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As was expected, the Taliban will be recognized by Moscow as a legitimate government of Afghanistan and that makes it much easier to cooperate on the issue of ISIS (euphemism for the US and UK) threat (in Russian), plus continuing support in food, energy, materials et al for government in Kabul to remain stable. It always was the matter of not if but when. Now, from Washington:

Tags: AFGHANISTAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Some NATO members, namely the US and Germany, warn against offering Ukraine a firm timeframe for joining NATO, the Daily Telegraph writes, citing sources.

A source told the newspaper that US administration officials were "very skeptical about bringing Ukraine any further along the path to full Nato membership this year." "The US is perhaps not as concerned as Germany, but there is a worry about the threat of Russia to the rest of the alliance," he added.

According to the Daily Telegraph, "while NATO leaders will refuse to provide a timeline for Ukraine’s membership, they will offer what is being described as a 'bridge' or 'path' to accession as a show of support for the process." A package of support will "demonstrate that the path to membership is getting shorter." "The package will focus on bolstering Ukraine’s armed forces to ensure Ukraine is ready to immediately join NATO when alliance leaders agree the time is right," the paper writes.

Tags: EUROPE, GERMANY, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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The commander-in-chief of Kiev’s armed forces Aleksandr Syrsky has said that he supports the idea of French military instructors being deployed to Ukraine to train local troops.

Syrsky wrote in a Telegram post on Monday that he has signed papers allowing the NATO member's military personnel to visit training centers in Ukraine “soon,” to familiarize themselves with infrastructure and staff.

However Paris and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry have confirmed no plans are actually in place for French military instructors to work in Ukraine.

Tags: FRANCE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The French president's comments on Tuesday come after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged member nations to allow Ukraine to use their weapons to target Russian territory.

"We should allow Ukraine to destroy military facilities on the territory of Russia, where shelling is taking place, but we should not allow [Ukraine] to hit other military or civilian objects on its territory," French President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Tags: FRANCE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Why is it OK for America to drop two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end their existential threat war? … I thought it was OK,” Graham said in an NBC News program. “That was the right decision.” Graham then hinted at Israel doing whatever it needs to do “to survive as a Jewish state.”

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi called Graham’s statements “extremely regrettable.” The nuclear bombings “took many precious lives, caused (a number of) people to suffer unspeakable hardships such as illnesses and brought about an extremely regrettable humanitarian situation,” they drastically understated.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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General Vladimir Kulishov, First Deputy Director and Head of Russia’s Federal Security Service’s (FSB) Border Service, has accused NATO of gearing up for potential nuclear strikes on Russian soil. 

Kulishov’s accusations come amidst mounting tensions between the Kremlin and the Western military alliance, fueling concerns of a new Cold War era.

Speaking exclusively to state-run Ria Novosti on the occasion of Russia’s “Border Guard Day,” General Kulishov outlined NATO’s purportedly aggressive maneuvers near Russian borders. He alleged a surge in reconnaissance activities and intensified combat training by NATO troops, including drills that simulate nuclear strikes against Russia.

“The situation requires taking appropriate steps to protect and secure our borders,” Kulishov emphasized, underscoring Russia’s perceived need for defensive measures in response to NATO’s alleged provocations.

These accusations follow a recent directive by Russian President Vladimir Putin, instructing the military to conduct exercises involving the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons. Moscow cited perceived threats from the West as justification for these maneuvers, raising alarm bells across the international community.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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NATO is dragging the European Union into World War III with statements about strikes on Russian territory and is no longer a "defensive alliance," Florian Philippot, the leader of French Eurosceptic party The Patriots and a candidate for the European Parliament elections, said on social media.

"NATO's statements are an insane dash toward World War III against Russia. Every word is extremely serious and fraught with consequences. NATO has officially abandoned its position as a 'defense alliance' — already disproved in practice — it is declaring war!" Philippot said on X on Tuesday.

The politician has called on Paris to withdraw from the alliance.

"Wishing to stay in NATO is to agree that France will be dragged into World War III indefinitely, that the blood of its children will be spilled for the interests of NATO, the EU, [French President Emmanuel] Macron and the senseless corruption of this entire clique," Philippot added, saying: "let's stop this madness, let's stand up for peace, no more euros or weapons to Ukraine!"

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As the political West keeps sinking into utter insanity, its already atrocious diplomatic “etiquette” (in the form of arm-twisting and threats of sanctions) is now being replaced by assassinations of foreign leaders and terrorist attacks on global military superpowers. And yet, to make matters worse, it seems that EU/NATO’s top-ranking officials are so detached from reality that they’re now openly threatening foreign leaders (even nominally “allied” ones). Namely, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze stated that he was recently warned by an EU commissioner that if he goes ahead with the so-called “foreign agent” law, he should be “very careful”, as Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico learned “the hard way” in a recent assassination attempt.

Honoring the aforementioned diplomatic etiquette that exists in all civilized societies (which automatically excludes the EU/NATO “garden”), Kobakhidze refused to name the EU commissioner who threatened him. However, on May 23, the said official revealed himself as Oliver Varhelyi, the EU Enlargement Commissioner. Varhelyi admitted that he spoke with Kobakhidze by phone, but insists that the Georgian prime minister allegedly “took his comments out of context”. As the commissioner was talking about the possible sanctions and measures the EU would take against Georgia if its government doesn’t repeal the aforementioned “foreign agent” law, he also made a clear reference to Fico’s NATO-sponsored assassination attempt.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, EUROPE, NATO
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Tel Aviv ignores the order of the International Criminal Court of the United Nations to the IDF to cease military operations in the southern Gaza Strip and open the only checkpoint of Rafah on the border with Egypt to allow humanitarian supplies into the enclave and allow investigation. Even the White House and the EU officially called on Netanyahu to refrain from fighting in Rafah and comply with the order of the UN ICC. At the same time, Washington continues to provide military assistance to Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military does not stop launching strikes and artillery shelling throughout Rafah for several days in a row, threatening lives of almost a million Palestinians, who moved there from other areas of the enclave since the beginning of the military conflict on October 7 last year.

According to Arab media, last night the Israeli Air Force launched rocket and bomb attacks on the western and central parts of Rafah. Israeli artillery did not stop shelling.

At about 4 a.m., the IDF expanded the ground operations and Israeli tanks moved deep into Rafah. Israeli military sources reported that, despite the decisions of the International Criminal Court, the IDF sent another brigade to Rafah, thereby increasing the number of brigades fighting there to six.

The number of civilian victims in Rafah is growing. Dozens civilians were killed and dozens more were wounded as a result of Israeli strikes. At least 45 civilians have been killed in Rafah in the last few days alone, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. In total, since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip, according to official data alone, more than 36,000 people have been killed, more than half of them are children, the elderly and women. The Palestinians have no more safe place to hide from the Israeli aggression.

Tags: EUROPE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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On the night of May 28, the Russian military launched new wave of strikes in the Ukrainian rear regions. Russian kamikaze UAVs targeted Ukrainian military facilities in the Kiev and Cherkassy regions, while heavy bombs and missiles pounded Ukrainian military positions in the war-torn Kharkiv region. 

A series of Russian strikes destroyed targets in the town of Borovaya in the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian media shared photos of fires in the settlement. According to the local reports, one of the targets of the Russian strikes was the building of the Nova Poshta, largest private Ukrainian postal and courier company, that is largely used by the Ukrainian military. Most of the facilities of the company were turned into military warehouses and they are regularly targeted by Russian strikes.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The meeting comes shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin explained why currently the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) is the only legitimate power in the country.

Sputnik brings you a broadcast from Moscow where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is chairing a roundtable on the Ukrainian crisis with heads of foreign diplomatic missions.

While the detailed agenda was not disclosed, the meeting comes the next day after Vladimir Putin elaborated extensively on the question of the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities, explaining that the Ukrainian constitution provides for the extension of the powers of the parliament (Verkhovna Rada), but does not mention the possibility of extending the powers of the president.

Moscow officials repeatedly stressed that Russia is not in conflict with the people of Ukraine and that the collective West is the main culprit and instigator of the Ukrainian crisis.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Indeed, the law of Ukraine on the legal status, legal position and martial law reads that presidential elections are not held during martial law. However, this does not mean that they are extended. They are not held but who said that they must be extended? The Constitution says nothing about this. But Article 111 of the Constitution of Ukraine reads that in this case the powers of the supreme authority, actually the presidential powers are transferred to the Speaker of Parliament. All the more so since the powers of parliament are extended during martial law.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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When chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan requested arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant on Monday, he remarkably chose not to include torture or sexual violence against Palestinian prisoners in his list of Israel’s ​​war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Khan’s omission of torture is exceptional. Over the past seven months, hundreds of reports, testimonies, and investigations have shed further light on Israel’s brutal torture of Palestinian detainees and prisoners held captive in Israeli occupation prisons. 

As Palestinian civil society organizations such as Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, and others have extensively documented, prisoners are being viciously beaten and abused multiple times a day, caged in cells “not fit for human life,” kept blindfolded with their hands bound with plastic ties, isolated from the outside world, stripped of their clothing, collectively punished through starvation, attacked by dogs, sexually assaulted, and psychologically tortured. At least thirteen Palestinians have been martyred in prison since October 7 as a result of torture and being denied proper medical care. Countless more have been discovered in mass graves with clear evidence of having undergone torture, executions, and other crimes against humanity. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Nikki Haley, former candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited the West Bank and northern Israel on Tuesday. "Don't listen to what is being said in the media. I reassure you: America stands with Israel," she said while visiting the West Bank.

Haley, who withdrew from the Republican primary race against Donald Trump and recently said she would support him against President Joe Biden, said she wanted to "express solidarity with Israel. These words are aimed at the Israelis but also at the Americans. We need a strong Israel, and the only way Israel will be strong is when the US supports Israel completely, unapologetically."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Israel sought to block a United Nations Security Council resolution against its military operation to eliminate Hamas in Rafah, as the international community continued to express its outrage over a Sunday night IDF strike in which 45 Palestinians were killed.

“The word tragic doesn’t even begin to describe it,” US Vice President Kamala Harris said.

US National Security Communications Adviser John Kirby called the images of Rafah “heartbreaking” and “horrific.”

Webmaster addition: I predict the US will veto.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Fighters of the Armed Forces of Russia seized an armored car of Canadian production Roshel Senator, which was transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), in Volchansk. The Telegram channel "Military Informant" drew attention to the photos of the trophy.

In the picture, Russian soldiers pose against the background of an armored car. Judging by the photo, the car went to the Russian Armed Forces without damage. Senator was armed with a large-caliber DShK machine gun.

Tags: CANADA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Late this Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators called for peace as Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, suffers incessant bombardments.

Tags: FRANCE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Strategists catching the vapors

And while the White House isn't yet facing reality, Democratic strategists are telling it like it is...

But Democratic critics of the campaign’s approach — while agreeing that abortion should be a winning issue — said they’re challenged when pressed by friends to make the case for why Biden will win.

There’s still a path to win this, but they don’t look like a campaign that’s embarking on that path right now,” said Pete Giangreco, a longtime Democratic strategist who’s worked on multiple presidential campaigns. “If the frame of this race is, ‘What was better, the 3.5 years under Biden or four years under Trump,’ we lose that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.” -Politico

And then we have this suspected offworlder, former Clinton strategist James Carville, who says Democrat messaging is full of shit

Claire's observations;  Frighteningly bad domestic and international policies have absolutely screwed the American people, under Biden's watch.  And now they're asking for "loyalty to Ukraine" to potentially draft Americans to fight and die for Ukraine in a war for which NONE of the American people ever voted?!?  This, folks, is hubris writ large.  

Then, there is the Israeli genocide in Gaza; please don't be surprised if there are MORE US "boots on the ground in Israel" than we have there already; (One facility is finished; the other is under construction)

Karl Marx got one hell of a lot of stuff wrong, but the one thing he said that makes perfect sense, is that all wars are economic in their origin.  And young, draft-age people get this; they understand it.  And this is why a an attempted "forced registration for the draft", which is being considered right now in this country, will go absolutely nowhere.

  And inflation?!?  Please don't get me started!!!!!  I am very lucky, that along the way, I learned to "slow cook", because I realized it was probably was going to be a key survival skill when things got tough. Unfortunately,  I was entirely  right on that!!

 

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