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Lebanon's Hezbollah published new footage on Tuesday showing Israeli military bases in the occupied Golan Heights captured by the group's drones.

The video, entitled "al-Hodhod 2", shows Israeli intelligence and command bases and newly-established military bases and posts in the area.

The clip ends with a scene showing an Israeli city, which Hezbollah said would feature in a third video.

The new video released on Tuesday shows drone footage of Israeli intelligence and command bases and newly-established military bases and posts in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, SYRIA
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NATO has placed an order for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles worth almost $700 million in the name of several member states, the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

"Just today, the (NATO procurement agency) NSPA signed a new multinational contract for Stinger missiles worth almost $700 million," he told a gathering of defence industry leaders on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington.

The last contract for Stinger missiles, made by RTX's Raytheon division, was awarded in May 2022 when the U.S. Army contracted $625 million worth of the anti-aircraft missiles to replenish stocks sent to Ukraine. The shoulder-fired Stinger missiles have been in hot demand in Ukraine, where they have successfully stopped Russian assaults from the air, and in neighbouring European countries which fear they may also need to beat back Russian forces.

The NATO order for Stingers will keep the production line running through 2029, an RTX spokesman told Reuters.

Tags: NATO, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As NATO marks its 75th anniversary on the eve of its Washington summit, three of its great myths are unravelling.

First myth: That NATO is a defensive alliance abiding by international law.

In reality, over the last quarter century, NATO has waged unprovoked, illegal wars of aggression against Yugoslavia and Libya; and the United States, the leader of the alliance, invaded and occupied Iraq, in a catastrophic adventure – to name three notorious examples.

Second myth: That NATO stands for democracy and the rule of law.

The reality is that NATO has never had a problem with counting military dictatorships or fascist regimes among its members. Portugal, one of NATO’s founding members, murdered thousands of Africans in its colonial wars and tortured hundreds to death in concentration camps. That was never a problem for this particular collective of shared values, just as Erdoğan’s Türkiye, with its support for jihadists terrorist groups in Syria, poses no particular ethical problem for it today.

Third myth: That NATO is a community of shared values and stands for human rights.

Tags: GERMANY, NATO
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Washington is providing its NATO ally Poland with a second $2 billion foreign military financing (FMF) package in less than a year, Breaking Defense reports. In recent weeks, Warsaw has given Kiev a green light to use Polish-provided weapons to strike the Russian mainland as well as signed a bilateral military pact with Ukraine, agreeing to shoot down some Russian missiles.

A State Department official boasted to the outlet of how the two FMF loans are benefiting the US arms industry as well as strengthening the Washington-led bloc embroiled in its Ukraine proxy war with Moscow. “It’s impressive that it hasn’t even been a year and they [Poland] are moving out pretty quickly… We’re happy with the process. We see it as a success. We’re happy that they’ve been able to move out quickly — not only does it help NATO, it helps the US defense industry as well, the US economy. So, we’re definitely happy with the process.”

As with typical FMF loans, the funds furnished by the State Department to a foreign government must be spent on American-made weaponry and equipment. What makes this loan unique, however, is instead of a grant to purchase arms, this loan includes interest which Warsaw must repay. The US is putting up $60 million to guarantee the loan and cover initial fees. The official said details regarding how the funds will be spent, on what kinds of weapons, will not be shared during this week’s NATO summit. Instead, he insisted the Poles “[have] a list of things they want to achieve” and said to expect future announcements.

Tags: EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Kiev obviously planned to use the incident when an anti-missile projectile hit a children’s hospital as a background for Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s participation in the NATO summit, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Indeed, this is a tragedy but it is used to create a background for Zelensky’s participation in the NATO summit," he said in an interview with VGTRK journalist Pavel Zarubin, commenting on the strike on the Okhmatdet children’s hospital.

"Such dirty, Jesuitical methods have been used more than once," he noted.

He drew attention to the fact that the strike with an anti-missile projectile took place ahead of the NATO summit. "I don’t think that there can be any coincidences when such things are concerned," he said.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Is the Israeli military pushing Gaza toward an unprecedented humanitarian crisis? Join us as we uncover the stark realities of the conflict in an eye-opening discussion with Scott Ritter. We confront the staggering revelation from the Lancet, reporting an estimated 186,000 Palestinian deaths, and dissect the controversial Hannibal Directive as detailed by Haaretz. This episode sheds light on the powerful influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in the U.S. and the political dynamics surrounding Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Congress.

What are the hidden costs of war on those who serve? Our conversation reveals the emotional and psychological toll on Israeli reservists and draws poignant parallels to the experiences of American soldiers in Iraq. We challenge the mainstream narratives surrounding the events of October 7th and delve into the broader implications of misinformation, political manipulation, and the long-lasting effects on veterans. The reality of war extends far beyond the battlefield, impacting lives in ways that are often overlooked.

Shifting our focus to the geopolitical stage, we scrutinize the escalating tensions in Ukraine and NATO's precarious position. Are we on the brink of a nuclear conflict? We analyze the recent missile strike debates and the dangerous provocations by Poland, examining the potential consequences for NATO member countries. Recent diplomatic exchanges between the U.S. and Russia are also on the table, highlighting the severe risks of miscalculation.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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On Tuesday, former primary rival Nikki Haley officially released all 97 of her delegates to Donald Trump.

Haley's move comes shortly before the Republican National Convention is scheduled to kick off in Milwaukee where Trump will be officially named the 2024 Republican nominee for president.

Politico reports:

 

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity,” Haley will reportedly say in an upcoming statement.

Joe Biden is not competent to serve a second term and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America. We need a president who will hold our enemies to account, secure our border, cut our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee,” the statement will add.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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G7 Summit already showed he isn't. – Biden looks to make the case at the NATO summit that he is still up for the job. NATO leaders gathering in Washington starting Tuesday plan to shore up transatlantic support for Ukraine in its battle against Russia.

But for host President Joe Biden, the summit has become just as much about demonstrating he is capable of meeting the grinding demands of the presidency for four more years.

NATO chief sidesteps questions twice on Biden's fitness to lead alliance against Putin. This, when asked to vouch for the mental and physical fitness of Joe Biden to lead the alliance in the long-term fight to save Ukraine and contain an expansionist Russia.

Tags: NATO, WHITE HOUSE
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In the high-stakes world of political theater, sometimes the curtain falls, and the actors can’t stick to their lines. The White House press briefing on Monday turned into an unscripted drama that revealed more than the administration likely intended.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced a barrage of tough questions, something that has become increasingly common as President Biden’s health and the White House’s transparency come under scrutiny. Concerns about President Biden’s mental and physical health have been mounting, especially after his recent disastrous debate performance.

Despite the White House’s attempts to downplay these issues, the press corps is no longer willing to accept vague reassurances. The usually reserved CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe took the lead in demanding clear answers about reports of a neurologist visiting the White House multiple times.

The press briefing quickly escalated into a heated exchange that highlighted the growing frustration among journalists. It was a far cry from the usual softballs Jean-Pierre had been used to fielding.

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John Deere “has been one of the most beloved brands by conservative farmers but recently on CEO John May’s watch, they’ve gone woke,” Starbuck wrote.

He shared an eight-minute video exposing recent internal actions at the company, from diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies to anti-white and anti-Christian training sessions and the promotion of gender ideology among employees.

The video began with an overview of John Deere’s policy for pronoun usage in all formal methods of communication. The company also sponsored a pride event called “Capital City Pride, Little Rainbow Run,” for children as young as three years old, the video revealed.

The video featured screenshots, videos, and photos to corroborate Starbuck’s claims.

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Ahead of a full caucus meeting on July 9, a small group of House Democrats in swing districts had a gathering where some shed “actual tears” when discussing their opposition to Biden continuing with his reelection campaign, according to a July 9 Axios report. 

The group was reportedly in near-complete agreement that Biden should step down. However, those holding that opinion in the Democrat Party are a part of “a rapidly disintegrating movement,” according to Axios

Axios reported that one source described the small gathering’s “mood as ‘pretty much unanimous’ that Biden has ‘got to step down,’ adding, ‘There were actual tears from people, and not for Biden.’”

As CatholicVote reported on July 8, prominent Democratic figures have expressed concern over Biden’s mental fitness and health after his widely-panned performance in the June 27 debate against former President Donald Trump. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The European Union could revoke Hungary’s presidency of the bloc over Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s trip to Moscow, Politico EU has reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Having assumed the rotating European Council presidency and vowed to make “Europe great again (MEGA)” Orban visited Ukraine and met with Vladimir Zelensky. He then went to Russia, triggering howls of outrage in Kiev and Brussels alike.

“Member states were already irritated by the ‘MEGA’ motto. But a meeting with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will permanently overshadow the Hungarian presidency,” Politico reported on Monday evening, citing an unnamed EU diplomat. “With such a meeting the presidency ends before it has really begun.”

Politico described Orban as having gone “rogue” and suggested the EU ambassadors “could move from public condemnations alone to concrete action to restrain” Budapest at their meeting on Wednesday.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Mad political scientist Emmanuel Macron’s little experiment blew up in his face. And his lab partner has already called for his resignation if the French president fails to comply with the leftist leader’s demands. He’s now in a hostage situation of his own making. 

There’s a statue in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada that has left an impression on me from the time I was a child. Called the “Miracle Mile,” it commemorates a legendary race held in 1954 at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium between the two men at the time known for breaking the four-minute mile: England’s Roger Bannister and Australia’s John Landy. At the very end of the race, Landy, who was in the lead, looked over one shoulder for his opponent, who proceeded to blow past him on the other and win. “Always run your own race, right to the end,” my late, sports specialist father told me as we stared at the monument. “Because that’s the only thing that you can really control.” Too bad that Macron didn’t learn the same lesson. 

Tags: FRANCE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Group of Seven “likely” abandoned the US plan to expropriate Russia’s frozen central bank assets due to a “veiled threat” from Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg has reported.

The US and UK had been pushing for outright seizure of around $280 billion in Russian sovereign funds, which the West had frozen in 2022 citing the Ukraine conflict. The EU, where most of the immobilized assets are held, was reluctant to see the euro endangered by the possible backlash.

Saudi Arabia “privately hinted” that it might sell some of its EU debt holdings if the G7 went ahead with the confiscation plans, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday citing “people familiar with the matter.”

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SAUDI ARABIA, WHITE HOUSE
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Fighting continues on the southern front in the Gaza Strip and on the northern front on the borders with Lebanon. The Israeli army has reported that 11 soldiers have been wounded in different areas over the past 24 hours. Eight soldiers were wounded in the Gaza Strip and three soldiers were wounded on the northern border.

The military situation in Gaza and Rafah has not changed much. Israeli forces have not been able to completely clear Rafah after weeks of fighting. Around 60% of the town is currently under Israeli control.

Fighting continues in the central areas of Rafah, in Tal al-Sultan, around the Saudi project and in the southern areas of the city.

The situation in other parts of the Gaza Strip remains unchanged. Israeli forces are stationed in the central axis of the Gaza Strip, known as the Netzarim axis. In addition, Israeli engineering units are demolishing buildings and clearing areas in the northern and southern parts of the Netzarim axis.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A United Airlines Boeing jet lost a main landing gear wheel on Monday while taking off from Los Angeles . The Boeing 757-200 was carrying 174 passengers and 7 crewmembers when it took off from Los Angeles (LAX).

The Boeing Aircraft Company is a giant promoter of "DEI" - Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity.  Sadly, according to many reports, what DEI begets is putting unqualified people into important jobs that they are unqualified to perform, so the company can feel good about itself from racial and ethnic perspectives.

The trouble is, when you put unqualified people into important jobs, wheels - and other parts - fall off the planes they build.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
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A Russian missile strike has inflicted extensive damage on a Ukrainian military column in the northeast of the country, footage released by the Defense Ministry in Moscow shows.

The attack took place near the village of Stetsovka in Sumy Region, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The settlement is located roughly 10km north of the region’s administrative center.

The Russian military believes the Iskander-M missile strike destroyed an artillery munitions storage dump and 20 Ukrainian vehicles, as well as killing up to 65 troops.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico who survived an assassination attempt in May has resumed his duties, Slovak Television reported.

During a visit to Agro Voderady, an agricultural enterprise in the country’s western part, Fico confirmed that Slovakia does not plan on lifting its ban on imports of some Ukrainian products.

"The list of products that we are not going to import from Ukraine remains in effect. I discussed this issue [several months ago] with the head of the Ukrainian government and explained to him that we cannot destroy Slovakia’s agriculture [by importing agricultural products from Ukraine]," he said.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, EUROPE
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While Democrats are soul-searching on whether to support President Biden as the Democratic nominee, House Speaker Mike Johnson and fellow Republican leaders view the president’s tenure as a danger to the country. Polls and some Democrats in Washington have turned against Mr. Biden, something that Mr. Johnson said Republicans should enjoy politically. Yet he’s not enjoying the reality of it, arguing that Mr. Biden’s condition is “dangerous.”
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According to a recent poll conducted exclusively for Newsweek by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, 44 percent of Americans interested in taking a summer vacation this year are not doing so because of rising air travel costs. The consumer price index for airline tickets has increased by 25 percent over the last year, which is the largest jump since Federal Reserve of St. Louis records began in 1989. 
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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This summer was badged as being a time when we would see a change in something which has existed since the early 1990s. It has been a major theme of Japanese policy since the original plans of Abenomics in 2013. Abe-sans “three arrows” were supposed to end deflation in Japanese wages. So let us head for our first signal of what happened in this year’s main or Shunto pay round.
Tags: ECONOMY
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