Lebanon has received requests from Germany and France to allow judges from the two countries to travel to Lebanon and launch a direct investigation into Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar.
The European judicial authorities reportedly want on-the-ground support from the Lebanese courts and security forces to investigate banks, companies, and individuals involved in Salameh’s corruption schemes.
According to the report, European officials are displeased with the “slow process” of Lebanese judges and are considering them “participants in these crimes,” particularly regarding money laundering accusations.
In response to the request by the EU member states, Beirut has asked that a Lebanese judicial delegation be allowed to go to their capitals and conduct direct investigations with the support of local authorities.
Neither France nor Germany have answered this request yet; however, Al-Akhbar claims that both nations are aware that “the Lebanese probe is no longer limited to Salameh and his close allies, but includes banks, bankers, and senior European financial figures, especially in France, Germany, and Switzerland.”
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that offices set up in the Netherlands were not police stations but rather centres to help Chinese citizens renew documents, a day after the Dutch government ordered their closure amidst a probe into their activities.
The Dutch government announced last week it would investigate whether the offices had been operating illegally on behalf of Beijing, following reports by RTL Nieuws and website "Follow The Money" that two such sites had carried out functions, including remotely renewing Chinese citizens drivers' licences without official diplomatic status.
The United States will allocate nearly four billion Philippine pesos ($70 million) to bolster the cooperative defense capabilities of the Philippines’ Armed Forces, a US official has revealed.
US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson said the budget would expand the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the two allied nations, increasing infrastructure improvements at five additional military facilities.
“These improvements are designed to enhance cooperative defense capacities and support Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response activities, in ways that best meet the needs of the [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and the Alliance,” Carlson said.
The U.S. government has funneled more than $1.1 billion in taxpayer dollars into Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country in August 2021 with minimal oversight or accountability according to the watchdog responsible for overseeing U.S.-led reconstruction efforts there.
A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) notes that the watchdog, for the first time since it was established in 2008, is unable “to provide Congress and the American people with a full accounting of this U.S. government spending due to the non-cooperation of several U.S. government agencies.”
Those agencies include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Treasury Department, which “refused to cooperate with SIGAR in any capacity” during the watchdog’s regular audit of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The State Department, which only shared “high-level funding data but not details of agency-supported programs,” still administers funds there.
“A State official has informed SIGAR that department staff have received internal direction to not engage with or speak to SIGAR without prior clearance from State legal counsel,’ the report states.
So, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan picks up the phone and calls his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: let’s talk about the “grain deal.” Putin, cool, calm and collected, explains the facts to the Sultan:
First, the reason why Russia withdrew from the export grain deal.
Second, how Moscow seeks a serious investigation into the – terrorist – attack on the Black Sea fleet, which for all practical purposes seems to have violated the deal.
And third, how Kiev must guarantee it will uphold the deal, brokered by Turkey and the UN.
Only then would Russia consider coming back to the table.
And then – today, 2 November – the coup de theatre: Russia’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announces the country is back to the Black Sea grain deal, after receiving the necessary written guarantees from Kiev.
The MoD, quite diplomatically, praised the “efforts” of both Turkey and the UN: Kiev is committed not to use the “Maritime Humanitarian Corridor” for combat operations, and only in accordance with the provisions of the Black Sea Initiative.
Moscow said the guarantees are sufficient “for the time being.” Implying that can always change.
Special Forces Master Sgt. Richard Stayskal began having problems breathing in March 2017, and within months he was coughing up blood. Military doctors were unable to determine what was wrong but suspected that Stayskal was suffering from pneumonia or allergies. It was not until he saw a civilian pulmonary specialist that Stayskal learned he had lung cancer.
But nearly three years later, Stayskal, whose lung cancer is now at Stage IV, is still waiting for his medical malpractice claim to be resolved and he has been given no indication of how long the process will take.
Stayskal’s attorney filed his medical malpractice claim on Jan. 1, 2020. Since then, he said he has heard a variety of excuses about why his claim is still being considered, but the process has been so opaque that he is not sure what the real holdup is.
“It just feels like they can take an infinite amount of time, and let’s say 99 doctors agree that I was wronged, it was egregious, it was malpractice, it’s all clear, cut and dry; but they’re going to keep on going to no end to find the one that says: ‘Ah, no, no I totally disagree; that was never malpractice.’”
If this editorial by retired Col. Douglas Macgregor doesn’t scare the hell out of you, I don’t know what will. Macgregor cites an interview with former Gen. David Petraeus by France’s L’Express weekly. During the interview, Petraeus, the former director of the CIA, said it is time for the USG to directly confront Russia on the ground in Ukraine to prevent the fall of Zelenskyy and his government.
Admittedly, the whole business seems weird, but Petraeus’s suggestion should not be dismissed. Not because Petraeus’s military expertise warrants consideration—it doesn’t. Rather it merits attention because Petraeus would never make such a recommendation unless he was urged to do so by powerful figures in Washington and on Wall Street. And as Jeffrey Sachs tells Americans, globalist and neocon elites clearly want a direct armed confrontation with Russia.
Petraeus, according to Macgregor, “rose through the ranks by checking with everyone in a position of authority above him before doing anything,” making sure not to offend or challenge his superiors, and thus carving out a path to promotion.
Recall Iraq and Petraeus’ “coalition of the willing” that steamrolled over the sanctions-destroyed nation with little trouble. This is the mindset Petraeus is locked in. “Ukraine is not Iraq nor is the Russian Army an Iraqi-like force,” Macgregor warns.
American soldiers are now in Ukraine. Allegedly, they are there only to monitor what is happening to the arms deliveries from the US and NATO countries.
As previously reported, not all of the vast amount of heavy weapons sent by the West end up on the battlefield. Instead, some find their way into the weapons market where they are sold to who for who’s profit? The same with the money, much of which ends up in unintended pockets.
The US State Department’s explanation is that the US troops are in Ukraine, not to fight, but to “assist the government of Ukraine with handling US security assistance.” In other words, to identify and stop the theft of resources meant for war against Russia.
But why is this the job of uniformed troops?
Is this a way to sneak US uniformed soldiers into Ukraine and maneuver them into combat?
President Joe Biden and the rest of the Democrats have decided that it is best to shut their mouths ahead of the midterm elections, so they do not reveal how anti-American they have become.
They refuse to admit certain liberal concepts because they know that even their leftist supporters would disapprove of their stance.
Fox News reported, “The White House has emphasized the need to protect gender-affirming care for transgender youth, which it claims is ‘life-saving,’ but declined to comment if this includes sex-reassignment surgeries. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also did not respond to request for comment.
Several states have decided to ban the surgical practice altogether.
And the ban has caught the attention of Biden’s weaponized Department of Justice, which has threatened legal action because they believe it violates discrimination laws.
Former President Barack Obama warned on the campaign trail Tuesday that “demonizing” political opponents was going to cause people to “get hurt,” remarks that he made just a day before President Joe Biden demonized Republicans in an address to the nation.
The White House press secretary on Wednesday declared that it is the belief of the President that Republicans are "not going to accept the results of these elections." At stake on the Tuesday midterm ballot is the balance of power in both branches of Congress.
The GOP has been making gains in polls against their Democrat rivals, with contentious elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, as well as in states where Democrats had reason to believe they had the results in the bag, such as Oregon, New York, and Washington.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared to float a conspiracy theory Wednesday night after new Twitter CEO Elon Musk mocked her on the platform, suggesting without evidence that he disabled features on her account.
In what critics are calling a “dangerous escalation,” the United States is reportedly preparing to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to northern Australia, where they would be close enough to strike China.
“The ability to deploy U.S. Air Force bombers to Australia sends a strong message to adversaries about our ability to project lethal air power,” the U.S. Air Force told “Four Corners,” a television program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), on Sunday.
Becca Wasser, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, told ABC that “having bombers that could range and potentially attack mainland China could be very important in sending a signal to China that any of its actions over Taiwan could also expand further.”
The cynicism of “Congressional Progressive Caucus” Democrats was exposed in their humiliating retraction this week of a letter sent to President Joe Biden calling on him to engage in direct diplomacy with the Russian government.
After the backlash from Congressional Democrats, including some signers of the statement, in less than 24 hours, the mild statement signed by 30 of the 101 CPC members was replaced by a more hawkish message calling for “victory” in NATO’s war in Ukraine.
The Progressive Caucus are representatives from the largest urban centers, elected on promises to fight for reduced military spending and promote Medicare for All, a living wage, cancellation of student debt, a Green New Deal and an end to mass incarceration.
Their retraction clarifies, once again, that no antiwar message, even with a polite, nonthreatening voice, is permitted in the established two-party system. War funding consistently sails through Congress with almost unanimous votes. Essential social programs are symbolically proposed, then left in the dust.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Wednesday that an illegal immigrant allegedly broke into the campaign office of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs last week, despite her seeming attempt to blame it on her Republican opponent Kari Lake.
Congress has taken a huge step towards rolling out digital IDs for U.S. citizens, fulfilling the wishes of the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates, and there has hardly been a whisper about the major development in the mainstream media.
It’s almost as though the globalist elite have instructed their minions in the mainstream media to keep quiet about their plans for global domination.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, efforts have been underway to advance digital identification systems, including mobile driver’s licenses and vaccine passports. In 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) rolled out plans for its COVIDPass, which required users to have their blood screened at an approved COVIDPass laboratory.
Now, in the midst of a media blackout, a proposed national digital ID system for U.S. citizens is fast becoming a reality following a vote by the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to advance the Improving Digital Identity Act.
The Ukrainian High Court has finally banned all 12 political opposition parties. Curiously, the banned parties were all accused of having acted in accordance with the Minsk Agreements (2015), recognized by the United Nations Security Council (Resolution 2202).
The remaining political party to be banned was the Socialist Party of Ukraine. Despite this, Ukraine is described as a “great democracy”, according to NATO.
In March, the Ukrainian Security Council adopted a decision to ban it and a law was passed by the unicameral parliament of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada on 3 May, which was signed by President Zelensky on May 14. Because the Russian Federation decided to intervene in order to protect the victims resulting from the violations of the Minsk Agreements, any reference to these international agreements is regarded as “high treason”.
United States and European countries have created an anti-Russia military alliance—NATO–since 1949. Now all of them have ganged up against Russia. In near future, all of them will gang up against China when China finally tries to take over Taiwan. Basically, NATO has always been a willing partner with America in most of America’s aggressions against other countries—Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Ukraine to name a few. NATO wants to dictate to the world that they are the big boss and bully on the street. Now, with immoral Ukraine war which could easily have been avoided by the United States and its vassal states of Europe, the whole world knows the criminal behavior of NATO nations led by the United States.
United States and other NATO countries claim that NATO is a ‘Defensive Alliance’. This is a lie. NATO was fully involved in the illegal war against Yugoslavia in 1999, and the SAS soldiers reportedly murdering people in Afghanistan in cold blood. During the immoral and illegal Iraq War started by President George Bush and his neocon advisors, five other NATO countries namely UK, Italy, Australia, Spain, and Poland were involved conducting and handling the military operations. The war on Libya in 2011 that resulted in the killing of its leader Muammar Qaddafi and the destruction of Libya leading to the suffering and refugee crisis that we see today were took place under NATO auspices. Currant unfortunate Ukraine War is the result of unjust NATO policy of expansion led by the United States because the litany of Russian grievances, fear about NATO expansion was not irrational. Record shows that promises given to the Soviet Government at the end of the cold war were shamelessly broken as NATO kept expanding towards Russia ever since.
When a blood clot lets loose on the arterial side of the circulation and lands in a vascular bed servicing an organ, a process called ischemia sets where the organ or a region of tissue is deprived of oxygen and vital nutrients. There is very little time before injury and then often permanent damage occurs. This is best exemplified by an embolic stroke.
In top hospitals there are “stroke teams” that rush in and try to make decisions based on rapid tests and apply interventional procedures and or clot busting medications within minutes. The speed at which medical response teams act is similar to trauma surgery. Because the mRNA and adenoviral DNA COVID-19 vaccines install the genetic code for the coronavirus Spike protein, which causes blood clots, doctors are fielding a new variety of arterial embolic syndromes in addition to stroke.
Israeli Election: The lives of Palestinians are more in danger now than ever before. Netanyahu is back and the most racist, violent thugs, the RZP, were extremely successful. That gives license for the most violent settlers to terrorize people like @Issaamro even more.
Netanyahu’s coalition the Religious Zionist Party. RZP is led by Smotrich and ben Gvir and includes Otsma Yehudit – Jewish power – Ben Gvir’s kahanist movement. They got 14 seats in the Knesset which is unprecedented.
An Egyptian prisoner has died two months after launching a hunger strike inside Badr 3 prison to protest inhumane conditions he and his fellow inmate suffered behind bars, the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR) said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Late prisoner Alaa El-Selmy reportedly received no medical care or follow-up at the prison, which made him lose dozens of kilograms until he passed away,” the statement added.
Sources told the rights group that Selmy had died three days earlier but his family was only informed of his death on Tuesday.
A research team based out of the University of Waterloo has developed a drone-powered device that can use WiFi networks to see through walls.
The device, nicknamed Wi-Peep, can fly near a building and then use the inhabitants’ WiFi network to identify and locate all WiFi-enabled devices inside in a matter of seconds.
The Wi-Peep exploits a loophole the researchers call polite WiFi. Even if a network is password protected, smart devices will automatically respond to contact attempts from any device within range. The Wi-Peep sends several messages to a device as it flies and then measures the response time on each, enabling it to identify the device’s location to within a metre.
President Joe Biden (D) urged Americans to unite around shared values during a speech he delivered Wednesday night where he repeatedly demonized tens of millions of Republicans as a threat to the country.
Warning that democracy itself is in peril, President Joe Biden called on Americans Wednesday night to use their ballots in next week’s midterm elections to stand up against lies, violence and dangerous “ultra MAGA” election disruptors who are trying to “succeed where they failed” in subverting the 2020 elections.
This is no time to stand aside, he declared. “Silence is complicity.”
After weeks of reassuring talk about America’s economy and inflation, Biden turned to a darker, more urgent message, declaring in the final days of midterm election voting that the nation’s system of governance is under threat from former President Donald Trump’s election-denying lies and the violence Biden said they inspire.
The president singled out “ultra MAGA” Republicans — a reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan — calling them a minority but “driving force” of the Republican Party.