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UKRAINIAN ARMY SHELLS DONETSK WITH FRENCH CANNON
22/09/2022

UKRAINIAN ARMY SHELLS DONETSK CENTRE WITH FRENCH SHELLS, KILLING SIX CIVILIANS
https://www.donbass-insider.com/2022/09/22/ukrainian-army-shells-donetsk-centre-with-french-shells-killing-six-civilians/

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17/09/2022

UKRAINIAN ARMY SHELLS DONETSK CENTRE WITH FRENCH GUNS, KILLING FOUR CIVILIANS AND WOUNDING EIGHT
https://www.donbass-insider.com/2022/09/17/ukrainian-army-shells-donetsk-centre-with-french-guns-killing-four-civilians-and-wounding-eight/
LES 5 PÉCHÉS CAPITAUX D'URSULA VON DER LEYEN, PION DU "DEEP STATE" U.S.A.
26 septembre 2022

Ursula von der Leyen est en passe de devenir le personnage le plus impopulaire d'Europe, et d'incarner ce que nous détestons le plus dans l'Union Européenne : l'autoritarisme vertical, le conflit d'intérêts, l'arrogance, la haine, l'hypocrisie. Entre ses positions bellicistes sur l'Ukraine, ses relations douteuses avec les milieux d'affaires et sa conception très brutale de sa présidence, elle réunit tous les ingrédients pour attiser de nombreuses crises européennes. Nous rappelons ici les 5 péchés capitaux qu'elle commet... et qui risquent bien de devenir un problème majeur pour les peuples d'Europe.

L'attachement d'Ursula von der Leyen, pour ne pas dire sa stricte obéissance aux Etats-Unis, n'est plus à prouver. Jamais sans doute la Commission européenne n'a autant emboîté le pas du Deep State américain que depuis l'arrivée d'Ursula von der Leyen. Mais, au fond, cet atlantisme serait pratiqué avec tact et élégance, il passerait peut-être inaperçu.

Ce qui gêne, chez Ursula, c'est un comportement qui manque effectivement de tact et d'élégance. Et pour aller plus loin, voici un petit récapitulatif des cinq péchés (politiquement capitaux) qu'Ursula commet contre l'Europe.

L'orgueil

L'orgueil d'Ursula est une affaire bien connue depuis les accusations de plagiat dont elle avait fait l'objet, en 2015, lorsqu'elle était ministre d'Angela Merkel. Visiblement, le CV d'Ursula a laissé la place à des appropriations très contestables.

Cet orgueil a offert une autre de ses facettes, la semaine dernière, lorsqu'elle a menacé les Italiens de leur couper les fonds européens s'ils votaient mal. Voilà un autoritarisme si peu démocratique…

Depuis son arrivée, Ursula a multiplié les coups de force destinés à la placer au-dessus des autres, et particulièrement au-dessus des peuples européens. Sa conception si verticale de l'Europe s'est particulièrement illustrée dans la stratégie vaccinale où elle a, de façon inédite, centralisé entre les mains de la Commission les achats de vaccin.

L'avarice

Ah ! cet amour immodéré de la richesse, qui pollue tant la vie contemporaine… Ursula von der Leyen en donne tant d'exemples, avec un mari très impliqué dans des affaires connexes à celles de Pfizer, et des conditions de passation de marché avec Pfizer qui ont donné lieu à de très embarrassantes remontrances de la Cour des Comptes européenne.

La semaine dernière encore, nous avons pointé le prix reçu par Ursula von der Leyen, remis par Bill Gates, au nom de l'alliance pour le vaccin. Une présidente de la Commission européenne passe un marché historique avec des fabricants de vaccins qui lui remettent un prix ensuite (d'un montant non précisé)… On pourrait faire plus discret.

On ajoutera qu'Ursula avait déjà quitté le ministère de la Défense allemand après de forts soupçons de conflits d'intérêt avec Mc Kinsey. Elle n'en est donc pas à son coup d'essai…

L'envie

L'ambition sans limite d'Ursula von der Leyen est apparue clairement lors de l'"AnkaraGate", expression sans véritable sens inventée par la presse pour plaindre abusivement Ursula… Celle-ci n'est en effet "que" la présidente de la Commission, mais voulait être sur la photo où figurait Charles Michel, le président du Conseil de l'Union, rencontrant le président turc Erdogan.

Or, le poste du président du Conseil de l'Union a précisément été inventé pour représenter l'Union à l'extérieur. Voilà une attribution qu'Ursula n'entend pas laisser, ni au hasard, ni à un rival, au mépris des traités. Ce qu'on appelle l'envie.

La gourmandise

Ursula von der Leyen est-elle capable de s'imposer des limites raisonnables ? Ce péché de gourmandise (celui de l'aveuglement où l'on ne s'interdit plus rien, dans un étonnant sentiment d'impunité) semble être l'une de ses marques de fabrique.

Là encore, le rapport de la Cour des Comptes européenne en a donné une très belle démonstration, en soulignant que, pour passer un contrat avec Pfizer, Ursula avait décidé de créer un "circuit spécial" particulièrement opaque, et en dehors de toutes les règles. Accessoirement, Ursula refuse toujours de communiquer les texto par lesquels elle a négocié avec Pfizer.

Aurait-t-elle tous les droits ? Y a-t-il eu corruption ? Mesure-t-elle que son comportement constitue un véritable pied de nez à la démocratie ?

La colère

Mais le plus inquiétant tient peut-être aux dernières déclarations d'Ursula concernant la guerre en Ukraine. La présidente de la Commission s'est tout simplement opposée à un cessez-le-feu et à une négociation entre les belligérants pour arrêter la guerre, sous le prétexte fallacieux que l'Ukraine disparaîtrait si la paix était conclue :

"Je sais que certains appellent à la fin des combats, mais je dois dire que la réalité est telle: si la Russie arrête de combattre, la guerre est finie, si l'Ukraine arrête de combattre, il n'y aura plus d'Ukraine"

Je sais que certains gogos soutiennent encore que l'Europe, c'est la paix. Mais la présidente de la Commission leur apporte définitivement la preuve du contraire. L'Europe, c'est la guerre à tout prix contre la Russie. Et la Commission Européenne, dans une obéissance aux Etats-Unis tout à fait confondante, tient à le rappeler.

Le mal governo européen

Bref, Ursula von der Leyen cumule de nombreux handicaps "moraux" pour occuper le poste que les Européens lui ont confié. Sa gouvernance est marquée par des déséquilibres dangereux pour la démocratie.

Sans une réaction énergique, nos libertés pourraient y laisser leurs contenus.
GIORGIA SI È GIOCATA GLI ALLEATI
UN ELETTORE SU QUATTRO VUOLE UN GOVERNO GUIDATO DA GIORGIA MELONI, MA QUASI QUATTRO ITALIANI SU DIECI NON HANNO FIDUCIA NELLA POLITICA.

Con i numeri noti a notte fonda, e quindi non ancora definitivi, un elettore su quattro vuole un governo guidato da Giorgia Meloni, ma quasi quattro italiani su dieci non hanno fiducia nella politica, e quindi non hanno votato, e quasi metà di chi l'ha fatto ha scelto i partiti più lontani da Draghi.

Il PD resta sui livelli più bassi di sempre e CONTE FA UN MIRACOLO, TENENDO IL MOVIMENTO CINQUE STELLE INTORNO AL 16%, E SOPRATTUTTO RESTITUENDOGLI UNA CHIARA IDENTITÀ. Con le stime provvisorie sull'attribuzione dei seggi, il Centrodestra ha la maggioranza pure al Senato, e basterà lanciare un osso al terzo polo di Calenda e Renzi – che poi in realtà sono arrivati sesti – e una certa tranquillità, almeno per partire, è fuori discussione.

Auguri, perché i problemi sono giganteschi, e i nuovi rapporti di forza quasi umilianti per Forza Italia e Lega rispetto a Fratelli d'Italia sfoceranno facilmente in colpi bassi e fibrillazioni tra i futuri ministri. FdI, che ha capitalizzato alla grande la scelta di stare per cinque anni all'opposizione, adesso non potrà più scappare dalle responsabilità di governo, a costo di follie tipo il voto contro i miliardi del PNRR.

SE LA GIRAVOLTA RISPETTO ALLE POSIZIONI SOVRANISTE A LIVELLO EUROPEO E A MOLTE PROMESSE DELLA CAMPAGNA ELETTORALE NON SARÀ VELOCISSIMA, RIVEDREMO CERTAMENTE L'IMPENNATA DELLO SPREAD E UNA VALANGA DI PROBLEMI SUL PIANO ECONOMICO. A QUEL PUNTO NON SARÀ UNO SCENARIO IMPROBABILE IL CAMBIO DI CAVALLO DI BERLUSCONI E DELLA PROSSIMA DIRIGENZA DEL CARROCCIO – SALVINI CROLLATO DAL 34% DELLE EUROPEE AL 10% DI IERI QUASI SICURAMENTE SALTERÀ – E IL RITORNO DI UN ESECUTIVO DI EMERGENZA NAZIONALE, DI NUOVO CON DRAGHI O CHI PER LUI, E QUELLA PARTE DEL PD CHE NON SA STARE LONTANO DAL POTERE. A PALAZZO CHIGI, INSOMMA, GIORGIA CAMMINERÀ SU UN TAPPETO DI CHIODI. DA NON SOTTOVALUTARE, POI, ALTRE DUE INSIDIE.

La prima è che il record storico dell'astensione certifica un distacco allarmante della politica dai cittadini. Se non si metterà mani subito alla riforma del sistema elettorale, il deficit di rappresentanza renderà ancora più difficile manovrare nelle acque agitate dei conti in profondo rosso e delle riforme concordate con l'Europa. Dunque, per quanto disinteressati al parere dei cittadini quando c'è tempo prima delle prossime elezioni, i partiti nel contesto complicato che abbiamo davanti o rafforzeranno il filo ormai debolissimo con gli italiani, oppure andranno incontro a pesanti contestazioni ogni volta che si chiederanno sacrifici. E i forconi, quando saltano fuori, sono un bel problema per chi sta al comando.

PIÙ PERICOLOSO DI TUTTO QUESTO C'È PERÒ IL PESO STESSO DEL GOVERNO. I PARTITI CHE HANNO SOSTENUTO DRAGHI SE NE SONO ACCORTI SENZ'ALTRO, E TRA LORO SOLO I CINQUE STELLE HANNO LIMITATO I DANNI PER LA DETERMINAZIONE CON CUI CONTE HA IMPOSTO LE CONDIZIONI DELLA SUA AGENDA SOCIALE, A COSTO DI FAR VENIRE GIÙ TUTTO. Chi si è immolato per l'Agenda dell'ex premier, come il Pd e ancor di più Luigi Di Maio, ha visto finalmente la distanza che c'è tra l'Italia romanzata dai giornaloni, innamorati di Mr. Bce, e il Paese reale, dove anche quel poco di buono che si è fatto è sparito davanti al terrore per le bollette alle stelle e i venti gelidi di una possibile recessione.

Si va verso un governo Meloni. Ma con gli alleati umiliati la convivenza sarà durissima

Governare, in questi scenari è perciò oggettivamente difficile e dotare l'Esecutivo di maggiori poteri è la strada più corta, ma non necessariamente la più sicura verso il traguardo fissato. Alla sinistra e ai Cinque Stelle tocca perciò il compito, oggi ancora più prezioso, di scongiurare il rischio di derive autoritarie. Per riuscirci serviranno prima di tutto leader capaci e in sintonia col Paese. Conte in questo senso ha dimostrato ampiamente di esserlo, mentre Letta decisamente no. Trarne le conclusioni e farsi da parte sarà il primo passo per tornare in futuro competitivi con le destre.

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LEGA E PD I GRANDI SCONFITTI. VITA FACILE PER LA MELONI
https://www.lanotiziagiornale.it/lega-e-pd-i-grandi-sconfitti-vita-facile-per-la-meloni/

L'altro vincitore è Giuseppe Conte. Altri 15 giorni e il partito di Letta sarebbe finito dietro al M5S.

Se la Lega è tornata a polarizzarsi molto al Nord, i 5 Stelle hanno fatto la stessa cosa al Sud: con un’affluenza più consistente al Mezzogiorno, che invece, come detto, soprattutto in alcune regioni a causa del maltempo è stata addirittura inferiore rispetto al 2018, il risultato del terzo partito d’Italia avrebbe potuto essere anche migliore. Se la campagna elettorale fosse finita il 15 ottobre avremmo registrato molto probabilmente l’affiancamento e il sorpasso del Pd.

Fantapolitica? Fino a un certo punto: se il Movimento cresce e il Pd cala, la tendenza non si ferma il giorno del voto. I 5 Stelle hanno centrato la campagna elettorale riaccendendo la storia d’amore con la base grazie ai temi cari al proprio elettorato a cominciare dal Reddito di cittadinanza. Spogliati gli abiti del premier, Conte ha preso le misure al suo elettorato fino ad arrivare alla sfiducia del governo Draghi. Mai come oggi il Movimento 5 Stelle è identificato con la figura di Conte.
LAVROV AT THE UNITED NATIONS: NO MORE EXCEPTIONALISM AND UNIPOLAR WORLD
Dmitry Sudakov

26.09.2022

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SPEAKING AT THE 77TH MEETING OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, EXPLAINED RUSSIA'S POSITION ON KEY INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND SPOKE SEPARATELY ON THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA'S RELATIONS WITH THE WEST.

The West arrogantly rejected Russia's Security proposals.

"The ongoing conflict in Ukraine comes as a consequences of the inability of the West to negotiate with Russia and solve collective security problems," Lavrov said, reminding the UN General Assembly participants that "all of Moscow's repeated attempts to establish rules for coexistence were ignored." In December 2021, Russia received an arrogant negative response to its proposals, the minister said.

"It's obvious to any unbiased observer: for the Anglo-Saxons that have completely subjugated Europe, Ukraine is just expendable material in the fight against Russia," Lavrov said.

He elaborated on the issue at the press conference, noting that Moscow already views the United States and its NATO bloc as parties to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

"Recently, the Ukrainian military admitted that the Pentagon was selecting targets for strikes,” Lavrov explained. "What is this if not direct participation in the war?”

Referenda in Ukrainian regions correspond to Kyiv's wishes

The head of the Russian diplomacy also touched upon the topic of the referenda in the DPR, LPR and in the Russian-controlled parts of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine.

"The vote has already caused hysteria in Ukraine and the West, the G7 has promised even more anti-Russian sanctions. However, the referenda go completely in line with the wishes of Kyiv,” Lavrov suggested. "Those who live there react to what President Zelensky recommended them to do back in August 2021. He then advised that everyone who feels Russian should "go to Russia.” This is what the residents of these regions are doing now."

USA's exceptionalism reaches god-like level

Lavrov said that after the collapse of the USSR, Washington's desire for global dominance and exceptionalism reached "unprecedented heights, which led to numerous aggressive wars and claimed the lives of many hundreds of thousands of people around the world."

"By proclaiming victory in the Cold War, Washington elevated itself to the rank of a messenger of God on earth that had no obligations, but only a "sacred” right to act with impunity anywhere as it pleases.”

Any nation may become a victim of Washington's ambitions if it somehow angers the "self-proclaimed masters of the world." He referred to the fate of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and "a number of other countries" as an example.

THE EUROPEAN UNION SLIDES INTO DICTATORSHIP

LAVROV BELIEVES THAT THE EU, BEING "ENSLAVED" BY THE US, SHOWS SIMILAR SYMPTOMS OF EXCEPTIONALISM AND ARROGANCE.

AS AN EXAMPLE, THE RUSSIAN MINISTER REFERRED TO RECENT REMARKS FROM THE HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, URSULA VON DER LEYEN, WHO THREATENED ITALY WITH CONSEQUENCES IF RIGHT-WING CANDIDATES COME TO POWER IN THE COUNTRY AS A RESULT OF ELECTIONS.

"THIS IS ARROGANCE, A SENSE OF IMPUNITY, EXCEPTIONALISM. IT IS ONLY THEM WHO HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH JUDGMENTS. WHAT MS. VON DER LEYEN SAID ABOUT THE ELECTIONS IN ITALY WAS ASTOUNDING," LAVROV SAID, ADDING THAT HE DID NOT RECALL SUCH THREATS FROM THE E.U. LEADERSHIP BEFORE.

ACCORDING TO SERGEI LAVROV, THE EUROPEAN UNION IS BECOMING AN AUTHORITARIAN, RIGID, DICTATORIAL ENTITY.

The end of the unipolar world is approaching

"Despite all the efforts made by the United States, their era of dominance is ending and the unipolar world is crumbling," Lavrov said, stressing that the future of the world order was being decided now.

The question is whether this order is going to have one supremacist that forces everyone to live by its own rules that are only beneficial only to them, or it will be a truly "democratic, just world without blackmail and intimidation of objectionable people, free of neo-Nazism and neo-colonialism”.

Moscow firmly sticks to the second option, Lavrov added.
POLAND SLAMS SCANDALOUS E.U. WARNING [VON DER LEYEN'S]
26 September 2022

PRIME MINISTER MORAWIECKI BLASTED URSULA VON DER LEYEN FOR SUGGESTING BRUSSELS HAS TOOLS TO PUNISH MEMBER STATES

A warning by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that Brussels has tools to discipline Italy if its prospective center-right government fails to cooperate with the EU was "scandalous," according to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The remark was a wake-up call for member states, the head of the Polish government said on Sunday, as quoted by state news agency PAP.

"Is this the kind of Europe we want? Is this democracy and rule of law? That Eurocrats in Brussels decide what a government should be?" Morawiecki asked.

He was responding to von der Leyen's suggestion that, should the new Italian government fail to meet the EU's policy expectations, the country could be disciplined.

The top official said "whatever democratic government is willing to work with us, we're working together," adding that "if things go in a difficult direction, I've spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools."

Von der Leyen spoke about Italy on Thursday at Princeton University, after it was suggested that people friendly to Russia could come to power in Rome after the election on Sunday. She was asked what the EU leadership plans to do about it. Morawiecki interpreted the remark as a promise to punish Italy, unless its new government is "in favor of Brussels."

European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said that the president's remarks were not an attempt to interfere with Italian domestic politics but rather meant to underline the body's role "as guardian of the [European] treaties with regard to the rule of law."

A center-right coalition led by Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (FI) party looks set to form a new cabinet following a snap election in the country. The outcome was consistent with opinion polls ahead of the ballot.

In mid-September, the European Commission recommended suspending some €7.5 billion of emergency funding to Hungary over alleged erosion of the rule of law in the country. A similar punishment was imposed on Poland last year over controversial judicial reforms adopted by its conservative government.
WHY UKRAINE REFERENDUM IS A BIG DEAL
M. K. Bhadrakumar

September 22, 2022

The referendum on September 23-27 in the Donbass and southern Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine on their accession to Russian Federation is, prima facie, an exercise of the right of self-determination by the native population who reject the western-backed regime change in Kiev in 2014 and the ascendancy of extreme nationalist forces with neo-Nazi leanings in the power structure.

But it has other dimensions, too. In all probability, the referendum will overwhelmingly opt for accession to Russian Federation. In Donbass, it is a straightforward question: "Do you support the entry of the DPR into the Russian Federation as a subject of the Russian Federation?" For  Kherson and the Zaporozhye Cossacks, the referendum ascertains three sequential decisions: secession of these territories from Ukraine; formation of an independent state; and its entry into the Russian Federation as a subject.

In 2014, all legal procedures for the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation were completed in four days. An expeditious process can be expected this time around too. There is huge mass support within Russia for reunification with the ethnic Russian populations in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine who suffered severe persecution during the past 8-year period, including brutal violence, at the hands of extremist Ukrainian nationalist elements in control of the state apparatus. This is a highly emotive issue for the Russian people.

In the post-cold war era, the genie of self-determination was first let out of the bottle by the West during the dismemberment of the former Yugoslavia. Although the US midwifed the secession of Kosovo from Serbia as far back as in 1999 -2008, the entity is yet to be accorded recognition by the UN. Serbia rejects the secession despite sustained western pressure.

That said, the Kosovo precedent will not stop the western powers from condemning the accession of regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.

The big question today is about the Russian calculus. President Vladimir Putin has surely factored in that the accession of the "Russian regions" of eastern and southern Ukraine is an immensely popular decision in the domestic opinion. He has never hidden that he is acutely sensitive about the hopes and aspirations of his nation. The most revealing (and authoritative) comments on this topic have come from the former President Dmitry Medvedev.

Medvedev wrote in his Telegram channel: "Referendums in Donbass are of great importance not only for the systemic protection of the inhabitants of the LNR, DNR (Donbass) and other liberated territories, but also for the restoration of historical justice."  

In Medvedev's opinion, these plebiscites "completely change the vector of Russia's development for decades." He adds, "And not only our country. Because after they (referendums) are held and the new territories are accepted into Russia, the geopolitical transformation in the world will become irreversible."

Most important, Medvedev forewarns, "An encroachment on the territory of Russia is a crime, the commission of which allows you to use all the forces of self-defence."

 Furthermore, he says, once the process of annexation of the new territories is completed, "not a single future leader of Russia, not a single official will be able to reverse these decisions. That is why these referendums are so feared in Kiev and in the West. That is why they need to be carried out."

What emerges is that Russia has given up hopes of any negotiated settlement. Moscow was initially optimistic that Kiev would negotiate, but the bitter experience turned out to be that President Zelensky was not a free agent. The US-UK tandem undermined the accord negotiated by Russian and Ukrainian officials in Istanbul in April under Turkish mediation. The Biden Administration holds the stop watch for the proxy war. And Washington's timeline is linked to the weakening and destruction of Russian state, which has been the ultimate US objective. Lest we forget, Joe Biden played a seminal role in installing the new regime in Kiev in 2014 and in moulding Ukraine as an anti-Russian  state.

Suffice to say, the referendum on Wednesday is Russia's only available course of action under the circumstances, while Kiev maintains a maximalist position as advised by the US, UK and Poland.

The accession of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye creates a new political reality and Russia's partial mobilisation on parallel track is intended to provide the military underpinning for it. The accession signifies a paradigm shift insofar as any further attacks on these regions can be construed by Moscow as attacks on Russia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Certainly, Kiev's wanton attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye will trigger Russian reaction. Any attack will be considered aggression and Moscow reserves the right to respond "adequately." The fact the Russian deployment in these territories will be significantly augmented and upgraded signals the  willingness to use force.

Meanwhile, Russia's special military operations will continue until its set objectives are fully realised. Which means, even more territories may come under Russian control, creating ever newer facts on the ground, whilst the track of dialogue has become extinct. And, of course, all this will be playing out at a juncture when Europe descends into recession, as sanctions against Russia boomerang. It is improbable that European public will support their governments to enter into a war with Russia over Ukraine. Kiev and its mentors in Washington and London need to factor all this very carefully.

The Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder has reacted as follows: "No one will take such bogus referendums seriously, and the US will certainly not recognise their results. How will this affect our and international support for Ukraine? This will not affect in any way, we will continue to work with Ukraine and our international partners to provide them with the necessary assistance to protect their territory."

That is a sufficiently evasive statement couched in brave words.  Neither Pentagon nor the Russian military command will risk brinkmanship. The likelihood is that the accession of the new territories to the Russian Federation will not be militarily challenged by the US or NATO.

That said, Russia is anyway at war with the NATO, as Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said, albeit not in terms of US weapons supplies, which "we find ways to counter," but in the Western systems that exist — communication systems, information processing systems, reconnaissance systems and satellite intelligence systems.

The point is, the accession of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to the Russian Federation is an irrevocable step that cannot and will not be undone for as long as Russian Federation remains an independent state, as Medvedev underlined. The US — and the "Collective West" and NATO — would know it. Plainly put, the NATO's proxy-war algorithm has become obsolete and becomes a museum piece.

The CIA's analogy of the Afghan jihad of the 1980s does not hold good anymore — ie., if it ever did at all. In effect, Russia has avoided a "quagmire" in Ukraine and is on its way to turn  the table on the NATO.

In Putin's national address Wednesday, he had said: "In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff." Putin also said Russia has superior nuclear strike capability.

To make things doubly sure that the message has gone home, Moscow lifted the veil today on its newest ICBM, Sarmat. The results of the referendum must be determined not later than 5 days after the last voting day (Sept. 27), and the issue of accession to Russia is considered approved if more than 50% of the plebiscite participants vote for it. Significantly, the Russian State Duma is scheduled to hold plenary sessions in Moscow on September 27 and 28.
FAINA SAVENKOVA – BAD CHILDREN
26/09/2022

I have been telling the story of what is happening in Lugansk for three years. The war I live in, my sorrows and joys. A year ago, the Myrotvorets website put my details in the public domain. I wrote many letters to world leaders and artists in Western countries. I had only two requests: to delete the data of all children from Myrotvorets and to help the children of Donbass to return to a peaceful life, so that we are not killed. When the confrontation with Myrotvorets started, my Ukrainian journalist friends asked me why I had not written to Zelensky, but only mentioned him in my interview. At the time, it was difficult for me to answer. I still naively believed that there could be peace between Ukraine and Donbass, and that UN Secretary General Guterres and UNICEF, as internationally renowned organisations, would help me. But, unfortunately, I was wrong. Everything I asked for was ignored by these organisations, and Ukraine decided that we could be taken back by force. My efforts and dreams remained dreams. The only thing I am glad about is that I did not write to Zelensky at that time. And now I understand why: you cannot write and ask not to kill children to the one who gives orders to bomb Donetsk, Gorlovka, Altchevsk and other cities. You can’t write to the president who sends thousands of his soldiers to their deaths, who doesn’t spare them, who gives orders for terrorist acts and the killing of children. One should not write to the president who started this massacre and who has lost half of his country. You can’t write to a loser. Every day children are dying in Donbass, in Kherson and in the Zaporozhye region. And he has only himself to blame. A president who will lose everything…

What about UNICEF, the UN, Amnesty International? Have they said anything about the children killed by the Ukrainian army? No, of course not. Like in the Myrotvorets story. They know. But they remain silent or express their concern. They are silent, always and everywhere. When children in Yugoslavia, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya were killed. And if such respected organisations turn a blind eye to the brutal murder of children, do they have anything to say about the story of Myrotvorets? I don’t think so. After all, we are the wrong children, born and living in the wrong place, according to UNICEF and Amnesty International. In one of my essays, it is said that the children of war are silent because the adults do not listen to them. This is so. Unfortunately, we – the children – are uninteresting to them. We are not like them. They seem to think that we can be killed, that we just have to do it quietly, so as not to disturb others with our cries for help. I am sorry that this is happening. I am sorry that the country where I was born is bombing and trying to destroy everything I hold dear and everything I love, under the approving smile of those who can but do not want to stop this war. Unfortunately, all those who help Ukraine do not realise that the war is coming to them.

Ordinary citizens in the United States and Europe are mostly unaware of the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian army, the brutal bombing and killing of civilians. People are told that we are bombing ourselves or that the Russian army has been shooting at us for eight years. Apparently, that’s why we were looking forward to his arrival in 2022, yeah. Another reality.

But I’m sure it won’t always be like this. The truth will always win out. The hardest thing is not to get discouraged when everything you do doesn’t work. You are not being listened to. Just when you think it’s no use, something happens that helps you believe again that you’re not doing it for nothing.

That’s what happened with the Pope’s letter. When I was in Moscow, I received a reply from Pope Francis. According to my Italian friends, he rarely replies to anyone, but he suggested to pray for peace with me. I don’t know if he answered himself or if the answer was written for him, but the important thing is that the Pope paid attention for the first time to the request of a child from Donbass and wanted to pray with someone who is considered an enemy in Ukraine. He offered to pray for me, a child who is not considered a human being in Ukraine. And I will certainly pray with him for the hundreds of children killed by Ukraine and for the peaceful life we all need.

Faina Savenkova

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FAINA SAVENKOVA - THERE ARE MANY TALENTED CHILDREN IN DONBASS AND WE ALL WANT PEACE
https://www.donbass-insider.com/2022/09/20/faina-savenkova-there-are-many-talented-children-in-donbass-and-we-all-want-peace/

CONTE HA DIMOSTRATO CHE IL M5S È VIVO E VEGETO
CONTE HA DIMOSTRATO CHE IL M5S È VIVO E VEGETO

IL M5S NON È MORTO. ARRIVARE AL 15% PER IL PARTITO DI GIUSEPPE CONTE FINO A POCO TEMPO FA SEMBRAVA UN MIRAGGIO.

IL M5S NON È MORTO. È MORTA, IN COMPENSO, LA CREDIBILITÀ DI CHI ANCHE IN QUESTA CAMPAGNA ELETTORALE HA GIOCATO A FARE IL FORTE CON I PRESUNTI DEBOLI (CHE DEBOLI INVECE NON LO ERANO).

IL MOVIMENTO 5 STELLE, CHE MOLTI DAVANO COME PRATICAMENTE SCOMPARSO, INCASSA UN RISULTATO ELETTORALE: ARRIVARE SOPRA IL 15% PER IL PARTITO DI GIUSEPPE CONTE FINO A POCO TEMPO FA SEMBRAVA UN MIRAGGIO.

Solo che tutti gli accadimenti che sembravano punti di debolezza in realtà si sono rivelati punti di forza. La caduta del governo Draghi (con il premier che ha deciso di rassegnare piccato le dimissioni senza voler discutere le richieste di Conte) è stato capito molto di più dagli elettori rispetto ai cosiddetti prestigiosi editorialisti di casa nostra.

"Il Pd è responsabile vittoria centrodestra, era il partito che doveva contribuire alla realizzazione del campo progressista e che invece l'ha sfasciata". Lo dice il vicepresidente del M5s, Riccardo Ricciardi. "Raccontare al Paese dell'agenda Draghi significa che poi il Paese non ti segue. Queste scelte del Pd purtroppo le pagheranno gli italiani", ha aggiunto. In effetti i risultati parlano chiaro: "L'agenda Draghi" è un feticcio che interessa a certi giornali e a certi gruppi di potere ma non ha riscontro nella realtà.

IL M5S LO DAVANO PER MORTO E INVECE È VIVO, VIVISSIMO, E ANCHE SE HA PARECCHI VOTI IN MENO RISPETTO AL BOOM DELLE SCORSE ELEZIONI POLITICHE RISCHIA DI ESSERE MOLTO PIÙ CAPACE DI INCIDERE NELLA POLITICA DEL PAESE. NEL MOVIMENTO IN MOLTI HANNO IMPARATO LA LEZIONE DELL'IMBARCARE PARVENU E INETTI. GIUSEPPE CONTE QUESTA VOLTA HA VOLUTO CONTROLLARE LE LISTE, VERIFICARE LE COMPETENZE E SOPRATTUTTO HA SCELTO DI PRENDERSI LA RESPONSABILITÀ DI RAPPRESENTARE UNA PRECISA PARTE POLITICA.

NON È UN CASO CHE MOLTA GENTE RAPPRESENTATIVA A SINISTRA (DA TOMASO MONTANARI A LOREDANA DE PETRIS PASSANDO PER FASSINA) ABBIA DECISO DI PREFERIRE IL PARTITO DI CONTE ALLA COALIZIONE DI CENTROSINISTRA. IN UN TEMPO IN CUI L'APOROFOBIA (IL DISPREZZO PER I POVERI) SEMBRA AVERE INFETTATO ANCHE PEZZI RITENUTI PROGRESSISTI (OLTRE AD AVERE INFERVORATO DIVERSI GIORNALI) TENERE LA BARRA DRITTA ALLA FINE HA PREMIATO: QUELLO CHE QUALCUNO DEFINIVA "VOTO DI SCAMBIO" PER GLI ELETTORI È STATA SEMPLICEMENTE UNA SCELTA DI CAMPO. IL MOVIMENTO 5 STELLE NON HA "ABOLITO LA POVERTÀ" (COME INGENUAMENTE DETTO DAL BALCONE DAL TRANSFUGO DI MAIO) MA HA SCELTO COMUNQUE DI FARSENE CARICO.

HA FUNZIONATO IL NO ALL'INVIO DI ALTRE ARMI ALL'UCRAINA

POI C'È LA GUERRA. ANCHE IN QUESTO CASO BASTAVA LEGGERE MENO ALCUNI GIORNALI E DI PIÙ I NUMERI: LA GUERRA IN UCRAINA CHE USA, NATO E INDUSTRIA BELLICA SALUTA COME UNA BENEDIZIONE ECONOMICA È OSTEGGIATA DALLA MAGGIORANZA DEGLI ITALIANI. IL TRUCCO DI FAR APPARIRE COME "AMICI DI PUTIN" CHI PERSEGUE ITINERARI DI PACE FUNZIONA SOLO IN CERTI EDITORIALI. LA PERSEVERANZA CON CUI GIUSEPPE CONTE SI È ASSUNTO LA RESPONSABILITÀ DI DIRE CHE NON SARANNO LE ARMI A TROVARE LA SOLUZIONE IN UCRAINA EVIDENTEMENTE FUNZIONA MOLTO DI PIÙ DI QUEL CHE SI CREDA.

Conte ora deve dimostrare abilità politiche oltre che elettorali, nella sconosciuta posizione dell'opposizione

ORA, RAGGIUNTO DISPERATO RISULTATO, RESTA DA CAPITALIZZARE LA PROPRIA POSIZIONE. GIUSEPPE CONTE (CHE HA LETTERALMENTE SALVATO IL MOVIMENTO CINQUE STELLE) DEVE DIMOSTRARE ABILITÀ POLITICHE OLTRE CHE ELETTORALI, NELLA SCONOSCIUTA POSIZIONE DELL'OPPOSIZIONE. NEL FRATTEMPO I GRILLINI OSSERVANO COMPIACIUTI IL DISFACIMENTO DI DI MAIO CHE PENSAVA DI POTER METTERE CONTE ALLA PRESIDENZA DEL CONSIGLIO MANOVRANDOLO, POI A CAPO DEL PARTITO MANOVRANDOLO, POI HA PENSATO DI POTER SVUOTARE IL PARTITO SCINDENDOSI E INVECE È FINITO A PIEDI. IL MOVIMENTO 5 STELLE È MOLTO PIÙ SOLIDO DI QUEL CHE PENSAVA. ORA BISOGNERÀ VEDERE SE RIUSCIRÀ A ESSERE PIÙ MATURO.
EARLY TURNOUT NUMBERS FOR REFERENDUMS ON JOINING RUSSIA REVEALED
25 September 2022

PRELIMINARY RESULTS ON THE THIRD OF FIVE VOTING DAYS SHOWS THE THRESHOLD HAVING BEEN REACHED IN DONBASS AND ZAPOROZHYE AND ALMOST MET IN KHERSON

The referendums on joining Russia are continuing in the Donbass republics and Russian-controlled regions of southern Ukraine. On Sunday, the turnout already reached the required 50% threshold in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics and Zaporozhye Region, with only Kherson lagging behind.

In the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), more than 76% of eligible voters have already cast their votes, according to official figures. The referendum in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is proceeding at a similar pace, with some 77% of voters having shown up at the polling stations.

Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, which were largely seized by Russian forces amid the ongoing conflict, have demonstrated a lower turnout. Still, the latter region has already met the required legal threshold, with some 51.55% of registered voters already casting their ballots, according to the head of the Zaporozhye electoral committee, Galina Katyshenko. Kherson has so far demonstrated lower turnout, with nearly 49% of voters showing up for the referendum. Polls across the two regions and in the Donbass republics are set to stay open for the next two days.

Ukraine and its Western backers have rejected the referendums on joining Russia as illegal and have vowed to not recognize them regardless of their outcome. Speaking to US broadcaster CBS on Sunday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky warned that should Russia complete the referendums, it would "make it impossible, in any case, to continue any diplomatic negotiations" with Moscow.

RUSSIA SENT TROOPS INTO UKRAINE ON FEBRUARY 24, CITING KIEV'S FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT THE MINSK AGREEMENTS, DESIGNED TO GIVE THE REGIONS OF DONETSK AND LUGANSK SPECIAL STATUS WITHIN THE UKRAINIAN STATE. THE PROTOCOLS, BROKERED BY GERMANY AND FRANCE, WERE FIRST SIGNED IN 2014. FORMER UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PYOTR POROSHENKO HAS SINCE ADMITTED THAT KIEV'S MAIN GOAL WAS TO USE THE CEASEFIRE TO BUY TIME AND "CREATE POWERFUL ARMED FORCES."
RUSSIA DÀ IL BENVENUTO AL NUOVO GOVERNO ITALIANO
Settembre 26, 2022

"QUESTA È UNA QUESTIONE ESCLUSIVAMENTE INTERNA, DELLA REPUBBLICA ITALIANA. NOI SIAMO PRONTI A DARE IL BENVENUTO A QUALSIASI FORZA POLITICA CHE SIA IN GRADO DI ANDARE OLTRE IL MAINSTREAM CONSOLIDATO, PIENO DI ODIO PER IL NOSTRO PAESE, E MOSTRARE PIÙ OBIETTIVITÀ E UN ATTEGGIAMENTO COSTRUTTIVO NEI CONFRONTI DEL NOSTRO PAESE", ha detto Peskov ai giornalisti.
PUTIN DENOUNCES "INHUMAN TERRORIST ATTACK" AT RUSSIAN SCHOOL
September 26, 2022

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ON MONDAY DENOUNCED THE ATTACK ON A RUSSIAN SCHOOL IN IZHEVSK AS "INHUMAN", ACCORDING TO KREMLIN SPOKESMAN DMITRY PESKOV.

"President Putin deeply mourns the deaths of people, children at a school where there was a terrorist attack by a person, who apparently belongs to a neo-fascist group," Kremlin spokesman said, as quoted by Al Jazeera. "The president wishes for the recovery of those injured as a result of this inhuman terrorist attack," he added.

An unidentified attacker opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk in which at least 13 people were killed including seven children.

While 21 others including 14 children were injured, TASS reported citing Russian Investigative Committee today.

"According to preliminary reports, the crime claimed the lives of 13 people, including six adults and seven young children. Fourteen people and seven kids were wounded," the investigators said.

Media reports said a young man reportedly started shooting at the military enlistment office in Irkutsk Region's Ust-Ilimsk.

The 25-year-old shooter was immediately detained. A criminal case has been initiated against the suspect who is a resident of Ust-Ilimsk.

According to Al Jazeera, school shootings are rare in Russia.

In April this year, an armed man opened fire in a kindergarten in Russia's Ulyanovsk region, according to media reports.

In May 2021, nine people - including seven children - were killed after a lone teenage gunman opened fire in Russia's southwestern city of Kazan.

In 2018, a student at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 people before turning his gun on himself, as per Al Jazeera.
REFERENDUMS IN DONETSK, LUGANSK, ZAPOROZHYE, KHERSON
26 September 2022

REFERENDUMS ON WHETHER THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLICS OF DONETSK AND LUGANSK AS WELL AS ZAPOROZHYE AND KHERSON REGIONS SHOULD JOIN RUSSIA HAVE BEEN UNDERWAY SINCE FRIDAY AND WILL CLOSE ON TUESDAY.

The fourth day of voting in referendums on joining Russia is taking place in the Donbass republics, as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

Turnout in the Lugansk People's Republic referendum on joining Russia topped 76% after the third consecutive day of voting, the head of the election commission, Elena Kravchenko, said Sunday.

Turnout in the Donetsk People's Republic has exceeded 50%, according to the chairman of the Donetsk Civic Chamber, Alexander Kofman.

Turnout in the Kherson region stood at 48.91% on Sunday, while in Zaporozhye region 51.55% had voted.

A referendum requires more than 50% of registered voters to cast a ballot for it to be valid.
ITALIAN ELECTIONS: BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE E.U.?
Akrainer

September 26, 2022

Italians voted in parliamentary elections yesterday. The exit polls released by the national broadcaster Rai indicate that the Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni won the clear majority (22.5%-26.5% of the vote). Meloni is set to become Italy's next prime minister and form the new cabinet. Meloni's populist leanings are almost identical to those of Hungary's Viktor Orban who has been a major thorn in the Eurocrats' side. She is also seen by many as too friendly to Russia's Vladimir Putin – or at least not sufficiently hostile. As far as the European Commission's (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen is concerned, the Italians voted wrong.

EC's tools

Just before the elections she said, "We will see the result of the vote in Italy. If things go in a difficult direction – and I've spoken about Hungary and Poland – we have the tools." The tools Von der Leyen was referring to is the EC's ability to cut funding to member states that defy the "rule of law," as defined by the Eurocrats. But where von der Leyen's remarks reflect EC's fear of the rising populism in Europe, they only further inflamed popular resentment against Brussels.

Former Prime Minister and leader of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini tweeted, "What is this a threat? This is shameful arrogance." In an appearance on Italian TV he called EC's actions "institutional bullying", and stated that "if anyone in Brussels thinks of cutting the funds that belong to Italy, because the League wins the elections, then we have to rethink this Europe."

POLISH PRIME MINISTER, MATEUSZ MORAWIECKI WAS HARSHER STILL: "MS. VON DER LEYEN'S STATEMENT IS OUTRAGEOUS. IS THIS DEMOCRACY, IS THIS THE RULE OF LAW? THAT EUROCRATS IN BRUSSELS DICTATE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LIKE? WHO SHOULD CHOOSE GOVERNMENTS? SHOULD THE EUROPEAN NATIONS OR BRUSSELS AND BERLIN CONSULT AND DICTATE WHAT THE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE? THIS IS NOT THE RULE OF LAW, THIS IS A DICTATE AND THE ABSENCE OF THE RULE OF LAW."

HE ADDED THAT THE REAL VALUES EUROPEANS SHOULD STRIVE FOR ARE "DEMOCRACY, SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS, NOT BUREAUCRATS FROM BRUSSELS WHO WILL DICTATE, BLACKMAIL, INTIMIDATE, PUT PRESSURE ON OTHERS."

"Unity" in shared values… or not

At the time when the Eurocrats are falling over themselves to boast about their unity and common policy based on shared values, the reality is that the European project is coming apart at the seams. It remains to be seen, however, whether the Italian people will get the change they voted for, whether Meloni's populism is real or fake, whether she'll prove the champion of the people or is she merely controlled opposition. There's no doubt that her rhetoric is compelling to those yearning to defend their Italian identity and heritage based in family values and Christianity, but her meteoric rise from almost total obscurity (during the last elections in 2018, her party won only 4% of the vote) to winning yesterday's elections might also incite suspicions.

IS MELONI CONTROLLED OPPOSITION?

BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE POWERFUL ASPEN INSTITUTE LAST FEBRUARY MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. HEADQUARTERED IN WASHINGTON, D. C., THE "THINK TANK" IS FUNDED BY SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL GLOBALIST FORCES IN THE WORLD INCLUDING THE GATES FOUNDATION, FORD FOUNDATION, ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND, CARNEGIE CORPORATION AND LUMINA FOUNDATION. GIORGIA MELONI DOES TALK A GOOD TALK FOR THE ELECTORATE; WE'LL FIND OUT WHETHER SHE'LL ALSO WALK THE WALK.

EU doom: when, not if

Either way, the EU is currently facing massive and gathering financial, economic and social headwinds which are sure to add fuel to populist movements across the continent. As the economy falters, inflation continues to rage and the common currency craters, the continent's future seems bleak. EU's fake democracy won't work for much longer and one of the globalists' favorite projects is set to collapse; it is the question of when, not if.
JUPITER OPPOSITION TO BRING IT CLOSEST TO EARTH IN 59 YEARS
JUPITER WILL MAKE ITS CLOSEST APPROACH TO EARTH IN 59 YEARS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, ACCORDING TO NASA.

The largest planet in our solar system, the gas giant will be at opposition, meaning Earth is directly between it and the sun, said Trina L. Ray, deputy science manager for the Europa Clipper mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The space agency originally said Jupiter would be making its closest approach to Earth in 70 years, but corrected its statement after discovering the error, a NASA spokesperson said.

There will be about 367 million miles (590.6 million kilometers) between Earth and Jupiter, according to NASA. Jupiter is about 600 million miles (965.6 million kilometers) away from our home planet at its farthest point, the space agency said.

Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) images objects in the near-infrared range from 0.6 to 5 microns, so Neptune does not appear blue to Webb. In fact, the methane gas so strongly absorbs red and infrared light that the planet is quite dark at these near-infrared wavelengths, except where high-altitude clouds are present. Such methane-ice clouds are prominent as bright streaks and spots, which reflect sunlight before it is absorbed by methane gas.

Jupiter is at opposition about every 13 months, the length of time the Earth takes to orbit the Sun in relation to Jupiter, according to EarthSky.

Neither Earth nor Jupiter orbits the sun in a perfect circle, which is what makes each opposition a slightly different distance, said Ray, who is also NASA's investigation scientist for the Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface, or REASON.

How to watch

Jupiter will appear brighter and bigger in the sky, making the event a great opportunity to catch a glimpse, NASA said.

The gaseous planet will rise around sunset and look pearly white to the naked eye, said Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University in Houston.

With a pair of binoculars or a telescope, you will be able to see the planet's bands, according to NASA.

Stargazers may also be able to see three or four of Jupiter's moons, including Europa, Ray said.

"Since I am working on a spacecraft that we are going to send to the Jupiter system to explore Europa," she said, "I'm always excited to see Jupiter and even Europa with my own eyes."

For a precise time of when to look in the sky, use The Old Farmer's Almanac's visible planets calculator.

Saturn and Mars will also be visible, so try and spot those planets while viewing Jupiter's opposition, Hartigan said.
"UNEXPLAINED DEATHS" ARE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH IN 2022 IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND EUROPE
September 25, 2022

One of the statistical anomalies we saw in 2021 that the corporate media refused to address, was the fact that more people died "from COVID" in 2021 than in 2020 when the "pandemic" started and reached its height, and after the FDA fast-tracked several new drugs and vaccines to "prevent COVID" or "reduce the chances of death" from COVID-19 at the end of 2020.

While the corporate media and the U.S. Government "health" agencies never even considered the possibility that the excess deaths in 2021 could be due to the massive rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and mandates, those of us in the Alternative Media did. But here we are now in the 9th month of 2022, and all across the world in many countries it is being reported that "unexplained excess deaths" continue to increase, from "all cause mortality" and not from COVID, even though the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered has drastically fallen in 2022 as compared to 2021.

Alberta, Canada has recently reported that "Unknown Cases of Death" took over the "top spot" for causes of deaths in 2020, displacing "Dementia" which held the top spot since 2016, and more than doubled in 2021, and is still increasing here in 2022 and is now finally being investigated. The Daily Mail reported last week that "Undertakers are run off their feet with abnormally high numbers of Australians dying."

In Europe, statistics provided by EuroMOMO, a European mortality monitoring organization, show that there have been more excess deaths recorded in 2022 than in 2020 and 2021, and that the greatest increase in deaths has occurred in children and young people. The RAIR Foundation interviewed a Toronto-area casket manufacturer recently who reported that for the first time in his 30 years of manufacturing coffins, they had to order more coffins than usual for children, ordering them in bulk this year, as there has been such a dramatic increase in deaths among children.

In the U.S., former Blackrock manager Edward Dowd is one of the few who are examining the Insurance Industry data that show "unexplained excess deaths" are also dramatically increasing in the U.S. here in 2022, and the CDC's death statistics even confirm much of this.
UKRAINE ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIVING SOPHISTICATED U.S. MISSILE SYSTEMS
26 September 2022

Ukraine acknowledges being in receipt of advanced American missile systems, despite Russia's warnings that "pumping" the ex-Soviet republic with arms would only exacerbate the conflict there.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that Ukraine had received the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), a networked short- to medium-range ground-based military machine.

"...I want to thank [US] President [Joe] Biden for a positive decision that has been already made [regarding dispatching of the missile systems]," Zelenskiy said.

Zelenskiy also thanked the United States for equipping Kiev with High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), and other multiple rocket-launching equipment.

Russia began a "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, saying it was aimed at "demilitarizing" the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, which is made up of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics.

Back in 2014, the two republics broke away from Ukraine, refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government there that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.

Announcing the operation, Putin said the mission was meant to "defend people who for eight years are suffering persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime."

As well as the short- and medium-range missile systems, the West has equipped Ukraine with long-range weapons that the country has used on several occasions to target the Russian territory.

In what appeared to be an appeal for further unbridled American military support for the Ukrainian military, the Ukrainian president alleged, "...believe me, it (the American military equipment) is not even nearly enough to cover the civilian infrastructure, schools, hospitals, universities, homes of Ukrainians."

Russia has denied targeting any civilian infrastructures during the military campaign.

Zelensky's remarks came less than a week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and its European allies were trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine in order to weaken Russia.

The countries in question were "pumping Ukraine full of weapons, [and] training their soldiers," the Russian top diplomat told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

They are doing so to "drag out the fighting as long as possible in spite of the victims in order to wear down and weaken Russia," he added.
GIORGIA MELONI HAS WON THE ITALIAN GENERAL ELECTION
Paul Kirby

26 September 2022

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni has won Italy's election, according to exit polls, and is on course to become the country's first female prime minister.

If they are confirmed, Ms Meloni will aim to form Italy's most right-wing government since World War Two.

That will alarm much of Europe as Italy is the EU's third-biggest economy.

She is predicted to win between 22-26% of the vote, says a RAI exit poll, ahead of her closest rival Enrico Letta from the centre left.

That dominance was underlined by the first projection from Rai, which gave her 24.6% of the vote for the Senate. Projections are based on concrete results. Italians also vote for the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies.

MS MELONI'S RIGHT-WING ALLIANCE NOW LOOKS TO HAVE CONTROL OF BOTH HOUSES, WITH A PROJECTED 42.2% OF THE SENATE VOTE.

Exit polls put the centre-left alliance well behind with 25.5%-29.5%. They failed to form a viable challenge with other parties, after Italy's 18-month national unity government collapsed in July, and party figures were downbeat even before the vote. The Five Star Movement under Giuseppe Conte is on course for third place but despite having several centre-left policies does not see eye to eye with Enrico Letta.

Turnout was dramatically low - 63.82% by the time polls closed - said Italy's interior ministry, almost 10% down on 2018. Voting levels were especially poor in southern regions including Sicily.

The decision on who becomes Italy's next leader is up to the president, not Giorgia Meloni, and that will take time.

Although she has worked hard to soften her image, emphasising her support for Ukraine and diluting anti-EU rhetoric, she leads a party rooted in a post-war movement that rose out of dictator Benito Mussolini's fascists.

Italy is a founding father of the European Union and a member of NATO, and Ms Meloni's rhetoric on the EU places her close to Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orban.

Her allies, Matteo Salvini of the far-right League, and former PM Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia have both had close ties with Russia. Mr Berlusconi, 85, claimed last week that Vladimir Putin was pushed into invading Ukraine while Mr Salvini has called into question Western sanctions on Moscow.

Ms Meloni wants to revisit Italian reforms agreed with the EU in return for almost €200billion in post-Covid recovery grants and loans, arguing that the energy crisis has changed the situation.

The Hungarian prime minister's long-serving political director, Balazs Orban, was quick to congratulate Italy's right-wing parties: "We need more than ever friends who share a common vision and approach to Europe's challenges."

However, Prof Gianluca Passarelli of Rome's Sapienza University told the BBC he thought she would avoid rocking the boat on Europe and focus on other policies: "I think we will see more restrictions on civil rights and policies on LGBT and immigrants."

Mr Salvini will be hoping to return to the interior ministry to halt migrant boats crossing from Libya.

This election marks a one-third reduction in the size of the two houses, and that appears to have benefited the winning parties.

A RAI TV exit poll suggested the three parties would hold 227-257 seats in the revamped 400-seat Chamber and 111-131 seats out of a total of 200 seats in the Senate. Mr Salvini said the right had a clear advantage in both houses.

The same RAI poll also reveals just how dominant the Meloni-led coalition is likely to be. The centre left would hold a mere 78-98 seats in the Chamber and 33-53 in the Senate.
LAVROV DÉNONCE LES "FAKE NEWS" DE L'OCCIDENT
"VENEZ AU DONBASS, VENEZ EN CRIMÉE"

25.09.2022

Des fake news occidentales sur Izioum, le Donbass et la Crimée, le racisme envers les Russes, la Chine comme la prochaine cible de l'Otan… Tour d'horizon des déclarations clefs du ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, lors d'une conférence de presse à l'ONU.

Le chef de la diplomatie russe a évoqué de nombreux sujets liés au conflit en Ukraine et aux fausses informations relayées par l'Occident, au cours de sa conférence de presse à l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU. Elle a eu lieu le 24 septembre à New York dans une salle bondée de journalistes.
Kiev empêche à la presse occidentale de se rendre à Izioum.

"Quant à cette récente histoire d'Izioum avec ces soi-disant "fosses communes" d'habitants ukrainiens martyrisés. Ils n'ont montré qu'un cimetière avec de véritables tombes. Mais elles ne sont pas communes. Chaque sépulture était munie d'une croix orthodoxe, autrement dit les gens ont été enterrés. Mais les Ukrainiens ont commencé à les creuser", a expliqué le chef de la diplomatie russe.

Il a ajouté que la presse occidentale s'y était intéressée mais que les autorités ukrainiennes refusaient les demandes des journalistes de s'y rendre.

APPEL À LA PRESSE INTERNATIONALE POUR VISITER LE DONBASS ET LA CRIMÉE

"N'ESSAYEZ PAS DE JUGER LES FAITS DEPUIS VOTRE BUREAU OU DE NEW YORK. VENEZ EN CRIMÉE, PARLEZ AUX GENS LÀ-BAS. PERSONNE NE LE FAIT SAUF UN PETIT NOMBRE DE BRAVES HOMMES POLITIQUES QUI NE FONT PAS PARTIE DU SYSTÈME D'ÉLITE. VENEZ À L'EST. ETES-VOUS ALLÉS AU DONBASS PENDANT HUIT ANS DE GUERRE LORSQUE LES ACCORDS DE MINSK ÉTAIENT VIOLÉS TOUS LES JOURS? NON".
GIORGIA MELONI SI AVVIA VERSO IL GOVERNO MENTRE CONTE DIVENTA IL VERO LEADER DELL'OPPOSIZIONE
26 Settembre 2022

Qualcuno potrebbe dire che tutto è andato secondo copione con la vittoria del Centrodestra che sembrava scritta negli astri. Eppure questo è vero soltanto a metà perché queste elezioni autunnali, le prime nella storia d'Italia, hanno riservato numerose sorprese.

GIÀ PERCHÉ SE È VERO CHE FRATELLI D'ITALIA È SALDAMENTE IL PRIMO PARTITO D'ITALIA, CON IL 26% DEI CONSENSI PIOVUTI SU GIORGIA MELONI & CO., POCHI SI SAREBBERO ANCHE SOLTANTO IMMAGINATI UN TONFO ROBOANTE DA PARTE DELLA LEGA DI MATTEO SALVINI CHE, CON LO SCRUTINIO ANCORA IN CORSO MA CON PREVISIONI PIÙ CHE FOSCHE DALLE PROIEZIONI, HA CAPITALIZZATO APPENA L'8,9% DELLE PREFERENZE DEGLI ITALIANI E CHE PER QUESTO È TALLONATA DA FORZA ITALIA CHE HA TENUTO E SI È ASSESTATA ALL'8%.

Un risultato impressionante se si pensa che alle europee del 2019 il Capitano aveva messo in cassaforte il 34,3%. Nel complesso è stata una grande performance per la coalizione di Centrodestra che al Senato dovrebbe prendere almeno 114 seggi mentre alla Camera strappa ben il 43% delle preferenze.

Ma se la Lega piange, il Partito democratico non ride di certo. Al Nazareno era chiaro che la partita era disperata ma ci si appigliava, almeno ad inizio campagna elettorale, al fatto che il Pd era "il primo partito" dello stivale e, con un 21% dei sondaggi di un mese fa, si assestava di pochi decimali sopra Fratelli d'Italia.

Ma giorno dopo giorno e con una campagna elettorale sotto tono, i dem si sono sciolti come neve al sole capitalizzando un risultato estremamente negativo e che li vede sotto la soglia psicologica del 20%. Al momento, tanto per capirci, il Pd si assesta a un 19% che dovrà far ragionare a lungo il partito su cosa non abbia funzionato, con la sedia di Enrico Letta che già traballa pericolosamente. E poco importa che il Centrosinistra alla Camera ha raggiunto il 26,1%.

UN'ALTRA SORPRESA È STATA SENZA DUBBIO LA CAVALCATA DEL MOVIMENTO CINQUE STELLE DI GIUSEPPE CONTE CHE TUTTI DAVANO PER SPACCIATI. MA PER IL DE PROFUNDIS CI SARÀ TEMPO PERCHÉ I PENTASTELLATI HANNO AVUTO UN EXPLOIT, TOTALIZZANDO IL 15,3% DELLE PREFERENZE, CHE PER ALCUNI SARÀ STUPEFACENTE MA CHE, IN REALTÀ, ERA GIÀ EVIDENTE DAI BAGNI DI FOLLA FATTI DALL'AVVOCATO DEL POPOLO IN OGNI TAPPA DELLA SUA LUNGA CAMPAGNA ELETTORALE.

COSA ANCOR PIÙ IMPORTANTE È CHE GRAZIE A QUESTO RISULTATO, I 5 STELLE – MALGRADO SCISSIONI E POLEMICHE – SONO RIUSCITI A DIVENTARE LA TERZA FORZA IN ITALIA, SCAVALCANDO L'EX ALLEATO SALVINI, E SONO "IL PRIMO PARTITO AL SUD" COME PRECISA CONTE. BUONA ANCHE LA PERFORMANCE DI CARLO CALENDA E MATTEO RENZI CON IL LORO TERZO POLO CHE SI FERMA AL 7,5% ANCHE SE IL LEADER DI AZIONE AVEVA FISSATO L'ASTICELLA AL 10%.

L'alleanza Verdi/Sinistra italiana supera quota tre percento, mentre +Europa arriva appena a sfiorarla. Disastro, invece, per Impegno civico di Luigi Di Maio che, malgrado dichiarazioni roboanti di mirare al 6%, a conti fatti ottiene lo 0,6%, ben lontano dall'1%. Chi ci si avvicina ma al momento rischia di non riuscire a ottenerla per pochi decimali è Noi Moderati mentre restano sicuramente a bocca asciutta, in quanto lontani dallo sbarramento del 3%, sia Unione popolare di Luigi De Magistris che Italexit di Gianluigi Paragone.

Il dato peggiore è quello sull'affluenza. È il più basso mai registrato per le elezioni politiche

Il dato peggiore, però, è quello sull'affluenza. Alle ore 23 ha votato il 63,95% degli aventi diritto: si tratta del dato più basso mai registrato per le elezioni politiche. Un numero che deve far riflettere visto che nella precedente tornata elettorale del 2018, alla stessa ora, si era recato alle urne il 73,01%.

Malgrado lo scrutinio ancora in corso, è un'Italia dipinta di blu. Guardando il dato nelle macro aree del Paese a far rumore è senza dubbio l'affermazione di Fratelli d'Italia nelle ex roccaforti della Lega. FdI nel Nord Ovest si aggiudica il 23% dei consensi, risultando il primo partito, mentre al Nord Est il dato è ancora superiore e tocca quota 26%.

MA È NEL CENTRO ITALIA, VERO SERBATOIO DEL PARTITO, CHE LA MELONI OTTIENE IL SUO MIGLIOR RISULTATO CON IL 27% DELLE PREFERENZE. SOLTANTO NEL MEZZOGIORNO FDI – PUR CAPITALIZZANDO IL 20% DEI CONSENSI – NON RIESCE AD IMPORSI COME PRIMO PARTITO MA COME TERZO. A DOMINARE NEL SUD ITALIA È IL MOVIMENTO 5 STELLE CHE OTTIENE IL 26% DEI CONSENSI.

Con i risultati che si vanno via via consolidando, gli istituti statistici hanno delinato gli scenari per il prossimo Parlamento. Stando ai dati Swg forniti a La7 la distribuzione dei seggi al Senato, esclusi quelli eletti all'estero, al Centrodestra andrebbero tra 114-122 seggi, al centrosinistra 37-43 seggi, al Movimento 5 Stelle tra 23-27, ad Azione-Italia Viva tra 9-11 e 3 a Svp. Alla Camera, dove lo spoglio procede a rilento, al Centrodestra andrebbero tra i 230 e i 250 seggi, al Centrosinistra tra 70 e 90, ai pentastellati tra 46 e 54, ad Azione-Iv tra 18 e 22, all'Svp tra 2 e 3.

Sono numerose e interessanti anche le sfide negli uninominali. Giorgia Meloni, Silvio Berlusconi e Maurizio Lupi sono largamente in testa nei rispettivi collegi uninominali dove rappresentano il Centrodestra. A scrutinio ancora in corso Meloni ha il 52% dei voti nel collegio di L'Aquila Camera, Berlusconi ha il 50% nel collegio di Monza Senato e Lupi il 55% nel collegio di Lecco Camera. Salvini non è candidato nell'uninominale.

Nel Centrosinistra urne amare per Luigi Di Maio che è stato sconfitto da Sergio Costa del Movimento 5 Stelle a Napoli Fuorigrotta Camera. Per Emma Bonino, invece, è vero testa a testa con Mennuni del Centrodestra a Roma centro Senato. Un seggio, questo, in cui a sorpresa si è classificato terzo Carlo Calenda. Ma per il leader di Azione i giochi non sono finiti perché c'è pronto il paracadute visto che è candidato anche al proporzionale per palazzo Madama.
MELONI SAYS CENTER-RIGHT BLOC HAS A CLEAR MANDATE TO RULE
GIORGIA MELONI, LEADING A CENTER-RIGHT COALITION, IS ON TRACK TO BECOME ITALY'S FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER EVER AND ITS FIRST FAR-RIGHT LEADER SINCE BENITO MUSSOLINI. THE MAIN CENTER-LEFT GROUP HAS CONCEDED DEFEAT.

GIORGIA MELONI, 45, IS POISED TO FORM ITALY'S NEXT GOVERNMENT

The center-right coalition led by nationalist Giorgia Meloni secured a parliamentary majority in Italy's general elections on Sunday, according to exit polls.

Speaking early Monday, Meloni said Italians had sent "a clear message" in backing her alliance.

"If we are called upon to govern this nation, we will do so for all Italians, with the aim of uniting the people, of exalting what unites them rather than what divides them," she told reporters. "We will not betray your trust."

Her remarks came shortly after the main center-left group, the Democratic Party, conceded defeat.

"This is a sad evening for the country", Debora Serracchiani, a senior PD lawmaker, told reporters in the party's first official comment on the result. "[The right] has the majority in parliament, but not in the country," Serracchiani said.

What did exit polls indicate?

Polls closed at 11 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) on Sunday. Exit polls had shown the alliance, led by Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, securing around 45% of the vote. Meloni's own party had 26% of that by itself, as the strongest single group in the polls.

The center-left alliance, led by the Democratic Party, was the second-strongest bloc, with 29%.

The populist 5 Star Movement grabbed 16.5%, following reports of a last-minute surge in support after a polling moratorium had been imposed.

Some 51.5 million people were eligible to cast ballots. The Interior Ministry put the overall turnout at 64% — far lower than the 2018 election, which had seen a record low turnout of 73%.

The projections indicated that the center-right alliance was winning between 227 and 257 of the 400 seats in the lower house of parliament and 111-131 of the 200 Senate seats.

The center-left alliance, led by the Democratic Party, was projected to have secured 88 seats in the lower house and 42 seats in the Senate.

Relative results for Italy's political parties in the 2022 general election

Preliminary results put the far-right Brothers of Italy firmly ahead of the moderate Democratic Party

Who is part of the winning coalition?

Meloni's Brothers of Italy party is in an alliance with the anti-migrant League party of Matteo Salvini, as well as the center-right Forza Italia led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Meloni campaigned on a motto of "God, country and family." The 45-year-old nationalist has downplayed her party's post-fascist roots and sought to promote it as a mainstream conservative group.

She has rejected accusations of being a fascist, and increasingly toned down some of the more far-right rhetoric.

However, in June, she railed against a so-called LGBT lobby, "mass immigration" and "big international finance."

Although she has been known for her euroskeptic stance, she has abandoned her calls for Rome to ditch the eurozone. Instead, she wants Italy to assert its interests more in the European Union.

How have right-wing politicians in Europe reacted?

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, congratulated Meloni after exit polls showed that her coalition was winning.

"In these difficult times, we need more than ever friends who share a common vision and approach to Europe's challenges," said Orban's political adviser Balazs Orban.

French National Rally leader Marine Le Pen and the leader of Spain's Vox party, Santiago Abascal, also congratulated Meloni.

In Germany, lawmakers from the far-right AfD party hailed the right-wing victory in Italy.

"We celebrate with Italy!" AfD lawmaker Beatrix von Storch wrote late Sunday on Twitter.

"Sweden in the north, Italy in the south: left-wing governments are yesterday's news," she wrote, referring to Sweden's recent election results that marked a significant victory for the right-wing Sweden Democrats.

French European Parliament member Jordan Bardella said Italians had given European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen "a lesson in humility."

Last week, von der Leyen said Brussels had tools at its disposal to use if a new right-wing government in Italy fails to follow EU rules. Her remarks were an apparent reference to a mechanism that allows the EU to suspend funding for members that it deems undemocratic.

"No threat of any kind can stop democracy," Bardella said. "The people of Europe are raising their heads and taking their destiny back into their own hands."

EU takes pragmatic tone

The European Commission said it hoped for a positive relationship with the next Italian government.  

EU spokesman Eric Mamer said it was normal for the commission to work "with the governments that emerge from elections."

"This is no different in this case. Of course, we hope that we will have constructive cooperation with the new Italian authorities," he added.

However, the International Auschwitz Committee voiced shock at the election result.  

"For all survivors of the Holocaust and the heirs of the Italian resistance, one of the most important resistance movements against fascism in Europe, this election outcome is a shocking and sad event," the committee's Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner said.  

What triggered the snap election?

THE ELECTION CAME ABOUT IN THE WAKE OF OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER MARIO DRAGHI'S FRAGILE COALITION COLLAPSING, AS PART OF A PROCESS THAT BEGAN WHEN THE 5 STAR MOVEMENT WITHDREW ITS SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. DRAGHI RESIGNED IN JULY, UNABLE TO PUSH THROUGH AN AID PACKAGE DESIGNED TO COUNTER INFLATION.

Italy's complicated electoral system was revised in time for the 2018 elections, meaning that a party or group is no longer guaranteed a majority if it can attain 40% of the vote as was the case beforehand.

Nevertheless, polls from two weeks before the ballot, after which a freeze on opinion polling took effect, suggested that Meloni's right-wing alliance was poised to claim majorities in both houses.

Given the complicated electoral system and the likelihood of coalition negotiations, the first session of the new parliament and formation of a new government is liable to take weeks, as it tends to in Germany after a national vote.
HIGH PARTICIPATION IN REFERENDUMS IN DONBASS - DESPITE SHELLING, TERROR AND FAKE NEWS
September 26 2022

Endless shelling and dead civilians, terror and enormous pressure on election observers from EU countries - this is how the referendums in the Donbass republics and in eastern Ukraine are going. However, voter turnout is high almost everywhere.

The penultimate day of referendums in the Donbass republics and eastern Ukraine has begun - and under enormous pressure. The hostilities of the Ukrainian military and Ukrainian secret services are unprecedented these days, according to media citing local authorities.

TASS reports ongoing threats against referendum organizers and local authorities. Ukrainian forces bomb hotels where journalists are staying. On September 25, the Play guest house in Kherson came under fire. One RT team narrowly escaped death, and former Rada MP Aleksei Zhuravko was killed in the attack. Polling stations in the city of Rubezhnoye, among others, are fired at directly. According to DVR head Denis Puschilin, "there were also two cases in which members of 'flying election commissions' were injured".

Despite this, the turnout in the three-day referendum on the accession of the Donetsk People's Republic to the Russian Federation is 77.12 percent, reports the TASS news agency. More than 1.2 million people cast their ballots in the referendum, the agency said.

Participation in the People's Republic of Lugansk is 76.09 percent. Voter turnout in the Zaporozhye region has so far been somewhat low. On the evening of September 25, a turnout of 51.55 percent was confirmed there.

Voter turnout in the Cherson region is currently 50 percent. Thus, the referendums can be registered as having taken place.

International observers from the EU and the USA, Serbia, Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela and Egypt are on duty at the referendums, reports TASS. The observers confirm that the votes generally take place without irregularities.

The independent journalist Sonja van den Ende from the Netherlands expressed her impression of the referendum in the Lugansk People's Republic in an interview with the agency:

"I see a free expression of the will of the people, everything is transparent. In the Western media, everything is presented in such a way that the referendum is held under pressure, that soldiers with  machine guns force people to vote, but I don't see anything like that here. Everything is right."

HOWEVER, THE PRESENCE OF FOREIGN OBSERVERS IS ACCOMPANIED BY SCANDALS. THE GERMAN OBSERVERS ARE UNDER GREAT PRESSURE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES, THEY SAY, SONJA VAN DEN ENDE TOLD URA.RU THAT ONE OF THE GERMAN JOURNALISTS WHO CAME AS AN OBSERVER HAS ALREADY LOST HIS JOB:

"A GERMAN JOURNALIST ARRIVED YESTERDAY AND HAS ALREADY LOST HIS JOB. HE WAS TOLD HE HAD TO REPORT TO THE POLICE STATION TOMORROW. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE."

STEFAN SCHALLER, HEAD OF THE ENERGY SUPPLY COMPANY ENERGIE WALDECK-FRANKENBERG, IS ALSO THREATENED WITH CONSEQUENCES. ACCORDING TO GERMAN MEDIA, HE SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM HIS DUTIES AS MANAGING DIRECTOR BECAUSE HE HAD VOLUNTEERED AS AN OBSERVER. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE RIA NOVOSTI DID NOT RULE OUT SANCTIONS AGAINST OBSERVERS FROM ITALY BECAUSE OF THEIR PRESENCE AT THE REFERENDUM.

SONJA VAN DEN ENDE ALSO FEARS PROSECUTION IN HER HOME COUNTRY. THAT IS WHY SHE CAME TO THE REFERENDUM WITH HER DAUGHTER AND HAS NO PLANS TO RETURN TO THE NETHERLANDS FOR THE TIME BEING, THE JOURNALIST TOLD RIA NOVOSTI.
ONE OF EVERY SIX ELDERLY GERMANS RISKING POVERTY
26 September 2022

A growing number of citizens over the age of 65 have less than 60% of the median income, Funke media group found

Around one in six Germans over the age of 65 is at risk of falling into poverty, according to a study by the Federal Statistical Office and published by the German media group Funke.

"The poverty risk rate for people over 65 increased from 14.7% to 17.4% between 2018 and 2021. Nearly one in six people over 65 in Germany is at risk of poverty, meaning they have less than 60% of the median income at their disposal," the study was cited in the report.

According to the finding, elderly women are more likely to be at risk of poverty. The poverty risk rate for women over 65 was 19.3%, while for men it was 15.1%.

In response to the findings, the left-wing faction of the Bundestag demanded government intervention.

"The chancellor's 'stable pensions' are a fairy tale. Poverty in old age is exploding," parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch told the Funke newspaper. He reiterated his party's demand for a minimum pension of €1'200, and warned that SOARING ENERGY PRICES THIS WINTER MAY LEAVE MANY MORE ELDERLY GERMANS DESTITUTE.

Germany has been grappling with record-high inflation, which accelerated to 8.8% in August, the highest level in nearly 50 years. Energy prices were up 35.6% year-on-year despite the relief measures, while food prices soared by 16.6%, accelerating for the sixth month in a row.
ZELENSKY REVEALS HOW MUCH THE U.S.A. PAYS UKRAINE
26 September 2022

COVERING KIEV'S EXPENSES COSTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS US$1.5 BILLION A MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT

The Ukrainian government is being heavily supported with American money, with Washington contributing $1.5 billion per month to the budget, Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelensky has revealed.

The sum was mentioned by the Ukrainian leader during an interview with CBS host Margaret Brennan for the 'Face the Nation' program, which was aired on Sunday.

Currently Kiev runs "a deficit of $5 billion in our budget," Zelenksy said, adding that "the United States gives us $1.5 billion every month to support our budget to fight" against Russia.

Zelensky argued that arming and otherwise helping Ukraine militarily is a "win-win" for the US. He pledged that once Russia is defeated, the Ukrainian people will return to their home country and start paying taxes there, relieving the burden on American taxpayers.

"For the United States, it will be significant savings, but for us, it will be an opportunity to secure our territory and make it safe for our population," he stated.

US President Joe Biden has pledged to help Ukraine "for as long as it takes" to secure a strategic defeat of Russia, which he declared Washington's ultimate goal in the conflict.

Many Americans do not share the president's view that the situation in Ukraine is crucial. According to the conservative election pollster Rasmussen Reports, it failed to make the top-ten list of issues of concern for likely voters.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration asked Congress to authorize some $12 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, including $4.5 billion to support the Kiev government financially beyond September. It asked for $2 billion on top of that, to help Ukraine offset rising energy prices.

The package is expected to be approved on Friday, but some political analysts question whether the cash flows to Ukraine can be sustained after the midterm elections in November.
CON MELONI PRIMO MINISTRO: GUERRA, FAME E VACCINI A OLTRANZA
Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio

I caproni zelanti, ovvero gli Italiani tutti attaccati alla paura di perdere i loro piccoli privilegi in un transatlantico Italia che sta colando a picco da anni, hanno votato. Le pecore belanti del partito dell'astensione (36% circa) non ci hanno nemmeno provato. Come era ampiamente previsto dai sondaggi precedenti a queste elezioni politiche per il rinnovo del Parlamento ha vinto l'unica eroina accreditata dai media di mainstream: ha vinto la Lobby delle Armi della NATO!

Giorgia Meloni, leader di Fratelli d'Italia che diventa il primo partito italiano superando il Partito Democratico e portando la coalizione di centrodestra (Lega, Forza Italia e altri partiti minori) oltre al 40%, non è la vera vincitrice della sfida elettorale, non è nemmeno il vero futuro Presidente del Consiglio, che per la prima volta nella storia del Bel Paese Mediterraneo sarà di sesso femminile.

MELONI È LA FOTOCOPIA DI DESTRA DI QUELLA URSULA VON DER LEYEN CHE FU ACCLAMATA PRESIDENTE DELLA COMMISSIONE EUROPEA.

La leader di Fratelli d'Italia, grazie alle sue battute grossolane e gravide di promesse demagogiche da infima teatrocrazia alla romana, è riuscita a convincere un numero sufficiente di Italiani idioti che poteva rappresentare il Grande Cambiamento mentre in realtà sarà soltanto l'erede fragile, e facilmente ricattabile da Bruxelles, del premier uscente Mario Draghi.

Proprio come lui coltiva pure, più in apparenza che nella sostanza, i valori cattolici che, però, non sono riusciti ancora a indurla a sposarsi in un matrimonio cristiano con il compagno da cui ha avuto una figlia.

Chi ha accusato la leader di Fratelli d'Italia di avere nostalgie fasciste è in parte visionario ed in parte miope: visionario perché nell'era del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale destra e sinistra sono sate seppellite fin dal Patto de Nazzareno che nel 2014 Silvio Berlusconi, leader di Forza Italia, firmò con il Partito Democratico per mandare il segretario Matteo Renzi alla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, sebbene non fosse nemmeno un parlamentare.

Negli USA il medesimo sortilegio politico è avvenuto quando il veterano del GOP (Repubblicani) George Bush jr fece l'endorsement per il candidato democratico Joseph Biden per contrastare Donald Trump che stava dando segni di insofferenza ai ripetuti impeachment avviati dai Democratici ma in realtà costruiti dagli 007 della CIA, il controspionaggio americano, al servizio del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale ormai sostituitosi al Deep State anche a Washington.

Ma chi reputa Meloni una fascista è anche miope perché non ha compreso che la Lobby delle Armi della NATO a cui lei si è inchinata, dopo una vita da politica di professione fin dalla gioventù, non le consentirebbe di esprimere una minima tendenza di estrema destra: tale copyright politico è concesso solo al regime neonazista del presidente ucraino Volodymyr Zelensky che la stessa leader di Fratelli d'Italia si è detta più volte intenzionata a supportare. A costo di affamare gli Italiani con un'esplosione di rincari innescati dall'energia, con tanto di speculazioni delle multinazionali, e dall'inflazione sulle materie prime.

Ecco perché la vittoria attesa e conclamata della Meloni non è parto del suo ingegno ma di quello di colui che con lei fondò Fratelli d'Italia: Guido Crosetto, già coordinatore regionale piemontese di Forza Italia, che negli ultimi anni è divenuto un personaggio all'ombra dei riflettori ma al centro dei traffici più redditizi del mondo: la Lobby delle Armi.

Pur di non cedere il suo ruolo di presidente dell'AIAD (Aziende Italiane per l'Aerospazio, la Difesa e la Sicurezza) di cui fa parte anche l'AMPAM (Associazione Nazionale Produttori Armi e Munizioni Sportive e Civili), ha rinunciato ad una candidatura sicuramente vincente in Parlamento.

«Io non sono candidato a niente – ha dichiarato Crosetto pochi giorni fa in un incontro con gli imprenditori a Pesaro – ed è inutile che dicano che mi offriranno un posto da ministro perché poi tocca a me firmare e non mi interessa, anche perché mi sono già dimesso da parlamentare»

In compenso ha candidato il suo nipote trentenne Giovanni proprio nella lista camerale del Collegio Piemonte 1 di Torino, capoluogo in cui s'incrociano sulla scia dell'immancabile guru del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale Bill Gates, i progetti militari del Distretto Aerospaziale e il piano DIANA sull'intelligenza artificiale nelle tecnologie militari.

Accanto a Microsoft chi farà la voce del padrone nei progetti torinesi?

Ovviamente la multinazionale italiana della difesa Leonardo Spa che è gestita da uomini di fiducia del Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella, in passato forte dell'esperienza di Vicepresidente del Consiglio con delega ai Servizi Segreti e Ministro della Difesa che gestì i bombardamenti NATO nei Balcani.

Abbiamo già scritto tute queste cose prima della vittoria della Meloni augurandoci che servissero a infondere il dubbio che lei potesse rappresentare un cambiamento. Così non è stato!

OVVIAMENTE SARÀ SORVEGLIATA SPECIALE DEL CAPO DELLO STATO E DELLA COMMISSIONE UE E, PERTANTO, DOVRÀ ADEGUARSI ALLE POLITICHE DI BRUXELLES A 360 GRADI SE VORRÀ VEDERE I FINANZIAMENTI PNNR, I FONDI DI RILANCIO POST-PANDEMIA.

Ecco perché l'unica certezza del suo prossimo governo, se Berlusconi non la tradirà per fare un'altra alleanza con Partito Democratico e Movimento 5 Stelle rinato sotto una parvenza di rinnovamento anch'essa mascherata dalle sceneggiate di Giuseppe Conte (altro uomo costruito da Mattarella e pertanto a lui referente), sarà la seguente: guerra, fame e vaccini ad oltranza per tutta Italia.

Sarò felicissimo di rimangiarmi ogni parola di questo articolo se la probabile futura premier Meloni saprà dimostrarsi capace di resistere alle oppressioni del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale, privo di umana intelligenza come evidenziato da un nostro acuto opinionista.

Ma al momento nutro enormi dubbi che voglia farlo…

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CROSETTO: «CRISI CHOC, MELONI NON FARÀ DA SOLA»
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Guido Crosetto - Wikipedia
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Crosetto presidente di Orizzonte Sistemi Navali
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