The world order is likely going to be rewritten as a result of the ongoing multidimensional conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the reactivation of direct military tensions involving great powers, increasing strategic competition between the US and China, the reconfiguration of alliances, and a sharp global economic downturn reflected in phenomena like inflation, the disruption of transnational supply chains, financial volatility, and a scarcity of critical goods. These challenging conditions of uncertainty are fueling strategic anxieties in the top nerve centers of many countries. However, despite this dark atmosphere, said landscape can also offer valuable opportunities worth harnessing for those willing and capable to take advantage of such circumstances in order to advance their own agenda. In other words, a seismic reshuffling of the global correlation of forces is favorable for the implementation of revisionist plans. In this regard, Turkey is well-positioned to reassert itself as an emerging great power in the decades to come. This analysis examines the trajectory followed by this Eurasian state in its quest for an elevated hierarchical position in the international system, and how the current environment of instability can paradoxically facilitate such a pursuit.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:50

It’s easy to see why, according to a new Harris poll, 71 percent of Americans said they do not want Joe Biden to run for re-election. As Americans face record gas prices and the highest inflation in 40 years, President Biden admits he could not care less. His Administration is committed to fight a proxy war with Russia through Ukraine and Americans just need to suck it up.

Last week a New York Times reporter asked Biden how long he expects Americans to pay record gasoline prices over his Administration’s Ukraine policy. “As long as it takes,” replied the president without hesitation.

“Russia cannot defeat Ukraine,” added Biden as justification for his Administration’s pro-pain policy toward Americans. The president has repeatedly tried to deflect blame for the growing economic crisis by claiming Russia is solely behind recent inflation. "The reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia," he said in the same press conference.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:50

John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, said Sunday that the US will not push Ukraine to reach a negotiated settlement with Russia even if the Biden administration thinks it’s the right thing to do.

Kirby, who recently joined the NSC after serving as the Pentagon’s spokesman, said that the US will continue to support Ukraine in its war and that it’s up to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky if and when to pursue negotiations with Moscow.

“[Zelensky] gets to determine how victory is decided and when and on what terms. And [what] we’re going to do is continue to make sure that can succeed on the battlefield so that he can succeed at the table. But even President Zelensky will tell you that the time is not now for those discussions,” Kirby said in an interview with Fox News.

Kirby’s comments came after CNN reported that White House officials privately doubt that Ukraine can retake all the territory Russia has captured since it invaded on February 24. Zelensky has maintained that his goal is to drive Russia out of those areas, but the report said US officials are debating if they should push Zelensky to change his goals as Russia continues to make gains in the east.

While Kirby said it’s up to Zelensky whether or not Ukraine will negotiate, the West had pressed him to stop talking to Russia earlier in the war. According to a report from Ukrainska Pravda citing sources close to Zelensky, Johnson told the Ukrainian leader during his visit to Kyiv on April 1 that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be pressured, not negotiated with.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:49

Over the weekend, Israel carried out attacks against a poultry farm on the Syrian coast, wounding two civilians. Russia issued a statement Monday, warning such attacks are “categorically unacceptable.”

Russia has positions on the Syrian coast, and has warned Israel away from the area before. The latest attack came from the coast, and conspicuously Russia didn’t comment when it happened.

The Russians say it violates Syrian sovereignty, and is against international norms. Those are plainly true things, but have never stopped Israel before.

Israel has shown time and again they’re willing to keep attacking over objections. If Russia decides to flat out stop them militarily, they clearly could, but so far that’s not been the case.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:48

Hundreds of thousands of service members who participated in the creation and expansion of the American nuclear arsenal might receive a new medal from the Pentagon. It’s the first real acknowledgement of how severe the impact of those tests were on the military.

A June 29 memo officially designated the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency as overseer of the new honor. The “Atomic Veterans Medal” as being colloquially known as would be given, at the Department of Defense’s discretion to some of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who worked in non-combat nuclear tests. 

It’s unclear exactly who will receive the new Atomic Veterans Commemorative Service Medal. These “Atomic Veterans” could number more than 600,000 according to advocates, although the conservative number of potential honorees is at least 225,000. As noted, veteran groups are pushing for eligibility to go to troops who, for instance, were involved in radioactive clean up in the 1970s. Per the new memo, the veterans must have served between 1945-1992, and meet certain criteria. These “radiation-exposed veterans” might be directly involved in the detonation of a nuclear weapon, involved in the clean up of a weapon or nuclear accident, or been exposed to radiation from the two bombs used in World War II. 

Posted on: Jul 05 08:47

The Russian government has added grain, sunflower oil and extracted meal to the list of exports that must be paid for in rubles. A resolution giving effect to the decision was adopted on Friday and published on the official portal of legal information.
It also provides for a one-year extension of duties to be paid in the national currency in respect of exported sunflower oil and sunflower meal until August 31, 2023.
As part of the new payment mechanism, the base price for calculating the export duty on wheat will be 15,000 rubles (over $267) per ton.
Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter and a major supplier of sunflower seeds. Russian Minister for Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev said this month that the country would export agricultural products to “friendly countries” only.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:46
Posted on: Jul 05 08:43

CHILDREN are being prescribed record levels of anti-anxiety drugs such as valium, statistics have revealed.

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Posted on: Jul 05 08:42

Abortion is a Jewish value, and is not only permitted but in some cases required by Jewish tradition, according to Sheila Katz, CEO of the US National Council of Jewish women.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:42

In the UK “very carefully” are considering a possible confiscation of frozen Russian assets and transfer them to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said, reports the Guardian.

“I support the concept. We are looking at [this issue] very carefully. Canadians have actually just passed a law. This is an issue that we are working on with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance, but I certainly agree with the concept. We just need to sort out the details,»— Truss explained.

According to her, the implementation of this initiative will most likely require legislative changes, but not necessarily.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:39

Military engineers of the Russian Armed Forces and Emergencies Ministry have inspected more than 3,700 hectares in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics (DPR and LPR), spotting and defusing 44,758 explosive devices, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Saturday.

"The engineering teams of the Russian Armed Forces and the Russian Emergencies Ministry carry out the tasks of clearing the territory and facilities in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics from mines. A total of 3,704.08 hectares have been searched, including 35 buildings (including 13 vital facilities), two bridges and 9.64 kilometers of roads. A total of 44,758 explosive devices have been located and disarmed," said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:31

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace of slander and the spread of fake news in response to his remarks about her.

"British Minister Wallace, if you don’t want to appear as a complete liar to the entire world, cite at least one example of how I am ‘threatening to nuke everyone’ ‘every week.’ Given that you won’t find a single quote, I am right now accusing you of slander and the spread of fake news," the diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel on Wednesday.

Earlier, the UK Defense Secretary made a number of offensive remarks about Russian officials, including Zakharova and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov branded these remarks as obnoxious and noted that such behavior casts a shadow on the UK.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:31

THE war in Ukraine is not about Boris Johnson. It just seems that way because his voice is the most loudly hawkish in Nato after Joe Biden’s, though not necessarily the most helpful.

He assured his G7 colleagues at the weekend that the West was ‘making the sacrifice’ in the rising price of food and energy that was politically embarrassing but worth paying for freedom.

The West is certainly in trouble in part because of the backfiring of the sanctions it imposed on Russia, but mainly because of domestic inflation and an entirely self-inflicted scarcity of reliable energy. But sacrifice when compared with what Ukraine is suffering? The equation sounds contemptible.

No Russian missiles are falling on Tunbridge Wells. No refugees are fleeing Newcastle. This was Johnson in sub-Churchillian mode, mugging for the media with infuriatingly crass belligerence.

‘The consequences of what’s happening for the world are tough, but the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher and everybody here understands that,’ Johnson said.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:30

 It is important that the Ukrainian recovery begins now, Ukrainian media outlets quoted European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Odile Renaud-Basso as saying at the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in Lugano on Monday.

Renaud-Basso noted the importance of starting immediate preparations for Ukraine's recovery and said the more support Ukraine gets now the easier and more effective its recovery will be. She also said they have to take some risks upon their balance sheet and look at the real economy, critical infrastructure.

The EBRD is ready to increase financing of Ukraine, with emphasis on private sector, Renaud-Basso said. The EBRD will significantly increase the funding; the recovery will require larger financing of the private sector and direct foreign investment, she said.

Attention should be paid to competitive sectors, such as metallurgy, IT and agriculture, Renaud-Basso said.

For her part, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was a moral duty of the international community to help Ukraine recover.

"The task ahead of us is colossal. [...] This is not only in our interest - it is also in our interest - but it is also our moral duty, our moral obligation," von der Leyen said in Lugano on Monday.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:30

The Japanese administration has added 57 Russian citizens and another five individuals to the sanctions list on suspicion of their "involvement in destabilization in eastern Ukraine."

According to a statement published on the Japanese Finance Ministry's website, the sanctions will apply, in particular, to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Grigorenko, cellist, Russian People's Artist Sergei Roldugin and his wife, and family members of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal and Power Machines Alexei Mordashov - Marina, Kirill, and Nikita Mordashov.

Rosgeologiya Board Chairman Sergei Gorkov and United Aircraft Corporation General Director Yury Slyusar are also sanctioned.

Restrictions are imposed on 45 Russian servicemen.

The other persons added to the sanctions list are head of the Kherson regional military-civilian administration Vladimir Saldo and his deputy Kirill Stremousov, head of the Melitopol military-civilian administration Galina Danilchenko, and two more persons described by the statement as "directly involved in destabilization of eastern Ukraine."

The sanctions will apply to six Russian companies, namely Almaz-Antey, the Strategic Culture Foundation and a number of news portals, including SouthFront and Inforos.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:29

During a briefing, the head of the press center of the security and defense forces of the operational command of the South, Nataliya Gumenyuk, said that only the military can comment on the advance of the Ukrainian troops.

“Any analysts, deputies, other political or just active figures at the moment only do harm with such statements…” Gumenyuk said.

“Firstly, it does not correspond to reality, and secondly, it disorients our people, the local population. It harms not only the military operation, but the image of those who say such things.”

Earlier, the UK weekly newspaper The Economist reported, citing a Ukrainian military intelligence officer, that the forward units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were within sniper range (about a kilometer) of the outer suburbs of Kherson.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:26

In April 2021, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen revealed that she had been texting with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for a month straight while they were negotiating a massive contract for Covid-19 vaccines.

Now, they're gone.

According to Reuters, "in response to a public access request by a journalist because of the importance of the deal, the Commission did not share the texts, triggering accusations of maladministration by the EU’s ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly."

Posted on: Jul 05 08:26

Three physicians are suing Twitter, alleging the company violated its own terms of service and community standards when it suspended their accounts for posting “truthful statements regarding COVID-19 policy, diagnosis and/or treatment.”

Drs. Robert Malone, Peter McCullough and Bryan Tyson on Monday filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in California, San Francisco County.

Plaintiffs allege Twitter’s actions were a substantial factor in causing them harm, and are asking the judge to order Twitter to reactivate their accounts. (By Lightspring/Shutterstock)

The complaint alleges Twitter breached the terms of its contract when it permanently suspended the plaintiffs’ accounts, silenced their voices and failed to provide them with “verified” badges.

Plaintiffs allege Twitter’s actions were a substantial factor in causing them harm, and are asking the judge to order Twitter to reactivate their accounts.

All three doctors are represented by attorneys Bryan M. Garrie and Matthew P. Tyson (no relation to the plaintiff, Bryan Tyson).

Matthew Tyson on May 12, sent a letter to the directors and managing agents of Twitter requesting the company reinstate the accounts of five physicians, including the plaintiffs, and provide them with “verified” badges. Twitter failed to respond.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:25

The flurry of rulings from the Supreme Court has everyone’s head spinning. The most significant among them, even if it doesn’t capture all the headlines, is West Virginia vs EPA. The majority opinion is impressive but the part I found truly wonderful is the concurring opinion by Neil Gorsuch.

This is where we see things headed, toward a major and much-welcome curbing of the power of the administrative state.

Just to review what this thing is, it is the unelected bureaucracy that rules the country without oversight from voters or legislatures. For well over 100 years, most courts have given it a pass, just assuming that the “experts” in the bureaucracies are handling things just fine, faithfully interpreting legislation, and merely creating rules for easy compliance.

Generations have gone by as this 4th branch of government has grown in size, scope, and strength. For the most part, its baneful impositions have been felt by one business or one industry at a time. You have heard the stories. The car dealer complains of how the Department of Labor is making him crazy. The machine-parts manufacturer is going bonkers about letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The energy company can never satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency.

They are stories and we find them unfortunate but we’ve generally avoided thinking of these as systematic, all pervasive, and truly dangerous to the idea of freedom itself. However, there are some 432 of these agencies. The authors of the Declaration of Independence noted their existence back in the day when they accused the English king of having “erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.” They fought a revolution to end the tyranny but now we have a home-grown form, starting in 1883 with the Pendleton Act and continuing throughout the 20th century as each new administration creates its own bureaucracy.

The thing has taken on a power of its own. Strangely, the topic hardly comes up at all during elections, and this is for a reason. Politicians running for office like to advertise their power to make change. They might even believe it. In reality, elected officials have very little influence over the conduct of public life relative to the administrative state. As Trump found it, not even the president is a match for the deep state.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:24

In a piece of news that shocked the mainstream media, but which shocked no one familiar with the academic industry writ large, retired US Army general John Allen was forced to resign as president of the Brookings Institution after it was revealed the FBI was investigating him for lobbying on behalf of the Qatari monarchy.

Of course, the real news, scarcely noted by The Washington PostNew York Times, or any other purported paper of record, is that Allen was only really in trouble because he hadn’t fulfilled the pro forma legal requirements for those lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign agent or government.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), under which such activities are regulated, includes several exceptions that allow for such activities without declaring a conflict of interest. Think tanks, a misnomer if ever there was one, operate under an "academic exception" that allows for engagement in "bona fide religious, scholastic, academic, or scientific pursuits or the fine arts."

Anyone who has ever picked up one of the many deadly dull social science journals where actual, bona fide empirical academic work is done knows this constitutes perhaps a fraction of what think tanks almost daily churn out. Rather think tank commentary, touted as objective analysis, is regularly featured or cited by publications and outlets as apparently diverse as The Wall Street Journal and NPR.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:22

Attacks on free speech are on the rise.

A British college recently expelled a student for expressing support for the government's official policy of deporting illegal immigrants. A Wisconsin school district charged three middle-schoolers with sexual harassment last month for refusing to use the plural pronoun "they" when referring to a single classmate. US President Joe Biden's National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy recently encouraged social media companies to censor from their online platforms any opinions that contradict Biden's climate change narrative.

In its continued commitment to preserve the government's monopoly over COVID-19 information, Twitter actually suspended a medical doctor for merely sharing a scientific study that suggests the Pfizer vaccine affects male fertility. And the NFL's Washington Commanders fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 and forced him to apologize only weeks ago for having expressed his opinion that 2020's summer of riots across the United States after George Floyd's death was more destructive than the few hours of mayhem at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In contrast, it has become newsworthy that entertainment powerhouse Paramount has chosen not to censor old movies and television shows containing content that today's "woke" scolds might find "offensive." In a "cancel culture" world where censorship and trigger warnings have become the norm, preserving the artistic integrity of a film is now considered outright daring. In fact, even publishers of old literary classics have begun rewriting content to conform with "politically correct" sensibilities.

Examples such as these, where personal speech is either censored or punished, are becoming much more frequent, and anybody who minimizes the threat this increased intolerance for free expression poses to a democratic society is either gullibly or willfully blind. As any defender of liberty knows, nothing more quickly transforms a free society into a totalitarian prison than crackdowns on speech. Of all the tools of coercion available to a government, preventing individuals from freely expressing their thoughts is most dangerous. Denying citizens that most basic societal release valve for pent-up anger and disagreement only heightens the risk for outright violence down the line. Either silenced citizens become so enraged that conflict becomes inevitable, or the iron fist of government force descends on the public more broadly to preemptively curtail that possibility. Either way, the result is a disaster for any free society.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:21

Dutch farmers who have been protesting for weeks over the government's radical plan to cut nitrogen emissions by 50% - 95% by 2030 have taken things to the next level - pouring manure on government offices in response to the plan which would cause widespread chaos - including the death of 1/3 of Dutch farms.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:20

Thirty-five-year-old Nicole Mokeme was Portland, Maine’s BLM superstar. She founded “Rise and Shine,” a woodsy retreat where “BIPOCs” could gather and rant about whitey.

As Mokeme stated on her website, “as the awareness of white terrorism began to rise, black youth suggested the need for sacred Black space.” So she founded a black prideaway hideaway dedicated to “Black Liberation for Black people in Maine and beyond. A place where people of color explore the woods and not feel like we’re on white territory.”

Mokeme moved from Philly to Maine to get away from “white territory.” There’s “black genius” for ya.

Mokeme was of course a huge “defund the police” advocate (George Soros is currently spending big to take over the Portland DA’s office).

Last month, as Mokeme was setting up a Juneteenth shindig at the “Black Excellence Retreat” in Acadia National Park, her boyfriend, 35-year-old Raymond Lester—an excellent black man—turned her into pothole filler in a rage-motivated hit-and-run. Lester, an inveterate criminal, had been a lifetime beneficiary of “progressive prosecution,” having evaded a 2008 domestic violence assault conviction ($300 fine), a 2010 domestic violence and theft conviction ($300 fine), an April 2011 arrest for violating a protective order (five days in jail), and a July 2011 felony domestic violence assault and criminal mischief conviction (six months).

Posted on: Jul 05 08:19

Update (2330ET): Robert Crimo III was taken into custody Monday evening following a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that left at least six people dead and over two dozen injured despite having among the strictest gun-safety laws in the country.

He is currently being referred to as a "person of interest" while Highland Park Police question him.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:17

A century ago, a horse-drawn wagon packed with dynamite exploded in front of the J.P. Morgan building on Wall Street. Forty people were killed and another 150 people were injured by the blast. The bomb destroyed much of the building and caused an estimated $30 million in property damage. The most important aspect of the bombing was not how many or how much, but who was the target.

The year before, a bomb went off at the Los Angeles Times building, killing twenty people and injuring over 100. The attack was called the crime of the century when it happened, but it did not register with the people in charge. Prior to the Wall Street bombing, there had been a string of attacks, mostly related to organized labor, but some of it was carried out for purely political reasons.

The thing that was obviously true about the bombings and murders was that they were the acts of foreigners. In fact, the civil and political unrest was exclusively a result of loose immigration policies. Big business was desperate for cheap labor, so they told Washington to open the borders. Many of those immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe brought their radical politics with them.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:17

Quite likely a majority of Americans would agree that it is wrong for the government or police to torture someone, though some would surely accept the “ticking time bomb” exemption, where a detainee is withholding information that could save many lives. It is in fact illegal to torture someone as well as it being morally wrong. Indeed, it could constitute a crime against humanity or a war crime depending on circumstances. The United States, which has signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture and is bound by it, has thereby accepted legal sanctions to back up the view that torture is never permissible. Under US law, torture committed by “government officials and their collaborators upon a person restrained by the government is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, and its fruits are inadmissible in all courts.” Given that background, one is astonished to learn that some in the government have not taken the obligation seriously. To be sure, the US has been quick to react when lower ranking officials, contractors and ordinary soldiers have reportedly been involved in torturing prisoners, as occurred with Abu Ghraib prior to 2004, but the higher one goes up the ladder of power the less do laws apply to even the most egregious misbehavior.

It has long been known that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the wake of 9/11, resorted to torture in its overseas “black” prisons, but details of what took place and anything that would stand up in court as evidence has been difficult to discern as it has been easy for the Agency to shroud its more nefarious deeds through claims of protecting “states secrets.” But now some more details have emerged. The news that former Donald Trump appointed CIA Director Gina Haspel during her tour overseeing a prison in Thailand in 2002 personally observed at least one terrorist suspect being tortured by waterboarding, which simulates being drowned repeatedly until a confession is obtained. Waterboarding was used by the Japanese on prisoners of war in the Second World War and was subsequently considered to be torture, a war crime.

Posted on: Jul 05 08:16

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage"

Posted on: Jul 05 08:15