The U.S. military is poised to secure expanded access to key bases in the Philippines on the heels of a significant revamp of U.S. force posture in Japan — developments that reflect the allies' concern with an increasingly fraught security environment in the region and a desire to deepen alliances with the United States, according to U.S. and Philippine officials.
While negotiations are still ongoing, an announcement is expected as soon as this week when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets in Manila with his counterpart, Carlito Galvez, acting secretary of National Defense, and then with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The expansion involves access to Philippine military bases, likely including two on the northern island of Luzon — which, analysts said, could give U.S. forces a strategic position from which to mount operations in the event of a conflict in Taiwan or the South China Sea. They will also facilitate cooperation on a range of security concerns, including more rapid responses to natural disasters and climate-related events.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said during his podcast on Monday that the key thing to watch for to determine if the Department of Justice is trying to protect President Joe Biden is if they try to keep the criminal investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, a separate issue altogether.
A New York judge sentenced Colinford Mattis to just 12 months in prison for his part in the firebombing of a NYPD vehicle during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots after concluding that he’s a “good guy.”
In a dramatic hearing on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced a corporate attorney who firebombed a police car during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests to a year in jail, arguing that his prestigious education — boarding school, Princeton, a law degree from New York University — should have rendered him a peacekeeper, not an instigator.
“You’re not one of the oppressed. You’re one of the privileged,” senior Eastern District of New York Judge Brian Cogan told Colinford Mattis, even as he expressed admiration for what the 35-year-old had accomplished in his life.
Former Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that Chinese President Xi Jinping is “watching for American weakness” during an interview Monday after an Air Force general warned in a memo that the U.S. is on a collision course with communist China.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said during an interview Monday night that he is putting forth a bill this week to bring an immediate end to the COVID emergency that was started under former President Donald Trump and has been extended for nearly three years under the Biden administration.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy believes children 13 years old are too young to join social media platforms, citing kids are still “developing their identity,” and such engagement can create a distorted sense of themselves.
Upon the statues' unveiling yesterday – statues which the artist admits are an ode to abortion and the late, notoriously pro-abortion U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – pro-lifers and other conservatives took to social media to blast the monuments as evil.
A pair of statues championing abortion have been erected in New York City, leaving pro-lifers aghast.
The statues – one of which is on display on the roof of the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, and the other in close-by Madison Square Park – are both made of bronze and feature immodestly dressed female-looking creatures with horn-shaped braided hair.
Webmaster addition: This looks like a character from an old Ray Harryhausen movie!
I doubt if there is anyone reading this blog that remembers D-Day, June 6, 1944. I call your attention to that date because it was the start of the Allied offensive to retake Europe from the Nazis. When the operation started, however, Hitler and his Generals did not realize it was the real deal. They were still convinced that the main Allied attack would come at Pas de Calais. It took them at least a week to realize that the genuine invasion was underway.
With that historical precedent let me suggest that the “spring” offensive by Russia actually is underway. The Russian attacks along the Ukrainian defensive lines in the Donbass are significant. At the same time, Russia is punching north in the Zaporhyzhia region. Is the Russian presence in Belarus just a feint designed to tie up Ukrainian forces that otherwise might have been sent to reinforce bloodied troops in the Donbass?
Ukraine lacks armor and air power and is compelled to rely on throwing untrained troops into the front lines, where they face unrelenting bombardment from artillery and missiles. Russia is not launching human wave attacks. They are content to saturate Ukraine’s defensive positions with a volume of fire not seen since the Second World War. And Ukraine’s ability to return fire is constrained by lack of ammunition.
The gravity of Ukrainian desperation is evident in the latest effort to deal with mounting casualties:
Every male between 20 and 55 years of age to be conscripted in Ukraine—regardless of family status, profession, physical or mental health, or any other consideration.
Lists are to be prepared by every employer, organization, or institution (the document concerns the Kiev region specifically).
A country that is winning a war does not do that. Fifty-five year old men are good at drinking beer and playing golf. Fighting in a trench and dodging shells? Not so much.
On the diplomatic front there are some unusual moves. Secretary of State Blinken visited Egypt to chat about “regional issues.” Really?
Realizing NATO’s war with Russia will likely end unfavorably, the US is test-driving an exit offer. But why should Moscow take indirect proposals seriously, especially on the eve of its new military advance and while it is in the winning seat?
Those behind the Throne are never more dangerous than when they have their backs against the wall.
Their power is slipping away, fast: Militarily, via NATO’s progressive humiliation in Ukraine; Financially, sooner rather than later, most of the Global South will want nothing to do with the currency of a bankrupt rogue giant; Politically, the global majority is taking decisive steps to stop obeying a rapacious, discredited, de facto minority.
So now those behind the Throne are plotting to at least try to stall the incoming disaster on the military front.
As confirmed by a high-level US establishment source, a new directive on NATO vs. Russia in Ukraine was relayed to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken, in terms of actual power, is nothing but a messenger boy for the Straussian neocons and neoliberals who actually run US foreign policy.
The secretary of state was instructed to relay the new directive – a sort of message to the Kremlin – via mainstream print media, which was promptly published by the Washington Post.
Russian troops making successful progress into Soledar, Ukraine, are coming upon hideous scenes. Former ACTIVE-DUTY NATO TROOPS, with their HEADS and HANDS CUT-OFF to prevent/Delay their identification. Ukraine is desperate to conceal NATO active troops fighting Russians.
The brief video below contains horrifying and graphic images of the dead bodies of NATO active duty troops, beheaded and without hands. The video shows gruesome and horrifying images of actual death. Viewer discretion is strongly advised:
Moscow reserves the right to retaliate if US-Japanese military cooperation poses a security threat, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in publicized comments on the results of Moscow’s diplomacy for 2022.
"We have repeatedly conveyed to the Japanese side through diplomatic channels that such actions are teeming with potential threats to the security of our country and regional stability in general. We have directly warned them that we reserve the right to take adequate reciprocal measures, naturally in accordance with the approved defense doctrine of the Russian Federation," the Foreign Ministry said.
It also pointed out that the updated National Security Strategy adopted by Japan in December 2022 is seen as "just more evidence of official Tokyo’s accelerated advance towards militarization, particularly in order to serve US interests in the Asia-Pacific Region, including acquiring its own strike capabilities".
Despite being part of a nonprofit that “aims to promote economic equality and opportunity,” Curry and his wife are opposing the construction of an affordable housing development near their multi-million dollar mansion.
As the Biden Regime and Uniparty rev up for war with nuclear Russia, Steve Bannon on Monday demanded that Joe Biden speak to nation and lay out the national vital interests at stake in a war in Ukraine with Russia.
Did you know that between 1970 and 2017, there were 45 million “missing” female births due to prenatal sex selection? This information came from a British Medical Journal Global Health in-depth study in 2021. It was based on examining 3.26 billion birth records.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that China did not believe in democratic values of the alliance and posed a "challenge" for its security and interests.
"We do not regard China as an adversary, we believe that we should engage with China on issues like arms control, climate change and other issues. But, at the same time, we are very clear that China poses a challenge to our values, to our interests and to our security. There are many reasons for that, partly because China does not share our values," Stoltenberg said during a Q&A session at the CHEY Institute for Advanced Studies in Seoul.
The NATO chief added that judging fromBeijing's policies on minorities and democratic rights, China does not believe in democracy and freedom of speech.
The United States does not need to provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets because it is already providing Kiev with lots of new capabilities that were recently announced in the latest aid packages, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said in an interview.
Earlier in the day, President Joe Biden told reporters that the United States would not send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.
"What I can tell you is that there's a lot of capability that is being sent, and will be sent in the coming weeks and months," Kirby told CNN on Monday. "The kinds of capabilities that we know will be critical to helping Ukrainians again in the fighting now in the wintertime, as well as the kind of fighting that we expect that they're going to be doing in the spring."
"The other day, speaking in Congress, Ms. Victoria Nuland, the under secretary of state, said openly that like many senators, and she personally, the State Department as an organization is happy that the Nord Stream pipelines have turned into metal junk on the Baltic Sea floor. It's an amusing admission," Sergey Lavrov said
MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called a statement from US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who openly expressed joy over the damage to the Nord Streams pipelines, amusing.
"You can't hide the truth. The other day, speaking in Congress, Ms. Victoria Nuland, the under secretary of state, said openly [that] like many senators, and she personally, the State Department as an organization is happy that the Nord Stream pipelines have turned into metal junk on the Baltic Sea floor. It's an amusing admission," he said on Monday at a news conference after talks with Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
The reaction of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is even more interesting, Lavrov added. He reiterated the words of the chancellor, who, when asked to comment on the timeframe in which the investigation would be completed, said that in legal states, officials should refrain from making assumptions and only announce them when there is evidence. No one in the EU or the US "even thought of taking advice from Mr. Scholz," he said.
British mercenaries who provided Ukrainian forces with special training in sabotage in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, have been eliminated by a Russian strike at the Ukrainian Navy base in Ochakov, a security agency representative told reporters Monday.
"Tonight, an artillery strike was carried out at the Ukrainian Navy base in the settlement of Ochakov (Nikolayev Region), where a unit of the 73rd Maritime special operations center is located. The impact resulted in the destruction of life support systems and dock infrastructure. The enemy lost: 3 automobile vehicles, 14 militants eliminated and 7 injured. […] The eliminated militants include British mercenaries, who provided special training for the Ukrainian military on sabotage actions in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov," the representative said.
The Federation of American Scientists confirms in January the news given by Grandangolo in December 2022 based on a U.S. Air Force document: the C-17A Globemaster aircraft has been authorized to carry the U.S. B61-12 nuclear bomb to Italy and other European countries. Since Biden Administration officials had announced that the B61-12 shipment would be brought forward to December, we believe that the new US nuclear bombs are already arriving in Europe to be deployed against Russia.
The U.S. and NATO are pouring into Ukraine huge amounts of heavy artillery munitions supplied to the Kiev armed forces. The U.S.-according to official figures-has so far sent more than one million rounds of ammunition for 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine, plus tens of thousands of missiles. About 300,000 rounds of ammunition come from U.S. military depots in Israel. The arms shipment is managed by an international network, in which Camp Darby- the largest U.S. arsenal outside the motherland, connected to the port of Livorno and Pisa military airport – plays a central role. Britain, France, Poland and Finland are supplying Kiev with tanks, and Poland is purchasing Abrams tanks from the U.S. Some of which may be destined for Ukraine.
At the same time, the U.S. and NATO are enhancing the deployment of their forces in Europe, increasingly close to Russia. In Romania, NATO deployed AWACS aircraft, equipped with the most sophisticated electronic equipment, kept constantly in flight near Russian airspace. Also in Romania, the Pentagon deployed the 101st Airborne Division, which is being deployed to Europe for the first time since World War II.
Royal Netherlands Air Force fighter jets landed in Poland to take over NATO Air Policing flights in Baltic Sea region.
A total of eight modern F-35 jets together with a detachment of approx. 150 men and women are now deployed to the Polish 22nd Tactical Air Base at Malbork, some 60 kilometres southeast of Gdansk. They are now conducting familiarization flights preparing for taking over the NATO Air Policing mission under the control of Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Germany, in close cooperation with the Polish Air Force. On Monday, a formation of six F-35s took off from Malbork for their first training mission.
“It is a great experience to deploy our advance fifth generation jets here to Malbork,” said Lieutenant Colonel Guido Schols, Commander of the Netherlands F-35 detachment. “By sending eight F-35s, the Netherlands underline their commitment to collective security in the region and contribute to showing NATO presence in the air. Four of our jets are earmarked for the Air Policing mission and the other four will be available for training with our Allies. They can also be used immediately if the situation so requires,” he added.