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The Israeli army is besieging Gaza City a week after its Shuja'iyya invasion began. People are forced to sleep in the streets with nowhere left to go and residents say Israeli forces are encountering fierce resistance.

By Tareq S. Hajjaj 

 

Palestinians flee eastern part of Gaza City after they were ordered by the Israeli army to evacuate their neighborhoods, July 7, 2024. (Photo: Hadi Daoud/APA Images)

The Israeli army’s invasion of Gaza City’s eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood has entered its second week, and it is now spreading to other parts of the city. The entire city is being put under siege, with its some 300,000 remaining inhabitants trapped in the middle with nowhere to go.

The Shuja’iyya invasion started from the east as the Israeli army launched a surprise attack without prior warning to its residents. People suddenly found army tanks between their homes, leading people to begin leaving the al-Nazaz, al-Mantar, and al-Mansoura areas in droves. The people who remained were located in the northern and southern regions of Shuja’iyya

The Israeli operation has followed a clear pattern so far. Military forces launch incursions into different neighborhoods at different points, storming one area after the other until they have deemed the resistance there eliminated. Often, the army encounters more fighting than expected, prompting an even wider invasion of large urban swathes in an attempt to snuff out the resistance. The operation swallows up more neighborhoods, and the army issues evacuation orders to the residents that have remained. Often the evacuation area is the same location in which Israeli forces operate.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Sanaa has warned that Washington is taking steps to restart the nine-year-old war in a last-ditch effort to counter Yemen's pro-Palestine operations

(Photo Credit: Hodhod Yemen News Agency)

The leader of Yemen’s ruling Ansarallah resistance movement, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, on 7 July warned Saudi Arabia against “colluding” with the US and UK to take “aggressive steps” against Sanaa and in support of Israel.

“The Americans are trying to entangle you [Saudi Arabia], and if you want that, then try it. If you want good for yourselves and stability for your country and economy, stop your conspiracies against our country. The move towards aggressive escalation against our country is something we can never accept,” Houthi said, warning Riyadh that falling for this trap would be “a terrible mistake and a great failure, and it is our natural right to counter any aggressive step.”

“If you get more entangled, our escalation will be greater, and do not rely on the Americans; they are failures.”

Claire's Observations:  It will be interesting to see how the Saudi response here unfolds.

So far, the response from the House of Saud has been nuanced, but  primarily economic  https://schiffgold.com/guest-commentaries/saudi-arabia-de-dollarization-explained/

There is also the issue of its rapprochement with Iran, brokered last year by China, which appears to be in a problematic phase right now https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/iran-saudi-arabia/b92-great-expectations-future.  However, as agreements on both sides could be a real game changer for the entire Middle East, one can be hopeful that Saudi leadership understands  the benefits (and potential risks) of moving closer to Iran.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SAUDI ARABIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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You know things are bad in higher education when schools have to get this creative to find new students.

The College Fix reports:

Colleges aim to increase enrollment by admitting students who didn’t apply

 

To combat a downward trend in college enrollment, some universities are offering admission to students who have not applied.

Through the new direct admissions practice, higher education institutions identify students based on their academic achievements, location, and other factors – and offer them admission to the school, no application necessary.

Washington and Jefferson College, a private institution in Pennsylvania, saw positive results after it began direct admissions two years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Tracey Sheetz, vice president of enrollment, told the newspaper the college adopted the new method to “meet students where they are today.”

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President Joe Biden told Congressional Democrats that he has no intention to comply with calls for him to resign, and said it is time for the drama inside the party that has erupted due to these calls to “end.” In the two-page letter to members of the House, who are now returning from their Fourth of July recess, Biden acknowledged the fallout from his debate performance but urged them to move on.

“The question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end,” he wrote, adding that the party currently has “one job” which is to beat GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in the general election.

“We have 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election,” the letter continues. “Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The Israeli army's occupation of parts of the Gaza Strip, for an undefined period of time, is one of the most dramatic developments in the war that began with Hamas' surprise attack on Israel on October 7.

The IDF considers Israeli control over these areas as a strategic step, while Israel's political leadership is pushing to continue the war. In the ongoing cease-fire negotiations, Hamas is demanding that Israel withdraw from areas that have been occupied and to end the war. Despite reports suggesting progress in the negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear Israel may renew the fighting, and the parties are still far from reaching an agreement.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The company behind Truth Social, President Donald Trump’s well-known social media platform, the Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. (TMTG), has plans to further develop its media reach. A fresh licensing agreement will now see the free speech firm acquire technological assets designed to boost its foray into streaming.

TMTG’s vision to transform its content distribution network includes a strategic roll-out starting with Truth Social before expanding into standalone apps.

This development is part of TMTG’s wider plan to broaden its range of services and grow its user base. To facilitate this expansion, TMTG also sealed a long-duration equity funding agreement. According to the specifics of the arrangement, TMTG is now geared to amplify its TV streaming services.

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The world wasn't ready for Trump in 2016 — it's not making that mistake this time. More than six months before the next American president takes office, there is already an extraordinarily advanced allied effort to manage a potential transfer of power in America.

Trump a ‘wild card' on China as allies push for tougher policy. Former President Trump and his top foreign policy advisers are putting Chinese leader Xi Jinping on notice, threatening to enact a more aggressive U.S. policy toward China as Trump looks increasingly likely to return to the White House.

AS TRUMP HAS BEEN URGING – NATO has to change. Here's how. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, NATO's first supreme allied commander Europe, felt strongly that his mission was to get Europeans “back on their military feet” — not for American troops to become the permanent bodyguard for Brussels and Berlin.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, NATO, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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NATO Needs 35-50 Additional Brigades

by | Jul 8, 2024

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U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment stand in formation during a handover, take over ceremony at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Feb. 11, 2022. The ceremony demonstrated NATO's continued... (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adrian Patoka) (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adrian Patoka)

The North Atlantic Alliance’s new battleplans will require members to produce hundreds of thousands of new soldiers and military equipment for a potential war with Russia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claims the alliance has half a million soldiers at high readiness for conflict in Europe. 

A military source speaking with Reuters discussed the demands of the alliance’s secret military plans. He said the strategy requires NATO members to create 35-50 brigades of 3,000 to 7,000 troops. The source admitted training and arming 100,000-350,000 new men is a significant challenge.

Claire's Observations:  At the risk of asking the obvious, unless NATO countries destroy their own economies, making the option of joining the military "look good", compared to starvation wages, from where are these troops going to come, please, understanding that they are signing up to get maimed for life, or killed by Russian weaponry?!?   Forgive me, but were I a lot younger, neither choice would interest or entice me to join.

Will NATO countries  start a NATO Draft?!?  Stay tuned!!!

 

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Corporate bankruptcies in the United States surged to their highest monthly level in June 2024 since early 2020. A total of 75 companies filed for bankruptcy during that month, surpassing the numbers seen in June and July of 2020. The
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In early June, Al Jazeera aired a series of disturbing videos revealing what it described as “summary executions”: Israeli soldiers shooting dead several Palestinians walking near the coastal road in the Gaza Strip, on three separate occasions. In each case, the Palestinians appeared unarmed and did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers.

Such footage is rare, due to the severe constraints faced by journalists in the besieged enclave and the constant danger to their lives. But these executions, which did not appear to have any security rationale, are consistent with the testimonies of six Israeli soldiers who spoke to +972 Magazine and Local Call following their release from active duty in Gaza in recent months. Corroborating the testimonies of Palestinian eyewitnesses and doctors throughout the war, the soldiers described being authorized to open fire on Palestinians virtually at will, including civilians.

The six sources — all except one of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity — recounted how Israeli soldiers routinely executed Palestinian civilians simply because they entered an area that the military defined as a “no-go zone.” The testimonies paint a picture of a landscape littered with civilian corpses, which are left to rot or be eaten by stray animals; the army only hides them from view ahead of the arrival of international aid convoys, so that “images of people in advanced stages of decay don’t come out.” Two of the soldiers also testified to a systematic policy of setting Palestinian homes on fire after occupying them.

Claire's Observations:  Somewhere in the deepest bowels of hell, Hitler, Himmler, and Mengele are dancing, laughing and high-fiving each other, saying, "Even after the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel, they never got it, did they?!?"  

The "it", of course, has to do with the Palestinian land, grabbed from the Palestinian people who had lived there for generations, and "awarded" to the State of Israel, courtesy of the Balfour Declaration.  

The UN Declaration of Human Rights states the following:  A. Article 1 (2) - Equal rights and self-determination of peoples. Article 1 (2) establishes that one of the main purposes of the United Nations, and thus the Security Council, is to develop friendly international relations based on respect for the “principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.

Israel is a Signatory to this Declaration; So what, please, happened to any Palestinian hopes for peaceful self-determination and a resultant viable Palestinian State?!? These hopes were consistently shattered by Israel's "power plays", pitting Hamas against the PLO, then telling both "Israel can't figure out which of these organizations truly represents the Palestinian people!!" 

And please don't forget;  Israel played a very significant role in the development of Hamas https://www.japantimes.co.jp/commentary/2023/11/21/world/israel-failed-policy/ 

So, fast forward to October, 2023, and you have the horrific Hamas slaughter of Israeli citizens, which I condemn with all my heart and soul. 

But the quiet part, which now must be asked out loud is, did Mossad, the IDF, and Israeli government spies get totally blindsided, and  not know this was coming; or was it allowed to happen, as the pretext for Palestinian genocide in Gaza and the West Bank, to enable "Israeli Repatriation" and annexation of these areas?!?

And I would like to politely remind Israel's Chief of the General Staff ,  Herzi Halevi, that the summary execution of civilians during war time, is a war crime, just in case he has "comfortably forgotten" this reality.

And General Halevi what I, and the rest of the world have seen of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians during this war, cannot be unseen by civilized human beings.

Perhaps you need to do an Op/Ed for a "friendly" publication in English, titled:  "The Chosen People" are Chosen by God at this Moment to Commit Genocide!" WOW, that would work brilliantly, to explain Israel 's rationale for this spate of assassinations, wouldn't it?!?

Or would it, sir?!?

And lastly, I would caution you, and Netanyahu's other minions in the current regime in Tel Aviv; please, be very, very careful about what you wish for, as the outcome to this slaughter.  Karma has a way of turning things upside down when you least expect it, and in the most unimaginable ways.

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Dr Barry Smith has spent nearly a decade working with the biggest junk food brands in the world — helping to make their products irresistibly tasty and palatable.

The food scientist was part of the expert team manipulating every aspect of our favorite products, from packet to texture, smell and taste, to make us want more.

But not anymore. Now, the expert has ditched junk food altogether due to its damaging effects to his health. 

And he's revealing the secrets of the trade to warn us off it too.

They includes adding the characteristic  'fizz and tear' sound when you open a can of soda to make it appear refreshing — or the popping sound with a Snapple juice bottle, which the brain has learnt to associate with a treat.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
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Emmanuel Macron was last night under increasing pressure to address the French public amid concerns a political deadlock will make the nation ungovernable.

President Macron is yet to comment publicly after staving off the much-anticipated hard-Right surge in Sunday’s National Assembly elections, although there was no overall winner.

His silence comes despite fears a hung parliament of blocs with barely any ideological overlap will see uncertainty reign.

The Left-wing New Popular Front unexpectedly won 188 seats, 27 ahead of Mr Macron’s centrists, with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) further behind in third, after moderate candidates agreed to stand aside for one another so as not to split the anti-nationalist vote.

Tags: FRANCE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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President Joe Biden, 81, pulled a Trump trick on Monday, dialing into a sympathetic TV show to defend himself amid calls to step aside and to dare critics to run against him at his party's convention next month.

He laughed off suggestions that he be tested to explain his stumbling debate performance and insisted he was not going to drop out of the election.

Instead he listed his administration's achievements and painted his critics as an out-of-touch elite as he fights for his political life.

And he chuckled when Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski asked whether he had been tested for pre-Parkinson's or other diseases that might explain why he had been unable to finish sentence in his debate showdown with Donald Trump.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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With his rugged good looks, a beautiful wife and a multi-million dollar NFL contract, Pat Tillman seemed to have it all.

The Arizona Cardinals safety was one of the rising stars of American Football, known for defying his relatively small 5ft 11in frame to excel as a safety, earning him admiring glances from some of the NFL's top teams.

But above all else, he was a patriot and when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the then-24-year-old felt compelled to act.

Forgoing the offer of a $3.6million dollar contract, he enlisted in the Army alongside his brother, determined to serve his country during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But his loyalty to his country would not be repaid, with the football star tragically losing his life in a friendly-fire ambush in 2004 that was subsequently covered up by the military.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, HIDDEN HISTORY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd said a campaign aide working to help re-elect President Joe Biden asked her to scrub a verbal gaffe from one of his recent media appearances.

In her column in the op-ed section of Sunday’s Times, Dowd wrote that TJ Ducklo, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, emailed her after she published a commentary on Saturday that included reference to the word “goodest.”

Biden appeared to utter the non-word during his interview on Friday with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, but the network later revised the transcript to reflect that the president actually said “good as.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The Democratic member of Congress who compared President Joe Biden to Jesus just days after his disastrous debate performance may be looking for his 30 pieces of silver.

Rep. Don Beyer (D., Va.), Punchbowl reported on Sunday, called Biden a "very very fragile" man who "also really has trouble putting two sentences together" during a Democratic leadership call. Beyer went on to say that his "perfect world is Joe—in deciding after talking to leader [Hakeem] Jeffries, Majority Leader [Chuck] Schumer, others—step aside now, let Kamala run as the incumbent, which I think makes her even stronger."

Those words could not be further from Beyer’s opening remarks at a McLean, Virginia, fundraiser on July 2. There, Beyer spoke about Jesus’ crucifixion and how "he died to demonstrate the universality of human suffering—that suffering was not the end." Few other individuals, Beyer said, "had to endure more [suffering] than [Biden]."

"Losing his wife, losing his daughter, and losing his son," Beyer continued. "The vicissitudes of American politics."

But now, four days later, Beyer seemingly wants Biden to resign and hand over the White House to Vice President Kamala Harris. A spokesman for Beyer disputed those remarks on X and said the congressman "supports President Biden and said so on this call and any reporting to the contrary is a misunderstanding of what he said and what he believes."

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  • Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees are claiming American Social Security benefits.
  • The information has been verified.
  • President Biden has made it legal for Ukrainian immigrants to receive SSI checks.
  • DHS estimates 537,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered America.
  • Sources include the Social Security Administration, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Uniting for Ukraine program, and immigration lawyer Charles Cook.
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement confirms humanitarian parolees are eligible for assistance through existing programs.
  • These refugees are receiving social security, health care, food stamps, and more, all funded by US taxpayers.
  • This situation is draining Social Security funds.
Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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They're really trying it, aren't they?

President Joe Biden and his Inner Circle Delusionists are hoping to brazen it out and prop up this past-its-expiry-date presidency.

In the process, they're proving themselves to be everything they've ever leveled at Donald Trump: out-of-touch, a sore loser, anti-democracy.

Mad King Joe just won't quit.

As he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in Friday's primetime interview, 'if the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me' only then will he consider stepping back from the ticket. Maybe.

Snap polls following the CNN debate disaster in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both show Trump pulling to a six-point national lead.

Reports suggest that Democratic party internal polling is even worse. One leaked survey has Biden losing Virginia, New Mexico, and New Hampshire (he won all three comfortably in 2020).

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Iran’s President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian who won the July 5 presidential elections has addressed Hezbollah’s secretary-general in a letter, reiterating Iran’s support for Resistance forces in the region. 

In the letter released on Monday, Pezeshikian thanked Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for his earlier congratulatory message, stating that Iran will continue to support the Axis of Resistance like it always has.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the resistance of the people in the region against the illegitimate Zionist regime. The support for resistance is rooted in the fundamental policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the ideals of Imam Khomeini, and the guidance of the esteemed Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and will continue with strength,” he wrote. 

Pezeshkian said he is confident in the capabilities of the Resistance in countering the Israeli regime.  “I am confident that the resistance movements in the region will not allow this regime to continue its warmongering and criminal policies against the oppressed people of Palestine and other nations in the region.” 

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Cyber experts have urgently warned people to update their passwords after a hacker uploaded billions of login details.

The leak, called RockYou2024, was posted on July 4th containing a staggering 10 billion passwords from a compilation of old and new data breaches.

Researchers who revealed the leak said the information could allow hackers to target any system that isn’t protected by strict security software including online and offline services, online cameras and industrial hardware.

This could prompt a wave of data breaches, financial fraud and identity theft using the passwords, which were collected from more than 4,000 databases over the last two decades.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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Precious, innocent babies continue to be one of the best grifts for big government socialist sickos. Here’s the latest example, from a report by Lea Skene at AP News: New parents in Baltimore could get $1,000 if voters approve ‘baby bonus’ initiative
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Democrats who are insisting that President Biden stay in the race despite his apparent cognitive decline are engaged in “reality distortion” while ignoring “cold, hard facts” and lashing out at the media, data journalist and pollster Nate Silver said.

Silver, founder of the election prognostication site FiveThirtyEight, wrote in his Substack newsletter on Monday that “progressive media scolds” on X are blaming the press for reporting on “things the public can see with its own eyes, like Biden’s obviously deteriorating condition” as well as Biden-era inflation.

“Progressive media scolds are like the dog who caught the car,” Silver wrote in a piece titled “Blaming the media is what got Democrats into this mess.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Blue Rose Research data scientist David Shor recently conducted a poll on the best and worst forms of public messaging about climate change. He found that the most effective climate “communicators” are those who point-blank lie to the public about global warming.

Shor did not say it this way, of course, and we are not speaking for him on the subject. What we are saying is that everything in the “best” messaging column is a lie if you actually look into it.

According to the poll, the “best messages ever tested” include the following false claims about the “benefits” of climate tyranny:

1) Lowered energy costs

2) Lowered kitchen sink costs

3) Creation of stable jobs

4) Investments in transit, infrastructure and manufacturing

5) Research and development (R&D) for clean energy

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Biden administration has settled on a plan to expand the war beyond Ukraine by deploying combat troops and lethal weaponry to 15 military bases in Finland. Whether the deployment will include nuclear-armed ballistic missiles is not yet known, but the threat to Russia’s security is serious all the same. One can imagine what Washington would do if Moscow chose to build 15 fully equipped and operational military bases on the US-Mexico border. The US would swiftly eradicate the threat through force-of-arms. No one doubts this. The question is whether Putin will pursue the same course of action as the US or dillydally until the threat becomes too menacing to ignore. This is from an article at The Defense Post:

The Finnish Parliament on Monday unanimously approved a defense pact with the United States, which will allow enhanced US military presence and storage of defense material in Finland…. Aimed to strengthen Finland’s security and defense capabilities, the agreement comes after the Nordic country joined NATO in April 2023….

Finland’s relations with neighboring Russia, with whom it shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border, have become increasingly tense after Finland joined the alliance last year.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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