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An international operation led by UK and US law enforcement has severely disrupted "the world's most harmful cybercrime group", the Russian-linked ransomware specialist LockBit, officials announced Tuesday.

A message on LockBit's site said law envorcement agencies had taken it over AFP News

An international operation led by UK and US law enforcement has severely disrupted "the world's most harmful cybercrime group", the Russian-linked ransomware specialist LockBit, officials announced Tuesday.

LockBit and its affiliates have targeted governments, major companies, schools and hospitals, causing billions of dollars of damage and extracting tens of millions in ransoms from victims.

Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and agencies from nine other countries in Operation Cronos, said it had infiltrated LockBit's network and taken control of its services.

"We have hacked the hackers, we have taken control of their infrastructure, seized their source code, and obtained keys that will help victims decrypt their systems," NCA director general Graeme Biggar told reporters in London.

Webmaster addition:  Note the gratuitous "Russia-linked" comment, even though further down in the article it is made clear there is no evidence that the Russian government was involved. 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he would introduce legislation to match the cabinet decision rejecting “international diktats” seeking to push Palestinian statehood — boasting of his decades of thwarting any such move.

In a video statement, Netanyahu said Israel has for months resisted international calls to halt the war in Gaza against Hamas but is now facing new pressures, in particular “an attempt to force upon us the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state which will endanger the existence of the State of Israel.”

“We flat out reject this,” he said.

Webmaster addition: This is the reason for unrest in the Middle East. Israel demands a right to exist while denying that same right to others, in particular the Palestinians. If Israel would simply grant to others that which they demand for themselves, the bloodshed would have been avoided!

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Jon Stewart damage control was in full effect Monday night as he went after ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, lambasting Carlson for his interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The sneering attack appeared to be the The Daily Show host’s belated effort to reassert his left-wing credentials after being mocked for daring to criticize President Joe Biden in a previous show.

Stewart used his monologue to grapple for a description of Carlson’s face as he sat through Putin’s addresses during the interview exchange.

“It’s not really a straight face so much as you try to convey a mixture of what appears to be shame, arousal and I’m gonna say irregularity,” Stewart offered. “For instance, like you’re constipated while jerking off to a Sears catalogue.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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American journalist Tucker Carlson has said former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson would only agree to an interview if he received a $1 million fee. He made the claim following his high-profile interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to Blaze TV founder Glenn Beck for an interview that aired on Tuesday, Carlson contrasted his experience interviewing Putin with attempts to sit down with Johnson, who has slammed the former Fox host as a “tool of the Kremlin” after Carlson’s lengthy discussion with the Russian president earlier this month.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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One of the two High Court judges who will rule on Julian Assange’s bid to stop his extradition to the US represented the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Ministry of Defense, Declassified has found.  

Justice Jeremy Johnson has also been a specially vetted barrister, cleared by the UK authorities to access top-secret information. Johnson will sit with Dame Victoria Sharp, his senior judge, to decide the fate of the WikiLeaks co-founder. If extradited, Assange faces a maximum sentence of 175 years.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WHITE HOUSE
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The operations carried out by the Palestinian and regional resistance groups on Monday, February 19, are as follows:

Qassam Brigades' operations on Feb. 19:

  • Engaged in fierce clashes with Israeli troops in southern Gaza's Khan Younis, dispelling the claim that Hamas' military wing has been defeated there.
  • Sniped at least two Israeli soldiers and engaged in clashes with their infantry force west of Khan Younis city, causing casualties.
  • Targeted an Israeli infantry force of 15 officers and soldiers, holed up inside a house west of Khan Younis city, with anti-armor and anti-personnel RPG shells, resulting in casualties. 
  • In a joint operation with the Al-Mujahideen Brigades, targeted an Israeli military Hermes-900 drone with a SAM-7 shell southwest of Gaza City.

Al-Quds Brigades' operations on Feb. 19:

  • Shelled Israeli forces in the "Netzarim" area northeast of Gaza with a 107mm rocket barrage.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades' operations on Feb. 19:

  • Engaged in fierce clashes with Israeli soldiers with their vehicles using machine guns and RPGs in the western axis of Khan Younis city, southern Gaza. 
Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The graphic image of a seven-year-old’s mutilated body hanging by a wall of a damaged building in the Gaza Strip with her legs severed shocked the world last week.

Sidra Hassouna, a resident of northern Gaza, had sought refuge with her family in the southern end of the besieged strip, temporarily declared a “safe zone” by the occupying regime.

On February 14, the regime launched a major overnight attack on Rafah that killed more than a hundred Palestinians sheltering in makeshift tents and deserted streets.

On the same fateful night, a missile struck the place where the Hassouna family had sought refuge, killing the whole family and tearing the body of their little daughter into pieces.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Unsurprisingly, the United States has once again vetoed a UN resolution that calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s great benefactor used its veto at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to block the draft prepared by Algeria.

It was the third time Washington has opposed such a resolution since Israel ignited its bloody war machine in Gaza in early October.

Representatives of 13 countries at the 15-member Security Council voted in favor of the resolution. Britain abstained.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour condemned the US veto as being “absolutely reckless and dangerous.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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For as impossible as their plans are to implement, they still expose America, Germany, and Poland’s strategic intentions, which are worth raising awareness of.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned late last week about the Western-backed foreign-based opposition’s planned territorial revisions. According to him, they’re plotting to cede the western half of the country to Poland in exchange for parts of western Russia in the event that the West defeats the latter in their proxy war in Ukraine. Poland used to control that land during the interwar period while the short-lived Belarusian state that emerged after World War I claimed several Russian regions.

KGB Chairman Ivan Tertel told national media in mid-December that his country was bracing for Belgorod-like terrorist incursions from Poland, which has a history of waging Hybrid War against Belarus. The previous conservative-nationalist government tried to orchestrate a Color Revolution there in summer 2020 and then hosted some of the Western-backed opposition afterwards once that failed. The new liberal-globalist one has continued that policy despite subordinating Poland to Germany.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The West wants Ukraine to submit a list of targets inside Russia and provide reasons for striking them, a source told TASS.

"Western sponsors of the Kiev regime link continued deliveries of long-range combat missiles to Ukraine with the effectiveness of their practical use," the source said. "NATO countries that transfer such weapons are well aware that the regime of [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelenskyy uses terrorist methods, using these missiles to strike civilian sites on Russian territory, killing unarmed Russian citizens."

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The plan for Ukrainian forces to reach the Sea of Azov was developed by specialists in Poland and the Baltic countries, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in an interview with TASS Editor-in-Chief Mikhail Petrov.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Ukrainian armed forces lost about 3,400 troops near the settlement of Krynki in the Kherson Region, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Ukraine had secret torture and burial places in the city of Avdeyevka as per preliminary information, Russian Foreign Ministry special envoy Rodion Miroshnik told Sputnik on Tuesday.

According to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, many war crimes against the civilian population of Avdeyevka by the Ukrainian armed forces have been recorded.

"We do not exclude the possibility that we will receive information about secret prisons, secret burials and the consequences of torture, about which we have preliminary information. Therefore, this work will now be launched," Miroshnik said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Kiev regime’s deep-rooted connection with Ukrainian WWII-era Neo-Nazi movements is an axiom. Denying this is futile, as many of the junta’s soldiers unashamedly display Nazi insignia, while the state-sponsored promotion of the cult of Nazi collaborators such as Stepan Bandera, Yaroslav Stetsko, Roman Shukhevych and others of their ilk is a clear proof that this isn’t some spontaneous reaction of an extremist minority, but a carefully orchestrated policy. In the last decade, there has been a systematic whitewashing of Nazism, with an entire generation of children and young people raised to essentially adore the aforementioned figures. Many soldiers of the Kiev regime who have been fighting in the last several years were just kids at the time when NATO organized the Maidan coup that brought the Neo-Nazi junta to power and pushed Ukraine into the ongoing bloodbath.

These children (many in their 20s now) were radicalized into thinking that the ideology that quite literally sees them as “Untermenschen” is something “good” or even “desirable”. They were never told what Hitler’s Generalplan Ost included and that they would’ve almost certainly never even been born had Nazi Germany succeeded in its genocidal intentions of global proportions. Worse yet, they’ve been convinced that the Russians, their closest kin (historically, genetically, culturally, religiously, you name it), are their “mortal enemy”. Not to mention the fact that the only reason why there are Ukrainians nowadays at all is precisely the victory won by tens of millions of Russians and other peoples of the Soviet Union. This hard-fought triumph was paid for in blood, with nearly 30 million people slaughtered in the most brutal ways imaginable, at least seven million of whom were from Ukraine.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Illegal trafficking of human organs is currently one of the most discussed aspects of the criminal world, alongside the illegal drug and weapon trade. Surprisingly, Ukraine has become one of the most active suppliers of human organs, despite being primarily associated with countries in Latin America. Since the start of the conflict on its soil, involving Russia, Ukraine has seen an emergence of black transplantologists who operate in the shadows.

These individuals target destroyed military units and extract bodies, leaving behind missing soldiers who mysteriously disappeared during the incidents. Recently, evidence of their activities has surfaced in the Odessa region, where soldiers from the 41st Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 122nd Territorial Defense Troops were essentially “harvested.”

The cemetery in Odessa has seen an increase in fresh graves, marked with signs that read “SURGICAL WASTE.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Prior to becoming Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenski had a TV career and a video clip of him with a child has surfaced.  This looks __really__ bad . . . 

Here's the video; draw your own conclusion as to what Zelensky's intentions/desires may have been; pay attention to Zelensky's hands and where they go:

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The EU is set to adopt another round of sanctions on Russia which will affect the supply of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the country, among other things, according to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

The package is almost finalized, Baerbock said on Monday, ahead of a meeting with her counterparts in Brussels. EU foreign ministers are set to discuss the bloc’s 13th round of sanctions before February 24, the second anniversary of the launch of Russia’s military operation against Ukraine.

Hungary is the only EU state yet to approve the proposed restrictions, which would reportedly target 200 individuals and entities, mostly from Russia. According to media reports, citing European diplomats, the EU is planning for the first time to sanction companies in mainland China and in other countries including Türkiye, India, and Serbia, for helping Moscow circumvent sanctions by allegedly supplying it with components that can be repurposed for use in drones and other weapon systems.

Tags: ECONOMY, GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has claimed farmers protesting against EU agriculture policies, environmental requirements and high energy prices are “supporters of Russia”.

On Monday, hundreds of tractors blocked off sections of Prague and disrupted traffic outside the country’s Agriculture Ministry as demonstrators demanded that the EU’s Green Deal, which calls for regulations on the use of certain chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions, be rejected.

The farmers have argued that the Brussels' proposals place a heavy burden on their businesses, making products more expensive and less competitive, especially when compared to non-EU imports, such as those coming from Ukraine.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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A massive fire broke out at a French industrial site used for recycling hybrid and electric car batteries on Saturday, sending thick clouds of smoke into the air.

The town of Viviez in the department of Aveyron in Southern France was shrouded by black clouds of smoke after a fire broke out at a warehouse used to hold hybrid and electric car lithium batteries. Overall, the site held an estimated 900 tonnes of lithium batteries, however, officials claimed that the cause of the fire has still not been determined, Le Figaro reports.

A “preventive confinement over a radius of 500 meters” was initially put in place surrounding the site on Saturday afternoon but it was later lifted in the evening after it was determined that the smoke did not present a danger.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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A recent small claims court decision found Air Canada liable for incorrect advice given by its website chatbot that led to a grieving customer paying more for plane tickets. Incredibly, the airline argued that its AI chatbot is “a separate legal entity responsible for its own actions.”

CBC reports that Jake Moffatt was looking to book last-minute plane tickets from British Columbia to Toronto after the death of his grandmother. While on Air Canada’s website, he used the customer service chatbot to ask about getting bereavement fares and the AI chatbot advised that if Moffatt booked full-price tickets immediately, he could submit a refund application within 90 days to get the cheaper bereavement rate.

A passenger wheels his luggage near an Air Canada logo at Toronto Pearson International Airport  (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Trusting this advice, Moffatt booked tickets for a total of $1,630. However, after completing the trip, Air Canada informed him that bereavement discounts don’t apply retroactively to already-purchased tickets. When Moffatt complained and showed a screenshot of the chatbot’s guidance, an Air Canada rep admitted the chatbot had provided “misleading words” but said the company had updated the system.

Unhappy with this resolution, Moffatt took Air Canada to small claims court. In a legal filing, Air Canada argued argued that its chatbot is “a separate legal entity responsible for its own actions.” But adjudicator Christopher Rivers called this “a remarkable submission,” stating that Air Canada owns its website and chatbot.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
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The organization Gays & Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS) on Tuesday announced that it would hold a press conference Wednesday “to request an explanation from St. Patrick’s Cathedral” for what they described as “cutting short the funeral mass service of Cecilia Gentili.”

In a press release sent via email, GLITS stated that its press conference would be held at noon on Wednesday, February 21, at City Hall Park. The organization said it will demand “a public apology” for the “painfully dismissive and exclusionary language” the Cathedral used in a statement after the scandalous incident.

As CatholicVote previously reported:

On Thursday, February 15, a crowd of LGBTQ activists held a funeral for Cecilia Gentili at the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, New York. Gentili was “a transgender activist and actress, former sex worker and self-professed atheist,” according to the New York Times. Gentili passed away on February 6 at age 52. 

The mob … eulogized [Gentili] as: “This whore. This great whore. St. Cecilia, Mother of all Whores!”

During the service, participants, many of them wearing extravagant drag, repeatedly interrupted the priest and broke into loud chants. One reveler took to the podium to pray for “access” to “gender-affirming healthcare” – a cause the Catholic Church opposes. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, RELIGION/ATHEISM
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A big data study of 99 million people across eight countries showed greater than expected incidence of side effects from various Covid-19 vaccines, the Global Vaccine Data Network (GVDN) said on Monday.

The study, originally published in the medical journal Vaccine on February 12, looked at 13 neurological, blood, and heart-related conditions, called “adverse events of special interest.” Researchers looked at 99,068,901 vaccinated individuals from ten sites in eight countries.

“The size of the population in this study increased the possibility of identifying rare potential vaccine safety signals,” said Kristyna Faksova, the lead author of the study from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to the GVDN, the study observed a greater incidence of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the heart sac) than expected among those who took the Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) and Moderna (mRNA-1273) shots.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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