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The UK government has published an update on the progress of its Science and Technology Framework.  Originally published in March 2023, the update details what the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (“DSIT”) has achieved in the first year of the Framework’s existence.

In the name of stimulating economic growth through the government’s plan to become a “science and technology superpower,” it has funded projects that bring us ever nearer to a dystopian and technologically controlled society.

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Who are the 10% of people who believe the Ukraine can win a war with Russia?

I guess we should be celebrating – two years ago, a majority thought this was a reasonable proposition.

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Denmark has announced its intention to send its entire artillery stocks to Ukraine, a move that will surely leave Copenhagen defenseless the moment a major conflict breaks out.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made this announcement during the Munich Security Conference 2024 held in the German city from Feb. 16 to 18. She also appealed to other European countries to do more to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

"They are asking us for ammunition now, artillery now. From the Danish side, we decided to donate our entire artillery," said Frederiksen. 

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Observers were quick to pick up that President Joe Biden and his Democrat administration are gearing up for non-citizens to outvote American citizens in time for the elections. They have started with the San Francisco Commission, which recently appointed a non-U.S. citizen to sit as an election official. This is a first in history.

Kelly Wong, who is not even legally allowed to vote in the U.S., was sworn in on Feb. 14 by Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin during a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall after winning unanimous support from the board. The appointment of a noncitizen to city boards, commissions and advisory bodies started in 2020 after voters passed a proposal by lawmakers to remove the requirement that candidates seeking office hold U.S. citizenship.

According to local news outlet KQED, Wong is an immigrant rights advocate and a native of Hong Kong who arrived in the United States in 2019 for graduate studies. 

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For four generations, Jim Chilton's family of cattle ranchers has worked the vast lands of southern Arizona which straddle the Mexico border, keeping the cowboy tradition alive.

But after nearly 150 years, their business – and way of life – is under threat.

The migrant crisis which has gripped America has turned the Chilton ranch into a perilous corridor used by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people each month to cross into the country illegally.

Patrols by Jim, 84, across this ranch in Arivaca, Arizona, which is three times the size of Manhattan are no longer focused solely on traditional duties: tracking missing cattle, tending the land and maintaining infrastructure.

Today, he must also fill the role of look-out and rescuer of migrants who collapse, dehydrated and exhausted, as they trek across these remote and unforgiving lands.

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Exactly two years ago this Saturday, on February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin announced the launching – and described the objectives – of a Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine. That was the inevitable follow-up to what happened three days before, on February 21 – exactly 8 years after Maidan 2014 in Kiev – when Putin officially recognized the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

During this – pregnant with meaning – short space of only three days, everyone expected that the Russian Armed Forces would intervene, militarily, to end the massive bombing and shelling that had been going on for three weeks across the frontline – which even forced the Kremlin to evacuate populations at risk to Russia. Russian intel had conclusive proof that the NATO-backed Kiev forces were ready to execute an ethnic cleansing of Russophone Donbass.

February 24, 2022 was the day that changed 21st century geopolitics forever, in several complex ways. Above all, it marked the beginning of a vicious, all-out confrontation, “military-technical” as the Russians call it, between the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder, its easily pliable NATOstan vassals, and Russia – with Ukraine as the battleground.

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Over 9,000 Ukrainians have crossed into Romania illegally since the beginning of the armed conflict, says Florin Coman, Chief Inspector of the Sighetu-Marmatiei Territorial Inspectorate of the Border Police.

"Since the beginning of the conflict, […] over 9,000 (exactly 9,112) Ukrainian citizens aged between 18 and 60, have been discovered on Romania’s northern border, who told border security forces that they fled Ukraine because of the war," he said.

"Unfortunately, many of them endanger their lives trying to cross the border by swimming across the cold and fast river Tisza, or over the Maramures Mountains without equipment, amid winter conditions with very harsh conditions," the official said.

According to Coman, since February, 2022, a total of 16 Ukrainian citizens have been found dead: 9 on the Romanian shore of Tisza and 7 in the Maramures Mountains.

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Moscow bears responsibility for the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni claimed in an interview with il Giornale newspaper published on Saturday. It was Russia’s military campaign against Ukraine that supposedly encouraged Hamas to launch a massive attack against Israel on October 7, 2023, she stated.

The Italian leader maintained that a military operation launched by a permanent UN Security Council member against its neighbor violated international law and shook the entire global security system. She said such a move would have inevitably “have [a] cascading effect on the other regions… of the world, from the Middle East to [the] Balkans, to Africa.”

“If Russia had not invaded Ukraine, in all likelihood, Hamas would not have launched such an attack against Israel,” she claimed.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, EUROPE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Top universities including Imperial College and Glasgow have told staff and students that saying "the most qualified person should get the job" is a "microaggression", among other examples of woke language policing.

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After spending years claiming former President Donald Trump led an “insurrection” after “refusing” to accept the results of the 2020 election and trying to stop its certification for Joe Biden, now some senior House Democrats are suggesting they may not certify the November election if Trump wins.

In recent oral arguments regarding a Colorado ruling that deemed Trump ineligible for the ballot under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban,” the Supreme Court seemed unconvinced that a sole state should have the authority to disqualify him. However, it remains uncertain whether the justices will directly tackle the issue of eligibility.

As such, and despite criticism of Republicans who opposed certifying President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020, several senior Democrats who spoke to The Atlantic have suggested the possibility of not certifying a Trump victory in 2024 if the Supreme Court does not decisively address his eligibility.

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The WHO Pandemic Agreement has worried many, and justifiably so, as it further empowers the WHO and the whole pandemic preparedness crowd. But what it proposes is also really stupid, says Eugyppius.

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The leaders of Italy and Canada signed security agreements with Ukraine during their visit to Kiev on Saturday, marking the beginning of the third year of the fighting between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the deal signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Ottawa will provide Can$3.02 billion (US$2.2 billion) “in macroeconomic and military support.”

Canada has provided US$1.78 billion in military assistance to Kiev since the start of Russia’s military operation in February 2022, and recently pledged to deliver more than 800 multipurpose drones.

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Vegan food fans have been left disappointed after a popular plant-based burger chain announced it would be shutting all its stores.

The British fast-food chain, The Vurger Co, which used ingredients such as tempeh, soya and Beyond Meat to make its creations, confirmed it had permanently closed its doors on Thursday.

It joins the likes of Veggie Pret, with Pret A Manger announcing earlier this month that its last three vegetarian-only stores would be converted into standard outlets that sold meat.

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NATO should cease its “saber-rattling” and start promoting global peace, Chinese envoy Zhang Jun has said at a UN Security Council meeting dedicated to the second anniversary of the Ukraine conflict.

The struggle between Moscow and Kiev, which erupted into open military conflict on February 24, 2022, is a “tragedy that could have been avoided,” Zhang stressed in his address on Friday.

”The situation Europe is facing today is closely related to the repeated eastward expansion of NATO since the end of the Cold War,” he said.

Russia singled out preventing Ukraine from joining NATO as one of the main goals of its military operation. Moscow warned on numerous occasions that it viewed Kiev’s possible membership in the US-led military alliance as a major threat to its security.

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Kiev reserves the right to retaliate against Poland if it does not convince protesting farmers to stop blocking the border crossings, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal said on Friday.

The Polish farmers accuse both Kiev and Warsaw of threatening their livelihood by allowing imports of cheap Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products. 

“The issue of the blocking of the border must be resolved way before March 28 – the date when the governments of Ukraine and Poland are due to hold a joint session,” Shmigal wrote on Telegram. “If this doesn’t happen, Ukraine will reserve the right to enact reciprocal measures regarding the points of entry.”

Webmaster addition: Poland is also a member of NATO, which means if Ukraine attacks, Article 5 comes into effect, triggering war with all of NATO!

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US Representative Matt Gaetz has called for withdrawing from the UN and cutting off funding to the global body to free up money to support Israel’s war effort against Hamas.

Speaking at a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event on Friday in suburban Washington, the Florida Republican demanded that Washington account for all new spending on foreign aid by making equivalent cuts to the federal budget. Gaetz made his comments as US President Joe Biden’s administration continued to scold Republican lawmakers for failing to approve an emergency spending bill that includes about $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.

“We shouldn’t have any foreign aid to any other country without corresponding cuts to our own bloated federal budget,” the congressman told a cheering CPAC crowd. “If you want to send aid to Israel, fine, pay for it by defunding the United Nations.”

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At least 15,000 Ukrainian refugees have sought homelessness support after relationships with their British sponsors broke down or ended, according to a report published by the UK government on Friday.

As of January, Around 141,000 Ukrainians have come to the UK under the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, which pays British homeowners £350 ($444) per month to take in a Ukrainian citizen or family on a six-month contract.

By the end of last August, however, 4,890 Ukrainian 'households' (one parent and at least one child) taken in under the scheme had been left homeless or come close to homelessness, the Public Accounts Committee stated in the report. With an additional 3,000 single Ukrainians seeking homelessness support from councils as of late January, at least 15,000 have been left without accommodation over the last two years.

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This is a shocking data point. The Israeli Democracy Institute released a survey this week showing that over 2/3 of Jewish Israelis – 68% that is – opposed “the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza residents at this time.” 

It gets even worse – the survey lowered the bar to exclude any possible opposition to either UNRWA (which Israel has been inciting against) or the Hamas authorities (which Israel considers terrorists). To no avail. Over two-thirds still oppose humanitarian help “via international bodies that are not linked to Hamas or to UNRWA… A majority of Jewish respondents (68%) oppose the transfer of humanitarian aid even under these conditions,” the survey notes.

The numbers are worse when it comes to right-wing Jewish Israelis, where the opposition is at 80% – four out of five. And consider that about 2/3 of Israeli voters are considered right-wing. 

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US entrepreneur Elon Musk said outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not have the legal authority to sign a security treaty with Ukraine for ten years.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made the statement in response to a post by political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek on social network X regarding the Netherlands’ ten-year military assistance agreement with Ukraine. Vlaardingerbroek said “the opinion of the Dutch People” had not been asked.

"Doesn’t seem like he [Rutte] has the legal authority to do this," Musk wrote in response.

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French farmers stormed into a Paris agricultural fair before a planned visit by President Emmanuel Macron, protesting over costs and regulations. Shouting demands for Macron's resignation, they clashed with police, leading to at least one arrest. The protests come amidst wider discontent across Europe's farming community.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged farmers to remain calm after a small group disrupted France's annual agricultural fair on Saturday.

Tractors drove into Paris, leading to clashes between a dozen farmers and police at the fairground.

"I urge everyone to stay calm," Macron said after meeting with farmers' unions, stressing that violence only hinders progress.

Addressing the agricultural crisis, he insisted that resolving tensions would take time and could not be achieved overnight.

"The agricultural crisis cannot be solved in a few hours. It won't be resolved during this fair," the French president said as quoted by Politico.

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The decision by the UK to blacklist Chinese companies as part of a new round of sanctions against Russia won’t be left without a response, the Chinese embassy in London has said.

On Thursday, Britain announced more curbs designed to hurt Moscow, saying that these mark the second anniversary of the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The latest sanctions target 50 entities and individuals, most of them from Russia but with three Chinese firms also on the list.

The restrictions on the Chinese companies by the UK are “unilateral acts that have no basis in international law, and we firmly oppose them,” Beijing’s diplomatic mission said in a statement later on the day.

The Chinese authorities are going to take the necessary steps to “resolutely safeguard” the legitimate interests of the country’s businesses, it added.

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Kiev is ready to assist the US in a war against any enemy, be it Iran, North Korea, or China, a senior Ukrainian MP has said, claiming that his country would prove to be a valuable military ally.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday, Aleksey Goncharenko doubled down on calls for the US to send Ukraine more military aid amid gridlock in Congress. “[The] United States of America told [us that] we will be with you ‘as long as it takes.’ Now it’s time to keep the promises.”

Goncharenko rebuked US politicians for focusing too much on the looming 2024 presidential election, saying Ukraine should not be a “victim” of this. He also claimed that supporting Ukraine serves Washington’s interests regardless of who wins the race for the White House.

In the event of a future war, the Americans “will need people who will stand shoulder to shoulder with them,” but not many nations would be willing to go all-in to support the US, the lawmaker said.

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