“Despite being at the center of news cycle and international policy, little attention has gone to the core of the conflict — who controls the agricultural land in the country known as the breadbasket of Europe. Answer to this question is paramount to understanding the major stakes in the war,” said Frédéric Mousseau, Oakland Institute’s Policy Director and co-author of the report.
The total amount of land controlled by oligarchs, corrupt individuals, and large agribusinesses is over nine million hectares — exceeding 28 percent of Ukraine’s arable land. The largest landholders are a mix of Ukrainian oligarchs and foreign interests — mostly European and North American as well as the sovereign fund of Saudi Arabia. Prominent US pension funds, foundations, and university endowments are invested through NCH Capital, a US-based private equity fund.
Several agribusinesses, still largely controlled by oligarchs, have opened up to Western banks and investment funds — including prominent ones such as Kopernik, BNP, or Vanguard — who now control part of their shares. Most of the large landholders are substantially indebted to Western funds and institutions, notably the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank.
A Democrat who was instrumental in getting Joe Biden elected as president in 2020 is stopping short of endorsing the current Vice President, Kamala Harris, as the face of the future for the Democratic Party.
Jim Clyburn of South Carolina is the campaign co-chair for the Biden/Harris 2024 re-election campaign.
During the 2020 election season he endorsed then-candidate Biden just before the South Carolina primary, propelling him to victory, helping Biden secure the Democratic nomination and subsequently win the presidency.
But he is now dodging the very simple question as to whether Harris is ready for the top job if and when the time comes.
Webmaster addition: There is a rumor that Democrats are planning to kick Kamala Harris out and replace her with Gavin Newsom. Then Biden will resign "for health reasons", making Newsom the incumbent going into next year's elections.
Climate change alarmist and former United States Vice President Al Gore has blasted the fossil fuel industry, accusing oil and gas companies of “using the atmosphere as an open sewer.”
Mr. Gore, whose climate rants have grown progressively more unhinged, said this week that fossil fuel companies are “digging and drilling and pumping up the fossilized remains of dead animals and plants and burning them in ways that use the atmosphere as an open sewer, threatening the future of humanity.”
Like many prophets of climate Armageddon, Gore has sought to pin the blame for opposition to alarmism on the selfish interests of fuel companies, rather than recognize a growing scientific challenge to claims of a climate emergency.
Fossil fuel industries, he said, “have portrayed themselves as the source of trusted advice that we need to solve this crisis,” but in reality they are responding to “powerful incentives” to keep the need for fossil fuels alive.
It is now clear that the fossil fuel companies were not “sincere in saying that they wanted to be a meaningful part of bringing solutions to this crisis,” Gore said. “Fossil fuel industry speaks with forked tongue.”
Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Canadian Jewish human rights organization, slammed the Canadian parliament Sunday for giving a standing ovation to a Ukrainian Nazi during President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit Friday.
Yaroslav Hunka, 98, was introduced by Speaker Anthony Rota of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party as a “Ukrainian-Canadian war veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians, and continues to support the troops today. … He’s a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service.”
Russia unleashes major aerial attack on southern Ukraine overnight. Ukraine's defence forces said that Russia fired 19 Iranian-made Shahed (Kamikaze) drones, two Onyx hypersonic missiles, and 12 Kalibr cruise missiles at Odesa. The Ukrainian air force said the Kalibrs were launched from a ship and a submarine. Ukraine claims to have destroyed all 19 Shaheds and 11 Kalibrs, yet their debris hit residential homes and buildings in the port city causing a fire. Meanwhile at the battlefield, Russia claims to have wiped out nearly 600 Ukrainian soldiers, repelled seven attacks and obliterated ammunition depots in a single day. Watch for more updates from the conflict zone.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine could continue for more than a decade, Aleksey Arestovich, a former adviser to President Vladimir Zelensky, has said, predicting that the two neighbors are unlikely to resolve their differences in the near future.
“That will last until 2035, that’s for sure,” he said in an interview on September 17, published on his YouTube channel. According to Arestovich, Russia is “seeking a new form of empire,” which will never come into existence without Ukraine.
The former presidential aide then doubled down on his forecast, saying that the “acute phase of the standoff will continue until 2035.” However, he argued that the standoff does not have to be a military one. The two sides might reach a ceasefire or end the hostilities altogether, but the conflict would then continue “on diplomatic, intelligence, economic, and information fronts.”
Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov told Sputnik that on Monday he would request explanations from the Canadian Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's office in connection with the invitation and honoring in the country's parliament of Ukrainian Nazi veteran Yaroslav Hunka.
On Friday, Hunka, a 98 years-old Ukrainian Nazi veteran who fought in the ranks of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the Nazi SS during the Second World War, was given a standing ovation by the entire Canadian legislature. Hunka’s recognition happened as the Speaker of the House of Commons, Anthony Rota, was giving introductory remarks prior to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to the Canadian parliament.
"The embassy will take appropriate official steps. We will, of course, demand clarification from the Canadian government," Stepanov said, adding that the notes would be sent on Monday to the Foreign Ministry and the office of the Prime Minister.
Five top-class studio guests discuss the question: “Deindustrialization, car bans, CO2 dictatorship: Where is the climate hysteria leading?”
In the process, they reveal what is really behind the climate hysteria: a cleverly staged hoax, behind which lie tangible political and economic interests of the globalists.
Thomas Globig was a meteorologist at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) for 20 years. During the premiere broadcast of the new show “Lagebesprechung AUF1,” the meteorologist expressed his critical views on climate hysteria for the first time on television. In the round, Globig explains how weather is misused it for scaremongering.
“In 1911, there were temperatures of 38 degrees and more in Germany. Nobody called for a heat lockdown then. The high temperatures have always been there,” Globig says.
Today, satellites measure ground temperatures from space. “Of course, the ground temperature is much higher when the sun is beating down on it. Weather stations, on the other hand, are mounted two meters above the ground. As a result, significant deviations are possible.”
On Wednesday, amid a diplomatic dispute over Ukrainian grain exports, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland is “no longer transferring any weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming ourselves with the most modern weapons”.
A government spokesman clarified on Thursday that the country would continue "providing supplies of ammunition and armaments that had previously been agreed to".
Russia just cut oil exports again! This time, they are doing it with diesel, ramping up the inflation pain in the West, especially in Europe. Here's why this diesel export ban is significant and why Russia is moving to unleash economic turmoil in global commodities.
New York City is now reeling from the final effects of Ophelia and Washington, DC, officials are also anticipating floods as they laid sandbags in flood-prone areas on Sunday.
NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said: 'While the warmer summer days are behind us, New Yorkers should take precautions regarding the forecast for high winds and rain during our first fall weekend,' he said.
'This weekend’s weather is also a reminder that we are still in the middle of Atlantic Hurricane season and it is a great time to review your preparedness plan for your home or business, especially if you live in flood-prone areas.'
The nation of Kazakhstan, one of Russia’s southern neighbors, has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme in rolling out a new digital ID that offers social welfare programs called the “Digital Family Card.”
What’s this got to do with me, you ask?
This is but one example of how the digital ID will come at you.
I’ve said in the past that the digital ID will come in many tantalizing forms tailored to different types of people in the social strata. The one in Kazakhstan is meant to appeal to the poor. The end result will be a massive government spy network able to penetrate down to the household level of each family that signs up for it.
New York City is paying $385 a night per migrant family while some of them are making $3,000 a month working illegally as delivery drivers.
Migrants are costing the city $10 million each day, according to Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, the Daily Mail reported. Migrants staying at the Roosevelt are being fed and their rooms are being cleaned. With all of their expenses met, some migrants and asylum seekers have taken up part-time work as delivery drivers for Uber, which is illegal for them to do.
A 24-year-old Venezuelan man has made $1,500 every two weeks just from delivering food.
The Daily Mail reports that the migrants do not have driver’s licenses, and many of them are driving scooters without license plates.
If you look around America today, we suffer 50,000,000 (million) foreign-born immigrants with incompatible world views, political religions like Islam, incompatible cultures and hundreds of different languages. They lack any affinity or commitment to America. Millions of them subsist on welfare.
Not mentioned by the mainstream media, we still house their purported 12,000,000 illegal aliens…a number they have continued to use for three decades…but now, Joe Biden has added another 8,000,000 illegal aliens in the past 30 months. (Source: U.S. Border Patrol) That’s 20,000,000 (million) people breaking into our country, breaking our laws, landing anchor babies, stealing jobs from our citizens, depressing wages, making us pay for their children’s education, food, housing and medical care, and much worse.
This summer, in my travels across America, I saw 125,000 Somalis in Minneapolis that live on welfare. They stole $200,000,000.00 in EBT card scams. They have NO affinity to American history or our flag. They wrecked Minneapolis’ school systems. They deal in drugs rather than study math, science or history. Same with Detroit’s Muslims, Lewiston, Maine, Miami, Florida, et al. They commit hundreds of thousands of female genital mutilations, hundreds if not thousands of honor killings, four wives per man, Halal food that is inhumanity to animals, and terrorists grow among them and their mosques.
As to corruption, just look at Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Senator Menendez of NJ, Nancy Pelosi of California, Maxine Waters, Ilhan Omar of MN, Rashida Talaib of Detroit, John Fetterman of PA, Diane Feinstein of California and dozens more in Congress. All of them corrupt; none of them in jail.
As to famine, we’ve got 1 out of 6 children in the USA that are food insecure. We’ve got millions living on EBT cards. We’ve got millions living on handouts from food banks. We’ve got 13 million children below the poverty line.
The global food crisis is a result of unilateral sanctions, not of a systemic error, Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergey Aleynik told the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
"Sanctions <…> reduce opportunities for exporting food and fertilizers to developing nations who need them most. Therefore, the global food crisis is man-made, not systemic, and, as such, it can be easily resolved through the removal of illegitimate barriers," he said.
"The world has enough food to feed everyone. At the same time, millions of people on the planet are starving. This discrepancy is a result of illegitimate unilateral sanctions, imposed by Western countries in breach of the UN Charter against countries not desirable to them or in order to obtain any competitive economic advantage," Aleynik added.
In the autumn issue of the U.S. Army War College's "Parameters," a quarterly published refereed forum that furthers the professional development of senior military officers on national security affairs, a call to action on a possible war with Russia that will kill about 50,000 Americans was presented. It pointed out that the massive loss of service members will also trigger conscription to fill the ranks.
The war college is a U.S. Army educational institution in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the 500-acre campus of the historic Carlisle Barracks, which provides graduate-level instruction to tenured military officers and civilians to prepare them for leadership assignments and responsibilities.
According to the 13-page write-up, the U.S. Army faced a strategic inflection point after a failed counterinsurgency effort in Vietnam 50 years ago. In response to lessons learned from the Yom Kippur War, the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) was created to reorient thinking and doctrine around the conventional Soviet threat.
Russia’s playgrounds are becoming parade grounds. At schools from the Pacific to the Black Sea, children in nursery grade don uniforms and take part in marching practice. Older kids are being taught how to dig trenches, throw grenades and shoot with real ammunition.
In schools across the country, service in the armed forces is being glorified, “voluntary companies” of teenagers are being formed and the national curriculum is being changed to emphasize defense of the motherland.
In short, Russia’s children are being prepared for war.
Webmaster addition: US kids know the correct gender pronouns!
The failure of Ukraine’s much-hyped counteroffensive – which began in June of this year and has stuttered for over three months – has by now become a universally recognized fact. It has been acknowledged not only by Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, but also by Western media and experts. However, the summer campaign has made the world reconsider not only the capabilities of Kiev's armed forces, but also the power of the country's main sponsor – the United States, when it comes to waging a large-scale war with a modern enemy.
Unexpected news? Not really. Various analytical reports have repeatedly stated that the US, despite a mind boggling annual financial outlay, may have trouble confronting a major power. A number of American experts, whose opinions will be mentioned below, have warned that Washington’s superiority in terms of precision weapons, intelligence, and targeting may not be enough, when facing a really large enemy – as opposed to a third world country or an insurgent formation.
Nevertheless, for a long time these warnings were ignored. Washington overestimated its own capabilities and underestimated those of the enemy (in this case, Russia) and as a result, its assistance to Ukraine turned out to be insufficient. Meanwhile, the US and its NATO allies are not ready to provide more aid, since this would greatly weaken their own military power. So how did Washington's military machine get into this situation?
Ukrainian officials are resisting calls from Kiev's Western backers to hold parliamentary and presidential elections, even as martial law prohibits such processes, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Several Western politicians, including Tiny Kox, head of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, and Democratic US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren, have urged Kiev to hold elections, the report says. Their efforts were also supported by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who described a ballot in Ukraine not only as “an act of defiance against the Russian invasion, but an embrace of democracy and freedom.”
However, according to officials in Ukraine and experts interviewed by the Post, holding elections in a country embroiled in a major conflict “is virtually impossible and also ill-advised.” The conundrum stems from the Russian military presence in regions that Ukraine claims as its own, as well as from the fact that millions have fled the country and tens of thousands of soldiers are deployed.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has alleged that unnamed figures in Washington obstructed his attempts to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I tried to interview Vladimir Putin, and the US government stopped me,” Carlson claimed in an interview with Swiss publication Die Weltwoche published on Thursday. He also explained that he felt let down by the lack of support for his situation that he says he received from US news media.
He said: “I don’t think there was anybody who said ‘wait a second. I may not like this guy but he has a right to interview anyone he wants, and we have a right to hear what Putin says’.” The 54-year-old added: “You’re not allowed to hear Putin’s voice. Because why? There was no vote on it. No one asked me.”
The often-controversial media personality didn’t elaborate on the circumstances under which he says there was government intrusion into his plans to interview Putin but it appeared to suggest that it was the current Biden administration which was behind the meddling. Carlson also didn’t mention when the interview with the Russian leader was supposed to take place.
Austrian economist and social media personality Gunther Fehlinger has called on NATO forces to “bomb Belgrade now,” after Kosovo security agents engaged in a deadly shootout with unidentified assailants near its border with Serbia.
Kosovo police said on Sunday that they’d killed three men and arrested six others during a gunfight at a monastery in the village of Banjska. The gunmen arrived in the village in the early hours of the morning, the police said, and blockaded a bridge with unmarked trucks, before shooting at least two officers, one of whom died of his wounds.
Fehlinger, who describes himself on social media as “Founder [of the] European Committee for NATO Enlargement for Kosovo, Ukraine, Armenia, Austria, [and] Moldova” accused Belgrade and Moscow of orchestrating the incident.
A sleepy town in southern Spain is in shock after it emerged that AI-generated naked images of young local girls had been circulating on social media without their knowledge.
The pictures were created using photos of the targeted girls fully clothed, many of them taken from their own social media accounts.
These were then processed by an application that generates an imagined image of the person without clothes on.
So far more than 20 girls, aged between 11 and 17, have come forward as victims of the app's use in or near Almendralejo, in the south-western province of Badajoz.
"One day my daughter came out of school and she said 'Mum there are photos circulating of me topless'," says María Blanco Rayo, the mother of a 14-year-old.
"I asked her if she had taken any photos of herself nude, and she said, 'No, Mum, these are fake photos of girls that are being created a lot right now and there are other girls in my class that this has happened to as well.'"
She says the parents of 28 girls affected have formed a support group in the town.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blamed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for a sudden increase of illegal immigrants entering the U.S., claiming that his sanctions against the socialist dictatorship in Venezuela caused the surge.
Chicago’s Democratic mayor has announced a partnership with a far-left non-profit to advance his proposal of a government-owned grocery store, which he argues is needed for the sake of “racial justice.”