The initiator of the idea of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT international payment system, as well as blocking the assets of the Central Bank, was ex-Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov. This is reported by the newspaper Die Welt.
Petkov made such a proposal on February 25 at an informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels. There he communicated with European leaders who were initially against the introduction of this measure, but as a result, the European Commission supported the initiative.
Sanctions against the Russian Central Bank (CB), namely the freezing of the regulator's reserves in various national currencies, were imposed by the United States, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom and Japan at the end of February 2022. This is how the countries reacted to the start of the special operation in Ukraine. At the end of April, the head of the Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, said that the total amount of the Central Bank's reserves frozen by Western countries amounted to about $ 300 billion. The blocking of Russian reserves abroad in Russia was called theft.
Cornell Law Professor William A. Jacobson warned that colleges and universities are “manifesting authoritarianism” by removing “problematic” words and firing staff that don’t abide by left-wing ideologies.
Jacobson said he believes the increase in stories about word-banning on college campuses is a manifestation of what is referred to as “repressive tolerance,” wherein tolerance serves to preserve a repressive society by neutralizing opposition to impose forms of authoritarianism.
“They monitor your language, they get you to use language that only they approve, and once you’ve done that with somebody, once you’ve done that with a campus, that’s enormous control,” he told Fox News Digital.
There are numerous examples of colleges attempting to change the language of faculty and students, according to Jacobson. He pointed to the implementation of author Ibram Kendi’s antiracism agenda in staff training sessions as one of the more recent examples.
Missile systems designed to intercept aircraft and incoming missiles appear to have been deployed on top of several defence and administrative buildings in downtown Moscow, signalling that the Kremlin is preparing for a potential, if unlikely, attack being directed on the Russian capital.
Photographs published on social media on Thursday showed a Pantsir missile system had been installed on the roof of an eight-story building used by the Russian defence ministry along the Moskva River.
Another video showed the air defence system being lifted on to the roof of an education building in Moscow’s Taganka district, 1.5 miles south-east of the Kremlin.
The German generals are trying it again. That’s the Wolf’s Lair plot of July 20, 1944.
To save themselves, they are begging their counterparts in Washington, DC, to find a way to lose the war in the Ukraine as quickly as possible without losing the US empire in Germany. This means overruling or replacing, not only Vladimir Zelensky’s regime in Kiev but also the Green Party ministers in power in Berlin, Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, and maybe Chancellor Olaf Scholz to boot.
The Wehrmacht plotter this time is a retired brigadier general named Erich Vad (lead image, right). As German military officers go, he’s unusual. He was trained by a German-born Israeli infantry general turned academic. Vad then reached general’s rank, according to a senior German politician, but “never led a battalion, never led a brigade, and was never deployed in active operations”; he is a “desk general”.
Vad’s self-advertisements mention no active service or combat command. Instead, he has filled advisor posts at the Bundestag (2000-2006) and the Chancellery (2006-2013) when Angela Merkel was chancellor. Since 2014 he has been selling his advice either through Vad’s own consulting firm in Munich or a Swiss intermediary company in Zurich.
Merkel appointed Vad for the German military and the armaments industry to have a voice inside her office. Because they didn’t regard Vad as one of their own, Merkel promoted him to general’s rank.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced legislation to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) after a controversial ruling that would make millions of American gun owners into criminals.
The US government has authorized another $2.5 billion in military aid for Ukraine, including thousands of rockets and artillery rounds, as well as the first-ever shipment of Stryker fighting vehicles.
The Pentagon announced the new arms package on Thursday, marking the 30th drawdown from Defense Department inventories since the conflict in Ukraine erupted last year. In addition to 90 Strykers and a variety of other armored vehicles, Washington will supply 95,000 105-millimeter artillery shells, additional ammunition for the HIMARS multi-launch rocket platform, an unspecified number of rounds for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), and eight Avenger air defense systems, among other gear.
In service since 2002, the eight-wheeled Stryker can be equipped with a range of main armaments depending on the model, including the M2 machine gun, the MK19 grenade launcher, or the 30mm MK44 Bushmaster chaingun. The Pentagon did not say which version Kiev would receive, only noting that the 90 Strykers would come with 20 landmine rollers.
Some of the most incendiary accusations made against Iran’s government by corporate media, celebrity influencers and Western leaders in the past months are little more than fabrications. And most remain uncorrected.
Protests in Iran that ostensibly began as a reaction to the death of a woman in police custody in September 2022 have prompted unprecedented international opposition to its government, not only from the usual Western, Israeli and Saudi suspects, but from celebrity social media influencers with no previous record of commenting on Iranian affairs.
Iran is now the target of a carefully coordinated information war with a single goal to drive international support for regime change by any means – whether through sanctions, armed insurrection, military intervention, or some combination of the three.
Before a largely uncritical audience of billions of admiring Instagram followers who do not speak Farsi and have little to no understanding of Iranian politics or culture, a collection of Hollywood actors, washed-up rockers and top models have pumped out viral posts depicting ghastly abuses of protesters by Iran’s security forces, including retaliatory home demolitions and outright massacres.
The tranche of weapons includes 90 Strykers and 55 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, which the US first pledged to send to Ukraine as part of an over $3 billion arms package that was announced earlier this month.
The package also includes munitions for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), and other equipment.
The Strykers are made by General Dynamics and are designed to transport troops with extra protection, similar to the Bradleys. The Stryker is lighter and faster than the Bradleys and is on wheels as opposed to tracks.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s radical rightwing ministers’ agenda is to “empty the West Bank of Arabs.” And yet high Biden officials are meeting with Netanyahu today, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due out within a couple of weeks, all to give Biden’s blessing to the “unbreakable” bond between the two governments — and perform what the State Department admitted yesterday is “triage” on the complete failure of the two-state solution.
The ethnic-cleansing agenda of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir was discussed by Yossi Alpher, speaking to Americans for Peace Now this week. He said the two openly-racist politicians are awaiting the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and the resumption of full Israeli administration of the occupied territories.
“This, then, is where Netanyahu’s new far-right government comes fully into play: significant parts of it will argue in favor of annexing all or part of the West Bank without giving Palestinians equal rights. Israel would now officially be a bi-national non- democratic state. Under these circumstances, it is easy to imagine Bezalel Smotrich announcing, ostensibly to calm international, Arab and moderate Israeli sensibilities, that equal rights will be discussed after, say, a 20-year transition period–during which Israel will look for ways to empty the West Bank of Arabs. This is Smotrich and Ben Gvir’s agenda.”
Russian officials on Thursday reacted to a report from The New York Timesthat said the US was warming to the idea of helping Ukraine strike Crimea despite the risk of a Russian escalation.
When asked about the report on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price didn’t deny its contents and said, “Crimea is Ukraine,” as the US hasn’t recognized Crimea as Russian since Russia took control of it in 2014.
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the US, responded to Price’s comments and the reports, likening the plans to potential “terrorist attacks” and warning of escalation.
“The State Department, through out-of-touch assertions that ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ and that the Armed Forces of Ukraine can use American weapons to protect their territory, is essentially pushing the Kiev regime to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia,” Antonov said, according to a press release from the Russian Embassy in the US.
The New York Times is reporting that the Biden Administration is considering giving Ukraine the tools and the green light to attack Russia in Crimea, surmising that a lack of Russian escalation to this point means they will similarly not respond to a US-backed attack. What could go wrong?
Al Gore is testing out his performative Greta mode at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. The former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate who as early as the 1990's was dubbed in the pages of The Washington Post as "very boring" and as having a "naturally stiff, wooden persona" momentarily (and very awkwardly) tried to go climate activist beast mode during a Q&A panel.
His attempt this week to pull off a "Greta moment" and shed his notorious stiffness resulted in an unhinged rant wherein he claimed that carbon emissions and greenhouses gases are trapping "as much extra heat as would be released by 600,000 Hiroshima class atomic bombs exploding every single day on the earth."
The teacher sounds like she did something horrible. She showed her students pictures of religious figures. According to The Blaze, “Dr. Erika Lopez Prater, who teaches a class about Islamic art, was fired by Hamline University for showing images of the religious figures despite warning students multiple times that she would do so.”
She showed pictures of various religious figures, including the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
However, even though she pre-warned students that she would be doing so, one student still chose to attend class.
After seeing the pictures, Aram Wedatalla, a Muslim student, complained about seeing the paintings. After Wedatalla complained to administrators, the teacher no longer has her teaching position. The President of the university issued a massive apology to students for the incident.
Even though the university stands behind its decision, Dr. Prater is suing. According to Fox News, “Attorneys with the law firm Fabian May & Anderson announced the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon, according to local Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliate Fox 9.”
DeSantis won his re-election campaign in 2022 by a wide margin, a bright spot for what otherwise was a disappointing year for conservatives. He won by picking culture war fights against such targets as woke universities, the teachers’ unions, and even the Disney company.
Naturally, as the 2024 presidential campaign draws nigh, pundits have started to tout DeSantis as a presidential candidate. In the view of some, he has developed a reputation as a Trump without the off-putting drama.
How does the other resident of Florida, Donald J. Trump, feel about being challenged for the presidency by DeSantis? The Blaze explains.
“Whichever way the wind blows,” should be the motto over at CNN.
Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst, has once again set sail in the opposite direction from which she started.
In a column for the Washington Post earlier this month, Wen wrote, “Two infectious-disease experts I spoke with believe that the number of deaths attributed to COVID is far greater than the actual number of people dying from COVID.”
Wen quoted Robin Dretler, the former president of Georgia’s chapter of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, as saying that 90 percent of patients diagnosed with COVID at Emory Decatur Hospital, where he works, are actually there for some other illness.
As President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal continues to develop, the president’s protectors are reportedly prepared to provide even more fuel for the fire.
The U.S. Secret Service could reveal the names of individuals who have visited Biden’s Delaware home, where two batches of classified documents were held by the former vice president, according to Fox News.
The White House has insisted that no formal record is kept of visitors to the home. However, Fox reported that the Secret Service does “collect information on guests with regular access to the home.”
When even the White House press corps notices, you know there’s a problem.
With the principal exception of Fox News Peter Doocy, the “journalists” who’ve spent two years pretending to cover President Joe Biden administration had seemingly mastered the art of ignoring the obvious incompetence of the chief executive and the incompetents around him.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre seems to have broken through even with that blinkered bunch.
According to a report Wednesday by CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter — of all places — Biden’s press secretary has managed to alienate even the cheering section in the White House briefing room.
The same stenographers who acted like love-struck chorus girls for former White House press secretary Jen Psaki have never been as entirely rah-rah-and-pom-poms for Jean-Pierre — despite her being the first black press secretary, as well as the first press secretary to be openly lesbian. (You can probably still find “Jen” circled in hearts in press corps notebooks.)
A Massachusetts seventh-grader is in a pediatric intensive care unit after suffering two cardiac arrest episodes last weekend.
Nevaeh Vieira complained of chest pain before collapsing in her mother’s bedroom, WGGB-TV reported.
Her mother, Krissy, started CPR before the ambulance arrived, an act that likely saved her daughter’s life, Dr. John Kelley told the news station.
“Having an immediate response like that within minutes of the event is absolutely crucial,” Kelley told WGGB. “If you have no circulation to the brain for five minutes or more, it’s very unlikely you’re going to get the person back.”
Nevaeh was in a medically induced coma for four days, but is now awake.
She suffered some minor brain damage from a stroke she sustained from a lack of oxygen, but is expected to make a full recovery, WGGB reported.
The Massachusetts case is just one of many recent examples of children suffering injury or death due to cardiac incidents.