opinion the purpose of loosening Washington's constraints on the use of nuclear weapons is to put more pressure on the Kremlin. The purpose of the revision is to tell Russia that if the US decides a Russian victory in Ukraine is a threat to US national interest, the US can use nuclear weapons to prevent a Russian victory. Washington has seen so much of what Washington regards as Kremlin hesitancy, unpreparedness, and half-hearted commitments to the conflict, such as too few troops and no reserves, that Washington has decided to apply more pressure on the Kremlin. By permitting a long drawn-out conflict, the Kremlin gave the West the time it needed to take the initiative in the conflict. The West now sees Russia as reacting to Western propaganda and initiatives. When the attacking party loses the initiative defeat follows.
GEOFOR: In view of the vast superiority of Russian military capability over the Ukraine, what, in your opinion, explains the length of the conflict and the Russian withdrawals from Kherson and the Kharkov areas?
Dr. Roberts: The Kremlin's basic mistake was to regard its intervention as a legalistic rather than a strategic matter. The Kremlin was concerned not to open itself to being labeled a war criminal by attacking Ukraine. Therefore, Russia went to the aid of independent republics who were under attack. The purpose was to protect the Donbass populations, not to defeat Ukraine. This is permissible and is not considered an attack on the Ukraine. It is unclear why the Kremlin thought the West would refrain from calling Russia's intervention an "invasion of the Ukraine."
The limited intervention was a strategic mistake. The Kremlin somehow overlooked that Washington, having forced the Russian intervention, would not allow the conflict to be limited. Much had been said and written in US foreign policy circles about involving Russia in a "Vietnam" in the Ukraine in order to break off European business deals with Russia and growing energy dependence, both of which threatened Washington's hold on its European empire. Apparently, the Kremlin paid no attention to this dimension of the situation.
Additionally, the Kremlin intervened with insufficient forces and no reserves, leaving the Russian forces with insufficient troops to hold existing lines and continue the offensive. This mistake permitted the Ukraine to seize the initiative and launch counter-offensives that have been presented in the West as Russian defeats. These "defeats" have emboldened more crossings of Russian red lines and more serious provocations.
What the Kremlin needed was a quick decisive victory over the Ukraine with a Russian imposition of peace terms dividing the country as the winner–Russia–saw as necessary for Russian security. Such a clear decisive victory would have deprived Washington of the opportunity to get the West involved and most likely would have discouraged Europe from contemplating military conflict with Russia. Indeed, I suspect NATO would have broken up instead of expanding. Instead, what the West has seen is unenforced Russian red lines, indecision, and a Russian military that can be defeated. And still the Kremlin fails to see the impracticality of its "limited operation."
It is the limited operation that is the cause of an ever widening war.
A new development might cause the war to widen into a direct US/Russia conflict. The small number of soldiers with which the Kremlin entered Donbass and the extraordinary amount of time it is taking to reinforce these troops is causing Washington to wonder if Russia really has a standing army. The Russian military must have known for some time that Russia had insufficient troops in the field to both defend existing lines and continue its offensive. Yet, in place of reinforcements, there are embarrassing withdrawals and retreats. Kherson, an important city of psychological value, now a Russian city, had to be given up to the Ukrainian Nazis. Russia's loss of Kherson has made Washington much more confident that the Russian military can be defeated on the battlefield. Washington is no longer certain that Russia even has a one million man standing army or any defense of her homeland other than nuclear weapons.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy, US economist and ex-Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was a senior member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Cold War Committee on the Present Danger, consultant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and advisor to President Reagan on achieving the end of the Cold War.
Serge Duhanov is a journalist, specializing in international relations and national security issues. Не worked as the NOVOSTI Press Agency's own correspondent in Canada (Ottawa, 1990-1992) and the US Bureau Chief (Washington, 1996-2001) of the newspapers Business MN, Delovoy Mir and Interfax-AiF.
La France se trouve dans une situation difficile pour sa situation énergétique, en particulier pour son électricité. Les sanctions de l'UE - aussi décidées par la France - contre la Russie pour bannir l'apport énergétique russe ont révélé la faiblesse énergétique du pays. LES INFRASTRUCTURES FRANÇAISES SONT VIEILLISSANTES ET PRÈS DE LA MOITIÉ DES CENTRALES NUCLÉAIRES EN FRANCE ONT DÛ FERMER CETTE ANNÉE POUR DES OPÉRATIONS D'ENTRETIEN. LA FRANCE, QUI, POURTANT, POSSÈDE LE PLUS GRAND PARC DE CENTRALES NUCLÉAIRES POUR SA PRODUCTION ÉLECTRIQUE EST DEVENUE UN IMPORTATEUR D'ÉLECTRICITÉ.
Plus grand parc d'Europe, mais doit importer de l'électricité. Malgré ses 56 réacteurs nucléaires, la production électrique française connaît des difficultés, avertit Euronews, soulignant: «L'énergie nucléaire est présentée comme le fleuron de la production électrique française. Le pays dispose du plus grand parc d'Europe ce qui permet aux autorités nationales d'assurer disposer d'une certaine autonomie en matière d'électricité». «Mais les nécessités provoquées cette année par la guerre en Ukraine ont mis en lumière les faiblesses de cette filière industrielle».
L'Observateur Continental découvre un pays, qui a été à la pointe de la technologie nucléaire, être dans l'impossibilité d'être aujourd'hui indépendant pour sa production énergétique.
Euronews a obtenu un entretien avec le directeur du site de Paluel en Normandie, Jean-Marie Boursier. Pour le professionnel, les importations en électricité sont nécessaires pour maintenir l'équilibre. «Il y a des moments dans la journée où on va exporter de l'électricité et puis il y a des moments dans la journée où on risque d'en importer puisque vous savez que l'électricité ne se stocke pas. Et, il faut en permanence avoir un équilibre entre la production et la consommation», a-t-il répondu aux collègues d'Euronews.
Situation inédite. «Le parc nucléaire français compte un nombre record de centrales à l'arrêt. Cette situation est due à un planning très dense de maintenance mais aussi à un problème "inattendu" de fissurations sur des tuyauteries pourtant assez récentes», avertissait France Info. La radio française constatait l'état des lieux: «Cette situation inédite dans l'histoire du parc nucléaire a culminé à la fin du mois d'août 2022, avec un pic à 32 réacteurs débranchés du réseau, sur 56 au total». Les causes sont multiples. Tout d'abord, une partie de ces arrêts était programmée par EDF, mais la Covid-19 est les confinements ont compliqué les procédures permettant l'entretien des centrales nucléaires. France Info lance: «Les confinements et le respect des mesures barrières ont obligé l'exploitant à modifier le planning de ces interventions. Des travaux reportés se sont ajoutés à ceux qui étaient prévus plus tard». A cela se rajoute le fait que «des visites décennales d'une grande partie des réacteurs du parc, qui ont la particularité d'être entrés en exploitation à peu près tous en même temps, au début des années 1980». «Ces arrêts durent environ six mois chacun, et nous en réalisons six à sept par an», précise EDF à France Info.
DES FISSURES SE RAJOUTENT AUX DIFFICULTÉS. BERNARD DOROSZCZUK, PRÉSIDENT DE L'ASN, CITÉ PAR FRANCE INFO A RAPPORTÉ QU' UN AUTRE PROBLÈME JUGÉ «SÉRIEUX ET INATTENDU» S'EST GREFFÉ À CETTE SITUATION: «PLUSIEURS CAS DE FISSURES – AVÉRÉES OU SUSPECTÉES – ONT ÉTÉ RELEVÉS SUR DES CIRCUITS ESSENTIELS AU FONCTIONNEMENT DES CENTRALES, CE QUI A ENTRAÎNÉ DES ARRÊTS SUR 15 RÉACTEURS». CELA CONCERNE «QUATRE RÉACTEURS MIS EN SERVICE À LA FIN DES ANNÉES 1990, LES PLUS PUISSANTS ET PARADOXALEMENT LES PLUS RÉCENTS DU PARC NUCLÉAIRE FRANÇAIS, QUI SONT MIS À L'ARRÊT», RAPPORTE LE MÉDIA FRANÇAIS.
En janvier 2022, EDF a élargi ses vérifications au reste du parc. Tous les réacteurs des centrales nucléaires devront avoir été vérifiés à l'horizon 2025. Des fissures sont présentes sur un endroit très sensible des réacteurs nucléaires: le circuit primaire. «CERTAINES MESURENT 1 MM DE PROFONDEUR, MAIS LA PLUS SÉRIEUSE, DÉTECTÉE SUR LE RÉACTEUR NUMÉRO 1 DE CIVAUX ÉTAIT PROFONDE DE 5,6 MM SUR UNE PORTION DE TUYAU DONT L'ÉPAISSEUR EST DE 3 CM», avoue France Info. Ces fissures concernent la sécurité. En effet, cela touche des tuyauteries passant directement dans le cœur radioactif de la centrale: «le système d'injection de sécurité, utilisé en cas d'accident nucléaire pour refroidir le cœur, et le système de refroidissement du réacteur à l'arrêt, utilisé lorsque la centrale est en maintenance par exemple». CES FISSURES NE CORRESPONDENT PAS AU VIEILLISSEMENT DU PARC (PLUS DE 40 ANS POUR CERTAINES CENTRALES). AU CONTRAIRE, LES CENTRALES LES PLUS RÉCENTES – CELLES RENTRÉES EN SERVICE DANS LES ANNÉES 1990 – SONT LES PLUS TOUCHÉES EN RAISON DE LEUR CONCEPTION.
17 November 2022
Italy's domestic price index jumped 11.8% in October from a year earlier, the highest since March 1984, official statistics agency ISTAT reported on Wednesday.
The rate picked up from an 8.9% annual increase in September and rose 3.4% on the monthly basis. Meanwhile, EU-harmonized year-on-year price growth hit 12.6% in October, jumping from the prior month's 9.4%.
The "wide speed-up of the growth" in inflation was mainly due to the prices of energy (from +44.5% in September to +71.1%) and food including alcohol (from +11.4% to +13.3%).
The report also showed that prices of grocery and unprocessed food increased by 1.8% on a monthly basis and by +12.6% on an annual basis (up from +10.9% in the previous month).
"Therefore, core inflation (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was +5.3% (up from +5.0% in the previous month) and inflation excluding energy was +5.9% (up from +5.5% in September)," ISTAT said.
Last month, the head of energy think tank Nomisma Energia, Davide Tabarelli, said that Italy, along with the rest of the E.U., is experiencing an energy shock of unprecedented magnitude, as electricity prices have almost doubled. He anticipated that Italians should be ready for rationing during the coldest winter months, urging households to make use of alternative methods of heating, such as burning firewood and pellets, the prices of which were also up.
THE POLISH GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL ACQUIRE GAZPROM'S SHARES IN THE POLISH OPERATOR OF THE YAMAL GAS PIPELINE SECTION IN THE COUNTRY.
November 17, 2022
Until the beginning of the year, the Yamal-Europe pipeline pumped Russian gas through Belarus and Poland to Germany and played an important role in supplying Germany with cheap Russian gas. But alreadyin December 2021, Poland reduced the flow of gas through the pipeline andsince April 2022 no gas has flowedthrough the pipeline at all, because Poland has ended business relations with Gazprom. After that, gas evenflowed in the opposite directionfrom Germany to Poland.
As is well known, Germany has a gas problem, because since the blowing up of the Nord Stream pipelines, after Poland shut down the Yamal-Europe pipeline in April, Germany has been cut off from Russian gas, which has been the guarantor of German prosperity for the last four decades. It is also common knowledge that the Polish government is not exactly pro-German and has only justreaffirmedits demands for war reparations.
Since neither gas supplies from Norway nor gas supplies from Holland can replace the failed Russian gas supplies from Russia, and Germany will not have enough liquefied natural gas terminals for the time being, Poland now has a key role to play in German gas supply. Poland has a liquefied natural gas terminal and also a brand new gas pipeline that pumps Norwegian gas to Poland, which, incidentally, was inaugurated on the very day the Nord Streams were blown up.
In the case of the Nord Streams, a fait accompli was created with their explosions. Even if a German government wanted to come to its senses and buy gas from Russia again, this is no longer possible because the pipelines no longer exist. Poland has done the same with the Yamal pipeline, because with the announcement that it will take over Gazprom's shares in the Polish part of the pipeline, i.e. de facto stealthe pipeline, Poland is creating a fait accompli. The reason is that, as a matter of principle, Gazprom will not pump gas through a pipeline that has been stolen from it.
Germany is thus finally cut off from this pipeline and even more at the mercy of Poland. The Polish government will know how to take advantage of this.
17 November 2022
One day after a series of explosions took place in a Polish farming village, it has become clear that Ukraine fired at least one missile into Poland, killing two Polish civilians.
While Ukraine's imperialist backers acknowledged that it was Kiev that launched the strike, they have claimed, without a shred of evidence or plausibility, that Ukrainian air defenses accidentally carried out a precision airstrike dozens of miles in the wrong direction.
If the Ukrainian air force was attempting to intercept Russian missiles, flying from the east, why were its missiles aimed to the west, at Poland? And why were they able to precisely target an inhabited building in a sparsely populated rural area? Why did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Foreign Minister Dimitri Reznikov and an unnamed "senior U.S. intelligence official" falsely blame Russia for the attack before Polish authorities had even publicly confirmed details about the strike?
The claims that the missile was fired from a "defensive" weapon have no credibility because the S-300 missile system has a well-known capability of striking land-based targets.
In reality, the missile strike was a calculated provocation by Ukraine, possibly with the assistance of factions within the American state, intended to accelerate direct NATO involvement in the conflict and preclude any discussion of a ceasefire or negotiated settlement of the war.
Ukraine's attack on Poland took place as the G20 was meeting in Bali, Indonesia, with the United States seeking to whip other countries into line against Russia. It also takes place amid reported conflicts within the US government about the extent and pacing of US involvement in the war, and suggestions from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley that the United States might initiate a ceasefire or peace negotiations over the winter.
Critically, both NATO as a whole and individual NATO members have now acknowledged that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that attacked Poland, with Ukraine continuing to insist that the strike came from Russia.
A diplomat from a NATO country in Kyiv told the Financial Times: "This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile."
On Wednesday morning, NATO published a statement declaring that the "incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks." It added, "This is not Ukraine's fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine."
The White House echoed the statement by NATO, adding, "Whatever the final conclusions may be, it is clear that the party ultimately responsible for this tragic incident is Russia, which launched a barrage of missiles on Ukraine specifically intended to target civilian infrastructure. Ukraine had—and has—every right to defend itself."
In blaming Russia for what could only have been a deliberate attack on a NATO member by Ukraine, the United States is following the pattern set by a whole series of provocations, from the killing of Russian fascist public figure Daria Dugina in Moscow, to the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipelines and the Kerch Bridge. Each of these actions, carried out through the combination of Ukrainian forces and factions within the US state, was aimed at intensifying the US involvement in the war with Ukraine. All, though kept at arm's length, were ultimately defended by the US and its media.
The United States has chosen, this time around, not to fully embrace the false narrative being promoted by Kiev. That is because to do so would draw the United States into a full-scale war with Russia for which it is not yet prepared. The Biden administration is, however, making far-reaching preparations for such a conflict, pumping tens of billions of dollars of weapons into Ukraine and constructing a NATO battlefront along Russia's entire European border.
The same day that the strikes took place, the White House requested that Congress approve $21 billion in additional weapons. This figure would more than double the total amount spent on US weapons shipments to Ukraine, which have up to this point amounted to $18.2 billion.
In remarks on Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Milley quashed any discussion of a ceasefire over the winter, as had been mooted in the press over the past several weeks.
Asked if Milley was "pulling back from your comments from last week, that you see an opportunity for negotiations with the Russians," both Milley and Austin said that they see the war continuing and even intensifying through the winter. "I think winter fight favors the Ukrainians," Austin said.
Austin added, "They're going to continue that fight into the winter as best we can tell, and we, the United States, on the direction of the president and the secretary of defense, we will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes to keep them free, sovereign, independent with their territory intact."
Whatever the tactical twists and turns of US military policy, the overall direction of the United States is a clear and unequivocal tendency toward military escalation in what it has called the "decisive decade."
November 16, 2022
While Europe has been keeping a generally optimistic facade ahead of the coming cold winter, signaling that it has more than enough gas in storage to make up for loss of Russian supply even in a "coldest-case" scenario, behind the scenes Europe's largest economy is quietly preparing for a worst case scenario which include angry mobs and bankruns should blackouts prevent the population from accessing cash.
As Reuters reports citing four sources, German authorities have stepped up preparations for emergency cash deliveries in case of a blackout (or rather blackouts) to keep the economy running, as the nation braces for possible power cuts arising from the war in Ukraine. The plans include the Bundesbank hoarding extra billions to cope with a surge in demand, as well as "possible limits on withdrawals", one of the people said. And if you think crypto investors are angry when they can't access their digital tokens in a bankrupt exchange, just wait until you see a German whose cash has just been locked out.
Officials and banks are looking not only at origination (i.e., money-printing) but also at distribution, discussing for example priority fuel access for cash transporters, according to other sources commenting on preparations that accelerated in recent weeks after Russia throttled gas supplies.
The planning discussions involve the central bank, its financial market regulator BaFin, and multiple financial industry associations, said the Reuters sources most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity about plans that are private and in flux.
Although German authorities have publicly played down the likelihood of a blackout and bank runs - for obvious reasons - the discussions show both how seriously they take the threat and how they struggle to prepare for potential crippling power outages caused by soaring energy costs or even sabotage. They also underscore the widening ramifications of the Ukraine war for Germany, which has for decades relied on affordable Russian energy and now faces double-digit inflation and a threat of disruption from fuel and energy shortages.
As everyone familiar with the recent history of the Wimar Republic Germany knows, access to cash is of special concern for Germans, who value the security and anonymity it offers, and who tend to use it more than other Europeans, with some still hoarding Deutschmarks replaced by euros more than two decades ago.
According to a recent Bundesbank study, roughly 60% of everyday German purchases are paid in cash, and Germans, on average, withdrew more than 6,600 euros annually chiefly from cash machines.
And here is the punchline: a parliamentary report a decade ago warned of "discontent" and "aggressive altercations" in case citizens were unable to get their hands on cash in a blackout. Translation: in case of cash withdrawal halts, German society may very well tear itself apart.
Indeed, there was a rush for cash at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, when Germans withdrew 20 billion more euros than they deposited. That was a record, and it worked generally without a hitch. But a potential blackout raises new questions about possible scenarios, and officials are intensively revisiting the issue as the energy crisis in Europe's largest economy deepens and winter nears.
If a blackout struck, one option for policymakers could be to limit the amount of cash individuals withdraw, said one of the people. Needless to say, that would be a very bad option for Germany, and for fiat in general (after all, if the FTX bankruptcy is a black eye for crypto, what can one say about fiat if one of the world's most advanced economies limits access to cash). The Bundesbank processes cash moving through Germany's shops and economy, removing fakes and keeping circulation orderly. Its massive stocks make it ready for any spike in demand, that person said.
One weakness that planning exposed involves security firms that transport money from the central bank to ATMs and banks. The industry, which includes Brinks and Loomis is not fully covered by law guiding priority access to fuel and telecommunications during a blackout, according to the industry organization BDGW.
"There are big loopholes," said Andreas Paulick, BDGW director. Armoured vehicles would have to line up at petrol stations like everyone else, he said. The organization hosted a meeting last week with central bank officials and lawmakers to press its case.
"We must preventively tackle the realistic scenario of a blackout," Paulick said. "It would be totally naive to not talk about this at a time like now."
How bad could it get? Well, more than 40% of Germans fear a blackout in the next six months, according to a survey last week published by Funke Mediengruppe. And since at least one blackout is virtually assured in the coming months, that means a stampede for the nearest ATM, something the local financial infrastructure will unlikely be able to handle.
As a result, Germany's disaster office said it recommended people keep cash at home for such emergencies (surely this will inspire confidence).
Meanwhile, another Reuters source notes that German financial regulators worry that banks are not fully prepared for major power outages and view it as a new, previously unforeseen risk. Banks consider a full-scale blackout "improbable", according to Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft, the financial sector's umbrella organization. But banks nevertheless are "in contact with the relevant ministries and authorities" to plan for such a scenario, especially since anything banks say is "improbable" tends to happen rather regularly. It said finance should be considered as critical infrastructure if energy is rationed.
At times politics can get in the way of blackout planning. In Frankfurt, Germany's banking capital, one city council member proposed requiring it to present a blackout plan by Nov. 17. The politician, Markus Fuchs of the right-wing AfD party, told the council it would be irresponsible not to plan for one. But the other parties rejected the proposal, accusing Fuchs and his party of inciting panic.
Fuchs later said in a phone interview: "If we found a solution for world peace, it would be rejected." The issue also underscores the dependence of commerce on technology, with transactions increasingly electronic, and where most cash machines have no emergency power source.
Cash would be the only official payment method that would still work, said Thomas Leitert, chief of KomRe, a company that advises cities on planning for blackouts and other catastrophes.
"How else will the ravioli cans and candles be paid for?" Leitert said. Well, there is that whole crypto thing, but the 2nd biggest Democratic donor did a bang up job there...
Aimee Lewis, Pramod Acharya and Sugam Pokharel
November 17, 2022
THE TRAGEDY OF FOREIGN WORKERS UNDER THE ARABS
F. William Engdahl
15 November 2022
Most people are bewildered by what is a global energy crisis, with prices for oil, gas and coal simultaneously soaring and even forcing closure of major industrial plants such as chemicals or aluminum or steel. The Biden Administration and E.U. have insisted that all is because of Putin and Russia's military actions in Ukraine. This is not the case. The energy crisis is a long-planned strategy of western corporate and political circles to dismantle industrial economies in the name of a dystopian Green Agenda. That has its roots in the period years well before February 2022, when Russia launched its military action in Ukraine.
Blackwater pushes ESG
In January, 2020 on the eve of the economically and socially devastating covid lockdowns, the CEO of the world's largest investment fund, Larry Fink of Blackrock, issued a letter to Wall Street colleagues and corporate CEOs on the future of investment flows. In the document, modestly titled "A Fundamental Reshaping of Finance", Fink, who manages the world's largest investment fund with some $7 trillion then under management, announced a radical departure for corporate investment. Money would "go green." In his closely-followed 2020 letter Fink declared, "In the near future – and sooner than most anticipate – there will be a significant re-allocation of capital…Climate risk is investment risk." Further he stated, "Every government, company, and shareholder must confront climate change."
In a separate letter to Blackrock investor clients, Fink delivered the new agenda for capital investing. He declared that Blackrock will exit certain high-carbon investments such as coal, the largest source of electricity for the USA and many other countries. He added that Blackrock would screen new investment in oil, gas and coal to determine their adherence to the U.N. Agenda 2030 "sustainability."
Fink made clear the world's largest fund would begin to disinvest in oil, gas and coal. "Over time," Fink wrote, "companies and governments that do not respond to stakeholders and address sustainability risks will encounter growing skepticism from the markets, and in turn, a higher cost of capital." He added that, "Climate change has become a defining factor in companies' long-term prospects… we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance."
From that point on the so-called ESG investing, penalizing CO2 emitting companies like ExxonMobil, has become all the fashion among hedge funds and Wall Street banks and investment funds including State Street and Vanguard. Such is the power of Blackrock. Fink was also able to get four new board members in ExxonMobil committed to end the company's oil and gas business.
The January 2020 Fink letter was a declaration of war by big finance against the conventional energy industry. BlackRock was a founding member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (the TCFD) and is a signatory of the U.N. PRI— Principles for Responsible Investing, a U.N.-supported network of investors pushing zero carbon investing using the highly-corrupt ESG criteria—Environmental, Social and Governance factors into investment decisions. There is no objective control over fak data for a company's ESG. As well Blackrock signed the Vatican's 2019 statement advocating carbon pricing regimes. BlackRock in 2020 also joined Climate Action 100, a coalition of almost 400 investment managers managing US$40 trillion.
With that fateful January 2020 CEO letter, Larry Fink set in motion a colossal disinvestment in the trillion-dollar global oil and gas sector. Notably, that same year BlackRock's Fink was named to the Board of Trustees of Klaus Schwab's dystopian World Economic Forum, the corporate and political nexus of the Zero Carbon U.N. Agenda 2030. In June 2019, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations signed a strategic partnership framework to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. WEF has a Strategic Intelligence platform which includes Agenda 2030's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
In his 2021 CEO letter, Fink doubled down on the attack on oil, gas and coal. "Given how central the energy transition will be to every company's growth prospects, we are asking companies to disclose a plan for how their business model will be compatible with a net zero economy," Fink wrote. Another BlackRock officer told a recent energy conference, "where BlackRock goes, others will follow."
In just two years, by 2022 an estimated US$1 trillion has exited investment in oil and gas exploration and development globally. Oil extraction is an expensive business and cut-off of external investment by BlackRock and other Wall Street investors spells the slow death of the industry.
Biden—A BlackRock President?
Early in his then-lackluster Presidential bid, Biden had a closed door meeting in late 2019 with Fink who reportedly told the candidate that, "I'm here to help." After his fateful meeting with BlackRock's Fink, candidate Biden announced, "We are going to get rid of fossil fuels…" In December 2020, even before Biden was inaugurated in January 2021, he named BlackRock Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Brian Deese, to be Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council. Here, Deese, who played a key role for Obama in drafting the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, has quietly shaped the Biden war on energy.
This has been catastrophic for the oil and gas industry. Fink's man Deese was active in giving the new President Biden a list of anti-oil measures to sign by Executive Order beginning day one in January 2021. That included closing the huge Keystone XL oil pipeline that would bring 830'000 barrels per day from Canada as far as Texas refineries, and halting any new leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Biden also rejoined the Paris Climate Accord that Deese had negotiated for Obama in 2015 and Trump cancelled.
The same day, Biden set in motion a change of the so-called "Social Cost of Carbon" that imposes a punitive US$51 a ton of CO2 on the oil and gas industry. That one move, established under purely executive-branch authority without the consent of Congress, is dealing a devastating cost to investment in oil and gas in the US, a country only two years before that was the world's largest oil producer.
Killing refinery capacity
Even worse, Biden's aggressive environmental rules and BlackRock ESG investing mandates are killing the U.S. refinery capacity. Without refineries it doesn't matter how many barrels of oil you take from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the first two years of Biden's Presidency the U.S. has shut down some 1 million barrels a day of gasoline and diesel refining capacity, some due to covid demand collapse, the fastest decline in U.S. history. The shutdowns are permanent. In 2023 an added 1.7 million bpd of capacity is set to close as a result of BlackRock and Wall Street ESG disinvesting and Biden regulations.
Citing the heavy Wall Street disinvestment in oil and the Biden anti-oil policies, the CEO of Chevron in June 2022 declared that he doesn't believe the US will ever build another new refinery.
LARRY FINK, BOARD MEMBER OF KLAUS SCHWAB'S WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, IS JOINED BY THE EU WHOSE PRESIDENT OF THE EU COMMISSION, THE NOTORIOUSLY CORRUPT URSULA VON DER LEYEN LEFT THE WEF BOARD IN 2019 TO BECOME EU COMMISSION HEAD. HER FIRST MAJOR ACT IN BRUSSELS WAS TO PUSH THROUGH THE EU ZERO CARBON FIT FOR 55 AGENDA. THAT HAS IMPOSED MAJOR CARBON TAXES AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS ON OIL, GAS AND COAL IN THE EU WELL BEFORE THE FEBRUARY 2022 RUSSIAN ACTIONS IN UKRAINE. THE COMBINED IMPACT OF THE FINK FRAUDULENT ESG AGENDA IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AND THE EU ZERO CARBON MADNESS IS CREATING THE WORST ENERGY AND INFLATION CRISIS IN HISTORY.
Italy's ageing residents and falling birthrate will decrease the population from 54.2 million people in 2050 to 47.7 million in 2070, according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics.
Experts say the future of the country depends on increasing the birth rate. They are looking at how the trend can be reversed.
For the first time since 2015, Italy's population has decreased by approximately one million residents in the space of one year and forecasts for the near future say the trend is set to continue.
The number of young people living in Italy compared to the number of senior citizens is also a cause for concern as it could have a huge impact on the country's productivity and economic growth.
Italy has the highest share of people over 65 years of age within all EU member states.
And, if the trend continues, it will be hard to sustain both the pension and the health systems.
Former US President Donald Trump officially submitted paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) late Tuesday, formally filing paperwork for his 2024 presidential campaign.
Trump's filing with the FEC came minutes before he addressed supporters at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and publicly declared himself as a candidate for the 2024 race.
"Freedom and democracy" arrived in Kherson...
SBU(Security Service of Ukraine) rounded up some more "collaborators" in Kherson.
Nobody knows what hapenend to them,probably dead
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AFTER A MISSILE FIRED BY UKRAINE HIT POLAND, ZELENSKY BLAMED RUSSIA. HE OBVIOUSLY WANTS TO PROVOKE A MAJOR WAR IN EUROPE. HOW LONG WILL THE WEST PUT UP WITH THIS?
November 16, 2022
Ukrainian President Zelensky is determined to draw Europe and NATO into his war. This may be understandable from his point of view, because his country will lose the war without Western military intervention, becausedespite the massive arms deliveries, Ukraine is losing too many soldiers and has hardly any military successes to show. In order to involve the West in a hot war with Russia, Zelensky is happy to use any means. How long will the West put up with this highly dangerous game?
The missile came from Ukraine
The fact that the missile that hit Poland and killed two people came from Ukraine is nowalso admitted by the West, although Poland first accused Russia and even summoned the Russian ambassador in the middle of the night. That the missile was fired from Ukraine was almost immediately clear, because the photos of the remains of the missile showed that it was an S-300 anti-aircraft missile, which proves that the missile was launched by the Ukrainian army. The S-300 has too short a maximum range of 150 kilometers to come from the Russian army.
In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated (and again emphasized) that it does not attack targets closer than 30 kilometers to the Ukrainian-Polish border. Russia maintains this safety distance to prevent accidentally hitting NATO territory.
That Ukrainian President Zelensky wants to drag NATO into a war against Russia is not new. To achieve this goal, the Ukrainian leadership – and especially President Zelensky – is happy to use any means. Zelensky has often lied or let his people lie, and fabricated anti-Russian horror stories. The best-known examplewas the reports of mass rapes allegedly committed by Russian soldiers, but this was fictitious and had only the purpose of breaking the initial resistance in Western countries to arms supplies to Ukraine.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Arystovicheven said quite frankly:
"The national idea of Ukraine is to lie to itself and others as much as possible. Because when you tell the truth, everything collapses."
Zelensky wants the Great War
The missile that crashed in Poland was another cause for lies for Zelensky. As is so often the case, the incident came at the "right" time for Zelensky, because this happened just before the G20 summit, which is why he was able to address his accusations against Russia in his video message to the G20 summit. Der Spiegel reportedshortly after the crash of the rocket:
"Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi made up his mind: he declared that it was Russian missiles that had hit Poland. Ukraine has long warned that Russia's actions would not be limited to Ukraine. The Russian missile attack on NATO territory means a serious escalation of the situation. There must be a reaction to this: "There is a need for action."
The purpose of these false accusations against Russia was also openly stated:
"The Ukrainian government also called for a united response against Russia. A NATO summit with the participation of Ukraine should work out further steps, suggested Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He linked the incident to the demand for better air defense and US F-15 and F-16 fighter jets for Kiev. "Today, protection for the sky of Ukraine also means protection for NATO", Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Zelensky also incorporated the lie into his video address at the G20 summit, as Der Spiegel reported:
"In a video address shortly before the end of the G20 meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi again blamed Russia for the impact. The missile strike was a "message from Russia to the G20 summit." With Russia, the G20 countries also belong to a "terrorist state" against which Ukraine must defend itself. This is the "reality". Zelenskyj had already accused Russia on Tuesday evening of firing the missile at Poland, thus causing a "very significant escalation".
Zelensky had to know that it was his own missile that hit Poland. After all, CNN has reported:
"The Ukrainian military told the U.S. and its allies that it attempted to intercept a Russian missile in time and near the site of the Polish missile hit, a U.S. official told CNN.
It is not clear whether this anti-aircraft missile is the same missile that hit Poland, but this information has been factored into the ongoing U.S. assessment of the attack. "
Nevertheless, Zelensky has spread the lie that it was a Russian missile. What is not reported in Germany is the reaction from Hungary. The head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Chancellerytold journalists:
"The Ukrainians are responsible for the fact that the Ukrainian president acted irresponsibly and immediately blamed the Russians for these actions."
So one would at least have to ask the question of whether Ukraine deliberately fired the missile in the direction of Poland in order to use it for PR at the G20 or even to draw other Western countries into the war. But this question is not even asked in the West.
The Western media does not even ask the necessary questions, but still blames Russia. The line on how to divert attention from Ukrainian guilt hasbeen set by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, who has declared that Russia is still to blame because the missile would not have been fired without the "Russian war of aggression".
The Polish government immediately blamed Russia. Even the Russian ambassador to Poland was summoned in the middle of the night and it was reported that Poland was considering activating Article 4 of the NATO Treaty. The article provides for consultations between NATO states if one of them sees the integrity of its territory, political independence or its own security threatened.
In the meantime, Poland has changed its mind and no longer wants to activate Article 4. The Polish ambassador to NATO said that "Article 4 has its prerequisites relating to the political independence and territorial integrity" of a NATO state. None of this was given in this incident, he added.
The most relaxed reaction has been from representatives of the United States, who have refrained from apportioning blame. The US has no interest in a hot war with Russia, but wants to weaken Russia in the proxy. In Poland, too, one should have known immediately where the missile came from, because the military saw the missile on the radar. This is shown by the statement of US President Biden, who has spoken of the trajectory of the missile speaking against missiles from Russia.
The Polish government is out to escalate, but has apparently been whistled back by Washington. There is no other explanation for the 180-degree turn that the Polish government has made within 24 hours.
The Russian reaction
Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman known for her pointed tongue, wroteon Telegram about Zelensky and his intrigues:
"Zelensky is sitting in a bunker and cannot understand why his version of a 'Russian missile in Poland' is denied even by the most fierce Russophobes. The bunkered man cannot understand that he has been put at the head of a gang of thugs in Ukraine to do the dirty work, but not to dictate to his curators what they have to do."
Zakharova also commented on Poland's strange behaviour and its 180-degree turnon Telegram:
"The Polish president has described the crash of the missile as an 'accident'.
Only yesterday we heard the hysteria of Polish officials and politicians.
Don't the Polish ministries, which allowed themselves anti-Russian slanders and summoned Ambassador Andreyev at midnight, want to apologize?"
Paul Craig Roberts
November 16, 2022
Last Monday I received an email from NewsGuard, "an independent organization that rates and reviews news outlets based on nine apolitical journalistic criteria."
The analyst asked me to comment on two statements in my columns in which I am accused of "advancing false and unsupported claims."
One false and and unsuopported claim is "a March 2022 article titled 'Ukraine Hosted Illegal US Biowarfare Laboratories,' repeated Russian and Chinese propaganda about the presence of U.S.-run bioweapons labs in Ukraine, which has been repeatedly debunked by fact-checking organizations and refuted by U.S. government officials."
The alleged "fact checker's" claim that I made a false and unsupported claim is incorrect for two reasons. One is the fact that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency produced official US government documents that state that the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Defense, funded anthrax laboratory activities in a Ukrainian biolab in 2018. The US government's records also show over $11 million in funding for the Ukraine biolabs program in 2019.
See also: https://www.globalresearch.ca/defense-department-records-reveal-us-funding-anthrax-laboratory-activities-ukraine/5799255
Apparently, it never occurred to the dumbshit "fact checker" that relying on assurances from a proven liar such as the US government is no way to check a fact. How, "fact checker," does the government refute its own admission? Notice also that the "fact checker" thinks that a statement by the Russian government is "unsupported," but a statement by the US government is considered "supported." How does this obvious bias serve to verify any fact?
The second reason the "fact checker" is incorrect indicates that the "fact checker" is incapable of understanding that to report what the Russian government claims to have discovered in Ukraine is not misinformation or propaganda. It is correct information reporting Russian claims. What we see here is a "fact checker" who thinks or has been trained to see any report, whether or not endorsed by the reporter, of an item in the "impermissible to be mentioned" category as a "false and unsupported claim." In other words, all is false except official narratives.
My other "false and unsupported claim" is that 100,000 vote spikes are indications of fraud, a conclusion endorsed by numerous experts. The "fact checker" alleges that vote spikes "are commonplace and due to the release of large batches of results all at once from solidly Democratic or Republican districts, or from mailed ballots." What the "fact checker" does not account for is the extreme unlikeliness of a vote dump of 100,000 or more ballots that is all for one candidate, or how votes were mailed in such a way that all Democrat votes arrived in the same delivery. Perhaps it is statistically possible for 100,000 votes to arrive in an unbroken stream all for the same person, but the probability of such an event is far too low to account for the large number of times it throws a close election to a Democrat. Are there that many voting precincts in which not a single Republican voter lives? Republican vote spikes are rare and seem to happen when the algorithm of the voting machines has created an unbelievable margin of Democrat victory and has to be narrowed.
In my opinion, "fact checkers" are unintelligent people devoid of integrity who are hired to support official narratives by stamping out truth and dissenting opinion. Who checks the "fact checkers?" There is no reason to trust a "fact checker." Anyone can set up a "fact check" site to protect any material or ideological interest from examination. Note that "fact checkers" appeared only after the official narratives became so blatantly false that they had to be protected from examination. Never before did we have an industry of censors employed to protect official narratives. "Fact checkers" are the true enemies of truth.
November 16, 2022
The historic Artemis I mission took flight in the early hours of Wednesday morning after months of anticipation. The milestone event kicked off a journey that will send an uncrewed spacecraft around the moon, paving the way for NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in half a century.
The towering, 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket lit its engines at 1:47 a.m. ET. It emitted up to 9 million pounds (4.1 million kilograms) of thrust to haul itself off the launchpad in Florida and into the air, streaking vibrantly across the night sky.
Atop the rocket was the Orion spacecraft, a gumdrop-shaped capsule that broke away from the rocket after reaching space. Orion is designed to carry humans, but its passengers for this test mission are of the inanimate variety, including some mannequins collecting vital data to help future live crews.
The SLS rocket expended millions of pounds of fuel before parts of the rocket began breaking away, and Orion was left to soar through orbit with just one large engine. That engine then set off two powerful burns to put the spacecraft on the correct trajectory toward the moon. Then, about two hours after liftoff, the rocket engine also fell away, leaving Orion to free-fly for the remainder of its journey.
Orion is expected to log roughly 1.3 million miles (2 million kilometers), taking a path that will lead it farther than any other spacecraft designed for human flight has traveled, according to NASA. After orbiting the moon, Orion will make its return trip, completing its journey in about 25.5 days. The capsule is then scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on December 11, when recovery teams will be waiting nearby to haul it to safety.
Throughout the mission, NASA engineers will be keeping a close eye on the spacecraft’s performance. The team will evaluate whether Orion performs as intended and will be ready to support its first crewed mission to lunar orbit, which is currently scheduled for 2024.
This mission also marks the debut flight of the SLS rocket as the most powerful ever to reach Earth’s orbit, boasting 15% more thrust than the Saturn V rocket that powered NASA’s 20th century moon landings.
And this mission is just the first in what’s expected to be a long series of increasingly difficult Artemis missions as NASA works toward its goal of establishing a permanent outpost at the moon. Artemis II will follow a similar path as Artemis I but will have astronauts on board. Artemis III, slated for later this decade, is expected to land a woman and a person of color on the lunar surface for the first time.
16 November 2022
A Russian soldier faces up to 15 years in prison after getting into an altercation with his superiors for criticizing poor training conditions and equipment shortages, media reported Tuesday.
The soldier identified as Private Alexander Leshkov was filmed shouting profanities and shoving an officer at a parade ground near the Russian military's mega-church outside Moscow.
Leshkov can be seen flanked by fellow soldiers who voice anger over ill-fitting body armor and insufficient firearms training before their deployment in Ukraine in two videos published by the Ostorozhno Novosti news channel on the Telegram messaging app Sunday.
"You're not obeying the commander-in-chief's direct orders to supply and train mobilized soldiers," Leshkov is heard saying in one of the videos, adding: "I speak for the group."
He is later seen exhaling e-cigarette vapor in the face of the officer, who extends his arm toward Leshkov's chest and is immediately punched in the torso.
"You shouldn't have done that", the officer, identified as Lt. Col. Denis Mazanov, responds.
Leshkov was charged with two counts of insulting and using violence against a military commander, Ostorozhno Novosti reported Tuesday, citing his lawyer.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Russian lawmakers raised the penalty from the previous five years shortly before President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial" mobilization of 300,000 reservists in September. The new law cites mobilization as an aggravating circumstance.
Putin declared an end to the draft in late October, though experts have warned that military call-ups could resume without a presidential order.
It was not immediately clear when the filmed altercation occurred, but Ostorozhno Novosti suggested it was after the declared end of mobilization.
"The soldier's actions — which were supported by other mobilized men who could refuse to carry out orders — were aimed at undermining the unit's combat readiness," investigators reportedly concluded.
A court ordered Leshkov to be held in pre-trial detention until Jan. 13, 2023, lawyer Anri Tsiskarishvili told the outlet.
Ostorozhno Novosti reported, citing unnamed sources, that Leshkov enlisted in the Russian army as a volunteer on Oct. 3.
Leshkov's arrest follows numerous reports of mobilized Russian soldiers and their relatives expressing anger, staging riots and refusing to fight in Ukraine over conditions on and off the battlefield.
15 November 2022
Relatives of Russian draftees on the frontline in Ukraine have been protesting the treatment of their loved ones and accusing local officials of "betrayal" as news of combat conditions and casualty rates trickles back to towns and cities across the country.
While anger appears to be growing, it is for now directed primarily at regional governors and the Defense Ministry — not Kremlin officials or President Vladimir Putin.
"Draftees were not supposed to be on the frontline, but they were sent there like cannon fodder," said Kristina, the wife of one mobilized soldier fighting in Ukraine.
Hundreds of relatives — mostly mothers and wives — have protested across Russia in recent weeks, demanding the authorities withdraw mobilized men from the front. They are usually motivated by desperate phone calls from their sons, fathers, husbands or brothers imploring them for help to escape from unequal battles with the Ukrainian army.
"People are being sent to be slaughtered," Kristina's mobilized husband from the Kursk region told her last week in a recorded phone call that she shared with The Moscow Times.
"We started a riot when the battalion commander wanted to send us [to the frontline]. The f***ing Defense Ministry, f***ing put pressure on them. Please, help us!"
This month alone, demonstrations by desperate relatives have been held in St. Petersburg; the cities of Voronezh and Penza south of Moscow; Vladimir, northwest of Moscow; and the northern city of Vologda.
The brother of one mobilized man currently fighting in Ukraine told The Moscow Times that most of his brother's unit had been wiped out.
"Our guys are simply… bait for Ukrainians — they are constantly under artillery fire. Only 15% of their group is left alive and they are not even allowed to retreat or to regroup," said the man, who requested anonymity to speak freely. "The military betrayed us."
About 50,000 men who were called up in Russia's "partial" mobilization of reservists this fall are currently fighting on the frontlines, Putin said last week.
While Russia does not release official figures for deaths of military personnel in Ukraine, independent estimates suggest well over a hundred of these draftees have already been killed.
"Bring back our husbands and sons from that hell!" Yelena Kuznetsova, whose husband was mobilized last month, said last week in a video petition to authorities in her hometown of Vologda about 500 kilometers northeast of Moscow.
Relatives say they are particularly angry about limited training and the poor equipment provided for conscript soldiers, as well as the fact that new recruits are being sent into battle, rather than being used in supporting roles.
Irina from the Volga River city of Tolyatti launched a petition this month asking Putin to bring draftees, including her husband, back from the frontlines.
"When men were drafted the authorities promised not to send them into the thick of things. Now we are hearing the news that our mobilized men are in assault positions," Irina, who declined to provide her surname, told The Moscow Times.
"Mobilized men should be on the second or third line of defense," she said.
So far, Irina's petition has been signed by 34,000 people.
Russia's "partial" mobilization aimed to reverse its severe manpower shortages in Ukraine, where it has suffered a series of painful defeats — most recently the retreat from the right bank of the Dnipro River and the abandonment of Kherson city.
But observers argue that sending thousands of reservists into the line of fire will do little to aid Russia's chances of seizing territory.
One military unit consisting of mobilized men suffered a bloody defeat in a battle in Ukraine's Luhansk region last week, with only 41 of 570 soldiers surviving, independent media outlet Verstka reported earlier this month.
Russia's chaotic mobilization drive has been characterized since its start by images of newly mobilized soldiers housed in crowded conditions and reports of ineffective training, a lack of food and troops sent to the frontlines with old or defective equipment.
"There is no weaponry, no equipment at all," Kristina's draftee husband said in the recorded phone call shared with The Moscow Times.
Alexander Karavanov, from the Vologda region, even went to eastern Ukraine to deliver humanitarian aid to his mobilized son himself.
"The draftees did not know where the unit commander, battalion commander and regiment commander were," Karavanov said in a social media post earlier this month about his trip.
"They didn't have any communication equipment, tents or other shelter from bad weather."
Amid the outcry, officials have taken some steps to calm relatives' fears, with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu saying in a televised speech last week that "only military personnel with skills that match their military specialties should be sent to the frontlines."
Several regional governors have also met with family members.
"I share their pain and anxiety. I will do everything I can to provide maximum support," Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoit wrote in a Telegram post following one such meeting.
But while there have been some cases of mobilized men withdrawn from the frontline, the military has also not shied away from punishing those who question orders.
One mobilized soldier seen berating his commander for a training program's inadequacies in a video leaked last week has been charged with insulting an officer and now faces up to 15 years in prison, the Ostorozhno Novosti Telegram channel reported Tuesday.
Despite the growing discontent, most of the relatives of soldiers fighting in Ukraine who spoke to The Moscow Times still said they are not opposed to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Kristina said she was "increasingly disappointed" with the government for "sending people to the slaughter," but stopped short of naming names.
"It's nobody's fault," she said.
"Russia is a big country and Putin cannot keep track of everything."
Nov 15, 2022
Anyone following the news cycle since the Covid "vaccines" rolled out has seen a simply remarkable uptick in the number of things that can reportedly cause sudden strokes or heart attacks.
Cold weather, hot weather, depression, various food, long covid AND short covid, new magical chemicals just found in the atmosphere, "post-pandemic stress disorder", undiagnosed aortic stenosis and expensive electricity.
That's not even an exhaustive list, it just goes on and on and on.
…and now we can add pollution to the rogues gallery, according to this piece from Science Alert, which headlines:
Tiny Particles in The Air May Trigger Sudden Heart Attacks, Study Suggests
On a similar theme, the Daily Mail headlined yesterday:
America's growing wildfire crisis could lead to a wave of heart attacks, lung disease and cancer diagnoses years down the line, scientists warn
Now, we don't need to break down these articles piece by piece, it's perfectly apparent what's happening here.
The Covid vaccines are either causing more heart attacks, or the people in charge are aware they might, and are prepping fall-back stories accordingly.
We predicted that would be an ongoing story this year back in January, and they haven't disappointed.
The new wrinkle here is working pollution and wildfires into the narrative, and associating heart attack risk with environmentalism and climate change.
This provides fuel for the metamorphosis of "climate change" from an environmental issue into a public health issue, allowing them to talk about it the same way they talk about "Covid", and perhaps treat it the same way too (climate lockdowns etc.)
This is classic narrative braiding, the practice of intertwining two separate propaganda narratives together so they reinforce each other.
I coined the term, just this moment, but it's the perfect metaphor.
It's beautifully efficient, really. The vaccine-associated heart attacks provide evidence that "climate change" is a public health problem, while "climate change" can be used to conceal the vaccine-associated heart attacks.
Covering up something they caused with something they invented, and propping up something they invented with something they caused.
Clever in theory, but rather transparent in practice.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 15, 2022
We are living in the era of the collapse of Western civilization. In a few years there will be nothing left of Western civilization in England and Europe. The English already have a Hindu Indian as prime minister and a Pakistani as mayor of their capital city, London. Only mosque, not Christian churches, are being built in Europe.
The English are housing the daily inflow of immigrant-invaders in 4-Star hotels, and, running out of hotel space, are considering housing the immigrant-invaders on cruise ships.
"Fact checkers" in the whore US media, such as Reuters, deny the facts published by the BBC, The Telegraph, and the rest of the British media and discussed openly by British government ministers.
For the whore American media facts that discredit "multiculturalism" and "diversity" are impermissible.
As bad as it is for the English and Europeans, it is much worse in America.
US Border officials report that a record 2.4 million immigrant-invaders entered the US this year, shattering last year's record of 1.7 million. NBC News reports the figure is 2.76 million swollen by the numbers of Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans from countries suffering under arbitrary and illegal US sanctions.
The yearly influx of immigrant-invaders into the US is 76% of the US birth rate and soon will exceed the birth rate as the birth rate is falling and the inflow of immigrant-invaders is rising. Moreover, many of the US births are found among the 30 million immigrant-invaders that already reside in the US. Replacement of the white ethnic population is a fact. It is an ongoing process encouraged and enabled by the Democrat Party and Rino Republicans and financed by taxing the incomes of white American citizens who are being forced to finance their own replacement. It has already happened in California where white Americans comprise only 35% of the population. South Fulton, Georgia, a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area is 90% black. South Fulton has one of the highest crime rates in the US.
As white people everywhere in the West are under attack as racists, even in their own public schools and universities and by the Democrat Party, the outlook for white ethnicities is dismal. A few might be kept in zoos as examples of Satanic racists.
Une unité militaire européenne - la force de réaction rapide - doit, dans l'avenir se spécialiser dans l'évacuation et la stabilisation. La disponibilité opérationnelle de cette nouvelle force militaire est prévue pour 2025. Une première mission pourrait assurer un futur cessez-le-feu en Ukraine, assure Die Welt. Mais, c'est sous le commandement politique et militaire de Berlin que tout doit se dérouler. Et, c'est avec l'accord de l'Otan qu'il a été décidé de mettre en place la force de réaction rapide.
Face à la situation sécuritaire de plus en plus précaire dans le monde, l'Union européenne travaille d'arrache-pied sur une nouvelle force d'intervention militaire rapide pouvant compter jusqu'à 5 000 soldats. En novembre 2021, Observateur Continental précisait que «l'UE valide la défense paneuropéenne». Selon les besoins, la force de réaction rapide devrait inclure non seulement des troupes terrestres, mais également des forces aériennes et navales. Selon les informations de Die Welt, les ministres de la Défense de l'UE veulent prendre ce mardi une décision fondamentale: les deux premiers des cinq scénarios prévus pour l'opération militaire doivent être adoptés.
L'Allemagne veut diriger la force de réaction rapide de l'UE. Le Haut représentant de l'Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, Josep Borrell, a expliqué le projet au média allemand dont la rédaction se trouve à Berlin: «Dans un premier temps, nous avons créé deux scénarios de déploiement possibles pour [la force de réaction rapide de l'UE]: des opérations de sauvetage et d'évacuation et, dans un deuxième scénario, le début (phase initiale) d'une mission de stabilisation. Ces scénarios de déploiement nous aideront à mieux définir les capacités requises pour [la force de réaction rapide de l'UE] et à organiser le premier exercice militaire au second semestre 2023».
Die Welt souligne que cela se «déroulera en Espagne» et que «l'Allemagne veut être le premier pays à diriger la nouvelle force d'intervention après son lancement en 2025», mais que, «cependant, cela n'a pas encore été décidé».
Une mission d'évacuation consiste principalement à secourir les citoyens européens des régions en crise en cas d'urgence, fait valoir Die Welt. C'est qu'il ne faut pas, de nouveau, voir un autre retrait en grande partie non planifié de l'Afghanistan comme à l'été 2021. L'UE veut se préparer à de tels cas en temps utile, et la Somalie ou la Libye seraient envisageables comme pays cibles pour un tel scénario.
Les soldats de la force de réaction rapide de l'UE seront mis en Ukraine et en Moldavie. La force de réaction rapide de l'UE a une mission de stabilisation. Cela signifie que les forces de réponse aux crises, si nécessaire avec des moyens militaires robustes, apportent la stabilité et assurent la paix à court terme. Les soldats de cette force européenne pourraient être lourdement armés, martèle Die Welt et fait savoir que, malgré le conflit en Ukraine avec la Russie depuis février dernier, «les emplacements possibles pour cela pourraient être l'Ukraine ou la Moldavie».
Markus Kaim, l'expert en sécurité de la Fondation Science et Politique (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) basée à Berlin, a déclaré que le nouveau groupe de travail pourrait également être utilisé pour sécuriser une «zone de protection en Ukraine» - par exemple, si l'Onu accepte un futur accord de cessez-le-feu entre Moscou et Kiev, comme mandat pour une force de maintien de la paix. Lors de l'adoption de ce document stratégique historique pour l'Union européenne (la boussole stratégique) Emmanuel Macron a insisté sur le fait qu'il souhaitait définir une «souveraineté stratégique européenne» et que «ce concept, qui paraissait impensable il y a quatre ans, permet d'ancrer que nous, Européens, que nous soyons membres de l'Otan ou pas (…), avons des menaces communes et des objectifs communs».
Le financement n'est toujours pas clair. Les précurseurs de la nouvelle force de réaction rapide de l'UE sont les groupements tactiques. Cependant, ils n'ont jamais été utilisés, d'où des problèmes de financement considérables, et leur déploiement a souffert de la réticence des Etats membres à envoyer suffisamment de troupes. Cette situation devrait changer maintenant. La formation de la force de réaction rapide est considérablement intensifiée, avertit Die Welt. Il devrait, en plus, y avoir différents «modules» qui peuvent être combinés en fonction des besoins de déploiement, par exemple, lors d' une vague de réfugiés politiquement organisée comme cela fut le cas de la Biélorussie vers la Pologne fin 2021 et au début de cette année. Autre nouveauté, les Etats participants n'auront plus à supporter eux-mêmes les coûts de formation et de déploiement des soldats. Cependant, la manière exacte dont le nouveau groupe de travail sera financé fait toujours l'objet d'un débat intense. Une partie importante des fonds proviendra probablement d'un fonds spécial pour les opérations de crise mondiales de l'UE: la Facilité européenne pour la paix.
Le Haut représentant de l'Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, Josep Borrell, a déclaré, comme précisé par le média Die Welt, que la nouvelle force est «cruciale pour permettre à l'UE de réagir rapidement, vigoureusement et efficacement aux conflits et aux crises, tant dans notre voisinage immédiat qu'au-delà». Et, selon lui, «l'unité est l'un des résultats les plus importants de la boussole stratégique qui a été décidée en mars 2022». Il faut évoquer de nouveau qu'une priorité particulière de la présidence française est de renforcer les capacités de défense de l'UE.
L'Observateur Continental faisait savoir qu' «en marge, des diplomates français notent que l'adoption de la boussole stratégique - lancée sous présidence allemande - début 2022 est une tâche fondamentale, faute de quoi le processus risque d'être complètement enterré». Aussi, en toute conscience de la volonté de Berlin d'établir sa domination militaire et politique sur la défense de l'UE, la France a validé ce nouveau projet.
Ne pas concurrencer l'OTAN. Le chef de la commission des Affaires étrangères du Parlement européen, David McAllister (CDU), a souligné que cela rendrait l'U.E. «plus capable d'agir» à l'avenir: «A en juger par les obstacles que la coopération européenne en matière de politique de sécurité et de défense a rencontrés à surmonter ces dernières années, cette force d'intervention est un jalon» ; «Le concept doit être mis en place d'ici 2025 au plus tard». Pour Die Welt, la force de réaction rapide est destinée à mieux faire respecter les intérêts de sécurité de l'UE, mais elle n'est expressément pas destinée à concurrencer l'Otan. Un document de l'UE de mars déclare: «L'Otan est et restera le fondement de la défense commune de ses membres».
La répression aussi dans le domaine civil. Observateur Continental avertissait que les ministres des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense de l'Union européenne ont salué le 16 novembre 2021 le projet d'une nouvelle stratégie de défense (boussole stratégique) qui débouche maintenant sur cette force de réaction rapide pour l'aspect militaire, mais que les responsables de l'UE visent aussi via ce projet, notamment, des systèmes pour la répression dans le domaine civil.
November 15, 2022
Residents take to the streets in apparent defiance of Covid restrictions in China's Guangzhou in an image taken from social media.
Residents under Covid lockdown in China’s southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou have torn down barriers meant to confine them to their homes, taking to the streets in defiance of strictly enforced local orders, according to video and images circulating on social media.
Some of the images show large crowds cheering and surging across toppled barriers and filling streets after dark in the city’s Haizhu district, which has been under an increasingly restrictive lockdown since November 5, as the epicenter of the city’s ongoing Covid outbreak.
The clanging sound of metal barriers falling reverberates across the neighborhood and mingles with cheers in the footage, in scenes multiple social media users said took place late Monday evening on district streets.
In one video, Covid workers in protective medical wear can be seen standing on the sidelines as barriers fall, while trying to speak with people on the streets. “They’re revolting,” a woman’s voice is heard saying in the background of one of the videos. CNN has geolocated the images to Haizhu district, but could not independently confirm them.
It is not clear how many people were involved in the protest, or how long it lasted. Related posts were swiftly scrubbed from the Chinese internet by censors.
United Nations has estimated world's population will hit eight billion tomorrow
It has taken the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion people
Report says it will now take about 15 years — until 2037 — for it to reach 9 billion
The world's population is currently growing at its slowest rate since 1950
14 November 2022
THE WORLD'S POPULATION WILL HIT EIGHT BILLION TOMORROW, THE UNITED NATIONS HAS ESTIMATED.
The UN said we should marvel at the improvements in healthcare that makes such a feat possible.
And next year India's population will outstrip that of China, as India will match and start to overtake the Chinese population figure of 1.4billion, the UN said in its World Population Prospects report.
It has taken the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion.
The report said it will now take approximately 15 years — until 2037 — for it to reach 9 billion, which shows the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing.
'DEFINITELY A SIGN THAT THE US IS PREPARING FOR A LONG WAR IN UKRAINE AND LONG-TERM MILITARY COMPETITION WITH RUSSIA.'
November 14, 2022
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
Lost in the whirlwind of midterm election news last week was an announcement that not only will Washington send $400 million worth of additional weapons to Ukraine, but it is pushing forward with a new joint forces command, to be stationed in Germany, to “handle weapons shipments and personnel training.”
According to the Department of Defense, the new command, which was previously reported this summer, will be officially called the Security Assistance Group Ukraine, or SAGU, and will be based out of U.S. Army Europe and Africa headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. It will be a led by a 3-star general.
The command will involve 300 U.S. military personnel but will likely work closely with U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s training center in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels as well as the service’s garrison in Baumholder. In addition, “the thousands of U.S. soldiers now positioned at training areas in Poland and Romania … could factor into the plans,” Stars & Stripes reported.
The new command is expected to have a long term presence, according to Stars & Stripes:
By establishing a dedicated headquarters focused on Ukraine support, the Pentagon is putting in place an organization to carry out what is expected to be a long-term mission.
The Wiesbaden headquarters is slated to be manned with personnel from across the military branches, making it a joint service operation. Tours are initially planned to last between six months and a year, but longer accompanied tours are also possible.
The U.S. government has now provided over $18 billion in weapons to Ukraine, and officials are crediting Kyiv’s successes against the Russian invasion to a constant flow of military assistance to the country. This new command signals a digging-in by the Western powers with the U.S. at the head, my Quincy Institute colleagues tell me.
“It is definitely a sign that the U.S. is preparing for a long war in Ukraine and long-term military competition with Russia,” says George Beebe. “You don’t put a 3-star in charge just to keep track of weapons flows in Ukraine.”
Anatol Lieven suggests this cements the current trajectory of US-European security. “In my view, it indicates that Ukraine is to be a ‘major non-NATO ally’ and a U.S. dependency, and that the U.S. will try to build the whole of European security around support for Ukraine and hostility to Russia.”
Of course, Washington has stopped short of putting U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine to help President Zelensky in his aim of driving Russia out of his country. Polls continue to show that is not what the American people want. But having a 3-star just over the border, commanding billions in weapons and training efforts is getting as close as it gets.
12 novembre 2022
Les chiffres sont là et ils viennent des instances officielles, d'un côté UNE TERRIBLE CORRELATION ENTRE LES INJECTIONS DE VACCXX ET LA SURMORTALITÉ, de l'autre les observations des satellites de la NASA qui montrent une augmentation des températures moyennes de la planete de 0,2° en près de 30 ans et donc de 0,007 par an.
De quoi nous parlent donc les journalistes ? De la catastophe climatique ou de la tragédie post vaccinale? Pour comprendre, je vous propose deux excellentes vidéos.
14 novembre 2022
Contrairement à Napoléon, Zelensky sait quoi faire. Il n’a pas l’intention de déménager ailleurs. Après s’être fortifié sur la rive droite du Dniepr, il pourra établir un contrôle de tir sur toute la rive gauche jusqu’à une profondeur de 70 à 80 km. Et cela signifie qu’il faut dire adieu au corridor terrestre vers la Crimée. Celle-ci se trouvera dans la zone de dégâts par le feu des Forces armées ukrainiennes. A propos, Zelensky coupera également l’eau de la Crimée. Comment appréciez-vous cette perspective? Les troupes des Forces armées ukrainiennes libérées de la rive droite se retrouveront bientôt dans la direction Zaporozhye-Kryvyi Rih, où elles tenteront de couper notre groupe dans la région nord d’Azov d’un coup puissant à Melitopol-Berdiansk. Adieu donc les ports d’Azov, tout ce pour quoi nous nous sommes battus si longtemps sera perdu ou, du moins, deviendra une nouvelle zone de combat. Comme je n’aime pas non plus cette perspective. Croyez bien que l’OTAN fournira les armes nécessaires. Vous ne pouvez même pas en douter.
Vous attendez de moi des conclusions ? Je les ai. Pour beaucoup d’entre vous, elles peuvent sembler paradoxales. Au milieu du texte, j’ai dit que j’attendais un dénouement, et entre un accord et une arnaque-piège, j’ai choisi une arnaque. Mais comme la situation est dynamique et en constante évolution, dans le processus d’écriture du texte, je suis arrivé à la conclusion paradoxale que, ni l’un, ni l’autre ne se produira.
Nous retirons des troupes de Kherson pour une raison complètement différente et qui, en même temps, est la plus banale : bêtement, nous n’avons aucune capacité logistique pour tenir cette tête de pont ! Comme vous pouvez le constater, la raison la plus simple et la plus évidente s’est une fois de plus révélée être la seule correcte. Le général Armageddon a compris cette situation dès sa prise de fonction, et un seul mois de tenue du front de Kherson n’a fait que le renforcer dans cette considération. Il ne restait plus qu’à faire le plus petit (et le plus difficile) des chemins : comment passer cette idée à votre propre population afin qu’elle la perçoive correctement. En impliquant Shoigu, vous voyez vous-même quels cercles se sont formés à la surface de l’eau.
Il n’est pas question d’accords ni de négociations avec la partie adverse. Chacune des parties prend une position irréconciliable, espérant obtenir la reddition complète de la partie adverse. Dès lors, la guerre va continuer (de notre côté au format NBO, mais le nom n’a désormais plus d’importance). Il y a une guerre populaire des deux côtés et chacun se considère comme ayant raison. Eh bien, tout se décidera sur le champ de bataille. Si les conservateurs du régime de Kyiv décident de faire monter les enchères sur nous, ils s’équiperont en missiles d’une portée accrue (jusqu’à 300-500 km), lesquels pourront atteindre Sébastopol et la base de la flotte de la mer Noire. Je n’exclus pas également des attaques sur le pont de Crimée et, en général, la transformation de la Crimée d’une péninsule en une île, avec une logistique limitée et toutes les conséquences qui en découlent. Je n’exclus pas non plus la fourniture de chars Abrams américains et de Leopards-2 allemands, ainsi que de chasseurs F-15 américains et d’avions d’attaque A-10. Comment nous allons réagir dans ce cas, je ne sais même pas.
November 10, 2022
In less than a week, there will be eight billion people on Earth. United Nations Population Fund chief Natalie Kanem is cheerful about it: "Eight billion people, it is a momentous milestone for humanity. Yet, I realize this moment might not be celebrated by all. Some express concerns that our world is overpopulated. I am here to say clearly that the sheer number of human lives is not a cause for fear."
On November 15, the United Nations will mark the "Day of Eight Billion", which it says "is both a cause for celebration and a clarion call for humanity to find solutions to the challenges we face." However, whites who read the organization's proposed "solutions" should be worried. The UN complains about "inequality" notably "unequal access to health care, opportunities and resources, and unequal burdens of violence, conflict, poverty and ill health."
The UN has the solution: "We need to systematically remove the barriers — based on gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, or migration status — that prevent people from accessing the services and opportunities they need to thrive." Removing "the barriers based on migration status" means "Let 'em all in."
We're clearly in the UN's sights:
We need to rethink models of economic growth and development that have led to overconsumption and fueled violence, exploitation, environmental degradation and climate change, and we need to ensure that the poorest countries — which did not create these problems, yet bear the brunt of their impacts — have the resources to build the resilience and well-being of their growing populations.
"Overconsumption" is a loaded term; who decides how much is too much? And "we" are supposed to "have the resources" for poor nations' "growing populations." You can guess who is supposed to pay.
Are there too many people? "Many experts say this is the wrong question," said a story about population growth. One "expert" is Joel Cohen of the Rockefeller University. "Too many for whom, too many for what?" he asked. He also said humans are "stupid," "greedy," and don't have "foresight." If humans are stupid, greedy, and short-sighted, why have billions more of them?
Another "expert," Jennifer Sciubba of the Wilson Center, said "it's lazy and damaging to keep going back to overpopulation." "Really, it's us," she explained. "It's me and you, the air conditioning I enjoy, the pool I have outside, and the meat I eat at night that causes so much more damage."
Clearly if we just give up air conditioning, pools, and meat, all will be well, but why should we go along with demographic blackmail? It's not "lazy and damaging" for those in developed countries to say it's a bad thing for poor countries' populations to keep growing if we are going to have to sacrifice for them. But what fun it will be for the "experts" who will get to decide who uses too many resources, who should get more, and what we should be forced to give up.
The world isn't booming. The National Policy Institute reported that whites will be less than 10 percent of the world population by 2060. In 1950, the figure was 28 percent. Blacks, who were less than 9 percent of the world population in 1950, will be more than 25 percent by the middle of the century. Pat Buchanan wrote this in 2008:
More arresting is that the white population is shrinking not only in relative but in real terms. Two hundred million white people, one in every six on earth — a number equal to the entire population of France, Britain, Holland and Germany — will vanish by 2060.
The Caucasian race is going the way of the Mohicans.
Unlike the Mohicans, we will not get a reservation or a casino. The Guardian, in a 2000 article called "The last days of a white world," wrote:
The global centre of gravity is changing. In 1900 Europe had a quarter of the world's population, and three times that of Africa; by 2050 Europe is predicted to have just 7% of the world population, and a third that of Africa. The aging and declining populations of predominantly white nations have prompted forecasts of — and calls for — more immigration from the young and growing populations of developing nations to make up the shortfall.
The population shortfalls in Europe are mostly because whites are not having enough children. However, natalist policies intended to increase birth rates are controversial. For example, Swedish minister Annika Strandhall said of Hungary's pro-baby polices, "This policy reeks of the 30s and as right-wing populists, they need to create smoke-screens for what this kind of politics does to the independence that women have been fighting for." It's clearly fascist to want your people to survive.
As the UN celebrates the "Day of 8 Billion", it alludes often to abortion. Why not encourage it in poor countries? Of the world's eight billion, half live in just seven countries, including the United States. However, this can't be called a white country anymore. The white population is actually decreasing, something leftists openly celebrate.
China has the world's largest population, but it faces a demographic crisis. Thanks to the "one-child" policy, by the end of the century, the Chinese population of 1.4 billion will fall below 800 million. Chinese will be old, and young people will struggle to support them. China's birth rate has fallen throughout Xi Jinping's rule, and China has the highest abortion rate among big countries.
Real population growth over the next century will come from Africa. Bill Gates said in 2019 that "by the end of the century, almost half the young people in the world will be in sub-Saharan Africa."
According to a 2017 Pew poll, millions of Africans — majorities in some countries — want to emigrate. PEW REPORTED IN 2019 THAT 45% OF THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA, THE MOST POPULOUS AFRICAN COUNTRY, PLAN TO EMIGRATE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. That will be a lot of people.
Nigeria could become the second most populous country in the world by 2100. If we take the UN at its word, there must be no "barriers" to stop Nigerians getting the "services and opportunities" they want.
In fact, it's our fault they want to leave. At a Climate Change conference in Egypt, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said that unless rich nations cut down on climate emissions, there will be millions of "climate refugees." Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said there are already 21 million "climate refugees" and there will be one billion by 2050. She wants a tax on fossil fuel companies and more of our money. Does anyone think mass immigration would stop if we had zero-carbon economies?
"Climate refugees" are part of the new racket. Since, the north is responsible for most carbon emissions, bad weather in the south is our fault. Thus, the solution is "climate reparations." Don't look for the European Commission to fight this. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was "happy" it was on the agenda. "Now it's important to sit down and really to define and sort out what it is, and then to look at the funding which is available," she said. With Europe in an energy crisis, a probable recession, and paying for Ukraine's defense, what "funding" is available? The United States won't be excluded from such a scheme. We have emitted the most carbon so we are the most "responsible."
**THE RISE OF THE ROBOT REVOLUTION HAS THE POTENTIAL INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.**OFF THE BACK OF THIS, DUBAI HAS LAUNCHED A ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION PROGRAMME, LED BY THE DUBAI FUTURE FOUNDATION, TO GROW ITS FUTURE ECONOMY.
An initiative that looks to advance the contribution of the sector to 9% GDP within the next 10 years.
The programme was announced by the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He revealed the move looks to advance the emirate to become one of the top 10 cities in robotics and automation globally.
Impact of Robotic Economy
Khalfan Belhoul the CEO of Dubai Future Foundation says that robotics and AI combined will change the way we mobilise. He noted, from healthcare procedures and surgeries to the consumer and retail sector there will be a lot of involvement. He told Euronews, "We can only imagine the involvement of robotics to tap into our daily life when it comes to our retail experience. All the way from going to school to visiting the doctors. So you'll probably see more (advanced robotics) as we advance_._"
Experts have noted that increased efficiency means a serious addition to the economy, while reports suggest AI could add up to 13 trillion Euros to the global economy by 2030.
Commenting on the announcement, Scott Livermore, the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Oxford Economics Middle East stated there need to be several pillars to achieve this. He noted, if there is a comprehensive set of policies aimed at supporting investment in privatization and utilization, and a continuation of policies to attract foreign investment and foreign talent, then the policy could be a significant success.
He told Euronews, "Firstly, a clear, long-term strategic plan. Second, significant public investment into research and development, business science parks to develop an ecosystem, building the right education infrastructure, as well as offering incentives to get firms investing in technology."
With robotisation comes lower production costs, a wider variety in goods and services as well as creating new jobs. As a part of the programme, 200,000 robots will be deployed over the next 10 years across the services, logistics, and industrial sectors.
This potential is already being reflected through a number of fully automated terminals worldwide by supply chain logistics leader, DP World.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation revealed many of their terminals are now fully automated. He told Euronews, "This is the future. We need to move faster. We need to move more cargo and technology is the backbone of this. Boxpay [for example] gives you almost 100% efficiency in handling storing and delivering."
He added, "Safety is the top priority in terminal industries. So the fewer people the better for us."
The new initiative will focus on the five key areas of Production and Manufacturing, Consumer Services and Tourism, Connected Mobility and Logistics, Extreme Environments, and Healthcare.
According to Chris Roberts, the Board Chairman of Singularious and GCEO of Eltizam Group, even the likes of real estate could see significant economic rewards.
He says, "When we start to put technology inside these assets, the key part is the conscious asset. That's when the building is telling you how it should be operated, how it should be manned. When you get to the part of actually creating a conscious city, to achieve that, I need data, I need automation, and we need to be in a different place to where we are at the moment. His Highness' announcement allows us to get to that place a lot quicker."
As the move looks to adopt and develop the latest robotics technologies, empower local talent, and generate innovative new solutions, whether we like it or not, AI and automation is set to be a part of our daily lives and their prevalence is only set to grow.
The eastern African nation has long nourished great expectations for the huge natural gas resources, the largest discovered south of the Sahara, since they were found in the northern Cabo Delgado province in 2010.
Mozambique has sent its first shipment of liquefied natural gas to the global market, Italian energy giant ENI announced on Sunday.
According to a statement, the historic shipment, which is headed straight for Europe, is expected to "contribute in a significant way to Europe's energy security, also through the increasing diversification of supplies, while also supporting a just and sustainable transition."
The International Energy Agency has previously stated that EU sanctions imposed in response to Russia's special military operation in Ukraine have caused shortages in Europe's liquefied natural gas markets and may generate "a winter of unprecedented uncertainty of supply", with a total pipeline shutdown not ruled out.
For his part, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi hailed the first gas shipment produced at the offshore Coral Sul plant, saying that Mozambique "enters the annals of world history" as one of the LNG exporting nations.
He added that the shipment was the first as part of a contract with British energy giant BP, without offering further details.
Earlier, media reported that the British Sponsor vessel made her way into the northern waters of Mozambique on October 16, nearly two weeks after the Coral-Sul Floating LNG freighter, run by ENI, began generating the super-cooled fuel.
The platform can produce 3.4 million tons of fuel annually, supposedly almost equivalent to the UK's annual LNG imports. Coral South reserves are estimated at 450 billion cubic meters of gas. Gas production is carried out from a depth of 2,000 meters.
According to estimates, Mozambique could rank among the top 10 exporters in the world once all of the gas reserves are exploited. The African country depends heavily on natural gas resources off its northern coast, which were previously thought to be worth $120 billion in investments and were supposed to revolutionize the country's economy.
Both the French TotalEnergies SE and U.S. ExxonMobil companies had planned to build onshore production facilities worth more than a combined $20 billion. However, both projects were stopped due to insurgencies in Mozambique.
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST ESTIMATES, THE TOTAL VOLUME OF RECOVERABLE GAS FROM THE ALREADY EXPLORED AREAS IS 2 TRILLION CUBIC METERS.
Paul Craig Roberts
November 14, 2022
The Pentagon has appointed a Lt. General (3 stars) Terry Wolff to head a new Army headquarters in Germany with a staff of 300 US military members to coordinate security assistance for Ukraine.
Gen. Wolff is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, a former officer of an armored division, and former director of Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Chief of Staff. This is not the kind of officer that is given inventory assignments.
As previously reported, Washington already has a division of troops deployed, not training, on Ukraine's border and uniformed personnel in Ukraine ostensibly to prevent Ukraine from selling the weapons supplied by the West in black markets. Is "security assistance" a cover story for setting up a War Command Staff for the purpose of waging war in Ukraine against Russia?
If it is a subterfuge, it is one similar to those used to get the USA involved in the Vietnam War.
Putin might be on the point of learning that his "limited operation" has left him with two choices: conclude a face-saving truce with Ukraine, if permitted, or find himself at war with the United States.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin is trying to revive Russian financial integration with the West, having learned nothing from the sanctions. Russia wants financial reconnection to the SWIFT payments system in order to be paid for food and fertilizer shipments. In other words, the Kremlin wants to bail out Washington from the responsibility for the hardships Washington's sanctions policy is imposing, not on Russia, but on countries where hunger is a threat. Again, we have the Kremlin protecting her enemies as in Ukraine. The Kremlin certainly behaves strangely for a country at war.
I hope Putin doesn't think he is going to earn brownie points in Washington.