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"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." -- Edward R. Murrow, broadcast journalist

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada revealed June 27 an $8.5 million investment to Aspire, an insect agricultural company, to build a new production facility in Canada. The facility will process cricket-based protein, helping to advance the use of insect proteins in human and pet food products.

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, food-grade processing of insects is relatively new in Canada, however insect-based proteins create an opportunity for the country’s agri-food industry to develop more sustainable products.

"The strength of Canadian agriculture has always been its openness to new ideas and new approaches,” said Peter Fragiskatos, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and member of Parliament for London North Center. “Aspire is helping to re-shape how we think about agriculture and opening the door to new product and market opportunities."

Founded in 2013, Aspire strives to tackle worldwide food scarcity with a focus on edible insect production, therefore developing highly nutritious foods and lowering its environmental impact. Currently, the company has production facilities in London, Ontario, and Austin, Texas. In 2020, Aspire purchased 12 acres of land in Ontario to construct what it expects to be the largest automated, food-grade cricket processing facility in the world.

Tags: CANADA, ECONOMY, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:35

For all the fine trappings he enjoyed in office as Sri Lanka's president, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa's flight to safety was a bumpy one.

The Soviet-era Antonov AN-32 that ferried him, his wife and two bodyguards to safety to the Maldives is a sturdy and purely functional machine built for military transportation.

Tags: ASIA, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
Posted on: Jul 15 09:29

The European Union and Azerbaijan are planning to sign a memorandum on cooperation in the field of natural gas, the independent online media outlet EUobserver said.

The EU-Azerbaijan "strategic partnership" envisages "shipment of Caspian natural gas to the European Union and, potentially, to Western Balkan countries [..] to increase diversification. The sides aspire for bilateral trade of natural gas [...] of at least 20 billion cubic meters [bcm] of gas annually by 2027. That would entail significant investments to the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline network," EUobserver said.

EU officials declined to say when the memo might be signed, but EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson is travelling to Baku later this month and both sides' officials will hold talks in Brussels on July 19, it said.

The memo also envisages "the development of electricity interconnections between the EU and Azerbaijan, including through the Black Sea and through the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of the Republic of Azerbaijan," EUobserver said.

Tags: ASIA, ECONOMY, EUROPE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:28

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has urged the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to co-fund grants supporting small and medium businesses in Ukraine in a conversation with USAID Administrator Samantha Power.

"The Ukrainian economy is functioning. During the conversation with Samantha Power told about support grants for small and medium enterprises in Ukraine, invited USAID to join co-financing. Discussed Ukraine's recovery. Thanked our partners for comprehensive help," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Shmyhal as saying on social media on Thursday evening.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:26

Documents shared with MintPress reveal that Valent Projects – a shadowy communications firm that advises social media platforms such as Facebook on alleged state-backed online influence campaigns – has itself received $1.2 million from U.S. intelligence front USAID, for “counter disinformation and communications support.”

This relationship has hitherto never been publicly acknowledged, and the resulting income is not reflected in the company’s published accounts.

On Valent’s direction, Facebook has purged huge numbers of Sudanese accounts and pages critical of the Western-backed government, helping to keep a controversial civilian and military administration in power. There are also suspicions the company may have played a role in the mass suppression of Ethiopian voices online supporting the government of Abiy Ahmed, and opposing U.S. attempts to overthrow him.

Valent Projects is the creation of Amil Khan, a veteran BBC and Reuters journalist turned British intelligence-adjacent information warfare professional. For many years, Khan worked on secret Foreign Office projects in Syria. There, he ran covert psyops campaigns targeting domestic and international audiences, trained ostensibly independent opposition journalists and activists to communicate effectively with the media, and provided propaganda support to numerous armed groups trained, funded, and armed by London and Washington.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jul 15 09:25

U.S. Senators’ new bill confirms the Unites States’ growing interest in and strong support for the region and Georgia – MFA of Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia responds to the U.S. Senators new bill “Black Sea Security Act”.

“On 12 July 2022, the U.S. Congress initiated an important legislative act once again confirming the U.S. growing interest in and strong support for the region and Georgia.

In particular, the U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Mitt Romney introduced to the Senate “Black Sea Security Act” instructing the U.S. Administration to develop a strategy with respect to the Black Sea Region.

According to the Bill, The Black Sea region has been a zone of increasing tension and Conflict on the eastern border of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)….Hence the critical importance to the national security of the Black Sea region’s nations: Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:24

The Ukrainian battlefield is the most subsidized in the world by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. This massive investment is aimed at supporting not the Ukrainians, but the Banderists, in total contradiction with the goals of the Alliance during World War II. This money is taken from the social programs of the donor countries, i.e. the Western poor are out of pocket.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:23

In 2016, the United States committed to arming Ukraine to fight and win a war against Russia. Subsequently, the US Department of Defense organized a biological research program in Ukraine, and then huge amounts of nuclear fuel were secretly transferred to the country. These data change the interpretation of this war: it was not wanted and prepared by Moscow, but by Washington.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:17

The representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, showed on Twitter the difference in understanding of the phrase "international community" in the whole world and in the Western media.

"What does 'International Community' mean?" wrote the diplomat.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called the United States the most warlike country in world history and the biggest threat to peace and development on the planet.

Prior to that, he tweeted data on the American military presence around the world: the United States has 750 bases in at least 80 countries, as well as 173,000 troops stationed in 159 states.

Tags: CHINA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:16

Moscow expects that Israel will offer a wise response to possible US requests for weapons supplies to Ukraine, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Thursday.

"I hope that the Israeli leadership is wise enough to behave correctly and constructively in terms of relations with Russia," he said, when asked to comment on a report by Axios, which said earlier, citing American officials, that US President Joe Biden was going to ask Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to increase military aid to Ukraine during their bilateral meeting in Jerusalem.

A senior Washington administration official said on Wednesday that the situation in Ukraine would be one of the main issues at the upcoming talks between Biden and Lapid in Jerusalem. The official, however, declined to answer directly, when asked if Biden planned to push Israel to send weapons to Ukraine.

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:15

US President Joe Biden said in an interview aired Wednesday that he would be willing to go to war with Iran to prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a position that drew condemnation from advocacy groups and foreign policy analysts who questioned the moral, strategic, and legal bases for such a stance.

The imperialist @POTUS, willing to rush war with Iran rather than pursue diplomacy. The war lust of these dangerous men. https://t.co/4pQZ0hmcXN

— Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad) July 13, 2022

Biden also reiterated in the sit-down interview with Israeli broadcaster N12 that he is committed to keeping the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the U.S. State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, even if it means sinking the prospects of a deal to revive the nuclear accord that former President Donald Trump violated in 2018.

While acknowledging that Trump's decision to abandon the seven-country deal was a "gigantic mistake," Biden said he would not delist the IRGC to advance nuclear talks that have hit a wall in recent weeks.

Biden offered a one-word answer—"yes"—when asked whether he would keep the IRGC on the terror list "even if that means that kills the deal."

The US president went on to say that he's prepared to use military force "as a last resort" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran has repeatedly said it is not pursuing a nuclear weapon and that its nuclear energy program is designed for peaceful domestic purposes.

Tags: IRAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:14

France needs to mobilise to prepare for the probable scenario of energy shortages this autumn because Russia is using cuts in supplies to Europe as a weapon in its war with Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France aims to manage without Russian gas as soon as possible with no early end to the war in Ukraine in sight.

Accusing Moscow of using energy deliveries to the West as "a weapon of war", Macron said in a TV interview marking the occasion of France's Bastille Day that France was already diversifying the sources of its energy supplies, and building stocks ahead of next winter.

"Russia has already started to cut off gas supplies" by closing the Nordstream 1 pipeline, he told the TF1 channel, referring to Russia's interruption of supplies which it said was for maintenance reasons. 

"That's a very clear message: It will use gas as a weapon of war," he said. 

"We will need do without Russian gas completely."

Tags: ECONOMY, FRANCE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:13

Ivana Trump, a socialite and former Trump organization executive, died on Thursday at the age of 73 after 911 received a call about a person in cardiac arrest, according to ABC7.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:12

France seeks to end the conflict in Ukraine and does not want it to spill over and turn into a new world war, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with France 2 and TF1 TV channels on Thursday.

"We would like to stop the war without joining it. We do not want a global war and a geographical spillover of this conflict to other regions," he stressed. The head of state explained that France hopes to attain this by supporting Ukraine and introducing restrictions against Russia’s economy.

"We need to be ready for this conflict to be a long one. A particularly difficult period will be in the summer and in the beginning of autumn. Yet, France still intends to provide economic and military support to Ukraine," he added.

Tags: FRANCE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:12

On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee blocked a measure that would have increased the criminal punishment for child sex traffickers.

The amendment, which was introduced this month by Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R), would have lengthened the minimum sentencing for those who have been convicted of “trafficking children by force, fraud, or coercion” – raising the minimum punishment from 10-15 years to a minimum of 15-20 years, depending on the offense. The measure also would have increased the maximum penalties for the heinous crime by an additional 5 years.

Webmaster addition: I suggest dropping child sex traffickers into a wood chipper, feet first.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:08

She’s back!

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday urged older Americans to get their second Covid booster shots “right away.”

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 15 09:07

Ukraine intends to apply to the London court to alienate from Russia the ownership of 18 real estate units worth a total of 100 million pounds. Kyiv also arrested shares in the capital of Russian owners of eleven large Ukrainian enterprises in the amount of about 200 million dollars. It goes about the property of such companies as Gazprom, Rosatom, VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, Nikolaevsky Alumina Refinery, Rostec, Tatneft, RusAl, HMS Group and Rosneft.

Interestingly, in accordance with the new law on the persecution of Russian sympathizers, the Ukrainian authorities now have the right to expropriate the property of those who evade conscription to the eastern front.

It appears that the idea of the new initiative came from outside, most likely from Germany, from the descendants of the Third Reich.

Hermann Goering, Reich Marshal and Reich Minister of German Air Force, also suggested the idea to confiscate the property of objectionable people. A curious document that Goering signed in 1940 is stored in the state archives of Russia. The document says that the property of the French who supported or participated in air raids on Germany should be confiscated.


See more at https://english.pravda.ru/world/152995-western_looting/

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:06

Russian forces wiped out a platoon of US M777 howitzers in the Kharkov Region in their special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Thursday.

"The following targets were destroyed in counter-battery fire: a battery of multiple launch rocket systems near Slavyansk, a platoon of multiple rocket launchers in the area of Nikolayevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and also an artillery platoon of US-made M777 howitzers at firing positions in the settlement of Pervomaisky in the Kharkov Region," the spokesman said.

Also, the Russian Aerospace Forces struck the deployment site of a battalion of the Ukrainian army’s 14th brigade with foreign mercenaries, eliminating 43 and wounding about 170 militants, Konashenkov reported.

"In the area of the settlement of Chasov Yar in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia’s precision weapons hit the temporary deployment site of a battalion of the 14th mechanized brigade manned with nationalists and foreign mercenaries. The strike eliminated 43 and wounded about 170 militants," the spokesman said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:05

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law ‘On control over the activity of individuals under foreign influence’.

The document, posted on the official portal of legal information, summarizes the current norms of the Russian legislation on foreign agents and introduces some new provisions, subsequently coming into effect on December 1, 2022.

Thus, the law defines a foreign agent as a person who has received support or is under foreign influence in other forms and carries out political activities, collects data on military and military-technical activities of the Russian Federation or distributes reports and materials intended for an unlimited number of people.

Russian or foreign legal entities, public associations and foreign agencies that are not legal entities, as well as individuals with or without citizenship, can be recognized as foreign agents.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:05

Russia has expanded its definition of "foreign agents," and it will now include "those who take part in any activity that authorities determine goes against Russia’s national interests or who receive support of any kind, not just money, from abroad," according to the Moscow Times.

In this case, Jewish representatives from the Jewish Agency or representatives of international Jewish organizations may be categorized as "foreign agents." 

According to the Moscow Times, which quoted the new law, "anyone who has worked with a 'foreign agent' or received funding from one will be included in a new Justice Ministry list of people and groups 'affiliated with foreign agents.'

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:04

At the NATO summit in Madrid, Finland was invited to join the alliance. What does this mean for Finland?

If Russian President Vladimir Putin breaches the 830-mile Finnish border, the United States will rise to Helsinki‘s defense and fight Russia on Finland‘s side.

What does Finland‘s membership in NATO mean for America?

If Putin makes a military move into Finland, the U.S. will go to war against the world‘s largest nation with an arsenal of between 4,500 and 6,000 battlefield and strategic nuclear weapons.

No Cold War president would have dreamed of making such a commitment—to risk the survival of our nation to defend territory of a country thousands of miles away that has never been a U.S. vital interest.

To go to war with the Soviet Union over the preservation of Finnish territory would have been seen as madness during the Cold War.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 15 09:04

More than 260,000 US troops could be discharged due to non-compliance with vaccine mandates

The Biden administration’s strict Covid-19 vaccination warrants put more than 13 percent of U.S. fighting forces at risk of dismissal, according to Department of Defense data updated Wednesday.

The Pentagon website reports 268,858 “partially vaccinated“Individuals in the army, marines, navy and air force, plus another 50,710 civilian employees. However, the figures do not include service members who have not had any vaccinations, which means that the real number endangered by the vaccine mandates of the administration could be significantly higher.

While unshielded soldiers whose claims for medical and religious exemptions are pending are allegedly exempt from the requirement, Navy reservist Mike Berry told Breitbart that religious exemptions have only been granted to individuals already out of the military.

Webmaster addition: Biden is firing hundreds of thousands of troops at the same time he is pushing for wars against Russia, China, and Iran, while recruitment is way down. Does this make any sense at all?!?

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 08:45

On July 14 U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint strategic declaration that highlights the bonds between the two countries, pledges further bilateral cooperation, and vows to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It also takes aim at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the nonviolent effort to pressure Israel in meeting its obligations under international law.

“The United States and Israel affirm that they will continue to work together to combat all efforts to boycott or de-legitimize Israel, to deny its right to self-defense, or to unfairly single it out in any forum, including at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court,” reads the Jerusalem U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration. “While fully respecting the right to freedom of expression, they firmly reject the BDS campaign.”

“The two countries will use the tools at their disposal to fight every scourge and source of antisemitism and to respond whenever legitimate criticism crosses over into bigotry and hatred or attempts to undermine Israel’s rightful and legitimate place among the family of nations,” it continues. “In this context, they express their deep concern over the global surge in antisemitism and reassert their commitment to counter this ancient hatred in all of its manifestations. The United States is proud to stand with the Jewish and democratic State of Israel, and with its people, whose uncommon courage, resilience, and spirit of innovation are an inspiration to so many worldwide.”

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 08:43

Biden traveled to Israel this week to sign a pledge to "never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons" and commit our military to another potential war.

From Reuters, "U.S., Israel sign joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weaponry":

U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge on Thursday to deny Iran nuclear arms, a show of unity by allies long divided over diplomacy with Tehran.

The undertaking, part of a "Jerusalem Declaration" crowning Biden's first visit to Israel as president, came a day after he told a local TV station that he was open to "last resort" use of force against Iran - an apparent move toward accommodating Israel's calls for a "credible military threat" by world powers.

"We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon," Biden told a news conference following the signing of the declaration.

As I reported last month, Biden is preparing America for three simultaneous wars with Russia, China and Iran.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL/PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 15 08:42

The US House of Representatives has authorized $840 billion in defense spending in 2023, boosting President Joe Biden’s proposed record military budget by $37 billion.

The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets military expenditure, was passed on Thursday by a vote of 329-101.

The bill offers $1 billion in aid to Ukraine, including a program to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-15, F-16 and other US aircraft. The Ukrainians should familiarize themselves with US-made planes “while the administration continues to consider sending such equipment,” said a statement on Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s website last month.

The bill also bans the supply of the F-16s to Turkey unless the US president guarantees to Congress that Ankara has not “violated the sovereignty of Greece, including through territorial overflights” for 120 days prior to the transfer.

Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee proposed its own version of the budget, attaching an additional $45 billion to Biden’s original plan.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 15 08:41

The Ukraine conflict is in fact already a world war, given that the West is fighting Russia via its proxies in Kiev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told local media on Wednesday.

Serbian President Vucic: “I know what awaits us. As soon as Vladimir Putin has done his work in Seversk, Bakhmut and Soledar, after reaching the second line Slaviansk-Kramatorsk-Avdeevka, he will come up with a proposal. And if they [the West] don’t accept it, – and they won’t – all hell will break loose.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 15 08:40

Gas prices fell for the 29th consecutive day on Thursday after reaching a record-high national average of $5.01 per gallon back in mid-June.

The national average price of gas dropped to $4.605 per gallon on Thursday, according to the American Automobile Association. But the relief at the pump may be short-lived for American drivers as experts say there is no guarantee that gas prices will continue to trend downward.

Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, told the Miami Herald, “Will this stick around? I guess that’s anyone’s best guess given the amount of volatility in the market. There’s no guarantees.”

Volatility in the oil market is driving concerns even as oil prices have dropped below $100 a barrel for the first time since April. As of Thursday morning, crude oil was trading at $95 a barrel, OilPrice.com reported.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 15 08:28

Pfizer’s Paxlovid was granted emergency use authorization to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in December 2021.1 The drug consists of nirmatrelvir tablets — the antiviral component — and ritonavir tablets, which are intended to slow the breakdown of nirmatrelvir.2

What started out as a slow rollout — only 40,000 or fewer prescriptions were written for the drug in the U.S. each week through April 2022 — has gained steam, with more than 160,000 Paxlovid prescriptions now being issued each week.3 As of June 30, 2022, 1.6 million courses of Paxlovid have been prescribed in the U.S. since its emergency use approval in December.4

Yet, this increase in prescribing could be contributing to one of the significant downfalls of the drug — the creation of selective pressure on SARS-CoV-2, which promotes mutations that could make it resistant to the drug.5 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a warning to health care providers and public health departments about the potential for COVID-19 rebound after Paxlovid treatment.6

This recently happened to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who experienced a return of COVID-19 symptoms after taking Paxlovid. He then took a second course of the drug, which could trigger even more mutations in the virus.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 15 08:27

Elon Musk obtained huge quantities of Twitter user data that could help him initiate a competing website, the social media platform said.

Twitter filed suit against Musk after the billionaire said he was dropping his $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant due to the company's lack of transparency regarding fake accounts.

In the lawsuit, Twitter said Musk had told company executives early on that he only had three goals when it came to the platform: to "sit on its board, buy it, or build a competitor," Business Insider reported.

After Musk decided against sitting on the board in favor of purchasing it, and then indicated he would walk away from that decision, Twitter began to be concerned.

"Musk's third option — building a competitor to Twitter — remained," lawyers wrote, the Insider reported.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 15 08:26