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"'Peace and prosperity' means the time after a major war spent rebuilding everything that was destroyed." -- Michael Rivero
In early October, the U.S. Navy reloaded a destroyer’s missile tubes using a crane on an auxiliary ship pulled alongside the destroyer, rather than a crane on an established pier.
Reloading a vertical launching system, or VLS, is a challenging maneuver, given the crane must hold missile canisters vertically, while slowly lowering the explosives into the system’s small opening in the ship deck.
It’s also a maneuver the Navy cannot yet do at sea. This demonstration took place while the destroyer Spruance was tied to the pier at Naval Air Station North Island, as a first step in creating a more expeditionary rearming capability.
But in the near future, that same evolution between a warship and an auxiliary vessel could take place in any harbor or protected waters around the globe. One day, it may even take place in the open ocean, thanks to research and development efforts in support of a top priority for the secretary of the Navy.
The UN Security Council voted Monday against a Russian effort to get an independent investigation into the bombings of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia to Germany.
The only members of the Council that voted in favor of the resolution were Russia, China, and Brazil. The remaining 12 members abstained from the vote, including the US, the likely culprit of the attacks.
The resolution had little chance of passing since it needed at least nine votes in favor and no veto from any of the five permanent members of the Security Council: the US, China, Russia, Britain, and France.
Israel's governing coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely lose the next elections if they were held today, according to new polls released on Monday.
The survey conducted by Israel's Channel 12 News and public broadcaster Kan showed that the coalition would fall short of achieving an outright majority in parliament.
Netanyahu’s Likud party, Religious Zionism, Shas and United Torah Judaism – would fall short of the 61 seats needed for a majority in the 120-seat parliament.
According to the polls, Netanyahu's coalition at best could muster a total of between 53-54 seats.
The recent 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 has caused me to reflect on the two years (2007-08) that I worked as a field-level civilian advisor in Iraq followed by six years in Afghanistan (2009-14) and to correlate this experience to the current proxy war the US is funding and shadow fighting against Russia in Ukraine.
Although various rationales were given for these wars, each was undertaken primarily to expand worldwide US military hegemony by gaining permanent American military bases in these countries. The delusionary impetus of these costly and destructive enterprises is captured by the definition of the philosophical phrase reductio AB absurdum: "a method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that its logical consequences is absurd or contradictory."
Confrontations have taken place between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinians as troops made a number of arrests in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on Monday night, the Middle East Monitor reported.
Confrontations also took place in Jenin, where Israeli forces arrested Palestinians accused of taking part in acts of popular resistance against the occupation forces and illegal Jewish settlers.
The raids were concentrated in the governorates of Hebron (Al-Khalil), Nablus, Jenin, and Bethlehem. Dozens of homes were broken into and belongings were confiscated. Some residents were interrogated for many hours.
In his address to the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos in May 2022 George Soros explained that we are witnessing a clash between two models of governance. This was only slightly misleading: models don't wage war on one another; it is the stakeholders in these models that are fighting. Soros characterized the two opposing sides as "open societies," vs. "closed societies," where open societies are liberal democracies that respect human rights, and closed societies are autocracies.
But Soros's "open" societies are in fact oligarchies concealed behind faux democratic facades. To believe Soros, we'd have to accept that the trillionaire oligarchs in charge of open societies are die-hard defenders of democracy and human rights, willing to shed blood and treasure in their defense.
Ukrainian police in Kyiv are preparing to evict Orthodox priests who are refusing to leave a historic monastery complex known as the Pechersk Lavra or the Monastery of the Caves.
The effort is part of a broad crackdown on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) launched by the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The UOC has historic links to Russia but is the largest church in Ukraine, having more parishes than the similarly named Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), which has no affiliation with Moscow.
In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UOC denounced the war and cut ties with Moscow, but the steps were not enough for Zelensky. Some UOC priests have been accused of collaborating with Russian troops, and now many are facing sanctions, criminal charges, and eviction.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to President Biden after the latter expressed concern of a proposed judicial overhaul that opponents say could threaten the independence of Israel’s courts system.
Netanyahu tweeted Tuesday that he has known Biden for 40 years and appreciates his “longstanding commitment” to Israel. But he said Israel’s government will not make decisions based on external pressure from other countries.
In a prickly speech Monday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he was temporarily delaying his government’s highly contentious judicial overhaul legislation to allow time for dialogue over the far-reaching reforms.
After immense public pressure that has seen 12 weeks of massive demonstrations, and, on Monday, the announcement of general strikes by the country’s top labor federation and local councils, the prime minister said he was allowing for “a delay” to provide “ a real opportunity for real dialogue,” but stressed that “either way,” a reform would be passed to “restore the balance” that he said had been lost between the branches of government in Israel.
The premier indicated the “time out” would last until the beginning of the Knesset’s summer session, which starts April 30.
“I have absolute faith that [mRNA vaccines] will kill you.” “Each and every gene-based vaccine has the potential to kill you.” “If any doctor dares to give a jab with mRNA to a child, he is potentially killing this [child].” “My prediction is that we are going to see so many tragedies, that the death of children will become a normal thing.” Sucharit Bhakdi, MD tells Jakobien Huisman in the interview “The Path to Living Hell” in December 2022:
A new, anonymously-produced UN report denouncing Nicaragua’s government whitewashes the brutal US-backed 2018 coup against it while refusing to interview victims of sadistic opposition violence.
Abuse and weaponization of the United Nations system by the United States and its vassal governments to both mislead and intimidate the rest of the world have been a feature of international relations since the very founding of the United Nations during the time of the Korean War. In recent years, that situation has deteriorated to the point where demonization campaigns promoted by the US and its allies have made the UN system complicit in atrocities. Various UN institutions have been abused in this way.
As The Grayzone has methodically detailed, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has produced false reports masking the complicity of the US and its allies in deceptions designed to provoke Western military assaults on Syria’s government and people. Practically the entire UN human rights system is consistently abused to supply pretexts for economic and even military aggression against one country after another.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday his attempt to broker a deal to protect Ukraine's Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was still alive, and that he was adjusting the proposals to seek a breakthrough.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke to Reuters a day before he is expected to travel to Europe's largest nuclear power station in the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia region of southeastern Ukraine.
Grossi has been pushing for a safety zone to be created at the plant to prevent a possible nuclear disaster as Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling the site of the power station since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.
Protests and strikes against unpopular pension reforms kicked off again Tuesday across France, with police security ramped up amid government warnings that radical demonstrators intended “to destroy, to injure and to kill”.
Concerns that violence could mar the demonstrations prompted what Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin described as an unprecedented deployment of 13,000 officers, nearly half of them concentrated in the French capital.
After months of upheaval, an exit from the firestorm of protest triggered by President Emmanuel Macron’s changes to France’s retirement system looked as far away as ever. Despite fresh union pleas that the government pause its hotly contested push to raise France’s legal retirement age from 62 to 64, Macron seemingly remained wedded to it.
House Republicans plan to deliver a subpoena to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday for classified cables related to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking an unprecedented effort to force the release of sensitive documents to Congress.
Rep. Mike McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Associated Press on Monday that he had spoken with Blinken earlier in the day when he was notified the agency would not be turning over a so-called dissent cable written by diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul shortly before the August 2021 withdrawal.
“We have made multiple good faith attempts to find common ground so we could see this critical piece of information,” McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Secretary Blinken has refused to provide the Dissent Cable and his response to the cable, forcing me to issue my first subpoena as chairman of this committee.”
The July 2021 communication warned Blinken about the potential fall of Kabul via a special “dissent channel," which allows State Department officials to issue warnings or express contrarian views directly to senior agency officials, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sent an invitation letter to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi asking him to pay a visit to Riyadh.
“We will also send a similar invitation to the King of Saudi Arabia,” Amir Abdollahian told Al Jazeera on Monday.
Tehran and Riyadh reached an agreement in early March to resume diplomatic relations after years of hostility. The talks were brokered by China.
According to the National, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that his country is ready to support a follow-up process between Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic relations.
Politicians of South Asian Heritage seem to be having a moment in the British Isles, with politicians claiming Indian and Pakistani history holding several of the most powerful political offices in the islands.
Humza Yousaf was elected the leader of Scotland’s ruling left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) on Monday, and on Wednesday will be sworn in as First Minister. In doing so, the Pakistani-heritage politician will join several other South Asians dominating the top of British politics, an impressive achievement in a country claimed by some to be stricken by considerable levels of institutional racism, and where by the latest count over 80 per cent of full-time residents are white.
As First Minister, Yousaf will lead Scotland’s devolved government — roughly equivalent to a U.S. State government — which is one of four constituent home nations in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister of the whole United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, also has South Asian heritage and was born in England to parents of Indian Punjabi heritage, a region on the India-Pakistan border.
The edifice of American imperial power has never been challenged at its foundation. It is now.
Russia and China are determined to hold the American perpetrators of the Nord Stream sabotage to account. Uncle Sam’s days – indeed decades – of wanton criminality are over. There’s going to be hell to pay as the imperialist tyranny in Washington hits a wall of reality.
Several weeks have gone by with the United States and its Western lackeys stonewalling at the United Nations Security Council, squirming and resisting calls from Moscow and Beijing for an international criminal investigation into the sabotage of the Baltic Sea pipelines that were blown up in September.
NATO’s Ukrainian campaign is an abomination, as much an abomination as was Hitler’s destruction of Berlin and the hundreds of thousands of innocents he and his cronies threw on its pyre.
Those Ukrainian generals in a position to overthrow Clown Prince Zelensky should read Hanz Guderian’s Achtung – Panzer! (Beware – the Tank!), which formed the basis for Blitzkrieg, the Third Reich’s concept of lightning war, where the concentrated use of tanks, with infantry and air force in close support, would quickly overwhelm the enemy.
What would you venture is the most diabolical weapon that could possibly be wielded against a human being?
Toxic chemicals like the vinyl chloride released during the Ohio train derailment that can cause fatigue, nervousness, disorientation, and even memory loss when inhaled? Fluoride in the water supply that lowers IQs? A rapid-progression, fatal neurodegenerative disease that could be caused by an mRNA “vaccine”?
What all these harmful agents — and potential weapons — have in common is that they don’t aim to immediately kill, they are invisible to the naked eye, and they impair mental as well as physical functioning.
If chemical and biological agents can affect the brain, is it possible that these and other means can be weaponized to more precisely attack our very thoughts, our perception, our emotions — some of the most precious and intimate parts of ourselves — in ways that can powerfully drive decisions, and thereby threaten, at least in the eyes of those who wield such weapons, the very seat of our autonomy, our will?
This very scenario is not mere science fiction but is “science fact,” according to senior Pentagon advisor Dr. James Giordano.
There are moment in time that change the world. Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 was one of those. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 was another as was 9 November 1989, when the wall in Berlin, Germany, erected by the Soviets, was torn down. And you have witnessed another one today, with Russia and China signing historic, unprecedented agreements.
Prior to 1642, Russia and China had no diplomatic or military interaction.
From 1652 to 1689, China’s armies drove the Russian settlers out, but after 1689, China and Russia made peace and established trade agreements.
In the intervening 334 years, China and Russia never established a de facto alliance. At times that were at odds and, during the last 50 years, U.S. policy made it a priority to keep a wedge between Moscow and Beijing. That is over. China and Russia are now allies, with China being the largest industrial power in the world and Russia the largest supplier of critical commodities. Their political union marks the end of Pax Americana and the U.S. domination of the international order.
The horror of today’s mass shooting at a Christian school in Tennessee by a transgender weirdo has thrown a major wrench into the woke state’s agenda with respect to gun control and transgender rights. For those living in a cave, here are the critical details.
A 28 year old woman, Audrey Hale, showed up at her former elementary school with two long guns and a semi-automatic pistol and killed three children and three adult staff members before police ended her life with gunfire. Turns out that Audrey Hale thinks she is a man. Yes, Audrey is a transgender monster.
If Audrey had attended the recent Trump rally in Waco and was wearing a scarlet MAGA cap, you can bet your last dollar that the media and the pundits would be screaming for Trump’s blood and demanding that all Trump supporters be treated as terrorists. (Come to think of it, the woke left is doing exactlly that.)
The cretins at the Biden White House did not waste a minute in trying to gin up a lynch mob by insisting this mass killing was the fault of Republicans.
The United States needs to understand that Israel is an independent country and "not another star on the US flag," National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said on Wednesday morning in response to US President Joe Biden's comments on judicial reform.
On Tuesday night, the US president said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be invited to the White House in the near future, and urged him to drop the judicial reform plan.
"Like many strong supporters of Israel, I am very concerned. I am concerned that they get this straight. They can not continue down this road. I have sort of made that clear," Biden said to reporters.
The British Security Service (MI5) has raised the threat level in Northern Ireland from domestic terrorism to "severe," its second-highest category, meaning that attacks are highly likely.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced the decision, based on an MI5 intelligence assessment, on Tuesday, saying that the terror level in Northern Ireland had been increased from "substantial" to "severe."
The threat for the British-controlled territory had been held at severe since the system was introduced in 2010. It was lowered to substantial for just over a year in 2022.
The move came after recent attacks on police offices and weeks ahead of a meeting by political leaders due to be held in Belfast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a 1998 peace deal that largely put an end to three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
Heavy losses of equipment in battle mean that Ukraine’s military needs more tanks, artillery and air defenses, as well as maintenance for them, according to a letter from the German treasury to the parliament revealed by Der Spiegel on Tuesday.
Finance Minister Christian Lindner wrote to the Bundestag on Monday, and the parliamentary budget committee met on Tuesday in secret to consider his request, according to the German outlet. He is asking for €3.2 billion ($3.47 billion) more this year and another €8.8 billion ($9.54 billion) for “ongoing commitments,” on top of €2.2 billion ($2.39 billion) already spent on Ukraine.
“Due to the high material losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, new supplies of material are required,” the treasury wrote, further arguing that a number of procurement and maintenance contracts for “needs-based sustainable equipment” of Kiev’s military need to be concluded immediately.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has ordered 13,000 police officers into the streets of France’s major cities as protests against the government’s controversial pension reforms continue. Darmanin said that he is expecting “radical activists” from abroad to instigate violence at the demonstrations.
Darmanin announced the deployment on Monday night, adding that 5,000 of the mobilized officers would be stationed in Paris ahead of marches on Tuesday.
“Our services anticipate that there will be significant disruption to public order,” he said, warning that “more than 1,000 radical activists, some arriving from abroad, may join the protests in Paris, Nantes or Rennes.”
France will double the number of 155mm rounds it supplies to Ukraine to 2,000 per month starting March, Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu has announced.
These rounds are compatible with French-made Caesar and German Pzh 2000 self-propelled howitzers supplied to Ukraine by NATO allies. Ukraine has been unleashing "industrial quantities" of these shells at the territories controlled by Russia, Le Figaro daily reported.
Lecornu told Le Figaro in an interview that Paris would "deliver land-based equipment needed for Ukraine's counteroffensive. That means we are doubling deliveries of 155mm rounds to bring their number up to 2,000 per month starting late March.
The Senate is expected to vote on an amendment this week introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) that would appoint a special inspector general to oversee the over $113 billion that has been authorized to spend on the war in Ukraine.
Hawley said the ideal candidate for the position would be John Sopko, who has served as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction since 2012 and has issued scathing reports on US policy and waste in Afghanistan.
“He’s done a terrific job – maybe he’d like to do this job. I mean, he already knows how to do it. And that’s winding down,” Hawley said of Sopko in comments to Fox News Digital. “Maybe he’d like to shift over to Ukraine. I think that would probably be my first choice, but somebody like him, who’s been tough, tenacious, and independent.”
The residential areas of Donetsk are often heavily shelled in the evening, when people return to their homes. The Kiev regime continues to follow this criminal tactics aiming to kill as much civilians as possible.
On March 27, the Kalininsky district was heavily shelled yb Ukrainian Nazis. At least one civilian was killed. As a result of the attack by HIMARS MLRS, civilian houses were struck, the building of the Druzhba Sports Palace was destroyed. The school and kindergarten buildings were also damaged.
The President of the USA Joseph Biden has repeatedly visited the USSR and Russia during his almost half-century political career. On January 15, 1988, a meeting was held between Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Andrei Gromyko and American Senator Biden in the Kremlin. It was mainly devoted to the upcoming ratification of the Soviet-American treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
The Russian state media covered the meeting, emphasizing the Kremlin’s position on the signing of the treaty: