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The Russian military launched on June 1 a group strike against Ukraine, targeting energy facilities powering the country’s military-industrial complex as well as depots of Western-made weapons and ammunition.

The group strike was carried out in response to recent “attempts by the Kiev regime to damage Russian energy and transport facilities,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

“The goal of the strike has been achieved. All the assigned targets have been engaged,” the ministry added.

The command of the Ukrainian Air Force alleged that air defense shot down 35 of 53 missiles and 46 of 47 drones which were launched by the Russian military during the attack. However, official Ukrainian sources reported damage in at least five different regions.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister, Herman Halushchenko, acknowledged in a statement on social media that energy infrastructure in the Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad and Ivano-Frankivsk regions were struck.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Hezbollah has attacked a number of Israeli military sites with heavy rockets and shot down a combat drone following another wave of deadly strikes on southern Lebanon.

Late on May 31, one Hezbollah member was killed and another wounded in an Israeli attack in the town of Ain Qana, Xinhua reported, citing Lebanese military sources. Another Israeli raid in the town of Adloun in the Sidon district killed a woman and wounded four other civilians, according to the Chinese news agency. Hezbollah acknowledged the death of a fighter after the strikes.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) later said it struck “significant assets” of Hezbollah in Ain Qana, Aadloun and the town of Hmaileh.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Hundreds of thousands participated in a peace march in Hungary’s capital, Budapest on Saturday, denouncing the EU’s policy of escalating tensions with Russia. The event culminated with a speech by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who accused Brussels of bringing Europe closer to a global conflict. 

The demonstrators marched from the iconic Chain Bridge to Margaret Island on the Danube River.

Many carried flags, chanted pacifist slogans, and held signs reading “No war” and “Give us peace, Lord.” 

“Never before have so many people lined up for peace. We are the biggest peace corps, the largest peacekeeping force in Europe,” the prime minister said, as quoted by Reuters. “Europe must be prevented from rushing into war, into its own destruction.”

Tags: NATO, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday addressed a meeting of NATO foreign and defense ministers in Prague. The meeting is being held in preparation for a bigger Washington summit set to take place in July. Blinken previewed that the later summit will bring Ukraine closer to NATO.

"At the summit we'll be taking concrete steps to bring Ukraine closer to NATO, and ensure that there's a bridge to membership - a bridge that's strong and well lit," he said in an address.

Webmaster addition: NATO's own rules state that no nation can join the alliance which is already in conflict over a contested border.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The head of NATO's military committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, has said that NATO can now declare war over a cyber attack . . 

"We have agreed in NATO that a cyber attack can, in principle, be a reason to invoke Article 5" said Admiral Bauer.

So now not only a real attack, but also a cyber attack can be a reason for a NATO Member to Declare Article 5 Collective Self Defense. The result will, of course, be all the military actions that follow.

But it's important to find out who organized the attack. Regardless of the route, the servers and their location, and whether the countries in which these servers are located were aware of the attack, the main thing is to identify the organizer of the attack. If the attacker is unknown, you don't have enough data [to declare war on anyone].

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Unless you manufacture it yourself . . . .

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The United States will launch TWO separate Minuteman III nuclear-capable inter-continental Ballistic Missiles, one on June 4, and another on June 6.   One might think they are "posturing" to Russia.

However, the stated goal of the launches is to demonstrate the readiness of American nuclear forces and nuclear deterrents.

Russia has been warned in advance about the launches, which will take place on June 4 and 6, the US Air Force command said in a statement.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany's legislature, the Bundestag, is calling for the activation of 900,000 German military reservists.

“Putin is trimming his people for war and positioning them against the West. Therefore, we must become capable of defending ourselves as quickly as possible," said the chairwoman of the Bundestag defense committee to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday).”

“Russia only produces weapons. Textbooks are printed that portray Germany as the aggressor. Primary school children are trained on the weapon. All this is frightening,” said Strack-Zimmermann.

"The Russian attack against us has already begun," Strack-Zimmermann told the Funke newspapers, referring to cyber attacks, espionage and deliberately triggered refugee movements.

"We must be aware that the war in Ukraine affects us directly." If Putin is successful, he will "continue his raids," Strack-Zimmermann said, referring to Georgia and Moldova. And when Putin thinks that the time has come, "he will also attack the Baltic States."

Tags: GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The West has misinterpreted Russia's openness to dialogue on Ukraine as a sign of weakness and is now pushing the world to the edge of a disastrous all-out nuclear exchange, former US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter told Sputnik.

US President Joe Biden has authorized Ukraine to hit targets inside Russia with US-made weapons, bringing the conflict to a new level. White House officials claim that Washington's new policy pertains only to what they call as "acts of self-defense" by the Ukrainian military that is continuing to retreat.

Previously, other NATO member states, including the UK, France and Sweden, gave a nod to the Zelensky regime to use their weapons systems to attack Russia.

The Kiev regime and its Western allies believe they can gain an advantage over Russia by confining its special military operation to Ukrainian territory, ex-US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter told Sputnik. This situation allows Ukraine to train its troops in neighboring NATO states and receive arms and other equipment from the alliance's hubs, not making them Russia's legitimate targets.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Media outlets from most former Soviet states will be barred from covering the upcoming Swiss-hosted Ukraine peace conference, the Russian media outlet Octagon reported on Friday, citing an official response from the Swiss authorities.

The conference is scheduled for June 15-16 at the Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne. The venue chosen to host the event has “space limitations” which, along with the “security requirements,” prompted the organizers to limit media accreditations to 500, the report said.

According to Octagon, both Swiss and American security services are responsible for the safety of the event and for checking all journalists planning to attend.

Not a single journalist from Russia or other post-Soviet states, including Belarus, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, or the five Central Asian nations was accredited, according to the Russian media outlet. Reporters from Southeast Asia have faced restrictions as well, it added.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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This week may go down as the week that saw the collective Western leadership being self-indicted as criminally insane.

First of all, we see United States President Joe Biden declaring that the massacre of civilians in Gaza does not “cross any red lines” that might bar further crucial American support for the Israeli regime.

Then we have Biden and other Western political figures declaring their permission for the Ukrainian regime to strike Russian territory with long-range NATO weapons. This is the same regime that glorifies the Nazi Third Reich and collaborators in World War Two genocide, and whose president canceled elections, now becoming a dictator.

It is entirely fitting – and heinous – that accomplices to genocide in Gaza are also recklessly pushing for global nuclear conflagration.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The U.S. military presence only increased after the end of the Cold War, despite promises made to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that there will be no extension of NATO’s jurisdiction or military presence “by a single inch in the eastern direction”.

Tags: EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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According to data released by the Russian Defense Ministry in March, more than 13,000 foreign mercenaries have arrived in Ukraine since February 2024.

Tags: CANADA, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Security services across Europe were on high alert after incidents of arson caused large fires across the continent in what appeared to be Russian sabotage, aimed at undermining the intention to provide military aid to Ukraine, the UKs Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. 

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators rallied late Thursday outside a top French television station to protest the broadcast of an interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Gaza war.

Wearing black and white keffiyeh scarves and waving Palestinian flags, protesters gathered outside the offices of private broadcaster TF1 in the western Paris suburbs.

Kept away from the building by a heavy police presence, the protesters chanted: “Gaza, Paris is with you,” “Immediate ceasefire!” and “Israel, murderer.”

Members of parliament from French far-left party France Unbowed had called for the demonstration when they heard the interview was planned.

In the interview broadcast on TF1’s news channel LCI, Netanyahu defended his country’s war against Hamas amid increasing criticism over the high Palestinian death toll.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, FRANCE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the door shut on President Biden's new appeal urging both Israel and Hamas to accept the new ceasefire plan set before both sides. As we detailed earlier, Biden's Friday afternoon speech was mostly about pressuring Israel to end the war. The message was clear at a moment the Democratic president faces dissent and pushback from his base headed into a tight November election: "I urge Israel to stand behind this deal, despite whatever pressure comes," he emphasized.

But coming a mere hours later, Netanyahu has made it clear there will be no permanent ceasefire in Gaza until Hamas is completely eradicated. He went so far as to say the current deal being pushed hard by the White House is a "non-starter".

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Another Scandal ROCKS California While McDonalds Considers Leaving the State

As California's economy settles into a period of prolonged stagnation, consumers are facing a battle with continued higher prices, from everything from gas, to rent, to home prices, to food, and more. California's finances are so bad in fact, they are contending with a $45 billion dollar annual deficit, and in the wake of the Governor announcing his plans on how to address it, a new major scandal came to light. Make sure to watch the video to find out what happened!

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Users of Elon Musk‘s X, formerly Twitter, signed up to receive a share of the platform’s advertising revenue through its blue checkmark verification program are being ordered to submit photographic identification by July 1 to continue receiving payouts. Some users are crying foul, with the process being handled by Israeli firm AU10TIX. Its chairman and founder, Ron Atzmon, is alleged to be a spy or former spy for the Israeli military. Atzmon’s LinkedIn page suggests he served as a naval platoon sergeant in the Israeli military. However, reporting by Lebanese newspaper L’Orient Today and far-left watchdog journalism organization MintPress News claims he served with the Israeli internal intelligence service Shin Bet.
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NATO is preparing for a protracted war with Russia but there is still a chance to prevent it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said at a ministerial meeting of the military bloc in Prague on Friday.

NATO member states have been granting approval for Kiev to use Western-supplied weapons to hit targets deep inside Russia. Earlier in the day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine had the right to defend itself, which includes the right to strike legitimate military targets inside Russia.

These steps are being taken in preparation “for a long, many-year war,” Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet quoted Szijjarto as saying.

“The express train of war has departed from the penultimate station,” and the question is whether there is still a chance to stop it, he added.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Senior security official Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is not bluffing when it speaks of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

Medvedev, who is currently the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, also warned Moscow’s conflict with the West could escalate into all-out war.

His warning came after the US and Germany became the latest allies to let Ukraine’s military use Western-supplied weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

“Russia regards all long-range weapons used by Ukraine as already being directly controlled by servicemen from NATO countries. This is no military assistance, this is participation in a war against us,” Medvedev said.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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“Politicians of both parties want to use the power of government to silence their foes. Some in the university community seek to drive it from their campuses. And an entire generation of Americans is being taught that free speech should be curtailed as soon as it makes someone else feel uncomfortable.”—William Ruger, “Free Speech Is Central to Our Dignity as Humans

The police state does not want citizens who know their rights.

Nor does the police state want citizens prepared to exercise those rights.

This year’s graduates are a prime example of this master class in compliance. Their time in college has been set against a backdrop of crackdowns, lockdowns and permacrises ranging from the government’s authoritarian COVID-19 tactics to its more recent militant response to campus protests.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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China’s unmanned Chang’e 6 spacecraft has successfully landed on the Moon in a landmark mission to collect soil and rock samples from the far side of Earth’s natural satellite, the China National Space Administration has announced. The probe landed in a pre-selected area in the northeastern part of the South Pole-Aitken basin at 6:23am Beijing time on Sunday.

The lander is expected to go through initial checks and then start gathering samples from the lunar surface using its robotic arm. If successfully returned, it would provide scientists with the first samples from the Moon’s little-explored dark hemisphere, which always faces away from the Earth.

The mission is expected to last around 53 days, the Chinese space agency said in a statement. It also shared stunning footage filmed by the spacecraft during the final moments of landing.

The probe, which was launched on May 3, is the sixth in the Chang’e Project – the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program – and the second intended for bringing back samples. Its predecessor, Chang’e 5, brought back rocks from the Moon’s near side in 2020, which led to surprising findings about the celestial body as the samples turned out to be much younger than those retrieved by the US Apollo and Soviet Luna missions 50 years ago.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The African National Congress (ANC) has failed to garner a majority in South Africa’s general election for the first time in 30 years. The ANC secured only 40.2% of the vote, mandating coalition negotiations. Nelson Mandela led the party to power in 1994 during the nation’s first democratic elections after the fall of Apartheid. 

Polling stations opened their doors on Wednesday, with 28 million voters eligible to elect new members of the National Assembly, as well as regional parliaments. More than 50 parties were vying for power, including a significant number of new contenders.

Tags: AFRICA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A mass shooting took place early on Sunday in Akron, in the US state of Ohio, several news agencies reported, citing local police. The incident reportedly left a 27-year-old dead and at least 26 others injured.

The shooting reportedly took place just after midnight. Local authorities received multiple 911 calls reporting numerous people being shot in the area, with victims starting to request help at nearby hospitals soon after.

Upon arriving at the scene, police officers reportedly found dozens of bullet casings and one gun. Photos of the alleged crime scene posted online showed police working in the area with numerous evidence markers on the ground.

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China’s efforts toward “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan have been consistently undermined by “separatist and external forces,” Defense Minister Dong Jun has claimed. He also warned that anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China would end up facing “self-destruction.”

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue conference in Singapore on Sunday, Dong Jun stressed that “the Taiwan question is the core of China’s core interests” aligned with the One-China principle and safeguarded by the Chinese military. 

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The US, the UK and other NATO allies lifted formal restrictions limiting Ukraine’s use of its Western-sourced long-range missiles to attack targets inside Russia on Friday. The move constituted a 'crossing the Rubicon' moment for the bloc, which can no longer claim it’s not directly involved in the conflict, Russian defense experts told Sputnik.

Independent Western observers have sounded the alarm over NATO countries’ decision to partially lift restrictions designed to keep the Kiev regime on a leash and stop it from striking deep into the Russian hinterland using alliance-sourced weapons, expressing deep concerns that the move may provoke an escalation that can easily spiral out of control.

Russian officials reacted to NATO’s decision to scrap the restrictions calmly but firmly, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters on Friday that attempts to target Russia using American-made weapons have already taken place, “clearly demonstrat[ing] the extent of the United States’ involvement in this conflict.”

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