U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken embraced the creative soul of Muddy Waters on Wednesday to help launch a global initiative to elevate music as a diplomatic tool, picking up a guitar and singing the American blues legend’s iconic ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ at the state department.
The Global Music Diplomacy Initiative aims to support the U.S.’ broader foreign policy goals, noted a fact sheet ahead of the event.
The plan also aims to leverage public-private partnerships to create a music ecosystem that expands “economic equity and the creative economy, ensures societal opportunity and inclusion, and increases access to education.”
To that end Blinken thought of nobody better suited to the task than himself.
Playing rhythm guitar to a house band and turning his usually soft-spoken voice to a lower-set warble, Blinken offered his rendition to cheering subordinates at the department.
The report noted that despite nine months of heavy fighting in Ukraine, only about 500 square miles of territory have changed hands this year. Russia has gained 331 square miles while Ukraine has gained 143, a difference of 188, which amounts to Russia’s net gain in territory so far this year.
Most of the fighting in the first half of the year focused around the Donbas city of Bakhmut, which Russia fully captured in May after a brutal battle that started in August 2022. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has focused on the south, but fighting has continued near Bakhmut and across the entire eastern front.
Moscow announced that it plans to increase military spending by nearly 70% in 2024 as it fights against what the Kremlin has dubbed NATO’s “hybrid war.” Russia’s defense budget next year, which is dwarfed by the Pentagon budget, will still be less than the total amount the US has already pledged to assist Kiev in its proxy war with Moscow.
Russia’s Finance Ministry published a document on Thursday explaining that Moscow is set to ramp up defense spending by a whopping 68% to 10.8 trillion rubles ($111.15 billion) next year.
At the same time, the Pentagon budget is fast approaching $900 billion, greater than the next ten highest-spending countries combined, while total yearly spending on the national security state is almost $1.5 trillion.
The document adds, “the focus of economic policy is shifting from an anti-crisis agenda to the promotion of national development goals… [including] strengthening [Russia’s] defense capacity.”
The additional funding is also needed for the process of “integrating” the four regions of Ukraine which Moscow has annexed since its invasion began, namely Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
During the disastrous Vietnam War, it was said that the US government treated the public like a mushroom farm: keeping it in the dark and feeding it with manure. The heroic Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers documenting the unrelenting US government lying about the war in order to protect politicians who would be embarrassed by the truth. A half century later, during the Ukraine War, the manure is piled even higher.
According to the US Government and the ever-obsequious New York Times, the Ukraine war was “unprovoked,” the New York Times’ favorite adjective to describe the war. Putin, allegedly mistaking himself for Peter the Great, invaded Ukraine to recreate the Russian Empire. Yet last week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg committed a Washington gaffe, meaning that he accidentally blurted out the truth.
In testimony to the European Union Parliament, Stoltenberg made clear that it was America’s relentless push to enlarge NATO to Ukraine that was the real cause of the war and why it continues today. Here are Stoltenberg’s revealing words:
Parallel efforts in the House and Senate hoping to find a short-term funding solution have advanced at a snail’s pace this week, and it continues to look likely that no agreement will be struck and the federal government will shutdown on October 1.
Central to the major battles being fought right now between and within both chambers is the future of Ukraine aid. While majorities in both the House and Senate still support both humanitarian and weapons assistance to Kyiv, an increasing number of Republicans have expressed skepticism or flat-out oppose additional funding beyond the $113 billion allocated by Washington last year.
A few have vowed to reject any government funding measures that include more aid or have pushed to attach more conditions to future support.
In the latest in a series of flip-flops in recent weeks, House Republican leadership decided late on Wednesday night to remove $300 million in security assistance for Ukraine from the Defense Appropriations bill, and will vote on the aid separately, according to reporting from Juliegrace Brufke.
News media manufactures consent, and one way that happens is by manufacturing amnesia — burying a government’s past misdeeds makes it easier to sell future ones.
The catastrophic floods that Storm Daniel unleashed on Libya, which have killed as many as 10,000 people, are both a natural disaster and a human-made one. In the week following Storm Daniel, a large portion of the media coverage described “war” as a reason the country was ill-equipped to handle the catastrophe.
However, media discussion of NATO’s contribution to what has become Libya’s forever war has been almost non-existent. NATO’s intimate involvement — albeit by proxy — in the current war in Ukraine makes the omission all the more remarkable.
War in contemporary Libya is traceable to February 2011, when protests against Muammar Gadhafi’s government evolved into an armed conflict. In the initial days of the fighting, the U.S. mediaamplified claims that the Libyan air force was bombing demonstrators despite statements by top Pentagon officials that there was “no confirmation whatsoever” that such bombing was happening.
Western media outlets and politicians accused Gadhafi of carrying out a systematic mass slaughter of civilians, and of intending to do more of the same, particularly as government forces advanced on rebel-held Benghazi. In this climate, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973 in March 2011, which authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.
NATO dubiously interpreted the resolution as granting it the right to overthrow the Libyan government. NATO forces — primarily Britain, France and the U.S. — subsequently conducted roughly 9,700 strike sorties and dropped over 7,700 precision-guided bombs during their seven-month campaign.
Dozens of Palestinians suffocated on Thursday morning as Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Ya’bad, south of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Local sources told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed several neighborhoods in Ya’bad town, spurring confrontations with Palestinian residents in the vicinity of schools.
Dozens of people suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli soldiers during the clashes.
Nearly 250 people, including 48 children, have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza since the beginning of 2023.
While each side is jockeying for position in political points, the fact remains that one of the main factors precipitating the coming government shutdown is the insistence by both parties to continue sending money we do not have to a losing war in Ukraine. Also today: McConnell claims sending more money to Ukraine is the “number one priority right now for the United States.” Really?
The House Ways and Means Committee released a document on Wednesday showing an IRS agent relaying an inquiry from a CNN producer who claimed to have an email where Hunter Biden said that all of his "stuff" would go away once his father was elected president. To date, the alleged email has never become public.
"Documents show Hunter Biden and his business associates had access to the White House and Joe Biden’s advisors; Biden business associates were instructed to not ‘mention Joe being involved’; and official trips to Ukraine line up U.S. government actions and Hunter Biden’s financial bottom line," the Wednesday press release states.
"And, after the IRS began investigating these crimes, Hunter apparently "expected all of this ‘stuff’ to go away when his dad becomes President."
Buck's Stove Palace has been a mainstay in Southeast Portland for nearly 50 years, however increasing theft has led founder and owner Buck Froman to consider shutting down for good.
While some of the break-ins took place at the shop, which has sat at Southeast 68th and Foster Road since 1974, the majority occurred at Froman's storage facility about a mile down the road.
As KGW8 reports, over the past weekend alone, the facility was broken into numerous times. With law enforcement unable to come to his defense due to staffing issues, he took matters into his own hands and ended up with injuries after falling while pursuing the suspects.
"I can't handle it," Froman said. "It's killing me emotionally and mentally."
He explained that after one round of thefts, he changed the locks, but perpetrators simply cut through them and made off with more products. At one point, the driver of a pickup truck drove through the chain link fence surrounding the property, tearing off its front bumper and knocking the barrier to the ground.
A group of more than two dozen House Republicans led by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is introducing legislation Wednesday to defund climate envoy John Kerry's office at the State Department.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Climate Zealots Advancing Radical Schemes Act would prohibit any federal funds — including for salary, administrative, and travel expenses — from being appropriated for Kerry's office. In 2021, President Biden appointed Kerry to be the first-ever special presidential envoy for climate, a position that didn't require Senate approval, and gives him a spot on the president's cabinet and National Security Council.
"Climate czar John Kerry is the poster child for the Biden administration's anti-energy policies that are destroying both our economy and national security," Roy told Fox News Digital in a statement.
Hungary’s patience with Ukraine is running out. Once again, Budapest claims that Kiev will face serious consequences if it does not immediately change its discriminatory and racist policies against the ethnic Hungarian people on Ukrainian territory. In fact, ethnic Hungarian citizens in Ukraine have been going through a process of cultural genocide similar to what Russians suffered in Donbass, which is why tensions between Hungary and Ukraine tend to grow more and more.
The “ultimatum” to Ukraine was made by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a speech at the parliament on August 25th. According to the official, there will be no support for Ukraine on any international issue until Kiev reverses racist policies affecting ethnic Hungarian citizens living in the country. Orban emphasized that it is necessary that all Hungarian rights be restored and fully guaranteed, and that the Ukrainian government must stop “tormenting” people of other ethnicities living in Ukraine.
“We will not support Ukraine on any issue in international life until it restores the laws that guaranteed the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians, (…) for years [the Ukrainians] have been tormenting [the ethnic Hungarians]”, Orban said.
Washington DC’s aggression against the world will inevitably cause the American Empire to implode, as it simply cannot fight half a dozen global and regional powers simultaneously while also keeping numerous other countries in a vassal or semi-vassal state. The United States is now in a dilemma about which of its two superpower opponents to prioritize. In Ukraine, the belligerent thalassocracy wants to continue putting pressure on Russia and at least postpone or slow down its inevitable victory.
«Internationally renowned Australian Pathologist Dr.Richard Scolyer (in the cover image) was diagnosed with the worst possible Brain Turbo Cancer with months to live. He is now 1st in the World to receive an mRNA Cancer Vaccine to treat a cancer that was likely caused by COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines. If this was science fiction, it would be deemed too unbelievable to be published…».
To understand the bioethical gravity of the problem, these few words are enough.
Doctor Makis’ suspicion is fully legitimate given that she is a young adult in her forties who discovered the aggressive form of cancer a few months ago, right in the period following the vaccination campaign which she had certainly joined (it was mandatory for healthcare workers in Australia).
Suella Braverman has never wavered in telling the truth, even under severe criticism. See HERE and HERE. However, her party and country are run by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who — like his predecessor Boris Johnson — has demonstrated no will to tackle the flood of illegal migrants that have invaded Britain, and continue to do so daily via the English Channel. Nonetheless, Braverman still advances a strong anti-globalist message, which seems to be out of sync with her party’s actions. For some reason, however, Braverman is still tolerated within her party, perhaps to calm the party’s conservative base. It remains a deep mystery why the Sunak government refuses to act in the best interests of Britain, and in accordance with conservative values.
Braverman’s speech was undoubtedly praiseworthy, particularly when she notes that “multiculturalism makes no demands of the incomer to integrate. It has failed because it allowed people to come to our society and live parallel lives in it. They could be in the society but not of the society.”
Most important, however, is the question of what her party intends to do about this, if anything. In Italy, right wing/conservative Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni bemoans suicidal immigration policies and hails the importance of protecting Italy’s culture, yet she has done nothing to stop the migrant influx.
I watch his speech and when I heard those words, my jaw dropped. I have followed this man for several years and found him radically anti-American. Since American’s haven’t been taught American History for decades, he could say ridiculous bromides like that and get away with it. I didn’t like him then and I don’t like him now! I am a former Soviet attorney and in addition to Soviet Law, I studied history and Marxism for four years at Law School and know that slavery is a global phenomenon of our world—no country escaped slavery. Unfortunately, in America, the issue of slavery provided Socialist Charlatans with a narrative to exploit the division between whites and blacks—ignorance has become a radical force fighting the political system designed and left to us by our Founding Father…
It's official. This pope is nuts, and if there was any doubt that the apostate rot that has been the papacy for the last 1,000 years (if you're Orthodox), or 500 years (if you're Anglican or Protestant), or 142 years since Vatican I when Pius IX made himself infallible has reached the point of no return, when what was once Roman Catholicism is no longer concerned with teaching Roman Catholicism, but embracing every trendy fad of "public policy wonks" and technocrats, then this story shared by K.M. might serve to dispel any lingering doubts:
No...that foamy lather flecking the face of the UN Secretary General is not because he just finished a pleasant jog near the UN building (who'd want to jog there anyway?). It's because these people are acting increasingly like they have that insane hatred of all and sundry brought about by rabies infection.
A top fraud investigator has raised the alarm about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s new “Rebuild Ukraine” project.
The Clinton Foundation’s latest project to solicit donations from the public that are ostensibly for “rebuilding Ukraine” was just the latest part of a shameless effort to fleece “naive and well-meaning people,” according to fraud investigator Charles Ortel.
Last week, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a project of the Clinton Foundation, launched a new Ukraine Action Network (UAN) that it says will “provide continued humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.”
The network is reportedly an extension of an effort that began last year by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenskaya to bring together other nonprofits funneling money into the Eastern European country.
The CGI was revived last year after a five-year hiatus brought about by dire financial straits following Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election loss to Donald Trump when donations dropped to near zero, Sputnik reports.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has taken control of several American military bases in Panama and is orchestrating the flood of migrants that are heading toward the U.S. southern border in their millions.
The globalist organization is reportedly running an operation to round up migrants and transport them to the border so they can illegally enter the United States through President Joe Biden’s open border.
The WEF’s operation was revealed by political commentator Ann Vandersteel during her show “Right Now with Ann Vandersteel.”
The host recently visited the former site of Fort Clayton near the former Panama Canal Zone, once a heavy base of operations for the United States.
During her visit, Vandersteel found out that the WEF had moved into the area.
She took a picture of the WEF flag flying side-by-side with the Panamanian flag.
New York Democrats are planning to distribute flyers at the US-Mexico border telling illegals to “consider another city.”
On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Adam’s office announced this plan to “combat misinformation at the border.”
The flyers will be in both Spanish and English and will warn the illegals that New York City is the most expensive city in the world so they will be better off somewhere else.
How interesting that a sanctuary city run by Democrats who have been all for illegal immigration is now troubled by the flood of illegal aliens. Leftist ideas sound compassionate coming from those Democrat leaders until it’s at their front door.
A 34-year-old illegal immigrant is accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl at knifepoint in a Queens hotel that is housing illegal immigrants after luring the girl and her twin sister to his room.
Police sources told the New York Post that the girls and their family are staying at the Hotel Mint JFK Airport in Far Rockaway. They were playing in the hallway around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the man convinced the two girls to follow him to a second-story room.
The man allegedly held a knife against one of the girls and molested her.
When the girls’ mother knocked on the door, the man jumped out the window to escape. He later walked back into the building through the hotel lobby, where he was confronted by the girls’ older brother.
A fight ensued, with cops breaking up the brawl and arresting the man. Charges are still pending, and his name has not been released by police.
A neighbor of the hotel, 71-year-old Annette, described the conditions at the hotel as "lawlessness."
"It’s completely lawless," she said. "Clothes hanging out the windows, ruckus every night. Walking around in the rain with no shoes, barely [any] clothes. God help those poor children."
Joe Biden boasted two years ago that the CEO of a major electric bus manufacturer was making him “look good” and federal dollars poured into the company. Now those words have come back to haunt him as an entire town’s electric bus fleet backed by the company broke down.
The Cowboy State Daily reported Tuesday that Teton County and the town of Jackson wanted a low-emission transit system for the county. The Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system, a joint operation between Jackson and Teton County, had bought eight electric buses to complement its fleet of 31.
But the entire bus fleet broke down so the town’s transit system is now solely relying on its diesel fleet. The last of the electric buses went out of service two months ago and some of the broken buses have been awaiting parts for months.
Three Disney employees, a school athletic director and a father who left his 1-year-old home alone to have sex were among 219 people arrested in a major human trafficking bust in Florida, authorities said Thursday.
The seven-day undercover operation earlier this month led to 44 felonies and 242 misdemeanor charges against the dozens of suspects – 35 of whom are suspected of being in the country illegally, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a news conference.
Overall, 83 suspects were charged for soliciting prostitution or traveling to the undercover location to negotiate having sex in exchange for money, the sheriff said.
Freddy Escalona, 30, and Maria Guzman 36, were charged most severely with human trafficking due to “Operation Traffic Stop 2” that started Sept. 19.
Another 17 suspects were accused of collecting money from prostitution or helping prostitutes conduct business.