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Posted on: Feb 04, 2023
"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."
The United States is “in regular contact at senior levels with Saudi Arabia about ensuring a stable and affordable supply of energy to global markets”, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says.
The statement on Friday follows International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates announced that oil output cuts – which Saudi Arabia and Russia extended to the end of 2023 – will result in a substantial market deficit through the fourth quarter this year because of high demand.
Webmaster addition: Biden is desperate to get oil prices down before the 2024 election!
On his first trip to Cuba during his third term in office, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called the embargo imposed by the United States on the island "illegal" and denounced the island's inclusion on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump included the island nation on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, and though the Biden administration has reversed other Trump-era measures, it has so far not removed Cuba from the list.
"Cuba has been an advocate of fairer global governance. And to this day it is the victim of an illegal economic embargo," Lula said in a speech opening the G77 Summit of developing nations in the capital, Havana. "Brazil is against any unilateral coercive measure. We reject Cuba's inclusion on the list of states sponsoring terrorism."
The comments were made just hours before Lula left for New York, where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly and have bilateral talks with Biden.
Earlier, Cuba expressed concerns over the label and Washington’s decades-old Cold War-era economic embargo against the island governed by the Communist Party of Cuba. The 27-member European Union, the country's top trade partner, has also repeatedly rejected trade embargo. Cuba and critics of the economic sanctions say the embargo prevents and hampers access to food, medicine and other critical development supplies.
Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo – brother of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo and his deputy – has had his assets frozen in the United States, while Abdul Rahman Juma, an RSF commander in West Darfur, was hit with a visa ban.
With that, the paramilitary force has lost hope of acquiring political legitimacy after the duo were sanctioned on September 6, according to analysts and activists.
Both were sanctioned over human rights abuses, specifically atrocities in Sudan’s West Darfur province. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Juma was sanctioned for ordering the June 15 assassination of West Darfur’s Governor Khamis Abdallah Abakar.
“The sanctions really are a blow to the personal brand of the Dagalo family,” said Kholood Kair, a Sudanese expert and founding director of Confluence Advisory.
More than a dozen rights organisations have signed a statement rebuking the Biden administration's decision to approve more than $200m in military aid to Egypt, arguing that the money will only embolden President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi amid an intensified crackdown on civil society.
Earlier this week, the US announced it was withholding $85m in aid to Egypt, which had been conditioned on the release of political prisoners. Instead of going to Cairo, the money would be redirected to Taiwan and Lebanon.
At the same time, it approved $235m in aid to the North African country, which rights groups and lawmakers have long been calling to be withheld.
The rights groups' statement, published on Thursday, said that the approval "sends the wrong message at the wrong time".
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday pledged more support on "national sovereignty, security, and development", as Beijing grapples with tensions in the Indo-Pacific.
During a visit to Beijing, Hun Manet also promised to improve law enforcement and security cooperation to crack down on cyber scams in Southeast Asia, activities that that often target Chinese nationals.
"Regardless of changes in the international and regional situations, China has always been Cambodia's most trustworthy friend and most steadfast supporter," Xi was quoted by Chinese state media as saying.
The Pentagon’s Central Command has ordered interviews of roughly two dozen more service members who were at the Kabul airport when suicide bombers attacked during US forces’ chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, as criticism persists that the deadly assault could have been stopped.
The interviews, ordered by Gen. Erik Kurilla, head of US Central Command, were triggered in part by assertions by at least one service member injured in the blast who said he was never interviewed about it and that he might have been able to stop the attackers.
The interviews are meant to see if service members who were not included in the original investigation have new or different information.
The decision, according to officials, does not reopen the administration’s investigation into the deadly bombing and the withdrawal two years ago. But the additional interviews will likely be seized on by congressional critics, mostly Republican, as proof that the administration bungled the probe into the attack, in addition to mishandling the withdrawal.
Some families of those killed and injured have complained that the Pentagon hasn’t been transparent enough about the bombing that killed 170 Afghans and 13 US servicemen and women.
A $13.3 billion program to safeguard American interests in the Arctic has run aground on an old industrial challenge: cutting and shaping thick, hardened steel.
U.S. officials are racing to procure new polar icebreakers because one of only two that the Coast Guard now sails has reached the end of its life, and the one assigned to the Arctic is out of service for maintenance every winter. Delivery of the first new icebreaker has slipped to 2028 from 2024 as designers, engineers and welders grapple with something the U.S. hasn’t done in decades: reliably shape hardened steel that is more than an inch thick into a curved, reinforced ship’s hull.
The Coast Guard hasn’t launched a new heavy icebreaker since 1976. Out of practice, U.S. shipbuilders have had to relearn how to design and build the specialized vessel, say officials in the industry and the government.
The technical challenge of working with special steel has been compounded by an industrywide labor shortage and the coronavirus pandemic.
Receding sea ice in the Arctic due to climate change is, paradoxically, increasing the need for icebreakers and other vessels that can handle rough conditions in and around the Arctic Ocean, officials say. Russian vessel traffic in the northern reaches of the globe is rising, including liquefied natural gas bound for China—between Asia and Europe.
Army Gen. Mark Milley pushed back on claims from Republicans that the military is “woke” and as a result not prepared to take on modern threats, saying he’s “not even sure what that word truly means.”
“What I see is a military that’s exceptionally strong. It’s powerful; it’s ready. In fact, our readiness rates, the way we measure readiness, is better now than they’ve been in years,” Milley said in a CNN interview Sunday.
Republican politicians and candidates have blasted the Pentagon for so-called woke policies, pointing to efforts to recruit a diverse group of military service members and be inclusive to transgender soldiers.
Those claims have also headlined efforts to reduce military spending.
“We’re going to cut money that’s being spent on wokeism; we’re going to cut legacy programs; we’re going to cut a lot of waste,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said earlier this year.
The United States' highest-ranking military officer made a big statement on Ukraine. General Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his frustration over the slow progress on the battlefield. He accepted Russia's military might and said Ukraine faces a "very high bar." He added that the U.S. cannot just boost Ukraine's power by sprinkling "magic dust."
France24, Quartz, and the Wall Street Journal (paywall-free link) report that the EU abandoned its much-ballyhooed transition to electric cars, which was supposed to culminate with a total ban on gasoline cars in 2035.
The EU’s reversal allows “the sales of new cars with combustion engines that run on synthetic fuels,” which sounds very environmentally friendly. But synthetic fuels are similar to gasoline or diesel, so the decision allows internal combustion cars to continue being produced. While electric cars will still be produced and incentivized, there is no longer a 100% mandate by 2035.
The doctrine of peaceful coexistence was first formulated by Moscow in the wake of the 1918-1920 war against Soviet Russia.
It was presented to the Genoa Conference in April 1922.
The “unspoken” 1918-20 war against Russia (barely acknowledged by historians) was launched two months after the November 7, 1917 Revolution on January 12 1918.
It was an outright “NATO style” invasion consisting of the deployment of more than 200,000 troops of which 11,000 were from the US, 59,000 from the UK. 15,000 from France. Japan which was an Ally of Britain and America during World War I dispatched 70,000 troops.
The article below entitled Genoa Revisted: Russia and Coexistence was written by my late father Evgeny Chossudovsky in April 1972 (in commemoration of the Genoa 1922 Conference). It was published in Foreign Affairs.
At the height of the Cold War, the article was the object of a “constructive debate” in the corridors of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). According to the NYT:
Mr. Chossudovsky wants a United Nations Decade of Peaceful Coexistence, a new Treaty Organization for European Security and Cooperation which would embrace all Europe, and comprehensive bilateral and multilateral cooperation in everything from production and trade to protection of health and environment and “strengthening of common cultural values.” …
Skeptics, of course, can point out that Mr. Chossudovsky’s argument; has lots of holes in it, not least in his strained efforts to prove that peaceful coexistence has always been Soviet policy. Nevertheless, he has made such a refreshing and needed contribution to the East‐West dialogue that it would be neither gracious nor appropriate to answer him with traditional types of debating ploys.
Unquestionably, East‐West cooperation in all the fields he mentions is very desirable, and so is East‐West cooperation in other fields he doesn’t mention such as space. And he is pushing an open door when he laments the colossal burdens of the arms race. (Harry Schwarz, The Chossudovsky Plan, New York Times, March 20, 1972)
(This is Part 1 of a three-part series. For Part 2, please go here, and for Part 3, go here.)
Why Helms Perjured Himself
I wish in this essay to show how Richard Helms first lied to the Warren Commission about the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald. I argue that his performance, and that of other CIA officials up to the present, constituted significant obstruction of justice with respect to one of this country’s most important unsolved murder cases.
Furthermore, we can deduce from the carefully contrived wording of Helms’s lies what the CIA most needed to hide: namely, that the CIA had recently launched a covert operation involving the name of Lee Harvey Oswald (and perhaps Oswald himself), only five weeks before President Kennedy was killed.
That operation—either in itself, or because it was somehow exploited by others—would appear to have become a supportive part of the assassination plot. It seems almost certain moreover that the “Oswald operation” became the focal point of the ensuing CIA cover-up, and of Helms’s perjury.
The US military occupation of the oil fields in north east Syria came under attack recently, and there were some who said it could foreshadow a US military withdrawal. However, the violence ceased, and the US supported Kurdish separatists are continuing to hide under the Pentagon’s wings.
The Obama created US-NATO attack on Syria for regime change began in 2011, but has failed. However, it was successful in destroying the country and preventing its recovery from an armed conflict utilizing terrorists supported by the US and its allies.
Neighboring Lebanon has been decimated, not by war, but by their political elite which have always been supported by the US, and the US has allowed a political stalemate to drag on without a President at the helm in Beirut.
Steven Sahiounie of MidEastDiscourse interviewed Scott Bennett, former US Army Psychological Operations Officer, and State Department Counterterrorism Analyst. His insight provides a rare glimpse into what is happening behind the scenes, and where the region is headed.
Special Counsel Jack Smith has filed paperwork with the federal court overseeing his classified documents case against former President Donald Trump, admitting his team incorrectly filed paperwork claiming it had turned over all evidence, as the law requires.
Prosecutors discovered that video used as evidence “had not been processed and uploaded to the platform established for the defense to view” when they were getting ready to indict Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira last week for allegedly conspiring with Trump to delete surveillance footage from the estate, Smith’s team wrote in a filing.
“The Government’s representation at the July 18 hearing that all surveillance footage the Government had obtained pre-indictment had been produced was therefore incorrect,” the prosecutors added.
“All CCTV footage obtained by the government has now been given to the defendants, according to Smith’s team. The so-called Brady rule requires prosecutors to disclose all evidence and information favorable to the defendant,” Just The News reported.
Illegal aliens dressed in camouflage scaled the border wall in Naco, Arizona while smugglers guided them. This is just one of many tactics that illegals are using to cross into the United States.
It is well planned out because this area of Arizona does not have that many Border Patrol agents. Once they scale the wall, the illegals will run into the desert. They can figure out where the smuggling pick-up areas are from their cell phones which will ping the location. A lot of them successfully get away, but the video does show one woman who was caught by the Border Patrol.
“Agents tell us this happens pretty much every single morning and they do not have the manpower to apprehend most of them,” Fox News reporter Bill Melugin said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did a victory lap after his acquittal by the Texas Senate, releasing a letter on Saturday warning the Biden administration to “buckle up” as Texas begins to work to challenge the policies pushed by them.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Paxton was acquitted of all the charges that were brought against him after nine days of deliberations. The senators talked overnight following the closing arguments by both sides before coming to their decision Saturday morning.
Despite the initial 121-23 vote by the Texas House of Representatives to impeach Paxton, the decision was seen as wildly unpopular by Republicans. Immediately, people such as Donald Trump himself jumped to the defense of Paxton, slamming Texas House Republicans as being RINOs (Republican in name only), per the DC Enquirer.
Despite this, Paxton prevailed, and upon clearing the charges, the Texas AG was quick to get back to work. He immediately set his sights on the Biden administration, releasing a statement on X/Twitter thanking all of those who supported him through the “kangaroo court” that was headed by House Speaker Dade Phelan. He stated that he will now return to “defend[ing] our constitutional rights” after being interrupted by the Texas House.
A person who owns a daycare in the Bronx, along with their neighbor, was arrested by police Saturday after a set of children were reportedly exposed to fentanyl, with a 21-month-old boy ultimately dying and three other children falling ill.
Grei Mendez De Ventura, the 36-year-old owner of Divino Nino, and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, were booked Saturday and given 11 charges, which include depraved-indifference murder, assault and child endangerment after the horrific incident that also sent three children to the hospital, according to police.
An additional suspect is still being pursued.
The Morris Avenue daycare was opened up by Ventura in May, with the business passing a surprise annual inspection on Sept. 6, according to the New York Post.
Police searches of an apartment used by the facility uncovered almost an entire kilo of fentanyl as well as a kilo press, an object often used to mix fentanyl with either cocaine or heroin, per responding officials.
Billionaire democratic donor George Soros is funding an “army” of TikTok personalities to push Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, praise left-wing causes and trash conservatives, according to documents and social media posts reviewed by the New York Post.
From 2020 through 2021, Soros’ Open Societies Foundation donated $5.5 million to the nonprofit Accelerate Action Inc., which then funneled at least $300,000 in 2022 to another nonprofit, Gen Z for Change, which employs more than 500 “activists, organizers and creators.” The group’s activists routinely push for “climate justice, racial justice, indigenous rights and gender equality,” among other things, according to the group’s website.
The Biden Administration has routinely employed Gen Z for Change to talk up its policy goals and achievements on social media.
Somorie Moses — whose nicknames included “Sugar Bear” and “Daddy” — on Friday copped to a 10-count indictment to sex trafficking eight women, and to murder in the course of sex trafficking for the Jan. 12, 2017, butchering of his girlfriend Leondra Foster.
He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years behind bars — and as much as life in jail — at his Jan. 8 sentencing.in Brooklyn federal court,
Saudi Arabia has reportedly informed the United States of its decision to suspend all negotiations on normalizing ties with Israel due to the far-right Israeli cabinet’s unwillingness to make any concessions to the Palestinians.
The London-based Elaph online newspaper, citing an Israeli official, reported on Sunday that Washington has informed Tel Aviv of Riyadh's stance that the “extremist” nature of the occupying regime led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "torpedoing any possibility of rapprochement with the Palestinians, and therefore with the Saudis."
It went on to say that Israeli officials were “confused” by the decision, given that they believed the Saudis would move ahead with normalizing ties with Israel without relating it to the Palestinian issue.
The report further noted that the Saudis were discouraged after Netanyahu accepted the demands of hawkish Israeli ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich to not make any concessions to Palestinians.
On Friday, Reuters and Ipsos released a 2024 presidential election poll between the leading 2024 presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden and, according to the poll, Trump will win the election in an electoral landslide.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted from September 8 to 14 and surveyed 4,413 U.S. adults.
The poll spelled doom for Biden as it showed Trump leading him in all of the seven most crucial states that determined the 2020 presidential election - Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada, North Carolina, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
In all seven states, Trump crushed Biden by six points, with 41 percent to Biden’s 35 percent, and a remaining undecided 24 percent.
If all the other states remain the same in the 2024 presidential election, Trump would receive 312 electoral votes, 42 more electoral votes than the 270 he needs to win. Biden would receive 226 electoral votes.
Webmaster addition: Not allowing for massive election fraud, of course!
Former Attorney General who served under Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese, submitted a court declaration calling the prosecution of Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark ‘a major affront to federal supremacy never before seen in the history of our country.’
Jeffrey Clark served as the Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General under Trump and was under consideration to be Trump’s Attorney General.
Ed Meese is 91 years old so he won’t be able to show up in court on Monday where Jeffrey Clark will argue his case.
“So, he won’t be open to being cross-examined and, as a result, it’s unclear whether judge will consider Meese’s statement. Not clear if Clark himself will testify. Fulton County DA has subpoenaed another Trump Asst. AG, Jody Hunt, for the hearing.” Politico’s Josh Gerstein noted.
Former President Donald Trump said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was “responsible” for the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Partial transcript as follows:
TRUMP: Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security and turned down 10,000 soldiers, if she didn’t turn down the soldiers, you wouldn’t have January 6.
KRISTEN WELKER: Did you call military or law enforcement?
TRUMP: I’m not going to tell you anything. Let me put it this way, I behaved so well. I did such a good job. Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t do that.
WELKER: Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the authority that you have as commander in chief, though.
TRUMP: Listen to me Kristen. Listen to me. I understand that the police testified against her, Capitol Police, great people. They testified against her and they burned all of the evidence, Okay? They burned all of the evidence they destroyed all of the evidence about Nancy Pelosi.
The Air Force is asking the public for help finding a lost F-35 jet that was last seen over South Carolina Sunday afternoon after the pilot safely ejected. The pilot parachuted into a residential neighborhood where he landed in a backyard and was taken to hospital in stable condition, while the plane apparently pulled a Twilight Zone.
With the twin tides of public opinion and legal decisions running against her, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has scrapped her plan to ban legal gun owners from carrying firearms in Albuquerque and its surroundings.
However, Lujan Grisham is still trying to create gun-free zones through her executive order.
On Sept. 8, under the guise of a “public health order,” the governor issued a ban on carrying guns in the city of Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County. However, local and state officials said they would not enforce the widely denounced ban, and a court issued a temporary restraining order against its implementation.
Instead, her amended order still bans legal gun owners from carrying firearms at playgrounds and parks or other places set aside for children to play. Although the statewide order notes this applies in areas of specified levels of violent crime, as a practical matter it only covers Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
A 74-year-old Jewish man has admitted to being behind antisemitic messages graffitied on a kosher restaurant in a suburb of Paris.
The shopfront in Levallois-Perret, an upscale area outside Paris was covered in vandalism that read “Jew” and “Jewish thief” earlier this week.
On July 19, after police arrested the first suspect spotted on security cameras, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter that he was shocked by the “unbearable” anti-Semitic inscriptions and he congratulated police for “already detaining the alleged perpetrator.”
The first person arrested was later released due to a lack of evidence and police then arrested the 74-year-old Jewish man.
When it comes to the on-field relationships between players and referees, it’s no secret that there’s not much love between the two sides. A great example of that took place in Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, and it ended up leading to one of the greatest quotes you’ll ever hear from a zebra, if not the greatest.