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US President Joe Biden's threat to withhold weapons from Israel if it goes ahead with a major offensive in Rafah is an election bluff to prevent defections from the Democratic Party amid plunging public support for the Gaza war, two former Western ambassadors to Arab nations and an ex-CIA station chief in Syria told Sputnik.

Last week, Biden said Washington would restrict the supply of weapons to Israel if the latter launched a major military incursion into Rafah. The warning came as the Israeli army started a military operation in the eastern parts of Rafah and took control of the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing with Egypt.

The US has also paused one shipment of weapons for Israel consisting of 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs. A State Department report published on Friday found that it is "reasonable to assess" that US-provided defense articles have been used by Israeli security forces since October 7 "in instances inconsistent with its IHL obligations or with established best practices for mitigating civilian harm," but stopped short of reaching any definitive conclusion.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The United States is set to use the power given by Congress to seize frozen Russian assets to give them to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during his visit to Ukraine.

There is one more crucial step that we can take making Russia pay for Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction,” Blinken said on Wednesday.

“Our Congress has given us the power to seize Russian assets in the United States, we intend to use it.”

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Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has made a surprise visit to Kiev just as the Ukrainian armed forces are on the retreat in Kharkov and Donetsk. What's really behind Blinken's Ukraine trip?

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kiev on May 14, just days ahead of Volodymyr Zelensky's draconian mobilization law coming into force.

Despite the approval of a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine by the US Congress, the nation's armed forces are grappling with severe manpower shortages, exhaustion and grim morale amid continuous retreats.

"Western media report that Blinken will send a strong signal of confidence to Kiev. In my opinion, on the contrary, such a hasty unannounced visit to Ukraine in the current conditions should rather raise alarm bells," Alexander Dudchak, a leading researcher at the Institute of CIS Countries and the Other Ukraine movement expert, told Sputnik.

According to Dudchak, Blinken has come to Kiev to evaluate the situation on the ground and offer new tougher conditions to Zelensky amid Ukraine's failures on the battlefield.

One of those conditions will be to speed up mobilization and throw more Ukrainians into the conflict's meat grinder, the expert said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Israeli settlers have sparked outrage after they were filmed attacking several humanitarian aid convoys passing through the occupied West Bank to the war-ravaged and besieged Gaza Strip.

Videos shared online on Monday showed demonstrators throwing food packages onto the road, stomping on boxes and ripping open bags of grain, despite Gaza facing severe levels of acute food insecurity and famine.

Other videos shared on social media showed them attacking aid convoys and setting trucks on fire.

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Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israeli protesters have blocked aid trucks destined for Gaza in the occupied West Bank, throwing food packages onto the road and ripping bags of grain open.

The White House has condemned the attacks and raised the issue with the Israeli government, telling them that humanitarian assistance for the enclave should not be impeded.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Russian army has adopted the Bulava sea-based intercontinental ballistic missile. The adoption was confirmed by the general designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering. The decree was officially signed on May 7, 2024.

Bulava is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is designed to arm submarines of Project 955 (Borey) and Project 955A (Borey-A). It is one of the cornerstones of Russia’s nuclear triad, and is one of the most expensive weapons project in the country.

Designed by Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, development of the missile was launched in the late 1990s as a replacement for the R-39 Rif solid-fuel SLBM. The Project 955/955A Borei-class submarines carry 16 missiles per vessel. The range of the missile exceeds nine thousand kilometers. The missile has up to ten hypersonic maneuvering nuclear warheads of individual guidance with a capacity of 100-150 kilotons each.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly informed Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that Washington’s long-delayed military aid is now “on its way” and is expected to make a “real difference,” according to several media outlets.

Blinken arrived in Kiev on Tuesday morning for a previously undisclosed meeting with the country’s leadership. His visit marks the fourth time he has traveled to Ukraine and comes after Congress approved President Joe Biden’s $61 billion military aid package for the country last month. 

While no official statements have yet been released regarding Blinken’s meeting with Zelensky, the Associated Press and Reuters have reported he told the Ukrainian leader that “in the near term the assistance is now on the way, some of it has already arrived and more of it will be arriving,” adding that it is “going to make a real difference against the ongoing Russian aggression on the battlefield.”

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Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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A clip showing a Russian high-precision drone strike against a Ukrainian Soviet-made BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher has emerged on social media.

The weapon system was discovered by Russian troops somewhere in Ukraine’s Kharkov Region, according to the Telegram channel that published the clip. Moscow’s forces have been engaged in offensive operations in the region in recent days. In the video, a drone operator can be seen pinpointing the rocket launcher’s location and locking his kamikaze UAV on the target before striking it.

The clip ends with the Grad going up in flames. The strike resulted in a massive explosion since the launcher was apparently fully loaded. According to some media reports, Russian troops in Kharkov Region have been successfully using kamikaze Lancet drones to isolate Ukrainian forces in the area and strip them of fire support by specifically targeting artillery and missile launchers.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Britain will not support any solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine that involves what it sees as concessions to Moscow, Defense Secretary Grant Shapps told Times Radio on Tuesday.

The UK has been among the largest arms donors to Kiev. In recent weeks, London has stepped up its rhetoric by saying that British weapons supplied to Ukraine may be used for attacks deep inside Russia. Moscow recently summoned the UK ambassador over the matter and warned of possible retaliation, including strikes targeting “any British military facilities and equipment” in Ukraine and beyond.

Earlier on Tuesday, Shapps confirmed that Kiev could use British-supplied weapons to strike Russia’s Crimean Peninsula. London considers the region, which joined Russia in 2014 following a referendum, to be an “integral part of Ukraine,” the defense secretary stated.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a strong burst of energy that can destroy electronic devices. An EMP can be caused by a natural event, such as a lightning strike, or by man-made means, like a nuclear explosion.

If you're worried about the possibility of an EMP attack, you can start preparing by learning which items will and won't survive it. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)

Tags: WMD
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One of the regular readers of this website who happens to live in Great Britain recently complained in one of our website vidchats that the way that country was going, it would soon have to change its name from "the United Kingdom" to "the United Kingdumb," because its policies are vying with those of the Bai Den Dzhao Misadministration for bottomless corruption, studied and stultifying stupidity, and wacky wokery. Well, I liked that moniker "the United Kingdumb" so much I asked its creator if I could use it and permission was granted, so I herewith do so, because no other name will suffice once the absurdity of today's story sinks in.   As for the rest of the headline for today's blog, patience, we'll get there.

In any case, that regular reader's quip about "the United Kingdumb" might just be be true if this latest attempt to plumb the full depths of gas-baggery is true; get a load of this (and brace yourself, because it's even more colossally stupid than a Bai Den Dzhao press conference, or an explanation and defense of the Grifter-in-Chief's latest gaffe by Karim Abdul what's-her-name, or a Justin Trudeau edict, could ever be):

Now if that headline isn't enough to have you already disgusted and scratching your head, just try and wrap your noodle around the following authors that some wacked out wackos in the U.K. are now profiling as part of the attempt to profile potential "right wing extremism" on the part of "anti-terrorism experts"; please join me in a deep belly laugh at the absurdity of this list:

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Discussions are underway in Ukraine to move the nation's Capital from Kiev to Lviv because Ukraine is losing its war with Russia. Meanwhile in Kharkov, residents are fleeing en-masse as the Russian Army approaches.

Russia continues it's northern storm front southward toward Kharkiv, Ukraine's  second largest city, and from the east toward the heavily fortified city of Chasiv Yar, once thought to be impenetrable.

In the past two days alone, an additional 30,000+ Russian troops have taken over a dozen towns, villages. 

Despite massive financial and military support from the collective West, Ukraine is simply unable to defend itself any longer.  Even the American media outlet "The Hill" writes: "further efforts to defeat Russia militarily are hopeless; Russian forces have a significant advantage, and the position of Ukrainian forces is rapidly deteriorating. Ukraine will never win the war and recapture the lost territories"

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A British Political Strategist dissed The West and said its fight against Russia had been a "disaster" amid Ukraine war. He claimed that Western sanctions had only strengthened Russia-China relations. The Ex-British official also called Ukraine a "corrupt s**thole". Watch the full video to know more.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Poland has called off negotiations with Ukraine on food imports after several of Kiev’s representatives were accused of corruption, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily reported on Monday, citing the deputy minister of agriculture.

The talks were set to take place on May 14, to address trade disputes amid large-scale farmers’ protests in Poland over the import of cheap produce from Ukraine.

Explaining the cancellation, Michal Kolodziejczak told the newspaper that Warsaw “will not negotiate with individuals against whom charges of corruption have been brought.”

Kolodziejczak did not name specific individuals, but his statement follows the resignation of Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Nikolay Solsky, who – along several accomplices – was accused last month by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of illegally taking possession of state land.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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A former Florida elementary school principal previously accused of child molestation is facing several criminal charges after allegedly trapping a student inside a room for almost an hour and viciously assaulting the child.

As Click Orlando reported, 33-year-old Dontay Akeem Prophet, the principal at Destiny Leadership Academy in Ocala, was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment of a child under 13.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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We assume that, because we were allowed to vote for our leader, he must actually be our leader. But, as Mark Twain has at times been credited as saying, “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” -- Similarly, the man whose family took over the financing of Europe, Meyer Rothschild, said, “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.” His family has been calling the shots for centuries, but like the owners of the apartment building, they keep a low profile. -- The Deep State runs the show. Their presence is permanent and their agenda is both ongoing and impervious to the whims of the voting public.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders have been pursuing highly inflationary policies for many years, and now we have reached a point where inflation is wildly out of control.  In fact, the latest wholesale inflation figure that was released on Tuesday came in much higher than expected.  Sadly, this is just the beginning and we are in far more trouble than most people realize.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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There’s no effort to track patterns. Even if there were, finding where a gun was originally purchased is only useful, at best, in a handful of cases. This particular piece focuses on a killing that involved a straw purchase but ignores the countless others in Chicago that involve stolen guns. Where does that pattern tracking matter there? -- No, this is about knowing who to attack and nothing else.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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