It is a constant of History: changes are rare, but sudden. Those who bear the brunt of them are generally the last to see them coming. They perceive them only too late. Contrary to the static image that prevails in the West, international relations have been turned upside down in 2022, mainly to the detriment of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, often to the benefit of China and Russia. With their eyes riveted on Ukraine, Westerners do not perceive the redistribution of the cards.
The Swiss town of Davos (10,000 inhabitants) in the lovely canton of Graubünden is getting ready for the annual invasion of thousands of high-profile visitors from all over the world. They will attend this year's World Economic Forum meeting, arriving by private jet and special flights, while their safety will be entrusted to five thousand Swiss soldiers and policemen. Thousands of others will make their beds, cook their meals, make their coffee and tea, serve their drinks and clean their rooms. The conference participants each fork over 50,000 dollars for the privilege of attending. Most don't pay that out of their own pockets, though. The shekels are paid by the companies and organizations they represent. In case they represent governments, as many of the participants do, the money ultimately comes from taxes paid by citizens.
In short, the WEF meeting is a massive multi-million dollar operation. All participants have to promise they will not divulge what is being discussed at the many meetings. In other words, whatever is being discussed, whatever commitments and promises are made at Davos, is a secret. In this respect it is, to say the least, interesting that there are so many journalists and media executives among the participants. In doing so and in promising secrecy, they are actually betraying their professional code of ethics. Invariably, when asked about the Davos meetings, participants will answer that it just a "debating club,” where people come to see each other and to discuss themes of common interest. Really?
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The authors of the article believe that US President Joe Biden, who is in no hurry to send state-of-the-art weapons to Ukraine, is helping Russia in the special operation. It is the President of the United States who appears to be Putin's unwitting ally, who helps the Russian army win in Ukraine.
Toth and Sweet expressed bewilderment at Biden's attitude towards the Ukrainian crisis.
First, he made it clear to Ukraine that he was ready to help Kyiv to the end, but then he began to drag out the conflict.
Since the beginning of the special military operation, the Russian army has studied the tactics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and learned how to effectively fight Western weapons.
The United States - as announced last month - began shipping the new B61-12 nuclear bombs to Italy and other European countries in December. An official document from the US Air Force Department confirms this. It establishes "safety standards for operations of C-17 aircraft carrying B61-12 weapons in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. This area, in the Pentagon’s geography, includes not only the European Union, but also the entire Russian Federation.
The document specifies which nuclear weapons are transported with the C-17 Globemasters, the largest US military transport aircraft. They bring from the United States to Europe the bombs they replace: the B61-3, B61-4 and B61-7. A single B61-12 has in fact four power options depending on the target to be hit. The C-17 Globemasters - the document further specifies - also carry other nuclear weapons: B61-11, W78 W80-1, B83-1, W87-0.
The safety standards listed in the document confirm the dangers inherent in the loading, transport and unloading operations of nuclear weapons. There can be "the probability of fire in an aircraft with nuclear weapons on board" and a failure of the aircraft while in flight forcing "an emergency landing" or "the release of a nuclear weapon".
Ukraine can win the war this year if Western powers increase weapons supplies, particularly long-range missile systems, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak told AFP Wednesday.
“Only missiles with a range of more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) will allow us to significantly accelerate the de-occupation of our territories,” he told AFP in an interview.
This scenario would end the war by autumn at the latest, he added.
Long-range missiles would allow Ukraine to target Russian arms depots deep inside Ukrainian territory controlled by Moscow but currently out of range of the weapons in Kyiv’s arsenal.
The United States last year supplied Ukraine with long-range missile systems that have a range of around 80 kilometers that were credited with turning the tide of the conflict in Kyiv’s favor on several fronts.
Germany’s vice chancellor said Thursday that Berlin won’t stand in the way of Poland sending German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a move that would significantly escalate Western military aid for Kyiv and risk provoking Moscow.
“There is a difference between making a decision for oneself and preventing the decision of others,” Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said. “And accordingly, Germany should not stand in the way when other countries make decisions to support Ukraine, regardless of what decision Germany makes.”
Habeck’s comments come after Polish President Andrzej Duda said his government decided to send about 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a move that needs Berlin’s approval. It’s still not clear if Warsaw has formally made the request of Germany. Poland could be waiting for other countries to send tanks as Duda said he wants to transfer them as part of an “international coalition.”
Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister Thea Tsulukiani on Saturday told the media the Georgian Government would not allow the country to be involved in the military confrontation.
It is “regrettable” that the attempts, in “various forms”, to involve Georgia in military conflict have been continuing, Tsulukiani said while responding to the comment made by Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Georgia’s “refusal” to transfer Buk missile system to Kyiv, saying the Georgian Government did not “understand whose side [in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war] it should be on”.
The Vice PM noted the country would not provide military assistance to any side of the conflict, stressing it was the Government’s main stance on this question. Georgia has gone through “too many wars” and it has been the responsibility of the authorities to maintain peace for the future of the country, she added.
German authorities want to put a famous Jewish composer and Holocaust survivor into a psychiatric clinic and force her to take the COVID injection.
Inna Zhvanetskaya, who lives in Stuttgart, Germany, was supposed to be taken to a psychiatric institution and forcefully injected with the COVID jabs on January 11, according to the news outlet Report24, which has been in personal contact with Zhvanetskaya.
However, according to several reports, she has been transferred to a safe place by friendly activists who wanted to prevent her arrest.
The 85-year-old Zhvanetskaya sent a video message to Report24 saying that “music is my life, and if they take away music from me then they take my life.”
Report24 also received a copy of the court order, which authorizes her forceful transfer to a psychiatric institution and for her to be forcefully injected with the COVID-19 shots “for her own good.”
Major investment firm BlackRock, which has drawn substantial backlash for embracing controversial left-wing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ideology, has reportedly lost $1.5 trillion and plans major layoffs.
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and president Rob Kapito made the announcement in a memo sent to employees and viewed by Business Insider.
“Taking a targeted and disciplined approach to how we shape our teams, we will adapt our workforce to align even more closely with our strategic priorities and create opportunities for the immense talent inside the firm to develop and prosper,” the executives wrote.
An unvaccinated transplant candidate filed a court application this week asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear her case against Alberta Health Services (“AHS”) and six doctors who removed her from a high priority organ transplant waiting list because she refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sheila Annette Lewis is dying of a terminal illness. She has been challenging the constitutionality of COVID-19 vaccine requirements for transplant candidates put in place by AHS, an Alberta Hospital, and six transplant doctors, for more than a year. She was unsuccessful at both the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal in 2022, with both levels of court finding that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”) does not apply to the Covid-19 vaccine policies of AHS, the Alberta Hospital where she would receive her transplant, or her transplant doctors. Both courts also dismissed her claims under The Alberta Bill of Rights.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ruled out the possibility of restoring relations with Russia even after the conflict in Ukraine was ended in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on January 15.
“It won’t be like it was before. Even if the guns are silenced in Ukraine, we should not expect our relations with Russia to normalize,” Stoltenberg said.
On January 12, at a conference in Norway, North Atlantic Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that regardless of whether the conflict in Ukraine is ended or not, it is necessary to recognize the fact that the security situation in Europe has changed definitively.
According to Stoltenberg, Russia intends to control neighboring countries and is in an ongoing conflict with the West.
Using a novel imaging technique for volcanoes that produces high-resolution pictures of seismic wave properties, a new study reveals a large, previously undetected body of mobile magma underneath Kolumbo, an active submarine volcano near Santorini, Greece. The presence of the magma chamber increases the chances of a future eruption, prompting the researchers to recommend real-time hazard monitoring stations near other active submarine volcanoes to improve estimations of when an eruption might be likely to occur.
Nearly four hundred years ago, in 1650 C.E., Kolumbo breached the sea surface and erupted, killing 70 people in Santorini. This eruption, not to be confused with the catastrophic Thera (Santorini) volcanic eruption that occurred around 1600 B.C.E., was triggered by growing magma reservoirs beneath the surface of Kolumbo. Now researchers say the molten rock in the chamber is reaching a similar volume.
Appliance retailers in Australia are facing new problems this year, with bans on gas appliances set to kick in as Canberra reacts to concerns.
Around the world, Governments and woke lobby groups including Australia want to ban gas fires and stoves, claiming they are a danger to health and that they are adding to environment issues. This is despite decades of use by Australians with no ill effects. Manufacturers of gas products claim those calling for a ban are “misguided”
In the future, retailers face being stopped from selling any gas cooking or heating products according experts.
Natural gas distributors, whose business is threatened by the growing push to electrify homes, argue that a ban on natural gas stoves would drive up costs for homeowners and restaurants with little environmental gain.
NATO was excoriated by Mick Wallace, a member of the European Parliament from Ireland, on Sunday, when he lashed out at the Washington-led military bloc as a tool to keep Europe subservient to US imperialism.
He said politicians "need to start representing the people and stop representing NATO and [the] Military Industrial Complex." "NATO was formed by [the] US to keep European countries subservient to US Imperialism," he posted on his Twitter account. "The people want Peace not War, they want an end to US / NATO Proxy War."
Earlier, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said that the United States and NATO were engaged in proxy warfare against Russia on the territory of Ukraine.
HBO’s “Watchmen” show is based on the comic book of the same name. In that comic book, one of the plots involves a villain staging an alien invasion that is meant to be so catastrophic, terrifying and deadly that it would unite all the various peoples of a deeply fractured world.
It appears that a different HBO project could be utilizing a similar philosophy, though perhaps inadvertently.
HBO Max’s “Velma,” an adult cartoon re-imagining of the beloved “Scooby-Doo” franchise, has garnered such widespread disdain and vitriolic reviews that some are thinking the lambasted project is a “psyop” in its own right, which is somehow unifying the left and right in disgust of the cartoon project.
“Velma is so bad in fact, that it’s spawning conspiracy theories that creator Mindy Kaling made what is essentially a parody of what the right wing thinks left wing comedy is like,” Forbes contributor Paul Tassi wrote. “As in, a show that not just recast most roles with new races, but also features loads and loads of ‘white guys, amiright?’ jokes.”
As the Biden administration and his greenie allies continue to make a headlong push for electric vehicles, the state of Wyoming seems to be going in the exact opposite direction.
Lawmakers in the state are considering a new law that would phase out electric vehicles by 2035, which is a policy that runs completely contrary to states like New York and California which, in obeisance to the green agenda, want to phase out gas-powered cars and boost electric vehicles.
The bill, SJ0004, is being sponsored by state Senators Jim Anderson, Brian Boner, Ed Cooper, Dan Dockstader, and Representatives Donald Burkhart Jr., and Bill Henderson, to “ensure the stability” of its oil and gas industry, according to the Tesla industry news site Teslarati.