"Those who recognize the stupidity and fickleness of the masses will not be remotely surprised by anything they do." -- Nicolas Poussin
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)
I was warned in August 2020. A source told me to meet him at six o’clock at night in an empty parking lot in San Salvador. He had my number, but he contacted me through a mutual acquaintance instead; he didn’t want to leave a trace. When I arrived, he told me to leave my phone in the car. As we walked, he warned me that my colleagues at El Faro, the Salvadoran news organization, were being followed because of a story they were pursuing about negotiations between the president of El Salvador and the notorious MS-13 gang.
This may read like an eerie movie scene, but there are many Central American journalists who have lived it for real. The suspicion you’re being followed, ditching your phone before meetings, using encrypted messaging and email apps, speaking in code, never publishing your live location – these are ordinary routines for many in my profession.
I wouldn’t know until more than a year later what my source really meant. My colleagues weren’t just being trailed as they investigated that story. They, and at least 18 other members of El Faro – including me – had been the repeated targets of a weapons-grade espionage software called Pegasus. Pegasus is the gleaming toy of the Israel-based spyware firm NSO Group. Forensic analysis by the Citizen Lab and others found that Pegasus attacks in El Salvador started in June 2020 and continued until November 2021. In all, 35 journalists and members of civil society were spied on with this tool.
A video presented at a teacher training session on school shootings in Fort Smith, Arkansas superimposed the faces of the children and grandchildren of teachers in the district onto images of school shooting victims.
Dr. Peter McCullough is among prominent cardiologists calling for a halt to the COVID-19 mRNA shots, contending there is a link between the vaccines and the apparent increase in reports of sudden deaths from cardiac arrest.
A total of 25, or 71%, had a final diagnoses consistent with a vaccine injury, including myocardial infarction, worsening heart failure, vascular aneurysm, pulmonary embolism, fatal stroke and vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia.
Significantly, McCullough said, five cases had acute myocarditis as the cause. Biopsies of the heart muscle, he pointed out, showed "patchy inflammation very similar to what was seen in the deltoid muscle were the mRNA vaccine was injected."
Eleven days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right Jewish-supremacist, as his Minister of National Security. Netanyahu, who is putting together the next Israeli government, also announced that the Ministry would have expanded powers, especially in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank.
The appointment prompted a firestorm of criticism within Israel. Ben-Gvir immediately got into a public dispute with the head of the Israeli military, Aviv Kochavi. Amos Harel, the security correspondent at the respected daily, Haaretz, warned that Ben-Gvir could contribute to a third intifada in the West Bank, where violence caused by Israel’s occupation and ongoing colonization is on the rise.
So for, the New York Times has reported nothing. Instead, the paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief, Patrick Kingsley, yesterday co-wrote an article about how Israeli journalists who flew to Qatar for the soccer World Cup got their feelings hurt when they encountered critics of Israel there.
The American Jewish establishment’s support for Israel as it violates Palestinian human rights is undermining “Jewish values” and causing “large swaths” of Jews to abandon the community, Jeremy Ben-Ami, the ceo of the liberal Zionist group J Street, warned in a speech to that organization on Saturday night (video here).
Ben-Ami announced a major pivot in his group’s advocacy: for restricting U.S. aid to Israel over its human rights abuses, and away from emphasizing the two-state solution.
Maybe it’s time for some serious oversight and accountability for how our aid to Israel is actually being used.
First, it ripped the sky over La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife at great speed, like lightning that emitted colours with shades of green and red, to then cause such a roar over Gran Canaria that it was heard from many areas of the island before, finally, crashing in the sea, causing astonishment among the islanders who, at first, didn’t know what it was.
Scientists have confirmed that it was a meteorite which, although it is not the first to fall in the Archipelago, there are no precedents for what happened yesterday, as it was accompanied by tremors. Fortunately, the Emergency Services announced that there is no record that it caused injuries or material damage.
The incident occurred on November 30, 2022 just after 3pm, although the exact time of the impact recorded by the measurement systems installed by Involcan and the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded various readings between 3:16pm and 4:35pm.
Something odd is afoot in Europe. Britain recently has been ‘regime washed’, with a strongly pro-EU Finance Minister (Hunt) paving the passage to an election-free premiership by ‘globalist’ Rishi Sunak. Why so? Well, to impose swingeing cuts to public services, to normalise immigration running at 500,000 per annum and to raise taxes to the highest levels since the 1940s. And to open channels about a new relationship deal with Brussels.
A British Tory Party is content to do that? Slash social support and hike taxes into an already existent worldwide recession? On the face of it, it doesn’t seem to make sense. Shades of Greece 2008? Greek austerity for Britain — are we missing something? Is this setting the scene for the Remainer Establishment to point to an economy in crisis (blamed on Brexit failure), and to say there is no alternative (TINA) but a return to the EU in some form, (British ‘cap in hand’, and with head bowed)?
Simply put, forces behind the scenes seem to want the UK to resume its former role as US plenipotentiary inside Brussels — pushing the US primacy agenda (as Europe sinks into self-doubt).
Cases of servicemen being shot for disobeying orders from their commanders have been observed in the Ukrainian military units stationed along the front line in Donbass, Andrey Marochko, an officer of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), told TASS on Tuesday.
"The practice of executing soldiers for disobeying orders has been resumed in the Ukrainian ranks. Cases of shootings of Ukrainian servicemen by the so-called court-martial have been recorded in the areas of Artemovsk, Seversk, Kremennaya and Svatovo settlements," he said, citing data obtained from the intelligence.
On November 18, Marochko reported that Ukraine began to court-martial its servicemen in Donbass. According to him, the officers of the Ukrainian troops were allowed to use all available means of influence on the subordinate personnel.
French president Emmanuel Macron demanded that Elon Musk abides by European Union restrictions on speech on Twitter in a meeting on Friday.
Following a state visit at the White House with President Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron met with Tesla and Twitter chief Elon Musk in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the meeting, Macron said that he stressed again the need for Twitter to moderate so-called hate speech and alleged disinformation to comply with EU rules.
According to Macron, the pair also discussed the expansion of Tesla in France, including future “green industrial projects” such as the manufacturing of electric cars and batteries in the country.
The President of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament has warned that Germany is “sleepwalking” into another migrant crisis as more waves of Ukrainian refugees are expected to flee the country during the winter.
Amid dropping temperatures and Russia’s continued assaults on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Germany is facing the prospect of hundreds of thousands more refugees seeking shelter within its borders.
Commenting on the growing crisis, the head of the largest party in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, said he does not believe that his home country of Germany is prepared for another large influx of Ukrainians, saying that the government is “sleepwalking into a new migration crisis”.
“In view of the ongoing destruction of energy infrastructure in Ukraine by Putin’s terrorist regime, we must prepare for a large number of Ukrainians to come to the EU this winter — and many of them also to Germany, I’m afraid we’ll experience a dramatic escape winter,” the EPP president said.
Struggling workers in Britain should avoid striking over their poor pay situations in order to help the fight against Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the Conservative Party has said.
Nadhim Zahawi, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer who currently serves as Conservative Party chairman, has said that workers who are currently struggling in the United Kingdom as a result of inflation should avoid striking for better conditions, as doing so might help Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Many in Britain are struggling as a result of a mix of tax hikes and inflation, the latter of which is in large part the result of massive government coronavirus spending, green agenda policies, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
A significant number of the population have now found themselves reliant on food banks, with some parents even skipping meals in order to keep their children warm and fed.
President Joe Biden’s State Department used taxpayer dollars to fund a pro-LGBT group in Colombia that supports the legalization of prostitution.
Fundacion Sentiido, a Colombian pro-LGBT group that focuses on “gender, sexual diversity, and social change,” received $16,000 from the State Department, an investigative report from the Washington Examiner reveals.
The grant is intended to “provide tools, resources and opportunities to support journalists and activists in Colombia and in Latin America” so they can understand the “use of disinformation and gender restrictive narratives against LGBTIQ and women’s rights,” the State Department explains.
Colombia is ranked 27th on the global crime index, with the United States government previously noting that many of the country’s residents, including children, have been subjected to sexual exploitation.
Left-wing demonstrators took to the streets in Rome on Saturday, demanding higher wages and condemning the Italian government for renewing a decree allowing it to send weapons to Ukraine until 2024.
Organized by Italy’s USB trade union and backed by a number of leftist political factions, the protest saw thousands of people assemble at the Piazza della Repubblica and march behind a banner reading “guns down, wages up."
Yesterday a quadcopter of our servicemen was lifted into the sky in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) direction for reconnaissance of the situation in the area of positions of the Ukrainian Army. The operator of the quadcopter detected the movement of a group of the enemy along the forest area near the military positions of the AFU.
At first glance, it looked like the movement of a sabotage and reconnaissance group of seven people, so our drone operator decided to continue visual observation; but soon it turned out that four AFU soldiers were leading three men in standard Ukrainian field uniforms to a firing squad. They chose an abandoned or spare trench as the place for the shooting, but they did not shoot them in the trench, but near it.
This is not a unique accident. Ever since the defense of Slavyansk at the end of May 2014, we received intelligence for the first time that the Nazis from the “Right Sector” shot eight Ukrainian military gunners who refused to hit the city. Over the years, all the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have turned into Nazis, and they no longer need particularly stoned Nazis for the executions of their brothers-in-arms.
As Europe attempts to tackle the great challenges ahead, its choice lies between the republican way or that of bureaucratic centralism, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during the final session of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) summit in Warsaw.
Morawiecki assessed that Europe has to make the “fundamental choice of the republican way, the direction of community that combines freedom and solidarity” or it will turn into a “centralized, bureaucratized behemoth with the tyranny of bureaucracy.”
He claimed the continent is currently experiencing a “breakthrough, the kind that happens once a few decades, sometimes even a century,” comparing the moment to the Congress of Vienna of 1815 and the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.
“Today, Europe must also answer the question of whether it wants to be a great, important, global, transatlantic player or a subject to the games of world’s great powers,” said Morawiecki.
According to the Polish prime minister, the condition of European power and sovereignty is the cooperation of “strong, sovereign countries” and their opposition to the plans of implementation of the “centralist tyranny.”
“Europe of states, nations does not contradict a very close cooperation based on what should be the foundation of the EU — economic cooperation, free competition,” said Morawiecki.
Moscow meanwhile has taken quick, decisive action - once again launching a barrage of major airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, targeting particularly energy infrastructure as part of the stated purpose of degrading Ukraine's power supply going into winter. For days Ukrainian officials have been warning the population to brace for new major attacks.
Air raid alert sirens sounded Monday across the country. "The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!" Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an official with the Ukrainian president's office, wrote on Telegram.
Media reports referred to explosions in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odesa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih. In Odesa, the local water supply company said a missile strike cut power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water.
Civilians are sheltering in underground places like metro stations, especially in the populous Ukrainian capital...
Five years ago, I wrote an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s wars.” It turned out to be the most popular piece that I have ever written and I was rewarded for it by immediately being fired by the so-called American Conservative magazine, where I had been a regular and highly popular contributor for fourteen years. I opened the article with a brief description of an encounter with a supporter whom I had met shortly before at an antiwar conference. The elderly gentleman asked “Why doesn’t anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it’s American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn’t we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?”
French President Emmanuel Macron’s approach to common European security, which would imply guarantees for Russia as well, does makes sense, but the European Union is not yet ready for consensus and constructive joint efforts to devise new security mechanisms, the General Director of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov, told TASS on Monday.
He drew attention to the French leader’s the statement to the effect that a future security architecture in Europe after the restoration of peace in Ukraine should include security guarantees for Russia as well. According to the analyst, this approach "agrees with common sense."
"Europe will be unable to feel secure, if security does not also encompass the largest European country - Russia. The security of Europe from Russia is in a sense a contradiction in concepts, an oxymoron. What kind of security there can be with the participation of Russia may be a subject for further discussion, but that Russia should become an element of new European security is quite obvious," Kortunov said.
The German government will adopt a new national security strategy that will take into account ‘threats from Russia’ in a few months, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in his article for the Foreign Affairs magazine.
"For the last three decades, decisions regarding Germany’s security and the equipment of the country’s armed forces were taken against the backdrop of a Europe at peace. Now, the guiding question will be which threats we and our allies must confront in Europe, most immediately from Russia," the chancellor said.
According to him, such threats include "potential assaults on allied territory, cyberwarfare, and even the remote chance of a nuclear attack".