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Ethnic persecutions have been commonplace in Ukraine since 2014, when the Maidan coup d’état established a neo-Nazi dictatorship that began an ethnic cleansing campaign in the Donbass region, exterminating the Russian population. Now, however, the Kiev regime’s blacklist of ethnicities appears to be expanding. Several sources report that Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian ethnicity are being systematically sent to the front lines of the current conflict. The objective would supposedly be to exterminate the Hungarian population inhabiting Transcarpathia, which raises concerns in the Hungarian government and increases the possibility of internationalization of the conflict.

A forced mobilization of ethnic Hungarians from Transcarpathia is currently taking place in Ukraine. According to several sources, Kiev’s officials are transferring hundreds of ethnic Hungarians to the contact zones in the conflict with Russia, where they are dying in large quantities. On January 25, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto confirmed the report and expressed concern about the case.

Previously, Ukrainian forces had already created the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade in the Transcarpathian region. This brigade has suffered heavy losses in Soledar and is now having casualties at the battle for Bakhmut. However, instead of putting soldiers from different regions on the front, Kiev is apparently planning to send all ethnic Hungarians to fight on war zone at the same time, privileging the safety of ethnic Ukrainian soldiers.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Jan 31 09:47

On January 30, the Russian Defence Ministry revealed that US specialists held experiments with HIV on the territory of Ukraine. Ukrainian servicemen were among those used as “guinea pigs” in US laboratories on the Ukrainian territory. The Defense Ministry previously revealed a network of American laboratories in Ukraine. Washington confirmed researches in the field of public health there, but denied the development of any biological weapons.

According to Lieutenant General, Chief of the radiation, chemical and biological protection forces of the Russian Armed Forces Igor Kirillov experiments of the US specialists on the HIV have been taking place in Ukraine since 2019. They were held “not only patients with a high risk of infection — convicts or drug addicts — but also representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” (Full report bellow)

In January 2023, local residents discovered biomaterials belonging to the Pentagon laboratory. They were dug at the cemetery in the village of Rubezhnoe in the LPR. Biomaterials, bags with cards and personal belongings of the patients were found at the cemetery.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
Posted on: Jan 31 09:46

Iran has rapped the latest interventionist remarks by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during his visit to Argentina, describing them as “spiteful” and “amateurish.”

“Through an amateurish and spiteful analogy, the German chancellor proved once more that he is still standing on the wrong side of history,” Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nasser Kan'ani, said on Monday.

On Sunday, and during Scholz’ second day in Buenos Aires, he drew a parallel between Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship and Iran’s handling of recent foreign-backed riots.

“The true historical parallel to be drawn here is the rise of modern extremism in Germany, the result of which ... has been nothing but fomenting of violence and hatemongering, but this time under the guise of human rights instruments,” the Iranian diplomat said.

Tags: GERMANY, IRAN
Posted on: Jan 31 09:45

I didn’t think it was possible for brain dead Biden and his gang of neocon controllers to do anything in foreign policy that was crazier than what they have already done. But I have to give them credit. They have managed to do it. They are sending tanks and weapons to the Ukraine, even though doing this risks a nuclear war that could destroy mankind.

Although the US over the past year has supplied the Zelensky dictatorship with weapons, this wasn’t unlimited. Now, it looks like it is well on the way to becoming so.

Here is a statement from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about the new aid: “The United States is announcing a significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia’s brutal war. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our 30 th drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. This assistance package will provide Ukraine with hundreds of additional armored vehicles, including Stryker armored personnel carriers, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicles. The package also includes critical additional air defense support for Ukraine, including more Avenger air defense systems, and surface to air missiles, as well as additional munitions for NASAMS that the United States has previously provided. The package also contains night vision devices, small arms ammunition, and other items to support Ukraine as it bravely defends its people, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity.

This package, which totals $2.5 billion, will bring total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented approximately $27.5 billion since the beginning of the Administration.

The United States also continues to rally the world to support Ukraine. We have seen incredible solidarity from our allies and partners, including at today’s Ukraine Defense Contact Group, and we applaud the more than 50 countries who have come together to make significant contributions to support Ukraine.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Jan 31 09:43

Project Veritas recently released an undercover recording of a Pfizer Research Director discussing the company’s supposed plans to practice “directed evolution” (translation: what Fauci has been accused of facilitating in Wuhan – “gain of function.”) with the Covid virus.

It’s hard to believe after Project Veritas released multiple pharma-busting undercover videos last year, that anyone working for a pharmaceutical company would talk so openly about this subject.

The casual nature of this captured-by-hidden-camera conversation plays into another alleged conspiracy theory that’s been gaining momentum as of late: that viruses don’t even exist in the first place.

“Why else,” the conspiratorially-minded might ask, “would a Pfizer employee be so willing to discuss the company’s plans to actively mutate viruses, if not to simply reinforce the theory of viral infection and all of the fear – and subsequent profit – that goes along with it?”

After the last three years, there’s really only one thing we CAN be certain of… Never put it past Pfizer to be up to no good.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WMD
Posted on: Jan 31 09:42
An anonymous Twitter user posted a video today showing how two vegans nearly became Darwin Award winners when they attempted to stop a truck carrying livestock.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 09:14
During a live television interview, Sarah Ferguson from ABC Australia confronted Bill Gates about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 09:14

After three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have returned to the pre-pandemic era by abolishing vaccine and testing requirements, while others have eased restrictions.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 09:12

American public schools are getting worse. Declining results are clear in the government’s own “Nation’s Report Card” on the state of public education. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) likewise shows that students got lower scores in mathematics across almost the entire country in 2021 compared to 2019. Blacks and Hispanics fell even farther behind than whites, and reading scores in most jurisdictions also fell.

The basic skills of America’s workforce may also be declining. “According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” wrote Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy, “the millennials in our workforce tied for last on tests for mathematics and problem solving among the millennials in the workforces of all the industrial countries tested.”

Violence in schools is increasing. There were more than four times as many school shootings in 2020–2021 than there were in 2000–2001. The National Educational Association (NEA), the country’s largest teacher’s union, held a summit on the problem earlier this month. Just last year, it wanted an end to the “criminalization and policing of students,” instead favoring “restorative justice, culturally competent professional development, family and community engagement, and the elimination of inequities in student discipline and the policing of students on campus.” Thus, more security won’t be an option unless the NEA reverses its position.

The decline in American schools is driven in part by the federal government. The Obama administration wrote a “Dear Colleague” letter in 2014, which warned schools that the Department of Justice might investigate if there were “substantial racial disparities” in school discipline. Schools lowered suspension rates and violence increased. The reality is that blacks and Hispanics cause more violence in schools, and so are punished more often. If schools are prevented from punishing them, there will simply be more violence.

Tags: EDUCATION
Posted on: Jan 31 08:47

In a post–George Floyd world, fewer white people desire being cops. The problem with this: Standards must then be lowered to accommodate the desire for a more diverse police force (fewer white cops), because with fewer white men being police, the pool for qualified candidates drops precipitously.

The consequences?

Memphis cops charged in Tyre Nichols murder hired after PD relaxed job requirements, by Matthew Sedacca, NY Post, January 28, 2023]:

At least two out of of [sic] five Memphis police officers charged with murder in the fatal beatdown of Tyre Nichols joined the force after the department relaxed its hiring requirements.

Tadarrius Bean and Demetrius Haley both joined the Memphis Police Department in Aug. 2020, NBC News reported, more than two years after the department dramatically loosened the education qualifications to become an officer.

Recruits no longer needed an associate’s degree or 54 college credit hours to join the force, and could get by with five years of work experience, Action 5 reported.

Loosening the required qualifications however means that the department is ultimately getting “less desirable” job candidates, Mike Alcazar, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired NYPD detective, told The Post.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 08:46

Dr. Walker’s claim that Pfizer has considered intentionally mutating Covid-19 in a lab, the same type of risky behavior that preceded a likely leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, is a major bombshell, of course.

But there’s another story here, worthy of at least a little discussion. It’s not as shocking, but certainly very revealing about the nature of modern America: Who the heck is Jordon Walker and how did this blabbermouth idiot get a sweet job at Pfizer?

According to Project Veritas, and supported by screenshots found online, Walker works for Pfizer as Director of Research and Development Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning. Critics of the Veritas scoop have zeroed in on the idea that Walker could not possibly hold a senior role with Pfizer, citing his relatively recent graduation and unremarkable research history.

This criticism is rooted in truth. After attending Yale undergrad, Walker graduated medical school from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which ranks solidly but not in the top tier. He also only graduated in 2018. From 2019-2020, Walker spent a year in a urology resident program at Massachusetts General Hospital, itself an odd resume line item — the Massachusetts General Hospital urology residency, run in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, is five years long. Walker, it seems, may have left the program early.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 31 08:46

The newly selected regime heading up Arizona’s top statewide offices is now targeting Kari Lake with potential felony charges for speaking out against the rigged election in Arizona.

Questionably elected Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a former lawyer for Mexican drug cartels, sent out a new letter on Monday, asking questionably elected Attorney General Kris Mayes to “investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against Kari Lake” for sounding the alarm about the stolen 2022 Election. 

This comes just TWO DAYS before the Arizona Court of Appeals is set to hold a February 1 conference in Kari Lake’s lawsuit contesting the stolen Midterm Election. They are terrified and will stop at nothing to cover up the truth.

As The Gateway Pundit reported, Kris Mayes recently revealed that the AG’s Election Integrity Unit (EIU) “is going to become a Voter Protection Unit” to “fight any effort by anyone to eliminate vote by mail” and prosecute alleged voter intimidation and alleged intimidation of election officials.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Jan 31 08:42

An incarcerated woman at a California prison was an eyewitness to a rape of a fellow prisoner by a trans woman at the facility.

The prisoner witness, Mimi Le, saw the victim being taken to a medical-administrative building in the facility by staff after other female inmates reported that she had been raped.

The witnesses identified trans activist Syiaah Skylit as the perpetrator.

The rape allegedly occurred in May 2022.

A female inmate at the Central California Facility for Women has come forward with a sworn declaration of having been eyewitness to the aftermath of an alleged sexual assault that took place within the institution.

Incarcerated woman Mimi Le has provided a sworn declaration to lawyers at the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) to be included in WoLF’s case against the State of California. The evidence was given exclusively to Reduxx for review in advance of WoLF’s latest filing.

According to Le’s statement, she was one of many eyewitness to the events surrounding what was described as a “sexual assault” committed by a trans-identified male against a female inmate.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 08:40

There comes a time near the end of every PSYOP when the PSYOP has achieved its objective, or as much of its objective as it is going to achieve, and is becoming increasingly recognizable as a PSYOP, and so the focus shifts to damage control, and erasing the PSYOP from official history.

This is a crucial stage of the PSYOP, because, at this point, a significant percentage of the public have realized that they’ve been thoroughly mindfucked, and many of them are none too happy about it. Some of them are starting to ask awkward questions, like “why were we deceived and coerced by our governments, global health authorities, and the state and corporate media into submitting to a series of experimental ‘vaccinations’ that appear to be killing and injuring a lot of people?” Or “why are we occupying and torturing the residents of a Middle-Eastern country that never attacked us, and never had any intention to attack us, and which posed no threat to us whatsoever?”

At this point, it is way too late for those engaged in conducting the PSYOP to continue to deny the facts and gaslight the masses. That won’t work anymore. So, it is time to do some limited hangouts, and some whitewashing, and a little sleight-of-hand, and just generally confuse and distract the public, and send them off on various wild goose chases, while the official history of the PSYOP is written.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jan 31 08:39

“I want to know how and why this book was ever allowed in our school, more specifically, that process that was just discussed and how books are approved,” Mrs Pangerl added.

She then proceeded to read out the following passages, as the board members squirmed in discomfort:

“I sucked him deeper into my mouth, almost to the base. And just when he moaned, I released him, gliding my tongue along the long, hard length of him, until his d*ck was glistening.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Jan 31 08:38

Within days of the US and Germany approving heavy main battle tanks for Ukraine, including future deliveries of the advanced Abrams M1 and Leopard tanks, one Russian company has issued a bounty for their destruction. 

"A Russian company has offered a cash bounty of up to 5 million rubles ($71,648) for the destruction or capture of Western-made tanks recently promised to Ukraine by its European and American allies," according to regional media reports.

 

Apparently the race will be on for Russian troops (or mercenaries, in the case of Wagner Group) to be the "first" - given the Yekaterinburg-based company Fores stipulated the $70,000+ reward for whoever destroys or captures the initial western tank, with a pay out of 500,000 rubles ($7,164) for each subsequent tank.

Fores said it is motivated by a patriotic desire to support the national army: 

"The decision to transfer western tanks to Kyiv indicates that NATO is no longer supplying Ukraine with defensive weapons only and means that we need to consolidate and support our army," Fores said in a statement.

It comes after the Kremlin said that tanks provided by Washington will "burn" - and that ultimately they will make no different for Ukraine's chances on the battlefield.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 31 08:11

NATO support for the war in Ukraine, designed to degrade the Russian military and drive Vladimir Putin from power, is not going according to plan. The new sophisticated military hardware won't help...

Empires in terminal decline leap from one military fiasco to the next. The war in Ukraine, another bungled attempt to reassert U.S. global hegemony, fits this pattern. The danger is that the more dire things look, the more the U.S. will escalate the conflict, potentially provoking open confrontation with Russia. If Russia carries out retaliatory attacks on supply and training bases in neighboring NATO countries, or uses tactical nuclear weapons, NATO will almost certainly respond by attacking Russian forces. We will have ignited World War III, which could result in a nuclear holocaust.

U.S. military support for Ukraine began with the basics — ammunition and assault weapons. The Biden administration, however, soon crossed several self-imposed red lines to provide a tidal wave of lethal war machinery: Stinger anti-aircraft systems; Javelin anti-armor systems; M777 towed Howitzers; 122mm GRAD rockets; M142 multiple rocket launchers, or HIMARS; Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles; Patriot air defense batteries; National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS); M113 Armored Personnel Carriers; and now 31 M1 Abrams, as part of a new $400 million package. These tanks will be supplemented by 14 German Leopard 2A6 tanks, 14 British Challenger 2 tanks, as well as tanks from other NATO members, including Poland. Next on the list are armor-piercing depleted uranium (DU) ammunition and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets.

Since Russia invaded on February 24, 2022, Congress has approved more than $113 billion in aid to Ukraine and allied nations supporting the war in Ukraine. Three-fifths of this aid, $67 billion, has been allocated for military expenditures. There are 28 countries transferring weapons to Ukraine. All of them, with the exception of Australia, Canada and the U.S., are in Europe. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 31 08:09

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that he believes a prediction made by four-star Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan that the United States will go to war with China in 2025 is correct.

 

A memo issued by the general, according to NBC News, said that “I hope I am wrong .. my gut tells me we will fight in 2025″ about the potential conflict. He added that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be looking closely at Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election that might prompt leader Xi Jinping to escalate military aggression against the region.

Xi secured his third term [as CCP general secretary] and set his war council in October 2022. Taiwan’s presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a reason,” Minihan wrote. The 2024 U.S. presidential elections would also create a “distracted America” that could benefit the Chinese regime, he said.

Xi’s team, reason, and opportunity are all aligned for 2025,” the general reportedly said. Copies of his memo circulated online over the weekend, and The Epoch Times has contacted the Air Force for comment.

On Sunday, McCaul, the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News that he believes the general’s prediction is accurate. “I hope he’s wrong,” McCaul told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think he’s right though, unfortunately.”

McCaul said that the CCP wants to take control over Taiwan, which he suggested could take place via influencing the island nation’s elections early next year. Adding further, he claimed that the current administration is “projecting weakness” that will create an avenue for the CCP to take military action.

“But if they don’t win in that one they are going to look at a military invasion, in my judgment,” he said. “We have to be prepared for this.”

Tags: CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 31 08:08

The end of the PHE will also end the Title 42 policy at the border. The Biden administration said that while it has tried to terminate the policy, it currently remains in place due to court orders. Ending the PHE would “lift Title 42 immediately, and result in a substantial additional inflow of migrants at the Southwest border,” the Biden administration said.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 31 08:07

Video-sharing platform Vimeo has removed a documentary titled “Dead Name” about parents and guardians trying to prevent their kids from getting gender-related surgeries.

Vimeo claimed that the video violated its policy on “hateful conduct.”

“We can confirm that Vimeo removed the video in question for violating our Terms of Service prohibiting discriminatory or hateful content,” the video platform said. “We strive to enforce these policies objectively and consistently across our platform.”

The documentary, deemed to be “hateful” by Vimeo, explores the stories of parents of three children facing gender surgery.

According to the maker of the film Taylor Reece, Dead Name is “subtly explosive but does not contain hate speech or anything hateful.

“All these people talk about is how much they want to protect their children,” Reece told The Daily Signal.

Reece said that transgender activists pressured Vimeo to remove the video and that it was only online for 34 days before it was removed.

“Parents are living in the Twilight Zone, they are beside themselves and don’t know what to do about it,” Reece said. “This film is an attempt to force a conversation, not just in Republican legislatures, but around the country.”

“In the transgender world, the name is the first thing that most of these children shed,” the filmmaker added. “The erasure of who they are, their name, their history, their identity, it erodes little by little until it becomes a physical manifestation — like double mastectomies.”

Reece also said that “unless you are the parent of that child, you have no idea what this journey actually is.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 31 08:05

Dozens of food processing plants were destroyed and/or damaged last year by "accidental fires." After several months of a lull in mysterious fires rippling through the food industry, the first major one of the new year was reported by NBC Connecticut on Saturday.

More than 100 firefighters battled a massive fire at a commercial egg farm in Bozrah, Connecticut, on Saturday afternoon.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 31 08:04

Activist group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for all records and communications between the Surgeon General’s office and social media companies about COVID-19 vaccines.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the HHS refused to adequately respond to a FOIA request filed in March 2022.

We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here.

The request was for: “All records, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, texts, memoranda, and handwritten notes, of, regarding, referring, or relating to any efforts of Alexandria Phillips, Communications Director, Office of the Surgeon General, to contact any employee of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Pinterest concerning COVID-19 vaccines.”

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has previously called for censorship of Covid misinformation. In 2021, he published a report titled “Confronting Health Misinformation,” which aimed to “slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

The report encouraged platforms to censor vaccine misinformation and other misinformation related to the pandemic.

In March 2022, Murthy ordered social media platforms to hand over information about accounts spreading Covid misinformation.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “Biden’s Surgeon General is abusing his office to pressure Big Tech companies to censor Americans. This lawsuit aims to uncover the details of this government attack on the First Amendment.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 31 07:56

Polish officials said Monday that Warsaw is willing to send US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine but only in coordination with NATO.

“We will act in full coordination here,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. Since the US and Germany announced last week that Ukraine would be receiving Abrams and Leopard tanks, Ukrainian officials have been demanding Western-made fighter jets as the next escalation of military aid.

When asked on Monday if the US would be sending F-16s to Ukraine, President Biden simply replied, “No.” But US officials previously said they wouldn’t provide Kyiv with M1 Abrams tanks and other equipment that Washington ultimately sent.

Ukrainian officials appear confident that they will receive F-16s or some other kind of fighter jet. A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said work was being done to prepare Ukraine’s airfields for advanced Western-made fighter jets.

In order to send F-16s, Poland needs the approval of the US under export rules. The Netherlands has also signaled that it might be willing to send Ukraine F-16s, with the Dutch foreign minister saying his country would have an “open mind” if asked to make the transfer.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 31 07:55

Unverified reports have said that two more airstrikes were launched in eastern Syria on Monday near the Iraqi border following a strike in the area that was reported on Sunday night. Israel is suspected of being behind the attacks since it has previously launched similar airstrikes in the region.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the second strike took place Monday morning when an “Iranian-backed militia leader,” likely referring to an Iraqi Shia militia leader, was inspecting the site of Sunday’s strike in the Al Bukamal border region.

The SOHR said that the leader and two of his “non-Syrian escorts” were killed in airstrikes launched by drones. Later in the day, SOHR said an airstrike hit an oil tanker in the same region that was allegedly carrying weapons, killing at least one person.

Tags: IRAQ, SYRIA
Posted on: Jan 31 07:54

A warning by a US air force commander that a military conflict with mainland China could come as early as 2025 implies the American military is gearing up combat readiness over Taiwan, according to analysts, who said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would also boost its deterrence capabilities.

The latest warning was from Mike Minihan, the head of the Air Mobility Command, who said war over Taiwan might happen as soon as 2025.

In an internal memorandum that first emerged on social media on Friday, Minihan, a US four-star general, urged his commanders to push their units to achieve maximum operational battle readiness this year.

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Tags: CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 31 07:54

Thanks to the latest release of the “Twitter Files,” we now know without a doubt that the entire “Russia disinformation” racket was a massive disinformation campaign to undermine US elections and perhaps even push “regime change” inside the United States after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

Here is some background. In November, 2016, just after the election, the Washington Post published an article titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.” The purpose of the article was to delegitimize the Trump presidency as a product of a Russian “disinformation” campaign.

“There is no way to know whether the Russian campaign proved decisive in electing Trump, but researchers portray it as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in US democracy and its leaders,” wrote Craig Timberg. The implication was clear: a Russian operation elected Donald Trump, not the American people.

Among the “experts” it cited were an anonymous organization called “Prop Or Not,” which in its own words claimed to identify “more than 200 websites as peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 31 07:53

The year was 2008. Italian investigative reporter Stefania Maurizi had lost contact with one of her sources; the source believed they were being wiretapped illegally. The source was spooked and failed to even show up for one last meeting.

Following Maurizi’s source’s cutting off ties, the journalist began to research the best ways to protect a source. Given her background in mathematics, she became particularly interested in encryption. An expert on the subject told her about an upstart media outlet — WikiLeaks. “You should take a look at those lunatics,” he told her.

Today, many major media outlets use encryption to allow sources to anonymously submit information. But when WikiLeaks launched in 2007, no one else was doing so. WikiLeaks wasn’t just technologically savvy — it was bold. In late 2007, the site published the operating procedures for the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which depicted psychological torture and methods for keeping certain prisoners from communicating with the Red Cross. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had attempted to uncover this same information through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request but was blocked. The Pentagon demanded WikiLeaks take down the documents; WikiLeaks refused.

Months later, WikiLeaks published the secrets of Swiss bank Julius Baer. The bank pursued an aggressive legal strategy to purge the information from the internet, and a US judge issued an order to shut down the WikiLeaks website. But WikiLeaks set up mirrors of the site containing the forbidden knowledge. Traditional civil libertarians, like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), came to the aid of the digital upstart, arguing that the First Amendment protected what they were doing. Ultimately, the First Amendment saved the day. But Julius Baer would be only the first in a long line of powerful actors who would pursue the destruction of WikiLeaks at all costs.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 31 07:52

Since the first week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron has repeated a mantra on behalf of his NATO partners: “We are not at war with Russia.”

Nearly one year in, that notion has officially been dispelled.  

“We are fighting a war against Russia,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said this week.

Baerbock was trying to assuage NATO allies’ frustration over German reluctance to send Leopard 2 tanks into Ukraine. She can now claim vindication. In a reversal of its initial position, the German government has announced it that will deliver Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian army.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 31 07:50

A group of Jewish settlers attempted to climb onto the roof of the Armenian Patriarchate to remove the flags of the Patriarchate and the Republic of Armenia, but were prevented from doing so by young Armenians standing outside the monastery, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Christians in East Jerusalem have complained of increasing attacks by Jewish settlers on their sites in the city in recent months.

Settlers also attacked Armenians in occupied East Jerusalem late Saturday.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RELIGION/ATHEISM
Posted on: Jan 31 07:50

Dozens of Israeli settlers broke into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, amid increasing violence in the region, according to local reports.

The settlers were protected from Israeli police as they broke into the third-holiest site in Islam, local sources told the Palestinian Wafa news agency.

Israeli provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque are not uncommon. In early January the new Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir formed the holy site, drawing widespread international condemnation.

The settlers raided the site from the Al-Maghariba gate and performed provocative tours and Talmudic rituals in its compounds, the sources said.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Jan 31 07:49